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Hoponius Union | Jack's Abby Brewing

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Hoponius UnionHoponius Union

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

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

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Photo of far333
3.65/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Crystal clear straw/apricot colored with an off-white head that settles out to a 1/4 inch cap that settles slowly. Aroma of citrusy hops, some florals, and pine, notes of biscuit malt.

Big, hoppy flavor upfront, floral, citrus, melon, mint, pine, finishes tingly pine with a it of a hard edge. Some honey malt rises up, but hops dominate, with herbal and spicy notes lingering.

Full mouthfeel, semi-slick, finishes tingly. Good beer.

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Photo of ericdavidmorris
4.05/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz bottle into pint glass.

A - No head, quickly disappears, golden-honey color.

S - Citrus hop aroma.

T - Citrus hops up front, clean and a little dry finish.

M - Fairly carbonated. A little dry, not filling or heavy or bitter. Crisp.

I'm sick so it probably affects my tastes considering how much the aroma of this beer is supposed to be really great. It's crisp and easy to drink but the taste doesn't hit too hard.

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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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Photo of RLBeauregard
4.53/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

By now everyone knows the quality brewing going on with lagers at Jack's Abby, and the locally sourced ingredients fueling their beers. Hoponius Union has a nice bite at the beginning, but mellows out with subtle sweet flavors resembling grapefruit mixed with almost a nutmeg richness. It's easy to drink 2-3 of these at a sitting. A nice substantial taste, but not overly filling. One of my favorite beers of all time.

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Photo of TWStandley
4.64/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from the bottle into my HF wine glass.

Appeared a beautiful golden-orange color with a two finger fluffy white head that dissipated.

Smell is awesome - juicy with citrus fruits and a bit of melon.

Taste is incredible. Juicy oranges and grapefruits.

Mouthfeel is beautifully crisp - just the right amount of hop bitterness on the finish. Carbonation is spot on.

Overall an amazing beer, one that I am happy to have regular access to.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.04/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Today is Sa, 30 July 2016 & The CANQuest (tm) is in high gear, CANticipating tonight's Daikaiju blow out at Tellus360!

From the CAN: "Wicked Hoppy"; "Tropical Citrus Aroma"; "Locally Sourced Ingredients";

The Crack! & inverted Glug was, once again, a highlight of my day. I got two-plus fingers of dense, rocky, tawny head as a result & the party was rolling! Color was a beautiful Golden-Amber (SRM = > 5, < 7) with NE-quality clarity. Cue a visit from The Gelt Gang (Midas, Croesus & Mammon), all squabbling & clamoring for a taste. The nose had the honeysuckle scent of a good, clean lager along with a slightly minty, fairly citrusy tang. Mmmmm. Mouthfeel was medium. The taste was entirely hoppy & I would have sworn that I was drinking an AIPA. Lots of citrus, but clearly held in check by the malt. Man, this is good. Finish was clean & crisp, almost like an super-hopped Czech Pils. I am just going to fill a cooler with all of their stuff and head to the beach.

The bottle backlog here at Chez Woody is not entirely of my doing. Sometimes, people bring me beer as though I need more and then I become overwhelmed by it all. This is one of those instances. The Great Bottle Eradication of 2014 continues in earnest and unabated!

From the bottle: "Jack's Abby Brewing's goal is to create truy remarkable beer that combines the strict standards of traditional German brewing with the innovative approach of American craft brewers. We specialize in lagers, which take longer to brew than ales but yield exceptionally rich flavors and smooth, crisp taste."; "All Jack's Abby lagers are unfiltered and unpasteurized. Sediment in the bottle is normal."; "Hoponius Union 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 long 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 sourced ingredients."

I made a solemn promise to The Old Lady last summer that if a beer in any way indicates that it is bottle-conditioned, I would treat it as gently as I would her. The fact that she would beat my ass within an inch of my life if I ever mistreated her notwithstanding, I went with a VERY gentle pour. I have said before, she is as tough as nails, which is part of the attraction for me. I got a brief skim of bone-white head across the top of the beer before it faded into mere wisps. Color was a sunshine-yellow (SRM = 4) with just the faintest of haze visible in the glass. I promise you, I was extremely gentle, but there may have been something in suspension. Nose smelled deeply of citrus-grapefruit rind hops. Wow! As a lifelong Pennsylvanian, I know the difficulty behind making a Lager and to make one that comes off with this level of hoppiness is just amazing. Mouthfeel was thin-to-medium. The taste was all hops and for a hophead, that was just fine by me. I cannot say that I would have identified it as a lager of any stripe, but perhaps that is part of the mystique. I do know that the light, spritzy mouthfeel made it very easy to drink on a Summer day, where an AIPA might have been more to handle. The finish was extremely dry and I really had a tough time believing that this was a lager. I had put the remainder of what was left in the bottle back in the reefer to settle and when I went to pour some more into the glass, I noticed that the haze had cleared! Impressive. Warming, I got some of the honey notes that I always think of as characteristic of well-made lagers, but the hops continued to carry the day.

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Photo of coriswrasse
4.09/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

two bottles poured into 4 maple syrup glasses.
bottle dates both 6/24
very little head or residual lacing.
excellent hop floral smell.
great carbonation.
overall taste is nice and simple hoppy.
golden straw.
smooth for this abv (6.7%)
a little too lageresque for me but it is very nice. would recommend for a nice hot afternoon. (it's 93 here now).

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Photo of HattedClassic
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

The beer pours a nice white and foamy head that dissipates quickly. The head is white. The beer itself is a clear orange with some brown notes. The beer smell has a strong hoppy smell with malt sweetness taking the edge off of some of it. The hops are a nice orange citrus, which mixes well with the bready sweetness from the malts. The beer taste is similar to the smell with a strong hoppy note but very little of the malt present in the smell. The hop still a strong citrus taste to it. The mouthfeel is fairly smooth to the point where it is slightly creamy.Carbonation. Medium bodied but still fels light. Overall, a very good lager and worth getting. I enjoyed greatly and most definitely lives up to the hype.

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Photo of tviz33
3.89/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle in to a Duvel tulip.

A- Absolutely clear golden body with 1.5" of fluffy white head that sticks around for a few minutes.

S- This smells like, well, a hoppy lager. Just what I expected.

T- The hop flavor is there but comes to an abrupt hault and finishes smooth and malty. I could probably drink this all day.

M- Medium body and medium amount of carbonation

O- Quite a good beer. A wonderful melding of styles.

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Photo of stephens101
4.07/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Fizzy and chill-hazed yellow-orange in color like a lager. The off-white froth is stagnant. Citrus hops feature prominently aromatically, like and IPA, but the lager yeast is noticed, veiled, and just behind. Tastes of citrus, lemon peel and grain. The hoppiness is subdued, as if it was stopped in mid-sentence while trying to make a very brilliant point. Mouth-feel is medium and the body is crisp with a bit of heat in the finish. While this one is pretty damn tasty, I'm left ambivalent, wondering if I would rather just have one or the other.

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Photo of tone77
3.99/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A bottled beer? From woodychandler? Yes, it's true. And what a bottle to come through with, many thanks. Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a deep golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of hops, citrus. Taste is smooth and refreshing. I could drink these all day long. Some solid hops, malts, citrus, well done. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a high quality beer.

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Photo of HamdenHector
3.99/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: crystal clear; copper colored; 1 finger white head that receded quickly to a thin cap; moderate lacing;

S: grapefruit is predominant with a bit of pine in the background;

T: a little grapefruit up front; all pine in mid-palate; grapefruit takes over again for the finish; low to moderate bitterness from mid-palate to finish;

M: light-medium bodied; low to moderate carbonation;

O: really easy and enjoyable to drink; refreshing;

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Photo of GinjaSlice
4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: pours a nice clear orange with minimal head and not too much lacing
S: smell is where this beer shines with to a of citrus and hops
T: taste is good and follow the smell. Lots of citrus and bitter hops throughout with a decent finish
M: good Mouthfeel very refreshing but a slight stickiness at the end

Good ipa just wish it had more malt or sweetness to balance it out

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.23/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From BeerAdvocate magazine Issue #68 (Spetember 2012):

LOOK: Golden, slight haze, billowy white foam head

SMELL: Resiny, herbal, grassy hops, biscuity malts

TASTE: Medium-bodied, smooth, creamy, fruity, tropical, citrusy, resiny, leafy, bitter, dry, grainy, crackery finish

West coast IPA meets east coast lagering (fermented cold and matured before packaging) and local dehulled spelt. The result is quite unique. All the fruitiness of an ale, the hop bite of an IPA and mellowness of a lager. The best of many worlds. Hands-down one the best hop-centric offerings to hail from the east coast in recent years, and a lager to boot.

STYLE: India Pale Lager
ABV: 6.7%

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Photo of WesMantooth
4.18/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a cloudy gold with a foamy off white, almost tan head. Good retention.

Smells pretty juicy and like doughy bread.

Very citrusy. Mandarin orange, lemon, and grapefruit. A touch of mango, but a decent peppery spice kick. Lots of barley. A fresh baked sour dough like bread. Some floral/piney bitterness.

Resinous slick body that is pretty full for the abv. Very smooth and very clean.

An IPA in a lager body. A great beer.

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Photo of gonzo000
4.43/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a. Hazy sunrise oragne in color once settled with a two inch head. Head thins, but remains through out the life of the beer. Lacing on the glass.

s. Citrus and hoppy pine. A bit faint.

t. Fruity - pineapple, peach, orange - on the front. The back end is all pine. Hopped up with a touch of bitter in the very finish.

m. Silky smooth with excellent carbonation

o. Outstanding all around. Excellent beer that I will revisit often.

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Photo of Murph-Dawg
3.91/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Very good beer, will have again. Need to Visit the Brewery in Framingham and try a fresh one.

Thought it was good but there are many other beers I would likely get instead.

Jack Abbey is creating a great beer and for themselves, kudos!

Once I try it fresh at the brewery I may change my mind.

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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 siege06nd
4.42/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to billab914 for this one.

A. Mostly clear honey gold with two fingers of some of the prettiest head I've ever seen in a beer. Settling down to a half finger over time, the head, lacing, and beading remain consistent and impossibly tight. Suds absolutely blanket the sides of the glass.

S. More excellence. Big tropical mango and tangerine notes, some honey sweetness, and then a healthy dose of garden herbs and tall grass.

T. Mango, pineapple, underripe strawberry, earth, pine, thyme, crackers, rose petals.

M. Really nice. It starts big and tropical but then finishes with that classic, earthy, dry, and floral lager finish.

O. This is a really good Pale Lager. Very hoppy but incredibly well-balanced and has a very classic pilsner finish, with spice and grain providing a very crisp, refreshing experience. I love this beer and would make it a staple in my fridge were it available in my part of the country.

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Photo of dcmchew
4.49/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours hazy golden, one finger fluffy white head, with nice strips of carbonation. Looks like a lager indeed, but not entirely.
Great smell! Nice balance of citrusy green hops (tropical notes too) and caramel biscuity malts, like in a Munich helles. Hops are aromatic, not overwhelming. Should be great.
Okay, so, the malts are light, with some caramel and biscuit notes, and not as robust as an ale would be. Still, rich, but rather "fluffy", like boiled grains. Sweet hoppy fruitiness, with sweet oranges and tangerines, mild grapefruit, tropical lychee and pineapple, big floral notes and also prickly spicy hops. Great green leafy finish, with pine, mild bitterness.
Light body, but not watery, actually very very smooth, again, "fluffy". Dry finish with a green fresh hoppy aftertaste. Also, 6.7? Where?!
Overall, feels like a more crisp American IPA, with a German malt base and perfectly balanced hops. Extremely drinkable (watch out for the abv) and tasty.

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Photo of Tmyhre802
4.27/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Surprisingly my first taste of Hoponius and I certainly wasn't disappointed. This is a beautiful looking beer in it's color. Not the hoppiest smell I was hoping for so it may not have been the freshest bottle. The Mouthfeel was a little too much of a bite but that's just being nit-picky. Overall really loved this brew!

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Photo of vfgccp
4.22/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A - Loosely bubbled white head pours low with ok retention and lace. Medium orange gold body.

S - Nice bright pine and woody hop cone nose.

T - Opens with green plant flavors. Very herbal. Smooth white bread and light caramel center. Lemon and pine bitters balance the backend.

M - Smooth, medium-full frame with nice carbonation.

O - A great session beer; smooth, full flavored, well balanced, easy drinking.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.46/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Reservoir, Waterbury, VT.

Clear golden pour, with a nice, thick, foamy cap of white head; nice retention and some patchy lacing on the glass. Aroma was very light, notes of herbal hops, and biscuity malt sweetness. The taste was mostly sweet up front, biscuity malts, toffee, fruit punch, giving way to toasted grains, and a lightly bitter, herbal hop finish. Light-medium body, moderate carbonation, pretty easily drinkable. Overall decent, especially for a lager, but still probably not something I'd go for again.

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Photo of CTbrew32
4.29/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Just another great beer from Jack's Abbey. Aroma starts off with a big burst of citrus and slight caramel malt presence. The taste starts off with a bright citrus flavor, but then transitions to a more pungent tropical fruit taste such as mango most notably. Not alot of bitterness on this at all, and sweet caramel malt rounds things out. The drinkability and taste is superior to the slew of session ipas that have come out recently. This is a must try beer and as a full strength IPL I personally feel this is a much better alternative to most session ipas. (93/100)

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Photo of datalager
4.64/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Wow, I'm really digging the beer! Drinking it right now. I'd say it reminds me of a top level IPA with a smoother finish. There is a ton of circus and pine hop aroma, plenty of bite, and a lingering aftertaste. But the mouthfeel and swallow is decidedly more oily than dry. There are also notes of nuttiness and herb (oregano...rosemary???) in the whiff as it warms. This is a super dynamic beer. There is one other really hoppy lager that I have had (Stoudt's Smooth Hoperator, also quite good), and I think the "lager" quality of this style has it's place in a world of IPAs.

At any rate, call this beer world class, because that is what it is.

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Hoponius Union from Jack's Abby Brewing
4.23 out of 5 based on 2,622 ratings.
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