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R.I.P.L. Effect (Rye India Pale Lager) - Jack's Abby Brewing

R.I.P.L. Effect (Rye India Pale Lager)R.I.P.L. Effect (Rye India Pale Lager)

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89
very good

155 Ratings
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Ratings: 155
Reviews: 40
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 8.77%


Brewed by:
Jack's Abby Brewing visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Lager |  5.75% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
What do you get when you combine the dry malt backbone of a Pilsner, the aromatic hops of an IPA and the spiciness of a Rye Lager? You get a special blend of flavors that’s sure to send ripples through your taste buds. Brewed with Sorachi Ace, Columbus, Cascade, and Amarillo hops with 35% Rye Malt and locally grown Triticale from MA.

65 IBU

(Beer added by: PeterIngemi on 09-01-2012)
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KelsoSaaz

Connecticut

4.3/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into pokal

A: Golden sun yellow with large, creamy, off white head. Leaves large amounts of spider web lacing.

S: Spicy rye, with underlying notes of tropical fruit hops. Hint of bubblegum from the Sorachi Ace.

T: Rye spice and tang right up front, and an assortment of hop flavors following. The Sorachi Ace flavor is most dominant, with its tones of bubblegum and hint of dill. Cascade hop flavor is lurking around as well with flavors of pine resin. Not much in the way of malt flavors except for the overwhelming rye tone.

M: Relatively clean on the palate and ever so slightly viscous. Moderate to little carbonation.

O: Quite a unique beer, let alone a lager. The Sorachi Ace threw me, as I was expecting this beer to be relatively straightforward. Props of JA for taking this beer in a different direction and making it one-of-a-kind.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2014 01:55:39 | More by KelsoSaaz
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WanderingFool

Massachusetts

3.31/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

R.I.P.L. Effect pours a hazy honey yellow with a small, creamy head on top. The foam disappears quickly leaving spots of lace on the glass.

The aroma is faint. It has notes of lemon citrus, pine and toasted malt.

Each sip of this medium bodied beer is soft with moderate carbonation. The flavor is very floral and piney. Some bready malt and lemon citrus are also present. There's a bit of sweetness in the background. It finishes with some rye spice. Once gone the lemon, pine and rye lingers on the palate.

The flavors don't seem balanced to me. The pine/lemon and flower flavor dominate. It could use more sweetness and a touch more bitterness for balance.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2013 23:31:18 | More by WanderingFool
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donkeyrunner

Massachusetts

3.94/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear gold with a large, lumpy white head. Thick layer of retention slathers foam all over the glass.

Light citrus like grapefruit hard candy and black pepper aroma. Mouthfeel catches my palette first - it's light, fluffy and pretty awesome. Spicy flavor, a mix of black pepper and malty rye with grapefruity pine pinpricks.

Not the hope bomb I've come to expect from JA but I have a feeling it's an old bottle. The fact that some of the hops have faded and its still this good is very impressive.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2013 00:17:06 | More by donkeyrunner
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MDDMD

Pennsylvania

4.11/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-golden yellow color with a large white head and decent lacing

S-citrus, grainy malt, rye, floral, grassy

T-lemon, orange, grain, nice rye flavor, grass, moderately bitter finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, crisp and dry

O-really enjoyed this rye lager, great flavors and easy drinkability

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2013 13:32:53 | More by MDDMD
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BEERMILER12

Maine

4.11/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled September 2012. Consumed March 2013. I'm going in assuming that there will be a discernible drop-off in the hop factor, which is fine with me. I'd rather have this brew a few months past its prime than not at all. Just keep that in mind while reading this review.

A: Pours a semi-cloudy golden yellow color with 2 fingers worth of frothy white head that retains for a while and leaves nice lacing

S: Some spicy rye malts, definite lemon and lemon zest notes from the sorachi ace hops, some floral, spicy, and citrus notes from the other combination of hops, and an underlying pilsner malt presence in the background. Still very nice even after 6 months

T: A spiciness that comes from both the rye and the hops comes through predominantly, along with pilsner malts, citrus rind, light floral hops, and the distinct lemon presence of the sorachi ace hops that would make this a great summer beer. Quite dry towards the end, with a light lingering rye and floral presence

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: Even at 6 months old, the hops still show quite a bit of life in this brew. I would have loved to try this fresh, but even now it's a great IPL with a distinct rye presence. I can only imagine how good this was in the summer/fall transition months. If you still see this around, I'd say it's still worth a purchase, especially since it's only $3-4 for a 500 mL bottle

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2013 06:44:19 | More by BEERMILER12
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FosterJM

California

3.81/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

1729st Review on BA
Bottle to Speigleau Wheat glass
500ml

September 2012
Thanks to Jlindros & RudZud for this one

App- When this poured out of the bottle, it was a very good looking yellow and gold mish mash. A lot of head formed and was overflowing at one point with even a delicate pour. The center was a bit darker gold with the edges being a bit light. The cling was very impressive to say the least. A common theme for Jacks Abby.

Smell- I have become pretty partial to the lager notes in most beers lately and this was right up there with a lemony, malty lager note. Next came the sorachi with more of a lemon and piney resin type of aroma and a bit tea like. The rye is last with a solid bitter and aromatic addition to this one.

Taste- I enjoy Jacks Abbys beer. This mightve had a bit too much going on. The flavors are actually competing vs. complimenting. To me Sorachi and the lemon tea flavor clashes against the spice of the rye. The lager notes bring this down a bit and create a bit of a muddled middle to it.

Mouth- A solid medium body with a medium carbonation level. The sorachi ace adds a good amount of residual grassy tea like flavors and the rye brings a nice amount of spice and flake to it.

Drink- This was good. Just not what I was thinking. I love Rye and loved Brooklyns Sorachi Ace. This just like I said, seem to clash vs. integrate well.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2013 23:28:29 | More by FosterJM
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Maxwell

Massachusetts

4.39/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

The beer pours a pretty golden brown with light hay tints. The head is massive and lasting, sitting a creamy yellow-white color. Lacing is thick and sticky leaving sheets and curtains along the sides of the glass. The beer’s body is lager clean and translucent. On the nose, the beer smells spicy with rye and a light touch of piney American hops. On the tongue, the beer tastes spicy with rye and bitter grapefruit and a touch of smoke. The beer begins with light grainy cereal malts before opening into spicy rye malts with a touch of citrus grapefruit and light lemon grass. The finish gives hints of light woody smoke. The aftertaste is big with the bitters and light with the spicy rye grains with light malty bread. On the mouth, the beer feels clean and crisp. The body is medium light on the tongue, leaving the mouth damp with saliva on the tongue and slick with slight spicy tingle. Overall this is a terrifically almost-sessionable beer with wonderful flavors and tingling rye flavors. The flavors are solid and the beer is terrific. Jack’s Abby has done it again.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2013 04:28:48 | More by Maxwell
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Pinknuggets

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle to Rock art pint glass

A: golden yellow honey colored that is fairly cloudy for a lager but translucent with a big fluffy white head

S: what I mostly smell is the hops which are flowery and fruity very nice. After some time it fades to a stronger malt and rye smells.

T:there is some hop flavor upfront but its mostly rye with a strong malt backbone but there is some hop bitterness in the finish though it is light.

M: smooth and watery as most lagers feel but there is a sense of oilyness and even a hint of pine resinw so there are elements of ipa feel in a lager

O: this is a cool well done spin on a rye ipa basically lager that maintains a lot ipa feel and taste with some rye.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2013 17:03:19 | More by Pinknuggets
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BlackBelt5112203

South Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500 mL bottle poured into a pint glass at fridge-cellar temperature.

L – Deep gold color with a huge 4-finger foamy, frothy, pillowing white head. Absolutely fantastic retention and great lacing. Clear with tons of bubbles.

S – Spicy rye and grassy, lemon, and grapefruit hops are prevalent but traditional lager aromas of grainy, bready malt and peppery yeast are also apparent.

T – Clean, bready malt and sweet lemongrass that gives way to spicy rye. Bitter hops with grapefruit, lemon, and grassy, somewhat herbal notes start to creep in mid-taste and build to a crescendo toward the finish.

F – Light-to-medium-bodied with good carbonation, a sticky and chewy but clean mouthfeel, and a bitter and slightly spicy finish. Bitter citrus and grassy hop flavors linger nicely.

O – This is a really tasty beer. It has all the flavors and aromas of a rye IPA with the cleanliness and refreshing qualities of a lager. It has a nice mix of characteristics that I don’t think I’ve ever seen together in a beer. The ABV makes it a very sessionable option, as well. This is a really nice beer, and I’m looking forward to trying more from Jack’s Abby.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2012 20:17:16 | More by BlackBelt5112203
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BigCheese

Massachusetts

4.38/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bought a bottle at the brewery a week ago.

A: Pours a very clear straw/golden color. Huge white pillow head, leaves a shit ton of lacing. Beautiful.

S: Tangerine, honey, mango, papaya.

T; A bit greener in taste. Some pine and grapefruit, Some peachy/tangerine/mango too. Despite color the malt bill rears its head in a spicey earth rye, very prominent. Has that distinct crisp clean lager taste. Finish is rather bitter with some earthy floral "dank" hoppyness.

M: Very creamy, medium bodied. Very sessionable

O: AWESOME. Huge hop flavors, mainly dankness from columbus and frutiness from amarillo, some pine from cascade. Big rye spiceness, super clean lager yeast. A absolutely beautiful beer. Must try.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2012 02:46:37 | More by BigCheese
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oline73

Maryland

3.58/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a Chimay goblet.

Appearance: The beer pours a slightly cloudy amber color with a golden hue. There is a half finger of fluffy off white head that leaves a small layer on top of the pour.

Smell: I'm getting a pale lager yeast smell with some rye spice and mild hops. Reminds me a bit of a hoppy pils.

Taste: Lots of rye here along with a nice citrus peel hop note. Just enough malt to be noticed but the hops and spice are the star. The finish is quite bitter and that overtakes the other flavors.

Mouthfeel: The body is medium with tons of fluffy carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: This was a solid hoppy rye beer. Good balance until the finish. I'd have more if they do it again.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2012 03:06:59 | More by oline73
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jlindros

Massachusetts

4.08/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Somehow I haven't reviewed this one yet. From August, so if it's lacking the zip of a fresher beer, I'll def have to review it again, although it's been in the fridge the whole time.

Pours a huge fluffy 3 finger head that sticks around forever, I have to suck some of it down to even start nosing and tasting. It leaves lots of lacing, mostly clear tan golden color with many little bubbles rising up to reinforce the huge head.

Nose brings a spicy rye bite right away, and a light bready kinda aroma due to the rye and light malts I think. Hops are not very bright but fairly bright and floral, Sorachi Ace comes right out with plenty of lemongrass and hay like grassy aromas, a light spicy hop kick in there somewhere, a little fruit, and a hint of grapefruit underneath it all which is a nice little touch.

Taste, like aroma, explodes with the rye, spicy chewy rye flavors, and a light bready rye bread like flavor but not much. Light clean malty flavor coming through with the rye, and even a light rye bitterness. Then come the hops on the cavalry, fairly bitter but a nice big hop flavor, surprisingly for a few months old now. Again Sorachi dominates a bit, with an initial nice big lemongrass flavor, hint lemon juice as well, and grassy floral hops. Also in there is a nice spicy hop flavor, little earthy, and again that light grapefruit kick on the back end. Finish gets quite bitter as that dry crisp lager comes through and pulls everything out of the beer except the hops and rye, a long bitter finish, this time the spicy hops really dominate as well as a light spicy rye.

Mouth is med bodied, quite fluffy and effervescent with lots of carbonation.

Overall quite nice, the rye plays well with the light clean but slightly bready malts, as well as the interesting mix of hops, which at first seemed a bit weird but as they play well together I can see it going. The mostly lemongrass comes through well but the spicy hops and light grapefruit following go well with the beer as the rye comes through first, and clean lager finish bring it all out. It's a well done beer that I could have a few pints of, and a nice long bitter finish to round it off.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2012 19:49:28 | More by jlindros
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ppoitras

Massachusetts

4.6/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

16.9oz bottle purchased as a single from somewhere localish. Bottled 8/12.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1" off-white head over the cloudy golden amber brew. Head is going nowhere fast, with good lacing. Aroma is citrusy hops.

Taste starts pale sweet, clean lemon-lime in the middle, closes with moderate bitterness. Spicing of the rye seems to round the edges on the bitterness some. Mouthfeel is smooth, but drinkability is excellent. Another nice one from Jack's Abbey.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2012 20:19:37 | More by ppoitras
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SBXLII

New York

4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Absolutely delicious. Considering the recent RYEpa kick, this kicks all their asses - New Holland's, Harpoon's, whoever. Relating to the previous review, the mouthfeel is definitely a noticeable trait. Lacing is perfect, the head there as well. Smell is lights out: pungent, floral, citrusy. And then the rye, the rye, the rye. Love it if you love rye.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2012 04:00:51 | More by SBXLII
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slickyrb


3.78/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

This is a refreshing lager with a great taste . The first thing I notice is the golden clear color followed by sweet hop smell . This lager retains its head like a farmhouse sasion . The main reason on reviewing this beer is its incredible mouth feel . I haven't put to much thought to mouth feel but this beer us smother than milk stout on nitro. Always a go to beer for me .

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2012 23:20:41 | More by slickyrb
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jwps214

Massachusetts

3.95/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

the beer had a hazy blonde color with a think creamy head that left lacing on the glass after I finished the beer.
The aroma was spicy and hoppy, with hints of a fresh hay field.
The flavor was earthy with hints of spice and an incredibly smooth finish! Unbelievably smooth, in fact. All the hop flavor, with non of the bite and palate wrecking!

Overall, the beer was incredibly refreshing, and flavorful

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2012 01:28:07 | More by jwps214
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ryan1788a5

Massachusetts

4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle poured into a Pilsner glass.

A: Clear golden-yellow. Tall, creamy white head doesn't give any ground. Lacing leaves tiger stripes down the glass.

S: Hop scents are delicate, floral, perfumey, and mildly citric. Wildflowers and freshly squeezed lemons- definite Sorachi Ace. Faint whiff of ruby red grapefruit in the background. Mild spiciness, slight black pepper. Sweet honeyed and bready Pilsner malts. Highly aromatic, but in a soft, refined, and elegant manner.

T: Grassy and very floral and herbal. Rose petals and cedar. Lemon juice. Rosemary and sage. Moderate bitterness. Rye contributes that trademark spiciness on the mid-palate. Malt tastes then soften a bit and start to reveal some sweet pilsner malt. Black pepper and spices. Another wave of hop bitterness brings an oily, herbal bite with it. Very clean tasting. Finishes with a dominating oily, spicy hop bite and drying rye.

M: Medium bodied. Firm malt backbone. Smooth and creamy. Carbonation pricks at the tongue.

O: Yet another remarkable beer from Jack's Abby. This one has a kick to it. It shocks the taste buds a bit and certainly challenges the palate at times. Very herbal and very spicy. I love the use of Sorachi Ace. I'm captivated by this hop strain of late. It's so exotic and bold. It steals the show a bit with this beer, but I certainly didn't mind. It works well in tandem with the spicy rye and pilsner malt. A very creative beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2012 03:17:20 | More by ryan1788a5
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2beerdogs

California

3.53/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks & Maximum Respect to cartoonshop for this gem.

Pours a lite straw to honey color with an active frothy head.
Nice aroma. Piney, grass, clean hint of banana peel.
Wow! A nicely balanced lager. Hops, some malt, active in the mouth. These guys really do a delicate balancing act. What a sessionable beer!!! For hop lovers, it's got enough to pull you in, but not high in alcohol.
Mouthfeel is a little lite, perfectly appropriately for a lager. Almost creamy.
Finish, is slightly dry, piney meets a bit of wood, with a clean, lite hop trail.

Very Good.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2012 03:03:36 | More by 2beerdogs
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smcolw

Massachusetts

3.88/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a barrel high above the bar. Absolutely no head, not even rim bubbles. Properly cloudy with an orange amber color.

Strong prickly, grapefruit hop aroma. Some pine needles.

Served at room temperature (no cellar here). Holding the liquid in my mouth, it is well balanced. Pale malt flavor with a bittering hop. The swallow makes this become a hop bomb--quite biting. Nearly no carbonation (the cask was tapped three days ago). Moderate body.

Serving type: cask

10-13-2012 17:39:56 | More by smcolw
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TurdFurgison

Ohio

3.95/5  rDev -1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle, on sale everywhere I looked in western Mass for about $3.50. Really happy to see so much of their stuff being bottled and distributed.

It pours a pale golden color with wispy haze and a thick foam on top. Lots of solid lace left sticking to the glass too. Really fantastic looking lacing, clumped together in lines.

Loads of citrus in the smell, mixed with the lager yeast to give an inviting aroma. I wouldn't pick out the rye without knowing upfront that it was there. Until I tasted it, then the rye is easy to peg. Spicy and well integrated with the pale and sweet malts. A bit of citrus in the aftertaste to compliment the spiciness.

Another winner from Jacks Abby, I thoroughly enjoyed this bottle. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2012 01:58:17 | More by TurdFurgison
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MasterCraft

Massachusetts

4.08/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a snifter

Slightly hazy yellow, beautiful head.

Aroma is pouring out of the glass, smells awesome. Citrus, pine, tropical fruits, slight earthiness/spiciness, just awesome.

Taste follows the smell, very well balanced. Pronounced hop profile, similar to that of Hoponious Union. The rye was done very well, slight spice, not at all overpowering, but compliments the fruiter aspects of this beer quite nicely.

Mouthfeel is very clean, smooth, medium carbonated, finishes dry. Highly quaffable.

This may be my favorite example from one of my favorite new breweries, just an excellent beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2012 21:16:44 | More by MasterCraft
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johnnnniee

New Hampshire

3.2/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden color with a frothy white head that is constantly propped up by a steady stream of carb bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass. Aromas of citrus, lemon, pine, spicy rye, apricots, earth, and a hint of bready malt. The flavor follows the aroma with an emphasis on the spiciness of the rye and the crisp dryness of the lager. Lots of hops flavor and bitterness with earthy and pine being the dominant flavors. Medium body with a moderate to high level of carbonation and a bitter resinous mouthfeel. This is a well made lager, but sadly its just not my thing. I think the spice from the rye, combined with the heavy hop load, lack of yeasty esters, and very light malt backbone make this one a bit hard for me to enjoy.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2012 01:58:39 | More by johnnnniee
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inlimbo77

Delaware

3.85/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16oz bottle
Central Water tulip

A: Pours a pretty clear golden yellow color. Full finger of bright white fluffy head. Good carbonation coming off bottom of glass. Leaves some sticking lacing sheeting.

S: Pulling that lager yeast, cold grainy hints. That rye spice is there along with some earthly piney hops. I do get some of the Sorachi Ace. Some cereal grain notes.

T: Very clean. Nice mild hop bitterness at the front of the tongue. More on the earthy, pine side. Cascade and Amarillo. Then the you get some of that rye spice flavor when the grainy malts come in mid palate. I wish there was more rye, but he'll it's a lager and might have over powered it. Finish is crisp, dry and clean.

M: It's a light medium. Not as big as IPAs with more big malt character.

O: It's a good beer. If had better JA stuff. B.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2012 18:55:08 | More by inlimbo77
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AndyAvalanche

Massachusetts

3.78/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1 pint .9 oz. bottle poured into a large Sam Adams perfect pint glass. Liquid comes out a straw yellow color and it's pretty hazy. The head comes up big and it's white and has a lot of bubbles . What saves this beer to actually being good looking is the lacing, it's really nice.

Smell is good. Rye present, lots of it, straw and some earthy hops. Little bit of lager yeast and some caramel malts/grain. Nothing too special, but nice, pretty straight forward.

Taste is good, but it's not very strong. Some pretty good malts, but overall there are some fruity hops, almost tropical and a little earthy.

Mouthfeel is good. Pretty smooth, somewhat medium feel. Bitter finish without being too clean. Not bad, pretty refreshing and drinkable. This is pretty good, but given the choice I'd probably pick Hopponius Union every other time.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2012 18:59:58 | More by AndyAvalanche
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Kinsman

California

3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice bright golden color with a dense white head. Powerful lemon notes overwhelm the nose at first before the more resiny hop notes come through. A bit of the malt comes through with just a slightly sweet note but plays second fiddle to the hops.

Surprisingly tart with the signature lemon twist of Sorachi Ace. Light peppery note and a nice cereal grain flavor add some balance but the really do most of the work. Citrus and pine and just the right amount of bitterness. Overall, this lager certainly packs a nice hoppy punch with a nice clean and crisp finish that really helps showcase the hops.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2012 23:53:19 | More by Kinsman
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R.I.P.L. Effect (Rye India Pale Lager) from Jack's Abby Brewing
89 out of 100 based on 155 ratings.