The ABCS - Jack's Abby Brewing
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Reviews by Damian:
4.5/5 rDev +7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.5
Drank from a 1 pint .9 fl. oz./.5 liters bottle purchased at Liquor World, Cambridge, MA
Served in a pilsner glass
The liquid poured a slightly hazed, deep golden color and was topped by an enormous, tight, creamy, bone white head. The head eventually collapsed on itself and fell to a dense cap of foam. Thick, patchy rings of lacing coated the glass.
The nose was incredible. Ultra hoppy and super complex. Intense peach and apricot notes. Tons of ruby red grapefruit and candied orange peel. Potent tropical fruits. Mango and pineapple were most noticeable. Hints of dry, powdery lager yeast notes came through as well.
Initially, the flavor profile was exceedingly bitter and a bit one-dimensional. Pale and caramel malts came through on the front end. Notes of white grapefruit in the center. Super bitter, piney, resinous hops dominated the finish. The hoppy bitterness lingered on my palate long after each sip. As the beer warmed, the sweetness from the malts came forth and balanced out the aggressively bitter hops. The hops also displayed more nuance. Orange zest was apparent. Subtle peach notes. Hints of tropical fruits.
The mouthfeel was a bit disappointing. It was thinner bodied with a very mellow carbonation. A touch watery and nondescript. For the style, it could have been much zippier and perhaps creamier.
Just when you thought Jack's Abby were done creating new versions of astonishingly hoppy and complex lagers, they put out something like the ABCs. This might be my favorite of their releases to date.
Serving type: bottle
04-08-2013 01:55:39 | More by Damian
More User Reviews:
4.05/5 rDev -3.1%
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
The ABCS from Jack's Abby Brewing
93 out of 100 based on 250 ratings.