Hoponius Union | Jack's Abby Brewing

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4.24/5
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BEER INFO

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

Style: American Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

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 STATS
Ranking:
#1,720
Reviews:
407
Ratings:
2,799
pDev:
8.49%
 
 
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396
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632
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Reviews: 407 | Ratings: 2,799
Photo of Act25
3.75/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

4th review of this brewer, my first rating under BA.
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.
o) Too floral, sweetly flowers to please me, who wants more masculine beers.

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Photo of mikeg67
3.84/5  rDev -9.4%
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.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
4.24/5  rDev 0%
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

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Photo of RockHop
4.12/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

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Photo of Amendm
4.21/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

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Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
4.03/5  rDev -5%
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!!

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Photo of CHickman
4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

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Photo of Lisdoonvarna
4.69/5  rDev +10.6%
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.

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Photo of Mulryan18
4.69/5  rDev +10.6%
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.

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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 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 -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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Photo of FBarber
4.34/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a bright orange color - clear and crisp. Hate head dissipates slowly leaving some white lacing and spotty white foam on top of the beer.

Smell is a pungent aroma of orange, tangerine, and peach.

Taste follows the nose with lots of orange, peach, and tangerine notes up front. Clean malt backbone is present with a slightly grassy finish.

Feel is light and drinkable. Moderate carbonation. Somewhat bitter semi-dry finish.

Overall this is an outstanding IPL from Jack's Abby - might be the best example of the style I've had.

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Photo of AZBeerDude72
4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a cloudy yellow with thick head and sticky lacing. Nose is loaded with hops, citrus, and some malt. The taste is a classic hop bomb, loads of lovely dank hops mixed with citrus and some minor sweet malt. This is a very clean and full flavor hoppy enjoyment, loved it from start to finish, very well done. Light to medium and clean finish.

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

An interesting and strange beer. Tasting this blind I don't think I'd know it was a lager. Big bitterness, floral and fruity hops, strong malt backbone. Big flavor punch like no lager I've tasted. I'm not in love with it but it's definitely tasty.

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Photo of ajm5108
4.28/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Light & refreshing but with a bite, does a great job of melding the crisp body of a lager with some fruiter, semi-bitter hops. Floral aroma, tropical on the tongue (tangerine, melon, a little hibiscus and light cracker)

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Photo of ebert322
5/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I REALLY love this beer. I wasn't sure what to expect from an IPL vs. an IPA since the fermentation process is a bit different but it is so delicious. Was worried that the lager wouldn't pack a punch but it certainly does.

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Photo of Kayakguy
4.44/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I think this is a benchmark beer for its style. Love the hop flavor it drinks like an IPA. Better than Harpoon IPA any day. Jack's Abby is the champion of Lagers and Hoponius Union is one that I buy by the 12 pack!

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Photo of AfricanPete14
4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This beer was a pleasure to drink. The smell was absolutely incredible. Such fresh hints of citrus and piney hops are easily identifiable. The taste is just as good. Refreshing, with a great taste of almost a sweet spiciness. The aftertaste has notes of citrus and and the perfect level of carbonation render this a very crisp and delicious beer. Also this is extremely drinkable.

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

I feel as though I'm always approaching this beer the wrong way. I drink it expecting it to be an IPA, and then I'm disappointed, but I need to remember that it's not, and has its own character. It's got a kind a softness that you don't find in an IPA, plus there is a dryness at the end.

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Photo of JimmyJ76
4.26/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L - Slightly hazy, light golden color with a white head and medium carbonation. Decent lacing.
S - Hoppy, citrusy aroma.
T - Nice hoppy bitterness with certain sweetness.
F - Moderate mouthfeel. Dry, crisp finish.
O - This was a very refreshing hoppy beer. Really enjoyed it.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
4.24/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This was poured into a pilsener glass. The appearance was a slightly bronzed orange color with a one and a half foamy white head. After it dissipated, clingy and messy lacing stuck in a slight bubbly yet some light rings do end up showing their appearance. The smell started off with a sweet grassy and light spiced (black pepper) rolling into a slight breadiness. The taste reminisced the aroma sweetly adding the spice to balance. There’s a slight sweet grassy to semi-spiced aftertaste running into the finish slyly. On the palate, this one sat about a light on the body with a nice sessionability about it. Carbonation hits very low yet eloquently allows a light dryness hitting my tongue. Overall, for the most part, this is a really nice India Pale lager that I would have again.

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Photo of DraconusDesanctus666
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

P- Poured from a 12 oz can,into a Cigar City pint glass.First beer sampled from the Jack's Abby variety 12 pack.Date on the 12 pack is MAR 24 2017.

L- Thin soapy white head with low retention,and sticky lacing.Slightly hazy straw colored body,with moderate clarity.Low amount of carbonation,and low amount of sediment.

S - On the nose I get bright tropical hop notes consisting of mango.Also getting bright citrus hop aromas consisting of tangerine,orange,and grapefruit hop notes.Trace elements of bready biscuit malt notes as well.

T- The palate follows the nose with grapefruit and tangerine citrus up front,some tropical mango in the middle,and some bitter pine hops,balanced by bready malt on the back end.

F- The mouth feel is light bodied with a sticky texture.Minimum amount of oxidation on the tongue,with a dry yet easy finish.

O- This is a really good IPL.Nice easy drinker with just enough hoppy bitterness.If you like a hopped up pale lager,that is light on bitterness,I recommend you give it a try.I will definitely drink this one again in the future.

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Photo of Giantsquid
4.29/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Look- nice lacing. Good head retention. Well carbonated. Clear light Amber color.

Smell- sweet grains almost rice like

Taste- crisp hop bitterness. Sweet grains. Spicy finish. Alcohol is hidden and this is dangerously drinkable.

Overall- really excellent beer. Very drinkable

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Hoponius Union from Jack's Abby Brewing
Beer rating: 4.24 out of 5 with 2,799 ratings