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

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Ratings: 388
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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look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

One left in the store, love Jacks abby beers and heard this was hoppy so i'll happily give this a shot.

A: inch of head on top, micro bubbles flowing to the top. Beautiful lacing. Golden color, pretty light and clear. Beautiful lager.

S: smells fantastic, very citrus, grapefruit, orange, some citrus zest, floral and tropical notes. Sweet malt biscuit in the finish.

T: some sweet hops up front, citrus comes through, a lot of grapefruit. Floral hops following it up. Giving way to a bitter hop burst and a bitter hop dry finish in the end leaving me wanting more. Malt is just enough there to not make me pucker but hops are very dominant.

M: medium bodied. Light enough i could drink this all day. No hint of the 8% at all. The medium body and the dry finish make for a dangerously drinkable double IPL. Wish it was a little less dry on the finish, but i wouldnt sacrifice hops for less dryness.

O: jacks abby surprises me with every new beer i try from them. Loving this a lot more than the ABCs double IPL, and the kiwi rising i had was old. This beer is fresh and phenominal. The hops really shine through the lager body of their beers and i' m loving em more and more. This should become a year round beer. Fantastic aroma, taste, great body and dangerously drinkable. I already know i want another and i'm only a third of the way in. Gotta find more of these.

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4.85/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Growler fresh from the brewery, had the privilege of pouring this fine beverage into a footed beer glass. Liquid comes out sort of a mix between straw yellow and amber in color. Like many of the lagers that this brewery produces, this has complete and excellent clarity. Thick soapy white head on this one, many different sized bubbles. Not an overly aggressive pour like I normally do and it still overflowed a little, fortunately I was there to catch it. Head sticks around for quite awhile and there's some really nice lacing to this one.

Smell is nice, hints of sweetness and a bit toasty. After that it's really big on the hops department. Lots of nice pine and citrus. Grapefruit is probably the primary citrus aroma with some lemon zest and a some tropical aromas, some slightly floral and herbal aromas. Overall it's really nice.

Taste is on point, pretty much as perfect as it can get, and it has quite a bit going one. There's some nice sweetness from the nice caramelized malts, some toasty sweetness. The hops are a nice combination, there's both sweetness and the normal bitterness. A lot of tropical flavors like mango, pineapple, maybe some sweet citrus like tangerine. There's also some ripe grapefruit and maybe some blood orange topped off with some hints of lemon zest. Overall this beer is pretty much a perfect flavor and balance even though it has so much going on.

Mouthfeel, is pretty much perfect. Medium body and a great carbonation level. Nice initial sweetness blended in with some hop sweetness and a nice dry bitter finish. Crazy drinkable, you wouldn't think this was an 8% beer. I think this is a style that not many breweries tend to try but the Hendler brothers dominate it! Super delicious, I hope to get more.

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look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Cloudy golden yellow pour, frothy tan two finger head reduces to a permanent cap after a couple of minutes.Solid lacing.

The aroma is fresh peaches and mango: boom! Decidedly hop forward and very juicy nose, very inviting.

One sip changes my opinion of what a lager can be. Jack's Hopponius Union took me halfway there, but this second anniversary is quite different. The hops are completely in the spotlight here, the typical yeast character common to lagers has been pummeled by the huge hop flavor.Malt strictly for support,this hop bomb is bursting with juicy tropical flavors. Truly great marriage of flavors here, IIPA fans should really appreciate this one. The alcohol is detectable but not a negative.

Mouthfeel is medium, and the carbonation that is difficult to detect by the eye is actually quite brisk when it reaches the palate.

This is a wow beer, and one that comes highly recommended. Anyone hesitant to try a super hopped lager should try Jack's 2nd Anny while they are available: you will not be disappointed.
Worthwhile of stocking a handful in the fridge, I'll be picking more of these up for certain,this one is right on time.

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