Hoponius Union
Jack's Abby Brewing

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Lager - India Pale Lager (IPL)
Ranked #3
Ranked #1,163
4.25 | pDev: 8.47%
Jack's Abby Brewing
Massachusetts, United States
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Notes: 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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beeragent from Texas

4.1/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light copper, forming a thin white head, with medium lace on the glass.

Citrusy hops dominate the aroma, with a hint of sweetness from the malt.

Citrusy hops along with a bready malt body.

Medium bodied, low carbonation, and very smooth.

Like a good west coast style IPA, but in a lager format (making it even more drinkable)!

Oct 12, 2020
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AccipiterofBeer from New York

4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a shaker pint.

L: 3.75 Bright Yellow with a medium sized white head. Ample carbonation.
S: 4.25. Bright hops.
T: 4.25 Very hop forward but you do get malt on the backend.
F: 4 It's a smooth, light-bodied lager. Goes down easy.
O: 4.25 I didn't know lagers could be this bitter. One of the best available, undoubtedly.

Sep 19, 2020
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picoFarad from Oregon

3.84/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From a 16oz. can purchased at the beer store.

Smells like hops. And maybe a hint of lager. Tastes like hops. And maybe a hint of lager. The malty cracker flavor actually comes in the aftertaste on this one, which is bass-ackwards from most hoppy lagers. The bitterness takes over immediately afterwards. Also on the strong side for a lager at 6.5%. You could almost pass it off as a straight IPA, if not for the slight lager profile hidden in the middle. It's a good beer, but an oddball. I usually go to hoppy lager when I'm toning things down. This one wants to kick your ass.

Sep 17, 2020
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DaveMaciolek21 from New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hoppy lager from Jack's Abbey pours with brilliant gold clarity from cold fermentation, and a white, frothy head. The taste starts off with citrus and pine, with pine, courtesy of West Coast hops, winning out for a dry finish. Nice lager, if you like yours with a bit of a bite.

Jul 10, 2020
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Mugman8 from New York

4.09/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Lemony yellow on the pour, decent head and lacing. Strong , piney aroma. Hoppy, piney taste with some fruit notes and bitter finish. A very good brew in the IP style.

Jul 03, 2020
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SierraNevallagash from Maine

4.07/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

16oz can - dated 02-20-20 - poured into a nonic pint at 38°F.

Pours a clear yet ever-so-slightly hazed amber-golden colour, topped with three fingers of webby off-white head with very good retention, leaving some spotty lacing as it recedes. Not a lot of visible effervescence.

Nose: A clean lager base lends some grain and a hint of bready malt, while the prominent, but not overbearing hops lend some lemon, grapefruit, and tangerine citrus notes, as well as some pine, fresh grassiness, ripe peachy stone fruit, and a bit of spiciness.

Palate: The beer greets the palate with some sweet toasty caramel malt, and some grainy pils-like malt. The malt seems a bit heavy for a lager. The hops hold no punches, and come in swinging with big tangerine, grapefruit, overripe stone fruit, and a big, resinous bitterness. The Centennial really shines with pine, grapefruit pith, and lots of earthy resin flavours, while the Citra lends that ripe fruitiness in the background. Into the finish, that sweet toasty malt gets obliterated by a firm, biting resinous hop bitterness that digs in much like a West Coast IPA, and lingers with lots of pine and pith.

Mouthfeel/Body: The beer is medium-bodied, with much of that weight coming from the hop resins and the heavier caramel malts. The effervescence is lively, but much looser than a typical lager, and more like an IPA. A touch of malt stickiness coats the lips, but the beer is ultimately drying from the bitterness.

Overall: This is tricky for me. The beer itself is good - really good actually. My issue here is that this just isn't a lager, it's an IPA. Nothing about this beer resembles a lager. It's 6.5% ABV, it has a firm caramel malt backbone, and it's hopped like a West Coast IPA, with a big resinous bitterness. As an IPA, it's good, but this just too bold for me to consider it a lager. Ignoring the style description, it's a tasty hoppy beer.

Jun 18, 2020
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artiefufkin from New Jersey

3.59/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Visual: copper color, thick chunky off-white foam with decent lacing
Aroma: sl grapefruit rind, moderate spicy/floral hops, very slight oxidation detected
Taste/Mouthfeel: moderate lingering metallic bitterness, start of oxidation notes, sl burnt cracker, sl citrus rind.
Overall: slightly disappointed based on other reviews, i was expecting a much better beer. I will be revisiting to see if the can wasn't representative of the beer.

May 12, 2020
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BeerBaronBear from New York

3.41/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is an appealing beer visually - it has a hazy golden orange color with a good amount of foamy head. It has very little in the way of an interesting aroma, though. The taste is OK - it's got some floral notes, some grassiness, just a touch of orange peel character, and a good amount of bitterness. It's got a decent mouthfeel - smooth although not totally easy-drinking to its hoppiness. I wouldn't turn this down if it were a gift, but I won't be buying it for myself.

Apr 25, 2020
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Maltyhead from Massachusetts

4.16/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Drank from a 12 ounce can.

Appearance: light hazy honey color, 1/2” head, Very little lacing.

Smell: subtle grapefruit.

Taste: medium bitterness.

Mouth Feel: very lightly carbonated & medium creamy.

I enjoyed. I would purchase again.

Feb 19, 2020
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KRug from Massachusetts

3.92/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Canned 6/12/19. Here we go, the top rated American Lager!

Pours a hazy golden yellow with a finger of fluffy white head with tons of lacing

Well, this is marked on the can as an IPL and I see why, tons of citrusy hops in the nose, slightly oily and bitter, mild yeast

The taste is honestly a bit of a let down, not very different from the nose but the crispness of the lager yeast brings out the bitterness of the hops, which is not necessarily bad but not what I was expecting. Nonetheless, I pick up on other notes of citrus and melon

Medium bodied with really solid carbonation, this finishes slightly chalky, in the best way possible. Very clean as expected for a lager

While this was not quite as good as I was expecting, I still enjoyed the hell out of it and would drink it again. Perhaps it was a freshness issue, as I am drinking this nearly 8 months after canning. Once again Jack's Abby has created an interesting beer that I will come back to

Feb 05, 2020
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dsa7783 from New Jersey

3.64/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Tiff’s in Morris Plains. Pours a golden, effervescent hue with moderate frothing. Mellow aroma replete with hints of citrus and lemon. Similar overall flavor profile. Not bad.

Nov 16, 2019
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Claude-Irishman from New Jersey

4.24/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours a semi opaque deep golden color with a foamy/creamy head.Smell fresh cut grass,hop additions, smell is somewhat muted.Taste is wonderful, picking up grapefruit,hop spices, An earthy bitter taste with a slight malty bill. Feels amazing,this has all the positive attributes of a Pale ale, with the crisp and sharp feel of lagering. If IPL is not a style it should be. This beer rocks.

Oct 04, 2019
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Spikester from Oregon

4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Lightly haze pale gold with three fingers of dense foamy off white head. Good amount of lace as the head recedes.
Smell is pungent floral hops.
Taste is floral hops hop oil resin and bready malts. Some grapefruit and orange.
Mouthfeel is medium with strong carbonation. Finish is dry and bitter.
Overall a big hoppy IPL.

Aug 26, 2019
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Reidrover from Oregon

3.75/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

16 oz. can purchased from Lifesource Natural Grocers in Salem OR.
Pours a clear golden colour with a huge frothy thick white head.
Aromas of spicy/floral hops and biscuit malts.
Taste has way more of the hopping present ( as an IPL)..and its nice..getting some NZ like grape flavors going on. It says West Coast citrus hops..doesn't taste that way..but it is pleasing.
OK mouth feel average to medium cabonztion.
Its a nice beer but i dont get the "exceptional" rateing

Jun 24, 2019
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hopsputin from New Jersey

4.31/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: clear golden yellow color with some straw hints and a 2 finger marshmallow like off-white head

S: crisp lemon and oranges. Pineapple and grapefruit. Lemongrass and lager spice behind that. Nice bready malty backbone

T: sweet pineapple and sweet clementine upfront. Touch of sweet malts and bread behind that. Mellow grapefruit and strawberry follow. A clean crisp grassiness closes this out

M: medium mouthfeel with high carbonation. Almost creamy

A: awesome beer. Tasty, refreshing, and juicy. Great balance and crisp

Jun 07, 2019
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Act25 from New Jersey

3.98/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

4th review of this brewer, my first rating under BA.Much better 2nd time when I came back to ipl.
This aged lager IPL needs time in the glass to open up, as when it's first poured it's too floral.
a) Clear, golden, ring of white, dotty lace, like a pilsner.
s) Flower shop, almost too much so, then tempers as it warms. Leafy, fresh, hop cones, but also lily, cut grass.
t) Follows flowery smell.
f) thinner than I'd like.
o) Too floral, sweetly flowers to please me, who wants more masculine beers. But perfect for summer or late summer.

May 23, 2019
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mikeg67 from New Jersey

3.84/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz can. Pours hazy golden with long lasting foamy white head. Aroma is of floral hops and biscuit malt. Body is full and slightly crisp. Herbal hops and biscuit malt nicely balanced on the palate. Finish is long and dry. Nice brew.

May 14, 2019
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Bouleboubier from New Jersey

4.24/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

(12 oz can from variety pack, canned on 02/12/19 at 6.5% abv... poured into simple glass mug)

L: crystal-clear gold liquid, lil bit of haze and fine speckled sediment with last dregs... strange, extremely wide-open collection of craggy bubbles; collapsed into thick, fish-eyed collar

S: fresh cut grass, lemon/lime hard candy... similar qualities to Prima Pils, but with a more robust caramely toasty foundation

T: spicy dried citrus peels, mild background of spicy candied ginger; bit of a lovely piney aftertaste... with some influence form the hops I'm sure, the malt has an almost Butterfinger sweetish nuttiness to it; toasted caramel and grapefruit zest linger

F: strange bubbles led to strange touch and texture in first sip, with some bubbles sort of bursting in my mouth; felt normal after that, resiny-glossy feel to its rich, medium body... delicately powdery film left on palate, light spicy warmth as well

O: bizarre foam situation aside, this was a darn drinkable drop, has a lot of the classic West Coast IPA spice/pine/nutty flavors I love with perhaps the unique twist being its rather clean, bone-dry finish... had a passing hop craving and this more than satisfied it

Apr 22, 2019
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RockHop from Massachusetts

4.12/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Being a lager, this is not going to blow you away with complexity, but this is a well-crafted beer. Gold and mostly clear. Good carbonation and sudsy head. Dissipates pretty quickly with minimal lacing. Flavor is clean and crisp with nice hop bitterness, we’ll-balanced with malt and grain. Excellent refreshing session beer.

Feb 12, 2019
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Amendm from Rhode Island

4.21/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12-oz. can poured moderately into a 16-oz. mug. Canned on 3/7/18.
Cloudy pale yellow-orange with a 1/2 finger soapy white short lived head that thins to film. Some lacing, lots of rising bubbles.
Floral hops, sweet malt and bready yeast for the nose.
Hops are present throughout the taste with a sweet malty and fruity middle, drier bitter hop finish.
Medium bodied, slightly oily with a crisp astringent dryness at the finish. The 6.5% ABV is noticed as it warms.
Outstanding, true to style. The alcohol warmth is a little up front however 6.5% is on the high side for this style.

Jul 07, 2018
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BeerAndGasMasks from Virginia

4.03/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the can, it pours a pale golden color with a nice large fluffy white head. The head slowly diminishes. Scent fills the nose with some hops and bread. Taste is just on the side of bitter with a solid malt base. Nice!!

Jun 29, 2018
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CHickman from New York

4.1/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sweet and tasty, it’s smooth and full of caramel, biscuit, grapefruit, graham cracker and toasted grains. It paired well with fish tacos and went down super easy. A fine session beer.

Jun 10, 2018
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Lisdoonvarna from Massachusetts

4.69/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Not a fan of IPA's whatsoever, but as an IPL Hoponious Union hits the nail on the head in a big way. There is a hint of the hoppiness, but it does not have the bitterness of an IPA. I believe this is the best beer Jack's Abby has made to date.

Good lacing on the glass, somewhat pungent aroma that get's your attention. At 6.5% alcohol it is a bit deceiving in texture and feel. It's a beguiling beer with the usual hint of hops yet it is very palatable and not overpowering. Very drinkable beer in winter or summer.

Jun 10, 2018
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Mulryan18 from Massachusetts

4.69/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Just a truly exceptional lager beer. Bright, strong taste. This one will never get old. It makes sense that it seems to be their flagship brew. Excellent.

May 27, 2018
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mike22ne from Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Looks a nice coppery gold, ever so slightly hazy with a coarse white head that fades and leaves a bit of scattered bubbles and lacing.
Smell and taste are nicely hoppy, malty, with notes of pine and citrus, bread dough and light grains.
Good feel, medium body and stiff bitterness. Slightly sticky hoppy finish.

Overall great, I'm always happy to drink this classic IPL!

May 12, 2018
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