The ABCS - Jack's Abby Brewing
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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.
Serving type: bottle
04-10-2013 20:12:51 | More by AndyAvalanche
4.39/5 rDev +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.
Serving type: bottle
04-18-2013 00:09:36 | More by fmccormi
4.31/5 rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Picked up today at brewery, 2 days old, fresh to death.
A: pours a big frothy white head, slightly hazy golden hue. Leaves some chunks of lacing.
S: passion fruit, pineapple, pine you, fruity pungent. Has a certain dankness too.
T: taste is more grapefruit and piney. I also get some herbal lemon grass, tangerines and kiwi. A punch of bitterness followed by a hit of caramel malts. Finishes with a bitter tropical hop flavor. Pretty big flavors. Overall a mix of herbal, piney, and citrus, pretty bitter but not obnoxious.
M: very high carbonation, very soft and creamy mouth feel, pleasant.
O: really awesome beer, I've had a few better dipas, but not many. Drinks like an ale, with big flavors, nose was great, I'd prefer more tropical taste, nose was right on. Definitely worth getting.
Serving type: bottle
03-30-2013 02:09:07 | More by BigCheese
4.2/5 rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Bottled on 3/28/13
Pours a dark gold with a beautiful white fluffy head. Aromas of sweet citrus fruits, pineapple, peach, and mainly oranges complimented by soft fruity sweetness. The taste starts with some hoppy bitterness and alcohol, moves to an unbelievable smooth fruity fresh middle, and ends with some subtle hop resin and alcohol. The alcohol becomes moderately present as it warms up, but is dangerously unnoticeable when cold.
Overall a delicious and smooth beer,very complex with no dominant or overpowering flavors and an amazing complex fruity hop profile.
Serving type: bottle
04-08-2013 23:42:46 | More by nquigley16
The ABCS from Jack's Abby Brewing
93 out of 100 based on 250 ratings.