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Hoponius Union - Jack's Abby Brewing

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323 Reviews
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Reviews: 323
Hads: 2,340
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 6.86%
Wants: 350
Gots: 401 | FT: 14
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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Reviews: 323 | Hads: 2,340
Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.27/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle pour at the bottle share hosted by Adam Fine Wine & Liquor held at Sophie’s Place in Redondo Beach, CA.

Pours a hazy light orange with a foamy tan head that settles to a small cap on top of the beer. Foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, citrus zest, and herbal hop aromas. Taste is much the same with a fresh hop flavor and a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer that is tasty and easy to drink. (579 characters)

Photo of brureview
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful golden clove honey color.

A wonderful hoppy smell from the head.

The mouth feel is excellently balanced with just the right amount of carbonation.

The smooth finish adds to the this balanced portrait of a great beer: just the right amount of lemon-hops taste with a trace of bitterness.

With warming, the beer becomes exceptionally smooth- more hops and fruits to the finish- citrus, especially grapefruit.

This beer is a child of an great brewing concept: lager yeast and west coast hops.

Distinctive taste- superb when warming. (553 characters)

Photo of jmarsh123
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours light gold with a white head that sticks to the side of the glass.

Smells like a big hoppy IPA. Lots of bright citrus fruits.

Again like a big IPA. Dank grapefruit and citrus along with a little bit of pine. Finishes fairly crisp and dry.

Light to medium bodied with medium carbonation.

Very much re-defining what a lager can be. Lots of great hoppy flavors typical in an IPA along with the crisp finish of a lager. Definitely recommended. (449 characters)

Photo of CheezyBlaster
4.37/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Jack's Abby review number 4 in 1 week.

This smells like a beautifully stinky, all business, mid-profile, hoppy American ale. American. A kiss of funk with full-on punchy, but light, malt I can't place. Touch of smoky cheese. Wow. Dry roasted peanuts in the distance.

Bites big and juicy in the front. Has that pungent (well, pungent "taste") right up the malty middle. Sort of cheesy, nutty, grainy. Trails out with a familiar, but pleasant, and mild grapefruit pith . . . that brings you back for more. There is a LOT going on in the taste and feel that I am inadequate at sketching out here. Slick and wildly drinkable. Just great. I can't believe I've had 5 beers, from a place I've never tried, and I've absolutely loved 4 of them. These guys are hitting hard!! More Jack's Abby! (786 characters)

Photo of C20Percent
4.32/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours an almost totally hazy pale gold with a huge head of bubbly egg shell color foam on top. Some bubble action in the body with no visible sediment. Looks crisp. Looks refreshing. If I'm grading this as a Lager, which I guess I am, then the appearance is nice.

S: Fruity, yo! Lots of citrus and tropical aromas in this one. Very hop forward smell. Reminds me of Corruption mixed with Flower Power. That nice sweet lemon smell. Again, if I'm grading this as a Lager, then this is like nothing I've ever encountered. It's awesome.

T: Caramel malts and citrus fruits hit the tongue followed by a bitter finish, with some dryness in their too. If you look for it, a more traditional Lager flavor is hidden way in the back. It taste like an IPA -- like an Ale. Very good, but I'm not ready to say it's amazing or anything.

M: Very smooth and creamy. Not abrasive to the tongue at all. Wonderful. Probably the best thing about this brew. I don't know if that's because of the Lager yeast or what, but everything seems A+. Carbonation is bold and great. Some chewiness that brings out the hops. Nice buttery texture. Honestly, you can't go wrong here -- this is about as perfect as they come.

O: You got to try this. The appearance and taste are both good, but the aroma and feel really bring this together. They've taken the best part of IPA and best part of Lagers and combined them to make magic. (1,402 characters)

Photo of Homebrew35
4.12/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled June 26th, according to Julios website.

Pours a nice creamy fluffy white 2 finger head. Brilliant clear pale straw colored body.

Smells very good. Citrus, lemon, touch of garlic, tropical fruit, sulphury lager yeast smell (a bit much of this but it does let you know right away it's a lager yeast).

Tastes quite grainy and crisp, lemon, grapefruit, floral, dank juicy and oily hops. A good amount of sulphur again in the taste. Finish is lightly piney, grainy and sulphury.

Thin bodied, medium carbing, firmly bittered and powdery dry on the finish.

Overall this is a tasty beer. Very hoppy on the nose and pleasing. Fairly good flavors in the taste. The dry powdery finish and a good amount of sulphury smell and taste keep this from being an A+ beer. Very good beer and a great value.
$3 a pint bottle. (818 characters)

Photo of Mikecap
4.28/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a deep copper from a 500 ml bottle into my IPA glass. Two-finger white head that dissipates fairly quickly, decent lacing on the glass.

Smell: Citrus fruits, piney and resinous hops, with some earthy notes. Pick up some grapefruit, and overall a not overpowering aroma.

Taste: Somewhat hoppy but not overly saw, certainly on the lower threshold of IPA in my opinion. I can pick up the grapefruit that I sense in the aroma, and this is slightly sweet and not overly malty.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and smooth and not too bitter. Goes down very easily with the right amount of carbonation for the style. Very smooth with a nice creaminess.

Overall: This is a great beer by Jack's Abby. Interesting yet not overly complex and certainly one of their best, but everything they make is pretty solid. Definitely worth seeking out. Also a great brewery and great people, get out there if you can. (910 characters)

Photo of brentk56
4.4/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: The clear golden liquid arrives capped by a fluffy head that leaves copious amounts of lace behind

Smell: Citrusy and floral

Taste: The malt bill of this beer provides a base for the floral and citrusy hops to strut their stuff; grapefruit and tangerine flavors abound with just a slight oniony character; a bit of a lagery twang in the finish reminds you that this is not just another IPA, though I am not sure I would have picked up on it had I not known this was a lager

Mouthfeel: Medium body with the crisp carbonation often found in lagers of this genre

Overall: Just when I thought I had tried just about anything, along comes this twist on a lager that is just a superb drinker - lives up to the hype (724 characters)

Photo of Chico1985
4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lots of hype around this brewery lately, definitely dig the bottles, emphasis on lagers, decent price, etc.

Pours pale orange, quite a bit of haze and dust in there. Big ol white head slowly settles to a finger or so, a little lace left.

Scent is, indeed, wicked hoppy. Lots of dank and earthy hops, grapefruit, lemon, some tropical, and a touch of cat pee for good measure.

Taste follows suit nicely - tropical fruit is more abundant with lots of peach, pineapple, citrus, lemon and all the good stuff, still a good amount of dank and earth. There is some toastiness in the finish but the lager part is pretty much lost here, this may as well be an IPA. But more well-rounded than the scent, and quite tasty I will admit.

Mouthfeel feels a little thin, but quite smooth and fine enough for the 4. Pretty easy drinking.

It is very enjoyable, but pretty much drinks like a good, tropical, danky IPA - not that there's anything wrong with that, but I do wish lager qualities were there more to spice things up. (1,013 characters)

Photo of Gatch
4.75/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Wooow. This beer is fantastic. You must drink this.

A: Clear, golden-yellow with a white, fizzy, soapy head. Sticky lace and a bit of retention.

S: Massive tropical, fruity, piney, resiny hops. Up there with some of the best IPA's I've put my nose to.

T: Incredibly smooth, delicious, and refreshing hops that contain flavors such as mango, fresh pineapple, and other crisp, sweet fruit. Lightly roasted, sweet malt is there in the finish. Well balanced but the hops shine and put this over the top.

M: Can't beat the fresh hop flavors, the smooth feel, and the refreshing qualities. Drinkability is absurd.

O: Clearly one of the best of the style but just a great beer overall. Well done Jack's Abby. This is superb! (722 characters)

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

500ml bottle served in a snifter.

pours a clear gold tone with a frothy 1 and 1/2" white head that fades at a moderate rate into a lasting cap; some lacing. of the aromatic hoppy bouquet offered by the nose, tropical and citrus hops stand out first and foremost for me; some secondary notes of grassy and pine hoppiness and a hint of malt.

flavor follows the aroma with a medley of hops - citric/tropical showcased with some more subtle pine and grassy characters, flanked by a subtle toasted/biscuity malt element. bitter hoppy bite persists through the finish. very tasty. medium bodied on the palate with average carbonation.

overall a slam dunk keeper in my book. flavorful and bold yet light enough that having a few in a row won't put you down for the count. such a drinkable brew - unquestionably one of the best lagers i've ever had. (844 characters)

Photo of Jwale73
4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle served in a cervoise. Pours a semi-hazy straw gold with a bright white, creamy half inch head. Nose is clean, light and bright and expresses citrus zest, a slightly earthy character and a hint of tropical fruit. Taste consistent with nose with the addition of some hops bittering that lingers between quaffs. Mouthfeel is light and lively with a pleasant, palate cleansing acidity. Overall, I'm not sure if I can rate this beer to style as I think it is a bit more of an Americanized version of the style; nonetheless, this is an excellent and extremely drinkable brew. I see a trip to the brewery in my near future. (629 characters)

Photo of tontrent
4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This is an awesome beer!!!

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Nice golden straw color with a big fat fluffy head. Nice lacing all the way. Pretty tight for a lager.

Smells of fresh hops. Very nice hop blend going on here. So fresh and clean smelling. Little citrus, pine amd grass.

Tastes awesome. This IPL is so refreshing. You get that fresh crisp taste with a blast of hops. What a delicious brew.

If I could find these easier, it would be my everyday beer. I just works on so many levels. It rings all levels on my palate, front to back. (551 characters)

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.39/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

huge thanks to lalaloveyou for this extra from a recent trade! Thanks Lauren!

reviewed from notes on 6/15/12.

poured into tulip glass.

Appearance: brilliant and clear yellow bodied beer with 2 fingers of white head.

Smell: Big hops profile. Grassy, herbal, and citrus, tropical fruit, floral and little bit of pine notes round out the nose.

Taste: Mild sweetness from malts and a little more prevanent hop profile, but nicely balanced. Malts are light by taste of biscuit, carmel, and saltine crackers. The hops are really grassy and citrusy. Pine and grapefruit linger in the back. Its got just a hint of yeast noted in the beer as well.

Mouthfeel: light bodied beer with a moderate carbonation. Super refreshing, super drinkable, and really crisp, yet remaining creamy. The hops leave a little bit of oily feel as well.

Overall: I will be seeking out this style during the warm weather months! I am really impressed by this East Coast Brewery. Great beer! (965 characters)

Photo of PicoPapa
4.09/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500mL bottle. Pours a hazy golden ornage color with an inch of thick, frothy head. Lots of lacing. Big hop aroma. Grassy and citrus hops. Slightly tropical as well; maybe mango. The taste is a bit more subdued than the aroma but its still hoppy. Grassy upfront with some citrus notes. Hints of the tropical fruits. Bitter, grassy finish. Orange peel aftertaste. Creamy, crisp mouthfeel. This tastes like a hopped up Lager. Overall, certainly worth having again. (461 characters)

Photo of Duff27
4.22/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Straw Colored body with a good lasting head oner. Spotty lacing.

S- The hops are out of this world.

T- Very tasty, hop, easy going down.

M- Medium mouthfeel. Over carbonation fits here.

D/O- I'm not sure how true to style this is but damn it's tasty. Thanks 4DAloveofSTOUT. (281 characters)

Photo of GregSVT
4.45/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle into a tulip

A: Pours a clear golden yellow with a nice big white head that fades to a ring leaving tons of lacing on the glass.

S: The nose is akin to a big IPA rather than a Lager but it smells amazing. There are a ton of hops in the form of tropical fruits and a bit of pine as well as some nice malty and grain aromas as well.

T: The taste doesn't disappoint either. Big flavors of tropical fruits and pine along with sweet malt and grains. This is a super hoppy yet very balanced beer. The finish is not overly bitter like an IPA but rather very smooth like a lager should be. It's very impressive to get the best of both worlds here.

M: The feel is crisp yet creamy from the carbonation.

O: I was not expecting much as this was an extra in a trade but it blew my mind. Crazy good and highly recommended. (827 characters)

Photo of ryan1788a5
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

1pt .9oz bottle poured into a New Belgium globe.

A: Crystal clear golden in color. Eggshell white head is fluffy and creamy looking. Head retention is great. Thin and jagged rings of lacing stick to the glass.

S: A burst of vibrant citrus is at the forefront of the nose. Tangerine and zesty lemon, lemon peel and grapefruit rind. Earthy and leafy hop scents accent the citrus. Clean grain and biscuit malt aromas underneath. A pungently hoppy nose with a distinctly clean lager character.

T: Hops assault the taste buds right off the bat. This one is more bitter than the nose suggests. Quick flashes of citrus fruits are brushed aside as a growing rind and pine resin bitterness clamps down on the palate. Leafy hop character comes through mid-palate. Garden herbs and green, oily tastes, along with tobacco and cigar. Malt starts out a touch sweet with hints of caramel, but quickly dries out and morphs into biscuit and cracker flavors. A slight yeasty taste is hard to pick out underneath all the hops. Citrus comes back to the forefront toward the finish with a hit of zesty lemon. The finish is dry, crisp, and clean, but leaves an oily, leafy hop bitterness clutching the tongue.

M: Medium bodied, very creamy and smooth. Well-rounded and filling in the mouth. Carbonation lifts it a little and adds a bit of a refreshing bite. Great.

O: This is the first beer I've had by Jack's Abby, and boy is it a winner. The use of the lager yeast here really puts the raw hop profile front and center, with no distractions. It's American hops as you've never tasted them before. A hop-head's delight, and a very interesting and most welcome change of pace. (1,661 characters)

Photo of Sean9689
3.61/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Extra'd but forget who sent this to me...

A - Pours a yellow/orange color, white frothy head, sticky lace.

S - Really hoppy, resin, citrus, light malts, caramel. A lot more hoppy then I was expecting, that's for sure. IPL or IPA or DIPA or whatever, this beer has lots of hops.

T - Similar to the nose. Lots of hops with a small amount of sweet malty notes. Not nearly as good as Humulus Lager, IMO. Too hoppy to even put lager in the the style name. Alcohol is noticeable for 6.7%, which detracts from this beer. Finish is super-hoppy bitterness.

M - Medium body, good carbonation, oily bitter finish.

O - Not my cup 'o tea. Just too hoppy and over-the-top to enjoy much of. I opened a Pliny the Elder directly after this and it seemed to be more balanced and enjoyable then this beer, which says a lot to me right there. (827 characters)

Photo of WanderingFool
4.29/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hoponius Union pours a cloudy straw yellow with a fluffy white head on top. As the fades clumps of lace cling to the glass. Some yeast was poured into the glass and remains in suspension.

The aroma is loaded with orange and lemon citrus plus a little grass and caramel malt. Seems a little funky too like some bret was added to the beer.

Each sip of this medium to full bodied beer is somewhat chewy with moderate carbonation. The flavor is nicely balanced between light caramel malt and bread plus loads of orange and lemon citrus. It finishes moderately bitter with some pine hop notes. Once gone the lemon citrus lingers on the palate.

This is an easy drinking, tasty beer. Lots of hops, but enough malt to balance out the flavor. (736 characters)

Photo of stonermouse
4.38/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First review of a Jack's Abby brew, although I've had or sampled a few now. I'm excited to see the bottles turning up everywhere.

Appearance was suprisingly cloudy, more like an IPA than what you'd expect from a lager. Although these guys are defying expectations regularly, so I guess I shouldn't be surprised here. Color is straw yellow and fairly typical.

The smell is muted, yet sweet and lemony. Very clean and pleasant.

The taste is unusual, but an absolute home run of flavors. A lager base is just brilliant for these IPA flavors. It's kind of like taking the bun off of a burger, and just savoring the meat and cheese and all of it's juiciness. Juicy lemon flavor throughout, cut with some mild melon flavors to even it out. Everything is just pure and clean, as one would hope.

The mouthfeel isn't as clean as you might expect from a lager, but I enjoyed the sticky hop resins that I was still tasting and burping up an hour later. They are quite sneaky because of how mellow and clean the taste is.

Wow all around. This beer is clean, tasty, and full of flavor, but not so overpowering that you couldn't session a couple of them. And the best part, the pint bottle runs 2.95 at my local. 2.95 for a spectacular, local craft! These guys are a bit under the radar right now, but not for long. Get in now so you can say you were there when... (1,357 characters)

Photo of BigCheese
4.57/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

.5L Bottle, 1 week old!!!

A: Pours a cloudy/hazy light orange/yellow, big white frothy head. Head dies quick, not much lacing, could be a kinda dirty glass.

S: wow, Grapefruit & Tropical hops right of the bat, some hay/grassy bready maltiness too.

T: Citrus, Grapefruit rind, pineapple, hop oil and pine cones initially, then a hit of some light bready maltiness, some wet fresh grass, toasted malts, lemons, honey, finishes with a clean crisp herbal bitterness. Starts off like an ale, finishes like a lager.

M: Definitely a lager in body. Clean, highly carbonated, rich body, very smooth creamy/oily mouthful, light crisp finish. Great drinker.

O: Great brew, I believe the hype. Has the hoppyness of a big west coast ipa. Great body, complex, very "bright" tasting. Never had a lager quite like it. Get some fresh! (823 characters)

Photo of starrdogg
4.42/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to AutumnBeerLove for giving me a whole bunch of these.

Pours a clear yellow-orange with a medium white head. Smell is a nice mix of citrus hops combined with a more traditional lager aroma - very interesting, but doesn't stand out. The flavor, however, is a different story. The blend of hops here is absolutely incredible, and the lager base really supports it so much better than I could have expected. It's a great citrus hops flavor, and I would never know it's a lager flavor-wise, as it tastes more like something along the lines of Zombie Dust. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with nice carbonation. Overall, this beer is incredibly impressive, quite unlike anything I've ever had before. The best hoppy lager I've had. (734 characters)

Photo of Pahn
4.47/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle. Doesn't seem to have a bottled on date, but I know that it's fresh (think it was bottled 2 weeks ago).

Appearance: Free pour yields a 1.5 inch frothy white head that dissipates quickly leaving some bubbly streaks of lacing. Pours an almost translucent orange-y yellow. Spotty lacing.

Smell: Potent hops of a high end IPA, with notes of mango, lemon, melon, maybe some grapefruit. West coast American hops all the way. Stays satisfying for the life of the glass.

When you make a beer with an obscene amount of hops, you're going for an aroma like this.

Taste: Wow, what the nose delivers in hops, the taste delivers in malt. What a malt character; so many different notes of cereal grains, breadiness, etc. A tutorial on how many different, delicious flavors can be extracted from pale malt.

There's hops here too. Up front it's resiny with some lemony hops with tropical fruit highlights, melon-like hops (some Summit maybe?) in the middle underscoring the dominant malt flavor, with more lemony hops tinging the bready aftertaste. Highish perceived bitterness, works well.

So good. One of those, "if you don't appreciate how good this is--whether the particular hop flavors are to your liking or not--you need to reevaluate your thoughts on beer, or check your palate or something."

Mouthfeel: Light side of medium bodied. Moderate to high carbonation. Crisp feel with a dryish finish.

Overall: Damn, this is a great beer. Jack's Abby is now emphatically on my radar. You don't make something like this without serious brewing skills.

If my friend can get me fresh 4packs, this beer is going to be a Summer staple in my fridge. (1,656 characters)

Photo of cbutova
4.22/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Hazy yeast filled golden body with a massive ice cream looking white head. Retention is killing me because I want to take a sip. Lots of lace down the glass.

S- Damn, west coast hops smelling on par wit most great IPAs but thesis an IPL. Tropical fruit and citrus blow up upon opening with notes of peach, mango, lemon and pineapple.

T- this is like sculpin lager to me. Fresh tropical fruits once again with a blend of peach, mango, orange and lemon zest. Very light malt and yeast presence backing up this hoppy lager.

MF- Creamy body with high carbonation stinging the palate. Somewhat silky and a clean bitterness on the palate.

Another satisfying jacks abby lager. Great west coast hop profile and very drinkable. (727 characters)

Hoponius Union from Jack's Abby Brewing
94 out of 100 based on 323 ratings.