Hoponius Union | Jack's Abby Brewing

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

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

User Reviews & Ratings
Reviews: 407 | Ratings: 2,799
Photo of rudiecantfail
4.4/5  rDev +3.8%
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 Holderness
4.12/5  rDev -2.8%
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.


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Photo of Gajo74
4.43/5  rDev +4.5%
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 IvoryFoxhole
3.98/5  rDev -6.1%
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 Antg8989
3.78/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Wasn't crazy about this one...very floral with slight citrus notes. Every sip feels like it's missing just a little bit of something. Not sure what it is.

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

I don't know how to rate beers, I do however know how to drink them. I try lots of beers, if I like them, I stick with them. I can't say enough about Jack's Abby Hoponius Union. This beer is my daily drinker now, even though it's a one hour round trip for me to find it. Love the 12 packs and the price. Whatever you folks are doing at Jack's Abby, keep it up. I've introduced several of my friends to Hoponius Union, and they have all been thoroughly impressed. Keep it coming and I hope the distribution grows.

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Photo of Thomas_Wikman
4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It is the first time I am this beer. This isn't your usual bland Lager, it is a hoppy Lager, IBU 65. I got it via a trade.

Look: semi-clear amber hue with a two-inch white head.

Aroma: Fruity, mild yeast

Taste: Bready and tropical fruit, grapefruit, a bit piney, not too different from an IPA. I think it was delicious.

Feel: medium body, medium carbonation, crisp easy drinking.

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Photo of myblais
4.46/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A great hoppy IPL with a just the right amount of bitterness and a dry finish. Has a gold color and a frothy white head when poured. The hops permeate the aroma.
I'm thankful to be able to buy this on the regular in Massachusetts.

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Photo of Lingenbrau
4.31/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Hoponious Union pours a polished gold. Almost perfectly clear, and a welcomed sight to see my fingers on the back of the glass. An immense foamy white head above makes itself comfortable, and very familiar to the sides of the tulip.

Plenty of melon, weed, and pine mingle along with a bready and convection sugar sweetness. It smells delicious.

And it is. It is delicious. Waves of fruit splash one after the other. Grapefruit first, melon next, lime to finish. Then that glorious piney, herb, and peppery spiced bite to finish it off. Let's not neglect that clean white bread and honey maltiness that supports absolutely beautifully.

Crisp and clean, just as it should be. Light, and lightly bittered, just as it should be. Most importantly, this isas drinkable as it gets for my preferences. It's dangerously smooth.

I'd drink Hoponious Union all day everyday. A hoppy lager right where it should be. Not too strong, not too bitter, not very sweet at all really. It's refreshing and engaging. A beer I would never turn down.

Cheers, and thanks Larry for my first go with this wonderful brew.

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Photo of pdad329
4.54/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm an IPA nut... This is a nice, hoppy, slightly lighter-tasting alternative. Somewhere between an IPA and a fine Pilsner.
Golden-orange color, light head, hoppy bitterness, fresh feel, dry finish.
Lovin' it. (Draft)

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Photo of kitschiguy
4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured a cloudy deep orange with a pretty good head. Looks like a pale ale.

Nose is lovely - tropical fruit with some nice ale-like spicy malt aromas.

Mouth is good - medium-bodied. Quite a malty palate but with a good tropical fruit hop bitterness coming on.

Very nice beer overall - recommended.

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Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a clear golden body with two-finger head and lace ring down glass. Slight lager-like aroma with citric notes in the aroma. Clean and easy drinking beer that is real smooth and has citric hops w/ hints of sweetness and clean finish as beer has minimal bitterness; for lack of a better phrase this is a great session beer.

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Photo of Y2kWasAnInsideJob
4.83/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

I've had this beer too many times and don't plan on stopping. I used to live near the brewery and collaborated with them when working for a coffee company in the area. When I moved to NY and found they were distributed I was ecstatic.

Amazing complex for a lager- tones of pine and citrus on the nose, very floral. This follows though on the palate but with a bit more heft and a tinge of passionfruit and a wonderful counterbalanced malt. Extremely creamy while retaining a crispness.

If I'm on a desert island I'm drinking this beer until I die.

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

Nice hybrid of a clean dry lager and a citrusy IPA. Wasn't expecting this to be as hoppy as it was but it really went well with the lager yeast/malt in this. It took the best of both worlds, a clean refreshing lager and a citrusy IPA with a hopy bite, and combined them harmoniously. He name of this beer is fitting for sure.

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Photo of DenverHopHead
3.95/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz can with a canned on date of 9/8/16; into a pint glass.
Appearance- dark gold, evident sediment if you look hard enough and some carbonation bubbles. Head is medium thick, but quickly reduces to a thin, white layer. Lacing is decent.
Smell - faint tropical and citrus notes, but only hints. Some pale malts are also detectable.
Taste - citrus flavors are much more noticeable here, I'm getting grapefruit!
Feel - reminds of a fuller session IPA; bitter from start to finish with no watered down feel!
Overall - really good beer, though hop aromas are a little weak for me, but that's really the only thing that prevents an outstanding score for me.

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Photo of EnzymaticHops
3.49/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Lovely mouthfeel on this one. Nice crisp pine hoppiness. Slight sweet maltiness on the nose but nothing overwhelming. Overall a delicious beer, just felt like it lacked any stellar element.

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Photo of Prager62
4.29/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at The Barrel in Estes Park Colorado on 10/02/16 and served in a nonic pint glass.

Look- A clean transparent dark gold with a finger of creamy white foam. It slowly settles leaving some lacing. Tiny bubbles waft up to the surface like any good lager.

Smell- Fruity, floral and spicy. A little yeast comes out in back.

Taste- Wonder floral flavor up front, followed by some passionfruit and mild perfume. A dose of bready malt in the finish.

Feel- Creamy and slick to start with a crisp dry finish.

Overall- This is without a doubt one of the best hopped up lagers I've had. A wonderful balance of floral/fruity hops and a thick malt backbone. This is a must try for the style.

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Photo of CNoj012
4.23/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This beer pours a hazy golden orange with a one finger off white head that sticks around quite a while and leaves thin hanging chunks of lacing.

The smell is awesome! Bright, citrusy, tropical and juicy. Smells like an IPA with a touch of toasted malt and lager yeast.

The taste is quite a bit more balanced. Starts off fruity and juicy, but transitions into a bready dry finish.

Feel is light, juicy and slightly resinous, but finishes dry.

Overall a very very good beer. One of the best pale lagers I've had.

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Photo of GeeL
4.75/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Hands-down awesome beer. It has some mouthfeel, you'd expect it to be overly bitter, but it's crazy smooth and balanced. The color is beautiful, there's a slight haze from it not being filtered, smell is fruity and hoppy, and the taste is balanced. If you can get your hands on this, try it.

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Photo of ommegangpbr
4.47/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from a can (poured into a pint glass) purchased at Good Beer on 9th street in Manhattan.
So I tasted this, thinking to myself, "this is pretty good. I like this." Then I looked at the style parameters and saw this was in the same category as Michelob and said Oh Crap. I get the scores. This tastes like an India Pale ale, but it's lagered. Usually I only get that sort of effect with some Imperial pilsners that have a bit more alcohol in them. That being said, this is a pretty high alcohol content American pale lager. It's pretty impressive to get this kind of flavor out of the kind of brewing process used. I'm a fan.

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Photo of tekstr1der
4.27/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Hazy dark golden pour with minimal white head. Aroma is dank and fruity of the tropical variety, still allowing some bready malt through. Flavor is the same with a good punch of tropical fruits dominating a malty backbone. Finish is smoother than expected. Smooth sipping throughout. Very well done.

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.96/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

on draft

light copper golden in color, white head. nice hoppy aroma - grass, citrus, pine mix. just a bit of bready malt flavor mixed in with the hoppiness. thinner bodied.

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Photo of jth63
4.9/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

This is one of my new favorites. Poured into a pint glass. Copper hue, one finger head with slight lacing. Citrus aroma with slight yeasty quality. Taste fairly intense hops balanced well with malt. Definite lager presence. Finishes strong. Can't wait to try it on tap.

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

Serving: Bottle
No date (Consumed Aug-13)

It pours crystal clear light copper with three fingers fluffy white head that slowly drops to a decent film with long swoops of lace and okay retention. (4)

Lemon pith, grass, light hint of pine, some crusty white bread from malt. (4.25)

Lemon grass, regular grass, herbs, bitter orange, toasted bread underneath. (4.25)

Clean and crisp with a quick finish and medium carbonation. (4.25)

Very tasty, well-made beer.
Pungent aroma, layered bright hoppy flavor, very drinkable, straight ahead, and enjoyable. Grassy end of the spectrum with some light lemony citrus to make it pop. Will have again. (4.25)

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Photo of Masonz223
4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smell: sweet peach orange tangerine.
Taste: upfront sweet peach orange middle of the mouth tangerine slight mango grapefruit some dankness a crackery male finishes with a nice piney hop bite.
Feel: medium bodied the piney hop biterness covers the mouth in the finish.
Overall: nice and hoppy lager with a nice fruit presence. A really well done beer.

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