Mass Rising | Jack's Abby Brewing

187 Reviews
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

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Photo of dd43
4.28/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This beer is amazing. Some beer experts shit on the very idea of imperial pale lagers as a style. I question whether any of them have had a Mass Rising from Jacks Abby.

Brilliant bright gold in color with a prodigious dense white head that hangs out for days. Head comes back to life with ease as you swirl the hazy brew beneath. Aromas are complex. I got a lot of ripe sweet citrus flesh as well as some peel, but the bitterness from the hops came through more in the flavor than in a pithy aroma. There's a grassy quality as well, noble hops perhaps? Almost an earthy quality to it, like you dig up a handful of grass and dirt and wet leaves and took a whiff. That sounds gross but it isn't just take my word for it.

Flavors are wonderfully balanced between orange/melon/mango sweetness and bitterness, as well as a sharp quality that is a little hard to pin down. Not quite peppery but getting there. Malts are present in abundance which might be what I like best about this beer.

Mouthfeel is an ironic mix of crisp effervescence and smooth creaminess. Alcohol is all but completely hidden which is a feat given 8% ABV in a lager.

Everybody and their dumb weird uncle can make 100 IBU beers these days. Show me who among the great craft brewers of today can consistently nail a big, hoppy and malty pale lager that drinks like dream and looks good doing it. Excellent beer.

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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 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 BMMillsy
4.08/5  rDev -3.3%

Pours hazy yellow with a fluffy white head. Big time lemony aroma here with some grassy pine to go along with a hint of pineapple and honey. The flavor is lots of lemon bitter hops, a bit of pine, some fruits, and low sweetness from the malts. Finishes smooth but with a funky note left on the palate. High carbonation, light or medium body, super easy drinking, and slightly dry. Overall extremely solid and dangerously crushable.

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Photo of Tsull123
5/5  rDev +18.5%

This is really good beer, pick up a sixer if you can get it. It has the hoppiness of a good IPA but it's significantly smoother. It doesn't have that biting astringincey. Really well balanced, just a hint of sweetness. Remarkably drinkable at 8%.

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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 PSU_Mike
4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle poured into a snifter. It pours a slightly hazy dark straw color with a big white head. The head lingers for a bit and leaves nice lacing down the side of the glass before dissipating slowly. The nose is a little lemony with notes of grass and grapefruit. The taste is a little more herbal and grassy than I anticipated but the citrus notes still dominate the palate. Lemon and grapefruit come through the strongest. Light bodied and clean on the finish.

A great IPL that I would love to have regular access to.

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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 Ri0
4.2/5  rDev -0.5%

poured 12oz bottle into snifter

A - Hazy and straw colored with a 2 finger white head. Fades into a thick collar and there is webbed lacing aplenty on my glass.

S - Lighter malts similar to Pilsner, some grains and pleasant yeast. Hops are bright and fruity, hints of pine, citrus, and lemon zest.

T - Starts off with the light sweetness of a Pilsner and moves into a nice hoppy bitterness. Malts are light and cracker like, bits of grain before the hops take over. Nice and bitter, with pine and good amounts of citrus, including grapefruit and lemon zest.

M - Medium bodied, well carbonated. Clean and dry with some hop residue.

O - I would bet that few could tell this apart from some of the best IPA's on the shelf. I almost thought I was indulging on a Toppling Goliath IPA for a moment.

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Photo of argock
3.9/5  rDev -7.6%

Served on-tap in a 10 oz clear glass snifter at The Reservoir (Waterbury, VT).

A: Clear honey-golden with 1/2-finger cap of foamy, light beige head with good retention and a think collar of lace. (4)

S: Noble hops dominate with grassy, minty aromas combined with slightly sweet pilsner maltiness with a light grainy edge. Alcohol is well-masked. No yeast esters. (3.75)

T: Clean and crisp despite the high ABV, it drinks more like 6% than 8%. The minty, herbal nature of the hops carries through all the way from early to the finish with a clean lightly grainy and sweet pilsner maltiness that is bready. The flavor, while enjoyable, is not terribly complex. Bitterness is medium at most. (4)

M: The feel is amazing for this big of a beer -- still crisp and drinks lighter than its true heft. (4.25)

O: I liked this beer but wish it had more complexity -- it is a one-trick pony flavor-wise but it does that trick with noble hopping well.

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Photo of socon67
4/5  rDev -5.2%

Dark golden pour. Very strong citrus flavors. Crisp feel and finish. Foam retention on this one was impressive. Visible carbonation.

Jack's Abbey clearly knows their lagers and this is a good example of an extreme lager. Very solid 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 RobbDogg
4.21/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at the Worthy Burger. Deep straw color and attractive in the glass. A thin but attractive head and great, thick, and lasting lacing. A light scent of hops and citrus, nothing heavy or overwhelming. Feels light and drinkable, with well masked alcohol. A citrus pallet and bitter finish. An excellent IPL from JA.

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Photo of CaptCleveland
4.46/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle received as an extra from generous BA trader, Ckoz.

Slightly hazy, saffron colored elixir poured into SA glass. Huge two finger, white fluffy head, retained throughout the tasting. Thick lacing coats the glass.

Wonderful aromas of citrus (lemons, tangerines), rind, earthy hops and spice.

Nice amalgam of the smooth bitterness with intermingling notes of earth and spice with the citrus making an appearance at the end for a nice tangy aftertaste. Well done.

Medium body, alcohol well hidden.

Really impressed with this IPL, in fact the best one I have tasted. This would be a go to brew if available in OH. Nice job by Jack's Abby.

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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 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 HamdenHector
4.02/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: crystal clear; honey colored; with a moderate pour, got a 3 finger white head that receded slowly to an uneven film; really nice lacing;

S: very nice grapefruit up front with some tropical and pine in the background;

T: grapefruit up front; citrus rind and tropical fruit kick in before mid-palate; moderately bitter finish with some floral and pine; alcohol is well hidden;

M: medium bodied; moderately carbonated; crisp, moderately dry finish;

O: really nice; a lot of hop aroma and flavor;

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Photo of GOBLIN
3.97/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Jacks Abby Mass Rising

Big thanks to Pisano for this one !

Poured into pint glass

A: Hazy straw color topped off with a huge white frothy head.

S: Lemon, grass . . . That's about all I'm getting.

T: Pretty tasty and refreshing.

M: Crisp.

O: A nice refreshing beer for being 8%

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Photo of RonfromJersey
4.27/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Hazy golden body, topped by a pure white baseball. Stretched lace.

Big fresh citrus aroma, plenty of lemon. Besides the citrus, maybe some apple in the back. Very inviting.

Sweet malt foundation,with depth, not too sweet. Juicy fruit, with lemon highlights in the middle. Mild hop nip. Clean finish.

Smooth light-medium mouthfeel.

Several IPLs have left me with a sensation of something missing, but not this one. Recommended highly.

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Photo of scotorum
3.95/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I'm 0 for 2 tonight on finding bottling date info. The other was Ipswich Oatmeal Stout. Bought this on sale about a month ago, too long before sampling it I know, but the Great Vermont Beer Weekend April 19-21 came days after I purchased the fourpack this bottle came from, and I'm still working on the purchases from that trip. No reason to think this bottle is more than a couple of months old, but that can be significant.

Poured from the 12 oz. bottle into a Tree House tulip.

a: Clear gold with an inch and a half white head which receded to lumpy surface foam and dense lacing. Additional pours required to fill the glass. Becomes hazier as the bottle empties, and the flavor becomes more citrusy. Go figger.

s: Very little.

t: Moderate piney and citrusy hops over a light biscuit malt base. Bitterness lingers on the tongue. Dry to bitter finish. 8% ABV is well distracted. 100 IBUs however is not so prominent either.

m: Light to moderate. Loads of carbonation tingle.

o: The "hops adjusted" version of their Second Anniversary Lager (which I rated 4.26 last August) has hops enough to satisfy most hopheads, just as its predecessor did. I enjoyed it more when the flavor turned from piney to more citrus.

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Photo of LambicPentameter
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Received this bottle due to the generosity of BA SammyJaxxxx. Finally reviewing from notes, having drank it way back on 2/23/14. Enjoyed out of a 12 oz brown bottle with a bottling date of 01.23.2014. Poured into a 16 oz tapered pilsner glass.

Appearance - Pours a translucent golden straw yello with a cacophony of carbonation bubbles rising up through the liquid in spite of there being no laser etching on the bottom of the glass to encourage it. The rise up to replenish a fluffy two-finger head the color of off white with just a twinge of yellowish tinting. Retention is excellent and there are rings of sticky lacing along the side of the glass as I drink it down.

Smell - Right up front there is the classic taste of slightly sweet biscuty malts with just a hint of grassy/herbal bitterness, like garden baby greens. There is also a faint hint of citric acid that gives the impression of lemon zest. Lemony, but not even slightly tart.

Taste - The bitterness is a tad more present here, with that herbal component having a slightly vegetal quality, akin to dandelion greens. Still, the biscuit notes are wondefully present, as well as a hint of the estery alcohol that gives the impression of ripe fruit. The citrus zest is now more aggressive than before, with distinctly overt overtones of lemon and even some faint grapefruit flesh.

Mouthfeel - Light bodied and high carbonation, with a finish that is just slightly sweet, but mostly dry.

Overall, another fantastic beer from Jack's Abby. If these guys distributed to my area, I would certainly drink a lot more of the styles from the lager method of brewing. Glad that SammyJaxxx has been kind enough to share the wealth.

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

Poured from 12 oz glass into a snifter.
Pours a light amber with one finger of soapy bubble head.
Aromas were lighter than I was hoping for. Hoppiness was there, just wanted more.
Tasted nice with just the right amount of hop bitterness.
Mouthfeel was very nice for a lager.
Overall, nice IPL!

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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 gcamparone
4.01/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter. Purchased at Yankee Spirits in Attleboro, MA.

A- Pours a hazy dull orange body with a 2 finger white head the reduces slowly to leave some nice lacing.

S- Citrusy, tropical, pineapple, some resin and pine but mostly citrus and juicy fruit .

T- Tropical fruits and citrus rind.. subtle but nice flavors.. slightly floral and piney on the finish. Some hop bite on the aftertaste.

M- Kind of thin for a DIPA.. SUPER high carbonation. easy going down.

Overall a solid DIPA.. but I prefer hoponius union - this is it's bigger brother that just got outshined by it's sibling.

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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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