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The ABCS - Jack's Abby Brewing

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247 Ratings
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Ratings: 247
Reviews: 43
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 8.11%


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

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Pilsner |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: jbertsch on 03-29-2013)
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

4.05/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I think this is a genius brew. its a german style pilsener lager, with a great dose of American hops. a beautiful fusion of styles. clear on the pour until the sediment layer is disturbed and it runs a little hazy. golden in color with a really active white head a few inches high and lacing up well. the nose is dusty german malts on the light side, and aggressive fruity fresh American hops plenty high in alpha acids. clean flavor too, with a floral side of the hops emerging, fresh and springy, a nice contrast to the fuller malt body for the style. jacks abby has effective redefined the American lager, and this might be their best beer to date. so much flavor, soft feel, and snappy hops with lager yeast, a great combo. everything they make is good, this one is fabulous.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2013 21:14:19 | More by StonedTrippin
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Duhast500

Rhode Island

4.19/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass.

The color is a bright orange/gold with two fingers of foamy white head and good amount of lacing is left on the glass.

The smell has a bit of citrus fruit flavor. The hops elevate this a bit while giving off a bit a tart aroma that could be shaping up to hit hard with bitter hop flavor.

The taste is piney at first with splash of pine, and some grassy hops that push the bitterness up a bit. Some hints of mango and tangerine reveal themselves as the bitterness wears down. Some malty biscuit flavor comes out before a slight twang at the end.

The feel of this beer is medium bodied and is really drinkable just as most Jack’s Abbey beers are. Crisp and refreshing this beer goes down easy.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2013 03:16:10 | More by Duhast500
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Alieniloquium

Florida

3.23/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Clear golden orange. Nice white head and surface wisps. Well retained.

Smell - Citrus hops and a little bit of a diaper aroma. Clean diaper, but weird. Some malt.

Taste - Better. Hoppy. Citrus and more pine comes out. Clean malt. Bitterness and oily hop resins linger in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium body. Closer to medium heavy. Medium carbonation.

Overall - Decent. Smells kinda bad, but redeems itself.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2013 01:30:28 | More by Alieniloquium
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greenmtn1111

Massachusetts

3.8/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.75

Served in a glass chalice.

Bottled 3/28/13

Medium amber, orange color, fairly hazy with a huge white foamy head. Aroma is of citrus, piney hops, and some floral aspects as well. Taste-wise there’s a lot of tropical stuff going on here, some orange and other really bright flavors. The piney notes are not as pronounced as the smell suggested. The IPL finishes really nicely - clean and dry on the palate. As I drink, there isn’t much lacing but the head retention is good. Unfortunately the carbonation level is kind of lacking – it seems a little bit flat. This is a good one, but I much preferred Jack’s Abbey’s Kiwi offering over this.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2013 20:16:21 | More by greenmtn1111
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tigg924

Massachusetts

3.4/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: 1 inch head, orange-gold in color, hazy, moderate carbonation

Smell: tropical fruits and piney hops

Taste: tropical fruits and piney hops

Mouthfeel: moderate carbonation, medium bodied, slightly bitter with some sweetness

Overall: Jack's Abbey is pretty hit and miss with me and while this is not a miss, it is not a hit either. The flavors are clean and fruity. Style wise it is fairly true, but it is just missing that wow factor that would make me want to get this again. Not a bad beer, just one I would most likely not get again either.

Serving type: on-tap

06-21-2013 12:50:38 | More by tigg924
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Treyliff

West Virginia

4.24/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A- pours clear and bright golden color with an enormous creamy and foamy white head that retains long after the pour, leaving behind thick patches of lace

S- lots of fruity notes with a bit of mango and papaya, some citrus hop with lemon zest, a bit of crackery malt and hemp

T- tropical fruity notes lead to citrus and pine resin, hop profile is huge mid-palate with sweet mango and grassy hop, long fruity citrus linger on the palate with just enough malt to contain the huge hops

M- medium body with lively carbonation, creamy mouthfeel leads to a clean, crisp and refreshing mouthfeel

O- loaded with hops and high ABV, but super crisp and refreshing with high drinkability. The hop punch of a DIPA with the crispness of a pilsner.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2013 00:00:20 | More by Treyliff
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mltobin

Connecticut

4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I picked up a couple bottles of this at the brewery.

Poured into a Duvel glass, the appearance is a light golden color, a finger of a white colored head. Its` nose has grapefruit, sourdough bread, other tropical fruit too. Sipping on this offering from JA and I taste earthy hops, pineapple, grapefruit, some pine. This is a very nice imperial pilsner. Mouthfeel is medium, a bit chewy, small amount of bitterness in the finish. I was happy to get some of this and certainly satisfied after trying it.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2013 22:22:24 | More by mltobin
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peensteen

Ontario (Canada)

4.44/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another Jack's Abby bottle shared by Liam

Hazy orange, solid ring of white head here, good amount of lace left on the glass here. Smell is hoppy with a ton of citrus fruit, grapefruit, mango, and some sweet peach candy, a faint suggestion of pine as well with a little bit of crisp malt as well. Taste is heavy on the hops, citrus fruit with a nice bitterness, drying grapefruit flavours with a bit of malt in here as well. Low-medium carbonation, fairly full bodied with a nice oil to it. Awesome stuff here, lovely juicy hop flavours with a definite lager quality to it, great stuff here.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2013 20:27:58 | More by peensteen
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davey101

Connecticut

4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

MFG 03.28. Looks like they went from a generic printed month on some labels to an actual date stamp. 500 ml bottle into a tulip glass.

A - Pours a clear amber body. An absurd amount of foam forms after the pour, four fingers worth of bone white foam just over flowing out of the glass. Takes a while to calm down. Really excellent lacing with decent retention.

S - Pine and grapefruit. Faint malts. Oily and dank, but not as overpowering and intense as I was anticipating.

T - Pine, resin, and some bitter grapefruit juice washed away by a clean and crisp finish. Its a really interesting beer in the fact that it starts off with a huge wave of flavor but it casually turns into something light and drinkable with a bit of a crackery malt. Long lasting bitterness with a lingering citric fruitiness. Damn you Jack's Abby and your crazy lager magic!

M - Medium bodied and crisp, this is dangerously drinkable. The 7.5% abv seems unbelievable.

O - I went into this beer expecting a hop bomb (100+ IBU's, 7.5%, multiple big name hop varieties) but that is not at all what this beer is about. In typical Jack's Abby fashion you get a whollop of flavor in a light and approachable vessel.The kind of beer that you could easily polish off a growler solo while destroying your palate. These guys continue to amaze me.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2013 01:55:34 | More by davey101
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brydeen

Minnesota

4.43/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a very clear light golden hue. A thin white head emerges, and mostly stays as a creamy layer floating on top.

S: Pretty hop forward, especially for a pilsner/lager. Piney, grassy, and peppery. A little hint of lemon peel.

T: Bitter and spicy. Lots of earthy hops with a resinous piney flavor. A tiny hint of some citrus at the very end.

M: Very crisp, very dry, and light bodied. Prickly carbonation, with a touch of warming alcohol on the back of the throat.

O: I can't get over how impressed I am every time I try a new Jack's Abby brew, and this is no exception. Blind, I gotta imagine people would assume this is a hoppy IPA, but with a cleaner more crisp bite. Absolutely delicious.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2013 00:20:44 | More by brydeen
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angrybabboon

Rhode Island

4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Consumed 5/14/13

Appearance: Light copper from a distance, more of a dark gold when held up to the light - lightly hazy, pours with a gigantic, off-white head - fades to a nearly solid, creamy cap, leaves some serious streaks of lacing - prettiness confirmed

Smell: Holy dry-hopping, Batman - very hoppy, with loads of pine, citrus, and dank weed - fleshy orange, grapefruit - tropical fruits - resiny pine - grassy, herbal notes, and weed - an earthy spiciness that smells somewhere between mint and cilantro (if such a place exists) - some light caramel malts in the back

Taste: Sticky, bitter pine - almost as hoppy as the aroma, with a load of sticky, wet pine - citrus comes next, with some fleshy orange, tangerine, and grapefruit - some more tropical fruits - some oily, sticky citrus rind and pith, too - earthy, grassy, floral - very bitter, but not palate destroying (but palate damaging) - the lager base is here, and it's very lager-y - pale mats, with some spicy yeast

Mouthfeel: Medium body, very smooth, nicely carbonated, oily and sticky with a a lingering bitterness

Overall: Just easy as A-B-C (do the dance, do the dance)

Best consumed while listening to Justice's D.A.N.C.E. (potentially on repeat). This offer from Jack's Abby is pretty ridiculous. It's extremely hoppy, borderline abrasively bitter, but in the end it's still a lager. I'm glad I picked up a bottle of this.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2013 06:17:07 | More by angrybabboon
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HuskyinPDX

Washington

4.11/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle opened on 4.21.13
Dated 03.29.2013

A - Pours a cloudy medium orange with a huge yellow-light tan head with good retention and nice lacing left on the glass.

S - Lots of citrus, orange and lemon mostly followed by some hop pine.

T - Orange peel, then some grass and pine, a touch of alcohol heat.

D - Good carbonation and a medium body.

O - Hoppy citrus and pine with more alcohol and flavor than I have ever had with a lager.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2013 04:36:25 | More by HuskyinPDX
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ryan1788a5

Massachusetts

4.4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

500ml bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Golden in color with a mild haze. Four fingers of creamy white head retain insanely well. Foamy rings of lacing stripe the glass.

S: Intense starfruit and pineapple. Wet leaves, earthy, slight pine resin. Lemon zest and tangerine. Tropical esters. Bursting with tropical aromas. Pilsner malt almost gets lost beneath the hops.

T: Explosion of tropical fruits. Starfruit, tangerine, lemon zest, pineapple, honeydew melon, kiwi. Hop tastes shift and go dank and piney, herbal and spicy. Bitterness builds and becomes formidable. Peppery. Malt base is biscuity with a slight toasted edge. Gripping spicy hop bitterness lingers on a long finish.

M: Medium bodied. Very full and firm in the mouth in that classic lager sort of way. Creamy. Prickling carbonation.

O: Impressive. Much of the hop flavor spectrum is represented in one glass. A hop-head's delight.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2013 17:01:37 | More by ryan1788a5
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

4.28/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on-tap at Lord Hobo in Cambridge, MA

A: Pours a clear deep golden yellow in color with light to moderate amounts of visible carbonation and some apricot + orange highlights. The beer has a finger tall fluffy white head that slowly reduces to a large medium thick cap, a very thin film covering the remainder of the surface of the beer, and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Strong aromas of citrus/grapefruit/orange, pine, and tropical/mango hops and light notes of caramel sweetness.

T: Light flavors of bready malts and a touch of caramel sweetness underneath the strong flavors from the hops. There are strong flavors of citrus/grapefruit/orange, pine, and tropical/mango hops. Moderate to strong amounts of bitterness which fades slowly.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Moderate amounts of dryness in the finish.

O: Wow, I can't believe this is an American Imperial Pilsner as I would have sworn it was a DIPA. This was a very good beer and I would love to be able to get this easily where I live... unfortunately I was only able to get it while visiting Boston on vacation. Totally recommend this one.

Serving type: on-tap

05-06-2013 23:45:34 | More by dbrauneis
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brureview

Massachusetts

4.39/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured in a stein: a beautiful light golden color with a 3 finger head which resolved itself.

Strong grapefruit and citrus wafted from the head.

The mouth feel was pleasant and tingling.

The taste is strong grapefruit, grapefruit rinds, and loads of hops.
The 100 IBUs are apparent with the warm spicy bitterness felt on the back of the tongue.

Another excellent beer from Jack's Abby- creating a new American craft lager.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2013 00:59:20 | More by brureview
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cfrances33

Illinois

4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle thanks to BobZ poured into a Hill Farmstead taster.

Pour: Bright, mostly clear orange with a finger of sticky, frothy white head. Lots of lacing through out, and even a bit of alcohol coating.

Smell: Right from opening the bottle, big burst of resinous pine and bright citrus. Very slick with hop oils, even on the nose. Dank, lightly grassy. A touch of bready malt and a light waft of lager yeast.

Taste: Follows the nose with an aggressive hoppy pine, tangerine, and grassiness. Quite bitter, more so than I expected. More doughy sweetness in the middle, and a touch of honey. Finishes bitter with pine.

Mouthfeel: Bitterness cuts down on the drinkability, but still refreshing. No trace of alcohol.

Overall: Another impressive lager from Jack's Abby. Drinks like an DIPA. Thanks Bob!

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2013 18:43:24 | More by cfrances33
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jondeelee

Massachusetts

4.24/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The ABCS opens to exactly the kind of nose one would expect from a double IPL with 100+ IBUs: massive waves of dank hoppy goodness, with dandelion stem, lemon oil, pine resin, pink grapefruit, grapefruit rind, mint, eucalyptus, and grass oozing forth from the open bottle. The aromas are surprisingly faint, but one gets the feeling that this is more because they’re so thick that they don’t rise easily, instead forming an oily layer that more slides than rises. Still, there’s obviously a lot of hops in here, held somewhat in check by orange, apricot, and berry fruit esters, as well as candi sugar, brown sugar, and rosewater. Bits of toast crust and biscuit form a light bready backing, but are mostly drowned by hops and sugars. As a whole, the nose is very nice, and especially for hopheads, represents the sort of rock or icon that people will travel to from thousands of miles away just to touch briefly; it’s hard to imagine more hop aromas crammed into one bottle. This does, of course, mean that the aromas will be a turnoff to anyone not familiar with lupulin overabundance, and the sheer strength of the hops puts the beer largely, if deliciously, out of balance.

On the tongue, the beer is almost exactly as bitter and hoppy as should have been expected: thick swaths of dandelion stem, mint, eucalyptus, grapefruit, pine resin, and mint attack the tongue and soft palate, burning and etching their way into the flesh. The bitterness here is extreme, but balanced, with an impressive variety of almost every conceivable hop flavor working in perfect harmony to irreversibly wreck your palate. There are also bucketloads of sugar in here to try and keep the hops in check, with orange oil, apricot, and berry fruit esters, as well as brown sugar, and bits of toast crust and biscuit lodged in a lifejacket somewhere way in the back, hanging on for dear life. The aftertaste is a long-burning hop fuse that is, even after thirty seconds, more potent than an actual mouthful of many beers. Mouthfeel is medium to medium-heavy, and carbonation is medium.

Overall, this is very good beer, and once again, hophead heaven. At the same time, the sheer hoppiness of it all does imbalance the beer, and I suspect there are many people who would find this unpalatable, the hops coming across more like burnt anise seeds in fresh-squeezed grapefruit juice. But for a paltry $4.50 per bottle, you’re really not going to find more flavor for your buck. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2013 17:58:31 | More by jondeelee
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n2185

North Carolina

4.05/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a slightly hazy yellow-gold with two fingers of foamy white head that fades into a thin layer with good lacing.

S: Sweeter citrus notes up front followed by strong notes of grapefruit and pine. The aroma finishes sweet.

T: Grapefruit and resiny pine dominate the earthy flavor. The finish is fairly bitter with a citrus rind flavor.

M: Mid-light body with medium-high carbonation, this beer is surprisingly light and crisp for such a hoppy beer. It works well, though.

O: A good beer overall. It's a bit heavy on the bitterness and any of the lager characteristics of the beer (except for the lighter body) are lost under the hops. Still, it's quite enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2013 12:10:41 | More by n2185
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inlimbo77

Delaware

4.19/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16oz, Bottled 3/28/13
Riedel tulip

A: Pours a hazy golden orange color. Fluffy off white pillow layer of two fingers of head. Good carbonation. Some layers of lacing sheeting.

S: Funny that the S isn't silent, definitely getting that Simcoe. Cat pee. Big fruity hop notes. Citrus. Pine. Grainy notes, but lower on the malt bill.

T: Nice punch of hop bitterness on tip of the tongue. Then a rush if the other hop flavors, Calypso and Simcoe seem to come to the forefront. Getting fruit: peach and mango. As for a malt bill, it's thinner due to lagering. Finish is crisp and dry and clean.

M: Light medium bodied beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2013 13:55:30 | More by inlimbo77
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Gosox8787

New Hampshire

4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Presentation: 500 mL bottle with a bottled on date of 3.28.2013. Chilled and poured into a Hill Farmstead tulip.

Appearance: Bright orange and slightly hazy in color. Pours a light, one finger white head. Leaves a great sticky lacing around the glass.

Aroma: Pineapple sweetness, some earthy pine, and some grapefruit notes reach out upfront. The hop presence is really strong and there's only not much in the way of malt backbone. Really bright and fruity.

Tasty: Grapefruit, pineapple, and mango notes upfront. Definitely more on the tropical end of the spectrum but with some strong earthiness and pine. Pretty strong bitterness on the end of each sip after an initial juicy burst. A dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied and refreshing for the ABV, which is hidden exceptionally well. A light, dry finish.

Overall, a really tasty, hoppy and bright lager. Really refreshing with some great juicy tones that finishes dry and light. Very well done and priced incredibly fairly.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2013 19:51:38 | More by Gosox8787
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smcolw

Massachusetts

4.19/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Good head for a bar pour. Lingering single layer of bubbles throughout the tasting. Nearly a blanket of lace. The liquid is hazy with a light golden color.

Strong evergreen and grapefruit rind aroma. Smells like DIPA.

The taste is dessert dry and hop-pellet suckingly bitter. Very full body for a Pilsner. Doesn't have the crispness one would expect from a lager. The alcohol is well hidden with the strong hop bitterness. Low carbonation. Long, long aftertaste.

This is overhopped for the style, but one cannot say that this isn't flavorful and best enjoyed by hopheads.

Serving type: on-tap

04-21-2013 16:13:41 | More by smcolw
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fmccormi

New York

4.39/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Straight pour from a 0.5l / 16.9oz / 1 pint 0.9fl oz pry-off bottle to my nice Tired Hands stempiece; Bottling date of March 28 printed in black ink on the far left-hand side of the label (“MFG 03.28.2”—though I suspect the last numeral is an error of some sort). So that makes this a day under three weeks old.

Appearance (5.0): Nearly three fingers of bone-white foam comes off the pour, forming a very tight, elegant head that dies down very slowly. It shows good retention, leaving even collars all the way down and good lacing between. Honestly it’s almost a wall of lace on the far side of the glass. The body has a slight chill haze, giving some depth to this deep honey-colored beer. Just awesome, through and through. This might be perfect, actually.

Smell (4.5): Loads of sweet, rich citrus tones: mango, papaya, passionfruit, candied orange peel, etc. And, some very solid floral tones (sweet, almost like hibiscus) along with some subtle, pale but sweet malt scent underneath—very, very nice.

Taste (4.25): GAHH! Oodles of dry citrus bitterness (white grapefruit peel) and nearly astringent herbal tones, fleshing out a very solid bitterness (but not quite to the point of harshness, per se—not too over the top). There also are some subtlely lemony bitter tones in there, too. The malt is dry, crackery, crisp, and slightly nutty underneath with lovely toasted wheat bread tones, too, which mesh well with the citrus pith bitterness. As it warms, some very subtle floral tones come out, which I’m really digging as it goes on. The hops profile also shows more and more funky, resinous Simcoe character as it warms, which I dig. This shit is rad. No sign of booze or anything else.

Mouthfeel (4.25): So crisp, so dry, so drinkable. The pale malt body helps the hop oils make the body feel simultaneously slick and dry. The carbonation is subtle, with a soft but full foaming effect on the way down, with a spicy tingling character in the middle. Very, very well done. So awesome, but way too easy to drink (as if that’s a thing).

Overall (4.5): This is an outstanding beer, if you ask me (which presumably you did, if you’re reading this review). It doesn’t have the sweet fruit and dynamic hops character of Hoponious Union, exactly; instead, it moves toward pithy citrus bitterness, some resin, and an amazing nose. Jack’s Abby really does the aroma hops fantastically well. You can SEE the dry-hopping in the beer, too, with all of that amazing lacing. This is an excellent beer. IPLs and DIPLs need to be a much more common thing, in my opinion, so way to go Jack’s Abby for leading the way.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2013 00:09:36 | More by fmccormi
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tkelley

Massachusetts

4.34/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500 mL bottle poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass. Bottled 3/28/13.

A -- Beautiful golden color. Ultra clear body. Three fingers of fizzy pale yellow-white head.

N -- Wow. Really strong hops. You can smell them from relatively far away. You don't need to get your nose right in there like you usually do. Really pleasant floral and grass smells. Citrus and pice spice notes too. Very, very fragrant.

T -- Hops again, obviously. Grassy. Good for the summer months. Apricot taste with the pine resin. Quite flavorful and tasty. The malt background of the lager is kind of overwhelmed, but I think that is quite all right.

M -- The hops are kind of dry, but not super dry like with SA Noble Pils. Not heavy at all for a bigger than normal beer. Easy drinking. Possibly dangerous!

O -- Excellent. Very good hops profile here. A lot to like. Brings a lot to the table without taking anything off. Get it while its still relatively fresh.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2013 00:07:39 | More by tkelley
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NEhophead

Massachusetts

3.95/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

16.9 fl oz brown bottle served in a tulip.
MFG 03.28.2013.

Dull, slightly cloudy gold in color. Very active carbonation that fuels a frothy, bright white head that plasters the rim of the tulip. For the most part, thin and spotted lacing with good strength.

Bright tropical fruit aromas: lime, honeydew, and pine, balanced by clean, bright pine hops. Clean, pale malt character with just a touch of sweetness, imparted mostly by the fruity esters. Notes of lemongrass with a touch of herbs, cilantro.

The pale malt character provides just enough of a backbone for the intense hop profile; clean, yet somewhat bland grains. Unlike the aroma, the primary flavor component is weighted more towards the spicy than the fruity along the hop spectrum. Pretty intense pine along with some herbs that provides a moderate earthen quality. A slightly fresh, juicy honeydew, pear, and peach follow an almost gritty, earthen bitterness.

Medium in body. Drinks a bit light and refreshing in spots, but the spiciness, sweetness, and herbal flavors retract from this beer's ability to quench your thirst. A bit too active on the palate for the style.

A really clean, crisp, and fresh lager with a ton of flavor going on here, surprising for the style. With that said, maybe a little too much going on with the combination of hops.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2013 18:33:44 | More by NEhophead
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safaricook

Netherlands

4.11/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured this into a small white wine glass at the Collonade hotel in Boston, room 544. Bought at the Bauer wine and spirit at Newbury street just a few blocks away.

Orange golden clear body with plenty of fine carbonation that forms a bright white head of one finger that reduces soon to a thin layer leaving nice lacing 4

Aroma is moderate citric hops, tangerine, orange and some biscuit malts. 3.75

Taste follows aroma at least in the beginning before bitterness starts dominating the palate. Hops are nicely balanced with the biscuit malts. Long lasting bitter aftertaste. Actually, when you think it is finally gone, it comes back one more time. 4.25

Medium body slightly oily body with crisp carbonation. 4

One of the most tasty lagers that I have ever drunk. Great effort on balancing the tremendously high 100+ IBU with the malts. I am not sure if I really enjoy this long lingering bitterness, but I know you American hopheads do. Respect to Jack's Abby brewing for amazing me with this one. 4.25

Serving type: bottle

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