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Hoponius Union - Jack's Abby Brewing

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world-class

1,828 Ratings
THE BROS
94
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Ratings: 1,828
Reviews: 270
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 8.43%
Wants: 290
Gots: 181 | 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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whartontallboy

New York

5/5  rDev +17.1%

11-19-2011 01:44:24 | More by whartontallboy
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JoeDurp

Texas

5/5  rDev +17.1%

08-29-2013 01:33:07 | More by JoeDurp
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ferrettman687

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +17.1%

11-25-2012 05:49:24 | More by ferrettman687
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PEIhop

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +17.1%

11-19-2011 19:20:29 | More by PEIhop
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hankbenzenberg

Texas

5/5  rDev +17.1%

06-26-2012 20:34:56 | More by hankbenzenberg
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lhibbard

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +17.1%

09-11-2013 19:33:34 | More by lhibbard
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MJKerr

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +17.1%

03-19-2014 18:56:02 | More by MJKerr
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Rekrule

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +17.1%

02-27-2012 00:00:10 | More by Rekrule
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CheekyBroad

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +17.1%

11-30-2012 21:15:27 | More by CheekyBroad
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masshlx

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +17.1%

01-06-2013 04:36:22 | More by masshlx
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Marcjwrz


5/5  rDev +17.1%

07-07-2014 21:37:58 | More by Marcjwrz
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cbeer88

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +17.1%

03-04-2012 16:35:33 | More by cbeer88
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GoBIG

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +17.1%

08-16-2012 16:36:24 | More by GoBIG
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mattparsons

New Hampshire

5/5  rDev +17.1%

11-09-2012 03:48:18 | More by mattparsons
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r00ster


5/5  rDev +17.1%

06-04-2012 20:38:03 | More by r00ster
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bkett01

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +17.1%

11-23-2011 18:18:47 | More by bkett01
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Iamcaucasian


5/5  rDev +17.1%

08-11-2014 11:50:41 | More by Iamcaucasian
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Lambocalrisien

New York

4.91/5  rDev +15%

Bottle poured into a pint glass.

A - Pours a crisp, dark but see-through golden color with a nice two finger white head and leaves good lacing.

S - Amazing and very unexpected. Nose fills instantly with pleasant floral and citrus hop aromas.

T - Holy HOPS, this thing is wicked hoppy, in the best of ways. Grapefruit and mango up front with a subtle pine on the back end. Finishes dry but with a crisp clean feel. Excellent balance of flavors and bitterness.

M - Smooth with a light-medium body and close to perfect carbonation. Goes down really easy.

O - The best IPL on the market. Great beer and a must try for all beer lovers. Excellent job Jack's Abby.

02-11-2013 02:10:33 | More by Lambocalrisien
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hudsonvalleyslim

Massachusetts

4.85/5  rDev +13.6%

Damn it. I thought perfect was a dream. This is one of America's finest beers. I've imbibed many a growler from the brewery in Framingham, and hope that folks elsewhere will discover this superfine ale. A hophead delight! If you're in the area, visit Jack's Abby. Knowledgeable folks and brilliant brewers.

03-31-2013 23:57:47 | More by hudsonvalleyslim
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TWStandley

Massachusetts

4.84/5  rDev +13.3%

Poured from the bottle into my HF wine glass.

Appeared a beautiful golden-orange color with a two finger fluffy white head that dissipated.

Smell is awesome - juicy with citrus fruits and a bit of melon.

Taste is incredible. Juicy oranges and grapefruits.

Mouthfeel is beautifully crisp - just the right amount of hop bitterness on the finish. Carbonation is spot on.

Overall an amazing beer, one that I am happy to have regular access to.

07-28-2014 18:25:43 | More by TWStandley
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stevensd19

Massachusetts

4.83/5  rDev +13.1%

Wow. At the Horseshoe Pub in Hudson, MA. My favorite pub to enjoy a fine draft. I usually have an IPA or a Pale Ale but this brew knocked my socks off. A good buddy visiting from NJ agreed that this is one of the finest tasting brews that we have tasted. Very very nice brew! Well done Jack's Abby! Can't wait to stock my beer fridge with this most excellent local brew! Thank you!

Follow up, a very good friend brings me a 4 pack of this delicious brew as a birthday gift! I'm a fortunate man! Just as good as the draft!

You gotta try this.

05-21-2012 00:21:36 | More by stevensd19
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taez555

Massachusetts

4.83/5  rDev +13.1%

This beers pours a crystal clear bright golden tan body with a very mildly off-white head.

Nose is extreme, in your face, resin and citric hops. I just picked up a growler from the brewery about 2 hours ago, and the smell from this fresh hops are sublime.

Taste is medium bodied with an immediate huge citric hop resin, grapefruit, orange, lemon, citric hop attack. Loads of rich malts, but very smooth (probably thanks to the lager yeast). That's really what does it I think, it's got all the flavors of a big IPA, but goes down smooth like crisp lager. A perfect combo. Bitterness isn't overpowering at all. It's bitter, but really well balanced and in check. The smooth caramel malt flavor has a chance to shine through despite the hops. You can clearly taste the two parts of this beer. Ends with a nice lingering hop resin bitterness and flavor.

I know this beer is a lager, but... come on.... this beer is a pure resin IPA (sans the ale yeast). Kudos to Jack's Abby for showing the world that not all Lager's need be boring macro land. This beer easily holds it's own the best California resin/citric IPA's. If JA takes off, this will be their flagship brew.

12-16-2011 22:00:58 | More by taez555
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jneiswender

Massachusetts

4.8/5  rDev +12.4%

Had this beer on tap at the brewery in Framingham. Served in a 4oz tasting glass, cool.

A-white head and a gold pale body.

S-nice and profound citrus and pine scent. Very clean.

T-wonderful flavor. pine resin and fruity citrus. Just enough malt. Lager yeast provides the clean medium for the hops.

M-medium to light

D-Just an awesome beer. So clean and yet so flavorful. I would not only drink this again but I would seek it out.

11-21-2011 01:38:47 | More by jneiswender
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VelvetExtract

Massachusetts

4.79/5  rDev +12.2%

A-Pours a sunset orange color. Illuminating and pretty. Body is very clear. Bubbles rise in pillars. Head is very attractive. Head retains very well and is bright white. Sudsy head leaves lacing squiggles along the glass.

S-Whoa! This beer absolutely wreaks. Incredible amounts of grapefruit and orange. Tropical fruits and resiny pine notes. All this hoppiness mixes very well with the noticeable Lager yeast. Kinda blown away by the nose.

T-This hybrid matches up with some of the better IPAs I have had. This is extravagantly hopped and delicious. Grapefruit and citrus for days. Apricot and mango and even a bit of pineapple. The malt is sturdy enough but is still submerged under the waves of citrus and pine. This is very, very tasty.

M-Great feel here. Crisp but has some really nice resinous qualities. Light enough to imbibe very steadily. Has the feel of a beautifully crafted IPA but still displays the bright bubbles of a Lager.

O/D-Absolutely love this beer. It is so unique but does not sacrifice incredible flavor in order to stand out as a uniquely crafted brew. Shockingly hoppy. Also, a half-liter bottle comes in at $2.50. What an absolute steal. Jack's Abby is amazing. This beer really made me happy.

05-21-2012 22:33:21 | More by VelvetExtract
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brentk56

North Carolina

4.78/5  rDev +11.9%

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

06-30-2012 15:37:30 | More by brentk56
Hoponius Union from Jack's Abby Brewing
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