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Hoponius Union - Jack's Abby Brewing

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

1,868 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,868
Reviews: 271
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 8.43%
Wants: 296
Gots: 194 | 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:
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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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

EvoJoe, Mar 25, 2014
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douginromeo, Mar 25, 2014
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jshusc, Mar 24, 2014
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4/5  rDev -6.3%

RyanSchwam, Mar 24, 2014
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3/5  rDev -29.7%

Mikeluzzjr, Mar 24, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Mmcdonald79, Mar 24, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

markzamp, Mar 24, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -23.9%

dunlap926, Mar 22, 2014
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paresis, Mar 21, 2014
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CALHouseAles, Mar 20, 2014
Photo of cjgiant
4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Hard for me to rate this, because for a lager, it's a great IPA. I rated down slightly for this because I'm not sure how this fits in a "newer" style of IPL.

A: slightly translucent golden-brown with a bunch of sustaining head
S: wonderful floral and citrus notes (I'm guessing Citra hops). A scent to be expected from IPAs, but rated at 5 due to the lager aspect, right or wrong)
T: reminds me of a session IPA, which is mostly what I'd expect. Taste follows nose pretty well (honey, orange) but has a slight crispness to it (that also seems to "weaken" it). There is a mild spice bite in the transition to the end taste, lightly peppery.
M: not a lot, but not expected. Light pine in a finish the reminds me of Czech pils. The carbonation does seem to fade quickly, however.
O: I thoroughly enjoyed this beer, and tried to compensate for some lower individual marks in this category. I will say that it is lager-like in one sense: it loses a bit of a appeal as it warms.

cjgiant, Mar 20, 2014
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4.46/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

pours a more or less opaque golden hue with a generous frothy head. Smells strongly of citrussy hops- orangey, floraly and mildly piney notes- west coast inspired I assume. Defiantly pick up on the yeasty lager components here. Citrus hops hit first while the piney notes come in the background, not an overly bitter hop profile and finishes with a clean and refreshing lager characteristic. Mild alcohol presence, carbonation is on point and an overall very clean IPL. On the whole this is a very well crafted IPL that certainly makes me want to come back for more.

80x2HopHead, Mar 20, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Z_Craez, Mar 19, 2014
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5/5  rDev +17.1%

MJKerr, Mar 19, 2014
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NWer, Mar 19, 2014
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4/5  rDev -6.3%

NW2285, Mar 18, 2014
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1noa, Mar 18, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

infuturity83, Mar 18, 2014
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4/5  rDev -6.3%

JohnnyMc, Mar 18, 2014
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4.29/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a Sierra Nevada Celebration pint glass.

The color is a yellow gold with a small amount of haze and a finger of foamy white head with little lacing on the glass.

The smell is hoppy but not knock you over hoppy as a orange aroma comes out to greet you. Along with some hop aroma there is some sweet pilsner malts that has a bit of a biscuit aroma.

The taste is hoppy and gives a bit of bitterness with orange rind and earthy, leafy greens. There is a touch of tangerine, passion fruit and even some lemon-like flavor for a moment. The malts then steer into more biscuit flavor and some saltine flavor is there before bitterness is rained down over the backend.

The feel of this beer is light and is quit drinkable. This is really smooth with ever the smallest bump in the road of bitterness. This makes a good early spring beer.

Duhast500, Mar 17, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Hrdqore, Mar 16, 2014
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Halluxone, Mar 16, 2014
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Fettpopps, Mar 16, 2014
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77apm, Mar 16, 2014
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mbonugli, Mar 14, 2014
Hoponius Union from Jack's Abby Brewing
95 out of 100 based on 1,868 ratings.