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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: 3
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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Ratings: 114 | Reviews: 15 | Display Reviews Only:
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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Sammy, Jun 15, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

nmann08, Jun 14, 2014
Photo of Texasfan549
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Texasfan549, May 29, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

GRG1313, Sep 19, 2014
Photo of StonedTrippin
3.65/5  rDev -3.4%

a real nice lager from jacks abby, but they all are from these guys, totally reinventing the word lager for most craft beer people, a noble and so far highly successful mission. this session rye lager is under 4% abv, clear light copper in color, and carbonated well enough to be supremely refreshing. a classic but robust American hopping makes it about as hop forward as a good ipa, but the low alcohol and the clean finish of the lager yeast make it that much more of a perfect summer day drinker for those seeking such a thing. the rye is really mild in this, probably well under 20% of the grain bill, and quite pale, influencing the overall flavor profile of this beer fairly minimally, which is my only real critique. a little more rye would be awesome, but in the theme of a lighter brew, I think it just accents the hops without being too much. really snappy finish and overall a fun session brew. jacks abby has done nothing but impress me.

StonedTrippin, Aug 15, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Jason, Jun 29, 2014
Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

TheManiacalOne, Aug 05, 2014
Photo of jlindros
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Wooo, new Jack's Abby beer. Rye is a touchy subject, it can be great when done well, but terrible if not. I believe in Jack to do this right.

Chugging throat of the bottle forces a large 1+ finger creamy thick head that fades very slowly, lots of soapy lacing, very clear honey orange color, column of streaming bubbles in the center to reinforce the head.

Nose is interesting, plenty of hops, different hop notes too, floral all over, a little spicy and earthy, hint of a fruity citrus note, grapefruit like, a hint of pine and resin too, with a decent spicy rye note in the background.

Taste is light feeling but plenty of flavor, a nice spicy rye in there, almost caraway seed spicy like note that's interesting but not necessarily that good, but interesting rye nonetheless. Then hops, floral, little leafy and grassy note, a touch of spiciness too, but mostly seems like a grassy floral flavor, with some fruity notes as well, faint hint of citrus, some resin and a touch of pine, and even a touch gritty feeling. No real malt aside from a faint hint of lagered malt, with lighter to fair bitterness. Finish is dry and light again, fairly bitter, with a bit more earthy spicy hops, little rind bitterness, bit more spicy rye as well that combines with the hops on bitterness.

Mouth is lighter bod, nice carb.

Overall not bad, rye isn't the best addition to it, but seems to go fairly well, nice hop profile that keeps it ridiculously drinkable and fairly tasty as well, light overall but packs a nice taste.

jlindros, Jun 14, 2014
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3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Small head but it leaves a cross between ring and spotty lace. Copper colored with a bit of haze.

Smells like a typical APA with a strong grapefruit rind hop kick.

There's a touch more fruitiness to this beer than the smell nor name would indicate. Solid bitter hop finish. Good body with an elevated carbonation level. An easy drink and quite middle-of-the-road for Jack's Abby.

smcolw, May 25, 2014
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4/5  rDev +5.8%

16.9oz bottle purchased as a single from Yankee Spirits, Sturbridge, MA.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1" beige head over the slightly cloudy golden amber brew. Frothy head lasts and lasts, with sporadic chunky lacing. Aroma is citrus and light pale malts.

Taste starts with a peek of sweetness, citrus in the middle, and bitterness and more lemony goodness through the close. Smooth mouthfeel, and drinkability is way easy. Sessional thirst-quencher, check.

ppoitras, Aug 23, 2014
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4/5  rDev +5.8%

Kelp, Jun 11, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Latarnik, Aug 04, 2014
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4/5  rDev +5.8%

PEIhop, May 29, 2014
Photo of johnnnniee
3.48/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from colonial Spirits
Pours a fairly clear deep golden color with a smallish off white head. Aromas of bready malt and spicy earthy hop. The flavor follows the aroma quite well. Light bready malt base with a high level of spicy earthy hop and a moderate to high level of hop bitterness. Medium to light body with a moderate to high level of carbonation. One of the better session IPA/L whatevers. I'm still not a huge fan of high bitterness without much body but this was one of the better ones.

johnnnniee, Jun 24, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Dicers, Aug 17, 2014
Photo of VelvetExtract
3.84/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-Pours a somewhat clear, orange color. Head is tall and white and sudsy. Light lacing dots the glass.

S-Aroma is grapefruity and somewhat tangy. I pickup some of the rye malt as well. Smells like its gonna be light but bitter.

T-Not as bitter as I was expecting but the flavor is livelier than the nose. Zesty citrus hoppiness followed by a tasty maltiness that reminds me of buttered biscuits. Light rye as well.

M-Light bodied, moderate bitterness. Spritzy carbonation. Very drinkable with a longer finish.

O-Pretty yummy. Simple and drinkable. This would be a tasty 6pack for the Summer for sure.

VelvetExtract, May 25, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

tom10101, Aug 13, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

akang, Jul 15, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

williamjbauer, Oct 14, 2014
Photo of cbutova
3.74/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A- 500ml bottle poured to a pint glass with a barely hazed, deep golden body. Cap to about one finger with a white and frothy appearance. Head retention is decent and a small ring leaves just a bit of spotty lace.

S- Hops and lager in an aroma that is still fairly assertive, especially considering the 3.8% ABV. Notes of citrus fruits, tangerine, spicy rye bread, stone fruits and dank grass.

T- Hop forward but plenty of balance is provided by the rye and yeast. The hops present a strong citrus presence with notes of grapefruit, tangerine, orange and bitter zest but pine, spicy, herbal and dank hop notes also come to light. Rye spiciness plays nicely off of the hops.

MF- For 3.8% I would say the body is medium with a fizzy texture. Carbonation on the high end and the crisp beer foams up on the palate. Finishes with a spicy bitterness.

Hmm, the first bottle I had of this with a friend had a sulfury nose but still a nice flavor. This bottle is probably what the beer is supposed to be with a refreshing mix of citrus hops and spicy rye grains.

cbutova, Jun 11, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

jbaker67, Jun 28, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Davepoolesque, Jun 19, 2014
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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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

ncaudle, Jul 02, 2014
Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.99/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Tap and Mallet in Rochester, NY.

This isn't an AAL, as categorized by the site. It's an American Pale Lager, or an IPL (not a category on this site).

Pours a light, clear amber, with a one inch head, and a little bit of lacing down the glass.

Smells like citrus, pine, and some rye malt.

The taste is similar. Spicy hop and malt flavors, with some citrus zest, and some slight pale malt flavors.

Medium bodied, low carbonation, crisp mouthfeel.

A lot going on here for only 3.8% ABV.

GreesyFizeek, May 18, 2014
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Session Rye IPL from Jack's Abby Brewing
85 out of 100 based on 114 ratings.