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 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 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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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 superspak
4.16/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got in a BIF from ZebraCakez. 12 ounce bottle into lager glass; bottle dating is worn off. Pours hazy deep golden color with a 1-2 finger dense and rocky white head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Nice dense soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of big lemon zest, orange peel, grapefruit, citrus rind, pine, herbal, floral, grass, cracker, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great complexity and balance of bright citrus/pine hops and light-moderate pale malt notes; with good strength. Taste of big grapefruit, lemon zest, orange peel, citrus rind, pine, herbal, floral, grass, cracker, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Good amount of pine/citrus rind bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, lemon/orange zest, citrus rind, pine, cracker, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice complexity and balance of bright citrus/pine hops and light-moderate pale malt flavors; with a great bitterness/sweetness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Very clean on lager flavors with zero yeast ester notes present. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, crisp, and fairly sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very excellent IPL style. All around great complexity and balance of bright citrus/pine hops and light-moderate pale malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of jlindros
4.59/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

The long slendering neck forces a nice pour into my Tree House tulip, with a big creamy 1.5 finger head that fades semi slowly, in fact it seems to want to stick around to enjoy the beer as much as it can itself. It eventually leaves a nice lacing on the sides, bit of a soapy lacing, a nice golden slightly hazy tan honey colored beer.

Nose just wafts out of the glass when I pop the top, just he essence of pure awesome hops, such an amazing aroma and I'm glad I can pick this up fairly easily and smell it anytime. Great tropical fruit, a some mango and papaya, a mild tangerine citrus and hint of grapefruit pith, very juicy aroma with pure tropical fruit juice like, the slightest hint of melon to top off the hop goodness. Under that is a mild sweet malty aroma, a kiss of malty balance to, um, balance it. Then a nice big passion fruit waft like I just took a scoop of a halved passion fruit, a bit more mango, and a hint of musty resin.

Taste is very nice too, continuing where the nose left off, more awesome hops that explode and brings lots of great tropical fruit but don't get overly saturated. The malty balance comes through nicely with a good balance and touch of sweetness, but alcohol is hidden fairly well behind the mild sweetness and big hop character. bitterness is fair but not crazy, with a great crisp lager character in there too to help bring everything out nicely and not weigh down on the tongue. Finally all that writing is out of the way I can get to the hop characters. Again tons of mango and passion fruit, tons of generic tropical fruit juice. It really has that taste and even a little feel of sucking on a mango pit, before moving into the citrus, overall not too heavy on the citrus, but a nice tangerine, nectarine like citrus, a hint of grapefruit pith, and little clementine like mild orange.The pithy slight spicy bitterness comes through more towards the finish, as well as a bit of a musty resin, and a mild earthy like terroir kinda hop character. Finish is dry, crisp, and lots of hops lingering, more mango, passion fruit, little citrus and orange juice, more grapefruit pith, and little malt base.

Mouth is med bodied but soft and crisp lager touch, although maybe a bit overcarbonationed.

Overall great, another amazing beer from Jack's Abby, but this time getting into the realm of Hill farmstead of Tree House with the amazing hop characters, tropical fruit, etc, but keeping that nice crisp soft lager base to make this a winner and a half!

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a very large white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick but spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains grassy hops, fruity citrus, lager yeast and caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts out with a floral burst of hops bitterness followed by mildly sweet flavors of citrus and caramel. Then some breadiness from lager yeast and a hearty but not too heavy malt character comes in and creates a very good balance. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, this is a very flavorful beer worth drinking for a long time.

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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 mdfb79
4.21/5  rDev -0.2%

From 09/16/14 notes. Had a 12 oz. glass of this at Lord Hobo in MA for $8...very good.

Pours a hazy golden color with one finger plus of fluffy white head and moderate carbonation evident. Nose has a ton of citrus hops, oranges, floral hops, fruity malts. Taste follows the nose though not quite as hoppy. Some tropical notes as well. Medium body and low to moderate carbonation. Easy to drink and smooth.

Overall I liked this a lot...I thought it was really good and had an amazing nose to it. Easy to drink and worth checking out, would drink this all the time if I could.

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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 Huhzubendah
4.3/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks Pat!

The beer is mostly clear and golden with a half-inch of white head. The aroma offers dank citrus, hops. Oo...smells nice. Grapefruit and oranges with a dry finish. Bold and exciting. Delicious. Some sourbread and yeast notes blend beautifully with a predominantly hoppy beer. I definitely recommend this.

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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 stakem
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks for gifting me with this 12oz bottle Kegatron. Poured into a cervoise, the brew appears a clear golden yellow color with 3 fingers frothy topping. It fades leaving a soapy coating on the glass.

The aroma is strikingly like grapefruit juice. Pleasantly fruity and hoppy with other fruity and floral notes before getting a little carbonic and mineral-filled.

The flavor is juicy with hop flavoring again reminiscent of grapefruit pith, pulp and rinds. Almost a vinous aspect mid-palate. Quite a floral component fills a large portion of the flavor profile before getting a little grassy and dusty. It takes a few sips for the moderate bitterness and slight alcohol edge to evolve. Once warm a touch of diacetyl emerges with a slight toffee sweetness.

This is a medium to light bodied brew with modest carbonation. It is full of hop flavor and quite nice. Somewhat crisp and easy drinking. This is worth seeking out.

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Photo of johnnnniee
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle from Downtown Wine and Spirits.
Pours a crystal clear deep straw with a huge bubbly bone white head that takes forever to recede. Aromas of spicy onion and garlic with a bit of pine and dankness hiding a hint of bready sweet malt. The flavor is lightly bready but overpowered by resin pine and green onion. Smooth hop flavor with just a touch of bitterness. Medium body with a spirited level of carbonation and a slick resinous mouthfeel. Nice beer, I'm glad I found some of this.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.24/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Damn, this beer is great. Awesome citrus tones with a touch of grass on the backend. Slightly more earthy than I would have expected, but the citrus tones dominate here and I love it.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.43/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a Libbey style pilsner glass.

Deep apricot orange, slight haze, with nice slow rising streams of carbonation. Head is rocky and fluffy white, two fingers and big clumping retention. Laces like whipping cream. Great looking beer.

Very interesting nose, sweet malts of crisp toffee, hints of hop fruit forward nearly tropical and almost sticky orange qualities. Dense and thick fruit sweetness.

Palate sings nicely. Chewy and leafy hop body but much sweeter and very small bitterness. Almost candy Belgian like sweetness but far toned down in the mid palate. Juicy finish and hints of light syrup to go with it. Aromatics hop fruit on the swallow as well with some dense mouth feel.

A great impressive imperial pilsner, giving some real good fruit and malt character.

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Photo of Billolick
3.94/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle. W/o freshness/bottling info that I can find.

Cloudy and straw hued. Near white cap that's sturdy and staying. Leaves ample low sheeting and plenty of bands and blobs of stick.

Grapefruit bomb of a nose.

Citric and hop forward Imperial lager. More grapefruit, lime and orange. Unflinchingly hoppy, crisp and quite enjoyable. Well worth a try.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle from Greg. Guessing this is roughly two months old, so I figured I'd get to it ASAP. Served in an Alchemist pint glass.

A - Generous white foam settles to a chunky, thick cap, leaving behind glass-coating splotchy lacework. Hazy white peach-colored orange-yellow body.

S - Hop character seems to be quite varied, with elements of tropical fruit, citrus zest, cat pee, floral and earth notes, a touch of dank. Malt character is significantly more pronounced than Jack's Abby's other hoppy offerings, and some doughy and sugary supporting the hop melange. A tad understated, although perhaps it's fallen off. No discernible alcohol.

T - The taste has a bit more punch to it, and is largely dominated by the mixture of sweet, doughy, and biscuity malt flavors mixed with tropical and citrus fruits. There's some nebulous floral and grassy notes in the periphery, but the more earthy flavors have fallen by the wayside. Again, no alcohol, and surprisingly restrained bitterness considering the bottle advertises 100+ IBU.

M - Medium-full body, pleasant moderate carbonation, soft texture, with a dry, crisp finish. Again, nary a trace of booze, but only some lingering hop oils and resins.

D - A nice brew to be certain, but I was slightly disappointed considering the pedigree. The hop character was a bit muddled rather than complex, and I was also hoping for more hop kick and a bit less malt. Well-executed and quite tasty, as all Jack's Abby brews tend to be, but I'd still prefer Kiwi Rising or Hoponius Union.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
4.21/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle into a shaker pint, the beer is a bright, slightly hazed, goldenrod coloring with slow, steady carbonation flow and a tall, frothy, light, white head that slowly, unevenly settles, leaving a wicked cling along the glass. Aromas of pine resin, subtle tropical fruit sweetness, pepper spicing, and a rich bitterness. Subtle toasted grain backbone in the nose, also. Flavors are very hop forward, with a resiny, bitter blast. Subtle grassy notes, with tangy and tart tropical fruit highlights. Toasted grain undertones. Very smooth, light bodied, with a hoppy, resiny bitterness into the aftertaste. Clean, smooth finish that has a slight drying effect. Solid brew.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.44/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Joe Bean Coffee Roasters in Rochester, NY.

Pours a hazy golden orange. Visible carbonation forms a one inch fizzy head. Few specks of lacing remain when the glass is finished.

Smells quite citrusy and juicy. Mostly mango and grapefruit.

The taste is similar. A medium amount of bitterness is washed over by fresh fruit flavors- mango, grapefruit, orange. Some small amounts of pine and grass. Can't really taste much malt here.

The body is crisp, clean, and refreshing, as I'd expect from a lager. Medium bodied.

Another winner from Jack's Abby. Really creative and non-traditional lagers coming from them.

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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 dar482
4.59/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

The beer pours in a clear golden honey color with a nice big white head.

The aroma has lemon zest, a crackery malt, floral some lager characteristics. Hoppy, but not a huge aroma.

The flavor follows with this strong amount of grapefruit hoppiness, a bit of grassy green, floral, a touch of white bready malt. Not much sweetness. Tons of pine on the finish. An extremely hoppy beer.

This beer does not have too much obvious fruity notes from the hops, but still has that hop “juice” flavor. Extremely hoppy. Very clean and bitter. Very drinkable.

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Photo of puboflyons
4.65/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

From the 26 fl. oz. bottle. June 2013 batch. Sampled on Labor Day 2013.

It has a cloudy pale yellow pour with a big fluffy white head that lingers and laces through the end.

The aroma is something else. Even three feet away from my nose I pick up the pine , resin, and floral hops - eve more so up close. Some roasted biscuit malts but a world of spruce and citrus.

The body is full.

The taste begins with a biscuit maltiness and then becomes rich with floral and pine hops, citrus but more specifically grapefruit and tangerine, and a long lasting bitter finale. An amazing beer and I'm glad I got to celebrate Jack's Abby's second anniversary with this one.

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Photo of rudzud
4.82/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Picked up a bottle of this at Julio's. This is their new year round DIPL, based off of their 2nd Anniversary Lager. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a wonderful crystal clear light golden hue with a good almost two finger white creamy head that fades to leave sticky side lacing and a creamy, creamy blanket. Very nice.

S - The nose just pops of a waterfall of hop varieties. If this holds true to 2nd Anniversary, and my nose is not lying, its lovely Citra, Apollo, Simcoe, Amarillo, Mosaic, and Calypso working to make a very, very nice nasal assault. Crazy good exotic tropical fruits, pineapples, mangos, grapefruit, earthy slightly herbal aromas.

T - Taste is just spectacular. Super unique and delicious with TONS of tropical notes, mango, pineapple, dank hops, sticky bitter hops, grapefruit peel, oranges...the lager yeast is absolutely crushed by the hops here. As assertive and assaultive each and every hop variety is, each one can be picked out on different sips. I drink this, and wonder if I am simply rubbing my tongue with cones. The finish is strongly bitter, which is to be understood with this, however it is not a pallet wrecker. And if things could not get any more epic, as this warms...fresh peach nectar!

M - Mouthfeel is bitter, super drinkable, zero ABV noticeable. Nice bright carbonation.

O - Overall, this is one of the best beers to come out of Jack's Abby. While not as good as that first go around of Kiwi Rising, this is very close. Very well crafted and at $4.99 a 500mL it does not break the bank.

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Photo of jbaker67
4.44/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden hazy pale hue allowing some light to penetrate. A fluffy long lasting head rests on top... Aroma of juicy guava and mosaic/galaxy resembling tropical fruit quality, light bitter grass backing. Semi-sweet pale grains to go along with the preceding. A touch catty all around. Fresh and nice... Flavored are a continuation of the same with sweet grains upfront that quickly dry out with a pithy bitterness. Seedy tropical fruit note abundant. Pretty clean with a nice balance between a bigger lager grain presence and an assertively well hopped offering. Medium bodied with adequate carbonation.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
4.51/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Fairly sure this beer will be lumped in with the 2nd Anniversary Lager reviews because I am fairly sure this is the same beer.

A-Pours cloudy and opaque. Big, white head. Long, thick rings of lace.

S-Delightful, exotic, fruity hoppiness. Pineapples, clementines and an herbal, grassy/mossy finish. A farmer's market fruit medley. Light, crackery and Pilsy malt.

T-I love the clean, sweet cracker malt but let's be honest, the unique fruit nuke of hoppiness comprises of 95% of the flavor. So much goddamn pineapple! Dank, mossy hops with a bitter citro-pine finish.

M-Drinks eagerly. No booze. Bitterness is long but not strange long.

O/D-This must be a re-brew of their 2nd Anni brew. Therefore, until I am proven wrong I will give Mass Rising the same grade. What a beer. Year round? Hell yes.

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Mass Rising from Jack's Abby Brewing
4.22 out of 5 based on 1,468 ratings.
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