Hoponius Union | Jack's Abby Brewing

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2,694 Ratings
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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
Ratings:
2,694
Reviews:
383
Avg:
4.23
pDev:
8.51%
 
 
Wants:
380
Gots:
581
For Trade:
13
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 2,694 |  Reviews: 383
Photo of myblais
4.46/5  rDev +5.4%
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 Phantom2665
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Lingenbrau
4.31/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of andrenaline
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Swettenham_Shire
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Fantastic all-around IPL. Wish I had easier access to Jack's Abby.

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Photo of Wheels2532
4.08/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Paoloboston
3.74/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Holly1215
4.18/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of pdad329
4.54/5  rDev +7.3%
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 luke12345
3.87/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of kitschiguy
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
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 Apellonious
4.12/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev -5.4%
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 jsf14
4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Bogdawg
3.84/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Y2kWasAnInsideJob
4.83/5  rDev +14.2%
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 David19457
3.75/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of hopflyer
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
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 Chrisrebal
4.99/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of frekky
4.13/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jacob17
4.29/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of gregangley
3.98/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of MI_beerdrinker
3.77/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of DenverHopHead
3.95/5  rDev -6.6%
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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Hoponius Union from Jack's Abby Brewing
4.23 out of 5 based on 2,694 ratings.
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