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Jack’s Abby Hopstitution XPL #3 Calyptra

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RATINGS: 48   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.76   SEASONAL: Series   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
Calypso and Citra hops.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bennetporter (443) - East Falmouth, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 29, 2015
Pours a hazy amber from a bottle, medium off-white head, some lacing. Aroma of grapefruit, flavor the same, some resin-y quality as well, slightly bitter throughout. Good beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jamesewelch (216) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - JUN 16, 2015
From 12oz bottle, variety pack, poured into 16oz tulip glass

Aroma: citrus and melons, floral, fruitness, berries

Appearance: Golden, hazy, with white head

Taste: medium bitter, light sweet

Palate: light to medium body, sticky texture, average carbonation, bitter finish

Overall: Very much like an IPA using new hops. Big fan of all of Jack’s Abby lagers, but not so much a fan of this hop. Has incredible awesome aroma, but I feel it’s a tad too bitter and unbalanced. Nice crisp dry finish with the bitterness lingering well after the tasting. The aroma dissipates fairly quickly leaving just the taste of bitterness. Good, but not one of the better Jack’s Abby lagers (better than most other breweries might attempt to do).

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
echudy (92) - Massachusetts, USA - MAY 30, 2015
Extremely strong hop and citrus scents. Very light in color, but strong in flavor. A great tasting beer

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MaBeer1972 (1512) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 25, 2015
12 oz Bottle from the mix-pack. Pours out a clear light amber color with a frothy off-white head that fades to a thin lace. Citrus-herbal aromas and flavors. Crisp in the middle with a lingering light fruity bitterness. Good one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ClarkVV (4438) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 13, 2015
12 ounce bottle from Sample 12 pack as "Calyptra" drunk March 2015
Pale golden body with a tinge of copper and a moderate amount of white head that is well-retained. High clarity.
Lush, floral hop notes are dotted with black pepper, moderate pine and a fair amount of red grapefruit-like fruitiness. The fruitiness is welcome and playful, but there’s still an overarching pine/resin note that I was really hoping would be absent. Malt is lightly bready (dry caramel, biscuits) with no alcohol or flaws in the nose.
Again, in the flavor, it initially gets my hopes up with marmalade, strawberry, grapefruit and heavy floral flavors, but the citrus gives way to pine and a bready, borderline grainy malt texture further discomforts the palate. The normally tight carbonation here works against the balance, really pronouncing the acids and after having one bottle, I’m not too excited to go back for another one. Really can’t stand these punchy/resiny-hopped beers at all. This one is far from one of the top offenders and it’s certainly clean but I just don’t see much balance in these beers. To each their own, though, as I can appreciate many people not liking heavily sour beers the way I do.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Chalumeaux (504) - Methuen, Massachusetts, USA - APR 20, 2015
Poured from bottle cloudy gold with one finger head. Aromas of floral hops and citrus. Taste is dry pine resin and citrus a nice drinking beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
AirForceHops (4804) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - APR 19, 2015
12 oz. bottle gifted by Chalumeaux, thanks T. J. Aroma shows bright citrus with floral/ grassy hops.

The flavor reflects what is found in the nose, with the addition of some longer in pine notes in the finish. The yeast and malt do a well enough job balancing this brew. Damn, if I rate this to style it maybe the best pale lager I have sampled. ( of course outside of Jacks Abby’s lagers ) This is a very fine lager, actually really impressive. Drinks like an IPA.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Damico (2981) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 16, 2015
Pours somewhat clear bright deep almost but not quite orange yellow with a white head. Aroma bring light sweet later yeast and tame citrus like hops. Body is lighter but still kind of full with light but satiating citrus like hops nice on the palate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
CacheManyHose (421) - HONG KONG - APR 11, 2015
Cloudy straw-gold with white sudsy head and spotty frothy legs. Smells of dry resin, light fruit (lemon, grapefruit, apricot), dusty hay, light clove and pepper, corn. Tastes very dry, bitter, resin. Body is light, sharp carbonation, crisp but creamy. Not bad, very dry.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
HKdIPA (489) - HONG KONG - APR 11, 2015
Bottle from Bottle Shop at home. Bottle says hops used: "calypstra". Hazy pale golden pour with thin dense foamy head. Aroma is hoppy and lager - hops aroma is a bit unusual: resinous and lemon zest but also like lemon meringue pie. Good. Taste is very hoppy - mostly pine bitterness, some more sharp lemon citrus peel. Crisp tart finish. Smooth palate with fine carbonation. Nice. Like a bigger Hoponius Union.

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