Wicked Philthy (Jack's Abby/SØle Artisan Ales Collaboration) | Jack's Abby Brewing

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Wicked Philthy (Jack's Abby/SØle Artisan Ales Collaboration)Wicked Philthy (Jack's Abby/SØle Artisan Ales Collaboration)

Brewed by:
Jack's Abby Brewing
Massachusetts, United States

Style: American Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Forget West-coast IPAs, here in the Northeast we’re pioneering a whole new style. We’ve joined forces with Søle Artisan Ales to bring you a hazy, creamy and juicy IPL with a seriously intense tropical hop aroma, and just enough bitterness to keep you coming back for more.

Added by Charstock on 03-21-2017

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Reviews by kniles38:
Photo of kniles38
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

More User Reviews:
Photo of kuishinbo_tantei
3.48/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Charstock
4.24/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Rejis
4.01/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden with light haze. Tropical aroma with slight bubblegum fruity smell. Taste light tropical fruit finishing with a light bitterness. Overall not a bad take on the New England ipa by the lager meisters in Framingham.

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Photo of PSU_Mike
4.04/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of whatname
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of citizencane
4.04/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours dark gold with moderate head. Smell is a balanced blend of tropical fruit hops and bready malts. The blend between the two is seamless. Crisp and refreshing mouthfeel. Overall, neither excessively bready nor fruity hop oriented, and a very tasty and excellent representation of the style. Will likely have again.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.57/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

16 oz. can Orange with a little haze and a small white head. Smells of sweet malts, some citrus, tropical hops, and pine. I really don't get a ton of aroma from my glass, though the inside of the can smells great. Much more flavorful, though. Hefty pine resin with some tropical hop flavors. Sweet pale malt. Aggressive pine bitterness. Lingering sweetness in the back end with a little bit of a bite. Medium heavy. A little bigger than I'd like it to be. A lot of the Jack's Abby beers I've had have been clearly in the lager category. This one really bends the style. If I didn't know any better, I probably wouldn't even have known it was a lager.

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Photo of FalconOne
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of broadway848
4.04/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of liquorpig
3.72/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of 20holmbrew
3.52/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This one pours a somewhat hazy golden orange, with a one inch head, and a good bit of lacing.

This smells pretty dank and very hoppy on the nose, with melon, grapefruit, marijuana, pine, and flowers.

While this is still cold, it's absolutely delicious- zesty and sharp, with a killer bitterness. But as it warms, this gets a tiny bit vegetal and weirdly perfumey. It's luckily not super overwhelming, so this is still a tasty beer.

This is light bodied, and quite crisp, with a good level of carbonation.

Most of Jack's Abby's IPLs are better than this, but this is still a fine beer, despite a few small issues.

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Photo of Stofko1992
3.87/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of IdrinkGas
3.72/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SebastianOwl
4.04/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of flek
4.04/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of fmccormi
4.38/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Straight pour from a 16oz can to an oversized wineglass (Jester King stem). This has a canning date printed in yellow ink on the underside of the can, which appears to read “BEST BY 050117 147 0417 031217.” I guess that means best by May 1, 2017, but I’m not sure how to interpret the rest. Regardless, this has only been for sale for about two weeks. Refrigerated a couple of days prior to consumption.

Appearance (4.5): Oh yeah, this is the stuff. It pours out two and a half fingers of ecru foam, capping a very hazy, glowing, orange-tan body. The head dies down slowly enough, leaving fat, bubbly, delicate arcs and collars of lace.

Smell (4.5): Mango juice, clementine flesh, some slightly oily, herbal scent like fresh rosemary, a touch of passionfruit’s twangy funk, and some lime pith round out the initial blast of hops. It’s fairly aromatic, too—you could smell it as soon as you pour. The malt is pale and understated, offering a little bit of sugar cookie, floury biscuits, and a touch of white boule crust. As it opens up, some more floral character and sweet pineapple come forward.

Taste (4.25): Ooh, this leans into a different aspect of the hops than I’d anticipated. It leads with key lime zest, backed by underripe pineapple, and moves into a very herbal/floral dynamic that falls short of astringent, reminding me of green tea and jasmine. All that said, it’s got subtle, soft notes of peach and pink apples, which play nicely with the very smooth, soft malt body. The malt is breadier than in the nose, evoking Cream of Wheat, white boule, and cooked oatmeal. There’s also a subtle mineral tone on the palate, which sits somewhere between the tea and lime zest flavors, but playing well with the light starchiness of the malt. No booze at all.

Mouthfeel (4.75): This is damn near perfect, considering they made a lager emulating a very ale yeast-dependent (sub)style. It rolls in over the palate very softly and smoothly, but quickly shifts gears as a coating of fairly prickly, very fine-pointed carbonation and a slightly starchy, very dry wave of hop bitterness covers every surface. It falls fairly short of parching, though, and paired with the medium-weight (at best) body, it makes for an extremely satisfying drink. Doesn’t feel anywhere near 7% ABV.

Overall (4.25): There are a couple of ways to approach this beer. Because they specifically made a pale, hoppy lager (as Jack’s Abby is wont to do), but sought to emulate the NE-style of (D)IPA, you might come at it from either direction. But, the NE-style (D)IPA is dependent on certain qualities of ale yeast and fermentation that it’s hard to see how the two vectors might cross. This beer LOOKS like a NE-style (D)IPA, and smells like one, too. It tastes more like the type of (D)IPL that Jack’s Abby has mastered, but with the leaner body and more assertive bitterness of an American IPA at 7% ABV. (Like, it’s very much on the dry side for a pale, hoppy beer of that size.) So in my mind, they only partly met the standards of a NE-style (D)IPA, but absolutely nailed the big, aromatic IPL side of it. If all it takes to make a “New England/Northeast” style (D)IPL is to make it aromatic and hazy, then they definitely hit the mark. Regardless, it’s an outstanding pale, hoppy beer, and I would definitely recommend it.

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Photo of PaulSlazinger
3.86/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mickyge
3.84/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MikeyBadnews
4.02/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Yeah, she's a hoppy one. Grassy, floral with maybe a hint of citrus. They advertise it as having a tropical aroma. But thats not evident on this end.

Taste is mega bitter, again with the florals. If served at room temp without carbonation you could trick me into thinking I was drinking an Italian Apertif.

Might be a little TOO hoppy for some pallets. And again, I cant even pick up the tropical fruits, its an almost minty floral aroma and flavor, seemingly ripe with German hops that fit the style.

I like it, good carbonation and bitterness, sits REALLY heavy so I couldn't have a "few" of these, but a quality and interesting beer certainly worth trying.

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Photo of Sabtos
3.47/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Sparsely sparkling amber with a moderate fluffy white foam clinging like sponge to the glass.

This can may have been a tad old, but I'm getting pine, graham, rug, honey drizzled toast, lime, and Sweet Tarts.

Taste is pretty classic West Coast actually, with pine, rug, graham, toast, lime, Sweet Tarts and grapefruit again, so, pretty much the same as the nose, except for some slightly refreshing and unique bittersweet black tea in the finish.

The frothy medium body is a little chewy.

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Photo of Massbmx
4.37/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of TheFightfan1
3.36/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Mikexw
4.06/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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