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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
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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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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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tigg924

Massachusetts

3.35/5  rDev -16%
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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Damian

Massachusetts

3.63/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Drank from a 1 pint .9 fl. oz./.5 liters bottle purchased at Cambridge Wines & Spirits, Cambridge, MA
August 2012
Served in a pint glass

The beer poured a hazy, dull straw yellow and was topped by a tight, bubbly, one-finger head of off-white foam. Solid retention. A significant amount of patchy lacing stuck along the glass.

The nose was rather intriguing. Peachy with notes of citrus. Grassy hops came through as well. Some lemon peel. There was a subtle, sulfury, lager-like quality initially, but this dissipated as the beer opened up. The aroma was dynamic and alternated between peachy and sweet and grassy and lemony.

Flavor-wise, the beer was surprisingly tart and dry. Lemon rind came through strong. Some sweet orange and apricot notes offset the dryness on the front end. A touch of sulfur was detectible, making the beer slightly skunky. As in the nose, however, this aspect decreased with time. The beer turned astonishingly tart and dry as the beer moved along the palate. Slightly spicy. Lemon rind notes were nearly overwhelming. Piney, resiny hops were apparent on the ultra dry, pithy and bitter finish.

The thing that impressed me most about this beer was its mouthfeel. The liquid was super creamy and pillowy soft on the palate. Medium bodied with a crisp, zippy effervescence.

Jack's Abby makes a number of fantastic beers, but this one was simply too dry, tart and astringent on the finish for me to really enjoy it.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2012 02:14:53 | More by Damian
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tzieser

Arizona

4.43/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

poured from a 500ml bottle into a pint glass. bottled august 2012.

a: straw color with a subtle haze. fluffy white head stays for a while and settles into a thin lacing.

s: hop forward aroma with citrus and pine notes. a light bready malt note is there too.

t: reminds me of a hoponius union with a slight rye bite. tons of citrus and tropical fruit hop flavor with a good dose of resiny pine bitterness. malts are all there but the rye isn't quite as notcible as i thought it was going to be. adds a nice spicy bite to the palate but not much more than that. this is by no means a complaint.

m: nice mouthfeel. finish is a tad try.

india pale lagers continue to impress me. all that crazy fruity hop flavor from sorachi ace, columbus, cascades and armarillo. i was surprised to find out theres no citra or simcoe in there. i really don't understand why there aren't more on the market. keep up the great work, Jack's Abby!

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2012 23:34:32 | More by tzieser
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NEhophead

Massachusetts

4.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16.9 fl oz brown bottle served in a pilsener glass.
August 2012 batch.

Slightly hazy straw in color; very active carbonation. Dense, bright white foam that sits up about 2 inches and plasters the pilsener's glass with heavy lacing.

Clean, slightly sharp citrus with a pleasantly mild sweetness: lime, pineapple, honeydew. A light sweetness from the malted wheat with just a touch of coriander and rye that adds another aroma of spice.

The tropical-citrus sweetness comes through initially: lime, cantaloupe, but it bottoms out pretty quickly when met by a wall of spicy grains. The spice is black pepper, rye, and coriander and has a pretty unique flavor profile. The finish is crisp and clean prior to a lightly burnt bitterness with notes of juniper, unripened apple, and lime.

Light bodied; active and clean. Texturally-speaking, it acts as a palate cleanser of sorts.

A very unique and flavorful version of typically a pretty bland style. Light and active; very sessionable.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2012 18:41:06 | More by NEhophead
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Chico1985

Massachusetts

4.35/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've had this a few times now. More Jack's Abby awesomeness.

Pours dark yellow, shows slight haze and plenty of carbonation. White head retains nicely as a bubbly half finger, good lace left.

Pretty pungent, hoppy scent. Earthy, pine, and grapefruit definitely there. Some graininess.

Taste steps it up from the nose, very nice. Lots of earth, pine, peach, citrus, bready+biscuit malt, some graininess and spiciness from the rye as well. An excellent balance, quite hoppy but not afraid to show it's lager-y side.

Full mouthfeel that is smooth and crisp. Medium carbonation, a bit of a heavy feel.

Basically a toned down, but much more balanced, Hoponius Union to me. Great hop profile combined with a pale lager, the rye adds alot too.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2012 17:39:37 | More by Chico1985
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VelvetExtract

Massachusetts

4.38/5  rDev +9.8%
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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jaasen64

Massachusetts

4.13/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle poured into Founders tulip. First had at Mass Brewer's Guild Festival.

A- Pours a translucent orange golden with about two fingers worth of fluffy white bubbly head that has great retention and leaves layered lacing. Nice carbonation with steadily rising bubbles.

S- Citrus hops that provide aromas of grapefruit and lemon balanced nicely with rye, a little bit of pepper and other spices. Definitely above average aroma strength. Interesting smelling beer, not my favorite aroma but not bad- I don't particularly like the pepper smell I'm getting.

T- Citrus hops of grapefruit, lemon balanced with spices, rye, maybe a touch of pepper, finishes with a light maltiness of a lager. Definitely a unique and quite enjoyable taste.

M- Medium bodied, a little bit on the dry side, nice carbonation, goes down very easily.

O- This was a very interesting beer that I thoroughly enjoyed. A very nice addition from Jack's Abby that already has a fair number of very good beers. I liked how the beer provided a nice citrus hop presence balanced nicely with spicy rye and a finish similar to a pilsner- definitely unlike any other beer I've had. The only part I didn't really care for that much was the aroma. I definitely recommend trying this beer out.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2012 01:33:56 | More by jaasen64
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scottfrie

California

4.2/5  rDev +5.3%
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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Schmuckles

Rhode Island

4.43/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this beer tailgating. Poured into a clear plastic cup. Nice color and great lacing even in plastic. The aroma is great. Some hops with nice rye none of which overpower the other. Taste at first sip is hops which then turns into a nice smooth rye. Good mouth feel and nice carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2012 03:47:30 | More by Schmuckles
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Gatch

Massachusetts

4.53/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

August 2012

A: Clear, golden-yellow with a big, fluffy, sticky, white head. Good lace but little retention.

S: Rye, fresh hops, spice, grass. The hops have strong fruit and dry, pine notes.

T: Big fruity, juicy hops followed by spicy, delicious rye. A noticeable departure from Hoponius Union which I imagine was their intention. Hops play less of a role with the rye taking an equal part. So if you like rye or a twist on the heavily-hopped IPA with the smooth, clean finish of a lager, this is your beer. Perfectly dry and flavorful finish.

M: What needs to be said? Incredibly fresh, smooth, refreshing, and enough hops to satisfy any hop-head. Very dry with the right amount of carbonation. Hop oils cling to the palate. Delicious stuff.

O: Another incredible beer from Jack's Abby. I've had nearly every beer they've produced and continue to be impressed. I look forward to any new release this brewery creates...and the re-release of Kiwi Rising and Framinghammer!

I'm rating to the style of American Pale Lager (which seems unfair) so this gets really high marks.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2012 23:16:35 | More by Gatch
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brewandbbq

New Hampshire

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

500ml bottle.

Pours hazy gold with some nice tattered sheets of lacework. A partial skimcoat on the surface for the duration.

Aromatics lead off with a blend of spicy hops, biscuity malt, and cracked grain. A hint of honey-drizzeled crackers follow through.

Medium bodied with a crisp, somewhat light mouthfeel.

Grainy, peppery malt, toasted biscuits, and sprucy hops start the palate. Crisp and sharpish with a good dose of rye pepper.

Finishes with fresh, crackery malt with hints of tropical fruit, pine, and pepper-dusted grains.

Nice beer, but after Hoponious Union I'm looking for more hops here.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2012 01:13:24 | More by brewandbbq
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Dope

Massachusetts

4.35/5  rDev +9%
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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OtherShoe2

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +0.3%
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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cbutova

Massachusetts

4.4/5  rDev +10.3%
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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PeterIngemi

Massachusetts

4.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a .5liter bottle into a duvel glass

A: pours a very nice hazy golden with a light touch of orange, a delicate pour leavs me with a fingers worth of just slightly off white head that dissapates nicley and leavs some excellent lacing, looks delicious.

S: a very nice blend of citrus hops and a light rye spicyness, Grain aromas begin to become more pronounced as the beer warms.

T: much like the nose, very nice citrus hops, with a light touch of pine blending together with the spicy rye, the grain deffinatly is more prominent in the taste then it was in the nose. They grain tastes hearty to the point that I looked up triticale, not knowing what it was, and finding out that it is a rye/wheat hybrid, this makes sense after reading.

M: medium body with medium carbonation, a grainy, chewy, dry mouthfeel, with a bit of an bitter aftertaste.

O: a good hoppy rye brew, overall I wish the hops were dialed up a touch more as it seems the grain really stole
The show in the flavor profile, but delicious all the same, deffinatly worth a shot.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2012 03:16:43 | More by PeterIngemi
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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.