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Hoponius Union - Jack's Abby Brewing

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

1,754 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,754
Reviews: 261
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 8.43%
Wants: 284
Gots: 158 | 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:
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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woosterbill

Connecticut

4.58/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

500ml bottle into a 668 tulip.

A: Clear pale amber body under a dense finger of off-white head. Good retention, light lace. Nice.

S: Cannabis aromas waft out of the bottle as soon as it's opened, but in the glass I'm getting more grapefruit and underripe mango. Amazing, especially for the style.

T: Citrusy hops up front, transitioning into pine midway through and ending up with crisp minerality and powerful bitterness. Mild fruitiness on the aftertaste. Great.

M: Light-to-medium body with moderate, creamy carbonation. Terrific.

O: Awesome beer, by far the best of its style I've ever had. Until the crisp lager finish you really wouldn't know this was anything other than a dank west coast hop bomb IPA. And it's a great deal, too. If I lived in MA, this would be a regular in my beer fridge.

Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2012 01:00:22 | More by woosterbill
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RLBeauregard

Massachusetts

4.56/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

By now everyone knows the quality brewing going on with lagers at Jack's Abby, and the locally sourced ingredients fueling their beers. Hoponius Union has a nice bite at the beginning, but mellows out with subtle sweet flavors resembling grapefruit mixed with almost a nutmeg richness. It's easy to drink 2-3 of these at a sitting. A nice substantial taste, but not overly filling. One of my favorite beers of all time.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2014 20:20:05 | More by RLBeauregard
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Hopdaemon39

New York

4.55/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a .5 liter bottle into a pilsener- pours a beautiful and clear golden copper color, visibly effervescent, with less than a finger of head, but good retention and lacing.

Nose is nothing but hops- sharp pine-y resin along with a little grapefruit burst. Also a little pale malt in the background.

Taste is consistent- hoppiest lager you'll ever have. Bold hop bitterness throughout; pale malt up front, but quickly overtaken by sharp pine. Finishes pretty dry and stays a while.

Mouthfeel is also great- light, crisp body with moderate to full carbonation. Exceptional brew from an exceptional brewery. Get it if you see it!

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2012 23:12:04 | More by Hopdaemon39
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fmccormi

New York

4.55/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Straight pour from 16.9oz/0.5l/1 pint 0.9oz/500ml pry-off bottle to a tall Ommegang flute; no freshness or bottling date visible, but this was purchased about 9 days ago (Friday, 10/5) at Julio’s in Westborough, MA. Store attendant told me it was very fresh as he pulled it straight from a box as it was being restocked on the shelves, so I think it’s safe to assume it’s essentially as fresh as it’s going to get.

Appearance (4.5): Just about four fingers of cream-colored head, dying down to a chunk rim around the edge of the glass, leaving lots of pretty, lacy rings on the sides. The body is a hazy, glowing, orange-gold color, and just gorgeous.

Smell (5.0): Holy passionfruit and pineapple Batman, you son of a bitch. Moderate dank undertones, slightly resinous, and dominated by that sweet, juicy citrus. Papaya. Drool. Grapfruit, both pith and flesh. Understated but very nice and warm, bready malt character underneath that is not dominated by but in no way distracts from the hops. Not sure I can ask for much else.

Taste (4.5): Quick flash of grassy bitterness, followed by a solid, very dry, well-formed bready-biscuity kind of character, classic pilsner malt style. And then comes layers of hop flavor: sweet citrus (red grapefruit & pineapple), lighter floral-lemony tones, and then piny resin that opens up into a dank, resinous bitterness in the finish. This is awesome, really, really excellent. And there is a distinctively “lager” tone in the malt character that comes out toward the end, kind of a mildly skunky vapor that melds with the dry, crackery malt tone. Hard to describe and pretty subtle, but it’s a classic characteristic to me, and it’s there.

Mouthfeel (4.0): Moderate carbonation that foams modestly and tingles toward the end, but the body is medium-weight and very oily—but still finishes very dry. Very good feel.

Overall (4.5): Overall, I’d say this beer kinda kicks ass. I don’t think I’ve enjoyed a lager this much since I was about seven deep during my sophomore year, and that was for entirely different reasons. It brings the hops in a very clear, balanced way: it’s not BLINDINGLY bitter, but has plenty of hop strength and character, enough to give lots of hop bombs a run for their money, flavor-wise. And the composition of the hop profile is excellent. As for the malt, it’s very well-done and balanced just right—bready, crackery, not sweet by any means, but solid and well-defined. And finally, it’s clearly a lager—a fantastic one. That fact that you can get 4-packs of 0.5l bottles of this for about $11 is almost criminal. If you see it, buy it and drink as soon as you can. Damn.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2012 01:37:35 | More by fmccormi
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donkeyrunner

Massachusetts

4.55/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

@ Bukowski's, Boston

Deep honey color with a fluffy bunny head. Foam sticks to the glass and creates the silhouette of a brontosaurus.

Smells like a fresh bag o' hops. Grassy and citrus. Taste, again, is akin to a bag o' grassy and citrus hops. I believe the term "hop juice" would not be inappropriate. Silky, Al Green smooth mouthfeel.

Never heard of Jack's Abbey until the bartender told me. Had a great time at Bukowski's, me, Jack's Abbey and a live Santana recording.

Serving type: cask

12-31-2011 18:14:22 | More by donkeyrunner
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DocJitsu

California

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2013 02:54:23 | More by DocJitsu
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GameFreac

Georgia

4.54/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My first IPA/lager? Weird style. Never even heard of it.

Appearance: Pours a beautiful golden orange/yellow color with a finger of white head.

Smell: Smells of citrusy hops, tropical fruits, and lager yeast.

Taste - Taste is amazing. Tropical fruits, citrus, and the aftertaste of a lager. So weird, yet so good.

Mouthfeel: Mouthfeel is perfect.

Overall: One of the best beers I've ever had.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2012 02:20:54 | More by GameFreac
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ehammond1


4.51/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Bottle (2013)

Acquired via trade
Thanks, brooklynbrews!

Clear golden rod with a very persistent, creamy, eggshell-colored head. A gorgeous lager. Fairly sticky with nice, regular, lined lacing down the glass.

Nice blast of pine and fallen pine needles along with citrus juice and zest. This is a showcase of hops, and is really something quite special, especially for an American pale lager. Mild, bready malt bill, but this is definitely all about the pungent hops. Given this blind, I'd guess this was an IPA, without a doubt.

The flavors follow the aroma. Pine hop flavors, citrus zest, and moderate bitterness combine for an incredibly drinkable, but especially hoppy lager. Clean, crisp, and discernable flavors. Fantastic, and the flavor actually surpasses the aroma.

Medium to near full-bodied, especially for the style. Medium to high carbonation, but crisp and especially drinkable.

Fantastic. Perhaps the best iteration of this style I've ever tasted.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2013 00:15:03 | More by ehammond1
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MCain04

Illinois

4.51/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle from BostonRyan, thanks bro. No bottling date, this IPL was poured into my Bell's Tulip glass. Very first IPL, looking forward to this!

A: A tad darker than straw yellow, opaque, big 2+ finger eggshell-white head with moderate retention and good lacing.

S: Delightfully floral hops with a strong lemon and citrus nose. Some orange and grapefruit. Best-smelling lager I've had yet.

T: Follows the nose well. The hop presence is comprable to, if not better than, some of the better IPAs out there. Not exceptionally bitter (65 IBUs) but definitely bitter enough.

M: Clean and crisp, the epitome of the lager mouthfeel. Almost perfect. Not as dry as you might expect on the finish, but decently dry.

O: Really enjoyed this. Wish I could stock my fridge with this beer this summer. I hope to get to drink it again... either that or that my favorite local breweries (looking at you, Pipeworks) would start perfecting their own IPLs. Great beer!

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2013 03:10:37 | More by MCain04
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Beerandboards

New Mexico

4.51/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A - very clear copper color, super dense white foam

S - lots of flowery hop notes, the classic lager smell, some citrus somewhere in there.

T - they really nailed this one. Lager smoothness leads, then copious amounts of floral and orange/lemon peel hops come in after. An outstanding blend of lager and hops.

M - similar to the taste, they nailed this one as well. Ultra smooth, nice medium carb, great finish.

O - this is an outstanding beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2013 14:04:23 | More by Beerandboards
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Rippeddisc

Hawaii

4.51/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Flown in from east coast by my sister :) Born on 05/13 opened 7/22/13

A - Nice golden color...darker larger. No real head...thin, maybe a bit sticky

S - Crisp, clean citrus. Bubble gum? Like a hoppy lager :P

T/M - Maybe the lightest hoppy beer I've ever had. Obviously not a thick mouthfeel like an ale. But hoppy...very easy to drink. Impressed.

O - Grab one. Drink it. Rinse and repeat.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2013 09:41:05 | More by Rippeddisc
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woodchipper

Connecticut

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

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Washington

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

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Rhode Island

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

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Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

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Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

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West Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

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Connecticut

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

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New York

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

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New Hampshire

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

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Connecticut

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

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Vermont

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

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Wisconsin

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Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

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Hoponius Union from Jack's Abby Brewing
95 out of 100 based on 1,754 ratings.