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Hoponius Union - Jack's Abby Brewing

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

1,867 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,867
Reviews: 271
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 8.43%
Wants: 295
Gots: 194 | FT: 15
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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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Jlacoy82, Jun 24, 2014
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2.25/5  rDev -47.3%

PeteTheBird, Jun 17, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

SeeAych, Oct 05, 2012
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4.69/5  rDev +9.8%

One of my top ten beers ever. This is one outstanding lager.
The pour is a light amber color with a beautiful and lasting head.
As you approach the glass the aroma of citra and simcoe hops grabs you by the nosehairs and drags you in! I almost enjoy smelling this beer as much as drinking it!
But get to the drinking! Mmmm . crisp and clean as a lager should be, with those hoppy aromas now transformed into a nicely balanced bitterness and hops flavor. Delicious and smooth - I can drink a lot of this beauty.

Also... kudos to Jack's Abby for sending a lowly homebrewer like me the recipe for this deliciousness... which I brewed and served at my son's wedding - everyone was amazed. I was quick to give credit where credit is due - thanks JA!

mclynch, Jun 30, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

kazzie21, Aug 08, 2013
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5/5  rDev +17.1%

EaterofBirds, Sep 09, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

BeerPark, Jan 10, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

Khodgkins, Jul 26, 2014
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4.78/5  rDev +11.9%

Poured from a freshly filled, co2 purged, capped on foam growler into a standard pint glass

This beer is delicious. The hop aroma is out of the park but it doesn't slap you around with bitterness. I really think it's very balanced. It's definitely highly drinkable and the ABV sneaks up on you for sure. It easily holds it's own against any IPA out there.

It just smells so good! In a way the hop profile reminds of Sierra Nevada celebration.

If you're around the Framingham area stop in and try this one (and their other offerings) plus the guys are super friendly.

drea0695, Aug 13, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

krisleonard, May 08, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

AaronMeda, Sep 01, 2013
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5/5  rDev +17.1%

Magoosh, Oct 28, 2012
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4.45/5  rDev +4.2%

My, oh my have Jack's Abby gone ahead and revolutionized the craft beer world or what? Okay, okay maybe I'm giving them a little too much credit, but one must admit, they have crafted an excellent beer that offers a nice, unique blend between two popular types of beer - an IPA and a Lager. Ladies and gentleman, my I announce to you on behalf of Jack's Abby, the IPL.

Imagine the citrusy hoppiness of an IPA, but with the crispness of a lager. The smell alone will make you think your drinking an IPA, yet the aftertaste will reward you with the refreshing, crisp wetness that comes along with a lager.

The flavor is certainly citrusy, slightly piney, and even a bit grapefruitey from time to time. With what tastes like centennial hops, or something similar to it (perhaps cascade), one will feel they are drinking a light-bodied IPA.

Even the color bears similar resemblance, giving a nice hazy yellow-amber color with a small, creamy head at top.

I’ll be blunt and open with the end of this review - Hoponius Union is exceptional. Jack’s Abby has certainly taken a step in the right direction with this beer, and other breweries could certainly learn from their ideas.

Cugabuh, Dec 06, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Jimyson, May 26, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

MPops86, Oct 01, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Z_Craez, Mar 19, 2014
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5/5  rDev +17.1%

Iamcaucasian, Aug 11, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

ranrad, Sep 20, 2012
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4.47/5  rDev +4.7%

This was poured for me at Jacks Abby, and I brought this growler home and poured a chimay goblet full of Hoponius Union.

I'd say this is in the Dortmunder Export style, but with the distinct hoppiness of an IPA. Unlike any in the Dortmund style due to its unusual amount of hoppiness.

The look:
Hoponius had a nice one finger of head, which was light and creamy-looking. Almost fluffy. Light golden color and small bubbles rising.

The sniff:
Super floral, grapefruity, zesty, and pine aromas. The amarillo hops are evident in the bouquet.

The taste:
Hit hard by the crisp floral bitterness, again, very floral, sharp and bitter at first, followed by light sweetness. Mouthfeel, very soft and creamy. Carbonation is mild. So well balanced, the blend of hops creates a complex world of flavors that are not overwhelming, though the dominant flavor seems to come from the Amarillo hops.

The finish:
Chewy pine resin with clean floral finish. Makes me want to drink another. A very fine beer.

chazmatz, Jan 16, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

rowan, Sep 06, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

CaspermanDan, Feb 02, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Andy1978, Mar 07, 2014
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5/5  rDev +17.1%

Marcjwrz, Jul 07, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

Maria10139, Jul 19, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

rlasker3, Mar 29, 2013
Hoponius Union from Jack's Abby Brewing
95 out of 100 based on 1,867 ratings.