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Hoponius Union - Jack's Abby Brewing

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1,985 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,985
Reviews: 279
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 8.43%
Wants: 300
Gots: 222 | 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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Photo of argock
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Served on-tap in a Shaker pint at Sunset Grill (Boston, MA).

A: Straw yellow with creamy 1-2 finger off-white tightly bubbled head with good retention and copious lacing.

S: AMazing hops aroma of pineapple, mango, lemon, and pine resin with a lightly bready malt component. Reminds me a little bit of sweeter lemon shortbread but with the lemon and herbal hoppiness and fruitness magnified.

T: I liked the flavor with the blast of lemon and pineapple hoppiness carrying this beer. The malting is well done -- this is a beer brewed with care. The hops, while intense, do not overwhelm and match well with the lightly sweet and bready maltiness.

M: I didn't really enjoy the mouthfeel at all, and I think it detracts a lot from the enjoyment of this beer. I am not sure if it just an unhappy marriage of lighter body, high carbonation, and intense bitter hoppiness but this has an astringent rather than crisp quality.

O: Despite the disappointment of the mouthfeel, this is a fun beer to drink with big time hoppiness in a leaner package.

argock, Nov 10, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

MNBeerNE, Nov 10, 2012
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5/5  rDev +17.1%

mattparsons, Nov 09, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Texasfan549, Nov 08, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

kjkinsey, Nov 06, 2012
Photo of Maxwell
4.4/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a beautiful and lagery yellow with slight amber and golding, while appearing very clean in the body with a huge rocky white head that appears creamy and soft on top and leaves sticky patches of splattering lacing on the sides of the glass. Carbonation is steady but not torrential, and this beer looks nice and clean with the just the slightest hint of haze appearing in the beer. On the nose, this beer is everything you would want it to be; big and resiny, with a smell that just begs for the nose to be shoved in it. Sticky pine melds with faint lemon citrus, mango, passion fruit, big grassy notes, and a faint light hint of sweet biscuit bread. The beer has a great smell, and is probably the best lager I have ever smelled. On the taste, the beer is superb. It begins surprisingly malty with grassy and cereal notes before opening into biscuity malts and then big bitter hits and snuggles into the cavities of your mouth. Grass is huge in the hop flavor, providing perfect balance to creamy malts which linger in the sides of your mouth, even as the bitter bites. Pine and citrus also are present in the hops and provide lovely flavors reminiscent of a West Coast IPA. The mouthfeel is clean and slightly crisp with just the right amount of bitters to kiss the tongue even as the beer takes on a creamy feel as it caresses your mouth. The mouth is left dry and bitter on the roof of the mouth and on the tongue while slight trickles of saliva run on along the sides of the mouth. Overall, this beer is superb. A new style perfectly created. I have been hearing so many calls for an India Pale Lager from so many people in the craft beer world that I just figured it wasn’t doable, and yet here Hoponius Union sits as just that. IPA lovers should try this beer, lager lovers should try this beer, and everyone should try this beer! It is superb, and represents the perfect union and balance between hops, malts, and the clean-beer-feel that lager yeast creates. Just like this country is the perfect union of all that other stuff! Try this beer!

Maxwell, Nov 06, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

tenacioustomato, Nov 05, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

ng85, Nov 05, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

nquigley16, Nov 04, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

duceswild, Oct 30, 2012
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5/5  rDev +17.1%

Magoosh, Oct 28, 2012
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4/5  rDev -6.3%

CheapBeerBuzz, Oct 28, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

anewlanguage, Oct 25, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

imperialking, Oct 22, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

scootsmal, Oct 22, 2012
Photo of 2beerdogs
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!

2beerdogs, Oct 22, 2012
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5/5  rDev +17.1%

Rempo, Oct 21, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

guezarka, Oct 21, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

mendvicdog, Oct 19, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

zahara15, Oct 19, 2012
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4/5  rDev -6.3%

t0rin0, Oct 17, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

rastley, Oct 16, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

jacewg, Oct 16, 2012
Photo of smakawhat
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.

smakawhat, Oct 15, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

Myst, Oct 15, 2012
Hoponius Union from Jack's Abby Brewing
95 out of 100 based on 1,985 ratings.