IPA meets lager

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First Posted: 4/20/2015

Description: Hoponius Union pours a golden orange hue with a creamy white head that leaves behind a very thick lacing on the glass. The aroma is filled with strong hop notes of citrus, pine, mango and pineapple backed by a semi-sweet malt bill that adds a bready note. The taste follows the nose with a big hit from the hops up front that bring with it lots of tropical and citrus fruit flavors and hints of pine that impart a sharp bitterness. The extremely smooth and creamy lager malt bill rushes over to sooth the palate with hints of bread and caramel. The medium body and moderate carbonation make this beer extremely smooth and creamy. The mixing of styles between the IPA and lager make this beer an unbelievable drinking experience that has perfect balance, tons of hop character and an easy drinkability. Hoponius Union is an absolute must try beer.

Food pairing: The ample use of hops and extremely smooth malt character make this beer great to have on hand as the summer months approach. Try pairing this beer with any number of great barbecue dishes at your next cookout. Classic cheeseburgers piled high with toppings, barbecue chicken, brisket, ribs or even delicate smoked salmon are all great choices. The caramelized flavors from the meat will match perfectly with the rich malt profile while the hops will cut through the spices and add a layer of wonderful citrus leaving the carbonation to scrub the palate perfectly clean between each bite. This is also a great beer to pair with your next Friday night pizza. Don’t be afraid to pile on the toppings, this is a beer that can handle it all. The bready notes from the malt will sink their teeth into the crust and never let go while the hops will match perfectly with any number of toppings especially pepperoni and sausage.

The Final Word: Jack’s Abby has garnished a great deal of awards in a relatively short period of time. However, one sip of Hoponius Union and it will be very apparent how they have been able to pull off this feat. The brewery is crafting some of the best craft beers currently available on the market and the IPL style is gaining a lot of attention in the craft beer industry. The brewery proved themselves frontrunners in the style. The incredibly smooth lager qualities and world class IPA characteristics along with a dry finish make this a beer craft beer lovers will enjoy. The brewery recently became available in NEPA, making us one of the lucky markets to partake in such great beers, so stop reading and start drinking Jack’s Abby beers starting with Hoponius Union.

Where can I get it? : Currently available in 12 oz. bottles at: J&H Beer- Plains Twp.; Backyard Ale House- Scranton; Cooper’s Seafood House- Scranton; Exit 190 Beer Deli- Dickson City. Also available on draft at Backayard Ale House- Scranton and Tiffany’s Tap and Grill- Eynon

Remember, enjoy responsibly!

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