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Session Rye IPL - Jack's Abby Brewing

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114 Ratings
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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 ryan1788a5:
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3.86/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

500ml bottle poured into an IPA glass.

A: Brassy color with a mild haze. Great pillowy tan head retains very well. Plenty of sticky lacing.

S: Good dose of earthy and spicy rye. Floral rye notes, and an almost earthy licorice sort of spiciness. Hops have tones of ruby red grapefruit with sugar and blood orange. The hops are also spicy in their own right with an oily, herbal dimension. Blast of earthy pine too. A very aggressive and spicy nose that suggests extreme boldness of these flavors.

T: Floral hops. Pine resin, earthy, bark. Grapefruit and orange notes far in the background. Firm bitterness, but not overpowering. Coarse and spicy rye notes are a direct compliment to the hops. Very clean. Finishes dry and fairly abruptly with some lingering rye and hop spice.

M: Thin and light body. Carbonation scrubs and lifts it right off the tongue for that 'evaporation' sort of affect. Gritty hop astringencies are not off putting and actually play up the rye.

O: The nose made me think of Bulleit Rye whiskey for a brief moment (though there obviously isn't that same sort of power behind it). The rye character here is rather prominent; you really have to like the grain to enjoy the beer. That said, I like the approach. The rye contribution keeps the grain bill from feeling useless, as is so often the case in session IPAs (or IPLs I guess). It's big, bold, and aggressive yet tight, light, and yes- drinkable. That's ultimately the winning combo you're looking for in a session beer.

ryan1788a5, Jun 05, 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.

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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.