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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:
#786
Reviews:
394
Ratings:
2,737
pDev:
8.47%
Bros Score:
4.23
 
 
Wants:
387
Gots:
597
Trade:
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Photo of Sk8sean86
3.02/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of dms1767
4.1/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Chewy414
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of The_Beer_Guru
3.91/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Giantsquid
4.29/5  rDev +0.9%
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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Photo of LukeGude
3.93/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Agree that it's between an IPA and pilsner. Refreshing.

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Photo of dcbeers
3.77/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of SaisonRichBiere
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of KatyBeerGuy
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from tap into pint glass in Boston. Not much Head, but fresh solids flavor. FANTASTIC beer.

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Photo of Curt3
4.14/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of rudiecantfail
4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 ounce bottle poured into a tulip glass.

L--Clear golden color with about an inch of off-white head that dissipated to a film, but left some lacing.
S--Very citrusy, with a lot more yeast and malt than an IPA (which I guess it isn't, but that's my frame of reference).
T--Wow, very nice. Fruity, sweet and citrusy. Hops are definitely there, but not dominant.
F--Juicy & quenching. Could definitely have more than one on a warm day.
O--Excellent. Bought it at random in a sampler sixer and boy, am I pleasantly surprised.

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

Photo of 322wingedfoot
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of GuzzlerMcHopDumpster
3.86/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of M1lk
5/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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

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

Photo of Manticore
4.6/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Holderness
4.12/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L -- Slightly hazy orange with a two finger off-white head produced with moderate pour. Good retention and lacing.
S -- Primarily citric and resinous hops, with a hint of tropical fruit. Fairly mild overall
T -- This has got to be one of the most successfully unique lagers out there. It takes just like an IPA! Very hop-heavy with a nice floral sweetness. Just the right bitterness for the ABV.
F -- Crisp and clean mouthfeel, assumedly due to the result of lager fermentation instead of the normal ale fermentation that is standard for hop-heavy beers. Very refreshing. Smooth, tapering finish.
O -- This is the first Jack's Abby offering that really made me realize that this brewery isn't (always) a gimmick: sometimes playful spins on lagers can result in a really exceptional – and good value – brew.

83/100

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Photo of Gajo74
4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Out of a can it pours a golden/amber color with a big billowy foam head that is two thumbnail lengths tall. It retains well and leaves a sudsy film and plenty of lace.
The nose has a lovely tropical fruit aroma, with pineapple and mango standing out in particular. Some toasted malt also. Smells like an IPA.
Low and behold, everything about this screams IPA, from the citrusy hops and soft pine feel. There is both a tropical fruit juiciness, grapefruit zest, and slight lemon tartness that is delicious. There is a coating of sweetness from the malts. One of the few times it feels like a Lager is when it produces a clean, dry yet grassy finish that lingers. It is also Lager like in its lightness. Yet, this one has character and an ale like fullness in flavor. The carbonation is gentle and the sudsy film makes it feel almost creamy.
What a real treat this was! A true eye opener. It might become my go to Lager.

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Photo of Dave1999
4.46/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of IvoryFoxhole
3.98/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Undated 12 oz bottle poured into Belgian ale glass.

L: 3F head with good retention, lots of white spiderwebby lacing, foamy cap and ring. Beer is a clear copper with visible carbonation bubbles.

S: Mild citrus aroma, yeast, malts. Pretty straightforward. Also probably a little muted from fresh state.

T: Pretty much follows nose. Citrus and yeast, with your standard malty lager taste. Says it uses spelt, but I can't tell the difference between that and regular malt. Perfectly decent.

F: Light to medium body, medium carbonation. Crisp, refreshing, easy to drink. Nicely drying. Good construction and balance.

O: I'm getting the sense I prefer their straight efforts at lagers and Pilsners than IPLs, but another very good offering.

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

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

Hoponius Union from Jack's Abby Brewing
Beer rating: 4.25 out of 5 with 2,737 ratings
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