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Hoponius Union - Jack's Abby Brewing

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1,939 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,939
Reviews: 279
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 8.43%
Wants: 297
Gots: 205 | FT: 16
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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5/5  rDev +17.1%

Nachos4two, Feb 06, 2013
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4/5  rDev -6.3%

Polasiuss, Feb 05, 2013
Photo of tectactoe
4.26/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to portia99 for this one (it was an extra!), really looking forward to it. Pours a light copper color with very high clarity - only a very, very mild haze that forms dead center. Foamy white head begins to form some chunking lacing and legging right off the bat.

The nose is heavily hoppy with a solid malt backbone - if the first whiff is any indication, this beer will be balanced very well. Some lemon zest, pineapple, and bitter citrus peel couple nicely with light and leafy pines and wet hops. A touch of cracker-like sweetness from the malt brings the aroma together nicely.

The first thing that hits the palate when taking a sip is a helping of wet, juicy, pine-like hops; grassy, floral, and slightly pungent. Light resin starts to come out as the sweet malts work their way into the mix, helping to balance and offset. Some mild fruitiness extracts itself from the hop bill; pineapple, grapefruit peels, herbal lemon zest.

The hoppy flavors mostly fade by the time the beers has left your mouth and all that's left is the aftertaste, but a light, assertive bitterness remains along with some sweet bread, butter, and cracker malt flavors that give the excellent balance I was expecting from the aroma. As the brew goes on and gets warmer, I'm tasting some light white pepper spices come out from the hops, and maybe even some faint onion flavors. The body is medium and slick with a surprisingly dry and crisp finish.

Wow! Very solid brew here. It doesn't really exhibit the normal characteristics you'd expect from a lager, mainly because the identifiable yeast flavors are mostly covered up by the hops. You could easily mistake this beer as an IPA. The only real tell-tale sign is the dry, crispiness in the end. Nevertheless, this one shows exceptional balance and great execution for a very drinkable, hoppy-ass brew.

tectactoe, Feb 04, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

yeti123, Feb 04, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

seakayak, Feb 03, 2013
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4/5  rDev -6.3%

ygtbsm94, Feb 03, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

celticfutblclub, Feb 01, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

Thren, Feb 01, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

jderosia603, Feb 01, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

CityofBals, Jan 31, 2013
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4/5  rDev -6.3%

callmemickey, Jan 31, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

kinopio, Jan 31, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

alamode, Jan 31, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -18%

BGsWo22, Jan 30, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

zadams1, Jan 30, 2013
Photo of DocJitsu
4.55/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear, light golden color with an impressive white head. Speaking of impressive, the nose on this lager is a big surprise. Grapefruit and pine a plenty. A nice medium-bodied mouthfeel that has adequate carbonation and dryness at the finish paves the way for grapefruit, pine, and floral flavors make this extremely drinkable lager very tasty.

DocJitsu, Jan 30, 2013
Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.3/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Purchased at Julio's for like $3.00. Poured from 500ml bottle into crooked stave tulip. My first Jacks Abby brew.
Pours a see through golden burnt rusty color with a finger of foamy head.
Aroma is simply amazing...I was not expecting this! Crazy cotton candy and pine hop aromas with a crisp lager clean finish. Taste is very similar...sweet candy and pine hop, some pineapple. There is a certain crispness and hearty mouthfeel - must be the lager; but works so well with the crazy hop presence. Its not bitter at all but has fantastic flavor. Great great brew!

DrinkSlurm, Jan 29, 2013
Photo of ChrisL24481
4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is my first time trying any brew from Jack's Abby Brewery and, boy, I am glad it was a fresh Hoponius Union (bottled on January 7, 2013). Poured into a Boulder Beer Company Mojo IPA pint glass.

Appearance - It pours a nice golden-orange color with about a 2-3 finger off-white head. The head appears soft and dense with decent retention. It slowly dissipates until a thin layer remains. A bit of lacing sticks throughout the glass. A bit of carbonation throughout as well.

Smell - The hop characteristics stand out with the first sniff which is then followed by citrus and tropical flavors specifically orange, lemon and a bit of grapefruit.

Taste - A delicious beer to say the least! Great hop flavors with a hint of the citrus/tropical fruits that you pick up with the smell. There is somewhat of a dry/bitter finish, but still a great tasting beer.

Moutfeel - A light-to-medium bodied beer with a bit of carbonation. This definitely has the feel of a pale lager, but the taste of the IPA throughout. This is an easy to drink beer that would be perfect for a hot/summer day. I can't wait to have this one again.

Overall - This was one refreshing and delicious IPL. I love the fact that it has the smells/tastes of an IPA with light body of lager. This is a very drinkable beer with little bitterness on the back end from the hops. A great beer that I recommend to all and I can't wait to enjoy the remaining bottles from the 4-pack.

ChrisL24481, Jan 29, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

AngusOg, Jan 28, 2013
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4/5  rDev -6.3%

jrallen34, Jan 28, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

comradekyle, Jan 27, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

WeisGuy, Jan 27, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Wishdiak, Jan 27, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

shehateme, Jan 26, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Thatbastarddon, Jan 26, 2013
Hoponius Union from Jack's Abby Brewing
93 out of 100 based on 1,939 ratings.