TrIPL | Jack's Abby Brewing

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Jack's Abby Brewing
Massachusetts, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial Pilsner

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
trIPL is a massively hopped Triple India Style Lager with a deep copper color and full body. Intensely aromatic with hints of pine and citrus, our special warm hopping process help the Columbus, Chinook and Citra hops dominate, giving the beer a bitter back and a long, complex finish.

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Photo of Philsadvns
3.62/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pretty good. I'm generally an ale guy, with that in mind this is an excellent lager. I admit that when I bought it, I thought the L at the end of tripl was an A. Oops. Anyway, decent hop profile, not as strong as I expected from a 10% abv triple but decent. Excellent head, lacing is like crazy, but I personally don't care if there is any lacing at all, I've never noticed a distinct difference in beer with strong lacing or without any at all. The nose is really good here, I detect some nice citrus. Some light pine in there. Pretty good beer, one of my favs for lager.

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Photo of stephens101
3.89/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Opaque orange in color and topped with a full two fingers of fluffy white froth.

Smells of lemon and grapefruit. Taste is complex but unfocused. Notes of grain, grapefruit, orange, burnt sugar and pine seem to work against each other to some extent. Somewhat medicinal in places. Dry for the most part and medium in body.

Big fan of this brewery, and this one does grow on me as it goes (10 percent will do that), but not my favorite.

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Photo of beantown_hopster
4.51/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L - A very light cloudiness, you can see your fingers through the light though, a dark orange with no floaties. Looks very clean and crisp, not like a hazy bomb but beautiful.

S - fresh, malty, bready, yeast. I love it, super potent.

T - balance, balance, balance. The yeast and bready sweet malt is up front and the citra, orange and a bitter hop finish. fabolous.

MF - medium carb, medium light body. nice.

O - wonderful. i honestly did not see it was 10% until I was almost done, you cannot feel it at all but it does warm, guess thats why!

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Photo of GregBarleycorn13
4.37/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured with a retainable head with good lacing throughout. Appearance was not cloudy or hazy like a lot of imperial IPAs - what a nice surprise. I guess that's the advantage of lagering. Great smell of the hops, especially the citra. Nice medium hop flavor. Not a hop bomb, just right. Another good one from Jack's.

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Photo of sprat1960
4.41/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look: Rich golden color; slightly hazy. Pours with a huge 3 finger cream-colored head that dies down slowly leaving an even thick layer of foam on the surface of the beer. Lots of sticky lacing on the sides of the glass. Massive amount of small bubbles present from the carbonation. Perfect.

Smell: Lots of grass combined mild citrus aroma. Nice.

Taste: Grassy, mildly acidic citrus flavor (lemons, grapefruit), mild smooth hoppy finish. Delicious.

Feel: Medium body. Velvety feel. Mild tingle from the carbonation. Mildly dry finish.

Overall: Unique triple India Pale Lager. Lighter in body, very refreshing flavor. On of the best lager that I have ever tasted. I would love to drink this one again!

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Photo of stakem
3.56/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle poured into a snifter. Thanks Kegatron for the share. The brew appears a clear golden yellow color with a white cap.

The nose is citrus at first with accenting additional hop fruitiness and slight carbonics that gets almost soapy feeling.

The taste is hoppy with a fruity cantaloupe feel before modest bitterness and a boozy, oily clingy feel.

This is medium in body with modest carbonation. A decent brew but i think their lighter abv brews showcase their talent better.

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Photo of WunderLlama
4.03/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into a tasting glass

Clear golden yellow, big , bou cy, frothy white cap with massive lacings

Aroma of citrus, orange rind, some pine

Taste of pine on the back of the tongue,

Good sudsing, smooth and creamy yet a lingering bitterness, medium mouthfeel

Good beer

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Photo of smcolw
4.14/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

I love the creativity of Jack's Abby. Everything "aled" can be "lagered". Here's another example.

Dark gold color. Lightly cloudy. Moderate head but lots of lace.

Surprisingly hoppy smell.

Well-hopped with a subtle alcohol warmth is my first impression. Solid malt body without the typical sugary base of a tripel. Strong biting, astringent vegetal flavor in the swallow. Moderate aftertaste. For the style, it is thin and highly carbonated; it's the body of a pale ale. The finish is similar to an IPA.

Overall, I like the originality. I think of lagers and ales as interchangeable except for the yeast. Jack's Abby creates something that is entirely their own. Bravo.

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Photo of GuitarIPA
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Hoponious Unions big brother
L - orange copper,slightly off white head, nice lacing
A - orange, citrus, and some malt
T - juicy! Orange and other tropical fruits
F - medium body, nicely carbonated, minimally bitter with a touch of pine
I really liked this beer, but felt like if it had a touch more bitter on the end, or something else to counteract the big juicy flavor, I would have rated it even higher

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Photo of ScaryEd
4.32/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear, yellow-orange color with a fluffy white head. Some decent cobweb lacing is left around the top of the glass.

The aroma is very grassy, with some notes of grapefruit and orange rind as well. The sweet malt backbone is subtle but present. Overall a subtle aroma on this one. Subtle, but very pleasant.

The taste is very citrus-forward, and sweet on the front end. I also get notes of a dank, earthy pine flavor. As with the nose, the sweet malt is present on the back end, but subtle.

The feel is medium-bodied with moderate carbonation. A bit sticky and bitter on the aftertaste.

Overall a very good beer. Pretty well balanced, but the feel is a bit thick and syrupy for my tastes. The 10% alcohol is incredibly well-hidden and I was shocked to see that the ABV was that high. It's a heavier beer, but not 10% heavy. Definitely a beer I'd buy again.

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Photo of -Rick
3.92/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

For a 10% beer, this tasted more like a session ale. There was little to no real nose on this beer. Very light in taste, a nice piney aftertaste. Slightly carbonated and light in feel. Overall an interesting beer. The ABV is so very well hidden in there. Glad to have tried it.

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Photo of CayseyW
4.34/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Between copper and gold with a nice haziness. Big foamy white head that leaves a healthy lacing on the glass.
S: A lot more citrus than I was expecting, but I welcome it. A nice maltiness also cuts through. I really love the aroma.
T: Very bold flavor profile: citrus fruits hit you up front and grains, including corn on the backend. You definitely know you're drinking a lager, but not your typical lager.
F: Surprisingly smooth up front, but the boldness of the flavor quickly makes it a bumpier ride. There's no mistaking that this is a high-octane 10% ABV beer, but it's not at all unpleasant. That said, this is not beginner's beer probably. For the style though, the mouth is pretty decent.
O: I really enjoy this beer. I don't think it will be something I reach for a lot, but I will definitely have it again. This is a great example of some of the cool stuff Jack's is doing with styles that have kind of fallen off in recent years.

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Photo of lic217
4.28/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look: light gold, clear, white head, nice lacing
Smell: tropical
Taste:tropical hops, sweet at start with a bitter finish
Feel: low carb, creamy
Overall: nice beer

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

500ml bottle.

Pours hazy gold with an inch-plus head of white. Plenty of lacing for the duration.

Big time pine in the nose. A blast of pine resin with candied peach and sugared grapefruit.

Medium bodied with a sticky, tacky mouthfeel.

A mouthful of piney hops on the palate. A mild bitterness follows through with a trace of sweet malt.

Finishes with lingering pine resin and barely warming on the throat.

Great beer. A bit heavy on the pine and not quite in the realm of a triple IPL though at 10%.

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Photo of MisSigsFan
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

My first venture into Jack's Abby. From what I understand, they only brew lagers and follow the Reinheitsgebot. Interesting concept with an American twist. This is a Triple IPL (basically a TIPA that's been lagered) and honestly, if it didn't say IPL on the label I would've figured this was an IPA. Very very hoppy. Lots of pine, mango, and grapefruit. Super clean finish. Just a bit of malty sweetness. What a treat.

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Photo of Chico1985
3.54/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

500ml picked up at Julio's last weekend. Tried this once on-tap earlier this year and loved it, happy to find a fresh batch bottle dated 9-15-15.

A - Poured to a Chimay goblet. Translucent orange/amber colored beer with about a finger of white head to start. A very slight cap and ring remain by the end, some lace bits left.

S - A ton of earthy pine resin, grassy grapefruit, dirty mango. Surprisingly faint.

T - Earthy pine sap resins continue to dominate, with underlying pineapple, grapefruit. Spicy veggie-type qualities and floral hints. A bit of honey malt during the finish.

M - Bit of a slick+syrupy feel, lots of hop oils and pretty big bitterness. Carbonation just a tad on the low side but fine overall. A bit of booziness but not bad for 10%. Just kind of astringent feeling on the whole.

O - Hm, not sure if it's a batch change/change of personal taste/maybe it's just too fresh? This was good this time around, but was a bit of a resiny pine overload for me, the big ABV felt, well, big. Gladly would've split this 2 or 3 ways.

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Photo of ColdOneKev
4.07/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Gold body with a large white head. Leaves heavy lacing.
S - Pine resin, dank hops, some slight malty sweetness.
T - Very light malt, quickly stomped out by extreme hop bitterness. Bitterness gives away to dank pine resin. Some slight heat, booziness, but is not overdone. Just the right amount to let you know you have a sipper on your hands.
M - Medium body, low carb. Sticks to the palate and dries it out.
O - Not usually a fine of the triple IPA, because I think they are usually kind of a mess, but the lagering of this brew maybe makes the difference. It's a complex brew, but it is relatively clean. Worth seeking out.

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Photo of chippo33
2.69/5  rDev -36.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

This rating is on a four month old bottle. NOT FRESH. I bet is was much better fresh. I didnt see the date on the bottle when I bought it two days ago. After the bottle was emptied, I used a flashlight and saw the date - early march. The store I bought from has A LOT more of these bottles on the shelf.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

500ml bottle poured into a globe. 3/15 bottling date puts it at about 3 months old.

A: Hazed golden-orange. Dense cream-colored head sticks around. Sticky and we by lacing.

S: Clean whiffs of guava, mango, and cantaloupe. Grassy and piney dimensions too, herbal/spicy, wet leaves. Biscuit and toast malts.

T: Bitter herbal and piney bite. Peppery. Alcohol hits with a stiff jab, but stays very tolerable. Mango, cantaloupe, and apricot come into focus. Toasty malt base. Oily, herbal hops and wet leaves. Finishes with trailing hop oils.

M: medium-thick body. A bit fluffy but with a rounded and firm malt texture too. Sprightly carbonation. Gritty hop astringency.

O: A sizable brew, but very well controlled. Clean and relatively easy to drink despite its brawn. The hopping is very focused too. A great brew all around.

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Photo of lupercmda
4.4/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Never would have known this was a lager. Poured a copper clear color. Smell though is of lots of hops with a pine smell predominating. Taste is very bitter and piney yet resinous. Feel was of a lager with a thin smooth mouth feel. A surprise of a beer

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Photo of johnnnniee
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Grille Next Door.
Light golden color, off white head moderate lacing. Clean light maltiness big earthy tropical and citrus fruit with bits of resin. Nice brew!

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Photo of gonzo000
4.09/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Very hoppy on the front, but pils bitterness sneaks in at the end. You really have to wait for it, but it shows up. I liked this because it was an IPA / Pils mix that held the characteristics of both. Good Stuff.

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Photo of Kendo
4.06/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled on 3/3/15, consumed on 4/8/15.

A: Poured into a Corsendonk Christmas Ale chalice-type glass. Body is clear, dark golden with a 1-finger white head. Decent amount of splotchy lace left behind on the glass.

S: Big hoppy nose - think tropical fruits and a bit of pine - over a honey-malt sweet malty foundation.

T: Tropical fruity hops - pineapple comes to mind - with some citrus fruits as well (think clementine oranges). Good amount of raw pine at the finish. High-alcohol heat from the ABV is felt at the finish.

M: Somewhat slick and syrupy in feel, call it medium in heft.

O: Good. Slick feel detracts from it somewhat, but the hoppy flavors are good.

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

A - Pours a medium gold color with a vibrant white, creamy soapy-like ring of lacing, minimal carbonation.

S - Spicy fruit rind, resiny pine, minimal sweet malt aroma, 10% alcohol is nicely hidden.

T - Peach, bright citrus, followed with some malt sweetness before intensely pounding the palate with a resiny pine a citrus lingering bitter finish. Lots of resin and rind. Overall taste is somewhere between a 4.25 and 4.50 for me, the alcohol that is subdued in the nose all of a sudden appears on the palate.

M - Heavy medium body, creamy smooth body, and coats the mouth with intense fruit and pine bitterness that makes it feel almost cotton-like.

O - A very intense beer, Jack's Abby has renewed my interest in Lagers. (!!)

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Photo of AirBob
3.95/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Review from 12/15/14

A - 3 inches of rolling white head. Excellent retention and lacing. Slight hazy, golden body.

S - Sweet, candied citrus and peach throughout. Intense pine. Fresh cut grass. Heavy malt backbone.

T - Sweet malt and fruit followed by grass and very bitter pine. Boozy maltiness. All around intense and a good deal of depth.

M - Fuller bodied and medium carb. Creamy finish.. Not too sticky for a double. A little boozy tingle. Very drinkable for the style.

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