cfrances33 (19) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 24, 2012
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle thanks to ILOVESTOUTS, served in a Hill Farmstead stem.
Pour: Hazy golden yellow. Really vibrant and almost glowing. Big two and a have finger fluffy, snow white head. Leaves tons of clean sticky lacing. Beautiful.
Smell: Big grapefruit, melon, and pine right off the bat. Some light breadyness, but barely. Not super big on the nose but really bright.
Taste: Woah. HUGE grapefruit, melons, and clean pine, followed by a deep citrus bitterness. Just bright all around. This beer is standout. A nice bread dough sweetness just supplements This is no where close to balance, and I love it.
Mouthfeel: It drinks like a Hill Farmstead DIPA. To me, that about the highest mouthfeel praise there is. Incredibly juicy, this beer approaches S&S5 levels of drinkability. Great bitterness, but in the raw fruit sense. Amazing.
Overall: This beer is better than nearly every DIPA Iíve ever had. Just a stellar beer in every regard. Jackís Abbey hit a grand slam here. I donít want this again, I NEED this again.
madvike (2372) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 4, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at the Publick House - Pours hazy amber with a foamy white head. Nose is pungent hops--tropical fruit, grass, pine--with a grainy, lightly yeast malt base. Taste is more on the grass/pine side of things, wiht a bit of doughy yeastiness and more graininess. Medium and smoothly carbonated. Good but not great.
pete4999 (923) - Buffalo, New York, USA - NOV 30, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Poured a nice golden color. Smell is very subdued with a little bit of floral aroma. Taste is similar - very light and the high ABV content is well-hidden. Overall I wouldíve liked a little more bite from it.
Homer321 (535) - Rock Ridge, Florida, USA - NOV 27, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
bottle thanks to forcabrew. Pours a slightly hazy deep gold color. very large white head. nose is moderate berry like fruitiness. taste is initially bitter and clean. late in the finish the hop flavor kicks in and is interesting. Not sure about the south of the equator hops. enjoyable. no sign of alcohol. maybe a touch of sulfur. good. not great.
ROBC3366 (196) - north reading, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 25, 2013
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a golden yellow with a medium white head. Smells of grapefruit and grass. Tastes of citrus and herbs and finishes with a fresh sharp hoppiness
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ontbeermaker (2149) - Ontario, CANADA - NOV 24, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, pours a bright yellow, aroma is citrusy and taste is very citrusy a nice fruity ipa taste, not what you would expect from a lager. Overall pretty tasty
umich03jm (1303) - Allen Park, Michigan, USA - NOV 24, 2013
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
500 ml bottle thanks to WillRunForBeer. Pours a hazy gold color with a huge, rocky head that fades slowly and never completely goes away. Aroma is fairly intense, fresh cut grass, flowers, tropical fruit, grape skins, and kiwi. Taste is not a good as the aroma though. Ultra dry and very bitter. Kinda like chewing on flowers and fruit skins. Very foamy carbonation too. Definitely well made beer but I never really seem to enjoy the New Zealand hops ever. Just like this beer, I always love their aroma but not the taste.
brystmar (971) - Dallas, Texas, USA - NOV 23, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Light straw color, plenty of white head and lace. Piney, earthy, spicy hops are a bit sharp. Dry as bone, finishes with a kiss of caramel. Well made, despite being not exactly my style.
thirdeye11 (5336) - Dallas, Texas, USA - NOV 23, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(500ml bottle) cloudy medium gold, soapy white bubbles. Nose is very tropical, sweet citrus zest, lemon, orange pulp, guava. Taste of pine, umami, super dry, linger not my favorite, earthy.
Experiment_Ale (375) - Dallas, Texas, USA - NOV 23, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
At Thomas. Pours Oliver clear orange Witt light lacing aroma is thin, clean rye, earthy dirt hops. Taste is very earthy dirty, hay, meaty.
davey101 (562) - Connecticut, USA - NOV 22, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
500ml bottle into a tulip glass. Pours a hazy amber peach color which is uncharacteristic of Jackís usual crystal clear lagers. Two fingers of stubborn off-white foam with a dollop of snow-white foam which forms on top as it settles down. Crazy lacing. This beer looks amazing. Aroma is pretty potent with heavy notes of New Zealand hops. Cantaloupe, mango, papaya, and a dank resinous finish with some fusel heat. The taste follows with bright and juicy mango and melons which fade into dank grass and grains in the aftertaste. A bit too boozy and bitter. Comes off a bit harsh as opposed to Jackís usual crisp and clean lagers. This beer really does feel like itís let go of itís "lageríness". As much as I love the New Zealand hop varietals, this beer just seems to dilute what makes these IPLís so amazing. Still damn tasty, but not as drinkable and clean as the rest of their lineup.