Mass Rising - Jack's Abby Brewing

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Ratings: 1,335
Reviews: 186
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 8%
Wants: 77
Gots: 182 | 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 jcipa88
4.48/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Mass Rising in a growlers from the brewery or having at the Brewery in Framingham, MA.
Very nice!

Photo of Duhast500
4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
3.82/5  rDev -10.1%
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.

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.

Photo of Beglane
4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
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!

Photo of wedge
4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

Photo of 57md
3.94/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Straw in color. Hoppy nose. Hearty body relative to the style. Hoppy finish but not overly hoppy.

Photo of Raziel313
2.92/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Very average. Bad after taste

Photo of 50marathons
4.26/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Very good beer. I have enjoyed a few beers from this brewery so far. I like what they are doing with their lagers.

Photo of Tucquan
4.18/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

Photo of justintcoons
4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

Photo of SlothB77
4.17/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

a little overly carbonated, otherwise very solid and full of flavor.

Photo of RobAM
4.08/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very good lager with a hop twist. It will change the way you think about lager beer.

Photo of datalager
4.48/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

Photo of NJBeer265
4.24/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pineapple aroma. Huge citrus punch and a bitter pine finish.

Photo of Chestmcn
5/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is the best IPL hands down!

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%

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 HopBomb515
4.05/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

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

Almost a wheat-ipa. Had the hops I love but had a drop of lemon similar to a wheat beer on the back of the tongue.

Photo of InkedinRi
4.26/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Very nice IPL, hoppy, with the perfect malt for the balance!

Photo of stonermouse
4.39/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

Photo of atone315
4.18/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

Photo of Movember5
2.65/5  rDev -37.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Eh. I guess I don't like lagers

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 Beric
4.16/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

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Mass Rising from Jack's Abby Brewing
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