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Hoponius Union - Jack's Abby Brewing

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

1,867 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,867
Reviews: 271
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 8.43%
Wants: 295
Gots: 194 | FT: 15
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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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

thewimperoo, Jan 19, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

seeswo, Jan 19, 2013
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4/5  rDev -6.3%

MRsojourner, Jan 19, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

rosschive, Jan 19, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

aorloski, Jan 17, 2013
Photo of Malty_Matty
4.18/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A- this looks your archetypical beer. Between gold and amber in color with a 2 finger white head on top, this is what everyone imagines when they hear the word beer.

S- a slight but not overwhelming nose of citrus and pine up front. Not much else. (i do have a bit of a head cold though)

T- the citrus isn't as strong here as in the nose. I pick up spicier earthier hops in the front and finish. Citrus is more toward the middle of the sip. The malt body keeps it balanced though it feels like more could have been done with it.

Mf- I could comfortably drink this all day. Light body and clean finish make for an incredibly drinkable beer.

I could drink this beer any time and be absolutely happy. A well done lager, which should be a model to others in the style.

Malty_Matty, Jan 17, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

KWMiles, Jan 16, 2013
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4/5  rDev -6.3%

LOCAL, Jan 14, 2013
Photo of sleuthdog
4.26/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle poured into GI tulip stem

Pour: Honey orange color and cloudy look. The head was a solid 2 fingers of fluffy, soft looking white with both some small and medium bubbles within. The lacing left behind is something to behold as it clings to the glass from the top to the surface of the beer. A sparse soft pillow is left on the surface.

Smell: If I didn't read the label of this beer as being a Pale Lager I would have said this is a great smelling IPA or pale ale with big hops. A big hop forward smelling beer with pine, grapefruit and some grassy notes. Upon subsequent sniffs I get some more of the citrus with orange and pineapple.

Taste: A fairly bitter forward beer with an astringent quality but in a good way. There is an initial hit of bready notes but that is quite fleeting as the hoppy bitterness takes hold right away. Grapefruit rind with big pine taste and bitterness throughout. The finish is very bitter and dry and the burps are even bitter.

Mouthfeel: Light body and very drinkable even with the high level of bitterness. A bit thin but that is only because I am comparing this to an IPA and I have to continue to remind myself that this is not and IPA. Crisp and refreshing and would make one hell of a hot summer beer.

Overall: Really enjoyed this beer and would love to be able to get some of this to enjoy on a hot, humid summer day here in Chicago.

sleuthdog, Jan 13, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Bapoonini, Jan 13, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

EatonHops, Jan 13, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

AnitaBrewski, Jan 12, 2013
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4/5  rDev -6.3%

pzymali, Jan 12, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

kwjd, Jan 12, 2013
Photo of quirkzoo
3.94/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of Celticfutblclub, thanks again.

Pours a very clear light orange with 1 finger of fine white head that sticks around in a thin layer.

Really nice hoppy aroma, tons of fruit, citrus and tropical fruits. Not much else to the aroma other than hops but the hops are really nice.

The taste is more of the same. A lot of nice light hops with a strong amount of bitterness, very clean aftertaste indicative of the lagering. Really smooth, though I think I would have liked to have just a bit more going on other than the hops. Couldn't really detect much malt or yeast.

The mouthfeel is light, bordering on too light. I can't decide if I like the lightness which lends drinkability or if I want it to be more substantial. Definitely lighter than your typical IPA.

Overall this is a nice beer. I had it with my dinner and it has enough flavor to stand on its own against a nice thai curry, but it is also light enough that I don't feel full after drinking it. Glad I got the chance to try it, I will definitely seek out more Jack's Abby next time I visit relatives in the NE.

quirkzoo, Jan 11, 2013
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4/5  rDev -6.3%

SenorHops, Jan 10, 2013
Photo of LeRose
4.41/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into lager glass.

Deep golden orange with a humongous frothy head that subsided to a tight layer with tons of lacing start to finish. Aroma was malty, earthy, some yeast, citrus fruit, a slight but of pine resin. The citrus aroma reminds me of lemon lime hard candies. Get the malts immediately on he sip, then a huge blast of citrus more grapefruit than the nose suggested. Earthy underneath, nice hit of bitterness, not overwhelming. Tiny bit of breadiness or yeast, slightly toasty. Flavor hits and passes quickly, and grapefruit and maybe mango linger just a bit. Very clean and refreshing, light on the palate. Finishes dry and makes you want more. The carbonation is light and refreshing. Very drinkable and can see this on a hot summer day. Subtle, complex enough to be interesting, well balanced. Another winner from Jacks Abby.

LeRose, Jan 09, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

whiterapid, Jan 09, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

caguiar, Jan 09, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

phingdong, Jan 08, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

oriolesfan4, Jan 06, 2013
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5/5  rDev +17.1%

masshlx, Jan 06, 2013
Hoponius Union from Jack's Abby Brewing
95 out of 100 based on 1,867 ratings.