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RATINGS: 246   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.79   IBU: 65   EST. CALORIES: 201   ABV: 6.7%
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Hoponius Union harmoniously combines lager yeast fermentation and West Coast IPA hops. Our India style Pale Lager is like a traditional IPA but with a twist - itís 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 sourced ingredients. OG 15.5 Plato

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bytemesis (2576) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - NOV 19, 2013
Bottle. Pours clear golden, small white head, good lacing. Aroma is pine, citrus, mango, passionfruit. Flavor is the same, nicely hoppy with light sweetness and light to medium bitterness. Medium body. This is a nice one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
daknole (8540) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - NOV 17, 2013
Orange/gold pour with a white head. GABF. Tropcal fruit and awesome hop notes are killer in this beer. Some lychee, mango, grassy hops, oranges...nice stuff indeed.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
pinkie (426) - New York, USA - NOV 11, 2013
Pours a true amber gold with bright clarity and bubbles streaming up from the bottom. The head is soft, white and falls slowly enough to leave a ring and slippery lace. Nose is strong and earthy lager yeast that has been splashed with sunny hop citrus. Thereís a touch of pine and grapefruit but nothing as strong as an IPA. The body of the beer is smooth and the earthy yeast seems to give it texture. It has ample carbonation but those bubbles do not bite you. The citrus is flower like. The grapefruit is soft and so is the pine. The light malt is perfectly unobtrusive but carries this beer expertly with a light grain in the aftertaste. Itís caressed by a gently bitter but even that is restrained. Smart and poised.

This beer kept the quality of a lager and added just the right amount of hops to show them off a little but not get carried away. Extremely food friendly with just a hint of sweetness. This beer is uncomplicated by the hops and is quite engaging.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
drfabulous (3646) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - NOV 10, 2013
12 ounce thanks to WillRunForBeer. Beautiful pour. Pure tropical fruit and grapefruit. Big hoppy presence. Delicious.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mkgrenwel (557) - Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 9, 2013
Pale copper pour. White crown of foam sitting on top. Big pineapple, tangerine, grapefruit aroma. Flavor is more of the same. Some candied lemon. Dry with a faint bready malt backbone. Well balanced in a way that doesnít let malt overwhelm the clean hop flavors, but doesnít end up overly bitter and raw either. Bitterness is actually mild. The dangerous thing is that this is so clean and drinkable that the glass is empty before you know it. Really well done and enjoyable. I love that this is available in 6-packs at a good price as well.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
merc7186 (1739) - North Tonawanda, New York, USA - NOV 9, 2013
A: Golden Straw Hue, Passes Most Light, White Head, Decent Lacing S: Citrus, Floral, Onions T: Hay, Floral, Onions M: Decent Carbonation, Medium Bodied, Mildly Bitter Overall, its a nice pale lager but the presence of NZ hops leaves that onion taste lingering around, which is just nasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Chad9976 (1081) - Albany, New York, USA - NOV 4, 2013
I poured a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass. There was no discernible freshness date. It cost $2.69 ($0.22 per ounce).

Appearance: A hazy, but bright shade of glowing peach flesh yellow/orange. No carbonation visible (which is odd considering itís a lager). Pours to a large, white, frothy head which laces and retains very well.

Smell: Citrus and dank resin pine. Hints of garlic and other seasonings.

Taste: Something Iíve come to discover in 2013 is that thereís a distinct "New England Style" IPA that smells and tastes of citrus or tropical fruit at first, but with a spicy vegetable flavor on the finish. Jackís Abbey Hoponius Union is very much in line with the style, though in this case the beer is actually a strong lager and not an ale. However, if that hadnít been indicated on the label, I doubt I (or most drinkers) would have made the distinction.

The base palette here is pretty standard American IPA territory: citrusy hops up front that transition into something more dank and resiny at the peak and then finish with a slightly garlic or onion-like flavor. Many others of the regional style tend to be much stronger than this, though I actually appreciate the fact the intensity is a bit dialed-down here. Thereís a slight sweetness riding along the entire time, imparting a honey or butterscotch-like flavor. The herbal component of the hops linger, creating for a slightly dry, slightly spicy sensation. Itís not too intense or distracting, so it seems like an appropriate ending.

Drinkability: At 6.7% ABV and 65 IBUs, Jackís Abbey Hoponius Union is a perfect example of what an easy-drinking hoppy beer should be. Itís flavorful and energetic in the mouth, but not so strong or obese that itís a challenge to drink. The mouthfeel is surprisingly calm and smooth for a lager. Probably a great beer to pair with any dinner, though enjoying it on its own is quite satisfying.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jmikolich (1399) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - OCT 29, 2013
Tap at Armsby Abbey, I donít get it, maybe this beer is too subtle for me, but this just a weird taste in the finish that I assume is from the lagering period, good front taste, weird finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
JBPortland (458) - Portland, Maine, USA - OCT 27, 2013
From 10/23 notes. On draught at The Reservoir in Waterbury, VT. Pours dark hazy brown-orange. Nose is subtle piney hops, trees. Mouthfeel is full bodied and round with medium carbonation, smooth. Taste is pine, resin, dank, sticky. Finish is bitter, piney, hoppy, some faint bready notes. One of the more enjoyable lagers Iíve had. Very good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sammy (8094) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 23, 2013
On tap at Coleís, solid hoppy beer, refreshing and drinkable. Golden coloured with some lace. Solid beer but overated.

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