Hoponius Union | Jack's Abby Brewing

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Jack's Abby Brewing
Massachusetts, United States
jacksabbybrewing.com

Style: American Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.70%

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

Added by mschofield on 08-07-2011

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#870
Reviews:
398
Ratings:
2,760
pDev:
8.49%
Bros Score:
4.23
 
 
Wants:
386
Gots:
612
Trade:
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HISTOGRAM
 
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Ratings: 2,760 |  Reviews: 398
Photo of Mulnotone
4.28/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of gatornation
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slight hazed golden yellow. Taste and smell is fruity with citrus hops, sweet malts balance this out. A crisp mouth feel with just a touch of bittering hops. Its a lager that drinks like a pale ale.

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Photo of Korymiller
3.73/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of KevinMc
3.97/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of sjh207
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of WickedBeer
4.16/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bobstockwell
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of IBUBrew
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Gary01453
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Duncian
3.98/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of bottmfeedr
3.78/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Heftklammer
3.25/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of farrago
3.77/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Tops out just under two fingers of cream white foam, the big amount of larger bubbles creates a dimpled surface, very loose and airy and it dissipates at a rapid clip, scattershot lacing without only moderate stickiness. Cloudy to the point where it becomes as opaque as translucent, deep golden color, similar to ripe apricot skin, only bubbles are a couple of beads which hug the glass side, visually could be a fruit purée. The nose is thick enough to cut with a knife, pine sap, caramel, fresh yeast and just cooked honey dappled bread, marmalade, marijuana dankness, spent chili peppers, peach, papaya, mango fruit scents, does an excellent job of shifting on you and going in unexpected directions. Full-bodied and heavy as well here, the carbonation adds tickle but not longlasting. Sweet dough, molasses, honey to caramel while the texture maintains a drying quality. Mix of pink to white grapefruit with blood orange brings growing sourness through the finish. Tarry as well, clay earth with a touch of dampened campfire smoke. The peach, apricot, yellow apple, pear fruit appear strictly in a supporting role. Powerful finisher without getting clumsy in the process.

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Photo of Tunis
4.49/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of bundy462
3.75/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of holzman57
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of HunterOlson
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jcb7472
3.75/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Hughespjh
3.29/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ryanm3850
3.2/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

They're best lager yet. Yet, still just another lager in a long list of lagers.

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Photo of jay25mac
3.02/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of ADKbeerguy
3.94/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Choppin-Banana
3.72/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Nice beer

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Photo of -steve-
3.83/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Slight hazy pour. Foam dissipates quickly but leaves lacing along sides of glass. Orange/tangerine predominates in the nose. And the taste; with a dry, hoppy finish. The crisp lager taste comes through and compliments the citrus flavours.
I was not sure what to expect from a hopped lager but this Jack's Abby brew is more than satisfying.

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Photo of Taybeh
4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I'm a hophead with respect to IPA, but I enjoy a good yeasty and bready lager, too, and generally see no need to collapse the two styles. But I muled a few of these back to the midwest and as I cracked them open over a few days, I found myself thinking: why can't you have both? In fact, this is a fairly unique combination, and it maintains a lot of really great lager characteristics -- nice woody yeasty notes, kind of a bready mellow feel -- while somehow, simultaneously really bringing an "A" hoppy game to the gym at the same time, with lots of citric notes, good liveliness on the mouthful and a really pleasant resiny bitterness, too. I give it a lot of points for being unique, but it's also just flat-out delicious stuff.

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Hoponius Union from Jack's Abby Brewing
Beer rating: 4.24 out of 5 with 2,760 ratings