Hopstitution #4: Aussie Rules - Jack's Abby Brewing

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Hopstitution #4: Aussie RulesHopstitution #4: Aussie Rules

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107 Ratings
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Ratings: 107
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 4
pDev: 8.5%
Wants: 4
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Jack's Abby Brewing visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Lager |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: ThatsThatDude on 06-25-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Brewed with Ella, Topax and Galaxy hops.
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Ratings: 107 | Reviews: 18
Reviews by Flounder57:
Photo of Flounder57
3.94/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Union Brewhouse in Weymouth. Served in a snifter.

Appearance: A one finger head was poured that reduced to a thin layer. It is a hazy pale yellow with some vision of bubbles coming up through the glass.

Smell: Floral, slight citrus, slight tropical, slight grassy, toasted grains, and pale malts.

Taste: You definitely taste more of the hop flavor than what I smelled. Mild bitterness in the rear too.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, a little chewy, tingly bitterness, medium bodied, and medium carbonation.

Overall: Another good offering from these guys. This keg won't last too much longer do definitely grabbing another.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%

My first Jack's Abbey beer.Pours from the growler into a pokal a slightly orange tinged lighter golden with a fluffy bone white head atop.Fresh cut grass and citrusy hops in the nose,the citrus is quite big.Juicy and fruity citrus fruits on the palate with underlying leafy,grassiness,light drying and toast is detected in the finish as well.Refreshing is a good word for this beer,it's light but packed with hops.

Photo of Roguer
4.38/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Snow white head atop a clear lemon yellow body. Good retention.

Dank, fruity, and peppery aroma. Herbal and grassy.

Light and fruity up front, peppery mid palate, and a huge grassy, dank finish. All about the hops.

Light feel, a little sticky. Lively and delicate.

What a fantastic XPL. Tons of (Galaxy?) hops are highlighted atop just enough malt body to let them shine.

Photo of F2brewers
3.85/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

500 mL bottle purchased at the brewery. Served at 45F into a HF wine glass.

A: Pale straw/light golden color with a transparent body. Full 1" head that is bubbly and well carbonated. The head dissipates slowly and gentle swirling regenerates Bout half the volume. Light lacing left in the glass as I drink this beer.

S: Pepper and herbal/grassy notes from the hops balanced with a light biscuity malt nose. Hints of tropical/citrus scents, but muted.

T: Grassy with some heavier, more dank notes on the finish. Some mild maltiness. Crisp and refreshing. An interesting melange of hops flavors tat I've not had before. Bitterness is mild and the flavors are balanced.

M: Light and crisp. Well carbonated. Cean finish with no oil or slickness.

O: Jacks Abby dpes spme of the best American lagers out there and as an experiment, this works well. Easy drinking and another would go over well on a sultry summer night.

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.36/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle purchased by my girlfriend at Nathaniel Square Corner Store.

Pours a golden hazy orange-ish color, with a foamy 3/4 inch head, and a little bit of lacing.

Smells very strongly of citrusy hop aromas, courtesy of Galaxy and the other down under hops (Topaz and Ella). Wonderfully juicy and fresh.

Just loads of fruity hop flavor- peach, passionfruit, mango, orange, with some slight pinecone, mild cattiness, some mild bready malt, and a slight amount of lager yeast.

Light bodied, clean, crisp and light mouthfeel. This has a low to medium amount of carbonation, and is very drinkable.

I've only had two versions of this series, but this one is better than Calyptra, I'd say.

Photo of Ri0
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

poured pint bottle into snifter.

A - Hazy straw yellow in color with a 1 finger white creamy head. Thin ring, some bubbles and lacing.

S - A nice mix of earthy, grassy hops, grainy, and light lemons dominate the nose. I pick up hints of another fruit like aroma, maybe pear.

T - The hops are earthy, grassy, with a mild herbal, fruit like flavor that really brings it together. Notes of some light grain, citrus, and lemon zest with a bitter finish.

M - Light body, crisp, smooth finish with good carbonation. Great brew to drink in the summer.

O - Good beer, but I didn't fall in love with it. I would have preferred a touch more sweetness in the middle to help with the bitter finish.

Photo of ppoitras
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

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

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1 1/2" off-white head over the slightly cloudy burnished golden brew. Meringuey head pops slowly down, with ample delicate lacing. Aroma is floral, herbaceous, and substantial.

Taste is citrus to start, with some sweetness and lemon in the middle, and then smooths on through to the close, with a clean moderate bitterness. Mouthfeel is lightly prickly, and drinkability is great. A standout for what can often be a boring style.

Photo of PicoPapa
4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at New York Pizza. Pours a super cloudy burnt orange color with an inch of head. The aroma is lots of citrus and tropical fruits. The taste is bitter citrus and tropical fruits up front with a nice bite to it. Some readiness towards the finish with more of the citrus. Grapefruit, lemon, orange, peach and some pineapple. Hints of pine. Lots of carbonation with a heavy mouthfeel. Dry. Really drinkable with very little alcohol presence. Overall, really solid beer I'll be grabbing again.

Photo of HuskyHawk
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

Lightly hazy pale yellow. Huge fluffy white head. Smell is a bit wet earth, dank, and herbaceous, but not in an unpleasant way. Taste is very fresh and crisp, with really pale malt giving a French bread like base. I can't place the fruit taste that comes through, pear is my best guess. Not citrus. There is no significant bitterness, indeed this is as easy drinking as beer can be. Overall it's as good as this style gets.

Photo of smcolw
2.95/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Pale gold or dark straw color. Reasonably clear. Lasting, but small, head. Lots of rings with a blanketing coating in between for lace.

There's an element of what I can only describe as cat urine--almost an ammonia odor. I can detect hop and malt but those are definitely secondary.

This beer tastes slightly green (read: young) to me. The malt is pale and ever so slightly sour. The hop is biting in only a bitter way. The body thin; the carbonation heavy. Simply put, this not a beer of their usual superior quality.

Photo of dar482
3.95/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

The beer comes in a completely opaque gold color. Rich yellow with tinges of orange.

The aroma can be smelled from a distance after pouring. The aroma has big tropical fruit in the front. Onto big deep earthy and green pine character onto grapefruit pith and lemon peel. With some of that lager yeast in the back.

In the front, the Galaxy comes with beautiful passionfruit, grapefruit peel, white peach. However, that is very subtle and quick. The beer is then dominated by green and spicy bitterness. It’s almost like a Christmas green or huge pine. A bit of bready malt and tinge of sweetness in the middle along with that lager yeast on the back.

However, this beer is packed with heavy heavy bitterness that is basically astringent.

In the end, a really well made brew with the color, the hops shining through, little malt, but that bitterness does take away.

Photo of utopiajane
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy yellow and with a fat creamy head of bone white foam that lasts and never completely falls off. Leaves nice lace and a light film and ring. Nose is a light malt scent that appears to have no sweetness on it. A bitter and pungent herbal, dankness, grasses and weeds and a bit of catty spice. There is a soft breath of sweet floral on this and a very very faint bit of fruit far off in the background. Taste is herbal, tart and has those bitter herbs in it. It's not very fruity but thee is a hint at something tropical in there. It's not dry. It finishes with a bit of hops as a bitterness and with the bitter flavor they had. The malt is a dry crisp cracker and it becomes a touch sweet as some stickiness coats the throat and allows that touch of bitter to bring it forward. The mouthfeel is a bit fuller. I would have to say medium, no carbonic bite on this and it's soft and creamy. It does grow on you as you drink and as the fruit comes forward a bit as it warms.

Photo of Vanderbrew
3.63/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

At a Jack's Abbey tap takeover. Smell is pleasent grassy but not particularly special. Appearance is a slighly cloudy gold. A bit more aggressively hopped than most APA which for me is a good thing. A light body, hopped up ale. A nice addition to the Jack's Abby lineup.

Photo of Kendo
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

A: 4.00. Poured into a pilsner glass from a half-growler I got at Oliver's in Albany. Body is hazy yellow with a small white head. Some lace.

S: 4.50 . Very pleasant nose - clementine oranges and citrus, along with tropical fruits (ripe mango comes to mind).

T: 4.25. First impression: "this is nice." More hoppy than expected, but not in a bitter way - rather there are big hop flavors of all sorts of fruit: citrus, oranges, clementines, with a bit of lemon or lemon peel at the finish. Tastes almost like a citrus soda or energy drink at times.

M: 4.00 Light-to-medium in heft, carbonation is on the light side, notwithstanding the loads of fine bubbles rising in the glass.

O: 4.25. Real good stuff.

Photo of rudzud
4.39/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed at the dive bar.

A - Poured into a standard pint glass a nice clear hidden hue with a thin white head that levees a thin blanket and light side lacing.

S - Aromas of super tropical citrus notes, pineapple, mango, papaya, Tangerine, bright, dank.

T - Taste is nice and wet and dank, nice tropical hops, good pine and citrus, nice light tropical pineapple and papaya, good tangerine, bright and floral.

M - Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated, clean, bright.

O - Overall this was tasty though I think I enjoyed the calypso one better, still this is very tasty.

Photo of VelvetExtract
3.84/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sample at VT Brewfest.

A-Pours a cloudy orange/yellow hybrid.

S-An interesting mixture of green hops and fruit hops with the green hops winning out. Signature Jack's Abby lager yeast. I can clearly smell the Galaxy.

T-I found the hop profile to be noticeably green/sprucey/piney. The tropical fruit and signature zest of Galaxy hops is also there but I'm getting much more of those green hops. Cracker malt, yummy yeast.

M-Light to medium. Bubbly. Bitter. Drinks well.

O-Interesting hop bill. Not my favorite but it was unique from my perspective. I bet if I had a larger portion of this I'd begin to like it more and more.

Photo of reebtaerG
4.18/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured bottle into Lost Abbey Teku

A-Pours a golden color with a a two finger white head. Great lacing.

S-Nice aromas of fruity galaxy hops, exotic fruits and pine.

T-Great taste of fruity flavor of galaxy and topax hops and pine needles with notes of and grapefruit.

M-Mouthfeel very well balanced. Very clean dry hop finish.

O-Overall a great IPL, I'm really enjoying Jack's Abby brews!

Photo of boilermakerbrew
3.97/5  rDev -0.7%

A- Pours a light to pale yellow in color with a massive head. My pour was not as gentle as it could have been, but about a 4 finger head forms and retains a good long while in my Goose Island tulip. Head is very foamy and frothy and also laces tremendously well. The body of the beer started out clear, but the easily disturbed sediment makes it mildly hazy overall.

S- Boom! Grapefruit like hops bitterness are moderately strong right up front in the scent. The grapefruit hops profile moves a touch toward pine flavors before displaying more citrus flavors. The hops bouquet in the scent continues throughout the smell of the beer and lingers with just a touch of sweetness afterward.

T- Starts off with another hop bang, similar to in the scent, but way more piney than citrus like. Aggressive hops are pretty much the only big player in the flavor profile here, with maybe a small shift towards an herbal spiciness towards the end. Really no residual malt sweetness to balance out the flavors, and the lingering flavor is the same hop flavor with increasingly bitter flavor.

M- This is where this beer gets interesting, with an overall slick and oily feel on the tongue. Neither thick, nor thin in body, this beer is middle of the road in weight and just a little below average in the amount of carbonation. The bitterness is the only aspect of this beer that slows down your drinking pace. Overall, this beer feels fairly close to a traditional English cask ale with its lower carbonation and slick feel on the palate.

Overall, this is a slightly above average IPL. The Australian hops are the real star of the show here, displaying their bitterness in a fairly prominent way. Wouldn't have guess this was a lager with the aggressive bitterness it was able to muster.

Hopstitution #4: Aussie Rules from Jack's Abby Brewing
89 out of 100 based on 107 ratings.