Hoponius 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.