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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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Reviews by xnicknj:
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xnicknj

Pennsylvania

4.31/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500mL bottle poured into taster

Dark golden pour with a cloud-like topping of white head, clinging to the glass while sipping. Extraordinarily dank, floral and hoppy in the nose with soft malty sweetness and pine. Crushing, dank, flowery hops right up front on the tongue. Pine resin, weed and lasting bitterness latch onto the tongue. Familiar lager backbone with crackers and grain, hint of lemon peel. Finishes bitter and long. Lighter medium body, decent carbonation, sticky and smooth on the tongue.

Yes, more of this please. Super hopped up double pilsners seem to be coming around, and I couldn't be happier to see a young brewery like this nail it. This reminded me of Humulus Lager, which is by far the best in this style IMO.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2013 19:04:07 | More by xnicknj
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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.

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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.

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