R.I.P.L. Effect (Rye India Pale Lager) - Jack's Abby Brewing
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Reviews by jlindros:
4.08/5 rDev +2.5%
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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4.3/5 rDev +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
R.I.P.L. Effect (Rye India Pale Lager) from Jack's Abby Brewing
89 out of 100 based on 162 ratings.