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Mass Rising - Jack's Abby Brewing

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Reviews: 181
Hads: 1,421
Avg: 4.23
pDev: 22.22%
Wants: 87
Gots: 215 | FT: 11
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 PSU_Mike
4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

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Photo of logicalparadox
3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

A: This head. Blows my mind! Thick pillow of sea foam atop a hazy, pale straw liquid. This is what beer should look like! The type of lacing you'd kill for and the head just won't die!

S: Grassy and herbal, with some light grapefruit and citrus, Smells dry and intense.

T: Surprisingly bitter and hoppy, but good. Lemon ring, grape fruit and grassy notes, with lots of pith and some herbal elements like marjoram and, even a hint of lavender. Mildly astringent.

M: Medium body with soft carbonation, the mouth-feel is sturdy, yet gentle.

Overall, a little bitter for my palette. Somewhat astringent and the herbals are a tad medicinal, but, sometimes you need your medicine! I'm impressed that this is a lager.

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Photo of Ri0
4.2/5  rDev -0.7%

poured 12oz bottle into snifter

A - Hazy and straw colored with a 2 finger white head. Fades into a thick collar and there is webbed lacing aplenty on my glass.

S - Lighter malts similar to Pilsner, some grains and pleasant yeast. Hops are bright and fruity, hints of pine, citrus, and lemon zest.

T - Starts off with the light sweetness of a Pilsner and moves into a nice hoppy bitterness. Malts are light and cracker like, bits of grain before the hops take over. Nice and bitter, with pine and good amounts of citrus, including grapefruit and lemon zest.

M - Medium bodied, well carbonated. Clean and dry with some hop residue.

O - I would bet that few could tell this apart from some of the best IPA's on the shelf. I almost thought I was indulging on a Toppling Goliath IPA for a moment.

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Photo of argock
3.9/5  rDev -7.8%

Served on-tap in a 10 oz clear glass snifter at The Reservoir (Waterbury, VT).

A: Clear honey-golden with 1/2-finger cap of foamy, light beige head with good retention and a think collar of lace. (4)

S: Noble hops dominate with grassy, minty aromas combined with slightly sweet pilsner maltiness with a light grainy edge. Alcohol is well-masked. No yeast esters. (3.75)

T: Clean and crisp despite the high ABV, it drinks more like 6% than 8%. The minty, herbal nature of the hops carries through all the way from early to the finish with a clean lightly grainy and sweet pilsner maltiness that is bready. The flavor, while enjoyable, is not terribly complex. Bitterness is medium at most. (4)

M: The feel is amazing for this big of a beer -- still crisp and drinks lighter than its true heft. (4.25)

O: I liked this beer but wish it had more complexity -- it is a one-trick pony flavor-wise but it does that trick with noble hopping well.

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Photo of socon67
4/5  rDev -5.4%

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.

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Photo of fscottkey
3.89/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Slightly opaque orange/amber color. I got a massive head but I think this was due to a not fully cleaned glass (long story). The bottle lists 100 IBUs and 8% ABV. The date, on the neck, is totally unreadable.

S: Grassy with some malts.

T: Grassy, spicy, slight citrus. Tangerine and apricot. The 100 IBUs is balanced enough to not be a punch in the face.

M: Clean and crisp with a dry hop finish.

O: This is a really enjoyable beer. The mouthfeel is clean and crisp. There are malt and grass notes that make the taste very nice. I was worried about the bitterness at 100 IBUs - but it was nicely balanced. Also the 8% ABV was hidden well.

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Photo of RobbDogg
4.21/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at the Worthy Burger. Deep straw color and attractive in the glass. A thin but attractive head and great, thick, and lasting lacing. A light scent of hops and citrus, nothing heavy or overwhelming. Feels light and drinkable, with well masked alcohol. A citrus pallet and bitter finish. An excellent IPL from JA.

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Photo of CaptCleveland
4.46/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle received as an extra from generous BA trader, Ckoz.

Slightly hazy, saffron colored elixir poured into SA glass. Huge two finger, white fluffy head, retained throughout the tasting. Thick lacing coats the glass.

Wonderful aromas of citrus (lemons, tangerines), rind, earthy hops and spice.

Nice amalgam of the smooth bitterness with intermingling notes of earth and spice with the citrus making an appearance at the end for a nice tangy aftertaste. Well done.

Medium body, alcohol well hidden.

Really impressed with this IPL, in fact the best one I have tasted. This would be a go to brew if available in OH. Nice job by Jack's Abby.

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Photo of popery
3.72/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to jlindros. Pours a bright yellow gold color. It's quite transparent. There's some sediment at the bottom of the bottle, but a gentle-ish pour didn't disturb it and cloud things up. Big puffy white head. Lots of lacing. Big clumps on the walls of the glass. Excellent retention. Floral and citric hop aroma. Pale bready malt sweetness. Some peach, white grape, mango. It's all a bit mild, though, and really could be juicier. Surprisingly little lager yeastiness. Taste is similar. Some lemon, peach, grass, pine. Again, fairly mild. Moderate bitterness. Very clean. Some pale malt sweetness, doughy sugars. Little bit of solvent bitterness in the finish. Light and crisp, particularly for the abv. Pretty good beer.

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Photo of scottfrie
3.58/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into SN hop glass. Thanks again AutumnBeerLove!

A: Pours a clear straw golden with a huge, dense, and fluffy off-white head that took forever to fade thick film that left tons of sticky, wispy lacing down the glass.
S: Clean notes of bready malt mix well with hoppy scents of citrus and fruit nectar.
T: I get hoppy notes of citrus rind, lemon grass, lager yeast in the finish, bitter pine sap, and sourdough bread in the aftertaste. There’s a splash of sweet honey and flower nectar, as well a light touch of herbal spice.
M: Medium body, even carbonation, fairly smooth but there’s a touch of alcohol in the finish. Fairly refreshing.
O: I was underwhelmed by this one. It was good and definitely drinkable, but it wasn’t the best of the few other hoppy lagers I’ve had from JA.

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Photo of HamdenHector
4.02/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: crystal clear; honey colored; with a moderate pour, got a 3 finger white head that receded slowly to an uneven film; really nice lacing;

S: very nice grapefruit up front with some tropical and pine in the background;

T: grapefruit up front; citrus rind and tropical fruit kick in before mid-palate; moderately bitter finish with some floral and pine; alcohol is well hidden;

M: medium bodied; moderately carbonated; crisp, moderately dry finish;

O: really nice; a lot of hop aroma and flavor;

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Photo of GOBLIN
3.97/5  rDev -6.1%
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%

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Photo of RonfromJersey
4.27/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Hazy golden body, topped by a pure white baseball. Stretched lace.

Big fresh citrus aroma, plenty of lemon. Besides the citrus, maybe some apple in the back. Very inviting.

Sweet malt foundation,with depth, not too sweet. Juicy fruit, with lemon highlights in the middle. Mild hop nip. Clean finish.

Smooth light-medium mouthfeel.

Several IPLs have left me with a sensation of something missing, but not this one. Recommended highly.

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Photo of scotorum
3.95/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I'm 0 for 2 tonight on finding bottling date info. The other was Ipswich Oatmeal Stout. Bought this on sale about a month ago, too long before sampling it I know, but the Great Vermont Beer Weekend April 19-21 came days after I purchased the fourpack this bottle came from, and I'm still working on the purchases from that trip. No reason to think this bottle is more than a couple of months old, but that can be significant.

Poured from the 12 oz. bottle into a Tree House tulip.

a: Clear gold with an inch and a half white head which receded to lumpy surface foam and dense lacing. Additional pours required to fill the glass. Becomes hazier as the bottle empties, and the flavor becomes more citrusy. Go figger.

s: Very little.

t: Moderate piney and citrusy hops over a light biscuit malt base. Bitterness lingers on the tongue. Dry to bitter finish. 8% ABV is well distracted. 100 IBUs however is not so prominent either.

m: Light to moderate. Loads of carbonation tingle.

o: The "hops adjusted" version of their Second Anniversary Lager (which I rated 4.26 last August) has hops enough to satisfy most hopheads, just as its predecessor did. I enjoyed it more when the flavor turned from piney to more citrus.

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Photo of LambicPentameter
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Received this bottle due to the generosity of BA SammyJaxxxx. Finally reviewing from notes, having drank it way back on 2/23/14. Enjoyed out of a 12 oz brown bottle with a bottling date of 01.23.2014. Poured into a 16 oz tapered pilsner glass.

Appearance - Pours a translucent golden straw yello with a cacophony of carbonation bubbles rising up through the liquid in spite of there being no laser etching on the bottom of the glass to encourage it. The rise up to replenish a fluffy two-finger head the color of off white with just a twinge of yellowish tinting. Retention is excellent and there are rings of sticky lacing along the side of the glass as I drink it down.

Smell - Right up front there is the classic taste of slightly sweet biscuty malts with just a hint of grassy/herbal bitterness, like garden baby greens. There is also a faint hint of citric acid that gives the impression of lemon zest. Lemony, but not even slightly tart.

Taste - The bitterness is a tad more present here, with that herbal component having a slightly vegetal quality, akin to dandelion greens. Still, the biscuit notes are wondefully present, as well as a hint of the estery alcohol that gives the impression of ripe fruit. The citrus zest is now more aggressive than before, with distinctly overt overtones of lemon and even some faint grapefruit flesh.

Mouthfeel - Light bodied and high carbonation, with a finish that is just slightly sweet, but mostly dry.

Overall, another fantastic beer from Jack's Abby. If these guys distributed to my area, I would certainly drink a lot more of the styles from the lager method of brewing. Glad that SammyJaxxx has been kind enough to share the wealth.

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Photo of brentk56
3.63/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Quite a bit of foam billows on top of the golden liquid; the retention and lacing action are great but the liquid is a bit out of reach on the first few sips

Smell: Doughy, with an herbal and lemony twist

Taste: Doughy, up front, with a touch of sugary malt; in the middle, the 100 IBUs arrive with force, bringing a grassy and pithy element, with lemon, green apple and tropical fruit flavors; the finish is a bit soapy and herbaceous

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate, but crisp, carbonation

Overall: I am a fan of this brewery but I am going against the grain on this beer as it had a number of elements that I didn't particularly like

Thanks, mj0126, for the opportunity

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Photo of BoldRulerVT
3.94/5  rDev -6.9%
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!

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Photo of stakem
4/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

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Photo of gcamparone
4.01/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

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Photo of pmlondrigan
3.85/5  rDev -9%
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.

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Photo of threeviews
4.7/5  rDev +11.1%
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 (yes...us, 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)

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Photo of SportsandJorts
4.11/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

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Photo of sprat1960
4.27/5  rDev +0.9%
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.

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Photo of gonzo000
4.11/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

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Photo of cpetrone84
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
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!

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Mass Rising from Jack's Abby Brewing
94 out of 100 based on 181 ratings.