Ambrewsia | Brewmaster Jack

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Brewmaster Jack
Massachusetts, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.02/5  rDev -23%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-Pours orange with a thin head. ACBF sample pour does allow me to rightly judge the head or lacing.

S-Balanced. The malt may outweigh the hops. Lots of sweet caramel and other basic malty notes. The hops are rather dull. Piney and oddly herbal.

T-Yeah, more of the same. Relatively odd in its hoppiness. Just as sweet. Balanced but with no really defining flavor. Just very forgettable.

M-Rather thin. Not too bitter.

O/D-Was not a big fan of this one.

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Photo of far333
3.31/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Slightly hazed, orangey apricot with a light beige head that slowly recedes. Low aroma of floral hops, a little perfumey.

Flavor of toffee malt upfront, followed by grapefruit citrus hops, tastes like centennial. Morphs quickly to pine, and bitter orange rind. Fairly bitter, but this tastes like a single IPA, not a double IPA. Not overly complex, thin mouthfeel, this is just above average overall.

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Photo of CJRubes
3.58/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Picked this up from a local wine and cheese store (oddly enough) while out with the wife today.

I poured the 22oz bottle into a Sam Adams point glass.

A - Poured a hazy golden color with a moderate head. Honestly, it looks a bit light for a DIPA. The head dissipated fairly quickly leaving good lacing on the glass.

S - Getting a lot of hops right off the bat. Getting more pine and evergreen as opposed to citrus fruits in some other DIPAs I've had. I'm only getting a little malt in the smell... Overall seems a bit thin on the nose.

T - Taste follows the smell. Getting bitter, spicy hops and pine right away. Certainly not an unpleasant flavor but I expected more complexity from a DIPA. Very dry...reminds of a dry white wine. Not a strong malt backbone on this one which probably leads to the dryness. My mouth is really craving some malt but it's just not there. I think the taste would be excellent with a stronger malt presence, but it's still an enjoyable beer.

M - Good carbonation but not so much that I have an issue with. Feel is on the thin side, I was hoping for it to be a bit more creamy. But, then again, it's probably due to a weaker malt backbone compared to some other DIPAs. Certainly not unpleasant but I expected something a bit more rich.

O - Solid DIPA. Is it among the greats? No, but it's still a solid offering, worth picking up if you can find it. I think some more malt presence would go a long way and could make this beer truly excellent.

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Photo of NinjaJesus
3.61/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

What a great beer. It cant compete with the Hop Essence Series but it is fantastic. IPAs are all over the place these days but this one has a nice orange hop profile to it, not too syrupy and a solid malt presence. Pick it up and support BMJ!

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Photo of ColdOneKev
3.64/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - Very hazy orange, thick white head fades to a thick layer and leaves little lacing. A good bit of sediment from the bottle.
S - Floral, earthy, grassy hops. Some malt faint malts, caramel, biscuit.
T - Citrus from the hops, like orange rind. Some hop spiciness. Well balanced by the malt.
M - Medium/heavy body, medium carb. Dry finish. Leaves a little bitterness on the palate.
O - A good DIPA. Although the ABV on the 12 oz I got read 7.0. Happy to have tried it, but I wouldn't rush back out to get it.

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Photo of Jcorn
3.67/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beers smells amazing. Taste isn't quite as good as it smells but still very good. Would be a higher rating but it just kept foaming out of the bottle. I didn't drop it or anything so weird. Could only take 2-3 sips, all I was getting was foam. Decent tasting foam though.

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Photo of portia99
3.67/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into an Idle Hands tulip (1/2015 on the label)

A - Pours clear with a medium amber color and a finger of soapy white head that falls fairly quickly and lots of foamy lacing on the glass.

S - Earthy hops underneath a top layer of citrusy grapefruit and some resiny pine. A touch of caramel malt in an otherwise light, biscuity malt base.

T - Pine, mild citrus, earthy hops. Medium bitterness that is earthy and a bit dull. Subdued in flavor overall.

F - Medium body with medium carbonation. Pretty much as expected for style.

O - Overall...not bad, but nothing special. Perhaps on the fringe of its freshness window, but quite drinkable if not memorable.

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Photo of HamdenHector
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

A: hazy; burnt orange in color; 1 finger off white head that receded slowly to a think cap; moderate lacing;

S: mostly floral hops; a little pine hops and caramel malt in the back ground;

T: earthy with a little pine in the background; moderate bitterness on the finish;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation;

O; a nice beer; I'd buy it again; having said that, it's kind of all over the place - like it doesn't know what it wants to be;

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.78/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Golden copper color, average sized white foam, dissipates pretty quick, plenty of left over lace.
Very sweet honey like malt, sweet tropical fruity hops aroma mostly.
The flavor showcases a big, ripe tropical fruity hop taste, fat grain bill with plenty of malt backbone. In fact, the malt is present, rides right aling side some pretty big fruity hops. Citrus and slightly sour notes ride in later on with a big, dry, bitter finish.
Feel is a medium body, sharp, crisp and dry effect to finish.
Earthy undertones, grainy but a decent balance of malt/hops makes this seem like a big English style IPA.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.79/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From the 650 ml. bottle dated April 7, 2014. Sampled on May 26, 2014.

The pour is a slight hazy copper orange amber with a long lasting white foamy head that lingers on.

The aroma has a decent dose of floral and piney hops that emit a grapefruit-like character. The toasted malts figure into the aroma a little bit too.

The body is around medium and fairly smooth.

The taste has plenty of resiny hops on my tongue but not to the point of exploding in my face. Malt character can also be tasted. This is a well-balanced Imperial IPA that still emphasizes the hops with a dry bitter finale.

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Photo of smcolw
3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dome formed head after settling. Leaves good ring lace after each sip. The liquid is golden amber and cloudy.

Strong floral hop (like evergreens) aroma. Good pale malt background with a touch of sweetness.

The flavor is borderline extreme--the hop is nearly overwhelming. Creamy pale malt start but the hop takes over quickly and completely. The swallow and aftertaste is like white pepper, but hop flavor while in the mouth is like grapefruit. Full bodied with good carbonation.

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Photo of jlindros
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Re-reviewed since my last review was most likely old or slightly infected. Since that review the other ones I've had from them were much better, so time for a re-review. Botted on 4/07/14 so pretty fresh.

Pours a nice fluffy fizzy 1 finger head that fades at a med pace, decent soapy lacing, hazy reddish orange color, already much different, although appearance is lower I have a feeling the rest will be much higher.

Nose nice citrus hops, some orange zest, tangerine, little candied orange peel, clementine, a light nectarine and stone fruit notes, touch of a papaya like tropical note, and some toasty reddish malts, a little candy brownish malts too, touch of caramel, bit of grapefruit later.

Taste starts with more citrus and fresh fruit, a little fresh grapefruit flesh, orange flesh, little juicy tangerine and nectarine, more fleshy than juicy, like fresh blended fruit. Into candied orange rind and a touch of pith, with some semi sweet malts, a little toasty reddish malt and caramel, but just enough to balance it. and an abrasive fluffy feel, little fluffy malt as well. Bitterness is fair to start, a little rindy, and increases on the back end. Finish gets a bit spicy, hops ramp up as it attempts to dry but the big malt sweetness keeps it from that. A hint of booze comes through with that, spicy earthy rind like bitterness dominates for a while after, and quite bitter at that point, almost like chewing on hop pellets dry.

Mouth is med to a bit fuller bod, feels a bit thick and abrasive too, with plenty of carbonation, note quite too much yet but almost there.

overall better than the first one i had, but not by a lot. I suppose the old bottle was just old and fermented a bit too much in the bottle, lost some of the hop bite, etc. Still the same beer which is why it's not worlds better, a decent IIPA, nothing out of this world, but enjoyable.

(Now the old review)
Pours a nice fluffy almost 2 finger head that fades fairly slowly, nice lacing, hazy tangerine orange color lots of bubbles rising up. 4.5

Nose has a big candy malt base, caramel, toffee, sweet amber reddish malts, light bready yeasty, sweet syrupy, light citrus hops, little spicy earthy hops, quite fruity and a big spicy hop bitterness waiting for me. 4

Taste starts with more malts, sweet candy malts, caramel, toffee, bready malts and bready yeast that gets a little off flavor tasting and unhappy yeast that I can't label, maybe too hot in fermentation, or possibly the early onset of infection. Then hops, quite bitter as it ramps, light citrus, quite spicy and earthy, some pine, chewy hops even, light candy hops too. Finish is still fairly sweet but drier, a lingering long bitterness and earthy spicy hops, and an anesthetized hot booze lingering, and just a touch of that unhappy yeast or possible infection offset. 3.5

Mouth is med to fuller bodied, some warming semi hot booze late, good carb. 4

Overall interesting, but not great, decent hops that don't really excite. Malts are nice balance to the heat and big bitter earthy spicy hops, but also either bad yeast or possible infection. 3

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Photo of musicsherlock
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle, can't make out born-on date

Pours a hazy orange with a thin head

Smells of subdued tropical notes

Taste a bit malty w hop background, smooth. Bitterness retreats nicely for an 80 IBU. Balanced, bordering on EIPA

Low carbonation, feels like a homebrew; minor alcohol presence (a good thing)

A good English IPA

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Photo of fitzy84
3.86/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought a bottle at the Beer Shop in East Longmeadow. The beer pours with a murky orange appearance, a thin ring around the glass, and really nice lacing on the sides. Aromas include some light pine hops mixed with grapefruit and mango. Taste generally follows the nose with some bitter citrus wrapped around some earthy hops. Mouthfeel is good with a crisp carbonation. Overall, I liked how this beer looked and felt.

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Photo of Antg8989
3.91/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep gold with a white head. Some lacing at the top of the glass. Aroma is a weak orange rind with some malts present. Taste is tastes like your average IPA...some citrus..some floral..maybe some earthiness? Not a huge fan of whatever this hop combination. Feel is soft and somewhat dryer than most IPA's. Overall, this beer will quickly fade in my memory with all of the other IPAs which don't have any great memorable characteristics. (But no bad ones either.)

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Photo of Dopen993
3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz into tulip.

L. Copper orange with medium haze. 2 inch head with pretty thick lacing.
S. Nice blend of hops and malts, light citrus and tropical fruit notes. Sweet fruit, Apple notes as well.
T. Sweet caramel and malts up front. Nice hop finish with some citrus.
F. Medium mouthfeel nice carbonation.

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Photo of ManapuaMan
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Can't go wrong with Brewmaster Jack, and this is no exception. Nice hop/malt balance with a citrus taste and piney/resin finish. Not as flavorful as the BJ DIPAs and hop essence series, but this is a solid, if not memorable, IPA.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.97/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy orange amber color with a nice sized fluffy white head with moderate retention and lace. Smells of hops and caramel, no shit huh! citrus, pine, resin, bread and caramel are all represented in the nose. The flavor has a malty start with lots of bread and caramel with a hint of anise. The hops are definitely present and provide a smooth bitterness and nice hop flavor. Citrusy grapefruit provide most of the flavor with a nice resin batting cleanup. Medium body with a light level of carbonation and a slick resinous mouthfeel. I'd never heard of this brewery before I spotted it in a store far from home. I'm glad I took a chance at this one, its a really nice old school feeling IPA.

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Photo of PerHops
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- This one is a nice looking golden orange with good head rentention and moderately visible carbonation.

S- Fairly hoppy with a clean, herbal, earthy smell. A little spicy, a little citrusy.

T- Very dry for an imperial ipa. It is slight citrusy, a little bit sweet, a little pine, grass and pepper.

M- Slightly more carbonated than ideal. This does intensify the flavors, however.

O= I was impressed by this beer and would like to try it again sometime.

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Photo of brureview
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a cloudy copper orange color in a Spiegelau glass.

Nice aroma: piney and earthy.

Taste: intense pine, hoppy spiciness. There is a wonderful hoppy bitterness to the finish.

Excellent with food pairing.

Overall: excellent local IPA. Using malt from local malters Valley malt in western Mass makes a difference. There is a freshness to this beer( BB date is 10/15)
Especially good with food pairing.

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Photo of scotorum
4.04/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4


Bottled in March so this is an oldie. Bought about six weeks ago so some of the age is my fault.

Poured from the 12 oz. bottle into a Sierra Nevada IPA glass

a: Hazy orange with a huge two plus inch thick white head which receded slowly to thick surface foam and dense patterned lacing. Impressive.

s: Dank pine resin.

t: Intense pine resin up front over a medium bready malt base. Bitterness lingers and adds strong grassy notes,. Dry finish.

m: Medium, good body and plenty of carbonation tingle.

o; A surprisingly good older offering from BJ, definitely worth trying a fresher bottle to see if the flavor has been affected any by age. 80 IBUs so very near or at DIPA strength hoppiness.

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Photo of PeterIngemi
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a tulip.

A: pours a nice hazy orange amber with a little less then two fingers of slightly amber ish head that has excellent retention, small carbonation bubbles can be seen working there way up the sides of the glass, nice lacing.... Good looking brew.

S: nice cirtusy hops right up front, grapefruit with a touch of pinneapple/mango.... Some nice lightly resinous pine notes in there as well.

T: much like the nose, citrus hops up front that get a bit piney and resinous on the finish, a touch of caramel in there as well, just enough to tie the whole thing together, very well balanced with delicious hop flavor.

M: nice medium body with a slightly creamy carbonation, and it is dry.... Not to sweet like some dipa tend to be.... This one is very nicley on the dry side. A lightly bitter finish with a touch of mouth coating resin...

O: this is an excellent ipa, dry bodied with pleanty of delicious hop flavor... I was very impressed with this one, keep em coming brew master jack.... For your first ipa you did a damn good job.

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Photo of stonermouse
4.16/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

New offering from yet another new local brewer. No biggie- if you have some brewing talent, keep 'em coming, New Englanders!

Great look to this brew. Exactly how I like to see my DIPAs- orangy-yellow, hazy, with a touch of a regenerating head. Roughly the color of hop pollen, which is perfection.

The aroma is a bit muted, but nicely fruity and clean.

The taste is quite clean and bitter. This is a really nice, dry, hoppy brew. It's going to take me two or three or these to really tease out all of the flavors. Grapefruit is dominant, and with little malty sweetness to ease the grapefruit bitterness up, it's a little harsh but still quite enjoyable.

Mouthfeel is really the only mild failing with this brew. It's pretty thin and lacks the depth you might expect from a brew that looks so dense and hazy. The bitter film left on my tongue after every sip is nice, however.

This brew is certainly worth seeking out. It's certainly a specialist, and as I belch up hop rhizomes, you can guess what the specialty is. A little sweetness and body and we'd have an all-around world-class brew here.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.24/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Haw River Farmhouse Ales teku glass. Notches indicate that it was bottled in March 2015.

A- Pours a hazy medium amber color with a 1/2 inch off-white fluffy head that retains well before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a large center patch of sheer surface foam. Semi-resilient slivers of lacing.

S- Very fruity hop aroma brings to mind orange and potpourri spice. Also a bit grassy with a slight booze fume.

T- Taste follows suit with some peach, mango and melon notes with a restrained bitterness. Very easy to drink for the ABV. The fruit complexity continues with grapefruit rind and apricot.

M- Somewhat dry with medium carbonation and a body leaning toward the lighter side.

O- This IPA is pretty much all citrus rind which is nice if you're looking for a hoppy beer that focuses more on the fruity aspects, isn't heavy on the bitterness and also isn't too sweet. First I've had from this brewer and I'm impressed.

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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.27/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle

Pours slightly hazy golden amber orange with a dense creamy frothy white foam head. Smells like mango, papaya, guava, melon, orange, grapefruit, berry, pineapple, caramelized bready crackery grain, with earthy herbal grass and dank floral pine. Tastes slightly bitter and resinous with grapefruit, orange citrus, mango, papaya, melon, guava, some pineapple, blueberry, caramelized bready crackery grains, with earthy herbal grass and dank floral pine. Feels medium bodied, creamy with moderate low carbonation. Overall a nice IPA.

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