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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 11-52_4hops
4.21/5  rDev -0.5%
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 -2.4%
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 +0.7%
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 +2.1%
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 +2.8%
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 -1.2%
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 +0.7%
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 -8.5%
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 -1.7%
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 +8.5%
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 -0.2%
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 +2.6%
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 +0.2%
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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Photo of BeerMusketeer
4.34/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle from Redstone. Super easy drinking and very hoppy for a lager. Very impressive, especially because I am not usually a lager fan. I need to seek out more beers from these guys!

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

12oz bottle poured into a tumbler glass

A- a bright gold with some haze. A billowing white head that laces fantastically.

S- bright citrus, a bit of resin, and crackery malts. A bit fruity.

T- An even mix of orange rind, , slight pink grapefruit, some mild resin, and crackery malts. Very, very tasty.

M- Smooth, but amazingly crisp and clean. Medium bodied.

O- It's fantastic, seek it out.

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Photo of kitch
4.16/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 12 fl oz bottle with a manufacturing date of 1st December 2014 and poured into a pint glass (although I’d consider using an IPA glass for this next time).

Appearance: The beer poured a slightly hazy golden orange colour with a less than one finger white head that leaves some spotty lacing.

Aroma: Mainly citrus zest hops followed by some tropical mango and light pepperiness.

Taste: Light caramel malt flavours followed by some nice bitter citrus and grassy hops… orange and piney finish.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and dry, light to medium bodied with medium carbonation.

Overall: I am impressed. The world needs more lagers like this. It is far and away the best lager I’ve tried, and a very good example of what can and should be done with lagers.

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Photo of codekiln
4.47/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased at Trader Joe's, poured into a 4-inch snifter

Hazy, golden; head that dissipates quickly; not much lace

Very hoppy; sweet, milky

Citrus, hops, crisp

Very carbonated at first- surfs on the tongue; a little oily

Quite good

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Photo of SLeffler27
3.88/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Clear pale copper (SRM 9-12) with a slight, creamy white head that leaves a coating of lace below the lid of an HB stein.

Quick floral hops are replaced by grassy aromas and resin. Citrus zest leaves a light touch of lemon and orange, while peppery celery follows. Warmth brings out wet hay.

Quite bitter, yet somewhat balanced. Grapefruit and caramel work well together. A dry finish has modest bitterness and light, lingering effects.

Crisp and medium body with alcohol as expected. A satin texture is highlighted by fizzy carbonation.

This is a fine beer with which to decompress during a mild, sunny summer evening.

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Photo of jakecattleco
4.48/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle marked mfg1150607 at Lower Depths. Wow, really impressed, more so than with Mass Rising. Great aroma, bursting flavor and solid mouthfeel. Would definitely drink this often if available in my locale!

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Photo of drdiesel9483
4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look - golden color with a great lasting white head
Smell - citrus hop smell with a little toasty bread
Taste - incredible citrus herbal taste. I'm not sure what herbs are in there but it's very interesting and good.
Feel - medium body with lots of carbonation
Overall - I really like this beer! Great citrus pale lager!

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Photo of Justin82
4.23/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12oz into a pint glass

Look: Hazy orange, half inch foamy head, a lil lacing

Smell: slight citrus. Herbal and grassy notes

Taste: Much like the smell. Not really getting the citrus, but still herbal and grassy. Finishes dry and bitter

Feel: Really smooth. Nice carbonation

Overall: Really enjoyable. I usually tend to go for juicier ipas but this ipl hit the spot. Just a really tasty well balanced beer. Feel like this one begs to be sessioned. Would definitely get this again

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Photo of mvanaskie13
3.99/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a narrow pint glass: color is opaque copper, somewhat dense looking, head is off white, fine bubbles with dense cover and lacing left on the glass.

Smell is extremely enticing: light malt toastiness quickly followed by the well balanced floral and fruity hops, there not overpowering but more sharp than a typical pale lager to warm you up for the sharper flavor.

Taste is less malty in terms of toastingess but a little sweeter than the aroma, light malt flavor (pilsen) is overtaken by the hop bitterness, hops seem less pronounced in terms of flavor than bittering quality. Subtle hop flavors include light citrus and grass.

Mouthfeel is definitely where this beer finds its India roots, lighter malt flavor of the pilsen malt is slightly overmatched by the hops (not in a bad way). Hops linger in a pleasant way on the tongue, not too drying and leaving just the right presence to identify this as more IPL than Kellerbier.

Overall, a great beer, seemingly simple in formulation but the subtleties of hop schedule, fermentation and aging come through in the finished product.

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Photo of orcrist_cleaver
3.85/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Has color more characteristic of an APA or IPA. Pours an orange-amber with a frothy white head. Smell is very muted to my nose, but then again that's the irony with IPLs as the coldet serving temp kinda defeats the purpose. Gains a nice fleshy mango aroma as it warms Grassy, citrusy, resiny hop taste. Gtapefruit, jackfruit, bitter melon, passionfruit. Definitely had a crisp, dry feel that accentuates citrus florals than any tropical sweetness.

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Photo of JackRWatkins
3.79/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 Cl in a nonik pint glass
A:orange to straw gold, little to no head mild lacing, cloudy for a lager
S:good clean hop bitterness with hints of orange and miscellaneous citrus
T:clean, juicy and refreshing, I can personally attest that this is good on a summers day, it is a little bitter at first but any harshness is quick to dissipate, they call this 'wicked hoppy' and while for a lager that might be true for a beer in general it is certainly not the case
M:juicy, a little drying after a second or two but not very
O: Special thanks to mike constanzo for sending me this, I would definitely buy it again if I had it available to me, a very enjoyable very pleasant beer, like drinking juice only better

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Photo of BigGold
3.97/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had at the new "Cheers," Quincy Market, Boston, Mass., on draft into a faceted mug. Would say this "IPL" is a great example of what lagers can be, except it confirms I had (have) no idea what can be done with lagers. Whatever, find this beer. It may or may not open your eyes (like mine), but you will almost certainly enjoy the experience.

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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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