The ABCS - Jack's Abby Brewing

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Ratings: 254
Reviews: 42
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 8.13%
Wants: 54
Gots: 16 | FT: 0
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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.

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Ratings: 254 | Reviews: 42
Photo of Goblinmunkey7
4.17/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

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 RichD
4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

16.9 oz bottle stamped with a 3/28/2013 date poured into a pilsner glass.

A: Pours a golden yellow. There's about 2-3 fingers of sudsy foam on top of this and a generous amount of lacing is left on the glass.

S: Piney, citrusy, and grapefruit are what I catch here. Some malts also come through a little bit. This doesn't smell like a total hop bomb but it also doesn't smell too malty. I like the balance in the nose here.

T: The taste follows the nose to a T. Some pine, citrus and grapefruit work in unison as the malts come through to offset the bitterness at the end. This is some excellent stuff. There is absolutely booziness in this brew which is a positive. This drinks so easy and that is due to it being a lager and not an ale.

M: As I just stated, this drinks so incredibly easy. A dry brew as well. The bitterness is not overwhelming in my eyes. Not bad.

Overall: This is a damn good beer. I'm drinking this a lot faster than I usually drink my beers. Nothing wrong with that at all, though. The hops were used well and the malts were used well to balance this out. Great job Jack's Abby!

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 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 Dope
4.23/5  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.

Photo of nquigley16
4.23/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

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 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 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 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 parris
1.47/5  rDev -64.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 1.25

S: farty and huge amounts of ground oak leaves. Even if you just add good hops, you shouldn't get this flavor... (grasss, oak leaves, grass, grass, grass)

T: same deal. I don't get how JA released such a bad beer. In their defense, my fiend liked it.

apparent-ce: beautiful light brown, beautiful lacing.

Mouthfeel: I dunno, was too underwhelmed. Good MF actually

Overall: I LOVE, LOVE jacks abby beer. LOVE it. I hate to do this, but I couldn't handle this. I actuallly dumped my 4oz glasss. I literally traded 2 bud heavy for my last bottle

Again. JA makes the best beer in the area IMO, this was just fluke miss. I won't even describe what I traded it for,

Again, I love jacks abbey, they make insane good shit. But this was not my favorite... not evan close.

Edit: Think ground oak with no balance., like if you could extradt if you could get pine cone flavor.

Photo of VelvetExtract
4.64/5  rDev +11%
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.

Photo of Gatch
4.46/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

Photo of BigCheese
4.32/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

Photo of Heady978
4.47/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Just picked up a couple bottles fresh from the brewery today - was so stoked to break into one after how much I enjoyed Kiwi Rising. Pours a hazy orange color with a nice finger and a half of fluffy white head - smell pops as soon as it hits the glass. WOW massive tropical fruit and pine aroma - smells juicy and fresh as hell. Taste follows the nose very well - reminds me a little of Enjoy By even though it's technically a lager with a nice crisp mouthfeel. Might be a little over carbonated, but I'm splitting hairs - this beer is delicious and hopped up like a DIPA. Jack's Abby is just killing it in every way these days - you can't go wrong with any of their beers and this one is no exception. Go get some, now.

Photo of jbertsch
3.98/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Can't get any fresher. Bottle dated today!

Poured into a tulip.

Hazy light orange color. One inch of white head.

The aroma is a medley of melon, pear, pine, a sweetness reminiscent of juicy fruit gum...even a touch of apple.

Fruity hop flavors hit the palate first along with a faint candy sugar-like sweetness. But a piney bitterness kicks in quickly and makes it finish dry and short. The warmer it gets I start to notice a little malt lingering on the palate.

Mouthfeel is lively, dry, even a little refreshing.

Given the high alpha hops used and IBUs I expected it to be very bitter, but the bitterness is fairly pleasant. I will say the flavor is a bit short for my liking in a double-anything. I don't like it better than kiwi rising, but its still a great beer. For some reason it makes me want to say this is Jack's Abby's Ruination.

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The ABCS from Jack's Abby Brewing
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