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Mass Rising - Jack's Abby Brewing

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Ratings: 896
Reviews: 93
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 7.75%
Wants: 54
Gots: 96 | 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:
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

(Beer added by: rudzud on 09-07-2013)
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Ratings: 896 | Reviews: 93 | Display Reviews Only:
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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Havabeer, Feb 09, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -23.7%

gwiedman1, Feb 08, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

pottergator, Feb 08, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

ZEB89, Feb 08, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

blt2646, Feb 08, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Shandycan, Feb 07, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

jrand2621, Feb 07, 2014
Photo of koutkid41
4.48/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

A: Golden in color. Nice foamy white head that lingers. Great lacing.

S: Smell is amazing. Huge aroma citrus, tropical fruit, some peach, apricot with some malt coming through.

T: Nice citrus grapefruit right up front, then a little tropical fruit taste. Has a good malt backbone and has a solid base. Some sweetness but not much, overall pretty dry the way I like. On the back end it has some bitterness on the finish with some pine resin notes.

M: Light and mostly dry. It's really crisp and would enjoy on a nice summer day.

O: A really nice beer. I wish I got this around here to get regularly.

koutkid41, Feb 07, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

s35keith, Feb 07, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -12%

Dave_Treat, Feb 07, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

jschott75, Feb 07, 2014
Photo of Florida9
3.84/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Hazy pastel light yellow in color. Forms a rather sizable fluffy white head. Good retention. Lots of lacing.

S: Aroma smells like a hoppy pilsner. Citrusy lemon, some lighter malts, and just a hint of pine.

T: Taste is like an amped up pilsner, but in a mostly good way. Lighter malts. Bright, crisp flavors. Green apple, lemon, green-grassy hops, citrus zest, pith. Slightly herbal. Fusel alcohol on the finish.

M: On the lighter side of medium. Very crisp. Medium carbonation. Light-medium bitterness. Fusel spice.

O: A pretty good beer, though the lighter qualities of the beer do little to hide the aggressive alcoholic qualities of the beer. That said, I am typically not a fan of the Imperial Pilsner style and while I am not entirely sure this was brewed to be in Imperial Pilsner, I can say this is my favorite example of the style that I've come across.

Florida9, Feb 07, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Evarigan, Feb 05, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Kurmaraja, Feb 05, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

RichD, Feb 05, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

oline73, Feb 05, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

MarkJBurch, Feb 04, 2014
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3.95/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. poured into a pint tumbler. Big creamy 1 finger head, lots of lacing, crystal clear pale yellow golden color. Nose had fresh hops, resins, hops oils, bit musty, some fresh citrus fruit and grapefruit, almost no lager or malts.

Taste explodes with fresh citrus hops, grapefruit and tropical fruits, light hop resins and musty fresh hop oils, a bit oily, then some light lager fruits and light pale malts, some sweet toasty malts. Light sweet honey like flavor. The it gets very bitter and slightly astringent, the hops way overpower the lager flavors and gets a bit overly on the finish, dry and very bitter finish with lingering fresh hops and citrus, light pine as well, and has a sticky almost creamy feel.

I'm an IPA guy, not a Lager guy, but bumping the IBU's to 100 seemed to kind of work. I would choose this over many standard IPA's out there but prefer the 65 IBU's of their Hoponius Union over this. The beers seemed identical with welcomed less bitterness at 65 IBU.

ExtraStout, Feb 04, 2014
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4.09/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am not a big IPA fan, but I found this India Pale Lager to be quite refreshing. The flavor was crisp and citrusy. It was hoppy, but it didn't smack you in the face and leave you with the bitter after taste. Totally recommend for those of us that are a little skittish of IPAs

gailsev, Feb 03, 2014
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4/5  rDev -6.1%

dannyfayy, Feb 03, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

lesdemonsamaporte, Feb 03, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Kevin_Young, Feb 03, 2014
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4.05/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is a delicious hoppy lager. Very smooth and easy to drink but certainly piney with citrus rind scent/taste. Surprisingly smooth given the ABV and intense hop bill. Really clean mouthfeel and base like all from Jack's Abby. Great standard bearer for them here.

PHBoiler, Feb 03, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

beergorrilla, Feb 03, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Zaphog, Feb 03, 2014
Mass Rising from Jack's Abby Brewing
95 out of 100 based on 896 ratings.