Mass Rising - Jack's Abby Brewing

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Ratings: 1,335
Reviews: 186
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 8%
Wants: 77
Gots: 181 | FT: 12
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.'
IBUs 100 IBU
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Photo of tectactoe
3.93/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Thanks to Jeff for splitting the Jack's Abby goodies. The 2nd Anniversary Lager pours out like liquid sunshine; golden yellow with a moderate haze that swims throughout the entire body. Surprised by the lack of clarity, but it still looks decent enough. A soapy, beaming white head rises up and only take a few moments to gather into a thick collar and thin ring on top of the pale brew.

As expected, based on the description as well as their regular IPL, the aroma is filled with pines and peppery spice. There's some pretty dank hoppage going on, and even a mild cat urine aroma that's floating about. I'm thinking Simcoe and/or Summit are being used somewhere in here. White pepper covered white grapefruit peels (wut) with mild orange and other, more nebulous notes of bitter citrus. Nothing in the aroma notes at much lager yeast or even malt. This bad boy is all about the hops, through and through.

Resinous and full of pine is the first sip with a tongue clenching bitterness that strikes immediately and takes its time mellowing out into a much softer, underlying, bread malt sweetness. When the raw, oily hop flavors start to fade, they also begin to reveal their fruitier side - citrus, grapefruit, orange, more on the bitter side still, but a touch of juicy flesh is hidden in there somewhere. As mentioned previously, cracker malt is notable in the finish.

So far, it seems like a hoppy lager that might as well be an ale, since the only real tell that this is a lager is the crisp and dry finish. Carbonated well, thin bodied, and super clean after each sip, though the initial look might not hint at that exactly. I wish for a little more taste from the yeast itself, or perhaps even a stronger, bready malt presence from start to finish, though the beer is still pretty nice if your goal is to have something indefinitely hoppy.

I've enjoyed the three Jack's Abby lagers I've had up to this point in my beer drinking career, although I've gotta say that many of them could probably pass for ales. They've all got a nice, crisp, clean finish, but I've seen similar palatable qualities achieved with ale yeast, or at least close enough to not require extended and cooler fermentation. In any case, another good brew, though I prefer the less aggressive, more drinkable Hoponius Union.

Photo of ExtraStout
3.94/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. poured into a pint tumbler. Big creamy 1 finger head, lots of lacing, crystal clear pale yellow golden color. Nose had fresh hops, resins, hops oils, bit musty, some fresh citrus fruit and grapefruit, almost no lager or malts.

Taste explodes with fresh citrus hops, grapefruit and tropical fruits, light hop resins and musty fresh hop oils, a bit oily, then some light lager fruits and light pale malts, some sweet toasty malts. Light sweet honey like flavor. The it gets very bitter and slightly astringent, the hops way overpower the lager flavors and gets a bit overly on the finish, dry and very bitter finish with lingering fresh hops and citrus, light pine as well, and has a sticky almost creamy feel.

I'm an IPA guy, not a Lager guy, but bumping the IBU's to 100 seemed to kind of work. I would choose this over many standard IPA's out there but prefer the 65 IBU's of their Hoponius Union over this. The beers seemed identical with welcomed less bitterness at 65 IBU.

Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
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%
AVAILABILITY: Limited

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

Photo of Billolick
3.94/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

Photo of tigg924
3.83/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: bright yellow in color, 1 inch head, clear, moderate carbonation

Smell: pine and citrus hops

Taste: pine and citrus hops, rind, and light toasted malt

Mouthfeel: medium bodied, moderate carbonation, sweet start with a big bitter middle and a less bitter end, dry

Overall: 100 IBUs and showing it. This will not disappoint those who love hop bombs. Much like the rest of Jack's Abbey's brews, it is very clean. Nice beer, but one is good enough for me.

Photo of PSU_Mike
4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle poured into a snifter. It pours a slightly hazy dark straw color with a big white head. The head lingers for a bit and leaves nice lacing down the side of the glass before dissipating slowly. The nose is a little lemony with notes of grass and grapefruit. The taste is a little more herbal and grassy than I anticipated but the citrus notes still dominate the palate. Lemon and grapefruit come through the strongest. Light bodied and clean on the finish.

A great IPL that I would love to have regular access to.

Photo of GOBLIN
3.97/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Jacks Abby Mass Rising

Big thanks to Pisano for this one !

Poured into pint glass

A: Hazy straw color topped off with a huge white frothy head.

S: Lemon, grass . . . That's about all I'm getting.

T: Pretty tasty and refreshing.

M: Crisp.

O: A nice refreshing beer for being 8%

Photo of JerryG
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

This is a mix between a double IPA hoppiness combined with a double lager/pilsner body. very drinkable beer good hop nose.

Photo of CloudStrife
4.31/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Supposedly from a case dated 4 days ago.

A: Pours a mostly clear golden amber with a white head sitting on top. Can see some visible carbonation. Leaves some nice lacing on the glass.

S: Real intense hop aroma on this one. Loads of citrus fruitiness dominate the forefront. Good earthy characteristics as well. Sweetness from the malts comes through in the backend.

T: Now this is a bitter lager with excellent hop flavor. Loads of grapefruit with a touch of spice and pine. Toasty lager notes are a great compliment and keep this thing light. Very refreshing brew.

M: Medium body with average carbonation. Remains crisp for the level of hops in here. Easy drinking considering the ABV.

Overall I'm lovin it. Fresh hop flavor with a rich lager backbone. Give this one a shot.

Photo of Guess2814
4.47/5  rDev +5.2%

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..

Photo of brother_rebus
3.21/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Its young nephew Hoponius does quite well for himself. He obviously doesnt take after uncle Mass Rising. Also, ABV isnt anywhere on the bottle.

Photo of SomethingClever
4.36/5  rDev +2.6%
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

Photo of socon67
4/5  rDev -5.9%

Dark golden pour. Very strong citrus flavors. Crisp feel and finish. Foam retention on this one was impressive. Visible carbonation.

Jack's Abbey clearly knows their lagers and this is a good example of an extreme lager. Very solid offering.

Photo of Hopdaemon39
4.59/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a nonic tumbler from a bottle- pours a bright golden orange color, clear, visibly effervescent, an abundance of foamy off-white head, great retention and nice streaks of lacing. Beautiful.

Smell is mild but enticing- definitely get a good dose of pine resin and faint traces of pilsner malt and yeast.

Taste is excellent- very hoppy yet incredibly well balanced with malt and yeast flavors. Super drinkable, even at 8 percent. Pine resin up front, followed by orange citrusy hops, then a mixture of malt sweetness and yeast fighting with the hops and it finishes unsettled, leaving a long, very enjoyable aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is really awesome also- medium body, well carbonated, a good dose of resin but not too sticky. Only reason I didn't give a five on mouthfeel was because it's perhaps a tad bit too sticky for my taste but it's really an exceptional brew. Go get it!

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.28/5  rDev -22.8%
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.

Photo of Chuck_IPA_Mathus
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

great everyday IPL.. Jacks abbey has solidified their spot at the top of IPL makers. Creamy first sip as the head dissolves. nice lacing on glass. Hoppy experience througout

Photo of breadwinner
3.71/5  rDev -12.7%
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.

Photo of ChrisL24481
4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - Poured a frothy, two finger width, white head. Clear golden straw color. Some carbonation can be seen climbing up the beer. Some lacing is retained along the side of the glass.

Aroma - Piney, citrus fruit flavored from the hops. Some lemon zest along with the malts in the background.

Taste - Slight citrus fruits up front followed by some piney hop flavors plus a touch of malts.

Mouthfeel - Light carbonation, smooth and clean with piney hop bitterness on the finish.

Overall - Another great hoppy lager from Jack's Abby which is becoming one of my local favorites.

Photo of tkelley
4/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

Photo of PintOh1759
4.46/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

Photo of Treyliff
4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A- pours a clear bright golden color with a creamy one-finger head that retains nicely, leaving some nice lace behind

S- spicy hop aroma with some grassy and herbal notes, hints of lemon peel, yeasty, slightly bready malt

T- spicy saaz like hop flavor up front with some grassy and citrus notes, spicy herbal notes transfer into bready malt flavor, dry finish with more grassy notes on the linger

M- medium body and carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel and a creamy almost chewy dry finish

O- fresh and hoppy, with the drink ability of a lager, another winner

Photo of puboflyons
4.65/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

From the 26 fl. oz. bottle. June 2013 batch. Sampled on Labor Day 2013.

It has a cloudy pale yellow pour with a big fluffy white head that lingers and laces through the end.

The aroma is something else. Even three feet away from my nose I pick up the pine , resin, and floral hops - eve more so up close. Some roasted biscuit malts but a world of spruce and citrus.

The body is full.

The taste begins with a biscuit maltiness and then becomes rich with floral and pine hops, citrus but more specifically grapefruit and tangerine, and a long lasting bitter finale. An amazing beer and I'm glad I got to celebrate Jack's Abby's second anniversary with this one.

Photo of twillingthenoz
4.03/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L - poured into tulip glass. Hazy golden yet not super cloudy. Thick head on the initial pour, dissipated a bit. Lacing sticks around.

S - I'm picking up on malts here - bready I'd say. Not a big hop aroma.

T - smooth. bready. hoppy yes. floral too.

F - light carbonation

Photo of TWStandley
4.49/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the growler into a St. Bernardus chalice.

Appeared a golden/pale yellow color with a thick, frothy perfect white head.

Smelled like, well, hops. Lots of juice in this one. Citrus, Pine, Grapefruit, and Lemons. Slight tartness in the nose.

Taste is delicious. Definitely bitter but refreshing none-the-less. Taste closely mirrored the nose, and again, there is some tartness in their that I can't quite describe.

Mouth-feel is pretty much spot on for the style, though would like a bit less carbonation (might be a symptom of drinking a fresh growler but not sure).

Overall, loved it. Another delicious DIPL from JA. I definitely prefer Kiwi Rising to Mass Rising but this is still one delicious brew.

Warning - the alcohol is well hidden on this one. I found myself getting a bit sloppy half way through the growler without even realizing it. Whoops.

Photo of npcampbell
4.24/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bloody well done. Good nose but better taste. Hoppy and smooth.

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Mass Rising from Jack's Abby Brewing
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