Mass Rising | Jack's Abby Brewing

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Mass RisingMass Rising

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

Style: American Double / Imperial Pilsner

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
In the spirit of our local history we are revolting against the status quo. We are writing our own story by fueling the fire surrounding extra hoppy beers. We infuse Mass Rising with increasing amounts of American hops during the kettle, hopbock and dry hopping processes. Together, we have taken a journey to redefine the term 'lager.'
IBUs 100 IBU

Added by rudzud on 09-07-2013

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Photo of predikit
2.75/5  rDev -34.8%

Pours a bright gold with a rather foamy head that leaves plenty of lacing.

Smells of grapefruit, and some apple. Standard hop fare here.

This beer bites back, citrus on the front, bitter finish. Not getting too much by way of complexities.

Medium body, crisp exit.

Not my kind of brew, but one of the better IPLs I've had.

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Photo of mynie
3.18/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This was described to me as an East Coast Humulus, so of course I had to give it a try.

N-not quite. While Humulus retains just enough crispness to clearly differentiate itself from a double IPA, the back end of JA's second anniversary strays into the harsh medicinal nodes that mar most iterations of this difficult style. Thankfully the front end is still smooth and pleasant and the back-end never gets painfully sharp, but it comes too close for my liking.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.28/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Very pale yellow orange. Small white head. Medium collar.

Smell - Generic citrusy hops. Pilsner malt behind it. Doesn't smell like a whole lot.

Taste - Crisp citrus hop flavor. Aggressively bitter. Pilsner malt flavor. Grassy bitterness lingers in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium light body. Well carbonated. Very bitter.

Overall - The hop flavor isn't very distinct. The malt flavor is still interesting though.

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Photo of Brad007
3.57/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Somehow, I missed this when I first starting purchasing Jack's Abby products.

Pours a yellowish-blond color with a thick, frothy white head into my glass.

Lots of pine and perhaps citrus notes in the nose. Crisp and malty. At 8%, it's not something to laugh at.

Pine and grapefruit upfront, followed by sweet, biscuity malt.

If you'll notice, the texture of the beer changes towards the back of the throat. After swallowing, there's a good dose of alcohol heat.

A delicious take on a double pilsner. To make this beer REALLY stand out, I'd love to see a continuation of the texture, which was "pillowy" before the alcohol heat kicked in.

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Photo of scottfrie
3.58/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into SN hop glass. Thanks again AutumnBeerLove!

A: Pours a clear straw golden with a huge, dense, and fluffy off-white head that took forever to fade thick film that left tons of sticky, wispy lacing down the glass.
S: Clean notes of bready malt mix well with hoppy scents of citrus and fruit nectar.
T: I get hoppy notes of citrus rind, lemon grass, lager yeast in the finish, bitter pine sap, and sourdough bread in the aftertaste. There’s a splash of sweet honey and flower nectar, as well a light touch of herbal spice.
M: Medium body, even carbonation, fairly smooth but there’s a touch of alcohol in the finish. Fairly refreshing.
O: I was underwhelmed by this one. It was good and definitely drinkable, but it wasn’t the best of the few other hoppy lagers I’ve had from JA.

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Photo of brentk56
3.63/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Quite a bit of foam billows on top of the golden liquid; the retention and lacing action are great but the liquid is a bit out of reach on the first few sips

Smell: Doughy, with an herbal and lemony twist

Taste: Doughy, up front, with a touch of sugary malt; in the middle, the 100 IBUs arrive with force, bringing a grassy and pithy element, with lemon, green apple and tropical fruit flavors; the finish is a bit soapy and herbaceous

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate, but crisp, carbonation

Overall: I am a fan of this brewery but I am going against the grain on this beer as it had a number of elements that I didn't particularly like

Thanks, mj0126, for the opportunity

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Photo of Ciocanelu
3.65/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Clear golden color with white head. Aroma is hoppy like an IPA but the malts resemble a Pilsener or Marzen beer. Taste starts balanced, hoppy with dank and overripe fruit notes, but also malty with honey and bread notes. Aftertaste is more bitter. The alcohol is also present but doesn't bother too much. A good combination between a lager and an IPA but it's not really a style I enjoy too much.

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Photo of breadwinner
3.71/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

It's a step up from the harsh imbalance of Kiwi, but I still think it doesn't work as well as Hoponious. The lager yeast/heavy hopping combo creates a shrill effect. Losing hold of the malt character isn't super surprising for the style, but without it here the shrillness is especially stark. Wouldn't reach for this, deferring instead to the aforementioned Hoponious or another more balanced option from JA.

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Photo of popery
3.72/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to jlindros. Pours a bright yellow gold color. It's quite transparent. There's some sediment at the bottom of the bottle, but a gentle-ish pour didn't disturb it and cloud things up. Big puffy white head. Lots of lacing. Big clumps on the walls of the glass. Excellent retention. Floral and citric hop aroma. Pale bready malt sweetness. Some peach, white grape, mango. It's all a bit mild, though, and really could be juicier. Surprisingly little lager yeastiness. Taste is similar. Some lemon, peach, grass, pine. Again, fairly mild. Moderate bitterness. Very clean. Some pale malt sweetness, doughy sugars. Little bit of solvent bitterness in the finish. Light and crisp, particularly for the abv. Pretty good beer.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.73/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a pale yellow with a white soapy froth that leaves a sheet of lacing of the glass. The aroma is hoppy but also with gassy, bready lager notes. Herb, bathroom, and lemon scent.

The brew is bready and also quite bitter with an earthy, dry hop flavor. A one two punch of lager sweet and hop carnage, Bitter, piney, herbal, bready and smooth. No trace of 8% alcohol really in the taste,

Overall, this is a nice full bodied double IPL with ample hop flavor. Not the most complex, but great for what it is.

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Photo of logicalparadox
3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

A: This head. Blows my mind! Thick pillow of sea foam atop a hazy, pale straw liquid. This is what beer should look like! The type of lacing you'd kill for and the head just won't die!

S: Grassy and herbal, with some light grapefruit and citrus, Smells dry and intense.

T: Surprisingly bitter and hoppy, but good. Lemon ring, grape fruit and grassy notes, with lots of pith and some herbal elements like marjoram and, even a hint of lavender. Mildly astringent.

M: Medium body with soft carbonation, the mouth-feel is sturdy, yet gentle.

Overall, a little bitter for my palette. Somewhat astringent and the herbals are a tad medicinal, but, sometimes you need your medicine! I'm impressed that this is a lager.

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Photo of joe1510
3.78/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz Bottle

A big thanks to Mark for surprising me with this bottle! Mass Rising glugs from the bottle to glass straw golden but when filling a larger area takes a peach hue with moderate lace. A big, billowing, purely white head grows to two fingers in height and as it recedes looks like someone jammed cotton balls in the glass. Impressive webbed lacing coats the glass.

A hefty dose of pilsner malt has wrapped itself around handfuls of American hops. The pilsner malt is fairly sweet with cereal graininess. A touch of clean booze in the middle actually sharpens up the hop fruitiness nicely. Tangerine, a touch of grapefruit, a squeeze of berries, and orange marmalade all play their role.

Citrus hits immediately. Orange and grapefruit lead the way, both pithy and sweet. Mid palate that sweet pilsner malt stands up while a touch of tangerine pushes through. The grapefruit adds a nice kick of lingering bitterness on the swallow. The best part of this beer is the swallow. Slightly sweet pilsner malt combines with the pithy citrus bitterness to produce a bright, flavorful finish.

Sweetness tends to linger on the palate. There's a nice frothiness to the larger than moderate body that cuts through a touch of the sweetness. Bitterness is moderate and lingers long after each sip. A soft, clean alcohol dryness cleans up the finish eventually.

Mass Rising is a solid beer. The sweetness is a little higher than I'd like but besides that it's an interesting combination of robust pilsner and heavy hopping. I would happily give a couple more of these a try in the future. Thanks again, Mark!

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Photo of DIM
3.79/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

a: Cloudy straw colored yellow; poured with a big sticky head.

s: Subdued citrus and some pine; some bready malt.

t: Tastes good but maybe a bit long in the tooth. Muddled, earthy, faintly citrusy hops. Moderate bready sweetness.

m: Light body and crisp carbonation.

o: Very good for sure, butI wish I would have tried this 2 months ago.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
3.82/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 fl oz bottle sealed with Jacks Abbey pressure cap.

poured into HF wine stem.

Appearance: Hazy and glowing straw bodied beer. 3 fingers tall white head with long lasting retention. Slowly drops down to a thick cap and leaves moderate lacing all over the glass.

Smell: bready malts, honey, and lager yeast.

Taste: moderate bitterness and bready malts to balance out the bitterness. Lager yeast is fairly potent as well. Grassy hops and slightly floral.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation levels. Carbonation is creamy and the beer is a very smooth drinker. Bot a little bit of a booze bite to it as well.

Overall: Not much complexity from the hop profile and the hops also taste as if they maybe on the borderline of being stale. Will have to revisit a bottle of this when I can verify freshness of the beer.

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Photo of tigg924
3.83/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: bright yellow in color, 1 inch head, clear, moderate carbonation

Smell: pine and citrus hops

Taste: pine and citrus hops, rind, and light toasted malt

Mouthfeel: medium bodied, moderate carbonation, sweet start with a big bitter middle and a less bitter end, dry

Overall: 100 IBUs and showing it. This will not disappoint those who love hop bombs. Much like the rest of Jack's Abbey's brews, it is very clean. Nice beer, but one is good enough for me.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.83/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle pour at Woodshop 8 held at The Hermosillo in Los Angeles, CA.

Thanks to drewone for sharing this one.

Pours a hazy light orange with a foamy khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus fruit, citrus zest, and some earthy hop aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus zest flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is tasty but has a slightly better hop aroma in my opinion.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.84/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottle opened on 10.16.13

A - Pours a hazy light orange with a huge light tan head that fades slowly.

S - Lager yeast and some earthy-grassy hops.

T - Grassy hops with an earthy lager finish.

D - Good carbonation with a light body.

O - Hop forward lager, pretty dirty grass and earth.

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Photo of Florida9
3.84/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Hazy pastel light yellow in color. Forms a rather sizable fluffy white head. Good retention. Lots of lacing.

S: Aroma smells like a hoppy pilsner. Citrusy lemon, some lighter malts, and just a hint of pine.

T: Taste is like an amped up pilsner, but in a mostly good way. Lighter malts. Bright, crisp flavors. Green apple, lemon, green-grassy hops, citrus zest, pith. Slightly herbal. Fusel alcohol on the finish.

M: On the lighter side of medium. Very crisp. Medium carbonation. Light-medium bitterness. Fusel spice.

O: A pretty good beer, though the lighter qualities of the beer do little to hide the aggressive alcoholic qualities of the beer. That said, I am typically not a fan of the Imperial Pilsner style and while I am not entirely sure this was brewed to be in Imperial Pilsner, I can say this is my favorite example of the style that I've come across.

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Photo of buschbeer
3.85/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

.5 liter bottle
Served in a pilsner glass

A - It is yellow in color with a chill haze. My pour yielded about six inches of eggshell head. The head is rocky and clings to the sides.

S - It smells like biscuit-y. I also smell a little lime.

T - The taste is a combination of biscuit and bitterness. The doughy start is offset by the hops bitterness.

M - Moderate

O - I fear I may have neglected to drink this beer at its prime; however, I had a Hoponius Union that I bought at the same time, and it was fine. This may have been on the shelf longer. I am not sure. What I am sure of is that I liked the Hoponius Union much better. Regardless, this is my celebration of National Lager Day.

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Photo of pmlondrigan
3.85/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hazy opaque yellowish golden colored beer. Judging this as a lager, should be clearer. Egg whites is what the head looks like, not tight carbonation but pretty. Plenty of lacing. Aroma is big, pine, lemon pinesol, pithy citrus. What more can be said? The aroma blasts out of the glass and is the strongest aspect of this beer. Tastes good! Hoppy in the citrus and pine variety way with a slight grassy quality married with hidden sulfur. Clean malt profile, the hops lead the way. Somewhat one dimensional in taste and a slight let down. Medium bodied, medium carbonation, medium all the way around in the mouthfeel category. Clean, clean finish, slight bitter hop, but with the clean palate expected of a lagered beer. The finish is another strong aspect of this beer. It's good, period.

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Photo of Bosoxfan20
3.86/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A- Clean golden with a 2 finger head that's very white. Solid retention and soapy lacing. Fine looking Pils.

S- Smells of huge west coast hops. Citrus abound. Biscuit malts. Touch of caramel.

T- Follows nose well with the hop forward notes of citrus and grass. It carries throughout the drink, but mostly generic malty base of biscuits and honey come through as well. Some caramelized notes again. Dry. Hops come back for another round in the finish that creates a slightly harsh bitterness.

M- Dry, light body close to mid. Strong bite in the finish. Prickly on the tongue with nice carbonation. Similar to an IPA, but the body of a pils. A bit thin and oily to stand up to the hop punch this one is smacking me around with.

O- A ballsy take on the style as we have come to expect from J'sA. Bold hop profile pushes the edge of a hoppy pils. Only knock is the malt base seems to be rather bland and hindered the balance/drinkability. Overall, a very solid showing, but not my fav imperial Pils. I'd like to think of it as a west coast imperial pilsner.

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Photo of smcolw
3.86/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Small but lasting head that leaves rings of lace after each sip. The color is dirty gold with a bit of a haze.

Mild smell. I didn't detect the bittering hop I was about to taste. What I did smell was quite floral with a bit of pale malted barley present. Unusually, the smell intensifies as I drink the beer.

This is a hop bomb with plenty of grapefruit rind style bitterness. There's seemingly no malt base. The swallow is lip puckeringly bitter, giving this beer a very long aftertaste. The body is heavy for a pilsner but the higher combination makes it feel appropriate.

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Photo of deanhead
3.86/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Mass rising
Straw colored withs a voluminous head.
Slightly hazy
Dank and slightly syrupy, adequately carbonated
Warming and alcoholic, but highly drinkable
Dusty finish, with a tiny hint of oxidation.
Not my favorite from Jacks abby, but a nice offering

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Photo of fscottkey
3.89/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Slightly opaque orange/amber color. I got a massive head but I think this was due to a not fully cleaned glass (long story). The bottle lists 100 IBUs and 8% ABV. The date, on the neck, is totally unreadable.

S: Grassy with some malts.

T: Grassy, spicy, slight citrus. Tangerine and apricot. The 100 IBUs is balanced enough to not be a punch in the face.

M: Clean and crisp with a dry hop finish.

O: This is a really enjoyable beer. The mouthfeel is clean and crisp. There are malt and grass notes that make the taste very nice. I was worried about the bitterness at 100 IBUs - but it was nicely balanced. Also the 8% ABV was hidden well.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.89/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

i finally got my hands on one of these, although i must say, i think freshness may have been a slight issue with my sample. i know some lagers are meant to hold up better, especially big ones like this, but this is basically a lagered double ipa, and some hops have faded and changed i am pretty certain. not that old i cant imagine, but probably not exactly the beer thats earned it such impressive scores here. i love the look. big creamy white head on top of a slightly hazy pale yellow body. raw lager, i like that, kellerpils looking base. it smells well hoppy, and rather west coast at that for a beer from new england. the hops are oily and bigger on the citrus, but there has to be a number of varietals in here at once. the flavor is equally bold, hops all the way, with a bready bigger lager yeast, and a pils type malt that has more sweetness than anticipated, but that is perfectly in balance with the bitterness on the back end. harmony there for sure. the hops are somewhat more bitter than flavorful, suggesting my age skepticism, but it still really works. the alcohol strength of this beer is incredibly well hidden too, you would never know its as strong as it is. the feel is my favorite feature. its super frothy and creamy and soft, a character i dont often associate with lagers. i love the yeast, its neat to have that happening in a beer like this. overall this one is really tasty, but i would love to try it with confirmed freshness to compare. i think it would also be need to do a deconstructed version with all the individual hops in isolation. i havent seen a series of lagers do that yet, and these guys seem like the ones most suited to lead such an endeavor.

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Mass Rising from Jack's Abby Brewing
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