Beer Type: India Pale Lager (IPL) ABV: 6.7% IBUs: 65 Tried from bottle.
Their 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.”
The Reality: Their description is spot on. It does have a “citrusy hop aroma”, and the initial taste does have a lot of tropical fruit notes that fade into a nice hoppy palate. This beer is dry and doesn’t leave a bitter aftertaste like some IPA’s. Very well balanced and drinks light, especially for a 6.7% ABV beer.
Final Verdict: For anyone who has not been paying attention, Jack’s Abby Brewing is quickly becoming one of the best microbreweries in New England and this beer is one of the reasons. There’s a lot of “unions” going on in Hoponius Union. Like the wonderful union between the tropical fruit flavors and hop bitterness, or the union between IPA and Lager styles, or the union between the glass and my mouth, because I can’t stop drinking it. All I can tell you is that if you’re a craft beer lover and you don’t try this beer, than you don’t know Jack!