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.