RATINGS: 480   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75/5   IBU: 65   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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 - 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 sourced ingredients. OG 15.5 Plato

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3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
GoufCustom (1916) - HONG KONG - JUN 13, 2015


355 ml bottle bought at The Bottle Shop in Sai Kung.

Looks: Translucent amber honey colour; One-quarter finger head and soapy white foam which fades in 40 seconds; Excellent sticky lacing with very slight carbonation.

Aroma: Fragrant malt, with strong floral, passion fruits, oranges, very light grapefruit, molasses, pine, light resin, spices, light crackers, strong lemon and fresh grass.

Taste: Close to medium sweet malt, with strong lemon peels, grapefruits, strong molasses, earth, light pine, strong resin, strong biscuits, strong lime, strong bitter hops and fresh grass.

Body: Mid to light. Slick, thick and oozy palate.

Mouth Feel: Pretty rich maltyness, quite thick and slick. The rich hops make it almost Ale-like. The strong citrusy and oozy taste suggest 3Cs, though the grapefruits and pine is rather low, mostly lime, earth, fair resin and spices. Expressive but not out of control. Neat!

Hoppiness: Passion fruits, oranges, very light grapefruit, floral, light pine, resin in nose. Strong lime, lemon peels, light citrus, ooze, light pine and earth in taste. Bitterness is notably strong but short-lived, for an abrupt, moderate to strong bitter-sweet finish.

After Taste: Quite dry. Very limey and quite bitter to mouth.

Comments: The 3Cs or whatever West Coast hops being put into this IPL give me a feeling of its hands being tied - its citrusy and resiny aroma and taste are notablely neat, but perhaps a bit too restrained to be fully impressive. Very nice to have one no doubt, but for now this is above average but not great.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Cuso (8481) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - JUN 12, 2015
Bottle from Ammersine magazine Wien 5. Orange color with medium white head. Caramel malt, citrus hops, fruits, resin in aroma. Solid malty base with caramel followed by nice citrus hoppy kick with tangerines, oranges, pines. Long hoppy bitter finish. Tasty.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
kerenmk (4643) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - JUN 9, 2015
Bottle sample at a tasting at Max’s place. Thanks ArizviSG. Hazy gold with a white ring. A little orange and a little onion aroma, sweet juicy taste and then bitter and a little dry. Soft fizz, fruity finish.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DSG (13906) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - JUN 8, 2015
Bottle shared at a tasting at Max’s place. Hazy golden. Nice fruity hops aroma, tropical and citric. Dry flavor of fruity hops and pleasant bitterness. Medium-bodied. Good.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
growler6 (153) - Pocasset, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 5, 2015
UPDATED: JUN 1, 2016 Bread, orange and sage. Citrus to bitter to a clean finish. Well balanced. Third time around with this beer. I drank it a warmer temperature and scored it higher this time. It’s very good good but not in the same league as Mass Rising.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
c0fein (607) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JUN 5, 2015
355ml bottle from Saveur-Biere. MFG 02/10/2015.

Golden colour with a small white head. Hoppy, fruity, crisp. Nice one.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jamaty (2098) - Madrid, SPAIN - JUN 4, 2015
Esta casa presume de realizar lagers... con levaduras lager.. y con ingredientes típicos de ales americanas... En este caso pretenden una IPA LAGER. Lo logran? Definivamente sí. Anaranjada con un dedo de espuma que dura un minuto. Potente aroma lupulado, muy frutal: mango, melocoton, naranja.. En boca, textura agradable y mantiene el aroma, acabando en un final a la vez muy frutal y muy seco, por supuesto amargo. Genial.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kryon (3172) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - MAY 30, 2015
Pours clear amber liw white head Aromas of tropical fruits, pine, lager like bready tones Taste has caramel, resin, pine, tropical fruits

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ansalon (3484) - Stockholm, SWEDEN, SWEDEN - MAY 30, 2015
Pours clear amber with a low white head. Aromas of apricot, peach, rye bread, pine. Taste is apricot, peach, grapefruit, rye bread. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
donjrein (1) - Rochester, New York, USA - MAY 29, 2015 does not count
Caramel color, tight, full, creamy head, good carbonation, and absolutely wonderful citrus hoppy aroma. Smooth, not overpowering taste.


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