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Hoponius Union - Jack's Abby Brewing

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

1,829 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,829
Reviews: 270
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 8.43%
Wants: 290
Gots: 181 | FT: 14
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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NardiByNature

Massachusetts

4.15/5  rDev -2.8%

Brewed 9/24

Golden - mostly clear with a sticky, rocky white head. Plenty of visible carbonation with little bubbles clinging to the bottom of the glass. Really like the smell: grassy, weedy, lemony. I take a big easy swig and it’s very refreshing: earthy, crisp, and bitter, this can quench a thirst and a buzz. Nice finish though I could use a little more carbo. I love lagers so I’m lucky enough to live in the distro zone. Seek this one out.

12-21-2012 23:32:58 | More by NardiByNature
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oline73

Maryland

3.8/5  rDev -11%

Poured from the bottle into a Chimay goblet.

Appearance: The beer pours a very slightly amber color with a half finger of off white head. The head fades quickly to a ring around the pour with a small island in the middle.

Smell: Juicy citrus fruit along with grapefruit peel hop bitterness. There is a nice balance between the malt and the hops. Reminds me of a nice west coast IPA.

Taste: Not quite as nice as the smell. I'm getting lots of citrus peel bitterness, but the sweeter citrus juice like notes aren't there as much as they were in the smell. The finish is extremely bitter and almost a bit acidic. The malt behind the hops is bready but not particularly sweet.

Mouthfeel: The body is medium with a ton of fluffy, tingly carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: This one smelled fantastic but I thought the taste fell a bit short. It was still quite good, but I wouldn't call it fantastic. I'd have more to see if my opinion changes.

12-21-2012 02:41:51 | More by oline73
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Thehuntmaster

South Africa

4.45/5  rDev +4.2%

500ml bottle 6,7% Abv.
Served chilled in an over sized wine glass.
No bottle date visible.

Thanks to gn0sis for this amazing extra!

Appearance: Hoponius (I think this will have to be the name of my next cat) pours a lightly hazed, bright golden-orange, while a standard pour yields a massive, creamy, off white head. The head lasts fantastically and leaves thick clumps of lacing clinging to the glass as it slowly recedes.

Smell: Mmmm, this smells amazing - Eric must have grabbed this one directly off of the bottling line as the nose is still bursting with hops! Fruity hops dominate the first few sniffs, with notes of orange, lemon, tangerine, paw-paw and traces of mango, pineapple and granadilla. As the beer begins to open up, herbal, resinous and floral hop characters also become apparent. The combination of the floral character and the sweet citrus yields a distinct orange blossom aroma. As the beer approaches room temperature, some underlying biscuity malt is noted.

Taste: Delicious, absolutely delicious. The flavour offers big leafy/herbal and resinous hop flavours upfront, with added notes of grapefruit peel, sweet citrus (orange and lemon), floral notes (orange blossom again) and tropical fruits (pineapple). The finish is quite bitter and displays a wonderful crispness that only a lager yeast can deliver.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, with a medium-high level of fairly smooth carbonation.

Overall: Hoponius is the first India pale lager I have had and it was absolutely fantastic. The crispness derived from the lager yeast certainly make this one of the most refreshing beers around. It was 40 degrees Celsius today and this just hit the spot - I would kill for this to be my summer staple.

12-20-2012 20:14:35 | More by Thehuntmaster
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mdube0378

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

12-19-2012 13:24:46 | More by mdube0378
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Juice-O

Connecticut

3.25/5  rDev -23.9%

12-16-2012 22:32:47 | More by Juice-O
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PaulD

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

12-16-2012 16:03:33 | More by PaulD
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rhinis23

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -6.3%

12-15-2012 15:11:57 | More by rhinis23
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dasenebler

Maine

3.45/5  rDev -19.2%

Jack's Abby Hoponious Union
12/14/12
.5L bottled 10/31/12

Golden amber with brilliant clarity. Tightly-bubbled, effervescent head. (4)

Aroma is somewhat restrained hop-wise. I get some grass and tropical fruit, but it's muted and uninteresting overall. (3)

Flavor is exceptionally clean, with a firm herbal bitterness. There's really not a whole lot going on here other than hops and slightly biscuit malts. Subtle notes of orange and mango. Mouthfeel is medium-light, but the carbonation seems large-bubbled and not very smooth. Dry and very drinkable on the whole. (3.5, 3.5)

I feel like this level of crispness and refreshment can be found in a top-fermented IPA. There's really nothing exclusive or interesting about this beer being an "IPL". I enjoy it, it's well-made, but at the end of the day, I reach for a lager when I feel like drinking something more traditionally German or Czech. When I want hops, I reach for a local, dry-hopped ale that can be consumed within weeks after fermentation, not months. If I lived in Framingham, I'd get growlers of this beer and be slightly confused, but pleasantly drunk. (3.5)

12-15-2012 03:17:32 | More by dasenebler
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vonnegut21

New York

3.43/5  rDev -19.7%

On tap at the Armsby Abbey.

A: Pours a clear-golden straw color with a finger and a half of white, fuzzy head. A very nice looking beer.

S: Hops. Pine and resin are present up front. There are some citrus notes as well, but this is all pine with some grassy, floral aroma.

T: Lots of up front hops on the first taste. Lots of hop bitterness. A bit unbalanced compared to the flavoring hops. Lots of pine and grassy notes, with a bit of grapefruit and perhaps a touch of mango on the back end. This being a lager, the malt backbone is really muted, too much so really. It's really a bit of a bland-bodied beer, with a nice hop profile that just overwhelms the backbone.

M: Kind of thin and watery, but with a really nice crisp, clean finish. With some more body to this, it would be truly excellent as I really enjoy the lager finish.

O: I was really excited to try this beer as I've heard a lot of good things about it. I have to say I was pretty underwhelmed by it. I'll definitely give it another try in a bottle, but it was a bit too thin-bodied and dry for my tastes.

12-14-2012 18:40:05 | More by vonnegut21
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RichD

Rhode Island

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

12-13-2012 05:42:22 | More by RichD
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YeastInception

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

12-12-2012 19:38:11 | More by YeastInception
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sdaly3

New Hampshire

4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

12-10-2012 18:01:09 | More by sdaly3
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oldedog

Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

12-08-2012 03:02:24 | More by oldedog
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PatriotsRule

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +17.1%

Appearance is perfect if you love gold with heady lacing galore. The carbonation is just right, and as I have come to love from Jack's Abby, the unfiltered unpasteurized product is pure.
Smell is hoppy but not overly so. Well, it is a whole nose full of hops. A bit of citrus too
Taste is something that will blow your mind in this beverage. Higher than a five/five
Mouthfeel is so crisp and so smooth I can't imagine anything being more heavenly.
Overall these lagers Jack's Abby makes are some of the greatest beers today. Affordable and oh so delicious, the Hoponius Union is the kind of beer I wish I could drink more regularly.

12-07-2012 02:18:32 | More by PatriotsRule
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Drtfinelli

New Hampshire

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

12-07-2012 01:37:12 | More by Drtfinelli
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Cugabuh

Massachusetts

4.45/5  rDev +4.2%

My, oh my have Jack's Abby gone ahead and revolutionized the craft beer world or what? Okay, okay maybe I'm giving them a little too much credit, but one must admit, they have crafted an excellent beer that offers a nice, unique blend between two popular types of beer - an IPA and a Lager. Ladies and gentleman, my I announce to you on behalf of Jack's Abby, the IPL.

Imagine the citrusy hoppiness of an IPA, but with the crispness of a lager. The smell alone will make you think your drinking an IPA, yet the aftertaste will reward you with the refreshing, crisp wetness that comes along with a lager.

The flavor is certainly citrusy, slightly piney, and even a bit grapefruitey from time to time. With what tastes like centennial hops, or something similar to it (perhaps cascade), one will feel they are drinking a light-bodied IPA.

Even the color bears similar resemblance, giving a nice hazy yellow-amber color with a small, creamy head at top.

I’ll be blunt and open with the end of this review - Hoponius Union is exceptional. Jack’s Abby has certainly taken a step in the right direction with this beer, and other breweries could certainly learn from their ideas.

12-06-2012 21:58:40 | More by Cugabuh
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dunix

Vermont

4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

12-05-2012 00:16:16 | More by dunix
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GameFreac

Georgia

4.54/5  rDev +6.3%

My first IPA/lager? Weird style. Never even heard of it.

Appearance: Pours a beautiful golden orange/yellow color with a finger of white head.

Smell: Smells of citrusy hops, tropical fruits, and lager yeast.

Taste - Taste is amazing. Tropical fruits, citrus, and the aftertaste of a lager. So weird, yet so good.

Mouthfeel: Mouthfeel is perfect.

Overall: One of the best beers I've ever had.

12-03-2012 02:20:54 | More by GameFreac
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nmann08

District of Columbia

4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

12-01-2012 03:32:27 | More by nmann08
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CheekyBroad

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +17.1%

11-30-2012 21:15:27 | More by CheekyBroad
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greenengineer

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

11-30-2012 21:14:44 | More by greenengineer
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klink40

Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

11-30-2012 03:00:28 | More by klink40
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stakem

Pennsylvania

3.78/5  rDev -11.5%

500ml bottle into a snifter. The brew appears a clear orange with a finger of white frothy. Patchy legs of lace stick to the glass and the cap displays decent retaining powers.

The aroma is tropical with hop character. Somewhat herbal with pine, rind and pulp to zest of something like oranges or grapefruit. A mild inclsuion of supporting fruity alcohol.

The taste is surprisingly toasty with bready malt. Considering the aroma, I was expecting a hoppy assault right upfront but instead its quite grainy. Toffee mixes with sulfur and a bit of a cheesy hop flavor mixed with herbs towards the back.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. It is earthy herbal and cheesy with plenty of bitterness and a veggie hop flavoring. I would have this again if the opportunity presented itself.

11-29-2012 16:01:05 | More by stakem
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girlmeetsbeer16

Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

11-29-2012 02:03:33 | More by girlmeetsbeer16
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

4.48/5  rDev +4.9%

Poured from a 16.9oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains floral hops, fruity citrus and caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts out with a nice burst of grassy hops bitterness followed by some citrus and caramel sweetness. Then there is some breadiness from lager yeast and a hearty but not too heavy malt character to create a very good balance. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Very tasty, goes down quite easily, not too filling, decent kick, very good variation of style, this is an excellent beer with plenty of flavor and substance to make it worth pounding down for a whole evening.

11-28-2012 02:20:43 | More by TheManiacalOne
Hoponius Union from Jack's Abby Brewing
95 out of 100 based on 1,829 ratings.