Session Rye IPL
Jack's Abby Brewing

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Lager - India Pale Lager (IPL)
3.79 | pDev: 8.44%
Jack's Abby Brewing
Massachusetts, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
Session Rye IPLSession Rye IPL
Notes: Centennial, Chinook, Columbus and Crystal hops were added at the very end of the boil to give a robust hop flavor and smooth bitterness. This Spicy and floral beer was brewed with a touch of rye malt to accent the spiciness of the hops. Low in alcohol, yet full in flavor.
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CTHomer from Connecticut

4.04/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: crystal clear; deep gold in color; 1 finger white head that receded to a thin cap; very nice lacing;

S: pine, tropical fruit, a little spice from the rye;

T: pine and tropical fruit up front; tobacco toward the finish that lasted into the aftertaste; moderate bitterness at the end;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation; moderately dry finish;

O: not a huge fan of the flavor, but it's very well done;

Apr 16, 2016
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ppoitras from Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +5.5%

16.9oz bottle purchased as a single from Yankee Spirits, Sturbridge, MA.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1" beige head over the slightly cloudy golden amber brew. Frothy head lasts and lasts, with sporadic chunky lacing. Aroma is citrus and light pale malts.

Taste starts with a peek of sweetness, citrus in the middle, and bitterness and more lemony goodness through the close. Smooth mouthfeel, and drinkability is way easy. Sessional thirst-quencher, check.

Aug 23, 2014
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

3.65/5  rDev -3.7%

a real nice lager from jacks abby, but they all are from these guys, totally reinventing the word lager for most craft beer people, a noble and so far highly successful mission. this session rye lager is under 4% abv, clear light copper in color, and carbonated well enough to be supremely refreshing. a classic but robust American hopping makes it about as hop forward as a good ipa, but the low alcohol and the clean finish of the lager yeast make it that much more of a perfect summer day drinker for those seeking such a thing. the rye is really mild in this, probably well under 20% of the grain bill, and quite pale, influencing the overall flavor profile of this beer fairly minimally, which is my only real critique. a little more rye would be awesome, but in the theme of a lighter brew, I think it just accents the hops without being too much. really snappy finish and overall a fun session brew. jacks abby has done nothing but impress me.

Aug 15, 2014
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TheManiacalOne from Rhode Island

4.15/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On-tap 8/5/2014 at British Beer Company in Walpole, MA served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color, with a large dense off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

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

T: The taste starts out with a strong but not over-powering burst of piney hops bitterness. Then some sweetness comes in from flavors of citrus and caramel. The malt character is hearty and provides a good balance. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly bready.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is dry but clean.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, very mild kick, good hoppy representation of style, this is a very good beer to pound down for a long time.

Aug 05, 2014
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alexbutler from Massachusetts

3.69/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A - A light off-white head sits on top of a amber body, Not much lacing remains, just specks here and there on the pint glass.

S - Nice, deep malt aroma off the top, doesn't overwhelm. There's almost a nuttiness in there.

T - It took me a few sips to wrap my head around this one. There's an immediate bitterness with floral notes for sure, but they hang in the background. What you come away with is something very subdued.

M - Medium to light mouthfeel here. I was expecting something a bit heavier and was surprised on the lightness, almost wateriness, of this beer.

O - Not sure if I was wrong in expecting something a bit more full here, but the taste just doesn't seem to blossom in this Rye IPL.

Jul 27, 2014
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johnnnniee from New Hampshire

3.48/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from colonial Spirits
Pours a fairly clear deep golden color with a smallish off white head. Aromas of bready malt and spicy earthy hop. The flavor follows the aroma quite well. Light bready malt base with a high level of spicy earthy hop and a moderate to high level of hop bitterness. Medium to light body with a moderate to high level of carbonation. One of the better session IPA/L whatevers. I'm still not a huge fan of high bitterness without much body but this was one of the better ones.

Jun 24, 2014
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jlindros from Massachusetts

3.87/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Wooo, new Jack's Abby beer. Rye is a touchy subject, it can be great when done well, but terrible if not. I believe in Jack to do this right.

Chugging throat of the bottle forces a large 1+ finger creamy thick head that fades very slowly, lots of soapy lacing, very clear honey orange color, column of streaming bubbles in the center to reinforce the head.

Nose is interesting, plenty of hops, different hop notes too, floral all over, a little spicy and earthy, hint of a fruity citrus note, grapefruit like, a hint of pine and resin too, with a decent spicy rye note in the background.

Taste is light feeling but plenty of flavor, a nice spicy rye in there, almost caraway seed spicy like note that's interesting but not necessarily that good, but interesting rye nonetheless. Then hops, floral, little leafy and grassy note, a touch of spiciness too, but mostly seems like a grassy floral flavor, with some fruity notes as well, faint hint of citrus, some resin and a touch of pine, and even a touch gritty feeling. No real malt aside from a faint hint of lagered malt, with lighter to fair bitterness. Finish is dry and light again, fairly bitter, with a bit more earthy spicy hops, little rind bitterness, bit more spicy rye as well that combines with the hops on bitterness.

Mouth is lighter bod, nice carb.

Overall not bad, rye isn't the best addition to it, but seems to go fairly well, nice hop profile that keeps it ridiculously drinkable and fairly tasty as well, light overall but packs a nice taste.

Jun 14, 2014
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cbutova from Massachusetts

3.74/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A- 500ml bottle poured to a pint glass with a barely hazed, deep golden body. Cap to about one finger with a white and frothy appearance. Head retention is decent and a small ring leaves just a bit of spotty lace.

S- Hops and lager in an aroma that is still fairly assertive, especially considering the 3.8% ABV. Notes of citrus fruits, tangerine, spicy rye bread, stone fruits and dank grass.

T- Hop forward but plenty of balance is provided by the rye and yeast. The hops present a strong citrus presence with notes of grapefruit, tangerine, orange and bitter zest but pine, spicy, herbal and dank hop notes also come to light. Rye spiciness plays nicely off of the hops.

MF- For 3.8% I would say the body is medium with a fizzy texture. Carbonation on the high end and the crisp beer foams up on the palate. Finishes with a spicy bitterness.

Hmm, the first bottle I had of this with a friend had a sulfury nose but still a nice flavor. This bottle is probably what the beer is supposed to be with a refreshing mix of citrus hops and spicy rye grains.

Jun 11, 2014
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Dope from Massachusetts

3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

3.8%, no sign of a bottle date but released less than a month ago.

A: Pours a hazy light amber. Tall, fizzy and frothy offwhite head. Head fizzes out at a moderate pace, decent lacing and head retention.

S: Spicy, herbal pine and spicy rye at the same time. Good combination.

T: More of the same, lots of pine and herbal hops up front. Has a bit of sulfur-like pilsner malt character oddly enough. I'm not sure why, but I swear I taste it. Spicy rye malt in the middle and finish. Lots of pine in the finish, including lingering in the dry aftertaste.

M: Surprisingly medium bodied for only 3.8%. Dry, smooth and decently bitter and spicy at the same time.

O: One of the best of the new fad session IPA(L)s I've had. Way better than the Lagunitas and Founders examples which is pretty high praise. The rye gives it additional complexity and the mouthfeel is crisp and smooth without being too weak. Drinks like a rye pilsner, which is a good thing.

Jun 07, 2014
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ryan1788a5 from Massachusetts

3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

500ml bottle poured into an IPA glass.

A: Brassy color with a mild haze. Great pillowy tan head retains very well. Plenty of sticky lacing.

S: Good dose of earthy and spicy rye. Floral rye notes, and an almost earthy licorice sort of spiciness. Hops have tones of ruby red grapefruit with sugar and blood orange. The hops are also spicy in their own right with an oily, herbal dimension. Blast of earthy pine too. A very aggressive and spicy nose that suggests extreme boldness of these flavors.

T: Floral hops. Pine resin, earthy, bark. Grapefruit and orange notes far in the background. Firm bitterness, but not overpowering. Coarse and spicy rye notes are a direct compliment to the hops. Very clean. Finishes dry and fairly abruptly with some lingering rye and hop spice.

M: Thin and light body. Carbonation scrubs and lifts it right off the tongue for that 'evaporation' sort of affect. Gritty hop astringencies are not off putting and actually play up the rye.

O: The nose made me think of Bulleit Rye whiskey for a brief moment (though there obviously isn't that same sort of power behind it). The rye character here is rather prominent; you really have to like the grain to enjoy the beer. That said, I like the approach. The rye contribution keeps the grain bill from feeling useless, as is so often the case in session IPAs (or IPLs I guess). It's big, bold, and aggressive yet tight, light, and yes- drinkable. That's ultimately the winning combo you're looking for in a session beer.

Jun 05, 2014
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AndyAvalanche from Massachusetts

3.86/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1 pint .9 oz. bottle poured into a bulbed pint glass. Liquid comes out light golden amber with even lighter highlights. Nice clarity overall, but a slight haze to it. Eggshell colored head that's thick and frothy with lots of bubbles, great lacing.

Smell is a bit lacking when chilled but gets a little better as it warms up. A hair hoppier than I expected with mild aromas of not quite ripe citrus (grapefruit, clementine, tangerine) and a little bit of sappy pine. At the end there's an earthy rye tone to it.

Taste is similar to the smell, but the hops more favor the citrus than the pine. Particularly there's citrus pith bitterness. Makes sense, Centennial, Chinook, Columbus, and Crystal hops according to the label, all fit the the flavor profile, and they play together nicely. THere's a level of sweetness in the beginning, but it all comes together with some nice rye spiciness.

Mouthfeel is good. Light bodied to the point where it's refreshing, especially when chilled. Nice lingering flavor. Well carbonated but not too much. Very well balanced to hit the sweet tastebuds and gradually work its way to a nice dry bitter slightly spicey finish. Crazy drinkable, this one goes quick even though it's flavorful enough to savor. Good all around, wouldn't mind seeing this one in 6 packs.

Jun 04, 2014
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tkelley from Massachusetts

3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Second pour from a growler, purchased this afternoon from the brewery.

A -- Really nice body, bright and clear orange/copper color. Very little head, but decent retention and lacing.

N -- Light nose, with grapefruit hops and a little bit of spicy rye malts.

T -- Really tasty. The spice of the rye is upfront, with a good hoppy finish. There's nothing overpowering. Its really crisp and refreshing.

M -- A little watery, but not too bad. Carbonation is good and contributes to the refreshing, crisp quality.

O -- An excellent beer for day drinking or cookouts or whatever you want. Awesome.


May 31, 2014
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VelvetExtract from Massachusetts

3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-Pours a somewhat clear, orange color. Head is tall and white and sudsy. Light lacing dots the glass.

S-Aroma is grapefruity and somewhat tangy. I pickup some of the rye malt as well. Smells like its gonna be light but bitter.

T-Not as bitter as I was expecting but the flavor is livelier than the nose. Zesty citrus hoppiness followed by a tasty maltiness that reminds me of buttered biscuits. Light rye as well.

M-Light bodied, moderate bitterness. Spritzy carbonation. Very drinkable with a longer finish.

O-Pretty yummy. Simple and drinkable. This would be a tasty 6pack for the Summer for sure.

May 25, 2014
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smcolw from Massachusetts

3.84/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Small head but it leaves a cross between ring and spotty lace. Copper colored with a bit of haze.

Smells like a typical APA with a strong grapefruit rind hop kick.

There's a touch more fruitiness to this beer than the smell nor name would indicate. Solid bitter hop finish. Good body with an elevated carbonation level. An easy drink and quite middle-of-the-road for Jack's Abby.

May 25, 2014
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HopasaurusRex from New Hampshire

3.73/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle from the source. First visit to the fabulous tasting room at the brewery.

Pale golden color with lingering fluffy off-white head.

Not much aroma, but plenty of flavor. Crisp, clean, and citrusy hops finished by a spicy bite of rye. Light bodied and sessionable. A good beer to slake my thirst on a summer night.

Jack's Abby, keep those lagers rolling!

May 25, 2014
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brureview from Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I first poured this beer into a Pilsner glass; later switched to a Spiegelgau glass which is better. Choose a glass which is best for hoppy beers.

Poured a light bronze color with a 4F head which resolved itself quickly.

The aroma was light grapefruit and a nutty.

Mouth feel: moderately carbonated.

Taste is excellent: grapefruit, light rye, finished with a good hoppy bitterness.

Overall: lots of flavor and quite hoppy for 3.8% session beer-comparable to beers with a much higher ABV.

May 24, 2014
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GreesyFizeek from New York

3.99/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Tap and Mallet in Rochester, NY.

This isn't an AAL, as categorized by the site. It's an American Pale Lager, or an IPL (not a category on this site).

Pours a light, clear amber, with a one inch head, and a little bit of lacing down the glass.

Smells like citrus, pine, and some rye malt.

The taste is similar. Spicy hop and malt flavors, with some citrus zest, and some slight pale malt flavors.

Medium bodied, low carbonation, crisp mouthfeel.

A lot going on here for only 3.8% ABV.

May 18, 2014
Session Rye IPL from Jack's Abby Brewing
Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 126 ratings