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Hoponius Union - Jack's Abby Brewing

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1,995 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,995
Reviews: 279
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 8.45%
Wants: 300
Gots: 224 | FT: 16
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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4/5  rDev -6.1%

DirtyKurt, Feb 10, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

take_it_sleazy, Sep 27, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

carndog, Apr 14, 2013
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Esoterc, Mar 11, 2013
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4/5  rDev -6.1%

EnticeMySpice, Jul 28, 2013
Photo of WSB
4.45/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a beautiful light copper color, with a nice two fingers of white head. The head evaporated pretty quickly, and the remaining surface had a nice glossy sheen.

Smell is awesomely hoppy, very sweet and floral. Its a big, beautiful hop aroma with hints of citrus.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, feels more substantial than a typical ale.

Taste is big- hoppy and bitter, but not over the top. It's clearly unbalanced towards the hops, and this is a great thing. It's very bright and crisp, with a touch of citrus, and a hint of spice. The Citra, Amarillo, and Centennial hops create a truly unique hop profile that is big on taste and surprisingly light on the bitter.

I loved this beer. Its huge on hop smell and taste, and very modest on the bitter side. There is something to be said for locally brewed beer that is made with great skill, quality ingredients, and an adventurous brewer.

WSB, Oct 17, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Billpare, Jun 22, 2013
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Kidspice, Jun 13, 2014
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4/5  rDev -6.1%

HoppySuds, May 13, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

CALHouseAles, Mar 20, 2014
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4.3/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tasted this at the Mass Brewers fest and finally made it over to Framingham for a growler.

Pours a crystal clear golden reddish color with a seafoam 2 finger head that recedes quickly.

The nose is NUTZ, absoultely sublime. It reminds me of heady topper with tones of fresh bursting citrus and grassy earthy tones in the background. Tangerine, orange, peach etc. I asked at the brewery and they said that they dry hop and use a hop back method. The hops used are citra, centennial, and amarillo. AWESOME!

The taste follows the nose with loads of fresh citrus, peach, melon, pear....but not so much of the bitter piney finish of most ipa's (guess this is the tagline of an India Pale Lager!?!?)

Mouthfeel is very crisp and dry, yet a bit more resinous and oily than a normal pale lager. Quite interesting.

Overall, easily the best, most well rounded beer currently offered by jack's abby. I have a feeling that this one is the favorite of the brewer himself. It seems very well crafted and I can imagine the recipe was tinkered with for many many homebrew batches before we tasted it. Cannot wait for their wet hop lager coming out soon!!!

iflah45, Sep 17, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

jbtheman, Jun 12, 2013
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ZJPierce, Apr 18, 2013
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MattGoose, May 14, 2013
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Bedfordbeer, Sep 01, 2014
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devilshaircut, Oct 19, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

mkppisdead, Apr 06, 2013
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4/5  rDev -6.1%

rhinis23, Dec 15, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

ForrestChess, Jun 01, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

rmarsch, Mar 01, 2013
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3.9/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Very good beer, will have again. Need to Visit the Brewery in Framingham and try a fresh one.

Thought it was good but there are many other beers I would likely get instead.

Jack Abbey is creating a great beer and for themselves, kudos!

Once I try it fresh at the brewery I may change my mind.

Murph-Dawg, Apr 28, 2014
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3/5  rDev -29.6%

John213, Nov 12, 2014
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rastley, Oct 16, 2012
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4/5  rDev -6.1%

Bmcallahan, Apr 02, 2012
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cufarley, May 22, 2014
Hoponius Union from Jack's Abby Brewing
95 out of 100 based on 1,995 ratings.