Mass Rising - Jack's Abby Brewing

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Reviews: 165
Hads: 1,357
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 7.6%
Wants: 79
Gots: 192 | 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 BoldRulerVT
3.94/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz glass into a snifter.
Pours a light amber with one finger of soapy bubble head.
Aromas were lighter than I was hoping for. Hoppiness was there, just wanted more.
Tasted nice with just the right amount of hop bitterness.
Mouthfeel was very nice for a lager.
Overall, nice IPL! (293 characters)

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

Thanks for gifting me with this 12oz bottle Kegatron. Poured into a cervoise, the brew appears a clear golden yellow color with 3 fingers frothy topping. It fades leaving a soapy coating on the glass.

The aroma is strikingly like grapefruit juice. Pleasantly fruity and hoppy with other fruity and floral notes before getting a little carbonic and mineral-filled.

The flavor is juicy with hop flavoring again reminiscent of grapefruit pith, pulp and rinds. Almost a vinous aspect mid-palate. Quite a floral component fills a large portion of the flavor profile before getting a little grassy and dusty. It takes a few sips for the moderate bitterness and slight alcohol edge to evolve. Once warm a touch of diacetyl emerges with a slight toffee sweetness.

This is a medium to light bodied brew with modest carbonation. It is full of hop flavor and quite nice. Somewhat crisp and easy drinking. This is worth seeking out. (923 characters)

Photo of gcamparone
4.01/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter. Purchased at Yankee Spirits in Attleboro, MA.

A- Pours a hazy dull orange body with a 2 finger white head the reduces slowly to leave some nice lacing.

S- Citrusy, tropical, pineapple, some resin and pine but mostly citrus and juicy fruit .

T- Tropical fruits and citrus rind.. subtle but nice flavors.. slightly floral and piney on the finish. Some hop bite on the aftertaste.

M- Kind of thin for a DIPA.. SUPER high carbonation. easy going down.

Overall a solid DIPA.. but I prefer hoponius union - this is it's bigger brother that just got outshined by it's sibling. (620 characters)

Photo of pmlondrigan
3.85/5  rDev -8.6%
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. (788 characters)

Photo of threeviews
4.7/5  rDev +11.6%
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 (, 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) (2,529 characters)

Photo of SportsandJorts
4.11/5  rDev -2.4%
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. (788 characters)

Photo of sprat1960
4.27/5  rDev +1.4%
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. (354 characters)

Photo of gonzo000
4.11/5  rDev -2.4%
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. (528 characters)

Photo of cpetrone84
4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
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! (420 characters)

Photo of rawfish
4.12/5  rDev -2.1%
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 (916 characters)

Photo of WunderLlama
4.27/5  rDev +1.4%
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. Smell the freshness from a nice distance

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. Saved my growler and I will have it refilled soon (621 characters)

Photo of hillvt4me
4.31/5  rDev +2.4%
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. (394 characters)

Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into tulip. Golden color with huge froathy white head...looks so creamy and fluffy!
Sticky head on the glass...huuge hop aroma...
crisp grain, sweet hops, bitter hops, malty finish...dry finish with some residual sweetness for balance...such a well balanced beer its insane.
This has to be one of my favorite IPAs..well, IPLs. It blows most IPAs out of the water. Its just so crisp and drinkable that its a true pioneer of the style. Nearly perfect brew. Enjoy it. (483 characters)

Photo of PicoPapa
4.2/5  rDev -0.2%
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. (505 characters)

Photo of gabedivision
4.12/5  rDev -2.1%
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 (403 characters)

Photo of Brad007
3.57/5  rDev -15.2%
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. (646 characters)

Photo of joe1510
3.78/5  rDev -10.2%
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! (1,605 characters)

Photo of stephenjmoore
3.96/5  rDev -5.9%
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. (520 characters)

Photo of jwchestnut
4.22/5  rDev +0.2%
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. (741 characters)

Photo of CTbrew32
4.54/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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 dry malt backbone. The lager aspect gives this beer a smooth, crisp taste that makes this extremely drinkable. The amazing citrus hop taste and smoothness of this beer has instantly made this one my favorites. (436 characters)

Photo of cavedave
4.28/5  rDev +1.7%
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. (1,080 characters)

Photo of smcolw
3.86/5  rDev -8.3%
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. (578 characters)

Photo of tkelley
4/5  rDev -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. (320 characters)

Photo of magictacosinus
4.53/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to angrybabboon for sending this one a while back. Consumed during the first week or so with friends in Arcata. Poured out of a 500ml bottle into a tulip glass. No freshness date - it seems these guys are sometimes sadly inconsistent with it, but I don't expect any poor results for this.

Pours a beautiful golden amber color that's pretty crystal clear at first, with a fluffy, frothy white head that rises aggressively in the glass. Gets progressively cloudier with each additional pour, but it's still wonderfully bubbly and thickened overall. Leaves behind good sticky foam at the glass's edges, as well as some decent legs with each swirl and sip. To be perfectly honest, this is one of the most memorable lagers I've ever seen.

Smells terrific - a wonderful throwback to the greatest aspects of their other "IPLs" such as Hoponius Union. Huge notes of grapefruit, orange rinds, white nectarines, green melon, lemon zest, white grapes (verging on raisins), and more. Pine, sage, and other herbal qualities are all up in this, as are notes of white flowers, light white pepper, and an underlying minerality of cold stones that you only really find in an excellent Old World white wine. Finishes with brief toffee and a cracker-like sensation from the grains. Unbelievably complex for a beer of its class - transcends what lagers usually accomplish while still accommodating their greatest crisp qualities.

The flavor continues where the aroma left off, providing an explosion of citrus, floral notes, and lager sweetness and crispness that comes together in a remarkable manner. Huge grapefruit, orange peel, and lemon, followed with lots of stone fruit (mainly nectarines), green melon, light grapes, and tons of pine to round it out. Finishes floral, fruity, and minerally. A tremendous toffee/caramel crisp sweetened sensation rounds it up, and combined with the dry citrus flavor at the finish, it's pretty astonishing. Wonderfully carbonated, with a rounded out gentle feel that elevates the flavors to a higher ground, while still maintaining its drinkable qualities to the max. Refreshing, juicy, and enormously easy to drink for an 8% beer. Cannot find any major faults - this is a crowning achievement in many ways.

Oh man, this is awesome. I'm a huge fan of crisp, refreshing lagers, and to get one that embodies its mouthfeel and uses intense hopping and fruity yeast often found in ales to elevate its complexity is a job well done indeed. In a way, this is like the lager counterpart to PtE, if only a little less refined. I do hope that more breweries work on developing the IPL style as ambitiously as Jack's Abby has. The results are quite terrific, and are among the most intriguing offerings in American craft beer. (2,748 characters)

Photo of Lordquackingstic
4.31/5  rDev +2.4%
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. (738 characters)

Mass Rising from Jack's Abby Brewing
93 out of 100 based on 165 ratings.