Monday, September 29, 2014

Jack's Abby Mass Rising

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Chad9976 (1187) - Albany, New York, USA - SEP 29, 2014
Jack’s Abby has pretty much single-handedly invented a bunch of new beer styles. They only brew lagers, but in traditional ale styles. Mass Rising is their take on a Double IPA, which they, not surprisingly, dub as a “Double IPL.” It definitely does drink like a beer of the style, though. Huge hop flavor and bitterness using some of the most popular hop combinations of the day.

I poured a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass. It was bottled on 7/28/14 and cost $3.99 ($0.33 per ounce).

Appearance: Bright pale yellow hue. Extremely hazy, but spastic carbonation can be seen. Pours to a huge, Duvel-like, white fluffy head which retains and laces extremely well.

Smell: Huge spicy hop aroma with notes of garlic, onion and lemon rind.

Taste: I’m not sure which hops are in this beer, as they’re not listed on the label or the brewery’s website. To me, it tastes a lot like Sorachi Ave – huge spicy notes with distinct onion, garlic and lemon rind flavors. An interesting combination to be sure, but they definitely do work. Strong dry bitterness from beginning to end (especially on the end, I might add). The malty backbone is strong enough to support the palette, though it doesn’t add much towards the taste except for a slight stone wheat cracker-like flavor. It complements the hops well, which also leave a residual spice rack seasoning aftertaste. Definitely the kind of beer to pair with a savory meal.

Drinkability: Though quite hefty at 8% ABV, Jack’s Abby Mass Rising is actually quite lithe. Since it is a lager, it does have a crisp mouthfeel and a body that’s on the lighter side for its potency. It goes down smooth, but it’s better enjoyed in sips than gulps. No alcohol warmth or distraction, which makes it almost too easy to drink. 
Grade: 8/10

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