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: 406 | Ratings: 2,798
Photo of Hyptochrons
4.52/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

hazed golden orange with a dense white head and good lacing.

nose is citric hops, caramel malt, grassy and floral notes, earthy pine and a light herbaceous quality. on the palate is zesty citrus up front, followed by beady and caramel malts with a grapefruit and pine bitterness on the finish. excellent balance achieved between fruity hops, sweetish malts and a slightly bitter finish. overall this is an extremely clean IPL that is well balanced and super drinkable, cheers!

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Photo of gesesq
4.51/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Crazy brew. Bought a sixtel. Loved the cloudiness. Wonderful smell. Lots of grapefruit. Nice finish, lingers for a long time. This one is a keeper. Nicely done.

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Photo of Mongrel
4.18/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Super citrusy and very clean. Like the lager counterpart to Bells Two Hearted, with maybe even more hop presence and aroma. Well balanced, outstanding.

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Photo of SteveBrew
4.62/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

L - Pale/strawlike in color. Nice lacing and a super-clear look tells me that this is a good lager.
S - Nice mild hop presence-stone fruit, citrus, some very light maltiness
T - Very incredible experience. This was a true integration of the hop profile from a west coast IPA, with the very light body of an American pale lager. No esters that I could detect--the hops ran the show.
F - Perhaps the mouthfeel was the most fun part of the beer. Quaffable and lighter than air, the hops seemed to dance off my tongue. A slight sticky flavor persisted on the roof of my mouth, but nothing like a proper IPA. Finish was actually a bit quenching rather than dry.
O - What an unique experience. This beer was so much fun to enjoy. I could easily have a couple and still stand up straight. Would pair nicely with a burger and fries.

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Photo of philbe311
3.88/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L - A finger's worth of crisp khaki colored froth... Modest retention gives way to a full lacing of mostly the same quality and character... The color is a pale copper... Loaded with moderate paced carbonation... A slight bit of lacing clings to the sides of the glass...

S - A pleasant aroma of fresh whole-coned hops... A rock solid malt base lays slightly beneath the surface... Rich bready malts... Cereal grains... A subtle caramel sweetness... Simple, straight-forward and quite effective...

T - The aroma was a wonderful indication of what to expect on the palate... Fresh hops to start... Then a wave of malty goodness comes... The hops rise to prominence again on the finish...

F - Medium bodied... Sturdy and crisp... Light to moderate carbonation... Turning about creamy and lush towards the end of each sip...

O - Quaffable, sessionable and refreshing... A real easy drinker... There are no "world class" characteristics about this brew, but everything works remarkably well together in a harmonious fashion where the total is greater than the sum of the parts... I could enjoy a couple of these a couple of these in a sitting without blinking...

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Photo of drtth
4.21/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The beer pours out into a Duvel glass a lightly hazed golden orange color with a 3/4" ivory head that recedes visibly to leave rings of lacing with some large patches and some legs clinging to the sides of the glass. The surface is coated with a thin layer of foam and a thicker island of foam here and there. Sipping creates arches of lacing along with large and small patches of leggy lacing.

The aromas include some strong components of orange and grapefruit zest backed up by some grassy character with the malt way in the background.

The flavors are much as expected from the nose with the grapefruit zest in charge, some grassy character, some bitterness that is all supported by a malt backbone that adds just a touch of sweetness that softens but never overrides or conceals any of the hop flavors or the bitterness.

The mouth feel is on the light side of medium bodied and slightly creamy with the gentle persistent carbonation. The finish begins as the initial burst of citric bitterness begins to fade a bit. The orange, and grapefruit flavors begin to fade followed by the malt and sweetness leaving the bitterness to slide a way on its own leaving only a bit of bitterness throughout to fade into the dry ending that invites another sip.

Another very well made beer from Jack's Abby and one I'd be happy to have again. As an example of a west coast take on IPAs/IPLs this has the strengths of the focus on the hope but doesn't have that tongue rasping bitterness that can actually sometimes be painful.

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Photo of ajilllau
3.7/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

I've never been a fan of IPL'S but I think it's because I haven't found one I like. I did not order this beer, my boss did, and I thought it was pushed on her by our rep., but either way I'm happy we got it because it's a great beer and it sells very good for us. It's nice and crisp, hoppy, not super high in ABV%. I would reorder this beer.

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Photo of 57md
3.86/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a light copper color with less than a finger of head. The nose is super piney and hoppy. The flavor seems flat compared to the nose. The finish has a nice dry quality for sure but I woudl not quite agree with the can that it is "Wicked Hoppy."

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Photo of Lorwhal
4.36/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

What a classic Mass brew. Awesome golden yellow with a delicious evergreen forest floor pine and citrus smell. Crisp. Delicious. So fresh and so clean (clean).

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Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got in a BIF from tasterschoice62. 12 ounce can into lager glass, canned on 1/22/2016. Pours lightly hazy golden yellow color with a 1-2 finger dense and fluffy white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, peach, passion fruit, mango, melon, lemon zest, orange peel, light pepper, pine, cracker, biscuit, light honey, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of bright citrus/tropical/pine hops and moderate bready malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, peach, passion fruit, mango, melon, lemon zest, orange peel, light pepper, pine, cracker, biscuit, light honey, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Moderate pine/citrus rind/spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, peach, passion fruit, mango, lemon/orange peel, pepper, pine, cracker, biscuit, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity, robustness, and balance of bright citrus/tropical/pine hops and moderate bready malt flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero astringent hop flavors after the finish. Light-moderate dryness from bitterness that increases through the glass. Very clean on lager flavors with zero yeast ester notes present. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately sticky/creamy/bready, and lightly resinous balanced mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with zero warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent IPL style. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/tropical/pine hops and moderate bready malt flavors; and very smooth and easy to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of MacMalt
4.31/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into IPA glass. It pours a pretty golden-honey color with a two-finger, snow white head and extensive lacing. It smells of tangerine, caramel, pine needles, and floral hops. It is quite dank with tastes of tangerine, grapefruit, pine, and bitter hops. It has a real bite to it. This Lager is medium-bodied, moderately-carbonated, and at 6.7% ABV, it is sessionable. Overall, this is an excellent American Pale Lager. It's well-crafted and refreshing. It is appropriate either pared with a hearty meal or for casual drinking.

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Photo of beantown_hopster
4.52/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a can fresh from the brewery (which is very cool and has awesome food) to a snifter.

L - Give off some light that filters through beautifully.

S - Floral, grassy, lemon.

T - reminds me of a revved up Ithica Flower Power. Very floral, very hoppy, but where it beats out Flower Power, in my humble opinion is the finish. There is more malt to smooth out the finish to counteract the subtle bitterness. The citrus is beautiful, I get lemon zest the most. Nothing over powers anything else though. really, really good brew.

MF - A complete hit here as well.

O - Wow. I've seen this around forever and just got around to visiting Jack Abby's now due to the Framinghammer series. I am such an idiot. I started with their flagship and wow, I'm super impressed. Cheers to you Jack's Abby. Craft Lagers, I love it.

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Photo of 11-52_4hops
4.21/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is little different and a pleasant surprise. Dark honey color that matches a sweet honey, florals, malty nose. Taste is equal parts malt and bitter hops -- very nice balance. Light to medium body. Refreshing. Outstanding brew.

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Photo of moysauce
4.13/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Very very good beer. Crisp and refreshing. Nice little hop presence. Good stuff here! Would love definitely have this beer regularly if I could get my hands on it.

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

L-Pours golden with a modest 1cm white head. Lacing is spotty but lasting.
S-A large citrus presence let you know the beer is well hopped.
T- The beer is smooth. The citrus hop flavor lasts throughout the brew. Not complex, but delicious.
F-The beer has a medium mouthfeel with light carbonation. The beer coats the tongue and the flavor lingers. This is a very good thing.
O-This is the kind of beer that says "hops are amazing". It doesn't try to get tricky. It takes one thing and trys to showcase it with greatness. I will be revisiting this beer many times in the future.

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Photo of Damasen
4.32/5  rDev +1.9%
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 MA_hops
4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
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 20holmbrew
4.18/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A- Golden with a frothy two finger white head.

S- resiny and piney

T- orange peel with piney hop bite

M- Medium bodied. Very smooth and clean

O- highly recommended. Glad it's easy to find in Massachusetts.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
4.26/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Great appearance for something so hoppy and rarely done. Ample clarity, dat full one inch of white head, small bubbles. A darker gold color. Good, solid hoppy aroma, simcoe for the most part I'd guess.

I like the way the yeast is there to really let you know this is a lager, pairs with the mild dry malt train on this one. Simcoe continues to seem like the driving force flavor wise for the hops. Leans pine and grapefruit instead of the tropical fruit rage. Carbonated like a yellow lager, i.e. high. This is a solid beer, I'd bang at $5 a bottle quite often.

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Photo of fank2788
3.87/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle served in a pint glass
This beer is a hazy yellow gold color and is topped with some nice fine off white bubbles that seem to want to stick around for a while. There is a nice strong dose of west coast hops in the nose with citrus fruits and some tangy resins leading the way. Not much of the malt or anything else in the nose apart from the hops. Those are in the lead too in the taste as there is a strong kick of full hop flavor up front on top of a bit of grainy but clean base. Quite filling and very bitter throughout as I'm getting no sweetness from the malt the carbonation is pretty high as well. I guess this beer is a little weird. I have to keep reminding myself that this is a lager and I should expect it to be light and clean without a lot of leftover malt sweetness however the hops make we wish I had a bit more of that of that stuff. Very pleasant but perhaps just off the mark.

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Photo of breardon1776
4.16/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drinking at Midtown Oyster Bar in Newport. Hop heavy. Bold. Get the west coast vibe for sure.
Heavy beer. Good for 1 or 2 on a a autumn eve.
Great color, aroma, feel.
I would drink again.

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Photo of CO-Bloom
4.59/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hmmm, I think there is something special about these hoppy lagers or IPL's. Loved Sierra Nevada's hoppy lager and I would say this takes it to the next level (although I love SN's take). Fruity, citrusy hops on the bready crisp body of a lager. What's not to love? Clear orange hue with very little white head. Smells like grapefruit, orange peel, and fruity hops on a sweet malty base. Taste follows nose, delicious citrus hops (citra, mosaic?) on a crisp bready malt base. A lager base might present hops better and more uninhibited - bold statement, with minimal information but I like what I have had so far.

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Photo of raiderandbeerfan
4.22/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Darker yellow, clarity is way up there, full on 1" of head, amazing retention for a beer so hoppy.

Aroma delivered on the simcoe hops, the yeast was present, good to smell in a lager, cool mix.

Taste, big bite and snap from all the lager yeast, simcoes and whatnot. Plenty bitter, but multidimensional. Some c hops. No tropical component to the hop flavors, this is cleaner than that. High carbonation, but not bothersome. Bready.

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Photo of Sheppard
4.34/5  rDev +2.4%
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 NeroFiddled
4.24/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Jack's Abby "Hoponius Union"
12 oz. brown glass bottle, "MFG1458032415"
$1.92 @ Weis Market, Conshohocken, PA

I mean it in the best way when I say that the smell and taste of this reminds me of home-brew - the best home brew, of course. It's got that bright, lively, "real ale" character to it. Onward...

Appearance: Its golden-orange body is hazy, and perhaps even cloudy, but given that it's unfiltered one can hardly complain (and that also most likely explains why it tastes so fresh to me!). Its antique-white head rises up majestically, and then slowly settles down into a thick rocky cap. As you might expect the lacing is quite nice as well.

Aroma: Spicy, woody, earthy, floral, citrusy, and even a bit tropical.

Flavor: For the most part the hops remain the same, over a slightly sweet malt base that's distinctly grainy with a very soft edge of golden caramel to it, and perhaps a light touch of toastiness as well - it's cracker-like and biscuity, but there's more going on than just that... I can't quite put my finger on it, but it's pleasant. As I think about it, I'm wondering how much the graininess is adding to the woody and earthy notes in the aroma (?). It's nicely balanced with the hops and malt meshing together, and with the lightly sweet note of maltiness balanced by a solid (but not bold or brash) bitterness. It's odd, this is a lager, made with American hops, and yet it seems very English in nature to me - I've recently returned from a week-long pub crawl in Liverpool, and I can totally imagine finding this on tap from one of their up & coming craft breweries.

Mouthfeel: Initially slightly zesty but then remarkably smooth and velvety. Medium bodied and lightly oily.

Overall: Really quite brilliant! I found it enticing, and then compelling, and finally, really quite satiating and relaxing. For me this is the kind of beer that I want to sit down with at the end of the night with a good book after I've had something a little more basic. It's good enough that it can be the last beer of the evening because unless you're going to go for a barleywine or something like that, there's really nothing that can follow it. Worth seeking out!

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Hoponius Union from Jack's Abby Brewing
Beer rating: 4.24 out of 5 with 2,798 ratings