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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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4.24/5  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.

Photo of papat444
4.2/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 500ml bottle, no #freshbeer date.

A hazy honey-gold body with huge head that fills the glass before settling to a good 3 fingers. Latches on the the glass with gobs of lacing. Whipped and chunky top that is picture perfect. Aroma is floral and hops, very lemony and zesty. Taste is pine mixed with lemon, very citrusy with a mineral bitter finish. Tiny bit of sweetness among spicy hops. Body is medium but well rounded. A different take on a lager that took a few sips but it did win me over.

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4/5  rDev -6.5%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +11%

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4/5  rDev -6.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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3.85/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

.5 liter bottle
Served in a pilsner glass

A - It is yellow in color with a chill haze. My pour yielded about six inches of eggshell head. The head is rocky and clings to the sides.

S - It smells like biscuit-y. I also smell a little lime.

T - The taste is a combination of biscuit and bitterness. The doughy start is offset by the hops bitterness.

M - Moderate

O - I fear I may have neglected to drink this beer at its prime; however, I had a Hoponius Union that I bought at the same time, and it was fine. This may have been on the shelf longer. I am not sure. What I am sure of is that I liked the Hoponius Union much better. Regardless, this is my celebration of National Lager Day.

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

500ml Bottle

My first taste of Jack's Abbey courtesy of the man himself, facesnorth! Jack's Abbey's 2nd Anniversary Lager glows in a blaze of 24kt gold. Carbonation streams rush to the surface and a densely packed weathered white head. The head is pretty impressive, never falling below a finger in height and leaving chunk lacing everywhere it touches. This is a damn fine looking beer!

There's a lot going on in the aroma. The hop profile has everything from tropical fruit to cat pee to earthy tones. Mango and ripe pineapple, candied orange and grapefruit peel, cat pee, and last, but not least, earthy vegetals. Each swirl brings the citrus forward, which I prefer. Slightly sweet biscuity malts are pronounced and welcomed. There may be a little too much going on in the nose but I do like the smell of this guy.

A sturdy malt bill washes over the palate upfront. Sweet doughy, biscuity malts that are nice and clean. The tropical fruits and citrus are the same as in the nose. There's a touch of vegetal hoppiness in there but not much. The candied citrus is king of the hill and meets with the lightly sweetened malt profile on the long finish.

They nailed the mouthfeel. The body is surprisingly light for 8% and appropriately crisp. The finish is dry while a firm bitterness lingers and the carbonation provides a frothiness that's appreciated. There's zero noticeable alcohol. Nicely done.

I'm impressed with my first taste of Jack's Abbey. Big flavor wrapped up in a clean, crisp lager. Appropriate hopping, depth of flavor, and an incredible body combine for an enjoyable experience. I'll be keeping my eye out for more from these guys in the future. Thanks, Ryan!

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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4.21/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Sampled from a 500ml bottle purchased at Gasparro's in Seekonk, MA.

A - Golden with great clarity, a fluffy white head and a steady rise of bubbles. Great lacing!

S - Floral and grassy hops.

T - wonderful hop flavor with a mild bitterness. Supported nicely by toasted and breast malts. Rich but still quite drinkable.

M - Creamy and smooth.

O - An interesting beer.

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.39/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Jack's Abby 2nd Anniversary Lager pours a hazy straw yellow with a massive, rocky head on top. The foam is slow to dissolve and leaves behind a thick netted pattern of lace on the glass.

The aroma is more muted than I thought it would be. Notes of orange and lemon citrus, along with some tropical fruit and a little bready malt.

Each sip of this medium bodied beer is silky smooth and velvety on the palate. Mild carbonation. The flavor is clean, crisp and nicely balanced between orange/grapefruit and lemon citrus and sweet bready malt. Towards the end there's a touch of tropical fruit. It finishes mildly bitter with lingering citrus and bread notes when gone.

Such an easy drinking, great tasting, smooth beer. I hope it becomes a regular year round offering.

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Jack's Abby 2nd Anniversary Lager from Jack's Abby Brewing
95 out of 100 based on 389 ratings.