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Hoponius Union - Jack's Abby Brewing

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

1,748 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,748
Reviews: 260
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 8.43%
Wants: 283
Gots: 156 | FT: 13
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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anewlanguage

Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

10-24-2012 23:11:12 | More by anewlanguage
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imperialking

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

10-22-2012 19:06:01 | More by imperialking
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scootsmal

New York

4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

10-22-2012 16:49:03 | More by scootsmal
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2beerdogs

California

4.03/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks Again to cartoonshop for turning me on to Jack's Abbey's lagers!!

Pours a beautiful straw meets sunlit honey. (bad poetic attempt) Rich frothy head forms with a medium pour. Like that thick, semi-solid foam you get blowing off during fermentation.

Nose: Hops burst out upon popping the seal. Wow, this is a lager, yet it really comes off like a strong APA or IPA in the esthers.

Hops are the main note to this beer, malt is in the backseat. But oh so pleasant. Piney, but not strongly so. Almost a dry earthiness meets a dry sweetness.

Mouth is light, dry and somewhat piney staying in the front of the mouth/tongue. Actually stays there for a while without being resiny or oily. Clean!

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2012 01:34:12 | More by 2beerdogs
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Rempo

Indiana

5/5  rDev +17.1%

10-21-2012 13:13:01 | More by Rempo
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guezarka

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

10-21-2012 10:49:12 | More by guezarka
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mendvicdog

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

10-19-2012 19:21:40 | More by mendvicdog
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zahara15

Vermont

4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

10-19-2012 14:59:45 | More by zahara15
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t0rin0

California

4/5  rDev -6.3%

10-17-2012 01:22:25 | More by t0rin0
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rastley

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

10-16-2012 16:50:05 | More by rastley
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jacewg

District of Columbia

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

10-16-2012 15:40:59 | More by jacewg
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smakawhat

Maryland

3.98/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle at Smoke & Barrel as part of the first DC bottle share/tasting. Sample pour into a large snifter glass. From notes.

A pale orange amber body, with faint very light tan off white bubbles. Minor head produced but quite thick bubbles for a collar that is left.

Nose is quite hop forward, and I guess expected. A good airy light citrus hop front, with a mild malt presence. Clean, surprisingly smells like a solid IPA. Kind of jarring but real impressive.

Palate hits with a thick pine resin, and a good mild sense of sweetness. Like a solid lager it finishes quite cleanly, almost like as if an IPA were missing something. Malt backbone seems to be missing a little but it's sort of something you don't seem to care about on this first sip. No sweetness or heat present either, or sugar rush.

Overall, a real memorable and impressive take on a style, worth trying again. Quite enjoyable would love to have more of this.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2012 22:36:16 | More by smakawhat
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Myst

District of Columbia

4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

10-15-2012 17:18:52 | More by Myst
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fmccormi

New York

4.55/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Straight pour from 16.9oz/0.5l/1 pint 0.9oz/500ml pry-off bottle to a tall Ommegang flute; no freshness or bottling date visible, but this was purchased about 9 days ago (Friday, 10/5) at Julio’s in Westborough, MA. Store attendant told me it was very fresh as he pulled it straight from a box as it was being restocked on the shelves, so I think it’s safe to assume it’s essentially as fresh as it’s going to get.

Appearance (4.5): Just about four fingers of cream-colored head, dying down to a chunk rim around the edge of the glass, leaving lots of pretty, lacy rings on the sides. The body is a hazy, glowing, orange-gold color, and just gorgeous.

Smell (5.0): Holy passionfruit and pineapple Batman, you son of a bitch. Moderate dank undertones, slightly resinous, and dominated by that sweet, juicy citrus. Papaya. Drool. Grapfruit, both pith and flesh. Understated but very nice and warm, bready malt character underneath that is not dominated by but in no way distracts from the hops. Not sure I can ask for much else.

Taste (4.5): Quick flash of grassy bitterness, followed by a solid, very dry, well-formed bready-biscuity kind of character, classic pilsner malt style. And then comes layers of hop flavor: sweet citrus (red grapefruit & pineapple), lighter floral-lemony tones, and then piny resin that opens up into a dank, resinous bitterness in the finish. This is awesome, really, really excellent. And there is a distinctively “lager” tone in the malt character that comes out toward the end, kind of a mildly skunky vapor that melds with the dry, crackery malt tone. Hard to describe and pretty subtle, but it’s a classic characteristic to me, and it’s there.

Mouthfeel (4.0): Moderate carbonation that foams modestly and tingles toward the end, but the body is medium-weight and very oily—but still finishes very dry. Very good feel.

Overall (4.5): Overall, I’d say this beer kinda kicks ass. I don’t think I’ve enjoyed a lager this much since I was about seven deep during my sophomore year, and that was for entirely different reasons. It brings the hops in a very clear, balanced way: it’s not BLINDINGLY bitter, but has plenty of hop strength and character, enough to give lots of hop bombs a run for their money, flavor-wise. And the composition of the hop profile is excellent. As for the malt, it’s very well-done and balanced just right—bready, crackery, not sweet by any means, but solid and well-defined. And finally, it’s clearly a lager—a fantastic one. That fact that you can get 4-packs of 0.5l bottles of this for about $11 is almost criminal. If you see it, buy it and drink as soon as you can. Damn.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2012 01:37:35 | More by fmccormi
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grittly

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

10-12-2012 21:43:23 | More by grittly
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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
Hoponius Union from Jack's Abby Brewing
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