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The ABCS - Jack's Abby Brewing

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93
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252 Ratings
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Ratings: 252
Reviews: 42
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 8.13%
Wants: 57
Gots: 15 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: jbertsch on 03-29-2013)
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4/5  rDev -4.3%

djrn2, Apr 14, 2013
Photo of zestar
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

zestar, May 11, 2013
Photo of nmann08
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

nmann08, Apr 28, 2013
Photo of acurtis
4/5  rDev -4.3%

acurtis, Apr 14, 2013
Photo of Texasfan549
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Texasfan549, May 03, 2013
Photo of kjkinsey
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

kjkinsey, May 03, 2013
Photo of Jason
4/5  rDev -4.3%

Jason, Apr 21, 2013
Photo of StonedTrippin
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.

StonedTrippin, Oct 06, 2013
Photo of jlindros
4.36/5  rDev +4.3%
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!

jlindros, Apr 13, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

mdfb79, May 01, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Rochefort10nh, Jun 29, 2013
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.

smcolw, Apr 21, 2013
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.

dbrauneis, May 07, 2013
Photo of Gonzoillini
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Gonzoillini, Apr 07, 2013
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4/5  rDev -4.3%

rab53, Apr 07, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Kelp, Apr 27, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

liamt07, Apr 26, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

PEIhop, Apr 11, 2013
Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.11/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

HuskyinPDX, May 14, 2013
Photo of Alieniloquium
3.23/5  rDev -22.7%
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.

Alieniloquium, Jun 25, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

THECPJ, May 06, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

chippo33, Oct 22, 2013
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4/5  rDev -4.3%

Duff27, May 27, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Reagan1984, Aug 10, 2013
Photo of VelvetExtract
4.65/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A-Pours a crystal clear honeyed hue. Big, frothy crown. Head sits leasurely and laces generously.

S-A stiff jab of squished grapefruit, pine and tropical madness. A mixture of bright, vibrant hops and deep, resinous hops. Hops offer subliminal notes of apricot, peach and pineapple. Slight, lingering Lager yeastiness and some cracker.

T-Wet, tropical fruits. The hops are concentrated and deep but maintain much complexity. All those exotic fruits and citrus notes are quickly bear hugged by a strong, gripping, piney finish. Mild sweetness...errr...let's just say its fully hop forward.

M-Super dry. Super bitter. Super drinkable. Killer.

O/D-Another, another, another, another Jack's Abby gem! Better than 95% on any DIPAs I can easily get. Let's not mention its a damn lager. Unbelievable.

VelvetExtract, Apr 05, 2013
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The ABCS from Jack's Abby Brewing
93 out of 100 based on 252 ratings.