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

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Ratings: 389
Reviews: 83
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 7.94%
Wants: 17
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:
Beer added by: jbertsch on 06-21-2013

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.
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4.51/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I'm excited for this one. How awesome it must be, love just about everything they make, true German lagers, with an awesome hopping. This must be an awesome one.

Pours a quickly rising head that continues rising when I finish pouring, fluffy bits rise up to settle on a 2 finger head, fluffy and airy and even a bit creamy looking, bides back at a med pace, bigger bubbles popping and leaving even more of the creamy looking head, and enough soapy messy lacing to make it look like the head lost a battle. The winner of the battle, the brilliantly clear straw pilsner colored beer underneath, it specifically says unfiltered and unpasteurized, so they did a hell of a job with cold crash and clarity!

Nose almost buckles my knees just from the ppsssttt of the top popping, as waves of awesome hops come berating at me, super fresh hops that even bring a little musty fresh hop resin and almost a wet hop like resinous oil but not that much. Then comes the tropical fruit, different varieties like a tropical fruit truck crashed on the highway and all the fruit fell into a giant blender truck, or something. The musty resin initially leads to passion fruit, some papaya and mango layer themselves in, and even some guava. The citrus versions don't quite come through as much but some do, mostly a tangerine and fresh, peach?! Yeah even a hint of a peach flesh, and a nice grapefruit pith, touches of an earthy almost New Zealand like terrior grassy aroma, as well as fruit. Nice blend of hops. Oh, and there is a faint faint hint of a straw grassy toasty lager malt aroma.

Taste is just as much as the nose, the fresh hops really kick butt. Again it seems to be a blend of some awesome North West style American hops, with some of the Kiwi hops again, and delicious. Starting again with the resins, musty as hell but in a good way, which eventually leads to the tropical fruit, again just loads of them. Some passion fruit starting out, a bit resinous musty but fruity passion fruit, then again a mixed bowl of fruits I would assume find next time I'm in Brazil (the time conjugation of that sentence was totally whack). Where was I... another sip brings me back, tropical fruits, bit of papaya and guava, hint of mango but not as much as the nose had, which was also just a little. Citrus comes through a bit but a bitter rind like citrus, grapefruit pith, tangerine skin, etc. Then the hops turn spicy and earthy, a bit more of the New Zealand like terrior earthy grassy hop, as well as an American slightly piney spicy hop that seems to build the more I sip and the more it warms. The malts are very light, crisp light pilsner toasty lager malts, big but not a ton of flavor coming through the huge hop profile, and brings a slight booze warmth with it. Finish brings more of the spicy hop profile, bordering an astringent spicy bitterness, with more of the Kiwi terrior hop blended with tons of American hop bitterness, not super bitter but somehow a bit astringent, as well as a bit of a sweet slightly malty profile, and more musty resinous tropical fruit hop.

Mouth is med bodied, a bit of a soft lager feel with a hint of warming booze, nice carb.

Overall awesome... a great anniversary beer with a great blend of hop combin... ations... that just sounded awful, but at least it got my point across. Mild sweetness with a decent booze kick, some soft lagers that mostly get lost unfortunately as this would have done just as well as an ale but JA is all about lagers, and i'm totally for that! The nice hops bring the Pacific North West resinous tropical fruit, as well as a nice earthy terrior grassy and fruity New Zealand like character although they may not even be there it may just be a good combination of the PNW hops leading to an interesting Kiwi flavor which I've been duped into before. I'm also watching the South Park about the Pi Pi water park and gets flooded in pee, so glad I didn't get any pee out of the musty hops. The only problem with this is the finish getting a bit too astringent like, little too spicy and earthy, but not much of an actual problem, still a very tasty beer.

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.13/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle from Greg. Guessing this is roughly two months old, so I figured I'd get to it ASAP. Served in an Alchemist pint glass.

A - Generous white foam settles to a chunky, thick cap, leaving behind glass-coating splotchy lacework. Hazy white peach-colored orange-yellow body.

S - Hop character seems to be quite varied, with elements of tropical fruit, citrus zest, cat pee, floral and earth notes, a touch of dank. Malt character is significantly more pronounced than Jack's Abby's other hoppy offerings, and some doughy and sugary supporting the hop melange. A tad understated, although perhaps it's fallen off. No discernible alcohol.

T - The taste has a bit more punch to it, and is largely dominated by the mixture of sweet, doughy, and biscuity malt flavors mixed with tropical and citrus fruits. There's some nebulous floral and grassy notes in the periphery, but the more earthy flavors have fallen by the wayside. Again, no alcohol, and surprisingly restrained bitterness considering the bottle advertises 100+ IBU.

M - Medium-full body, pleasant moderate carbonation, soft texture, with a dry, crisp finish. Again, nary a trace of booze, but only some lingering hop oils and resins.

D - A nice brew to be certain, but I was slightly disappointed considering the pedigree. The hop character was a bit muddled rather than complex, and I was also hoping for more hop kick and a bit less malt. Well-executed and quite tasty, as all Jack's Abby brews tend to be, but I'd still prefer Kiwi Rising or Hoponius Union.

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4.02/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thick foamy head which alternatively leaves a blanket and ring lace. The head lasts throughout the tasting. The liquid is cloudy and yellow-gold in color.

Harsh, almost weedy aroma. Think freshly cut dandelions.

Pleasant starting malt base. Quickly overtaken by a raw and potently bitter hop flavor. The swallow and the nearly-forever aftertaste are completely one-dimensional, like sucking a hop pellet. Full bodied with an elevated carbonation level.

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4.21/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle into a shaker pint, the beer is a bright, slightly hazed, goldenrod coloring with slow, steady carbonation flow and a tall, frothy, light, white head that slowly, unevenly settles, leaving a wicked cling along the glass. Aromas of pine resin, subtle tropical fruit sweetness, pepper spicing, and a rich bitterness. Subtle toasted grain backbone in the nose, also. Flavors are very hop forward, with a resiny, bitter blast. Subtle grassy notes, with tangy and tart tropical fruit highlights. Toasted grain undertones. Very smooth, light bodied, with a hoppy, resiny bitterness into the aftertaste. Clean, smooth finish that has a slight drying effect. Solid brew.

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4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle from Downtown Wine and Spirits.
Pours a crystal clear deep straw with a huge bubbly bone white head that takes forever to recede. Aromas of spicy onion and garlic with a bit of pine and dankness hiding a hint of bready sweet malt. The flavor is lightly bready but overpowered by resin pine and green onion. Smooth hop flavor with just a touch of bitterness. Medium body with a spirited level of carbonation and a slick resinous mouthfeel. Nice beer, I'm glad I found some of this.

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4/5  rDev -6.5%

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4.24/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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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4.04/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Bottle opened on 9.8.13
Bottled: Aug 15.2013

A - Pours a cloudy, very light orange with a huge cream-colored head.

S - Lots of hoppy pine and grass.

T - Lots of grass and bitter pine. It has a different sweet finish. Hard to place.

D - Good carbonation with a light body.

O - Super hopped up lager. I wish there were more like this.

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