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Jack's Abby 2nd Anniversary Lager - Jack's Abby Brewing

Jack's Abby 2nd Anniversary LagerJack's Abby 2nd Anniversary Lager

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Ratings: 378
Reviews: 82
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 7.93%

Brewed by:
Jack's Abby Brewing visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Pilsner |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Two years into our brewery and we're fueling the fires surrounding extremely hoppy beers. In celebration of our anniversary and in support of our fans, we're brewing this extra hoppy Double IPL. Together, we have taken a journey to redefine the term "lager". Prost!

Called Mass Rising when released, but that name was later used for a new recipe lager.

(Beer added by: jbertsch on 06-21-2013)
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Photo of magictacosinus


4.53/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to angrybabboon for sending this one a while back. Consumed during the first week or so with friends in Arcata. Poured out of a 500ml bottle into a tulip glass. No freshness date - it seems these guys are sometimes sadly inconsistent with it, but I don't expect any poor results for this.

Pours a beautiful golden amber color that's pretty crystal clear at first, with a fluffy, frothy white head that rises aggressively in the glass. Gets progressively cloudier with each additional pour, but it's still wonderfully bubbly and thickened overall. Leaves behind good sticky foam at the glass's edges, as well as some decent legs with each swirl and sip. To be perfectly honest, this is one of the most memorable lagers I've ever seen.

Smells terrific - a wonderful throwback to the greatest aspects of their other "IPLs" such as Hoponius Union. Huge notes of grapefruit, orange rinds, white nectarines, green melon, lemon zest, white grapes (verging on raisins), and more. Pine, sage, and other herbal qualities are all up in this, as are notes of white flowers, light white pepper, and an underlying minerality of cold stones that you only really find in an excellent Old World white wine. Finishes with brief toffee and a cracker-like sensation from the grains. Unbelievably complex for a beer of its class - transcends what lagers usually accomplish while still accommodating their greatest crisp qualities.

The flavor continues where the aroma left off, providing an explosion of citrus, floral notes, and lager sweetness and crispness that comes together in a remarkable manner. Huge grapefruit, orange peel, and lemon, followed with lots of stone fruit (mainly nectarines), green melon, light grapes, and tons of pine to round it out. Finishes floral, fruity, and minerally. A tremendous toffee/caramel crisp sweetened sensation rounds it up, and combined with the dry citrus flavor at the finish, it's pretty astonishing. Wonderfully carbonated, with a rounded out gentle feel that elevates the flavors to a higher ground, while still maintaining its drinkable qualities to the max. Refreshing, juicy, and enormously easy to drink for an 8% beer. Cannot find any major faults - this is a crowning achievement in many ways.

Oh man, this is awesome. I'm a huge fan of crisp, refreshing lagers, and to get one that embodies its mouthfeel and uses intense hopping and fruity yeast often found in ales to elevate its complexity is a job well done indeed. In a way, this is like the lager counterpart to PtE, if only a little less refined. I do hope that more breweries work on developing the IPL style as ambitiously as Jack's Abby has. The results are quite terrific, and are among the most intriguing offerings in American craft beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2014 19:37:49 | More by magictacosinus
Photo of PicoPapa


3.94/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500mL bottle. Pours a hazy yellowish orange with a massive 2+ inches of chunky head. Lots of lacing. Aromas of pine, floral hops, grass, malts and sour orange. The taste is a lot like the aroma. Grass, pine, flowers, toasted malts, orange and lemon. Some sourness at the end with more of the floral and piney hops. Good deal of bitterness to this one with a noticeable malt presence. Tons of carbonation with a tingly mouthfeel. Minimal alcohol presence. Interesting twist on the style. Overall, I'd grab this one again.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2014 02:45:42 | More by PicoPapa
Photo of DrJay


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

Gold with faint haze and a fluffy white cap. Great head retention with tons of lacing that formed rings around the glass denoting each sip. Bright aroma filled with hops, fruity and a bit tart, mild pine, light malt -- great balance. Solid bitterness with mild malty sweetness, slight fruit and pine, faintly herbal. Medium bodied, lowish carbonation, smooth and slightly dry with a hint of warmth. Really good overall. A proper anniversary beer that delivers.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2014 12:58:27 | More by DrJay
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Quebec (Canada)

4.18/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 500ml bottle, no #freshbeer date.

A hazy honey-gold body with huge head that fills the glass before settling to a good 3 fingers. Latches on the the glass with gobs of lacing. Whipped and chunky top that is picture perfect. Aroma is floral and hops, very lemony and zesty. Taste is pine mixed with lemon, very citrusy with a mineral bitter finish. Tiny bit of sweetness among spicy hops. Body is medium but well rounded. A different take on a lager that took a few sips but it did win me over.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2013 16:17:26 | More by papat444
Photo of buschbeer


3.84/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

.5 liter bottle
Served in a pilsner glass

A - It is yellow in color with a chill haze. My pour yielded about six inches of eggshell head. The head is rocky and clings to the sides.

S - It smells like biscuit-y. I also smell a little lime.

T - The taste is a combination of biscuit and bitterness. The doughy start is offset by the hops bitterness.

M - Moderate

O - I fear I may have neglected to drink this beer at its prime; however, I had a Hoponius Union that I bought at the same time, and it was fine. This may have been on the shelf longer. I am not sure. What I am sure of is that I liked the Hoponius Union much better. Regardless, this is my celebration of National Lager Day.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2013 01:38:45 | More by buschbeer
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4.13/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

500ml Bottle

My first taste of Jack's Abbey courtesy of the man himself, facesnorth! Jack's Abbey's 2nd Anniversary Lager glows in a blaze of 24kt gold. Carbonation streams rush to the surface and a densely packed weathered white head. The head is pretty impressive, never falling below a finger in height and leaving chunk lacing everywhere it touches. This is a damn fine looking beer!

There's a lot going on in the aroma. The hop profile has everything from tropical fruit to cat pee to earthy tones. Mango and ripe pineapple, candied orange and grapefruit peel, cat pee, and last, but not least, earthy vegetals. Each swirl brings the citrus forward, which I prefer. Slightly sweet biscuity malts are pronounced and welcomed. There may be a little too much going on in the nose but I do like the smell of this guy.

A sturdy malt bill washes over the palate upfront. Sweet doughy, biscuity malts that are nice and clean. The tropical fruits and citrus are the same as in the nose. There's a touch of vegetal hoppiness in there but not much. The candied citrus is king of the hill and meets with the lightly sweetened malt profile on the long finish.

They nailed the mouthfeel. The body is surprisingly light for 8% and appropriately crisp. The finish is dry while a firm bitterness lingers and the carbonation provides a frothiness that's appreciated. There's zero noticeable alcohol. Nicely done.

I'm impressed with my first taste of Jack's Abbey. Big flavor wrapped up in a clean, crisp lager. Appropriate hopping, depth of flavor, and an incredible body combine for an enjoyable experience. I'll be keeping my eye out for more from these guys in the future. Thanks, Ryan!

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2013 00:56:48 | More by joe1510
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North Carolina

4.21/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Sampled from a 500ml bottle purchased at Gasparro's in Seekonk, MA.

A - Golden with great clarity, a fluffy white head and a steady rise of bubbles. Great lacing!

S - Floral and grassy hops.

T - wonderful hop flavor with a mild bitterness. Supported nicely by toasted and breast malts. Rich but still quite drinkable.

M - Creamy and smooth.

O - An interesting beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2013 00:02:13 | More by GJ40
Photo of WanderingFool


4.41/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Jack's Abby 2nd Anniversary Lager pours a hazy straw yellow with a massive, rocky head on top. The foam is slow to dissolve and leaves behind a thick netted pattern of lace on the glass.

The aroma is more muted than I thought it would be. Notes of orange and lemon citrus, along with some tropical fruit and a little bready malt.

Each sip of this medium bodied beer is silky smooth and velvety on the palate. Mild carbonation. The flavor is clean, crisp and nicely balanced between orange/grapefruit and lemon citrus and sweet bready malt. Towards the end there's a touch of tropical fruit. It finishes mildly bitter with lingering citrus and bread notes when gone.

Such an easy drinking, great tasting, smooth beer. I hope it becomes a regular year round offering.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2013 18:31:54 | More by WanderingFool
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3.79/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

a: Cloudy straw colored yellow; poured with a big sticky head.

s: Subdued citrus and some pine; some bready malt.

t: Tastes good but maybe a bit long in the tooth. Muddled, earthy, faintly citrusy hops. Moderate bready sweetness.

m: Light body and crisp carbonation.

o: Very good for sure, butI wish I would have tried this 2 months ago.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2013 21:47:42 | More by DIM
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New York

4.34/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Straight pour from a 500ml/16.9oz pry-off bottle to an oversized wineglass (HF stemware); there should be some bottle dating on the side of the label, as with all Jack’s Abby beers, but it’s rubbed off or was not printed correctly. Either way, according to the folks at Winooski Beverage (where I bought this), this should be only about six weeks old at the most, and it appears that it’s been refrigerated. So, we’ll see how it goes.

Appearance (4.5): This baby pours with a solid three fingers of custard-colored foam, showing tight, whipped froth on the edges and a little island of big, fat bubbles coming up from below right in the middle of the surface. The body is a pale, honey-yellow color, just a bit hazy, and gorgeous. As the head recedes, it leaves a platform of foam in the middle of the glass and thick, webby legs of lace strung together by fat collars all around the edge of the glass.

Smell (4.25): Passionfruit, papya, syrupy mango, some odd, almost weedy tones, and beautiful, very prominent floral tones characterize the hop profile on this beer; the malt comes through underneath with a a lightly toasted white peasant bread aroma, although it really does hide underneath all of this hop action. And it really is great action.

Taste (4.25): Some of those tropical fruit tones in the nose come through on the palate to start, but overall they are light and fleeting, instead giving way to surprisingly pleasant vegetal / floral bitterness, lemon flavor and bitterness, biscuity-dry, bready malt, and a surprising wallop of resinous bitterness—pine resin, weed, all kinds of floral-coniferous goodness washing out all flavors prior through the finish. And it’s fantastic. In the finish, and actually on the mid-palate now that I think about it, that characteristic mix of smooth nuttiness and almost tart, not quite skunky lager yeast tones sneaks in under the radar, covered up by floral tones, piny resin, and lemony bitterness, but it’s there. And it’s part of what I love about Jack’s Abby’s hoppy beers. Not a hint of booze.

Mouthfeel (5.0): The carbonation is perfect in this beer: it comes across the palate with a mild tingle, but turns up the action before too long with a spicy but not prickly expansion of foam and bubbles, aided by the very dry, lean body composed of crackery malt and drying hop oils. I’m pretty sure this really could not feel any better.

Overall (4.25): This one isn’t quite as fruity and juicy as Hoponious Union, and not quite as pithy-bitter as The ABCs, but man this is still a damn good, hoppy lager. It’s lean, lemony, sneaky, dry, way too easy, and just damn good. Jack’s Abby has kind of defined the IPL sub-style, and between this and the other two aforentioned beers they’ve made me a believer. I still haven’t had Mass Rising or Kiwi Rising, but man I can say that I absolutely look forward to the day that I try them.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2013 23:22:29 | More by fmccormi
Photo of Teleweizen2

New Jersey

4.21/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - pours a slightly hazy sunny yellow. A bubbling, thick white wall of foam fills the oversized wine glass to the brim. Leaves lines of lacing along the glass as it subsides.

S - aroma is dominated by citrusy american hops. Grapefruit rind, sweet orange peel and pulp. Apricots and mangos. Hints of dried tobacco and lime leafs. All resting on a fresh doughy bread malt base.

T - clean dry bready malt profile. Assertive hop bitterness enters quickly. Bold grapefruit rind flavors coat the tongue along a with sweet juicy flavors of mangos, orange pulp and lemon zest. Hints of pine needles on the backend compliment the bitterness on the lingering finish.

M - slightly creamy texture. Medium bodied. High carbonation.

O - great ipa/lager. I dont care what it is i just know it was damn tasty.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2013 01:25:10 | More by Teleweizen2
Photo of vonnegut21

New York

3.13/5  rDev -27%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

A: Pours a golden hue with three fingers of billowing white head. The head lingers for quite some time.

S: Grassy, floral and full of pine. Not much else of note.

T: Pine, lemon, grassy and spicy. Kind of unbalanced without much malt body or sweetness to accompany the bitterness.

M: Nice carbonation, but somewhat thin and watery on the palate.

O: Not my favorite JA offering. Double IPLs are a tough style and this one just doesn't do it for me. Too much akin to hop water for my tastes...

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2013 01:02:55 | More by vonnegut21
Photo of SawDog505

New Hampshire

4.68/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a 13 oz tulip glass, bottled recently for sure. Pours a straw yellow, with an enormous billowing white head that leaves incredible lace everywhere. Smell extremely tropical and floral, tangerine, pineapple, mango, grapefruit, and flowers. Taste is even better, everything in the nose, but even more assertive. Citrus, flowers, and grapefruit in the aggressive finish. Body is medium, perfect carbonation, a little dry, and very easy drinking. This is scary good, WOW!

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2013 21:10:03 | More by SawDog505
Photo of HuskyinPDX


4.04/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Bottle opened on 9.8.13
Bottled: Aug 15.2013

A - Pours a cloudy, very light orange with a huge cream-colored head.

S - Lots of hoppy pine and grass.

T - Lots of grass and bitter pine. It has a different sweet finish. Hard to place.

D - Good carbonation with a light body.

O - Super hopped up lager. I wish there were more like this.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2013 05:46:23 | More by HuskyinPDX
Photo of puboflyons

New Hampshire

4.66/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

From the 26 fl. oz. bottle. June 2013 batch. Sampled on Labor Day 2013.

It has a cloudy pale yellow pour with a big fluffy white head that lingers and laces through the end.

The aroma is something else. Even three feet away from my nose I pick up the pine , resin, and floral hops - eve more so up close. Some roasted biscuit malts but a world of spruce and citrus.

The body is full.

The taste begins with a biscuit maltiness and then becomes rich with floral and pine hops, citrus but more specifically grapefruit and tangerine, and a long lasting bitter finale. An amazing beer and I'm glad I got to celebrate Jack's Abby's second anniversary with this one.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2013 16:44:59 | More by puboflyons
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Rhode Island

4.31/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dull, light orange hue with a hazy clarity and a voluminous, fluffy, three-inch butter-milk colored head. As the head slowly settles into a half-inch cap, spots and strands of textured lacing are revealed. Nose expresses bitter-sweet citrus notes (perhaps tangerine and grapefruit), followed by an earthy/herbal rind quality. Taste consistent with nose; a perfect balance between sweet and bitter and a great interplay between the two characters. Mouthfeel is light-medium with a touch of oiliness to the texture and an even carbonation that leaves just the faintest hint of a burn at the back of the throat between quaffs. Overall, a fantastic anniversary beer. I am consistently blown away by what they guys do with lagers.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2013 15:18:49 | More by Jwale73
Photo of mynie


3.15/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This was described to me as an East Coast Humulus, so of course I had to give it a try.

N-not quite. While Humulus retains just enough crispness to clearly differentiate itself from a double IPA, the back end of JA's second anniversary strays into the harsh medicinal nodes that mar most iterations of this difficult style. Thankfully the front end is still smooth and pleasant and the back-end never gets painfully sharp, but it comes too close for my liking.

Serving type: on-tap

08-31-2013 19:51:02 | More by mynie
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4.41/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Second-wave bottled kept in the super cold fridge since it was released. Can't decipher the date as it is smudged 90% off.

A- Poured into a tulip with a slightly hazy golden body leaning toward orange just a tiny, tiny bit. A white cap crowns the beer about two fingers above and looks like fresh whipped cream. Great retention and massively thick piles of lace stick to the glass.

S- Hops lead the way with a dank fruity feel, specifically mango pulp, pineapple, citrus zest, stone fruits and tropical peach-like hints. Some pine as well as a hint of caramel rounding it out, hard to avoid at 8% ABV.

T- Reminds me a lot of the first time I ever had Green Flash West Coast IPA but a bit bigger and maybe a bit juicier. Weed I say much. The hops still feel nice and fresh, comparable to the other 3-4 times I have enjoyed this. Citrus rind, mango flesh, pine, flowers and apricots all come to mind. The pine is a welcome addition as it gives the flavor a nice edge to contrast the juicy tropical fruits. A background of biscuit malts, light sweetness and yeast bread.

MF- During each sip agitation brings on a super creamy, silky feel to the body of this one. Overall it is moderately thick and highly carbonated, which really brings out those hop oils for me. Bitterness is medium-high and works out superbly with the flavors here.

After having this a few times out of the bottle and once on draft it just reinforces something I already knew. Jack's Abby knows how to use their hops. The clean feel of the base beer just accentuates the great blend of hops they choose. Drinks like a super fresh "West Coast" IPA. Loving this brewery more and more with each day, err sip.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2013 05:08:25 | More by cbutova
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4.36/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Very good looking lager. Clear golden color with 3 fingers of creamy off white head. Leaves a good amount of lacing on the glass and the head lasts throughout the enjoyment of this lager.

S: Big resiny hops, slight toasty smell way in the background, but almost all hop aromas here.

T: Good pine resin, grapefruit up front that balance out into a little ginger bite that finishes clean with good amount of bitterness on the palate. Very good hop forward lager.

M: Medium bodied beer. Almost a creamy velvet like lager. Good amount of carbonation.

O: Very good hoppy lager. I am impressed with the giant amount of hops in this beer and the clean crisp bitter finish. Well done.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2013 23:52:51 | More by Crazy4LegMoose
Photo of Bosoxfan20


3.84/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A- Clean golden with a 2 finger head that's very white. Solid retention and soapy lacing. Fine looking Pils.

S- Smells of huge west coast hops. Citrus abound. Biscuit malts. Touch of caramel.

T- Follows nose well with the hop forward notes of citrus and grass. It carries throughout the drink, but mostly generic malty base of biscuits and honey come through as well. Some caramelized notes again. Dry. Hops come back for another round in the finish that creates a slightly harsh bitterness.

M- Dry, light body close to mid. Strong bite in the finish. Prickly on the tongue with nice carbonation. Similar to an IPA, but the body of a pils. A bit thin and oily to stand up to the hop punch this one is smacking me around with.

O- A ballsy take on the style as we have come to expect from J'sA. Bold hop profile pushes the edge of a hoppy pils. Only knock is the malt base seems to be rather bland and hindered the balance/drinkability. Overall, a very solid showing, but not my fav imperial Pils. I'd like to think of it as a west coast imperial pilsner.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2013 03:56:14 | More by Bosoxfan20
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4.45/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into good nature pint glass.

A: what a head on this one. Standard pilsner look, maybe a slight more haze in this one. Carbonation visibly present after pour, and mellows out after a short while.

S: citrus hops, lemon zest, maybe some slight orange in there as well.

T: wonderful grapefruit, resiny hops come through instantly, with a very mild but ever present malt backbone. A wonderful balence. Hop head speaking here, so I'm a bit biased with this one. Could absolutely see why fellow advocates are quick to compare it to an ale.

M: nothing off the mark here. Very carbonated, mild body, extremely refreshing. Mild tartness that helps make this beer stand out.

O: great lager. To be honest, if it was placed in front of me as a mystery beer I would absolutely guess ale. That being said, I don't want to take anything away from this one. I really enjoy the hop presence throughout, as well as the drinkability (8%... Seriously?) would absolutely recommend/pick up again (fingers crossed!!)

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2013 01:58:33 | More by take_it_sleazy
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4.48/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The half liter bottle purchased at brewery.

A very pretty beer poured into a lager glass. Golden colored, very clear, thick foamy white head that persisted, laced incredibly, and fell into foamy "chunks".

Smell was malty - biscuits came to mind - then a huge hit of hops. Slightly resinous but a nice, fresh grapefruit aroma with maybe a bit of other tropical sweet fruit - thinking pineapple. A little grassy greenness to the aroma, and just a hint of caramel.

Taste - my first impression was malty sweetness followed immediately by the big citrusy, juicy hops taste. Very much a fresh grapefruit flavor. A little pine resinous taste. The hops flavors carried throughout, but was well-balanced by an almost honey-like sweetness and the underlying malt. Very drinkable beer. Just enough bitterness on the finish to be a reminder - did not find the bitterness too big for the beer.

It was a little thin feeling, but that made it even more drinkable in my opinion. The taste was clean, balanced, and left you wanting another sip. A little drying astringent character as well. Nicely carbonated to keep things lively.

Overall felt this was an excellent beer. Tasting it on tap after having it in the bottle just confirmed that, with the on tap aroma and flavor being even fresher. I thought it well-balanced between the hops and the malts, even if the malt was a bit of one dimensional in the way of being biscuity. Another satisfying lager.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2013 01:31:58 | More by LeRose
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4.18/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A-clear golden color with a nice white head and good lacing

S-citrus, pine, grain, grassy

T-toasted grain, pine, grapefruit, herbal, grassy, moderate bitter finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, crisp and dry

O-nice hoppy beer, a unique flavor profile, would love to have more of this

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2013 22:48:22 | More by MDDMD
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4.13/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle from Greg. Guessing this is roughly two months old, so I figured I'd get to it ASAP. Served in an Alchemist pint glass.

A - Generous white foam settles to a chunky, thick cap, leaving behind glass-coating splotchy lacework. Hazy white peach-colored orange-yellow body.

S - Hop character seems to be quite varied, with elements of tropical fruit, citrus zest, cat pee, floral and earth notes, a touch of dank. Malt character is significantly more pronounced than Jack's Abby's other hoppy offerings, and some doughy and sugary supporting the hop melange. A tad understated, although perhaps it's fallen off. No discernible alcohol.

T - The taste has a bit more punch to it, and is largely dominated by the mixture of sweet, doughy, and biscuity malt flavors mixed with tropical and citrus fruits. There's some nebulous floral and grassy notes in the periphery, but the more earthy flavors have fallen by the wayside. Again, no alcohol, and surprisingly restrained bitterness considering the bottle advertises 100+ IBU.

M - Medium-full body, pleasant moderate carbonation, soft texture, with a dry, crisp finish. Again, nary a trace of booze, but only some lingering hop oils and resins.

D - A nice brew to be certain, but I was slightly disappointed considering the pedigree. The hop character was a bit muddled rather than complex, and I was also hoping for more hop kick and a bit less malt. Well-executed and quite tasty, as all Jack's Abby brews tend to be, but I'd still prefer Kiwi Rising or Hoponius Union.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2013 14:59:19 | More by MasterSki
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4.45/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Had on draft at The Reservoir in Waterbury.

Wow, this is a Pils?

Poured in 10oz glass and not too cold - nice work Reservoir. Short off white head over dense golden body. head fades to ring, but with sticky lacing.

Aromas are soft, but deep on the hops. Tons of tropical citrus. Was not expecting that. Orange, pineapple, mango .. Yeah, a Pils.

Incredible, tropical hop qualities come rushing thru in the flavor as well. Decent balance, but definitely leans to the "bright" side. Mouthfeel is just what you'd expect from this strange style... A bit thick and chewy, but the hops cut thru in the finish on this one. This sounds strange, but this beer is not too dis-similar to the Heady Toppers I see people pounding back here.

Absolutely recommend trying this, IF you can find it.

Serving type: on-tap

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Jack's Abby 2nd Anniversary Lager from Jack's Abby Brewing
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