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Hoponius Union - Jack's Abby Brewing

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323 Reviews
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Reviews: 323
Hads: 2,342
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 2.6%
Wants: 353
Gots: 400 | 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: 2,342
Photo of Guess2814
4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I'm drinking on this beer as I'm writing this message.. This nice golden look with a nice hoppy lager smell.. The taste is unbelievable .. Soon as you open the bottle you can smell the fresh IPL hoppy smell.. Leaves a nice taste on on tongue.. Jack Abby's continues to create classic beers.. Cheers!!!! (302 characters)

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

12oz.

A: Pours a pleasant clearish orange-gol with a nice white head.

S: Beautiful citrusy hop aroma. Grapefruit, sweet tangerine, a bit of sticky pineapple, grass, hint of grain behind.

T: Taste brings robust grassy bitterness, mild tobacco leaf, a hint of orange peel, doughy grain.

M: Light-bodied with light carbonation.

O: A nice IPL. (344 characters)

Photo of DefenCorps
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 06 Nov 2013, consumed 08 Dec. I picked this up at Julio's.

In my Sam Adams perfect pint, this is a brilliantly clear golden amber with a large, dense, frothy, white head with excellent retention and lacing. The nose is beautifully hoppy. Dusty, doughy malt character is present, but really, this is all about the hops. Tropical, pungent, fruity, citrusy and just outrageously aromatic, this is truly awesome. Clean lager fermentation allows this to be entirely about the hops, and the blend of grapefruit and navel oranges is extremely refreshing.

The palate opens with a clean, quenching bitterness, mildly resiny and extremely citrusy, with orange zest, orange juice and grapefruit present by the bucketful. A mild pine sap bitterness is present as well. The mid-palate brings out the hop flavor, the blend of floral citrus and a little bit of grass. Malt character is minimal, with just a little bit of a burnt sugar/ toffee/honey sweetness present, pairing really well with the citrus hops. With the classic lager smoothness/slickness on the palate, this beer is ridiculously clean and has a nice, biting bitterness on the finish. Medium-light in body with moderate carbonation, this beer is excellent on the palate. Very highly recommended. In the pantheon of IPLs, there aren't many that better this. (1,316 characters)

Photo of jbwimer
4.29/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Extra in a trade originating from the other site. Thanks bostonbeans. Have had a growing appreciation for lagers, so a lager influenced by the brewing of IPAs sounds great.

A- Poured into a tulip glass. Poured fairly aggressively and the pour yielded an awesome 3 finger head that was white as snow. Great retention on the head as well as great lacing as the head dissipates. This beer has a wonderful pale golden color and ring after ring of lacing is left on the glass. Beautiful beer.

S- Definitely biscuity malts. But there are also notes of pine, lemongrass, and citrus aplenty. This is a very well-balanced nose, and I love what the "fusion" of the styles results in when done right.

T- Matches the nose quite well. Dominated by the biscuity and bready malt, as expected of a lager, but it's followed by the citrusy, bitter hops as well. Not a ton of bitterness, but the presence of bittering hops is evident. A slight sweetness finishes off this beer once it has warmed some. Quite enjoyable.

M- Not as heavy of a body as most lagers have. The fruity and piney notes perhaps make this a lighter beer. Fairly high on the carbonation. Very dry on the finish. Really solid. Me likey.

O- I'm impressed with this beer. Wish I had ready access to it as I really enjoyed it and think it'd also be a good beer for my dad. He enjoys craft, but most times when I let him try an IPA he smacks his lips, wrinkles his nose, and says, "Grapefruit juice." All in all, really well done beer. (1,488 characters)

Photo of Bowdoinbeerboy
3.9/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours with about a fingers worth of head, the beer itself is slightly hazy and opaque and a distinct yellow color.

The nose is very malty-biscuity. The hop aroma is faily muted, there is some slight hop spiciness up front, but it is very subdued.

The taste is fairly malty up front and this fades to a quite back-of-palate hop bitterness. This bitterness lingers for quite awhile.

This is a pretty interesting beer. It has some good hop bitterness but doesn't have much going on in the hop aromatics department, most of the hop notes here are from bitterness (lots of kettle hops).

This is a pretty decent beer, I don't have much experience with craft lagers but this is pretty tasty. That said, I definitely prefer ales to Lagers. (745 characters)

Photo of tbeckett
3.34/5  rDev -21%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Had this on tap at Reservoir in Waterbury. From notes.

A - Golden, bright pour. One finger of white head on top with minimal spotty lace and no retention.

S - Grass, hops, honey.

T - Nice hops, grassy, some light spice, honey.

M - Good carbonation, light to medium body, not enough bitterness.

O/D - OK. A decent craft lager, but way less hops than I was expecting. Wouldn't revisit it, but a nice take on the style. (421 characters)

Photo of jvillefan
3.92/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

A: It has a beautiful orange amber body with a thin off white lacy head.

S: Very bready with fruits. There is a biscuit aroma with apples and pine mixed in. Very potent aroma. Exactly what you would expect from a hoppy lager.

T: Very good but the balance is not there. Very strong lager flavor with even more powerful hop flavors of pine and apple.

M: Good body but could be a little thicker and excellent carbonation.

O: Very good hoppy lager. Not the best out there but still in my top five lagers. (504 characters)

Photo of CloudStrife
4.41/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into a tulip.

A: Pours a slightly hazy pale golden with a white head. Can see an average amount of visible carbonation in the body. Leaves some spots of lacing on the glass.

S: Nice dose of hops in this one, really pulls off that west coast hop aroma that is normally reserved for IPA's. Has a great toasted malt background. Bit of sweetness from both the hops and malts.

T: Flavor is great on this one, really shines as both a lager and a hoppy brew. Great toasty bready quality along with that character lager yeast. Hops add solid bitterness mid sip to even things out. Lingers into the aftertaste with roasty malts.

M: Has a medium to full body with a nectar like mouthfeel. Moderate to low carbonation, bit sticky on the finish.

Overall I'm real impressed with this one and will be going back for more. Really blurs the ale / lager line. Packs some serious flavor. (897 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 JamesShoemaker
4.08/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into my snifter. Glad to see Jack's Abby in New York! Bottle dated 10/21/13, twenty one days old.

A - very good looking brew, nice and light, translucent, oranges, yellows, and reds. Foam on the forced pour dissipates quickly.

S - big nose on the pour, but out of the glass it's a little weaker. Nice hop profile, bittersweet and sticky, honey and sugary. There's a little pine, but a lot more citrus. It's a nice scent, but it gets points off for being too weak.

T - bitterer than expected from the smell. The bitterness comes right at the front and then fades into sweetness. There's not much pine, mostly citrus, but the fruity characteristics get lost in the malt.

M - this is definitely not an IPA. The IPL is a little weaker in the nose and, especially, the taste. It's bitter going down, but not something you couldn't easily drink.

O - a tasty beer, and probably the best Jack's Abby I've had (of the four I've tried). It's got a nice hop profile and isn't overwhelming at all. A little bitter for my taste, but, objectively, very good. (1,072 characters)

Photo of utopiajane
4.21/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a true amber gold with bright clarity and bubbles streaming up from the bottom. The head is soft, white and falls slowly enough to leave a ring and slippery lace. Nose is strong and earthy lager yeast that has been splashed with sunny hop citrus. There's a touch of pine and grapefruit but nothing as strong as an IPA. The body of the beer is smooth and the earthy yeast seems to give it texture. It has ample carbonation but those bubbles do not bite you. The citrus is flower like. The grapefruit is soft and so is the pine. The light malt is perfectly unobtrusive but carries this beer expertly with a light grain in the aftertaste. It's caressed by a gentle bitter but even that is restrained. Smart and poised.

This beer kept the quality of a lager and added just the right amount of hops to show them off a little but not get carried away. Extremely food friendly with just a hint of sweetness. This beer is uncomplicated by the hops and is quite engaging. (969 characters)

Photo of PHBoiler
3.97/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bold yellow/orange body that is completely translucent with a crisp finger width white head. Good looking beer in the glass. Some pine and citrus on the nose. Aggressively hopped and quite bitter with a solid lager base. The lager base is my favorite part of this beer. Very well made with a great mouthfeel. The hopping is a bit too aggressively west coast for my taste. It is certainly interesting with the lager body though. Worth a try for west coast IPA fans indeed. (471 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 Resuin
4.28/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass. This was bottled 09/23/13 which is a couple days over a month ago.

Appearance: Pours a translucent, not very hazy, amber/gold and leaves a finger of white head which lingers a bit.

Smell: Delicious, piney hops right up front. Plenty of citrus comes as well. Amazing hop-forward smelling beer - all the best aromas of hops come out front and center.

Taste: Nice citrus hops hit the palate softly. The taste is much more subtle than the aroma, and this is a very easy drinking beer. Well balanced flavors. Malt accompanies the hops to even out the flavor. Finishes crisp and smooth.

Mouth-feel: Pretty well carbonated with a relatively light, crisp body. Well suited for the flavors.

Overall: The smell is just fantastic, and following that, this is a nice, easy drinking, balanced IPL. Very crisp and refreshing. Incredible value as well. Definitely recommend trying some of this. (933 characters)

Photo of stella77artois
4.06/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle poured into wine glass.

A - Pours a yellow amber, with a 1" head. A fair amount of carbonation noted, as well as a slight haze.

S - Lot's of bitter hops up front, and a bit of dankness. Earthy smells from the hops, as well as a good amount of grapefruit. Also a tiny bit of yeast. Nice smelling beer, just wish I could detect a bit more of the fruity notes advertised.

T - Probably the most interesting American Pale Lager I've ever had. Essentially because this beer is an IPA with lager yeast. Lot's of hops up front - dirt/earthy notes, very bitter in a pleasant way. Also noted grapefruit and a bitter flowery taste. Unlike their 2nd Anniversary Lager, which is very hoppy yep clean and crisp like a lager, this beer wasn't so crisp. Very much IPA. Not a bad thing in any means!

F - Dry finish. Lot's of carbonation which I liked. Very prickly on the tongue and throat. Again, not crisp like a lager. This is very IPA-like to me.

O - A very good beer. I just didn't find any lager qualities. I absolutely love Jack Abby's 2nd Anniversary Lager, as it combines lots and lots of quality hops with the clean and crisp finish of a lager. This tastes more like an IPA to me. A very good one actually. Great tasting beer which I will certainly try again, but I was disappointed in not finding that lager crispness. Still highly recommended. (1,358 characters)

Photo of JohnG190
4.31/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to Boston_Steve for the trade! Pours a golden amber with fluffy white head that dissipates quickly. Nice lacing. Aroma is all about hops - floral, citrus, pine, some grassiness - a very nice smelling beer. Taste follows nose, bitter throughout but nicely balanced by sweet malt backbone. A very quaffable beer. Smooth, with a light-medium body and effervescent carbonation. Overall a well crafted lager. I've only had one other IPL, that from Boston Beer Company, and I do like the style! An IPA(L) that one can serve cold, I'll be looking for these come summer! (570 characters)

Photo of Jacobob10
3.92/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On-tap at Hops N Scotch in Brookline, MA.

Appearance: Yellow color, clear body, with a small white head. Sparse lacing on the glass. Good head retention.

Smell: Heavy hop aroma. Citrus and grass. No malt presence.

Taste: Citrus plays interestingly off of the light biscuit malts. Light bodied, a little too light for such a hoppy beer.

Mouthfeel: Thin textured, dry aftertaste with lively carbonation.

Overall: The lager flavor mixed with the strong hop profile doesn't completely work for me. It's a good beer and very unique, but maybe a little too much on the dry side. I wasn't in the mood for a second one. Glad I got to try this on-tap, regardless. (659 characters)

Photo of Omnium
4.21/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle > Pint Glass

A - Pours a nice clear gold 2 fingers of soapy white head, mild lacing.
S - Grassy, and piney aroma, a touch of light citrus, and lager kinda traits, some bready malt.
T - Lots of pine and grass as far as the hops goes, a mild bitterness up front then smooths out to that crisp mellow lager taste.
M - Clean, smooth, refreshing, light bitterness on the palate.
O - Well it really is that good, something you could definitely drink a few of, I think there's also some great examples of the style already out there, but this one is popular for a reason. (575 characters)

Photo of migwell
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a bit cloudy with a small head that persists. An IPL it is, tasting quite like many a great IPA while having a lighter body and clean finish reminiscent of a lager. This is a good drinking beer which goes down easy and doesn't pack a major ABV wallop. Very fine beer, this! (279 characters)

Photo of DIM
4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

mfg date 10-07-13. Very fresh. Sweet.

a: Slightly hazy pale golden color; pours with a smallish semi-sticky white head.

s: Hop forward for sure, fresh lemon with hints of tropical fruit. Some mild caramel as well.

t: Hop forward and exremely flavorful without being a hop bomb. Lemon and pineapple juice hops dominate. There is a little caramel sweetness peeking through. Lingering mild pithy grapefruit.

m: Gentle carbonation and silky body.

o: I didn't see the date until after I bought it, 6 days after it was bottled! Great beer, if it was available locally I would drink a ton of this. (595 characters)

Photo of pmarlowe
4.09/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

MFG 08.09.2013. Tulip glass.

A: Pours a pale straw color, brilliant clarity, with a finger of nice bright white head. Very good retention but minimal lacing.

S: Smooth, sweetish pale malt, and floral hops.

T: Light floral hops, nice supporting pale malt, finishing with mild to moderate lager yeast flavor with mild bitterness.

M: Super smooth, medium-light carbonation and body.

O: Nice stuff. Smooth, easy drinking with mild flavors. (440 characters)

Photo of Kendo
4.36/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Poured from the growler into a pint glass. Body is clear light amber that appears more dark golden when backlit. Lots of visible carbonation, with a bunch of slow-rising big bubbles that fortify the 1-finger whitish head.

S: Citrusy and floral hops. Quite pleasant, though not the smack-in-the-face experience of some of the hoppier American-style IPAs.

T: This is tasty. After a modest malt foundation (lightly biscuity), the citrusy hops dominate. Think grapefruit pith and peel and a nice floral/herbal taste as well; pine needles come to mind at times as well. Finishes bitter but clean, with a lingering minerally, citrus bitterness on the palate.

M: Quite creamy in feel; call it light-to-medium in heft. Carbonation is active but fine, accentuating that creaminess.

O: This is good stuff. It's going down real fast. (830 characters)

Photo of buschbeer
4.04/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 fl. oz. bottle
Served in a pilsner glass

A - It pours a golden amber color with about three inches of off-white head.

S - IPL's have a unique smell. This one has a citrus nose with a metallic note. It has a noble hops essence.

T - The taste is right in line with the smell. It has a strong citrus taste with a metallic bitterness on the finish. I noticed some bread/toast at the beginning, but the citrus overwhelms the malt after a few drinks.

M - It seems to have a little more body than the standard lager.

O - This is a great example of a good style of beer. I have only had a few IPL's and have enjoyed them all. I get an unusual flavor that I describe as metallic. That may not be the best descriptor. This is definitely worth buying a six pack of more. (771 characters)

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

12 oz bottle purchased at Acme Bar and Pizza in Rochester, NY and consumed in a tulip.

Pours a brilliant, hazy orange. Small head, visible carbonation. Nice looking lager.

Smells include citrus zest, pine, and sweet malts.

Tastes incredible. Tons of citrus goodness, along with some earthy dank herbal hop tastes as well. Malt sweetness shines through as well. Insanely drinkable. Crisp finish probably due to the lagering.

Nice mouthfeel. Light to medium bodied, keeps it very drinkable.

A classic IPL, and the benchmark for the style, IMO. (546 characters)

Photo of GJ40
3.84/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Sampled from a 500ml bottle purchased at Yankee Spirits in Swansea, MA.

A - Golden and crystal clear with a moderate creamy, white head. A steady rise of bubbles.

S - Floral and fruity hops with a nice lager crispness.

T - Nice floral and citrusy hops contrasted by a clean, crisp lager base. It was an interesting mix. They don't come together perfectly but it was interesting and enjoyable.

M - Silky with a moderate carbonation.

O - A good, interesting beer. (466 characters)

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