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Hoponius Union - Jack's Abby Brewing

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

1,708 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,708
Reviews: 256
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 8.43%
Wants: 279
Gots: 147 | FT: 12
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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Reagan1984

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed a couple of pints at “The Other Side” before the Sox game. Never heard of the brewery or beer before an d figured it was worth a try. Really enjoyed it quite a bit. It was described as a highly hopped lager to me and frankly, that was correct.
The beer was a bright and the color of brass. Single strands of carbonation streamed to the surface. A finger of delicate fluffy head sat atop the beer and settled fairly quickly to a ring of foam. A touch of lace.
Bright hoppy aroma which was very nice. Citrus and grass led the charge here.
Really nice flavor and feel. Bright/fresh and refreshing. Light toasted malt, some light grape and a mix of light citrus and some green grass notes.
Light body with a little extra punch from the aggressive hopping. Refreshing and sessionable.
I like this beer quite a bit. Additionally, I know learn the brewery is in Framingham. Since this is the next town to where I live, I am quite excited. I’ll be looking to try more of their beers. Definitely seek this out.

Serving type: on-tap

09-19-2011 09:55:24 | More by Reagan1984
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enelson

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

05-27-2013 21:39:58 | More by enelson
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TheBeerAlmanac

Kentucky

4/5  rDev -6.3%

05-16-2014 23:39:20 | More by TheBeerAlmanac
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EgadBananas

Louisiana

4.29/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to cbeer88 for this!

Pouts a somewhat clear, somewhat lighter orange color with a beige finger of head. Dissipates to a frothy foam. Aroma has lots of floral, grassy and pungent grapefruit. Malt profile is mild. Tastes of juicy grapefruit, mango, orange, floral hops and grassy, herbal hops. Lighter sweetness, touches of caramel. Body is light, oil, slick, crisp, and down right beautiful...lager body, IPA boldness. Drinks like a charm, overall excellent!

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2013 22:21:41 | More by EgadBananas
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JoeyBeerBelly

New York

4.65/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

16.9oz/500ml/.5l bottle served in a glass beer mug.

L - lightly hazed orange/copper color with a white head that thinned to a layer leaving some decent lacing behind.

S - citrus and tropical fruits with a malty backbone.

T - citrus hops upfront with a dry and bitter finish.

F - medium bodied, crisp and refreshing, easy to drink.

O - it's a great example of a IPL, a style I wish more breweries would tinker with.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2013 22:46:08 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
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BGsWo22

New York

3.5/5  rDev -18%

01-30-2013 20:12:30 | More by BGsWo22
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ColForbinBC

New Jersey

4.41/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16oz bottle poured into a pint glass

A fairly clear, golden colored body. A good two+ fingers of soapy head cling to the glass as it recedes to a thin layer. Big sip marks.

Smells like a west coast IPA. Light cracker and toasted flavors from the malt. Clean. Tropical fruit over top with an underlying spiciness.

Juicy oranges and grapefruit up front with some cracker-like malt through the middle. A little bit of toasted biscuits before the spelt pulls it back and adds a little crisp spice. The finish is a blend of tropical fruit bitterness and dryness.

On the lighter side of medium with a smooth feel. Dry and bitter finish, but never overpowering.

This is not your dad's APL. An interesting blend of styles that works. The crisp lager flavors compliment the hops. Dry, crisp low end with juicy tropical up top. This is a winner for sure.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2013 13:09:03 | More by ColForbinBC
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cpetrone84

Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour is transparent amber with a lot of fluffy white head and some large bubbles. Nose is light, clean and fresh. Some grain, a touch doughy, strong hop punch, tropical fruits light, grassy and herbal. Taste is the same, well attenuated, clean grain notes, a touch doughy, with a strong hop punch. More tropical fruit, grapefruit, grassy hop behind, and light bitterness with a dry well carbonated finish and lighter body.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2013 15:49:32 | More by cpetrone84
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Bierman9

New Hampshire

4.03/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 0.5l bottle, one of a 4-pack bought at Harringtons ($12.95). Seeing July out with a nice, hoppy lager...

Filled a nonic with a deep, rich, clear golden bier. Has plentiful carbo rising rapidly, with a creamy, fine off-white head up top. Lacing is decent as well. Aroma is quite rindy, along with some biscuity malt. Mouthfeel is solid, as Hoponius is a nice medium with only light prickle hitting the tongue.

Flavor has some grainy sweetness, though light. There's lots of citrus here, with a hint of tropicality, too. Mostly, though, it's piney, pithy, resiny hoppage hitting the palate. Has plenty of bitterness, but finishes dryly. Would personally like a tad more balancing sweetness, but this is solid nonetheless. Prosit!

4.03/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Serving type: bottle

07-31-2012 21:48:50 | More by Bierman9
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AngusOg

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

01-28-2013 13:00:32 | More by AngusOg
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KevinGordon

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

02-09-2014 20:14:47 | More by KevinGordon
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tigg924

Massachusetts

3.85/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap at New World Tavern--Plymouth
Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: 1/2 inch head, low carbonation, gold in color, clear

Smell: piney hops and light citrus hops

Taste: sweet caramel start followed by pine and citrus hops

Mouthfeel: sweetish start with big bitter middle and less bitter finish, moderate carbonation, light bodied

Overall: A nice and smooth lager. This one is a lot hoppier than others in the style. Better as a beer than for the style. A sipper that I will get again but one per sitting.

Serving type: on-tap

03-07-2012 15:04:43 | More by tigg924
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eawolff99

Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

09-07-2012 02:18:09 | More by eawolff99
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IPAchris

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -18%

01-11-2014 14:49:56 | More by IPAchris
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tectactoe

Michigan

4.26/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to portia99 for this one (it was an extra!), really looking forward to it. Pours a light copper color with very high clarity - only a very, very mild haze that forms dead center. Foamy white head begins to form some chunking lacing and legging right off the bat.

The nose is heavily hoppy with a solid malt backbone - if the first whiff is any indication, this beer will be balanced very well. Some lemon zest, pineapple, and bitter citrus peel couple nicely with light and leafy pines and wet hops. A touch of cracker-like sweetness from the malt brings the aroma together nicely.

The first thing that hits the palate when taking a sip is a helping of wet, juicy, pine-like hops; grassy, floral, and slightly pungent. Light resin starts to come out as the sweet malts work their way into the mix, helping to balance and offset. Some mild fruitiness extracts itself from the hop bill; pineapple, grapefruit peels, herbal lemon zest.

The hoppy flavors mostly fade by the time the beers has left your mouth and all that's left is the aftertaste, but a light, assertive bitterness remains along with some sweet bread, butter, and cracker malt flavors that give the excellent balance I was expecting from the aroma. As the brew goes on and gets warmer, I'm tasting some light white pepper spices come out from the hops, and maybe even some faint onion flavors. The body is medium and slick with a surprisingly dry and crisp finish.

Wow! Very solid brew here. It doesn't really exhibit the normal characteristics you'd expect from a lager, mainly because the identifiable yeast flavors are mostly covered up by the hops. You could easily mistake this beer as an IPA. The only real tell-tale sign is the dry, crispiness in the end. Nevertheless, this one shows exceptional balance and great execution for a very drinkable, hoppy-ass brew.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2013 17:52:06 | More by tectactoe
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atrocity

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

06-21-2014 02:22:24 | More by atrocity
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Sean9689

Illinois

3.6/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Extra'd but forget who sent this to me...

A - Pours a yellow/orange color, white frothy head, sticky lace.

S - Really hoppy, resin, citrus, light malts, caramel. A lot more hoppy then I was expecting, that's for sure. IPL or IPA or DIPA or whatever, this beer has lots of hops.

T - Similar to the nose. Lots of hops with a small amount of sweet malty notes. Not nearly as good as Humulus Lager, IMO. Too hoppy to even put lager in the the style name. Alcohol is noticeable for 6.7%, which detracts from this beer. Finish is super-hoppy bitterness.

M - Medium body, good carbonation, oily bitter finish.

O - Not my cup 'o tea. Just too hoppy and over-the-top to enjoy much of. I opened a Pliny the Elder directly after this and it seemed to be more balanced and enjoyable then this beer, which says a lot to me right there.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2012 15:30:46 | More by Sean9689
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Holland

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

12-10-2013 22:13:26 | More by Holland
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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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jaxon53

Connecticut

4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

07-25-2013 23:35:16 | More by jaxon53
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jfcaa193

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

02-23-2014 16:07:46 | More by jfcaa193
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Griffith

Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

01-21-2014 16:09:24 | More by Griffith
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CheapBeerBuzz

California

4/5  rDev -6.3%

10-28-2012 05:28:04 | More by CheapBeerBuzz
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smartassboiler

Illinois

4/5  rDev -6.3%

04-06-2014 19:14:47 | More by smartassboiler
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outoffocus

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

03-18-2013 02:52:49 | More by outoffocus
Hoponius Union from Jack's Abby Brewing
95 out of 100 based on 1,708 ratings.