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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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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
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miketd

Ohio

3.53/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Courtesy of rudzud via trade.

Poured into a tulip. Color is faint copper/light straw with a big, foamy head. Nice legs left in the glass. Aroma is piney hops with grass and earth, slightly astringent. flavor is subtle hops and light, bready malt; dry and refreshing.

I prefer a bit more hop assertiveness in my brew, but overall this is a nice, light drinker and a good beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2012 03:19:57 | More by miketd
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eawolff99

Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

09-07-2012 02:18:09 | More by eawolff99
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bostonryan

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +17.1%

09-06-2012 16:10:25 | More by bostonryan
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rowan


4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

09-06-2012 07:05:51 | More by rowan
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woosterbill

Connecticut

4.58/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

500ml bottle into a 668 tulip.

A: Clear pale amber body under a dense finger of off-white head. Good retention, light lace. Nice.

S: Cannabis aromas waft out of the bottle as soon as it's opened, but in the glass I'm getting more grapefruit and underripe mango. Amazing, especially for the style.

T: Citrusy hops up front, transitioning into pine midway through and ending up with crisp minerality and powerful bitterness. Mild fruitiness on the aftertaste. Great.

M: Light-to-medium body with moderate, creamy carbonation. Terrific.

O: Awesome beer, by far the best of its style I've ever had. Until the crisp lager finish you really wouldn't know this was anything other than a dank west coast hop bomb IPA. And it's a great deal, too. If I lived in MA, this would be a regular in my beer fridge.

Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2012 01:00:22 | More by woosterbill
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kscaldef

Oregon

4.28/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured into an imperial pint glass. Clear golden with a respectable, head of fine foam. Some lacing, but not a lot.

S: Floral and spicy aroma. Very fresh smelling. Reminds me of a good English style pale.

T: Clean, smooth, and balanced; with solid, but not overwhelming, bitterness on the finish. Leaves a lingering flavor of biscuit malt. A blend of piney and floral hops.

M: Medium-high carbonation. Medium-light carbonation.

O: Very impressed with this. This is my first beer from Jacks Abby and I'm really happy to have gotten to try it. One of the most interesting "yellow fizzy" beers I've had.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2012 22:27:07 | More by kscaldef
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thebouch01

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

09-05-2012 02:36:27 | More by thebouch01
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DelicateDelirium

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -6.3%

09-04-2012 21:46:24 | More by DelicateDelirium
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DonFisco


4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

09-02-2012 04:27:09 | More by DonFisco
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AndyAvalanche

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had a bad headache the last 2 days and took the time to finally do this. Review based off several notes. Had this beer man times on tap, via growler, and in bottle. Doesn't matter how long it's in front of me, or in my fridge, it always goes real quick!

1 pint 9 oz. bottle poured into a large Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass. Comes out a dark golden color, sort of tottles between yellow and amber. Like many quality lagers, this is a very clear looking, well filtered beer. Slightly off white but not quite cream colored head. Huge bubbles and the head erupts and you have to take our time pouring this one if our not careful, but I like it that way. Head sticks around awhile and it has excellent lacing.

Smell is freaking awesome. Definitely centennial hopped in a big way. Very generous in the aroma hopping portion of the brewing process on this one, especially for a lager. Like a nice west coast style IPA in the smell, tropical fruits and plenty of citrus. I've heard some say it lacks a malt backbone, but I don't buy it. I understand the argument in the sense that the malts really do take a backseat to the hops which is pretty unique at this point. Slight hints of the lager yeast.

Taste is truly outstanding. Again generous amounts of centennial hops that produce plenty of citrus peel hops and some tropical fruits (pineapple, cantaloupe, maybe even some mango) . Sweetness to it, bready and nice. The malty sweetness again is present, but goes away quick after the hops make there way in. It's bitter, but a pleasant bitter that balances itself well with the sweetness.

Mouthfeel is perfect. Starts sweet then goes to a nice gentle bitterness, perfectly balanced. Great carbonation level and medium bodied. Again well balanced with a nice initial sweetness that slowly leads to a nice dry bitter finish. Perfectly balanced the whole way through. Unbelievably drinkable, hence why I had to base this review off so many notes.

This is a PERFECT and flawless representation of the style, I don't care if chugalug06 says otherwise!

Jack Hendler, you knocked this one out of the park sir! A constant space reserved in this in the fridge for this, either bottle or growler!

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2012 02:39:37 | More by AndyAvalanche
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