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Session Rye IPL - Jack's Abby Brewing

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114 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 114
Reviews: 15
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 8.2%
Wants: 2
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Jack's Abby Brewing visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Lager |  3.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Centennial, Chinook, Columbus and Crystal hops were added at the very end of the boil to give a robust hop flavor and smooth bitterness. This Spicy and floral beer was brewed with a touch of rye malt to accent the spiciness of the hops. Low in alcohol, yet full in flavor.

(Beer added by: ThatsThatDude on 05-12-2014)
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Reviews by Dope:
Photo of Dope
3.89/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

3.8%, no sign of a bottle date but released less than a month ago.

A: Pours a hazy light amber. Tall, fizzy and frothy offwhite head. Head fizzes out at a moderate pace, decent lacing and head retention.

S: Spicy, herbal pine and spicy rye at the same time. Good combination.

T: More of the same, lots of pine and herbal hops up front. Has a bit of sulfur-like pilsner malt character oddly enough. I'm not sure why, but I swear I taste it. Spicy rye malt in the middle and finish. Lots of pine in the finish, including lingering in the dry aftertaste.

M: Surprisingly medium bodied for only 3.8%. Dry, smooth and decently bitter and spicy at the same time.

O: One of the best of the new fad session IPA(L)s I've had. Way better than the Lagunitas and Founders examples which is pretty high praise. The rye gives it additional complexity and the mouthfeel is crisp and smooth without being too weak. Drinks like a rye pilsner, which is a good thing.

Dope, Jun 07, 2014
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A - A light off-white head sits on top of a amber body, Not much lacing remains, just specks here and there on the pint glass.

S - Nice, deep malt aroma off the top, doesn't overwhelm. There's almost a nuttiness in there.

T - It took me a few sips to wrap my head around this one. There's an immediate bitterness with floral notes for sure, but they hang in the background. What you come away with is something very subdued.

M - Medium to light mouthfeel here. I was expecting something a bit heavier and was surprised on the lightness, almost wateriness, of this beer.

O - Not sure if I was wrong in expecting something a bit more full here, but the taste just doesn't seem to blossom in this Rye IPL.

alexbutler, Jul 27, 2014
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Second pour from a growler, purchased this afternoon from the brewery.

A -- Really nice body, bright and clear orange/copper color. Very little head, but decent retention and lacing.

N -- Light nose, with grapefruit hops and a little bit of spicy rye malts.

T -- Really tasty. The spice of the rye is upfront, with a good hoppy finish. There's nothing overpowering. Its really crisp and refreshing.

M -- A little watery, but not too bad. Carbonation is good and contributes to the refreshing, crisp quality.

O -- An excellent beer for day drinking or cookouts or whatever you want. Awesome.


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Session Rye IPL from Jack's Abby Brewing
85 out of 100 based on 114 ratings.