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

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Reviews:
375
Ratings:
2,653
Avg:
4.23
pDev:
8.51%
 
 
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Photo of dubinsky
4.32/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle poured into a Deschutes tulip glass. Thanks to Stearns16 for including this as an extra.

A - Pours a clear golden honey orange with a huge foamy white head. The head receded quickly but left some serious lacing behind. Like a snail sliding down the sides of the glass. Some serious retention going on.

S – Pale Lager? WTH is that? This smells like an IPA or super hoppy pale ale. In fact this really reminds me of what Row 2, Hill 56 smells like. Huge wafts of pine and grapefruit dominate the nose, along with a floral/grassy finish. Some biscuit malts are present, but this is mostly a hop forward beer.

T – Nice and bitter. Much less malts than I expected. Very astringent with grapefruit pith, pulp and rinds. Some grassy elements are also evident. There is a slight malty finish, but this is dominated by bitterness and finishes dry and bitter.

M – Medium Body with medium-high carbonation. Nice dry finish. Very crisp and clean. If Pliny and Prima Pils had a love child, this would be it. hops. Citrus, pine, grass, and some lemon. Then comes a cleaning wave of grainy malts. Quick finish with just a light lingering bitterness. Drinkability is incredibly high on this beer. Crisp and well carbonated.

O – This is a great beer, and I completely understand the Hype. My only gripe is that a lager shouldn’t be so high in ABV. When I chose to drink a lager or pilsner I do it usually to not have such a high ABV beer. Notwithstanding that, this is a great beer and is incredibly drinkable.

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Photo of OtherShoe2
4.32/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours medium clear gold with a good foamy white head. Some lace.

Citric hop nose, with some good toasted malt.

Hops first, then the dried malt. The maltiness, and the lack of fruit, is made up for by juicy hops. Hops stay with you, and the bitterness works with a malt/citric finish.

Medium body, good carbonation.

I liked this alot, with the traditional style and the hoppy twist. Very drinkable for all seasons.

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Photo of Damasen
4.32/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Golden in color with a nice amount of head. The head is a nice off white color that rises nicely once poured.

S: The smell is great on this one. It is very tropical, has a good amount of fruit aroma with a slight floral smell in the background. The fruit aspect is a sweet citrus, almost like a mandarin, that finishes with a slight lychee smell at the end. Overall the smell is the strongest aspect of this beer.

T: Taste starts with a citrus flavor that goes into a cracker like malt then finishes with a bitter hop bite. Overall it is balanced nicely.

M: It is a medium bodied lager.

O: It was a great experience drinking this beer. The smell of this beer is really tropical and lends itself to the taste as well.

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Photo of C20Percent
4.32/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours an almost totally hazy pale gold with a huge head of bubbly egg shell color foam on top. Some bubble action in the body with no visible sediment. Looks crisp. Looks refreshing. If I'm grading this as a Lager, which I guess I am, then the appearance is nice.

S: Fruity, yo! Lots of citrus and tropical aromas in this one. Very hop forward smell. Reminds me of Corruption mixed with Flower Power. That nice sweet lemon smell. Again, if I'm grading this as a Lager, then this is like nothing I've ever encountered. It's awesome.

T: Caramel malts and citrus fruits hit the tongue followed by a bitter finish, with some dryness in their too. If you look for it, a more traditional Lager flavor is hidden way in the back. It taste like an IPA -- like an Ale. Very good, but I'm not ready to say it's amazing or anything.

M: Very smooth and creamy. Not abrasive to the tongue at all. Wonderful. Probably the best thing about this brew. I don't know if that's because of the Lager yeast or what, but everything seems A+. Carbonation is bold and great. Some chewiness that brings out the hops. Nice buttery texture. Honestly, you can't go wrong here -- this is about as perfect as they come.

O: You got to try this. The appearance and taste are both good, but the aroma and feel really bring this together. They've taken the best part of IPA and best part of Lagers and combined them to make magic.

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Photo of jaasen64
4.32/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1 Pint .9oz bottle from a 4-pack poured into 22oz glass. Bottled 4/23/12. I've been hearing a lot about this local brewery, finally decided to try some.

A- Pours a translucent yellowish golden, about a quarter finger of white frothy head that dissipates very fast, about average carbonation.

S- Sweet dry smell of hops, citrusy grapefruit, smells like you're typical west coast IPA.

T- Sweet and bitter hops, grapefruit, a little bit of lemon, still has a mix of a lager taste which makes it different then your typical IPA. A fairly dry, sweet, and a little bit bitter finish.

M- Medium bodied, smooth, well-balanced, low carbonation, carbonation/bitterness leaves a very slight unique tingle sensation on your palate, alcohol hard to detect.

O- This was definitely an interesting brew. A mix between a lager and an IPA. On the bottle label they say that they use lager yeast fermentation while the beer is cold and then age it with west coast IPA hops for extended periods of time. This definitely creates an unique flavor that is a mix in taste between your typical lager and a west Coast IPA. It smells just like your typical West Coast IPA and has the citrusy taste but also has the typical lager taste. At first I wasn't sure if I was too excited by the taste of this beer since it was a little bit different then I was expecting it to be, but it definitely grew on me and by the end I really enjoyed it. I would definitely recommend giving this beer a try and I'm sure you will enjoy it.

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Photo of Phigg1102
4.32/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

There's something very refreshing about Jacks Abbey, I love seeing lagers being presented to the craft beer scene in a big way. Hoppy lagers are a style that I can see quickly gaining traction in the American craft beer scene. The hop profile really shines through beside the clean lager yeast. Mouthfeel is crisp and light, and the beer finishes slightly sweet.

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Photo of jbaker67
4.32/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy, bubbly golden-orange with a large lasting frothy off-white head. Some lacing on the glass. Really nice aroma is fruity and hoppy, with lots of citrus hops and tropical fruit along with beady malt and some herbal and floral notes. Flavor is just as nice, lots of citrusy hops and plenty fruity, with citrus and tropical fruit and a long moderate bitter finish.

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Photo of azdback
4.32/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Spaten tumbler. A golden, orange color that is clear and full of tiny carbonation bubbles that lead to a huge four fingers of creamy and bright white head.

Smell is a tropical brightness and some bread or earth.

Taste is bright, sweet and delicious. Pine, mango, yellow grapefruit and some bread.

Mouth is a bit thin but okay for a lager. Carbonation is on the spritzy side and the finish is medium and on the dry side.

Overall I really enjoyed this, my only review of a Lager yet. The brewers up in the North East sure take brewing to a new level. Best Lager I've had.

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Photo of Roguer
4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a nice 1 finger, snow white head with great retention. Brew is a lively pale golden straw color, nearly transparent. Nice lacing.

Classic IPA aroma, with big notes of citrus and pine. Noticeable dose of caramel and pale malts. Biscuity.

Flavor follows the aroma in stronger proportion. Very, very sweet and hoppy: tropical fruit (mango), wildflower honey, light citrus peel, pine resin, and pepper. Thick but not strong bread notes, especially on the back-end.

Refreshing and lively mouthfeel, a little thicker than a single IPA would come across. Each sip easily has me looking for the next.

This is a very tasty brew. It comes across as a single IPA, but with a thicker, smoother mouthfeel. Very hoppy, but not unnecessarily so. I like this beer across the board.

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Photo of lucas1801
4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Great looking clear yellw/light amber. This beer is probably miscategorized on here as this is an IPA that happens to be brewed with a lager yeast.

A: Pours a nice two finger head that lingers and eventually settles into some great lacing.

S: Nice hoppy nose, pine and citrus are dominant.

T: Very well done beer; hop flavors match the nose, malt is light and clean as expected being fermented with a lager yeast.

M: Dry as it should be which allows the hops to shine, as this is supposed to be more like an IPA than anything else.

O: great beer from a great brewery, worth a buy for sure.

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.34/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Dark gold color, tower of off-white foam cap rising high.
Abundant, aromatic hop combo, fresh, whole come aroma, if you've ever had fresh whole cone hops, or pellets in your hand and taken a big whiff, you will know this aroma well. Earthy, dry tropical, tangy fruits and a subtle but effective sweet lager malt balance.slight sour/sweet funk thing too.
Flavor, oh man, the flavor....what a wonderful blend of hop flavors, much like the aroma, fresh and complex, earthy, tangy, sour then sweet. Balance of subtle sweet malt, lager funky yeast and awesome hop attack (not at all bitter). 65 ibu's is spot on for the IPL style.
Feel is fresh, crisp, medium bodied wet then dry finish.
Favorite IPL so far, this one screams QUality.

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Photo of BeerMusketeer
4.34/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle from Redstone. Super easy drinking and very hoppy for a lager. Very impressive, especially because I am not usually a lager fan. I need to seek out more beers from these guys!

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Photo of cfrances33
4.34/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle thanks to ILOVESTOUTS, poured into a Hill Farmstead glass.

Pour: Nearly clear orange with two fingers of white, super sticky head. Leaves incredible lacing, and the head forms a nice film.

Smell: A definite lager aroma hits at first, but then is crushed by a huge pine and citrus profile. Big lemon and limes. Some light breadyiness tries to balance, but only barely.

Taste: Again, lager bready hits first, but the hops hijack the taste in an instant. Huge pine, and some clean citrus. A little bit of doughy breadyness it, but only just. Finishes bitter with pine.

Mouthfeel: It's a lager, so naturally, this is amazingly drinkable. The hop profile reminds me of Sculpin. Nice bitterness, and very refreshing.

Overall: This is a beer I would choose over most IPAs. Just fantastic.

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Photo of Sheppard
4.34/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours an orange copperish hue, gold when held to the light. Off white head. Light tropical fruit aroma. Some nice tropical passion fruit and peach flavor with some underlying spicy bitterness. Finishes clean. A terrific IPL.

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Photo of iflah45
4.34/5  rDev +2.6%
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!!!

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Photo of AdamF625
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- golden and transparent with a fluffy white head

S- citrus and pine

T- suttle grapefruit and pine hop flavors with a nice bitterness

M- thin body that's carbonated well.

O- crisp and dry, a well hopped lager. This is my staple local everyday drinker for sure.

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Photo of Sailracer
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pale yellow in color. Has a hint of hop/citrus aroma. This beer has a nice balance of maltiness, bitterness and aroma hops. The citrus hop flavor is fairly prominent relative to typical IPAs, which I like very much. The light carbonation made this smooth and easy to drink. Very good, overall.

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Photo of MA_hops
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Clear, copper in color with a thick, foamy head.
S: Pine, floral, citrus notes, cracker like malts.
T: Orange, sweet, caramel like malts, citrusy, definite grapefruit notes.
M: Medium carbonation, slight bitterness, crisp finish.
O: Very nice beer, has a West Coast hop like vibe to it. Hard to believe it's a lager and not an IPA, has a noticeable "hoppy" element to it. Bravo! Would buy again.

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Photo of gcamparone
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16 oz bottle into a snifter. Lucky enough to scoop up the last 4 pack at Yankee Spirits in Attleboro, MA.

A- Pours a slightly hazy, golden body with a thick fluffy white head that reduces slowly to some bubbles sitting on the top of the beer. Leaves uniform lacing.

S- Citrus, grapefruit, tangerines, honey, caramel malt, slight breadyness. Subtle but delicious aromas.

T- Starts off juicy, citrusy and tropical, progressing into a sweeter lager with caramel and honey notes, ends every so slightly bitter and piney. Unlike an IPA of the same flavor profile, these notes are more subdued, not as sticky, and leave less of hoppy aftertaste.

M- Super light, smooth, and refreshing. Definitely has the drinkability of a lager.

An excellent representation of an uncommon style. All hopheads should seek this one out. Comparable to an IPA but less aromatic and a little more modestly flavored, yet extremely delicious.

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 06 Nov 2013, consumed 08 Dec. I picked this up at Julio's.

In my Sam Adams perfect pint, this is a brilliantly clear golden amber with a large, dense, frothy, white head with excellent retention and lacing. The nose is beautifully hoppy. Dusty, doughy malt character is present, but really, this is all about the hops. Tropical, pungent, fruity, citrusy and just outrageously aromatic, this is truly awesome. Clean lager fermentation allows this to be entirely about the hops, and the blend of grapefruit and navel oranges is extremely refreshing.

The palate opens with a clean, quenching bitterness, mildly resiny and extremely citrusy, with orange zest, orange juice and grapefruit present by the bucketful. A mild pine sap bitterness is present as well. The mid-palate brings out the hop flavor, the blend of floral citrus and a little bit of grass. Malt character is minimal, with just a little bit of a burnt sugar/ toffee/honey sweetness present, pairing really well with the citrus hops. With the classic lager smoothness/slickness on the palate, this beer is ridiculously clean and has a nice, biting bitterness on the finish. Medium-light in body with moderate carbonation, this beer is excellent on the palate. Very highly recommended. In the pantheon of IPLs, there aren't many that better this.

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Photo of NEhophead
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16.9 fl oz brown bottle served in tumbler.

Slightly hazy pale straw with a hue of copper. Foamy, bright white head that clings to the tumbler's sides leaving a lot of sturdy lacing.

Fresh citrus and slightly sweet tropical fruit aromas; clean spices from the hops as well. Light biscuit-like toasted malt, just enough to provide a bit of a backbone for the hop character.

A lot going on in flavor, primarily from the hop character: fresh herbs (rosemary, thyme, etc.), a pronounced spice: black pepper and pine, and bright tropical fruit (melon, lime). The wheat base is clean with just a touch of sweetness. The finish is dry with a lively, somewhat light bitterness followed by an aftertaste of lime, pine, and rosemary.

A light medium in body. Fresh, juicy, and clean on the palate. In a nutshell, extremely thirst-quenching.

A flavorful, hop-driven lager that is by no means boring. For beer, this may be the definition of refreshing.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I was caught completely off guard in finding this beer. Thankfully the place I went to brings stuff over from the east side of the state. Really excited to try this one.

Nice citrus tones. Really smooth beer. Hops bring all the suave and none of the abrasive character. Love it. I would drink this all day and all night. Great beer.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From 08/17/12 notes. Had this on tap at a bar right outside of Boston. Served in a pint glass.

a - Pours a clear amber color with one inch of white head and moderate carbonation evident. Looks pretty good.

s - Smells of citrus hops, pine hops, fruity malts, floral hops, and light biscuit. Very nice and hoppy, almost like an IPA. Very nice nose.

t - Tastes of citrus hops, resin, pine hops, tropical fruits, grapefruit, fruity malts, floral hops, and light herbal notes. Even more fruit and hops than the nose; outstanding taste.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Light bitterness but not much at all. Very easy to drink; feel like I could definitely have a few of these.

o - Overall I thought this was a fantastic hoppy lager. I've been pretty impressed with their beers and this might be the best one I've had so far. Tons of hops and fruit in the nose and taste, and pretty easy to drink for 6.7% ABV. Would love to have it again.

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Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I haven't had too many hopped up lagers and I've certainly been missing out. This one was apparently bottled recently.

The beer pours a deep honey amber with a solid inch of white fluffy head. It's a relatively clear beer (although some yeast is caked onto the bottom of the bottle) and the head does provide some nice lacing. Honestly, this beer looks and smells more like an IPA than any lager I've had, but its distinctly crisp taste has me leaning towards lager.
The nose is all citrusy hops (slightly tart like kumquats) with a touch of armpit B.O., cat piss and very subtle ethanol (after some warming). It's definitely got an interesting nose, but the hops do rein supreme. Drinking the beer is as expected; it's a clean, sweet, hoppy, drinkable beverage. The mouthfeel is just the right amount of bitterness with a lingering, dry finish that burns the lips.
This is an insanely good beer that lives up to my expectations and would be outstanding on tap. I would definitely try this beer again considering its reasonable price, local availability, and the unique style it offers.

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Photo of darthvohn
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Glass Used: Nonic

Appearance: Golden honey hue, and a finger of fast evaporating foam.

Smell: Citrusy and hoppy; I also get whiffs of papaya sweetness.

Taste: Citrus hop note, followed immediately by grapefruit and lemon zest. Sweet grain dances around in the middle and back. Finishes with a slight bittering hop bite.

Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation; dry finish

Overall: A pretty tasty treat from Jack's Abby. I really liked how well the hop and citrus flavors melded and flowed across the tongue. Wish I had regular access to this beer. Definitely recommend.

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Hoponius Union from Jack's Abby Brewing
4.23 out of 5 based on 2,653 ratings.
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