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

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89
very good

162 Ratings
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Ratings: 162
Reviews: 40
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 8.79%
Wants: 21
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
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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nmann08

District of Columbia

4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

10-20-2012 00:26:01 | More by nmann08
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jlindros

Massachusetts

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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oline73

Maryland

3.58/5  rDev -10.1%
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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Rochefort10nh

New Hampshire

2.75/5  rDev -30.9%

10-28-2012 16:44:58 | More by Rochefort10nh
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smcolw

Massachusetts

3.88/5  rDev -2.5%
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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ppoitras

Massachusetts

4.6/5  rDev +15.6%
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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brandoman63

Illinois

4/5  rDev +0.5%

04-10-2013 20:10:03 | More by brandoman63
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Gonzoillini

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

11-29-2012 01:10:26 | More by Gonzoillini
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rab53

Washington

3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

09-17-2012 01:23:20 | More by rab53
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Kelp

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +0.5%

01-23-2013 05:34:39 | More by Kelp
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PEIhop

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

09-20-2012 21:14:33 | More by PEIhop
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THECPJ

Delaware

3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

01-03-2013 20:10:05 | More by THECPJ
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TurdFurgison

Ohio

3.95/5  rDev -0.8%
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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johnnnniee

New Hampshire

3.2/5  rDev -19.6%
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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FosterJM

California

3.81/5  rDev -4.3%
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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Reagan1984

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +0.5%

09-03-2012 11:20:43 | More by Reagan1984
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VelvetExtract

Massachusetts

4.38/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours a only lightly hazed, extremely bright yellow. Almost looks like Gatorade. Head is textbook. Finger-high foamy cap that retains perfectly. Head leaves thick lacing chunks.

S-Citrus flesh hops and plenty of rye. Hops are of clementine and spicy herbals. Light cracker malt. Rye is executed quite well. Quite aromatic but not extremely complex.

T-The flavor is great. The Sorachi Ace hops really come out to play. Lemongrass, tangerine and tons of fresh cut grass. Rye sneakily makes its mark on the back end with lingering spice. Rye bread and Pilsner malt underbelly.

M-Dry and crisp. High cleanliness. Very easy drinking. Moderate bitterness. No booze. Super sessionable.

O/D- Another killer from this brewery. Not as good as Hoponius Union, and I think I may like Jabby Brau a bit more as well, but this is up there. Under $3 for a 500 ml is such a great deal too. Each sip is better than the last. Jack's Abby is one of the best in MA. Great beer. Happy with my purchase.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2012 20:07:26 | More by VelvetExtract
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tigg924

Massachusetts

3.35/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

Appearance: 1/2 inch head, high carbonation, gold in color, clear

Smell: pineapple, rye, and citrus hops

Taste: pineapple, rye, and citrus hops

Mouthfeel: sweet start with a bitter middle that gets a touch less bitter towards the end, high carbonation, light bodied

Overall: A solid, citrusy, bitter beer that is a touch too dry for my tastes. Not a bad beer, but I feel the brewery makes way better if not just for mouthfeel alone. I wish the rye was a bit more pronounced.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2012 18:32:10 | More by tigg924
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scottfrie

California

4.2/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle into SN tulip pint glass. Extra generously sent by SneezyAchew.

A: Pours a clear lemon golden with a very dense, very thick, off-white head that took forever to fade into a thick greasy film that left chunky of sticky, rocky lace down the glass. Epic lace. Looks good.
S: Citrus hops mixed with bready lager yeast fill my nose. Smooth and rich smelling, with maybe just a hint of rye.
T: Very well integrated and fairly complex notes of spicy rye, citrus hops and doughy lager. Rye is definitely noticeable on palate, with lightly bitter citrus rind hops bringing up the finish. The aftertaste has a lingering spiciness and is full of bready dough. My burps taste like tangerine.
M: Medium bodied, very smooth and fairly crisp, soft mouthfeel and suave carbonation.
O: Definitely a hoppy lager, and definitely a rye lovers beer. I thought this was very well executed with all the elements working well together. Thanks again Mike.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2012 21:56:55 | More by scottfrie
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cbutova

Massachusetts

4.4/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Jack's Abby is my new favorite brewery of MA. Will they keep it up with this brew?

A- Lager poured into a pint glass aggressively at first but evened out as the head forms quickly. A thick, creamy head forms to take up the top 25% of the glass, about three fingers or so. Retention of the foam is very nice and the cap never quite disappears, staying around about a centimeter in size throughout. Big patches of foamy lace cling all over the glass.

S- Like Hoponious Union, this opens up with a strong hop presence. Notes of tropical fruit/peaches, citrus/orange zest, floral and slight pine come off the top of the beer. Some caramel and bread can be sensed in the background.

T- The 35% Rye in the malt bill makes things very interesting here. The beer starts off with those tropical, mango, citrus, orange/lemon zest and generally fruity hops. Midway through and to the finish it transforms to have a great rye spice flavor. This lingers throughout the finish nicely along with the clean hop bitterness. A bit of caramel and bread in there as well.

MF- The looks of the beer got me excited. Usually such a creamy, thick head means the body will be pretty satisfying. Extremely creamy in texture, this lager really feels nice on the tongue. Moderately high bitterness in the finish but appropriate with the hop and rye flavors.

Similar to Hoponious Union in the hop bill but not in the grains. The rye makes such a big difference that this can be treated as an entirely different entity. I love how the rye and hops work with each other.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2012 02:20:15 | More by cbutova
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Dope

Massachusetts

4.35/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled August 2012. Quite fresh.

A: Pours a hazy pale golden. Big effervescent white head adorns it. Fades very slowly with excellent head retention. Perfect lacework left behind.

S: Loads of pine up front. Some resin and rye mixed in. Lightest hint of bread.

T: Loads of spicy rye up front. Tropical fruit for a moment, with some grapefruit and pineapple I think. A crap ton of pine and resin follows it. A bit of grainy bread towards the finish. Drying resin, pine and rye lingers in the aftertaste.

M: Medium bodied, slick hop oil coats the mouth. Drying finish.

O: Another wonderful hoppy lager from Jack's Abby. It's relatively simple at only 5.75% but it's loaded with a variety of super fresh hops. Rye adds an interesting aspect with a bit of extra spice thrown in there. It's crisp, light and refreshing otherwise. Great hoppy lager.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2012 04:29:43 | More by Dope
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ncaudle

Virginia

4/5  rDev +0.5%

05-28-2013 18:20:22 | More by ncaudle
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bigred89

Maryland

4/5  rDev +0.5%

08-25-2013 02:09:48 | More by bigred89
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donkeyrunner

Massachusetts

3.94/5  rDev -1%
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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OtherShoe2

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours medium gold with a good dense white head. Decent retention.

Nice citric rind hop nose, with some grain and even a little fruit.

Big hop bite up front, with the grainy malt come in to assert itself. Some spicy bite of the rye, but this thing dries out in a hurry to a bitter end. Grain, hops, rye bite. That is it. And it works.

Medium body, some tingly notes.

Good solid brew. Nice all around drink. Hope this becomes a regular release for them.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2012 23:21:28 | More by OtherShoe2
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R.I.P.L. Effect (Rye India Pale Lager) from Jack's Abby Brewing
89 out of 100 based on 162 ratings.