Hoponius Union - Jack's Abby Brewing

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Reviews: 314
Hads: 2,316
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 6.86%
Wants: 351
Gots: 384 | 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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Photo of GarthDanielson
4.12/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured on-tap and served in a tumbler pint, the beer is a slightly hazed, steadily carbonated, copper-golden coloring with a low profile, thin, off-white filmy coating. Aromas of resiny hops, with basil and hemp characteristics, as well as a slight peppering. Flavors are hop forward, with that heavy pepper/basil combo blasting the tastebuds. Light toasted backbone supports the hops presence, and the beer is light bodied and smooth in mouth. Great cling along the glass as you go. The aftertaste is light and bitter, with a slight floral highlight. Resiny, bitter finish, with the clean feel typical of a lager. Very tasty. (626 characters)

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

Every once in a while you pick a beer off a list with no idea what to expect. This was one of those times and boy did it pay off well. I had never heard of or tried an India Pale Lager, but I was intrigued.

A: Pours a clear gold with soft pillowy head.
S: Huge hop aromas - citrus, tropical fruits, apricot, resin running the show.

T: Stiff malt backbone. Beautifully balanced, crisp, drinkable. Very similar to an IPA in taste but actually a lager. Flavor follows- solid hop profile showing lots of citrus and pine notes.

M: Mild bitterness throughout. Body has enough weight to carry the hops without lending too much sweetness.

Very good beer, an entirely worthwhile east-cost hoppy brew. (700 characters)

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

Bottle poured fresh from brewey and cold into a glass. Golden with semi rushing bubbles a spotty off white legs. Smell strong citrus and floral accented by a bit if earthiness. Taste and feel impressive at first getting a pleasant grapefruit and line leading into a the lager profile which is a bit hard to explain but almost a toasted bread which probably is the yeast or spelt? Overall feel, depth are outstanding with a unique flavor profile. Welcome change from the regular apa/IPA (485 characters)

Photo of rudzud
4.13/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the armsby abbey.

A - Poured into a standard pint glass a crystal clear golden hue with a seamy one finger head that recedes to leave nice side lacing.

S - Nice hop notes up front. Definitely resembles a nice ipa with hop bitterness and a light malt sweetness.

T - Very nice lightly sweet bitter hops with a smooth malt finish. Quite bitter throughout.

M - Fairly nice mouthfeel. Bitter and dry but crisp and refreshing.

O - Overall I Enjoyed this beer. A very nice hoppy beer with a good crisp bitter finish. (524 characters)

Photo of PSU_Mike
4.14/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a slightly hazy burnt straw color with a 1 finger white head. Low carb and nice lacing on the edges.

FIrst smell is lemon, a hint of grass, a little subdued but still pleasant.

Lemon is main flavor. It's pleasantly hoppy but not a blast in the face. A touch of grass on the finish.

The finish is spot on. Crisp, clean, and refreshing. A little puckering lemon on the sides of the tongue though which I could do without.

Very enjoyable and easily crushed. I'm a fan and believer in Jack's Abby. (507 characters)

Photo of Treyliff
4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | 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 (732 characters)

Photo of SteveB24
4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance- color is a bright gold. Carbonation within the beer is invisible, beer pours a moderate amount of white, thin head that settles into spotty lacing.

Smell-Mildly fruity, Resin, grass, faintest yeast.

Taste- Upfront is Resin, mild fruit, (maybe melon?), Slightly citrusy, slightly floral, toasty, yeasty notes.

Mouthfeel Light/ medium body, medium/ high carbonation, crisp, slightly dry in the end.

overall- excellent beer, satisfies on many levels, tasty, refreshing, satisfying, this could easily become a go to for me (534 characters)

Photo of macrosmatic
4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to surge1311 for sending this one as an extra in our trade! Reviewed from notes. Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Cigar City pint glass.

A: Pours a hazy gold, with medium visible carbonation and a half-finger of white head.

S: Grassy and resin hops, light cracker and less pilsner malt aroma. Essentially no sulfur character.

T: Resin, grapefruit rind, and bit grassy hops, light pilsner and cracker malts. Citrus rind bitterness in the hang - significant but not overly bitter.

M: Light but smooth body, low carbonation sensation, and almost no alcohol.

O: Pretty darn tasty, and it certainly makes a good argument against the "lagers are tasteless" crowd. Still, it wouldn't necessarily be a go-to for me in the face of other choices - there are a lot of readily available IPAs that are just plain better. (823 characters)

Photo of andrewinski1
4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a pint glass. The color is light hazy straw. There is not much of a head on this one. Just a thin layer of bubbles.

Really nice unique aroma here. There is mango and melon prominent in the aroma. This is going to be good.

The melon notes are prominent in the flavor as well; that's how the beer starts. The finish has a bit of pine. There is just enough sweetness here to emphasize the melon, just enough piney bitterness to make this crisp and refreshing. I really like this flavor.

This is light to medium bodied. The carbonation is sharp. Overall this is very enjoyable. I will definitely be picking up more of this. (634 characters)

Photo of Malty_Matty
4.16/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A- this looks your archetypical beer. Between gold and amber in color with a 2 finger white head on top, this is what everyone imagines when they hear the word beer.

S- a slight but not overwhelming nose of citrus and pine up front. Not much else. (i do have a bit of a head cold though)

T- the citrus isn't as strong here as in the nose. I pick up spicier earthier hops in the front and finish. Citrus is more toward the middle of the sip. The malt body keeps it balanced though it feels like more could have been done with it.

Mf- I could comfortably drink this all day. Light body and clean finish make for an incredibly drinkable beer.

I could drink this beer any time and be absolutely happy. A well done lager, which should be a model to others in the style. (768 characters)

Photo of FosterJM
4.16/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1763rd Review on BA
Bottle to Speiglau Wheat Glass
500ML

Thanks to Jlindros and Rudzud for this one.

App- Into the glass, its that classic lager yellow with a bit of deep golds behind it. The small capped head receded fairly quickly but didnt leave a ton of bubbles behind it. Was a nice looking beer, just needed a bit more head and lace.

Smell- When I first smell this one its a bit more of a grainular hop note with a touch of pale hops. As it warmed a little bit more it takes on a bit more of a juicy hop note on the noise.

Taste- I enjoyed this beer. The crispness of the lager paired with a good dose of juicy and semi fruity pale malts and then go into a bit of a little bitter to balance out the flavors. Better when this was cold.

Mouth- A semi light body with a bit of a medium carbonation level behind it. A bit more hops on the residual flavor wouldve been nice but the lager notes with a bit of grain are really nice.

Drink- Im not a lager fan, but these hoppy lagers are really starting to do it for me. (1,025 characters)

Photo of tkelley
4.17/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Second pour of the night from a growler I bought on Saturday. Lugged the growler back to my house in a backpack for three miles, don't know how that might affect things.

a -- the body is brilliant. Kind of a hazy, golden orange color. Very little head, but really good lacing and retention of the said very little head.

s -- Boom, grapefruit. Piney west coasty hops. Lagery. Light biscuit and flower scents.

t -- much like the nose, it's a mouthful of grapefruit. Very citrusy. Very fresh. Fruity, dry and not astringent. Tastes beautiful and magical.

m -- medium carbonation. little spicy from hops. refreshing though.

o -- so, so good. again, wicked refreshing and very hoppy. Tastes like America -- awesome.

Cheers. (724 characters)

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 (334 characters)

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

From the chilled bottle into the big tumbler I see a clear, golden light amber colored lager with a decent but broken fluffy white head with healthy lacing. The aroma makes itself known quickly from a distance with a decidedly tart citrus hop and biscuit base. Very impressive and unlike any lager I've had the pleasure of knowing before (other than this same brew on tap). The flavor is such a pleasure with more of the same biscuit and citrus hop blend and maybe some rye grain and light grass ideas. It's peppery, tart and clean with a light but lively carbonation that offers an effervescent feel over a medium body. More grass and grapefruit lemon pours over the tongue with quite some bite, especially unheard of for a lager but as the label explains, this is simply a lagered IPA and the unique flavors are definitely successful and worth a try. (852 characters)

Photo of NardiByNature
4.17/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Brewed 9/24

Golden - mostly clear with a sticky, rocky white head. Plenty of visible carbonation with little bubbles clinging to the bottom of the glass. Really like the smell: grassy, weedy, lemony. I take a big easy swig and it’s very refreshing: earthy, crisp, and bitter, this can quench a thirst and a buzz. Nice finish though I could use a little more carbo. I love lagers so I’m lucky enough to live in the distro zone. Seek this one out. (450 characters)

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. (331 characters)

Photo of scotorum
4.18/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the 12 oz. bottle into a Sierra Nevada IPA glass.

a: Clear dark gold with an inch and a half white heat which dissipated to rocky and then even surface foam and patterned lacing.

s: Spice and resin.

t: Pine and spice hops forward over a tasty medium malt base. Bitterness lingers in the mouth of an otherwise dry finish.

m: Light to moderate.

o: A very easy drinking IPL, tasty and refreshing. Eminently sippable and sessionable. (448 characters)

Photo of beerthulhu
4.19/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

-spiegelau ipa glass. ipl.

A: Hazy princeton orange coloring with a creamy, froth head of one inch, dirty bone white, with a solid retention rate that only adds to the lasting visual. Moderately paced glass consuming effervesce, lasting coverage, decent coverage rate on the vessel.

S: Nice wiff of dry pineapple-orange, good level of awareness. Some fresh green melon sneaks in along with wet citrusy notes. Crisp pale malts lets the hopping speak for itself with some tropical nature, very clean. Deep down some fresh apple-pear yeastiness comes to light. Good complexity for an ipl, duration is good, awareness is generous, whats not to like.

T: Citrus, semi-dry, followed by a grassy hopping. Solid level of bitterness, light flowery piney-orange, dry whole grains with a decent lingering after fade of citrus-grass on the swallow that is lightly dry and begs for the next sip. Crisp lager like flavor, generous american wet coast hop addition with a strong level of hoppiness well balanced with malt aspect.

M: Crisp and tight mouthful, bubbly and sharp, just like a good lager should be. Medium bodied with a touch of creamy nature.

O: Overall beautiful presentation with a well lasting capping only leads to a lasting impression. Lightly cloudy orange coloring with a crisp carbonation rate dances in the glass with healthy hop loads, cleanly brewed, with a lingering dry hopping afterwards that certainly won't dissappoint even the most stubborn of hop heads. Citrusy fade. Had this after a 90+ day mowing the lawn and this hit the spot perfectly, to bad he didn't bring along more friends, only had one. Clean lager brewed with american hop influence just as the label claims is spot on. 6.7% feels more mid 5ish. 6 pack worthy. Hop levels worthy of mid entry ipa status with a cleanly brewed background makes this a must try per style (pale lager). There is a lot to say about this beer, it starts with the the brewery's focus on one style (lagers). Nice to see other states outside pennsylvania focusing on this underappreciated german style and bringing some respectability with an american twist and influence. Rated as an american pale lager. (2,167 characters)

Photo of jdhowe
4.19/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

500mL bottle courtesy of JOSHMAN, 6 May 2013 bottling date.

A: Pours a cloudy golden color, almost like an IPA, with a finger of fluffy white head that quickly recedes to a thin bubbly layer. If I didn't know better, I'd guess this was an IPA from the appearance. Very nice looking, though. Plentiful lacing remains on the sides of the glass.

S: Sweet citrus covering up a slightly bready pale malt backbone. Here a little bit of the lager character emerges, but really it's the hops that are most prevalent. Lots of citrus and a little pine gives a crisp and sweet aroma to the beer.

T/M: A medium body laden with citrus character that dominates the palate, with underlying bread and cracker flavor to the malt. The finish is drying, again belying its lager roots, but also strong with bitter hop character. A perfect amount of carbonation makes this beer a joy to drink. Alcohol is not evident anywhere.

O: A very nice beer. The lager base is complemented quite well by the plentiful hopping, but it remains central to the character of this beer. A strongly bitter lager, to be sure, but retaining a lot of the drinkability of the style. Definitely a beer I'd be happy to have again at some point. (1,203 characters)

Photo of GinjaSlice
4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: pours a nice clear orange with minimal head and not too much lacing
S: smell is where this beer shines with to a of citrus and hops
T: taste is good and follow the smell. Lots of citrus and bitter hops throughout with a decent finish
M: good Mouthfeel very refreshing but a slight stickiness at the end

Good ipa just wish it had more malt or sweetness to balance it out (373 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 DrJay
4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Orange/gold and clear with a short, dense off-white cap. Thick lacing and great head retention. Fresh hop aroma, lots of citrus, grapefruit, pith, slight pineapple. Really well constructed, with citrus hops throughout but mild malt up front and tropical/spicy notes in the bitter finish. Moderate carbonation, on the creamy side while still retaining some crispness, nice texture. I really enjoyed this beer. Bright hops all the way through yet still refined and refreshing. (474 characters)

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

Growler shared by Thorpe429. Thanks Mike.

The beer is clear and golden hued with a small head that leaves sparse lacing on the tulip. Lots of fresh hop character in both the nose and taste. This drinks much more like an IPA than a German lager. And while this beer is tasty, it does lack the distinctive characteristics of a Dortmunder lager. The body is light and the finish is dry, offering a hint of lager yeast. Overall, a tasty brew. Easy to drink and flavorful, just don't expect an authentic example of the style. I would definitely have this again. (557 characters)

Photo of inlimbo77
4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz bottle. Poured into a DFH signature glass.

A: Pours a crystal clear pale, orange color. I initially got about a finger of bright white head. Lots of carbonation streaming off the bottom of the glass. There is a little bit of lacing.

S: Smells like a West Coast IPA! Lots of overripe peach grapefruit, and citrus. It's a very clean smell. Fruity hops and very light malt hidden behind it all.

T: You get those hops right at the front of the tongue. They aren't aggressively bitter like a strong IPA or DIPA but they're there. Mango, peach, grapefruit, etc. The middle of the mouth if much cleaner than an ale would be. Lighter on the malts. And the finish is much more crisp and clean than an ale. Mild on the bitterness.

M: Light leading to medium bodied. Nicely carbonated. (783 characters)

Photo of popery
4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a nice bright gold with a big puffy head, a light cream color. Lots of lacing, very good retention, in case you're curious. The aroma is quite hoppy. Big on bright citrus with a little tropical fruit in the mix. Nice floral note, as well. Sugary, doughy malt underneath all of those hops. Taste is similar. Lots of hop flavor. It pretty much drinks like an IPA. It's just a bit cleaner for better and worse. The hops start with sweet floral and citrus flavors but get a bit bland in the finish. It's just not quite as juicy as I'd like. Nice dry finish, otherwise. Light mouthfeel with a little bit of hop oiliness. Very good beer. (637 characters)

Hoponius Union from Jack's Abby Brewing
94 out of 100 based on 314 ratings.