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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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386 Ratings
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Ratings: 386
Reviews: 83
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 7.94%
Wants: 19
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 Maxwell:
Photo of Maxwell
4.44/5  rDev +3.7%

The beer pours a clear golden yellow, like clean, yet dehydrated piss. The beer pours with a beautiful head of bubbles that sits well over two fingers widths above the beer and is made of a menagerie of different sized, creamy bubbles. When the head leaves, the beer leaves a lacing of long strings of medium width tiny bubbles alongside the glass. In body the beer is beautifully clean and pure, with just a slight haze coming from the malt. This is a pretty looking beer. On the nose, this beer is a damp head rush of everything I love about American hops. Big and bristling pine moves into smooth and juicy mango and pineapple notes with light hints of grapefruit and a touch of tangerines. There is also a slight dank smell lurking below all the other smells, and a touch of caramelly malt. Though I haven’t had Heady Topper for about a half a year, this beer smells quite similar to Heady to me. As it sits in my glass the dankness grows and bristles onto the nose, but there is some beautifully juicy fruit notes right beside it. This beer smells great. On the tongue, this beer is fearlessly bitter with just a touch of sweet on the finish to remind us that there is, in fact, malt in this beer. Slight touches of salt and acidity can also be sensed on the fringes of the tongue, but really, this beer is all about the beautiful bitters. In flavor, the beer begins as a blend of pine and tropical fruit juice, and the bitters gracefully build from there, trouncing over my mouth in perfect formation. Light biscuit cracker coincides with a deep dank flavor in the middle of the palate, though neither works its way in front of the fruity bitters which continue to work through the fruity flavor profile of hops, finishing with a big, bitter, grapefruit shiver that lingers into dank pine notes in the aftertaste. In the mouth, the beer is on the light side of medium, with near perfect carbonation working to caress the tongue like a soft pillow, even as the beer’s bitters bludgeon it. The mouth is left terrifically dry and slightly sticky, and though the tongue wets slightly, the mouth is just left begging for another sip. This beer is a masterpiece of hops, and I am loving it. A richly complex smell and flavor that work to be both thirst quenching and inspiring. This is an awesome beer to slug during the summer, but be careful, as its 8% alcohol never quite shows in the flavor. Try this beer for sure, and Jack’s Abby please make this a regular!

Maxwell, Aug 01, 2013
More User Reviews:
Photo of tectactoe
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.

tectactoe, Aug 19, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +11%

cincysig, Jul 09, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

JakerLou, Jul 28, 2013
Photo of tigg924
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.

tigg924, Jul 12, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

alienlifeforcecube, Aug 15, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +11%

jaminjohnson, Jul 24, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

Janeinma, Jun 22, 2013
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4/5  rDev -6.5%

doremite, Jul 20, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

williamjbauer, Sep 24, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

stereosforgeeks, Aug 15, 2013
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4/5  rDev -6.5%

acurtis, Aug 03, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

mdaschaf, Aug 15, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

prdstmnky, Nov 16, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Marcelozicker, Oct 17, 2013
Photo of socon67
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.

socon67, Aug 16, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Gonzoillini, Jul 06, 2013
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4/5  rDev -6.5%

tenacioustomato, Jun 22, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Larrydoherty, Aug 17, 2013
Photo of Hopdaemon39
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!

Hopdaemon39, Jul 07, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

MPPHISH, Nov 04, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Denzo, Jul 23, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Steve_Oldrati, Sep 12, 2013
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4/5  rDev -6.5%

bum732, Aug 31, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Bjlps, Dec 03, 2013
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Jack's Abby 2nd Anniversary Lager from Jack's Abby Brewing
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