The ABCS | Jack's Abby Brewing

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BEER INFO

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

Style: American Double / Imperial Pilsner

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by jbertsch on 03-29-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
253
Reviews:
42
Avg:
4.15
pDev:
8.19%
 
 
Wants:
52
Gots:
16
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0
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Photo of Dope
4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 3/28/13. Less than 2 weeks old. Hooray local!

A: A very clear golden/amber-ish. Enormous fluffy white head. Head fades stupidly slow with a huge island persisting. Strong fluffy lacing from top of the glass to the bottom.

S: Lots of citrus. Oranges, mangoes, grapefruit. Just a hint of pine. Surprisingly mellow if I'm honest, not a huge hop bomb in the nose. Some sweet caramel backs it up.

T: Hops are stronger here. Again, lots of citrus. Grapefruit is prominent with some sweeter orange backing it up. A little pine. Hint of sweet malt but it passes pretty quickly. Big wave of bitterness along with a chunk of pine in the finish. Some resinous hops to boot. Long, lingering drying and bitter finish.

M: Medium bodied, very smooth. A little drying from all the hops in the finish.

O: Another awesome beer from Jack's Abby. Not quite Kiwi Rising status, but an interesting variation that's still quite good. This one is more focused on the citrus and pine than the tropical fruit. Delicious and ultra smooth - wonderfully drinkable.

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Photo of nquigley16
4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled on 3/28/13

Pours a dark gold with a beautiful white fluffy head. Aromas of sweet citrus fruits, pineapple, peach, and mainly oranges complimented by soft fruity sweetness. The taste starts with some hoppy bitterness and alcohol, moves to an unbelievable smooth fruity fresh middle, and ends with some subtle hop resin and alcohol. The alcohol becomes moderately present as it warms up, but is dangerously unnoticeable when cold.

Overall a delicious and smooth beer,very complex with no dominant or overpowering flavors and an amazing complex fruity hop profile.

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Photo of jondeelee
4.24/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The ABCS opens to exactly the kind of nose one would expect from a double IPL with 100+ IBUs: massive waves of dank hoppy goodness, with dandelion stem, lemon oil, pine resin, pink grapefruit, grapefruit rind, mint, eucalyptus, and grass oozing forth from the open bottle. The aromas are surprisingly faint, but one gets the feeling that this is more because they’re so thick that they don’t rise easily, instead forming an oily layer that more slides than rises. Still, there’s obviously a lot of hops in here, held somewhat in check by orange, apricot, and berry fruit esters, as well as candi sugar, brown sugar, and rosewater. Bits of toast crust and biscuit form a light bready backing, but are mostly drowned by hops and sugars. As a whole, the nose is very nice, and especially for hopheads, represents the sort of rock or icon that people will travel to from thousands of miles away just to touch briefly; it’s hard to imagine more hop aromas crammed into one bottle. This does, of course, mean that the aromas will be a turnoff to anyone not familiar with lupulin overabundance, and the sheer strength of the hops puts the beer largely, if deliciously, out of balance.

On the tongue, the beer is almost exactly as bitter and hoppy as should have been expected: thick swaths of dandelion stem, mint, eucalyptus, grapefruit, pine resin, and mint attack the tongue and soft palate, burning and etching their way into the flesh. The bitterness here is extreme, but balanced, with an impressive variety of almost every conceivable hop flavor working in perfect harmony to irreversibly wreck your palate. There are also bucketloads of sugar in here to try and keep the hops in check, with orange oil, apricot, and berry fruit esters, as well as brown sugar, and bits of toast crust and biscuit lodged in a lifejacket somewhere way in the back, hanging on for dear life. The aftertaste is a long-burning hop fuse that is, even after thirty seconds, more potent than an actual mouthful of many beers. Mouthfeel is medium to medium-heavy, and carbonation is medium.

Overall, this is very good beer, and once again, hophead heaven. At the same time, the sheer hoppiness of it all does imbalance the beer, and I suspect there are many people who would find this unpalatable, the hops coming across more like burnt anise seeds in fresh-squeezed grapefruit juice. But for a paltry $4.50 per bottle, you’re really not going to find more flavor for your buck. Recommended.

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The ABCS from Jack's Abby Brewing
4.15 out of 5 based on 253 ratings.
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