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Jack’s Abby Hopstitution XPL



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RATINGS: 28   MEAN: 3.73/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.54   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
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XPL (Extra Pale Lager) The hardest part about making new and exciting hoppy beers is sourcing the hops you need. Most hops are bought under contracts which are signed two or three years in advance. We occasionally get opportunities to acquire small quantities of specialty hops that are enough for one batch of beer, but no more. This beer allows us to feature hops that we would otherwise not be able to make use of.Our first release of Hopstitution XPL will be released Thursday, December 5th. It will feature three new experimental hops, HBC-344, HBC-291 and HBC-462.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Concealer (756) - Denver, Colorado, USA - AUG 21, 2014
Bottle. Hazy light gold with a foamy white head that lasts and laces. Aromas of pine, mango, light lemon, bread and grain notes. Flavor is pine, light mango and orange, and some bread. Light bodied, dry and bitter end.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Minderbinder (1748) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 17, 2014
Bottle 500ml. Pours clear blond with high white head. Some lacing. Aroma is of fruits, clementines. Taste is of fruits, bitterness, clementines, slight vegetal stuff, herbs. Palate: Medium body. Medium carbonation. Overall: Pretty good. Unsusual hop action for me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
djd07 (3481) - Houston, Texas, USA - AUG 16, 2014
Bottle thanks to Will. Pours a clear gold copper with small beige white head. The aroma is pine, grapefruit, hemp. Medium mouthfeel with nice bitter hop bite and dry finish. Good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
johnnnniee (2293) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - AUG 16, 2014
Bottle from Drum Hill Liquors The hops used portion of the label has nothing written on it so I assume it is this version. Pours a slightly hazy light straw color with a huge frothy bone white head that persists forever. Aromas of floral earthy pine and resin with just a hint of bready malt deep underneath. Pine earthy resinous hop flavor with moderate bitterness. Faint bready maltiness. Medium to light body with a moderate level of carbonation. Very nice brew! I am so ready for you to distribute to NH!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mathieuc (1253) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 13, 2014
Bottle shared by Jean-Michael, thanks! Pours a clear golden and is topped by a medium and fluffy white head that leaves some nice lacing. Nose is fruity and tropical, mangoes, pineapples and peaches. Taste is a continuity but also offers some pine needles. It is sweet and moderately bitter so balance is good. There is also some light cereal flavors. Body is medium, carbonation a bit low and mouthfeel smooth overall. Overall I thought this was good but it wasn’t overly complex or special, nice to try though!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tom10101 (2726) - Quebec, CANADA - AUG 13, 2014
Bottle (500 ml). Shared by Jean-Michaël, thanks! Slightly hazy bright straw/golden with a frothy white head and good lacing. Aroma is of dank hops, citrus, piney notes, grassy presence and light onions (not unpleasant though). Taste is grassy and citrusy with piney notes, decent malt backbone, light fruitiness and hints of spices. Light to medium body. Medium carbonation. Slightly oily mouthfee. Dry finish. Moderately sticky soft grassy aftertaste. Clean and crisp. Super drinkable and quenching. Tasty stuff. Really enjoyable!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
czar (4292) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 13, 2014
bottle shared by tom10101, thanks bro. pours hazy bright yellow with a frothy and creamy white head offering a very good retention and some lacing sticking. bright citrus, soft pine needles, spicy citrus, some mangoes, pale lean spicy maltiness, shy lagering fruitiness although flavors are clean and craftfully blended/mellowed, clean yeast if not a bit of welcoming dust. average carbonation, light body - oily, dry and crisp herbal-grassy-citrusy finish. excellent offering!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ontbeertaster (2335) - Ontario, CANADA - AUG 9, 2014
Bottle, pours bright yellow, frothy head, taste was a bit earthy and it had a nice bitter finish, really refreshing and drinkable. Really tasty stuff

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
WanderinCelt87 (170) - Hamburg, New Jersey, USA - AUG 7, 2014
Pour from a bottle is a nice hazy gold with a white head. Aroma is a nice floral and citrus nose to it. Taste is grapefruit with hints of orange and lemon. It leaves a nice clean bitter finish

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Lukaduke (2144) - Portland, Maine, USA - JUL 26, 2014
Pours a pale golden color with three fingers of rocky white foam. Nose is a fresh grass, pale pilsner malts, layers of tropical fruit, citrus and a touch of gamey straw. Palate follows the nose nicely with bright hop character and light cracker malt backbone. Nice balance of earthy spice and tropical fruit hop presence lead into a clean bitter finish.

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