Mass Rising - Jack's Abby Brewing

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Ratings: 1,340
Reviews: 187
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 8%
Wants: 76
Gots: 183 | 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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Ratings: 1,340 | Reviews: 187
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.

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 superspak
4.16/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

Photo of TheElectricOne
4.07/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

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 wotfofftw
4.3/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This beer is very pilsner like with the malts and the hop aromas, flavors, and bitterness are pleasant and abundant.

Photo of ZebraCakez
4.18/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A fantastic IIPA, light body with active carbonation. Taste is very happy and fruity, smooth with a citrus finish.

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 BradMatton13
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

one of the best pilsners out there

Photo of humuloner22
4.61/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

I am beginning to really like this style. I received this on as an extra on trade. I have no idea if these fall off like IPA’s supposedly do, but it tasted pretty damn nice considering it is an elderly 4 months old!

Appearance: Light yellow and hazy, pours with a huge pillowy head. Very much like you would expect from a lager.

Aroma: Floral and tropical notes. Hops are present but not in your face either. Pleasant aroma.

Taste: Once again this brewery has hit a homerun with this beer. You get the nice tropical mango notes from the hops and some floral notes as well. But, the lager component smooths this one out, it has a bit of bite on the back end but it is full and juicy.

Overall: Well made beer totally enjoyable! I would seek this on out again for sure

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 Erockruns
4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Not my traditional beer style but glad I tried this one. Excellent, smooth, hoppy beer that is exceptionally balanced. You can drink this all day long.

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.73/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a pale yellow with a white soapy froth that leaves a sheet of lacing of the glass. The aroma is hoppy but also with gassy, bready lager notes. Herb, bathroom, and lemon scent.

The brew is bready and also quite bitter with an earthy, dry hop flavor. A one two punch of lager sweet and hop carnage, Bitter, piney, herbal, bready and smooth. No trace of 8% alcohol really in the taste,

Overall, this is a nice full bodied double IPL with ample hop flavor. Not the most complex, but great for what it is.

Photo of thinwhiteduke
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It s/b noted that this beer is a double ipl and not a pilsner.

Photo of Kraj30
4.19/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

very good IPL- Happy with my first JA beer

Photo of mabermud
4.13/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Look: Faded lemon color. White pillowy head. Nice looking bottle.
Smell: Smells like a Lowenbrau.
Taste: This has a Germanic taste combined with light hops. Light and somewhat refreshing. A hoppy Lowenbrau.
Feel: Excellent. Crisp. Dense carbonation. Light to medium body.
Overall: An interesting tasting beer. For me, this tastes like a nice session beer with a high ABV. I would like more. I like it a lot.

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 Rwallace612
5/5  rDev +17.6%

Excellent !

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 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 Drunkelstiltskin
4.25/5  rDev 0%

My favorite India Pale Lager, although often is represented as a Pilsner. Great drinkability, while still 8%. Must try for IPL fans.

Photo of givemestout
4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

Awesome beer. As advertised, a hoppy lager with a crisp refreshing finish.

Best beer I've ever had? no.. but the best lager I've ever had by far. Hence, a high rating, number one in that class.

Photo of themind
4.08/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a very good beer, with one exception...carbonation. The aroma was very good and the taste is stellar, my issue is the carbonation. To me this beer is slightly over carbonated. With all that said I would still buy this hoppy, golden , well balanced beer.

Bottom Line: The brews good.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a very large white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick but spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains grassy hops, fruity citrus, lager yeast and caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts out with a floral burst of hops bitterness followed by mildly sweet flavors of citrus and caramel. Then some breadiness from lager yeast and a hearty but not too heavy malt character comes in and creates a very good balance. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, this is a very flavorful beer worth drinking for a long time.

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.

Mass Rising from Jack's Abby Brewing
95 out of 100 based on 1,340 ratings.