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Review: Jack's Abby Hoponius Union

Posted by Steve Greenlee  May 23, 2012 02:17 PM

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hoponius union 004.jpgHoponius Union, made by Jack's Abby Brewing, has become my first-choice beer when I'm out at a pub. So imagine how happy the Framingham brewer made me when it recently began bottling this fine beverage.

It's an innovative beer. Jack's Abby, a three-brother operation that launched last year and has carved a niche by focusing on lagers, calls Hoponius Union an "India pale lager." Indeed, it tastes more like an India pale ale than a pale lager, which is what it is. That's because it's intensely hopped -- this beer measures 65 IBUs, bitter even by IPA standards.

I poured my first bottled Hoponius Union hard into a nonic pint glass, creating a huge, fluffy, longlasting head that captured the beer's amazing aroma: grapefruit, lemon, grass, and bits of tropical fruit. Crisp, light, and highly hopped, like an aggressive IPA, with a dry finish, it's one of the most satisfying, refreshing beers I've ever had.

Thanks to Jack's Abby's new bottling line, I don't have to go out to a bar to get it, either.

More soon on Jack's Abby's other bottled beers...

Hoponius Union is 6.7 percent alcohol. A 500-milliliter (16.9-ounce) bottle costs about $3.50.

Gary Dzen

About 99 Bottles

Gary Dzen writes about craft beer here and in the Globe when he's not covering the Celtics for He can be reached at Follow him on Twitter @GaryDzen.

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