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Mass Rising | Jack's Abby Brewing

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Jack's Abby Brewing
Massachusetts, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial Pilsner

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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

Added by rudzud on 09-07-2013

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Reviews: 185 | Ratings: 1,457
Photo of StonedTrippin
3.89/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

i finally got my hands on one of these, although i must say, i think freshness may have been a slight issue with my sample. i know some lagers are meant to hold up better, especially big ones like this, but this is basically a lagered double ipa, and some hops have faded and changed i am pretty certain. not that old i cant imagine, but probably not exactly the beer thats earned it such impressive scores here. i love the look. big creamy white head on top of a slightly hazy pale yellow body. raw lager, i like that, kellerpils looking base. it smells well hoppy, and rather west coast at that for a beer from new england. the hops are oily and bigger on the citrus, but there has to be a number of varietals in here at once. the flavor is equally bold, hops all the way, with a bready bigger lager yeast, and a pils type malt that has more sweetness than anticipated, but that is perfectly in balance with the bitterness on the back end. harmony there for sure. the hops are somewhat more bitter than flavorful, suggesting my age skepticism, but it still really works. the alcohol strength of this beer is incredibly well hidden too, you would never know its as strong as it is. the feel is my favorite feature. its super frothy and creamy and soft, a character i dont often associate with lagers. i love the yeast, its neat to have that happening in a beer like this. overall this one is really tasty, but i would love to try it with confirmed freshness to compare. i think it would also be need to do a deconstructed version with all the individual hops in isolation. i havent seen a series of lagers do that yet, and these guys seem like the ones most suited to lead such an endeavor.

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4.6/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Exceptional offering ( among many) from Jack's Abby. White frothy head, exceptional lacing (this is fantastic) Powerful citrus flavor, wonderful hop/bright/clean smell is prevelant while drinking. Brassy/golden hue , wonderful looking beer. One of the finest IIPA available and widly accessable. Drinks smooth, far too easy for 8% . I enjoy this often as the brewry is local, in bottles or on [email protected] (nice new location) Cannot recommeded this highly enough.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
3.65/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Clear golden color with white head. Aroma is hoppy like an IPA but the malts resemble a Pilsener or Marzen beer. Taste starts balanced, hoppy with dank and overripe fruit notes, but also malty with honey and bread notes. Aftertaste is more bitter. The alcohol is also present but doesn't bother too much. A good combination between a lager and an IPA but it's not really a style I enjoy too much.

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Photo of HankSingle
4.82/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

When I talk to people about this beer, in my shop, I tend to lead by asking them if they smoke - I can't ever shake the sensation that this beer drinks a lot like eating a grapefruit and smoking a bowl; awesome, gushy fruits up front, roiling, dank greens all around, and Jack's traditionally silky, excellent mouthfeel. One of New England's great beers, and something any beer lover needs to chase down while they are in Massachusetts.

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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a foggy bright gold with a thick creamy off-white head. Smells of tropical pineapple citrus notes with some herbal grassy hops. The taste is a slight bitter spice kick, with a mellowed tropical fruit citrus flavor, and hints of herby grass in the aftertaste. Goes down smooth with the 8% being undetectable. Light-medium body, with decent carbonation that tingles on the tongue. The fruit notes range from pineapple, mango, papaya to even kiwi. Slightly sour but sweet, a little bitter spice, and juicy fruit notes. Not too bitter and very palatable. Overall a great Imperial IPL.

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Photo of Jerermy
4.78/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This one looks like honey in a glass. I can smell it as soon as I open the bottle, and I'm congested so that's saying something. Doesn't pair well with chicken, this will challenge your taste buds in the best way. This hits hard like the hop monsters that leaves your lips stuck together but the only residual I'm finding is a bitter touch lingering on the back of my tongue. It comes and goes finishing so clean it's startling. If any beer confirms the position of the IPL, it's this.

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Photo of ScaryEd
4.52/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy, golden-orange color with a 2 finger white head that leaves some decent lacing. The head refuses to go away.

The aroma is relatively malt forward, with hints of citrus and pine needles on the back end. A nice balance here.

The flavor is still malt-forward, but the tropical, citrusy hops are just as present. Very grassy and piney with just enough bitterness to balance out the sweet malt character.

The mouth is medium bodied with decent carbonation. Incredibly smooth and creamy with just a faint lingering bitterness on the end of each sip. Alcohol is almost non-existent.

Overall, an absolutely fantastic beer from Jack's Abbey. Great balance on both the nose and the flavor, and everything is held together by a nice, smooth body that hides the 8% abv extremely well. Very drinkable despite the ABV. I could drink this all day.

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Photo of TheBrewo
4.28/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew was served on tap at The Revelry in Rochester, New York. It arrive in a pair of house imperial pint glasses showing a dull, honey yellow coloring. It held a strong one finger head of freckled white foaminess that retained well. This left peanut sized chunks of lacing around our glasses as it faded at a slower pace. A mild chill haze was noted to be transient, but no sediment was found. Carbonation appeared to be moderate. The aroma was huge and powerful, boasting blossoming notes of spicy herbal and crispy citric hoppiness, cotton candy esters, waxy lemon balm, shaving salve, brand new plastic sheeting, metallic pilsner and toasty pale maltiness, poured brass, shaved oranges, light cloven phenols, forgotten books on a dusty shelf, dried and sugared pineapple slices, vinyl, and bacon fat. Life is breathed into this fantastic blend as it crashes across your palate like a stampede of horses, taking its form in the most massive, juicy citric and piney hops, hot booze, the dirtiest oaken mossiness, bitter watermelon rind, thick and sugar-laden juiciness of pineapple and mango, biting toasted pilsner and lightly cloying caramel grain, sticky doughiness, pine cone and acorn resins, gentle hay funkiness, acrylic paint, freshly picked oak leaves, and light cotton candy cloy. The aftertaste gives further shots of raw honeycomb, chlorine, orange peel, and floral scented waxiness. The body is fully full, and the carbonation is moderate in ferocity, but light to the touch. Each sip rides through with syrupy slurpiness and heavy, sticky smack and pop to the lips. Cream and froth are somewhat subdued due to aforementioned heaviness, but they aren’t greatly missed. The mouth is cooled and coated with a layer of hoppy oiliness, cut through only by intermittent streaks of boozy dryness. The abv is appropriate, and the beer drinks well.

Overall, what a great find. We had never been to The Revelry before, and seeing that we happened to be across the street getting some pictures framed, we decided to stop in afterwards to see what all the fuss was about. Good thing we did, because we stumbled across Mass Rising. Everything about it just oozes refinement and completeness. So much is packed into the nose it just reels you in from across the table. The flavoring acts beautifully as a direct extension of this, bringing each and every note alive with expertise. This is one of the juicer hop-forward style beers we’ve had in a long time. Our first encounter with Jack’s Abby was their Kiwi Rising, and despite that name (we know, they’re name for the origin of their hops and not the flavor profile), we got much, much more tropical fruitiness and juiciness out of this one. We keep coming back to the word “juicy”, but really, that is the best word for the job. It nicely sums up what this brew is all about. Next time we’re in the mood for a serious, heavy sipping, heavy hitting, and simply delicious beverage, we’ll reach for this guy again and again without question.

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Photo of JamesStreet
4.14/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a semi-hazy golden color with a solid one inch head. Very good retention and awesome amount of lacing.
Smells like very citrusy hops with some piney hops as well
Taste - Still upfront with the hops but with the addition of a boozy quality.
Feel is medium with a fair amount of carbonation
Pretty solid for an IPL. Very hoppy

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Photo of kjlcm
4.22/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A nice hazy golden color with moderate carbonation. Hoppy on the nose but more skunk than floral or citrus. In fact not crazy about the smell. The last is better than the smell, a nice hoppy bitterness that is quite ipa-ish for a lager. Overall I like it and at 8% it is quite drinkable.

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Photo of chicagoish
4.21/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hazy Light Copper. Lacy, Clinging Head. Floral Aroma. Fruity. Nice Bite. Medium Mouth feel. Great Beer. No evidence this is 8ABV. Very Good example of a Imperial Pilz

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Photo of smakawhat
4.43/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a Libbey style pilsner glass.

Deep apricot orange, slight haze, with nice slow rising streams of carbonation. Head is rocky and fluffy white, two fingers and big clumping retention. Laces like whipping cream. Great looking beer.

Very interesting nose, sweet malts of crisp toffee, hints of hop fruit forward nearly tropical and almost sticky orange qualities. Dense and thick fruit sweetness.

Palate sings nicely. Chewy and leafy hop body but much sweeter and very small bitterness. Almost candy Belgian like sweetness but far toned down in the mid palate. Juicy finish and hints of light syrup to go with it. Aromatics hop fruit on the swallow as well with some dense mouth feel.

A great impressive imperial pilsner, giving some real good fruit and malt character.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Photo of rorykanderson
4.31/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A really special beer. The ale and lager characteristics are married to near perfection. Pours a hazy gold out of the bottle with a moderate fluffy head that lingers. Aroma of pine, citrus and earth. The hop profile consists of mouth watering citrus flavors - mango, pineapple, orange - balanced by a hefty malt backbone that keeps the flavor from becoming too sticky. The lager kicks in at the end by smoothing out excess bitterness and washing away any lingering resin-like stickiness clinging to your palette. Deep, dank and tasty IPA that drinks crisp and finishes clean like a lager. Awesome.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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Mass Rising from Jack's Abby Brewing
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