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Mass Rising - Jack's Abby Brewing

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Ratings: 536
Reviews: 68
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 7.48%

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:
This beer is based off of the recipe for the 2nd Anniversary Lager. Hop variety percentages have been adjusted. It is not the same beer.

100 IBU

(Beer added by: rudzud on 09-07-2013)
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Photo of pmlondrigan

New York

3.83/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hazy opaque yellowish golden colored beer. Judging this as a lager, should be clearer. Egg whites is what the head looks like, not tight carbonation but pretty. Plenty of lacing. Aroma is big, pine, lemon pinesol, pithy citrus. What more can be said? The aroma blasts out of the glass and is the strongest aspect of this beer. Tastes good! Hoppy in the citrus and pine variety way with a slight grassy quality married with hidden sulfur. Clean malt profile, the hops lead the way. Somewhat one dimensional in taste and a slight let down. Medium bodied, medium carbonation, medium all the way around in the mouthfeel category. Clean, clean finish, slight bitter hop, but with the clean palate expected of a lagered beer. The finish is another strong aspect of this beer. It's good, period.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2014 01:28:17 | More by pmlondrigan
Photo of threeviews

New Jersey

4.68/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 12oz bottle with no bottled on date (but purchased at the brewery, so I'm assuming it is fresh) into a Jack's Abby branded 10oz snifter...with the bottle still at a 90 degree angle, the remainder is decanted into a 4oz Libbey snifter.

A- The initial, conservative pour (into aforementioned glass) reveals an absolutely beautiful yellow brew with about 1/2-finger's worth of a white, soapy head. The residual pour takes with it a significant amount of yeast from the bottom of the bottle (thank you, bottle conditioning). As such, my comments will only concern the pour into the larger vessel. (5.0)

S- The nose is bright and intensely aromatic! Pine, white grapefruit rind, lemon/lime citrus and lycee fruits are immediate. Digging a bit deeper reveals some of the grassy/floral/spicy notes that usually accompany a lager...for a hophead (like myself), this is nothing short of impressive (5.0)

T- The hops found in the aroma remain the star of the show on the palate. Being (for a lager) a hefty 8.0% ABV, the malt supports the (calculated) 100 IBU's just enough to keep it from being astringent, but the bitterness dominates. A sweet, crackery malt hits the palate first, but quickly succumbs to a tidal wave of citrus hops. The finish is an extremely dry and piney hop bitterness...perhaps a bit too dry for my liking. Although Mass Rising is quite simple on the palate, the hopping is quite intense and aggressive. This notion is further accentuated by the clean/crisp flavors imparted by the lager yeast which really helps accentuate the hop flavors. (4.5)

M- Although light compared to ales of this strength, there is a noticeable body to this beer. As a result, I would rank it is being on the heavier side of light. If you said I was drinking a "session IPA" (my jury is still out on that concept), I might very well believe you until the 2nd or 3rd bottle! Slightly higher carbonation than an ale-fermented IPA of this strength, but nothing over-the-top...2.56vols, perhaps? (4.5)

O- This is one serious DIPL...the L only for the fact that it is fermented with Lager Yeast. However, this is nothing but a tried-and true DIPA in all aspects. Jack's Abby continues to break the barriers and twist our (yes...us, the craft beer aficionados) definition of the 'L' word that we so (up until now...) herald as the bane of our existence. However, we should release those shackles and rejoice in the beauty of what our bottom-fermenting microorganisms can achieve with proper care...and proper hopping! (4.75)

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2014 00:58:39 | More by threeviews
Photo of SportsandJorts


4.13/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: a bright golden orange color. A little cloudy but mostly clear. A finger of a white head that fades slowly and leaves a sticky lacing on the top and sides.

Smell:citrus and some piney hops. Sweet and slightly bready malts. And some clean lager yeast

Taste: opens up with citrus hops. Followed by some sweet malts, maybe some pils or carapils malts and something a little bready. Ends agains with hops. This time a slightly piney herbal note. Clean lager yeast through out

Mouthfeel: refreshing. Easily drinkable for the higher alcohol. Some bitterness but I think a lot of it is cut out by the cleanness of the yeast

Overall: a good ipl. Good hop character and good clean feel. Very refreshing and drinkable. Can't wait to try more of the great lagers from their line up.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2014 00:08:11 | More by SportsandJorts
Photo of sprat1960


4.35/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Beautiful golden color Slightly cloudy, as unfiltered. Huge head when poured; with head that lasted the entire time I was drinking the beer. Not much of a smell. Delicious taste; perfect amount of hops, bitterness and nice light carbonation. Nice body - not too heavy and not thin. Great drinking beer. Would be great with a light meal, pizza or Italian.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2014 00:45:18 | More by sprat1960
Photo of gonzo000


4.13/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

a. Head for days. 3+ finger head that lasted and lasted. Looked like marshmallow fluff after a few sips. Thick patches of lacing last from the top of the glass down to the bottom.

s. Not much of an aroma. Hops, pine. Nothing distinctive.

t. Smooth. Controlled bitterness. Pine, grapefruit, hops. Bitter finish is just right.

m. Carbonated beautifully. You can see carbonation being released well into the last quarter of the beer. Head is still there as well. Still one finger.

o. Excellent beer from an excellent brewery.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2014 21:35:36 | More by gonzo000
Photo of cpetrone84


4.1/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pour is hazed golden yellow with a tight white head. Nose has a light touch of grain and an appealing citrus and grapefruit hop balance. Taste is similar, very nicely done. Light grain and a hint of earthy malt. Hops aren't overly strong but take center state, soft grapefruit with notes of sweet orange rind. Body is light and very well carbonated with a softer feel through the finish. Not super bright but good stuff!

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2014 19:30:03 | More by cpetrone84
Photo of rawfish


4.11/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Pours straw colored, hazy with a tight wad of foam that quickly rises to peek out of the glass at 3 fingers. Retention is quite amazing as is the lacing that creates plentiful pattern on the glass.

Cracker-like pilsner malt, grain husks and doughy lager yeast. Hops are bright and airy, dried grasses, citrus grove and floral lemony herbs.

Clean, white bread and crackers lifts from the palate as soon as the hops hit. Fresh cut herbs, hay and lemon zest, very bright and spicy near the finish. Medium bitterness provides a cleansing across the palate. Well hidden alcohol and lingering straw and lemon, gets a bit acidic and refreshing as well.

Medium bodied, tight carbonation keeps the brightness of this brew. Pretty clean and drying, remarkable how the high alcohol is kept hidden.

Quality lager and one of the mainstays when one thinks of an 'IPL'. First venture into Jack's Abbey and I hope not the last

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2014 06:51:16 | More by rawfish
Photo of WunderLlama


4.26/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle poured into tulip glass

Golden yellow, not perfectly clear, translucent, multiple streams of carbonation, big, fluffy, foamy head, settles into dense white foam cap with good lacings.

Aroma of tropical fruits, pineapple, mango, pine

Pine bitterness on the tip of the tongue, crisp, clean, bitterness on the back of the tongue. Bitterness on the after taste. Double IPL with 100 ibu's.

Good carbonation in the mouth.

Very good iPa. I really like the beers that Jacks abbey is bringing to market. Another great lager.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2014 02:04:27 | More by WunderLlama
Photo of Guess2814


4.38/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer has won me over ... When I first had this beer I didn't put this beer up there with Kiwi Rising BUT I put them both right up there with each other.. Mass Rising has a nice strong hoppy smell to it... Very distinct taste and smell.. Such a great beer..

Serving type: on-tap

03-31-2014 19:14:42 | More by Guess2814
Photo of hillvt4me


4.3/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz to pilsner glass

A- light yellow, visible carbonation moderate snow white foam head

S- tropical fruit perhaps mango, pineapple and some pine and malt notes.

T- crisp tropical fruit pineapple and grapefruit; dense lemon-pine and grain backbone.

M- light feel, moderate carbonation and bitter

O- spectacular IPL, lots of crisp hops and balanced. Impressed and slightly caught off guard.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2014 22:10:42 | More by hillvt4me
Photo of PicoPapa


4.2/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle. Pours a murky dirty yellow color with an inch plus of chunky thick head. Some lacing. Citrus hop aroma. Tangerine, light grapefruit, lemon and some sourness. The taste is much like the aroma. Tangerine, mango and lemon. Hints of sweet grapefruit and sweet malt. Nice mix of bitter hops with some sour notes. Very drinkable with a mild alcohol presence considering the ABV. Heavy mouthfeel with a lot of carbonation. Overall, a fantastic hoppy Imperial India Pale Lager I will be buying again.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2014 01:38:25 | More by PicoPapa
Photo of gabedivision

New York

4.13/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz to pilsner glass

A- golden yellow, slight haze, visible carbonation, fluffy 1 finger head

S- citrus hops all day, mango, pineapple, lychee, lemon, tamed grapefruit, grainy malt

T- mango, pineapple, peach, biscuity grain, white grape, finishes slightly bitter lemon peel

M- light, high carb, grainy, juicy, bitter

O- great ipl, lots of hops, zero booze detected. Another home run for jacks abby

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2014 22:13:08 | More by gabedivision
Photo of Brad007


3.56/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Somehow, I missed this when I first starting purchasing Jack's Abby products.

Pours a yellowish-blond color with a thick, frothy white head into my glass.

Lots of pine and perhaps citrus notes in the nose. Crisp and malty. At 8%, it's not something to laugh at.

Pine and grapefruit upfront, followed by sweet, biscuity malt.

If you'll notice, the texture of the beer changes towards the back of the throat. After swallowing, there's a good dose of alcohol heat.

A delicious take on a double pilsner. To make this beer REALLY stand out, I'd love to see a continuation of the texture, which was "pillowy" before the alcohol heat kicked in.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2014 22:13:04 | More by Brad007
Photo of joe1510


3.78/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz Bottle

A big thanks to Mark for surprising me with this bottle! Mass Rising glugs from the bottle to glass straw golden but when filling a larger area takes a peach hue with moderate lace. A big, billowing, purely white head grows to two fingers in height and as it recedes looks like someone jammed cotton balls in the glass. Impressive webbed lacing coats the glass.

A hefty dose of pilsner malt has wrapped itself around handfuls of American hops. The pilsner malt is fairly sweet with cereal graininess. A touch of clean booze in the middle actually sharpens up the hop fruitiness nicely. Tangerine, a touch of grapefruit, a squeeze of berries, and orange marmalade all play their role.

Citrus hits immediately. Orange and grapefruit lead the way, both pithy and sweet. Mid palate that sweet pilsner malt stands up while a touch of tangerine pushes through. The grapefruit adds a nice kick of lingering bitterness on the swallow. The best part of this beer is the swallow. Slightly sweet pilsner malt combines with the pithy citrus bitterness to produce a bright, flavorful finish.

Sweetness tends to linger on the palate. There's a nice frothiness to the larger than moderate body that cuts through a touch of the sweetness. Bitterness is moderate and lingers long after each sip. A soft, clean alcohol dryness cleans up the finish eventually.

Mass Rising is a solid beer. The sweetness is a little higher than I'd like but besides that it's an interesting combination of robust pilsner and heavy hopping. I would happily give a couple more of these a try in the future. Thanks again, Mark!

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2014 02:30:19 | More by joe1510
Photo of stephenjmoore


3.96/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Folden/orange body with a huge foamy white head. Tons of sticky lacing all over the glass. Body lets some light through but is pretty hazy.

S- Lots of toasted malts, hints of piney and citrusy hops.

T- Similar to the aroma, big toasty malts, hops come through, but not as hop-forward as would have expected. Bitterness is there, but not the big hop flavor.

M- Very drinkable for the abv, medium bodied, medium carbonation.

O- This is a pretty good beer, but I think the single IPL is way better than the double.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2014 22:52:32 | More by stephenjmoore
Photo of jwchestnut


4.23/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy straw, yellow orange-ish color, with a compact white head of medium bubbles. The smell is dominated by the hops - a mix of citrus fruit notes - grapefruit rind, lemon, some lime, orange rind. There are also some hints of pine. Smells like a west coast IPA to me. Taste follows the smell though there is a strong, sweet, malty base to the beer that has strong honey-like qualities. I picked up on more lemon than I had expected though grapefruit rind dominated. A little pepper at the close, which I think comes from the lager yeast - finishes dry and pleasant. The mouthfeel is pretty big and smooth for the style though there is medium carbonation. As with everything else I've had from Jack's Abby I really quite enjoyed this.

Serving type: on-tap

03-11-2014 14:31:11 | More by jwchestnut
Photo of CTbrew32


4.78/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

WOW. Just an absolutely amazing beer. Starting off with the nose there is big hop citrus aroma that transitions right into the taste. The taste and feel of this feel are an awesome combo. Taste consists of big citrus flavors , a slight bit of grapefuit, and a nice pilsner malt backbone. The lager aspect gives this beer a smooth, crisp taste that makes this extremely drinakble compared to the typical dipa, and I usually think dipas are fairly smooth. This is one of the first "big beers" that I would deem as dangerously drinkable as it drinks like a 5-6 percent lager. The amazing citrus hop taste and smoothness of this beer has instantly made this one my favorites. It came highly regarded by a beer shop owner and it did not fail to live up to the hype. Cannot wait to try more of jacks abby beers. Note: Reminded me of hop ranch except a hell of a lot better.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2014 02:28:32 | More by CTbrew32
Photo of cavedave

New York

4.28/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a light gold/dark straw, just a bit of fine yeast cloudiness, three fingers of puffy white head, and ridiculous wallpaper lace on the glass that lasts.

Medium strength bouquet, but oh what an aroma! Just a hint of lager yeast tart to be found here, but it wraps around the aromas sweet grapefruit and pith, lemony goodness, and lime that is just a wonder here. Salivary glands activate from this relentless enticement.

Taste doesn't disappoint,nicely full flavor, with more of the pith bitter backing coming into the picture, carrying all the scents of the bouquet, with somewhat less sweet than expected. Sip ends with the herbal bitter and citrus pith winning the day.

Easy drinking, and refreshing, despite it being quite viscous and coating. The flavors are framed well by this, along with some higher than usual carbonation that also suits. Finish is dry, clean, and creates desire for next sip.

Just a great beer. Jack's Abby proves that bottom ferment can do just as well what top ferment can do. Highest recommendation, better than their Flagship Hoponius Union.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2014 22:57:08 | More by cavedave
Photo of smcolw


3.85/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Small but lasting head that leaves rings of lace after each sip. The color is dirty gold with a bit of a haze.

Mild smell. I didn't detect the bittering hop I was about to taste. What I did smell was quite floral with a bit of pale malted barley present. Unusually, the smell intensifies as I drink the beer.

This is a hop bomb with plenty of grapefruit rind style bitterness. There's seemingly no malt base. The swallow is lip puckeringly bitter, giving this beer a very long aftertaste. The body is heavy for a pilsner but the higher combination makes it feel appropriate.

Serving type: on-tap

03-09-2014 16:11:23 | More by smcolw
Photo of tkelley


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

12 oz bottle loured into a tulip glass.

A - pillowy white head. Good lacing and retention. A little hazy in the body, which is a dark straw color.

N - wicked hoppy. Citrusy lemons.

T - very good. Surprisingly light for a high abv. Hops and citrus. A little boozy.

M - again, light and crisp.

O - excellent. Cheers.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2014 23:39:43 | More by tkelley
Photo of Lordquackingstic

New York

4.33/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Hazy straw yellow with a generous pillow of white head. Head stick to the glass like a mofo. Slight amount of sediment floating around. Looks delicious.

S: Lemongrass, pine resin, lime zest.

T: Follows the nose with big bursts of lemony goodness, pine needles, lime juice, hops soaked in honey.

M: Light-medium body with light carbonation. Hop bitterness is completely in check and only leaves a slight but pleasant hoppy bitterness that lingers.

O: I've yet to have a bad beer by these guys. I'm super impressed by each and every one of their offerings. They're the only brewery I buy every single new beer I see without hesitation because I know it's going to be good. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2014 16:34:28 | More by Lordquackingstic
Photo of donkeyrunner


4.34/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

JA is in danger of threatening Weyerbacher for worst labels. This beauty appears to be a play on the Boston tea party with miscreants (not dressed as Indians/Native Americans) emptying crates of hops overboard. 1. Why not just throw the whole crate overboard? 2. Why do they all have Elvis hair. 3. Why was this drawn by a 5 year old with colored pencils?

Runaway white head, it took me 3 pours to get it all in the glass. Settles into a chunky tuft that makes a foamy mess mess all over my glass. Hazy yeller.

"Supergrass" was my first olfactory impression. Grass, prickly agave and macerated peaches.

Peach ring hops with a peppery bitter. Malt does a nice job of support without getting in the way. Tongue smacking resin.

What JA lacks in bottle art they more than make up for in brewing chops. Mass Rising is good as the best stuff they've put out.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2014 22:06:42 | More by donkeyrunner
Photo of cosmicevan

New York

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

Really excited to see jack's abby brews showing up on some local shelves! Enjoyed from a jack's abby snifter.

Brew poured a transparent golden yellow, rich in color with a generous foamy head that had some staying power and coated the glass in a sea of tiny bubbles.

Nose is grainy, but smooth and fairly lush tropical.

Flavor is a really nice hop bouquet bursting with tropical fruitiness. Double imperial pale lager you say? I say DELICIOUS!

Smooth and dangerously sessionable.

Jack's abby has yet to disappoint. They brew drinkable and usually sessionable craft lagers. For someone who doesnt consider myself as a lager fan, i am a HUGE fan of what jacks abby is doing and suspect that this and others in the portfolio will be regulars in my fridge now that i can easily get them!

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2014 23:56:21 | More by cosmicevan
Photo of Alieniloquium


3.29/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Very pale yellow orange. Small white head. Medium collar.

Smell - Generic citrusy hops. Pilsner malt behind it. Doesn't smell like a whole lot.

Taste - Crisp citrus hop flavor. Aggressively bitter. Pilsner malt flavor. Grassy bitterness lingers in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium light body. Well carbonated. Very bitter.

Overall - The hop flavor isn't very distinct. The malt flavor is still interesting though.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2014 01:07:00 | More by Alieniloquium
Photo of Billolick

New York

3.95/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle. W/o freshness/bottling info that I can find.

Cloudy and straw hued. Near white cap that's sturdy and staying. Leaves ample low sheeting and plenty of bands and blobs of stick.

Grapefruit bomb of a nose.

Citric and hop forward Imperial lager. More grapefruit, lime and orange. Unflinchingly hoppy, crisp and quite enjoyable. Well worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2014 03:54:15 | More by Billolick
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Mass Rising from Jack's Abby Brewing
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