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Mass Rising - Jack's Abby Brewing

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Reviews: 171
Hads: 1,379
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 7.35%
Wants: 81
Gots: 201 | FT: 11
Brewed by:
Jack's Abby Brewing visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Pilsner |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: rudzud on 09-07-2013

In the spirit of our local history we are revolting against the status quo. We are writing our own story by fueling the fire surrounding extra hoppy beers. We infuse Mass Rising with increasing amounts of American hops during the kettle, hopbock and dry hopping processes. Together, we have taken a journey to redefine the term 'lager.'
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Reviews: 171 | Hads: 1,379
Photo of SLeffler27
4.37/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Almost clear SRM 4, with a huge, fluffy white head that occupies half the glass. After several minutes the head slowly peels away from a Pokal-style glass to form a pillow, leaving fine lacework behind.

Resin hops are strong with orange and grapefruit. The freshness reaches out and grabs the olfactory.

The flavor is doughy and grainy with orange and subtle biscuit flavors. While sweet on entry, this one becomes quite bitter without overwhelming the palate. The finish is subtle and lingering.

Well carbonated with a full, smooth, and creamy body. Alcohol is subtle, yet clearly present. \

This is a great beer to unwind with. (633 characters)

Photo of Justin82
4.36/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass from a 12oz bottle
Look: Perfectly clear gold, 3/4 inch head, quite a bit of lacing
Aroma: Grapefruit and pine.
Taste: Grapefruit, orange, and pine. Slightly bitter but not overwhelmingly so. Bready malt backbone. A lil booze right at the end
Feel: Nice chew, carb is right on point for the style, goes down super smooth
Overall: Another awesome beer by Jack's Abby. Will definitely get this again (422 characters)

Photo of jakecattleco
4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle of unknown age. Wow, really impressed with this brew! My first, but most definitely not the last, from Jack's Abby. Well done, can't wait 2 have it again. (168 characters)

Photo of spacecake9
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a hazy, light golden color with a thick white head.
S - Piney with hints of lemon.
T - More lemon, piney and hoppy.
M - Smooth mouth feel, medium carbonation.
O - Very enjoyable beer. If you had told me this was an IPA I would not have argued. (255 characters)

Photo of sjones5045
4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

8/15/15 Home

Pours a straw yellow, maybe one shade darker. Decent head and good retention.

The smell is hop citrus. Smell like they picked a hop and went all in.

The taste is very good. Citrus with a little dry fruit in there.

Excellent beer. Really enjoy it. It's smooth as can be with good taste. Only knock would be is want it to push the envelope a bit more. But really good all the same. (399 characters)

Photo of stephens101
4.22/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Hazy yellow with a thick white crown. Subdued aroma with grain, lemon and green apple. Sweet fruit bread to the front followed by a piney hop bitterness on the tongue. Light side of medium and drinks easier than an eight-percenter should. (241 characters)

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.24/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Damn, this beer is great. Awesome citrus tones with a touch of grass on the backend. Slightly more earthy than I would have expected, but the citrus tones dominate here and I love it. (183 characters)

Photo of Duhast500
4.4/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz. Bottle into a Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass.

The color is a hazy yellow/orange with some yellow highlights at the edges of this beer. There is two fingers of foamy white head and some nice lacing left on the glass.

The smell is hoppy with a pine aroma that is clean and not hassled by other aromas getting the way. There is some bright citrus aroma here that comes out at the nose opens up some. Some teases of grapefruit and lemony aroma comes out and calms the nerves with a soft fruitiness.

The taste is fruity at first but pulls back to let some dry bitterness kick in and take over for most of the way through the first sip. The grapefruit that’s present comes out in the second and third sip and is just the right amount of sweet before bitterness washes up towards the end. There is some nice earthy flavor here too that is a little vegetable and a little flowery at the end.

The feel of this beer is smooth and has a really nice drinkable feel that goes down easy. There is a bit of bitterness at first but once it comes it seems to let up a bit and get just a little bitter at the edges and the true flavor comes out. A really great beer. (1,175 characters)

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
3.82/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 fl oz bottle sealed with Jacks Abbey pressure cap.

poured into HF wine stem.

Appearance: Hazy and glowing straw bodied beer. 3 fingers tall white head with long lasting retention. Slowly drops down to a thick cap and leaves moderate lacing all over the glass.

Smell: bready malts, honey, and lager yeast.

Taste: moderate bitterness and bready malts to balance out the bitterness. Lager yeast is fairly potent as well. Grassy hops and slightly floral.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation levels. Carbonation is creamy and the beer is a very smooth drinker. Bot a little bit of a booze bite to it as well.

Overall: Not much complexity from the hop profile and the hops also taste as if they maybe on the borderline of being stale. Will have to revisit a bottle of this when I can verify freshness of the beer. (838 characters)

Photo of Beglane
4.4/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Picked up a 4 pack dated 3-17-15. Pours a clear straw color with lots of carbonation. Not a lot of smell other than yeast and grains. But the taste more than makes up for the lack of smell, super clean with a smooth mouth feel, and at 8% ABV, it's perfect. Me likes a lot! Keep up the good work Jacks Abby! (306 characters)

Photo of wedge
4.28/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

MFG 03/17/2015

Shining brass topped with a thick layer of white froth that leaves some nice lacing. Deep, dank, peppery fresh hop smells. Sticky pine resin, dried herbs, pineapple, melons, straw, and crackers. Big, bright, oily hop flavor...spicy and herbal, pulpy grapefruit, sap, and cannabis. Big and brash, dripping with vibrant hop goodness. I was worried this would be sweet and heavy, but it stays crisp and very drinkable for 8%. Very good stuff. (460 characters)

Photo of 57md
3.94/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a light straw color with less than a finger of head. The nose was hoppy. Hearty body relative to the style. Hoppy finish but not overly hoppy. (152 characters)

Photo of Tucquan
4.18/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this on 2015-04-10 in Lancaster, PA at The Fridge on tap.

A - Clear orange with a 1-finger white head and very nice lace.

S - Lots of bready Pilsner aroma with some grassy spice and a real healthy wallop of fresh hop bud.

T - Toasted white bread, pine, grapefruit flesh, earthy spice, pepper, dank and plenty of lingering bitterness with some moderating fruit/bread sweetness.

M - Medium-heavy body and light-medium carbonation. Very substantial and resinous.

O - An amped up hoppy Imperial Pilsner for sure. The hops taste very fresh. A tasty brew but too dank for what I'm looking for in an Imperial Pilsner. (624 characters)

Photo of justintcoons
4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle poured into a pub-style pint glass.

Hazy golden-yellow with 1 finger of creamy white head. Light carbonation.

Dank greens, wintergreen, pine sap, mint, passion fruit, candied papaya, and Juicy Fruit® gum.

Juicy Fruit® gum, wintergreen, dank greens, and pine sap. Lighter notes of candied orange, passion fruit, and papaya. Finishes with pine needles, perfumy florals, grapefruit zest, and onion. Has just enough bitterness to let you know it means business.

Medium-plus bodied, oily, crisp, and off-dry with a moderate bitterness.

Bright, dank, and floral. Moderately bitter and aggressive yet refined and damn tasty. (677 characters)

Photo of datalager
4.48/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Was at the local pub tonight, ordered this on draft. SHWEEET!!! I had no idea what I was ordering, except that I generally like all of Jack's Abbey brews. Holy cow it was good. I have to say I've never seen a beer that looks like this. Pineapple yellow, and murky as f**k. Small white head that leaves decent lacing. Smells of strong, sweet and bitter hops. Wonderful citrusy pineapple favors with sharp evergreen aftertaste. Strong. Good. Will definitely seek this out again. (476 characters)

Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From BeerAdvocate Magazine #80 (Sep 2013):

Whoa, Mamma—you may want to sit down before you take the first sip, as the epicness hits you that hard. “Limited anniversary beer” ... say it’s not so! Really, guys, bring it back or just brew this every year at least. Reminder: This is a lager, and Jack’s Abby is redefining the way people should think about our bottom-fermenting friends.

STYLE: Double India Pale Lager
ABV: 8.0%

LOOK: Lasting head, bubbly hazed golden color

SMELL: Fresh orange zest, pine, faint tobacco, hint of alcohol, spicy, slightly dank

TASTE: Hop forward, pungent, smooth, medium body, aggressive bitterness, grapefruit rind, peppery, warming, faint nuttiness, underlying breadiness, pithy, fresh-cut grass, herbal, juicy; drying, bitter finish (801 characters)

Photo of HopBomb515
4.05/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Deep golden color with an off white head that builds thick and laces great. Smell is of biscuit, citrus pulp and zest. Great aroma but a bit subdued. Taste is light biscuit backbone carrying great citrus zesty flavors. Crisp feel with an initial zip that breaks and goes creamy on the palate. Great beer, very drinkable at 8% and great flavor. (348 characters)

Photo of stonermouse
4.39/5  rDev +4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Sam Adams glass.

Pours yellow and hazy. Decent lacing, thin head.

Fruity aroma, pretty potent too, but doesn't smell too harsh.

Unique profile for sure. It has a sweet, creamy taste and feel. Combined with the fruity hop profile, it's a bit reminiscent of a sherbet. That's the first time I've made that comparison to a beer, so this is definitely one of a kind.

Smooth and creamy feel, very interesting stuff. (437 characters)

Photo of atone315
4.18/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A little too sweet for me but otherwise a fantastic beer. Would love to try this on a hot summer morning next to a nice, spicy bloody mary. Jack's Abby continues to amaze me with what they can do with their Lagers, try this one without hesitation. (247 characters)

Photo of SomethingClever
4.36/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

12 oz can poured into Can glass

A: Dirty hazy straw colored soft pour very little head

S: pineapple candy

T: very fruity with a nice amount of malts wash over your tastes giving it a little bit of a sour taste lot of that nice lager taste without the Caramel or toffees and nice like stone fruit taste to it

M: very creamy very nice

O: very good beer they make hoppy lagers like nobodies business I wonder what one of their straight up IPAs would be like. Fantastically fruity and great mouth feel (506 characters)

Photo of Beric
4.16/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Serving: Bottle into pint
Served: 14 Feb 2015

Appearance: Wow does this beer look great. Deep gold color with a foamy one finger head that leaves incredible lacing all the way through. Really an incredible looking beer.

Smell: Lots of big hoppy notes- citrus and pine are the two biggest ones I can identify. Little to no lager biscuitiness or anything in the nose.

Taste: Smooth and crisp, as one would expect from a lager, though not as clean as a traditional one. Malts seem to be improved by the lager yeast and lagering over a DIPA- they are a bit sharper, cleaner, and crisper, which I think lets the hops sit on top of the beer rather than feeling saturated with cloying sweetness like many DIPAs.

Feel: Medium-high to high body with a distinct crispiness.

Overall: A great beer, and probably my favorite from Jack's Abby so far. Really like how the lager yeast and lagering affected the DIPA flavors and made a crisper, cleaner but still massively hoppy beer. (972 characters)

Photo of superspak
4.16/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got in a BIF from ZebraCakez. 12 ounce bottle into lager glass; bottle dating is worn off. Pours hazy deep golden color with a 1-2 finger dense and rocky white head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Nice dense soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of big lemon zest, orange peel, grapefruit, citrus rind, pine, herbal, floral, grass, cracker, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great complexity and balance of bright citrus/pine hops and light-moderate pale malt notes; with good strength. Taste of big grapefruit, lemon zest, orange peel, citrus rind, pine, herbal, floral, grass, cracker, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Good amount of pine/citrus rind bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, lemon/orange zest, citrus rind, pine, cracker, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice complexity and balance of bright citrus/pine hops and light-moderate pale malt flavors; with a great bitterness/sweetness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Very clean on lager flavors with zero yeast ester notes present. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, crisp, and fairly sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very excellent IPL style. All around great complexity and balance of bright citrus/pine hops and light-moderate pale malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering. (1,620 characters)

Photo of TheElectricOne
4.07/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured from a bottle purchased from the brewery. Hazy golden-yellow; a thick, billowy head with spotty lacing as it was drunk. Visible carbonation, with bubbles continuously forming.

Aroma: One of the most pungent pilsners I've tried, smelling strongly of tropical fruit, but also piney hops. Breadiness is also evident.

Taste: A distinctive layering of flavors comes through; first breadiness and crispness, and then as the beer finishes, piney, resiny hops and a tropical finish. Delicious, and not a hint of the 8% ABV.

Mouthfeel: Sticky and resinous like a potent IPA, but crisp on the lips like a lager. Pleasant.

Overall: A delicious, sessionable lager that sneaks in fantastic hop flavor and relatively high alcohol content. I'd drink this any day of the week. (783 characters)

Photo of PintOh1759
4.46/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This is what an IPL is supposed to be, this is the king of IPL's. No other comes close to this in Aroma, taste, look and feel, it gives you all the amazing characteristics of a world class IPA but with the lightness and stunning crystal clear picture perfect quality of a pilsner. If you can get a hold of this beer do so. (322 characters)

Photo of breadwinner
3.71/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

It's a step up from the harsh imbalance of Kiwi, but I still think it doesn't work as well as Hoponious. The lager yeast/heavy hopping combo creates a shrill effect. Losing hold of the malt character isn't super surprising for the style, but without it here the shrillness is especially stark. Wouldn't reach for this, deferring instead to the aforementioned Hoponious or another more balanced option from JA. (409 characters)

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Mass Rising from Jack's Abby Brewing
93 out of 100 based on 171 ratings.