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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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jlindros

Massachusetts

4.36/5  rDev +4.1%
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!

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2013 23:36:07 | More by jlindros
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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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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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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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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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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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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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VelvetExtract

Massachusetts

4.68/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.75 | 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.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2013 01:42:21 | More by VelvetExtract
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BeerKangaroo

Alaska

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

Thanx Dools9:

Bottled 3/28/2013:

Into a pilsener:

A: clear golden body with a three finger white foamy head that rises and falls and leaves some nice speckled/yet somewhat spider web lacing, some light slowly moving carbonation is seen rising

S: spicy through the citrus, slight hint of pine, comes out slightly grassy as well

T: spicy and bitter through previously mentioned flavors, slight grapefruit comes out slightly sweet (malty, perhaps?), sticky aftertaste

M: medium, perhaps sessionable, yet smooth, dry finish

O: nice spicy Double Pilsner that is good for its style and good for me

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2013 18:22:55 | More by BeerKangaroo
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Dope

Massachusetts

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

Bottled 3/28/13. Less than 2 weeks old. Hooray local!

A: A very clear golden/amber-ish. Enormous fluffy white head. Head fades stupidly slow with a huge island persisting. Strong fluffy lacing from top of the glass to the bottom.

S: Lots of citrus. Oranges, mangoes, grapefruit. Just a hint of pine. Surprisingly mellow if I'm honest, not a huge hop bomb in the nose. Some sweet caramel backs it up.

T: Hops are stronger here. Again, lots of citrus. Grapefruit is prominent with some sweeter orange backing it up. A little pine. Hint of sweet malt but it passes pretty quickly. Big wave of bitterness along with a chunk of pine in the finish. Some resinous hops to boot. Long, lingering drying and bitter finish.

M: Medium bodied, very smooth. A little drying from all the hops in the finish.

O: Another awesome beer from Jack's Abby. Not quite Kiwi Rising status, but an interesting variation that's still quite good. This one is more focused on the citrus and pine than the tropical fruit. Delicious and ultra smooth - wonderfully drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2013 03:42:31 | More by Dope
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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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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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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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Damian

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2013 01:55:39 | More by Damian
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WanderingFool

Massachusetts

3.9/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2013 18:26:26 | More by WanderingFool
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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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Goblinmunkey7

Massachusetts

4.19/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Hazy dark gold. Head and s solid-white. Decently sized super creamy head. Drops to a small chunk and clumpy cap with a loose bubbly collar. Sheets of lacing.
Wish it was a little more clear, but that's the worst of it.

Smell: Bitter pine and tropical fruit. Some peach, tangerine, and even some grapefruit. Vaguely herbal and slightly spicy. Slightly pithy bitterness. Some caramel malt sweetness. Touch of that particular Jack's Abby lager yeast. Mild earthiness. Pale malts as well.

Taste: Straight up pine needle bitterness. Some grapefruit zest with a backing fruitiness. Floral, very floral. Slight tangerine and peach in the back. Aggressive building bitterness, but not abrasive. Warming brightens some of the fruitier elements. Slightly sweet malt backbone is pale malts with a touch of caramel. Some slight esters. Earthy and bitter. Genuinely tastes like a seriously hopped lager and not a light IPA.

Mouthfeel: Moderate carbonation with a medium body. Crisp a slight bitter dry finish.

Overall: 1-2-3 baby you and me yeah!

Crazy bitter, but not abrasive (I'm looking at you Arctic Laser Wolf). Stays true to its lager roots and just gets bigger. I had this on tap last night and the bottle is a better choice. I'll definitely lock up more of this next year.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2013 19:54:49 | More by Goblinmunkey7
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Massachusetts

4.46/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Side of the label reads "MFG 03.28.2"

A: Golden-yellow with a big, fluffy, frothy, white head. A bit of haze because I let some of the sediment into the glass. Give it a swirl and the head explodes into fizzy, white bubbles that burst with hop aromas. There's a really cool cloudiness that forms right before the head builds, too. Very interesting appearance.

S: Huuuge tropical fruits, resin, and fruity hops.

T: As expected...big, delicious, fruity, sticky, resiny hops. Like seriously massive hops. Everything you want in a hoppy beer but with the finish and cleanliness of a lager.

M: Hop-splosion. Pretty dry but juicy and fruity at the same time. Such a joy to drink.

O: Another smooth, silky, hop bomb from Jack's Abby. A little more dry and in your face compared to Kiwi Rising but they're two very different beers. I had high expectations for this beer and I finished the bottle very satisfied.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2013 03:09:08 | More by Gatch
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The ABCS from Jack's Abby Brewing
93 out of 100 based on 247 ratings.