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Hoponius Union - Jack's Abby Brewing

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333 Reviews

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Reviews: 333
Hads: 2,402
Avg: 4.23
pDev: 22.7%
Wants: 359
Gots: 423 | 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:
Beer added by: mschofield on 08-07-2011

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
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Photo of Phillip13
4.21/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A very find lager. It has as much hop flavor with just the right amount of a bitter finish as any lager out there. You won't be disappointed with this beer.

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Photo of billybob
3.76/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

light golden honey color head held well with a sticky lace. mild aromas of pine taste about the same as most of your ipa's carbonation was flat and did not help might give it a second try.

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Photo of dtumminelliob
4.89/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer is like liquid gold, almost literally. It pours an iridescent golden hue, reflecting both its status as a lager and its "India"-ness. It is crisp upon tasting but the body of the flavor is bitter with a strong floral-citrus end note.
The mouth-feel is smooth and straightforward, the smell reflective of the description of the taste.
It really is a fantastic beer, and perfect for someone who wants an IPA and the crispness of a lager at the same time. If you want something deeper, go IPA, and something lighter a session IPA will do. But this is definitely a flavor profile all its own.

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Photo of hoagzzz
4.06/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Interesting brew. Smells like an IPA, though not crazy tropical fruit IPA. Taste a bit sweet and subdued. I could drink a bunch of these but not enough pop to warrant a higher rating.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I was caught completely off guard in finding this beer. Thankfully the place I went to brings stuff over from the east side of the state. Really excited to try this one.

Nice citrus tones. Really smooth beer. Hops bring all the suave and none of the abrasive character. Love it. I would drink this all day and all night. Great beer.

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Photo of Kadonny
4.53/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from tap at home into my DFH glass. Jacks Abby just came to PA literally 2 weeks ago, so this beer is fresh, fresh, fresh.

A: A light to medium golden color with a one finger white head. I'm not getting any lingering glass lacing.

S: Wow, I mean wow. This is a lager? The nose is all tropical fruit. Mango, pineapple, peach and some citrus. Some baked bread sweetness is detected. The hops steal the nose.

T: The tropical fruits are amazing in this beer, so damn hoppy. Again, mango, peach, pineapple, some tart apple, slight citrus and some grass. I even get some bitterness in the middle here, prickly. The malt is grainy and bready smooth with some slight sweetness, but it really pokes through. Towards the finish is where this beer shines as a lager. The body turns creamy like a good lager, but still not really sweet. Finish eventually dries out to be crisp. I laughed that a reviewer said it was too malty...uh it is a lager. Anyway, fantastic beer, different in so many ways, it's genius.

F: Mouthfeel is prickly but smooth towards the end with a clean finish. No alcohol and it really leaves you mouth satisfied.

O: This is my first real foray into Jacks Abby products and I love it. They are known for their lagers and there is a reason for that. If you love hoppy beers and you've been looking for an outstanding hoppy lager, this is it! Fabulous beer. I can't wait to try their other stuff.

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Photo of Jjski
3.75/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Somehow this does not resonate with me. Some people call it dank, but to me it's sorta skunk. fresh bottle< 1 month old. I'm rating it on the last bottle of the 6 pack, and it has not grown on me at all

It's piney to a fault, witch registers skunky and onions to my nose and palate. The mouth is very crisp and dry. nice

I liked Lashes Lager and Kiwi Rising quite a bit. Saxonater is great. This is missing for me

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Photo of wedge
4.24/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

MFG 03/24/2015

Pours a clear gold crowned with a tight, creamy head. Juicy hop aroma...grapefruit, orange pulp, spicy grass, and leafy herbs over some cereal grain. Nose is more raw than the flavor. Taste brings that crunchy grain note a little closer to the surface, but it's all about the hops. Floral, citrusy, spicy, and leafy hops with some sweetness holding it together. Finish is oily and resinous. Medium-light feeling and delightfully crisp. A pretty damn good hop bomb of a lager. Love the switch to 12oz bottles too.

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Photo of tastybeer
4.32/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Beer is clear and bright amber in color with a soapy-hop oily looking white head. Smells like sweet citrus, fresh grains, apples, passionfruit, peppery, and leafy. Taste is along the same lines. Very juicy, dank hop cones... Also very drinkable and delightfully balanced. Yes.

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Photo of kculrich
4.4/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Cold 12 oz. bottle, hard-poured into a room temperature nonic - a creamy, sticky, 2-finger head over hazy bright orange beer. Smell is all hops, pine trees and pineapples. T: a sturdy malt chassis overlaid with tropical fruit, grassy, slightly bitter hops. I don't get the citrus at all. F: creamy smooth, dry, modestly carbonated.
This is what my refrigerator is full of.

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Photo of jancona
4.53/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Well worth the hype! Pours a deep, transparent gold with fine white foam and beautiful lacing. Smells like fresh grapefruit with a touch of lemon mint. Taste is vibrant and wonderful. An amazing feel as well.

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Photo of Billolick
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle

Pours near clear early, then clouded by the last pour, fluffy and light eggshell head

Mild nose with a hint of hops

Hops up front here, with a hit of lime on the back of the throat. Aggressive hops all over this one. Crisp, citric, tasty and quite dry.

Well worth a try

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Photo of justintcoons
4.4/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pub-style pint glass.

Golden with 2+ fingers of creamy white head. Good clarity with wisps of cloudy yeastiness floating about. Light carbonation.

Dank greens, pine sap, pineapple, mango, and candied citrus.

Dank greens, pine sap, and wintergreen. Lighter notes of candied orange, grapefruit zest, pineapple, and mango. The smooth malt backbone comes in at the end with ample notes of bread and caramel.

Medium bodied, clean, smooth, juicy, and refreshing with a modestly light bitterness.

Hot damn! Dank and juicy. Big hop flavors balanced by a clean bready maltiness. I see more of these in my future.

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Photo of rorykanderson
4.08/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wonderful hop aroma, crisp body with a distinct lager finish. Unique take on the expected IPA experience. Obviously - whether or not you like lagers will determine how much you will enjoy the overall taste, especially the end when the malt comes on strongest and lingers after the glass is put down.

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Photo of TheElectricOne
4.31/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a JA glass.

Appearance: Deep golden yellow, with a thick frothy head. Lots and lots of little bubbles rising from the center and sticking on the inside of the glass. Head dissipated somewhat quickly, but lacing was sticky and sudsy.

Smell: Bready and yeasty, but with a much more prevalent citrus aroma than any other lager I've tried.

Taste: Slightly malt, with bitter, resinous hop profile. Plenty of tangerine/orangy citrus throughout, with a dry, bitter finish.

Feel: Creamy, with a velvety, crisp medium body. Easy drinking at 6.7%.

Overall: An excellent, easily drinkable yet heavy lager. Can't wait till JA starts distributing in Rhode Island liquor stores, because this lager will vault to the top of the list for any lager purchases I'll make. Yummy!

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Photo of HopBomb515
4.09/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep golden with a touch of orange and an off white head that fades quick but laces well. Tropical, citrus, zesty, melon, lemon and a touch of pine. Hops
up front tropical and zesty citrus with a light biscuity underpinning. Medium feel that is creamy in feel but finishes crisp, refreshing and clean. Another great beer from this brewery. They are changing my opinion on what lagers can be.

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Photo of MartzMimic
4.18/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours from the bottle a clear amber with a finger of white head. Nice aroma of tropical fruits, pine and malt. You get the malt first, but then there's a nice transition to the citrusy hops. The bitterness lingers without being overpowering. Medium mouth and very smooth. This is a great IPL. Much better than SN's Hoppy Beer Camp.

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Photo of founddrama
3.68/5  rDev -13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

LOOK: Very much a golden yellow, but much lighter/paler than the ales I'm accustomed to. Lots of bubbles, not much head. Very clarified. (However: a more vigorous pour on the second one gives a much bigger, foamier head with good retention.)

SMELL: Gentle pour: almost no aroma until you get in close and then it's hoppy as hell. Vigorous pour: floral hop aromas big time.

TASTE: Smooth and crisp with a big hop profile. Mildly astringent finish, but the hops echo through after that. (Toward the end of the glass, seems to get a bit of a buttery off-flavor?)

FEEL: Lighter than I expected.

C/w/ other IPLs? Better than Dream Machine (by a bit), not doesn't touch Fathom (still my favorite of the style).


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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.77/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Holy crap, good on the beer of the month club I got as a Christmas gift to come through with something like this! 12 oz bottle into a teku.

Appearance: Pours a clearish golden color. The head is a finger high, and white in shade. Retention isn't the best, but the texture is soft enough. Plenty of lacing sticks to the glass. (3.5)

Smell: Well, it's just like a good west coast IPA...ONLY A LAGER! I get a decent amount of grapefruit, pine, flowers, melon, and a slight touch of sweet malt. Unfortunately, the nose seems somewhat dinky - what's here is good, there just isn't enough of it. A slightly disappointing nose, considering it's rated a 95 overall. (3.25)

Taste: This works FAR better. It starts off with some hoppy goodness: a mix of melon, mango, grapefruit, and pine. The finish is malty and slightly sweet yet not ridiculous. But the best part? IT'S DELICATE! It's one thing for a pilsner to be delicate - it's another thing entirely for a big IPL to have such softness. Its overall balance is utterly superb. Some of the notes blend together a bit too well, but this is a great-tasting lager otherwise. (4)

Mouthfeel: While it's crisp like any good lager should be, it's also a bit heavy. Luckily, it's very soft without being too flabby. Carbonation is actually gentle by lager standards. Drinkability isn't amazing, but it's a very nice beer to savor. (3.75)

Overall: The nose let me down, but the taste and feel work far better. I like how this uses its lager character to soften the edges of the typical IPA without blunting them excessively. I could conceivably drink this all day without chugging it moronically - nice to know the first beer I had from Jack's Abby was a winner! (4)

3.77/5: One of the better IPLs I've sampled

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Photo of FFreak
4.17/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a willy glass. Super clear golden yellow with a half finger or so white whispy head that leaves enormous lace. Aroma is not real prominent but I did pick up some citrus and pine. Taste is nice, super clean, with some malty sweetness followed by pine and citrus. Mouth is great. Overall, a really enjoyable hoppy lager

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Photo of Veejuh
4.65/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Really great beer

Pours beautiful gold with coppery hues and slightly cloudy appearance. Very nice look.

Smell is pretty potent and hits you with piney smells with a hint of sweet grass. Very inviting.

Upon first sip smell and taste merge with the creamy slick and oily mouthfeel to produce a wonderful sensation.

Taste is too complex to put into words yet makes perfect sense. Hop level is perfect for the malts and the effects of the yeast and lagerization blend it so nicely. Hops -> malts -> crisp sweetness where the whole thing just sails along like the santa maria through buttery golden clouds of mashed potatoes.

I mean wow, this is the ipl that all others wish they were. Absolutely fantastic and a must try.

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Photo of Jmc181
4.6/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have several IPAs that I love but this beer is a real treat. It's got a great flavor profile and I find it slightly creamier than the IPAs I typically enjoy. Every time I have one I'm pleasantly surprised, and I'm now buying it by the case at my local Costco. This is a truly delicious beer that I often recommend.

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Photo of mabermud
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: Clear gold body. White frisky head.
Smell: I smell something with quality and sweetness.
Taste: Muted everything but surging with energy and taste. Maybe it's because of my allergies.
Feel: Decent. Not bad. It flows.

Overall: Everything I have had from Jack's Abby in the recent past has been a nice treat. This is no exception. I like it, but prefer beer with more "Zing."

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Photo of Treyliff
4.21/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle, poured into a tulip

A- pours a hazy golden-yellow color with a small creamy white head that forms a thin layer floating on top, and lasts long after the pour

S- tropical fruity hops up front with notes of passionfruit and mango, some grassy and pine notes follow, complemented by clean lager yeast

T- deep tropical fruit flavors give a sweet and almost tangy flavor of mango and guava, some fresh grassy notes along with orange zest follow, clear lager yeast adds a crisp and refreshing finish, with some toasted malt linger

M- medium body with medium prickly carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel and crisp finish

O- the drinkability of a lager with the juicy tropical fruit notes of a west coast IPA, very good

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Photo of AllDayAdams
4.73/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This beer is very tasty! I love fact how they made this beer so earthy and a hint of citrus. The smell to me almost has a weed smell. awesome beer, and good buy.

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Hoponius Union from Jack's Abby Brewing
94 out of 100 based on 333 ratings.