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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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of NEhophead
3.96/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

16.9 fl oz brown bottle served in a tulip.
MFG 03.28.2013.

Dull, slightly cloudy gold in color. Very active carbonation that fuels a frothy, bright white head that plasters the rim of the tulip. For the most part, thin and spotted lacing with good strength.

Bright tropical fruit aromas: lime, honeydew, and pine, balanced by clean, bright pine hops. Clean, pale malt character with just a touch of sweetness, imparted mostly by the fruity esters. Notes of lemongrass with a touch of herbs, cilantro.

The pale malt character provides just enough of a backbone for the intense hop profile; clean, yet somewhat bland grains. Unlike the aroma, the primary flavor component is weighted more towards the spicy than the fruity along the hop spectrum. Pretty intense pine along with some herbs that provides a moderate earthen quality. A slightly fresh, juicy honeydew, pear, and peach follow an almost gritty, earthen bitterness.

Medium in body. Drinks a bit light and refreshing in spots, but the spiciness, sweetness, and herbal flavors retract from this beer's ability to quench your thirst. A bit too active on the palate for the style.

A really clean, crisp, and fresh lager with a ton of flavor going on here, surprising for the style. With that said, maybe a little too much going on with the combination of hops.

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4.09/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured this into a small white wine glass at the Collonade hotel in Boston, room 544. Bought at the Bauer wine and spirit at Newbury street just a few blocks away.

Orange golden clear body with plenty of fine carbonation that forms a bright white head of one finger that reduces soon to a thin layer leaving nice lacing 4

Aroma is moderate citric hops, tangerine, orange and some biscuit malts. 3.75

Taste follows aroma at least in the beginning before bitterness starts dominating the palate. Hops are nicely balanced with the biscuit malts. Long lasting bitter aftertaste. Actually, when you think it is finally gone, it comes back one more time. 4.25

Medium body slightly oily body with crisp carbonation. 4

One of the most tasty lagers that I have ever drunk. Great effort on balancing the tremendously high 100+ IBU with the malts. I am not sure if I really enjoy this long lingering bitterness, but I know you American hopheads do. Respect to Jack's Abby brewing for amazing me with this one. 4.25

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.17/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Hazy dark gold. Head and s solid-white. Decently sized super creamy head. Drops to a small chunk and clumpy cap with a loose bubbly collar. Sheets of lacing.
Wish it was a little more clear, but that's the worst of it.

Smell: Bitter pine and tropical fruit. Some peach, tangerine, and even some grapefruit. Vaguely herbal and slightly spicy. Slightly pithy bitterness. Some caramel malt sweetness. Touch of that particular Jack's Abby lager yeast. Mild earthiness. Pale malts as well.

Taste: Straight up pine needle bitterness. Some grapefruit zest with a backing fruitiness. Floral, very floral. Slight tangerine and peach in the back. Aggressive building bitterness, but not abrasive. Warming brightens some of the fruitier elements. Slightly sweet malt backbone is pale malts with a touch of caramel. Some slight esters. Earthy and bitter. Genuinely tastes like a seriously hopped lager and not a light IPA.

Mouthfeel: Moderate carbonation with a medium body. Crisp a slight bitter dry finish.

Overall: 1-2-3 baby you and me yeah!

Crazy bitter, but not abrasive (I'm looking at you Arctic Laser Wolf). Stays true to its lager roots and just gets bigger. I had this on tap last night and the bottle is a better choice. I'll definitely lock up more of this next year.

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a huge fluffy thick 2+ finger head in my oversized Palm snifter glass, fades slowly with nice soapy lacing, notches of it as well, a very clear honey orange colored beer.

Nose erupts out of the gate with big hops, I can smell it from a few feet away even! A big tropical fruit hop, citrus, floral, even a little spicy. Some grapefruit at first, with a little musty resin and passion fruit, then into the citrus, tangerine, light clementine, but lots of grapefruit. The hops turn a little floral with all that citrus and tropical fruit, and even a little spicy like hop under all that. Pretty much no malt in there except the faintest hint of a toasty pilsner malt.

Taste brings bit hops again, musty resinous almost right off, and spicy as well, with a ton of bitterness. Hops kick in with citrus and tropical fruit again, plenty of grapefruit and tangerine, some light orange rind and grapefruit pith flavors, a tropical fruit juice blend almost, with a bit of guava, orange juice, papaya, and again that musty passion fruit, it's fairly juicy overall. Hops also bring a bit of spiciness, and an almost chewy quality, but that's background mostly to the tropical fruit and citrus. Malts are there a bit, a little toasty pilsner but not much, light lager crispness, and soft overall, just enough to bring out the hops and give them something to stand on, then get out of the way. The malts deliver a bit of booze but you can't really tell. Finish stays quite bitter but never even close to overpowering somehow since the malts are so light, finishing hops bring a ton of grapefruit too, like I just bit into one, a bit more musty tropical fruit and resinous flavors, and a crisp lager finish, with a hint of malty flavor coming through.

Mouth is med bodied, crisp lager flavor, nice fluffy carb.

Overall very good, great beer overall, lots of tropical fruits and grapefruit, citrus, floral slightly spicy hops, hop profile is great. Brings quite a bit of btterness but never overpowers thanks to a hint of toasty pilsner malt that brings just enough to the table to keep the hops from getting out of hand without pushing into the forefront at all. It also maintains a little crisp lager profile in there too. Very nice!

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4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

16.9 oz bottle stamped with a 3/28/2013 date poured into a pilsner glass.

A: Pours a golden yellow. There's about 2-3 fingers of sudsy foam on top of this and a generous amount of lacing is left on the glass.

S: Piney, citrusy, and grapefruit are what I catch here. Some malts also come through a little bit. This doesn't smell like a total hop bomb but it also doesn't smell too malty. I like the balance in the nose here.

T: The taste follows the nose to a T. Some pine, citrus and grapefruit work in unison as the malts come through to offset the bitterness at the end. This is some excellent stuff. There is absolutely booziness in this brew which is a positive. This drinks so easy and that is due to it being a lager and not an ale.

M: As I just stated, this drinks so incredibly easy. A dry brew as well. The bitterness is not overwhelming in my eyes. Not bad.

Overall: This is a damn good beer. I'm drinking this a lot faster than I usually drink my beers. Nothing wrong with that at all, though. The hops were used well and the malts were used well to balance this out. Great job Jack's Abby!

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