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The ABCS - Jack's Abby Brewing

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BA SCORE
93
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249 Ratings
THE BROS
90
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Ratings: 249
Reviews: 42
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 8.11%
Wants: 52
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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mre0683

Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

04-11-2013 22:22:44 | More by mre0683
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Kevin89065

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

04-11-2013 21:58:39 | More by Kevin89065
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PEIhop

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

04-11-2013 02:36:07 | More by PEIhop
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Screper

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

04-10-2013 22:43:01 | More by Screper
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Archemedies

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

04-10-2013 22:19:53 | More by Archemedies
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AndyAvalanche

Massachusetts

4.99/5  rDev +19.1%
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
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jderosia603

New Hampshire

4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

04-10-2013 17:16:20 | More by jderosia603
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jmmy3

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

04-10-2013 15:35:38 | More by jmmy3
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rowingbrewer

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

04-10-2013 15:20:39 | More by rowingbrewer
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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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JakerLou

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev -4.5%

04-09-2013 23:09:56 | More by JakerLou
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slangtruth

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

04-09-2013 21:29:18 | More by slangtruth
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morningthief

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

04-09-2013 16:52:24 | More by morningthief
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nquigley16

Massachusetts

4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
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
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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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Massbmx

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

04-07-2013 23:24:16 | More by Massbmx
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ChrisL24481

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev -4.5%

04-07-2013 22:40:01 | More by ChrisL24481
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tenacioustomato

Rhode Island

3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

04-07-2013 21:04:02 | More by tenacioustomato
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HopsHopenstein

Connecticut

4/5  rDev -4.5%

04-07-2013 21:01:22 | More by HopsHopenstein
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mmmaaattt

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

04-07-2013 20:52:13 | More by mmmaaattt
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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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aorloski

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

04-07-2013 16:24:05 | More by aorloski
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Bilco

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

04-07-2013 12:01:41 | More by Bilco
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Gonzoillini

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

04-07-2013 03:27:53 | More by Gonzoillini
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ElGallo

New Hampshire

4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

04-07-2013 03:20:18 | More by ElGallo
The ABCS from Jack's Abby Brewing
93 out of 100 based on 249 ratings.