Jack's Abby 2nd Anniversary Lager - Jack's Abby Brewing
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4.34/5 rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25
Straight pour from a 500ml/16.9oz pry-off bottle to an oversized wineglass (HF stemware); there should be some bottle dating on the side of the label, as with all Jack’s Abby beers, but it’s rubbed off or was not printed correctly. Either way, according to the folks at Winooski Beverage (where I bought this), this should be only about six weeks old at the most, and it appears that it’s been refrigerated. So, we’ll see how it goes.
Appearance (4.5): This baby pours with a solid three fingers of custard-colored foam, showing tight, whipped froth on the edges and a little island of big, fat bubbles coming up from below right in the middle of the surface. The body is a pale, honey-yellow color, just a bit hazy, and gorgeous. As the head recedes, it leaves a platform of foam in the middle of the glass and thick, webby legs of lace strung together by fat collars all around the edge of the glass.
Smell (4.25): Passionfruit, papya, syrupy mango, some odd, almost weedy tones, and beautiful, very prominent floral tones characterize the hop profile on this beer; the malt comes through underneath with a a lightly toasted white peasant bread aroma, although it really does hide underneath all of this hop action. And it really is great action.
Taste (4.25): Some of those tropical fruit tones in the nose come through on the palate to start, but overall they are light and fleeting, instead giving way to surprisingly pleasant vegetal / floral bitterness, lemon flavor and bitterness, biscuity-dry, bready malt, and a surprising wallop of resinous bitterness—pine resin, weed, all kinds of floral-coniferous goodness washing out all flavors prior through the finish. And it’s fantastic. In the finish, and actually on the mid-palate now that I think about it, that characteristic mix of smooth nuttiness and almost tart, not quite skunky lager yeast tones sneaks in under the radar, covered up by floral tones, piny resin, and lemony bitterness, but it’s there. And it’s part of what I love about Jack’s Abby’s hoppy beers. Not a hint of booze.
Mouthfeel (5.0): The carbonation is perfect in this beer: it comes across the palate with a mild tingle, but turns up the action before too long with a spicy but not prickly expansion of foam and bubbles, aided by the very dry, lean body composed of crackery malt and drying hop oils. I’m pretty sure this really could not feel any better.
Overall (4.25): This one isn’t quite as fruity and juicy as Hoponious Union, and not quite as pithy-bitter as The ABCs, but man this is still a damn good, hoppy lager. It’s lean, lemony, sneaky, dry, way too easy, and just damn good. Jack’s Abby has kind of defined the IPL sub-style, and between this and the other two aforentioned beers they’ve made me a believer. I still haven’t had Mass Rising or Kiwi Rising, but man I can say that I absolutely look forward to the day that I try them.
Serving type: bottle
09-28-2013 23:22:29 | More by fmccormi
4.21/5 rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
A - pours a slightly hazy sunny yellow. A bubbling, thick white wall of foam fills the oversized wine glass to the brim. Leaves lines of lacing along the glass as it subsides.
S - aroma is dominated by citrusy american hops. Grapefruit rind, sweet orange peel and pulp. Apricots and mangos. Hints of dried tobacco and lime leafs. All resting on a fresh doughy bread malt base.
T - clean dry bready malt profile. Assertive hop bitterness enters quickly. Bold grapefruit rind flavors coat the tongue along a with sweet juicy flavors of mangos, orange pulp and lemon zest. Hints of pine needles on the backend compliment the bitterness on the lingering finish.
M - slightly creamy texture. Medium bodied. High carbonation.
O - great ipa/lager. I dont care what it is i just know it was damn tasty.
Serving type: bottle
09-26-2013 01:25:10 | More by Teleweizen2
3.13/5 rDev -26.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3
A: Pours a golden hue with three fingers of billowing white head. The head lingers for quite some time.
S: Grassy, floral and full of pine. Not much else of note.
T: Pine, lemon, grassy and spicy. Kind of unbalanced without much malt body or sweetness to accompany the bitterness.
M: Nice carbonation, but somewhat thin and watery on the palate.
O: Not my favorite JA offering. Double IPLs are a tough style and this one just doesn't do it for me. Too much akin to hop water for my tastes...
Serving type: bottle
09-19-2013 01:02:55 | More by vonnegut21
Jack's Abby 2nd Anniversary Lager from Jack's Abby Brewing
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