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

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

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Ratings: 386
Reviews: 83
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 7.94%
Wants: 18
Gots: 14 | FT: 1
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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Reviews by Hoptimus-Prime:
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North Carolina

4.65/5  rDev +8.6%

Received this bottle in a trade with lucas1801, thanks for turning me on to this great brew Chris!

Poured into a DFH Snifter, hazy golden yellow with a thick white head, great retention and plenty of lacing throughout.

The smell was the first sign that this was going to be a great beer, I am new to the IPL style, honesty thought I hated lagers...boy did this prove me wrong! The nose presents hops in full force, floral hops dominate!

The taste is Hops,Hops, Grapefruit zest and Hops...crazy good!

The Mouth feel is where it differed from the IPAs with similar taste profiles. Very light bodied, making it very refreshing and smooth.

Overall, this beer was an eye opener to the IPL style for me. I will absolutely give some others a shot (including the Hoponious Union I also received in this trade)
Anyone that enjoys a tasty hop bomb should seek this out...Impressive brew!

07-29-2013 00:28:53 | More by Hoptimus-Prime
More User Reviews:
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3.91/5  rDev -8.6%

Thanks to Jeff for splitting the Jack's Abby goodies. The 2nd Anniversary Lager pours out like liquid sunshine; golden yellow with a moderate haze that swims throughout the entire body. Surprised by the lack of clarity, but it still looks decent enough. A soapy, beaming white head rises up and only take a few moments to gather into a thick collar and thin ring on top of the pale brew.

As expected, based on the description as well as their regular IPL, the aroma is filled with pines and peppery spice. There's some pretty dank hoppage going on, and even a mild cat urine aroma that's floating about. I'm thinking Simcoe and/or Summit are being used somewhere in here. White pepper covered white grapefruit peels (wut) with mild orange and other, more nebulous notes of bitter citrus. Nothing in the aroma notes at much lager yeast or even malt. This bad boy is all about the hops, through and through.

Resinous and full of pine is the first sip with a tongue clenching bitterness that strikes immediately and takes its time mellowing out into a much softer, underlying, bread malt sweetness. When the raw, oily hop flavors start to fade, they also begin to reveal their fruitier side - citrus, grapefruit, orange, more on the bitter side still, but a touch of juicy flesh is hidden in there somewhere. As mentioned previously, cracker malt is notable in the finish.

So far, it seems like a hoppy lager that might as well be an ale, since the only real tell that this is a lager is the crisp and dry finish. Carbonated well, thin bodied, and super clean after each sip, though the initial look might not hint at that exactly. I wish for a little more taste from the yeast itself, or perhaps even a stronger, bready malt presence from start to finish, though the beer is still pretty nice if your goal is to have something indefinitely hoppy.

I've enjoyed the three Jack's Abby lagers I've had up to this point in my beer drinking career, although I've gotta say that many of them could probably pass for ales. They've all got a nice, crisp, clean finish, but I've seen similar palatable qualities achieved with ale yeast, or at least close enough to not require extended and cooler fermentation. In any case, another good brew, though I prefer the less aggressive, more drinkable Hoponius Union.

08-19-2013 16:25:14 | More by tectactoe
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4.75/5  rDev +11%

07-09-2013 03:57:15 | More by cincysig
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New Hampshire

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

07-28-2013 11:21:48 | More by JakerLou
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3.81/5  rDev -11%

Appearance: bright yellow in color, 1 inch head, clear, moderate carbonation

Smell: pine and citrus hops

Taste: pine and citrus hops, rind, and light toasted malt

Mouthfeel: medium bodied, moderate carbonation, sweet start with a big bitter middle and a less bitter end, dry

Overall: 100 IBUs and showing it. This will not disappoint those who love hop bombs. Much like the rest of Jack's Abbey's brews, it is very clean. Nice beer, but one is good enough for me.

07-12-2013 13:43:41 | More by tigg924
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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

08-15-2013 05:20:20 | More by alienlifeforcecube
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Yukon (Canada)

4.75/5  rDev +11%

07-24-2013 12:08:17 | More by jaminjohnson
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3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

06-22-2013 22:42:54 | More by Janeinma
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4/5  rDev -6.5%

07-20-2013 12:56:24 | More by doremite
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West Virginia

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

09-24-2013 17:18:36 | More by williamjbauer
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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

08-15-2013 02:18:40 | More by stereosforgeeks
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New Jersey

4/5  rDev -6.5%

08-03-2013 02:55:55 | More by acurtis
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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

08-15-2013 01:37:07 | More by mdaschaf
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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

11-16-2013 18:54:28 | More by prdstmnky
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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

10-17-2013 15:49:46 | More by Marcelozicker
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New York

4/5  rDev -6.5%

Dark golden pour. Very strong citrus flavors. Crisp feel and finish. Foam retention on this one was impressive. Visible carbonation.

Jack's Abbey clearly knows their lagers and this is a good example of an extreme lager. Very solid offering.

08-16-2014 23:51:44 | More by socon67
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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

07-06-2013 17:06:43 | More by Gonzoillini
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Rhode Island

4/5  rDev -6.5%

06-22-2013 01:46:05 | More by tenacioustomato
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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

08-17-2013 02:38:16 | More by Larrydoherty
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New York

4.61/5  rDev +7.7%

Poured into a nonic tumbler from a bottle- pours a bright golden orange color, clear, visibly effervescent, an abundance of foamy off-white head, great retention and nice streaks of lacing. Beautiful.

Smell is mild but enticing- definitely get a good dose of pine resin and faint traces of pilsner malt and yeast.

Taste is excellent- very hoppy yet incredibly well balanced with malt and yeast flavors. Super drinkable, even at 8 percent. Pine resin up front, followed by orange citrusy hops, then a mixture of malt sweetness and yeast fighting with the hops and it finishes unsettled, leaving a long, very enjoyable aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is really awesome also- medium body, well carbonated, a good dose of resin but not too sticky. Only reason I didn't give a five on mouthfeel was because it's perhaps a tad bit too sticky for my taste but it's really an exceptional brew. Go get it!

07-07-2013 00:50:09 | More by Hopdaemon39
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New York

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

11-04-2013 15:57:01 | More by MPPHISH
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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

07-23-2014 02:12:12 | More by Denzo
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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

09-12-2013 05:06:51 | More by Steve_Oldrati
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4/5  rDev -6.5%

08-31-2013 21:44:31 | More by bum732
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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

12-03-2013 15:27:51 | More by Bjlps
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Jack's Abby 2nd Anniversary Lager from Jack's Abby Brewing
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