mrhopsbeertalk (103) - Massachusetts, USA - OCT 30, 2013
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JUL 21, 2014 Hoppiest lager I’ve ever tasted and the best tasting Jack’s Abby brew I’ve had except for possibly Kiwi Rising. Fresh, there’s plenty of bitterness and a very pleasant aroma, but it’s the peppery hop flavor that really impresses. DMS flavoring is minimal. This beer is very bright, crisp and almost too easy to drink considering the ABV.
Update 7/21/14- Finally tried this on draft. Although the complexity and character of the flavor is diminished due to the lack of yeast in the kegs, this is still delicious and highly drinkable.
nickd717 (3473) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUL 31, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Clear golden color with a one finger head. Grassy earthy tangerine hop aroma, like an IPA. Fairly dank flavor, sweet malt with hop bitterness, bitter earthy citrus finish. Medium-bodied with some resins. Hides the 8% well.
dfroms (216) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - JUL 28, 2014
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours hazy yellow-gold with one finger of white head. Aroma is very pleasant with sweet tropical fruit notes--lychee, especially--mingling with honey and candied orange. Taste is less elegant, with sweet orange giving way to sticky malts and an over-the-top mouth-drying finish, a combination of citrus pith and pine. Creamy. Good, but I’d appreciate more restraint.
TheEpeeist (3297) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 28, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle. Hazy orange yellow with white foamy bubbles. Nose is orange pith, dough and soft pine. Medium body with a tingle. Taste is orange peel, toffee and marjoram. This is a lager? Quite good.
DCLawyer (1396) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - JUL 25, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle->lager glass. Bright orange/gold with huge frothy white head. A: citrus hops, slight caramel malt. T: crisp citrus rind hops, caramel malt. Finish is bitter and biting. Prefer Hoponius Union, but not by much.
Glouglouburp (5960) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 25, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
In short: A sweet blonde lager hopped the American IPA way. Simple well balanced good beer.
How: Bottle 500ml, consumed fresh.
The look: Mostly cloudy dark blonde body topped by a medium white head leavings thick lacings on the glass.
In long: The hoppy nose of medium intensity is very bright and has a citrus zest and pine needles character. In mouth the beer is full body with plenty of very soft bubbles. Taste starts with crunchy hay-like pale cereals, some honey, a little too much residual sugars (refined white sugars sensation). This is then followed by a generous hopping but without a bitterness overly assertive, just enough to balance the beer. Pine needles, citrus fruits, lemon zest, floral notes. A very good beer even if a little too sweet. I prefer their regular IPL (Hoponius) over this cranked up Double IPL. And after my latest trip to Vermont I can confirm you can go to the beer store just to pet bottles, there’s no law against it.
bigda83 (131) - Jamestown, New York, USA - JUL 25, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours golden and hazy, fluffy white head, left lacing throughout. Aroma of damp and musty, some citrus, grains, and malts. Taste was that same kind of dank and musty taste. Nothing bad, and I actually enjoy the Jack’s Abby lagers. Just what I got out of it and also some bitter citrus in there of grapefruit and lemon. Kind of a dry finish. Nicely done.
jason (1677) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 25, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Citrus and lite fruit on the nose. Body is. A bit cloudy, lite head. Flavor is citrus, lite hops and berry.
HeadyDE (484) - Delaware, USA - JUL 21, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
golden color with some noticeable haze..huge white fluffy head that dissipates to a ring atop the glass....nose is unigue with noticeable hop presence..grainy character with a bit of citrusy grapefruit in background..mouthfeel is clean..dry..coats palate with hop goodness yet has the lager quality there as well..only had a few so far of these IPL..enjoyable.
Maxbier (158) - Maryland, USA - JUL 19, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Golden cloudy with big white head. Citrus grapefruit hoppy grassy aroma. Tasty lite malt with citrus balance. Nice bitter hoppy finish. The best characters if an IPA in a lager yum. Thanks dlovell2 for sharing.
popery (1371) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUL 8, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a bright yellow gold color. It’s quite transparent. There’s some sediment at the bottom of the bottle, but a gentle-ish pour didn’t disturb it and cloud things up. Big puffy white head. Lots of lacing. Big clumps on the walls of the glass. Excellent retention. Floral and citric hop aroma. Pale bready malt sweetness. Some peach, white grape, mango. It’s all a bit mild, though, and really could be juicier. Surprisingly little lager yeastiness. Taste is similar. Some lemon, peach, grass, pine. Again, fairly mild. Moderate bitterness. Very clean. Some pale malt sweetness, doughy sugars. Little bit of solvent bitterness in the finish. Light and crisp, particularly for the abv. Pretty good beer.