Saturday, January 12, 2013

Jack's Abby Hoponius Union

Hey everyone, I hope you're all having a great weekend!  Tonight I am trying Hoponius Union, my first beer from Jack's Abby Brewing in Framingham, MA.  The bottle was kindly provided by Greg, a friend of the family who lives in Massachusetts.  Thanks Greg!
This is also the first time I'm trying an India Pale Lager.  I can only assume that the beer will have the hop profile of an IPA, but will be dry from a longer, cooler fermentation.  Let's open this beer up!
Jack's Abby Brewing, Hoponius Union, India Pale Lager, Craft Beer, Beer Review
Hoponius Union
Jack's Abby Brewing
India Pale Lager
6.7% ABV
65 IBUs
Fun Fact:  Locally grown dehulled spelt (a kind of wheat) is used in the brewing process
Hoponius Union pours a light pale golden color with a finger width head.  Not too much lacing is present, and there are lots of large bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass.  It's a great looking beer.  There are mainly citrus aromas, including lemon, grapefruit and pineapple.  Taking a drink, the citrus follows right from the nose.  Very fruity, slightly bitter.  The finish is dry, as expected from the lager fermentation.  The body on the beer is medium, and there is a decent amount of carbonation that plays on the tongue.
Jack's Abby Brewing, Hoponius Union, India Pale Lager, Craft Beer, Beer Review
Overall:  This is a very solid offering from Jack's Abby.  Very tasty.  I would definitely pick this up if I saw it in the store.  If this is the quality I can expect from other Jack's Abby Brewing beers, then I can't wait to try them all.  Maybe I'll have to have Greg bring some MA beers to NJ that we can't get!
Have you had Hoponius Union?  What did you think?  Let me know in the comments!
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