Hoponius Union | Jack's Abby Brewing

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Hoponius UnionHoponius Union
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
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Ratings: 2,694 |  Reviews: 383
Photo of Manticore
4.6/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Holderness
4.12/5  rDev -2.6%
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 +4.7%
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 +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of IvoryFoxhole
3.98/5  rDev -5.9%
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 +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Karibourgeois
3.5/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of srfou
4.58/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Ryan_DelMastro
4.81/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Antg8989
3.78/5  rDev -10.6%
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 Didier
4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of dcresey
4.28/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of Oakley
4.21/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

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

Photo of Troutbeerbum
5/5  rDev +18.2%
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 mmorris15
4.19/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of DrewBest
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DrewSnyc667
3.96/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of Yanks017
4.47/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of smaddock
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Thomas_Wikman
4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
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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Hoponius Union from Jack's Abby Brewing
4.23 out of 5 based on 2,694 ratings.
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