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Hoponius Union - Jack's Abby Brewing

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

1,733 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,733
Reviews: 257
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 8.43%
Wants: 281
Gots: 152 | FT: 12
Brewed by:
Jack's Abby Brewing visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Lager |  6.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
This lager harmoniously combines lager yeast fermentation and west coast IPA hops. Our India style Pale Lager is like a traditional IPA but with a twist - it’s fermented cold and aged for extended periods. A blend of classic American hops creates a huge tropical fruit and citrusy hop aroma. A dry finish accentuates the pleasant bitterness and hop profile. Hoponius Union uses locally grown dehulled spelt from MA.

65 IBU

(Beer added by: mschofield on 08-07-2011)
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Ratings: 1,733 | Reviews: 257 | Display Reviews Only:
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loupap

Rhode Island

4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

10-11-2012 01:24:02 | More by loupap
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FullObs

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

10-10-2012 12:32:44 | More by FullObs
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bman_85

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

10-05-2012 22:32:11 | More by bman_85
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SeeAych

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

10-05-2012 15:55:13 | More by SeeAych
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Binger72

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

10-04-2012 12:03:35 | More by Binger72
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Sal_Paradise

Massachusetts

1/5  rDev -76.6%

10-03-2012 00:16:48 | More by Sal_Paradise
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markgoodman10

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -6.3%

10-02-2012 14:41:03 | More by markgoodman10
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Drewrd1988


4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

10-01-2012 20:05:58 | More by Drewrd1988
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dubdrop

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

10-01-2012 01:29:07 | More by dubdrop
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BrokenStones

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

10-01-2012 00:41:19 | More by BrokenStones
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NEhophead

Massachusetts

4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16.9 fl oz brown bottle served in tumbler.

Slightly hazy pale straw with a hue of copper. Foamy, bright white head that clings to the tumbler's sides leaving a lot of sturdy lacing.

Fresh citrus and slightly sweet tropical fruit aromas; clean spices from the hops as well. Light biscuit-like toasted malt, just enough to provide a bit of a backbone for the hop character.

A lot going on in flavor, primarily from the hop character: fresh herbs (rosemary, thyme, etc.), a pronounced spice: black pepper and pine, and bright tropical fruit (melon, lime). The wheat base is clean with just a touch of sweetness. The finish is dry with a lively, somewhat light bitterness followed by an aftertaste of lime, pine, and rosemary.

A light medium in body. Fresh, juicy, and clean on the palate. In a nutshell, extremely thirst-quenching.

A flavorful, hop-driven lager that is by no means boring. For beer, this may be the definition of refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2012 19:34:33 | More by NEhophead
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Scotchboy

Idaho

4.23/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My first review from a trade with Adam (thanks man!)...500ml bottle poured into my Jackie O's tulip...been wanting to find this one for awhile....

A: Beautiful golden orange, first half of the bottle is fairly clear, chill haze, hefty white head lacing.

S: I get elements of Pliny right off the bat, definitely West Coast in its hop profile...sweet pine, tropical fruit, orange, and herbal undertone with a slight touch of malt...floral too, and a bit pungent.

T: Pine, tropical fruitiness, grapefruit rind, nice bitterness...good hop character front to back on this one, with undertones of bready malt and light hints of crisp lager yeast.

MF: Smooth, bitter body, lighter to medium mouthfeel, moderately dry finish.

O: This is a really solid hoppy beer and definitely the best lager I've ever had.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2012 14:54:38 | More by Scotchboy
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Dools9

Massachusetts

4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bottle poured into a pilsner glass. Four pack says bottled on Aug. 28 2012 on side. Reviewed Sept. 21 2012. About 24 days old.

A: Slightly hazy, golden orange, nice three finger frothy white head. Lots of carbonation streaming up. Excellent retention and the lacing is just amazing.

S: Blend of pine, fresh grapefruit peel and bitter lemon and orange rind. There's also some slight earth and bready, pale malt hiding in the back. Very nice aroma.

T: Bitter grapefruit and lemon peel combines with light citrusy tropical fruit and a distant bready, biscuity sweetness. Finishes very clean and very dry.

M: Light medium, smooth and very crisp and refreshing, after all it is a lager and its super drinkable especially considering the 6.7% abv. Hops linger with each sip. Wish I had found this over the summer as it would make an excellent warm weather brew.

O: Hot damn, this puts all other lagers to shame. An excellent twist on the style, its like if an IPA bred with a Pale Lager, this would be its super offspring. All you lager haters out there, this will change your mind, I'm most certain. Cheers to Jack's Abby.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2012 23:56:59 | More by Dools9
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Screper

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -6.3%

09-20-2012 16:46:50 | More by Screper
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ranrad

California

4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

09-20-2012 03:55:49 | More by ranrad
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scottfrie

California

4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle into SN tulip pint glass. Thanks again SneezyAchew.

A: Pours a clear deep golden color with a huge, very oily, and dense off-white head that slowly faded into a very thick film. A complex network of sticky lacing was left down the glass. Impressive. Certainly looks well hopped.
S: Very bright smelling with dominant notes of floral and citrus hops. Light notes of bitter orange peel and tangerines come through. Lightly bready lager smells as well.
T: Hops follow the nose with a blast of floral and bitter citrus peel to my palate. Crisp lager yeast and bready malts come through after the hops subside, but the finish is full of lemon zest and pie crust.
M: Pretty full bodied actually with a rather slick and chewy mouthfeel and very smooth and mellow carbonation.
O: I’m loving this brewery. This beer takes lager to a whole new level. Definitely a lager ipa, and freaking great at that. Definitely check this out. Thanks again, Michael.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2012 00:18:39 | More by scottfrie
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eorwar

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

09-17-2012 09:13:29 | More by eorwar
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jpwadd

Rhode Island

4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

09-15-2012 21:20:20 | More by jpwadd
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GonzoHomebrewer

Massachusetts

4.4/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

When Jack's opened, I was excited at the thought of a brewery just minutes away from this new place in MA I call home. I tried hoponius and fell in love. I made it my mission to make sure the restaurant I work for put Jack's on tap for two reasons: 1) This beer is amazing and people need to try it. 2) I wanted an awesome beer for my shift drink

The restaurant was smart and listened to me. I drink plenty of this on tap, but decided I'd buy a 4pk and review it in bottle.

A- Pours a wonderful burnt, rusty orange with a lovely frothy head. Also laces wonderfully on the glass as well, looks about as good as it can get for an "ipa"

S- Its like someone made a potpourri of Pine needles and lemon rind. Smells great

T- Fantastic! The citrus notes are a little more prominent here than in the nose. There are some signs of malt, but it doesn't even bother to really push the hops aside, they're just along for the ride. I feel as though the lagering process must help in showcasing the hops. delicious

M- This is what surprised me. Its not unusual for a brewery who hasn't been bottling very long to not quite get the magic that is their beer on tap right away, but Jacks succeeds here. Just enough carbonation to make the hob bite linger a bit, but not so much that it detracts from the drinkability. very nice.

O- This is one of my favorite beers. If you're looking for Heady and get disappointed in the chase, BM me and I'll send you this for locals. Instead of buying the world a coke, I'd buy it an Hoponius Union.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2012 18:05:09 | More by GonzoHomebrewer
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jjcote

New Hampshire

4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

09-15-2012 17:44:38 | More by jjcote
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alwaysanswerb

California

3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

09-13-2012 01:56:32 | More by alwaysanswerb
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Wasatch

Utah

4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to portia99 for this brew.

Poured into a Squatters True Pint glass a very nice cloudy dark golden yellow color, very nice carbonation, with a nice one-finger white creamy head, with some nice sticky lacing left behind. The nose is hoppy, malty, with a nice citrus note. The taste is hoppy, nice little touch of malts, and some citrus notes. Medium body, with a nice slightly dry/bitter finish. Overall a very nice brew. Thanks Bill!

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2012 00:02:21 | More by Wasatch
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dhbiker0889

Colorado

4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

09-11-2012 01:53:28 | More by dhbiker0889
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brewandbbq

New Hampshire

4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle with no date.

Pours hazy gold with a dense white head of a half inch. A partial skim coat on the surface with dotted lacework throughout the glass.

Aromatics are a floral blend of tropical fruit and a trace of husky malt. Peach, mango, pear, and melons. Not leaping out of the glass as a great IIPA would but very nice for what it is.

Light to medium bodied with a crisp mouthfeel. Light and quaffable.

Bright, juicy, citrus-laden hops start the palate. Plenty of plump tropical goodness with barely a trace of bitterness. A bit pf pine is in the mix this time along with mangos, peachs, tangerines.

Finishes with a lingering smooth bitterness, tropical hops, and a trace of honey-drizzeled biscuits.

Great beer! Not to compare to others, but I look at this beer as sort of a Heady Topper Jr. Similar hopping and flavor, just not as big in any aspect.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2012 20:40:03 | More by brewandbbq
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considerTlobster

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -6.3%

09-08-2012 22:49:59 | More by considerTlobster
Hoponius Union from Jack's Abby Brewing
95 out of 100 based on 1,733 ratings.