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The ABCS | Jack's Abby Brewing

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Jack's Abby Brewing
Massachusetts, United States

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.

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Ratings: 253 |  Reviews: 42
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3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

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Photo of brureview
4.4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured in a stein: a beautiful light golden color with a 3 finger head which resolved itself.

Strong grapefruit and citrus wafted from the head.

The mouth feel was pleasant and tingling.

The taste is strong grapefruit, grapefruit rinds, and loads of hops.
The 100 IBUs are apparent with the warm spicy bitterness felt on the back of the tongue.

Another excellent beer from Jack's Abby- creating a new American craft lager.

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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

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Photo of fmccormi
4.41/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Straight pour from a 0.5l / 16.9oz / 1 pint 0.9fl oz pry-off bottle to my nice Tired Hands stempiece; Bottling date of March 28 printed in black ink on the far left-hand side of the label (“MFG 03.28.2”—though I suspect the last numeral is an error of some sort). So that makes this a day under three weeks old.

Appearance (5.0): Nearly three fingers of bone-white foam comes off the pour, forming a very tight, elegant head that dies down very slowly. It shows good retention, leaving even collars all the way down and good lacing between. Honestly it’s almost a wall of lace on the far side of the glass. The body has a slight chill haze, giving some depth to this deep honey-colored beer. Just awesome, through and through. This might be perfect, actually.

Smell (4.5): Loads of sweet, rich citrus tones: mango, papaya, passionfruit, candied orange peel, etc. And, some very solid floral tones (sweet, almost like hibiscus) along with some subtle, pale but sweet malt scent underneath—very, very nice.

Taste (4.25): GAHH! Oodles of dry citrus bitterness (white grapefruit peel) and nearly astringent herbal tones, fleshing out a very solid bitterness (but not quite to the point of harshness, per se—not too over the top). There also are some subtlely lemony bitter tones in there, too. The malt is dry, crackery, crisp, and slightly nutty underneath with lovely toasted wheat bread tones, too, which mesh well with the citrus pith bitterness. As it warms, some very subtle floral tones come out, which I’m really digging as it goes on. The hops profile also shows more and more funky, resinous Simcoe character as it warms, which I dig. This shit is rad. No sign of booze or anything else.

Mouthfeel (4.25): So crisp, so dry, so drinkable. The pale malt body helps the hop oils make the body feel simultaneously slick and dry. The carbonation is subtle, with a soft but full foaming effect on the way down, with a spicy tingling character in the middle. Very, very well done. So awesome, but way too easy to drink (as if that’s a thing).

Overall (4.5): This is an outstanding beer, if you ask me (which presumably you did, if you’re reading this review). It doesn’t have the sweet fruit and dynamic hops character of Hoponious Union, exactly; instead, it moves toward pithy citrus bitterness, some resin, and an amazing nose. Jack’s Abby really does the aroma hops fantastically well. You can SEE the dry-hopping in the beer, too, with all of that amazing lacing. This is an excellent beer. IPLs and DIPLs need to be a much more common thing, in my opinion, so way to go Jack’s Abby for leading the way.

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4.34/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Presentation: 500 mL bottle with a bottled on date of 3.28.2013. Chilled and poured into a Hill Farmstead tulip.

Appearance: Bright orange and slightly hazy in color. Pours a light, one finger white head. Leaves a great sticky lacing around the glass.

Aroma: Pineapple sweetness, some earthy pine, and some grapefruit notes reach out upfront. The hop presence is really strong and there's only not much in the way of malt backbone. Really bright and fruity.

Tasty: Grapefruit, pineapple, and mango notes upfront. Definitely more on the tropical end of the spectrum but with some strong earthiness and pine. Pretty strong bitterness on the end of each sip after an initial juicy burst. A dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied and refreshing for the ABV, which is hidden exceptionally well. A light, dry finish.

Overall, a really tasty, hoppy and bright lager. Really refreshing with some great juicy tones that finishes dry and light. Very well done and priced incredibly fairly.

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look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

1 pint .9oz. bottle poured into a larger version of the Sam Adams Perfect Pint Glass. The beer itself comes out a nice golden straw color with some slight haze to it, overall there is a little bit of clarity. Glows golden yellow when held up to the light. Large white colored head with a lot of small white bubbles.

Smell is awesome, nice and super hoppy without being overwhelming. Huge notes of citrus, primarily grapefruit but tangerine and lemon as well, with hints of pine and tropical fruits as well (mango/pine apple). Great sweet malt backbone that seems absolutely perfectly balanced.

Taste, much like the smell is spot on. Nice and hoppy again. Same tropical fruits as mentioned earlier come out here as well, maybe a little more citrus than the smell. There's some honey/nectar sweetness to balance out the bitterness. The flavors all really mesh together quite well, really just about as perfect as it can get.

Mouthfeel is perfect. Overall quite medium bodied with a nice carbonation level. Perfectly balanced so it's perfectly drinkable, bitterness to sweetness factor is perfect. Great sharp and dry bitter and not to mention clean finish. It's awesome, I'm a little dissapointed that this isn't a year round brew, I love this beer.

Edit: This beer should REALLY be consumed fresh. I was able to pick up a couple more bottles at a store that had an a lot left over (I figured why not). The beer had several months of age and while it was still very tasty, it had lost greatness in all categories except appearance.

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4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

MFG 03.28. Looks like they went from a generic printed month on some labels to an actual date stamp. 500 ml bottle into a tulip glass.

A - Pours a clear amber body. An absurd amount of foam forms after the pour, four fingers worth of bone white foam just over flowing out of the glass. Takes a while to calm down. Really excellent lacing with decent retention.

S - Pine and grapefruit. Faint malts. Oily and dank, but not as overpowering and intense as I was anticipating.

T - Pine, resin, and some bitter grapefruit juice washed away by a clean and crisp finish. Its a really interesting beer in the fact that it starts off with a huge wave of flavor but it casually turns into something light and drinkable with a bit of a crackery malt. Long lasting bitterness with a lingering citric fruitiness. Damn you Jack's Abby and your crazy lager magic!

M - Medium bodied and crisp, this is dangerously drinkable. The 7.5% abv seems unbelievable.

O - I went into this beer expecting a hop bomb (100+ IBU's, 7.5%, multiple big name hop varieties) but that is not at all what this beer is about. In typical Jack's Abby fashion you get a whollop of flavor in a light and approachable vessel.The kind of beer that you could easily polish off a growler solo while destroying your palate. These guys continue to amaze me.

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4.24/5  rDev +1.4%
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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3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

The ABCS from Jack's Abby Brewing
Beer rating: 4.18 out of 5 with 253 ratings
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