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The ABCS - Jack's Abby Brewing

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

254 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 254
Reviews: 42
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 8.13%
Wants: 55
Gots: 16 | FT: 0
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:
Beer added by: jbertsch on 03-29-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.
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Ratings: 254 | Reviews: 42
Reviews by brydeen:
Photo of brydeen
4.41/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

More User Reviews:
Photo of tigg924
3.4/5  rDev -18.7%
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.

Photo of jondeelee
4.24/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

Photo of greenmtn1111
3.8/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.17/5  rDev -24.2%
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.

Photo of tkelley
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

Photo of Treyliff
4.23/5  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.

Photo of n2185
4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

Photo of angrybabboon
4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Photo of fmccormi
4.41/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

Photo of safaricook
4.09/5  rDev -2.2%
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

Photo of dbrauneis
4.28/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

Photo of jlindros
4.38/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a huge fluffy thick 2+ finger head in my oversized Palm snifter glass, fades slowly with nice soapy lacing, notches of it as well, a very clear honey orange colored beer.

Nose erupts out of the gate with big hops, I can smell it from a few feet away even! A big tropical fruit hop, citrus, floral, even a little spicy. Some grapefruit at first, with a little musty resin and passion fruit, then into the citrus, tangerine, light clementine, but lots of grapefruit. The hops turn a little floral with all that citrus and tropical fruit, and even a little spicy like hop under all that. Pretty much no malt in there except the faintest hint of a toasty pilsner malt.

Taste brings bit hops again, musty resinous almost right off, and spicy as well, with a ton of bitterness. Hops kick in with citrus and tropical fruit again, plenty of grapefruit and tangerine, some light orange rind and grapefruit pith flavors, a tropical fruit juice blend almost, with a bit of guava, orange juice, papaya, and again that musty passion fruit, it's fairly juicy overall. Hops also bring a bit of spiciness, and an almost chewy quality, but that's background mostly to the tropical fruit and citrus. Malts are there a bit, a little toasty pilsner but not much, light lager crispness, and soft overall, just enough to bring out the hops and give them something to stand on, then get out of the way. The malts deliver a bit of booze but you can't really tell. Finish stays quite bitter but never even close to overpowering somehow since the malts are so light, finishing hops bring a ton of grapefruit too, like I just bit into one, a bit more musty tropical fruit and resinous flavors, and a crisp lager finish, with a hint of malty flavor coming through.

Mouth is med bodied, crisp lager flavor, nice fluffy carb.

Overall very good, great beer overall, lots of tropical fruits and grapefruit, citrus, floral slightly spicy hops, hop profile is great. Brings quite a bit of btterness but never overpowers thanks to a hint of toasty pilsner malt that brings just enough to the table to keep the hops from getting out of hand without pushing into the forefront at all. It also maintains a little crisp lager profile in there too. Very nice!

Photo of smcolw
4.19/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

Photo of davey101
4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

Photo of WanderingFool
3.86/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

ABCs pours a clear golden amber with a tiny head of foam. A few spots of lace cling to the glass with each sip.

The aroma is malty and earthy. Pale malt, a little caramel, orange citrus, grass, some tropical fruit and a hint of lemon are all present. I was expecting more hops in the aroma than what I detected.

Each sip of this medium bodied beer is smooth and silky with light carbonation. The flavor is a nice balance of pale malt and toast with orange citrus. It finishes moderately bitter and slightly grassy. Once gone the citrus and bitterness lingers on the palate.

Overall this is a well balanced, easy drinking beer. However, I didn't think the aroma matched the flavor.

Photo of AndyAvalanche
4.99/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

1 pint .9oz. bottle poured into a larger version of the Sam Adams Perfect Pint Glass. The beer itself comes out a nice golden straw color with some slight haze to it, overall there is a little bit of clarity. Glows golden yellow when held up to the light. Large white colored head with a lot of small white bubbles.

Smell is awesome, nice and super hoppy without being overwhelming. Huge notes of citrus, primarily grapefruit but tangerine and lemon as well, with hints of pine and tropical fruits as well (mango/pine apple). Great sweet malt backbone that seems absolutely perfectly balanced.

Taste, much like the smell is spot on. Nice and hoppy again. Same tropical fruits as mentioned earlier come out here as well, maybe a little more citrus than the smell. There's some honey/nectar sweetness to balance out the bitterness. The flavors all really mesh together quite well, really just about as perfect as it can get.

Mouthfeel is perfect. Overall quite medium bodied with a nice carbonation level. Perfectly balanced so it's perfectly drinkable, bitterness to sweetness factor is perfect. Great sharp and dry bitter and not to mention clean finish. It's awesome, I'm a little dissapointed that this isn't a year round brew, I love this beer.

Edit: This beer should REALLY be consumed fresh. I was able to pick up a couple more bottles at a store that had an a lot left over (I figured why not). The beer had several months of age and while it was still very tasty, it had lost greatness in all categories except appearance.

Photo of cfrances33
4.31/5  rDev +3.1%
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!

Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.1/5  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.

Photo of Maxwell
4.01/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The beer pours a clean golden yellow with some orange highlights. The beer also pours with a nice yellowing-white, two-finger’s width head of medium sized bubbles. Its body is super clear and clean, and a mellow torrent of bubbles can be seen constantly replenishing the head. The beer leaves a fat poofy cloud of lacing that forms a wall and a sideways mountain range of bubbles on one side of my glass. On the nose, the beer smells of spicy pine-citrus, with a nice bready malt backbone. Pine is the big player in the nose, and gives some lovely nuances, moving from dank to resinous. This is not the most pungent India pale lager I’ve smelled though. Kiwi Rising had much more tropical fruit in the nose, and a bigger pungency from the glass. Still, this beer smells hoppy and good, and it definitely features some complexity in the nose, which is very intriguing. On the tongue, the beer tastes beautifully bitter and dry. There is actually some huge sweetness from the malt and the hops, but that is quickly enveloped in a strong bitter resonance. The flavors begin as sweet citrus and stone fruit hops, moving into big bitters swiftly with a heavy swath of bitter pine while the sweetness of the malt and hops blend into an almost sweet, bread flavoring that sits slightly below cloying on the tongue. This is washed away by bitter aspirin, grapefruit, and resinous pine flavors with a touch of dry spicy bread malt. The finish is bittersweet, with grapefruit, stone fruit, and pine flavors playing with the light bread malts and citrus lemon flavors. The finish has a solid lasting power, and the aftertaste is of dry bitter bread with a touch of salt. In the mouth, the beer feels medium in body with a little bit of heaviness on the stomach. The carbonation is rough and prickly on the tongue, a touch too much in my opinion, and the mouth is left with a sticky dry scrim of spittle and a nice bitter reverberation in the mouth. This beer also feels a little syrupy on the tongue, which I’m not really sure about. Overall, this is a solid bitter beer. I don’t like it as much as I liked Kiwi Rising or Hoponius Union, but it is still a solid beer with a lot of complexity. The carbonation is a little fierce on the tongue, which is my one true complaint, but overall I think that helps to hold in check the sweetness of the malt, which is good. Another great lager from Jack’s Abby!

Photo of Damian
4.53/5  rDev +8.4%
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
MFG 03.28.2013
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.

Photo of JordanPhraczek
4.46/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle from April 2013 from Quality Liquors in Salem.

A - Medium Copper-Yellow with an orange tinge. Perfectly circle miniature bubble head. Looks like a strong double through and through. Nice light head that wants to keep bubbling up. More volume than thickness.

S - Strong spicy hope smell, mandarin orange and barley notes.

T - Extremely bitter but not overbearing because of the fresh spicy hops. Distinct hop flavor, all of them potent.

M - Very nice bubbly double. Can taste the beer moving from the front to the back of your mouth and then slam the back of your throat with bitterness that leaves you wanting more.

O - Keep a glass of water on the side when you drink this one, the hops can be experienced on your pallet long after you take a sip. Slaps you with bitterness and I drank this beer fresh, I wouldn't be so sure it would taste as good even after a month's period of time because of how bitter it is. Another great experience from Jack's Abby.

Photo of cskollmann
4.55/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Lovely pour, golden with a frothy pure white heard that leaves gorgeous lacing down my glass. Smell is tropical fruit from the hops, but not as intense as some DIPAs i've had. Taste is what I look for in west coast double IPA(L), just enough malt presence to know it's there, but mainly super clean hop flavor and bitterness. The mouthfeel is spot on as well, full without filling if that makes sense. Honestly reminiscent of PtE pints at Russian River. Very nice beer, world class in my opinion, JA has been killing it.

Photo of Gosox8787
4.34/5  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.

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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.

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