Jack's Abby 2nd Anniversary Lager - Jack's Abby Brewing
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Reviews by puboflyons:
4.66/5 rDev +8.9%
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.
09-02-2013 16:44:59 | More by puboflyons
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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
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
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
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
Jack's Abby 2nd Anniversary Lager from Jack's Abby Brewing
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