WanderinCelt87 (195) - Hamburg, New Jersey, USA - JAN 30, 2014
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
Pours a lovely hazy golden straw with a white foamy head. Aroma is grapefruit and citrus. Taste is bitter with a clean citrus taste.
Berard (429) - Salem, New Hampshire, USA - JUL 30, 2013
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Draft. Pours hazy golden yellow with thin white head. Light carbonation typical of a lager. Very drinkable ipa with complex zest/grapefruit flavors.
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mkgrenwel (601) - North Shore, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 13, 2014
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Hazy golden orange pour. I swear there was a hint of green in there as I poured, but maybe I’m seeing things. Beautiful lemon and grapefruit pith aroma. Sweet gummy candies. Lemon, orange, grapefruit, even touches of lime. Actually on the sweet side, but not overly malty. Clean and fresh. Bitterness lingers, but is never in the forefront. Sticky and foamy on the palate. Another example of the Jack’s Abby skill of brewing big flavorful beers that remain delicate and refined. Huge flavors without beating you over the head with them. This one is also way out there in terms of complexity. Just full of all kinds of fruity hop flavors. Special stuff.
ktrout17 (7) - USA - FEB 9, 2014 does not count
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: FEB 16, 2014 Solid take on craft beer staple. Great citrus aroma and just a tad more bitter than you might expect. I don?t get many opportunities to drink lagers, but this may be my favorite. Jack?s Abby has really perfected their craft. Highly recommend for a different take on the India Pale.
msnelling09 (154) - Beverly, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 1, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
The beer pours a clear golden yellow, like clean, yet dehydrated piss. The beer pours with a beautiful head of bubbles that sits well over two fingers widths above the beer and is made of a menagerie of different sized, creamy bubbles. When the head leaves, the beer leaves a lacing of long strings of medium width tiny bubbles alongside the glass. In body the beer is beautifully clean and pure, with just a slight haze coming from the malt. This is a pretty looking beer. On the nose, this beer is a damp head rush of everything I love about American hops. Big and bristling pine moves into smooth and juicy mango and pineapple notes with light hints of grapefruit and a touch of tangerines. There is also a slight dank smell lurking below all the other smells, and a touch of caramelly malt. Though I haven’t had Heady Topper for about a half a year, this beer smells quite similar to Heady to me. As it sits in my glass the dankness grows and bristles onto the nose, but there is some beautifully juicy fruit notes right beside it. This beer smells great. On the tongue, this beer is fearlessly bitter with just a touch of sweet on the finish to remind us that there is, in fact, malt in this beer. Slight touches of salt and acidity can also be sensed on the fringes of the tongue, but really, this beer is all about the beautiful bitters. In flavor, the beer begins as a blend of pine and tropical fruit juice, and the bitters gracefully build from there, trouncing over my mouth in perfect formation. Light biscuit cracker coincides with a deep dank flavor in the middle of the palate, though neither works its way in front of the fruity bitters which continue to work through the fruity flavor profile of hops, finishing with a big, bitter, grapefruit shiver that lingers into dank pine notes in the aftertaste. In the mouth, the beer is on the light side of medium, with near perfect carbonation working to caress the tongue like a soft pillow, even as the beer’s bitters bludgeon it. The mouth is left terrifically dry and slightly sticky, and though the tongue wets slightly, the mouth is just left begging for another sip. This beer is a masterpiece of hops, and I am loving it. A richly complex smell and flavor that work to be both thirst quenching and inspiring. This is an awesome beer to slug during the summer, but be careful, as its 8% alcohol never quite shows in the flavor. Try this beer for sure, and Jack’s Abby please make this a regular!
mrhopsbeertalk (185) - Massachusetts, USA - OCT 30, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAY 18, 2015 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.
daknole (10112) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - NOV 17, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
LIght orange pour at 13 GABF. Oh man. Dank? Yeah. Grassy? Yeah. Some resin? Sure thing. Lightly honeyed grain flavors? Man this beer is special. Very special.
MacBoost (1472) - Pouring Bus, New York, USA - MAR 24, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Well, this is the new 4 pack release, not the original release from June 2013. Pours a brilliant yellow color with an enormous white head. Aromas of lemon zest,juicy tropical fruit, some resin notes. Taste is very dry and slightly bitter. Flavors of huge tropical notes, minimal malt, some bitter lemon pith. Very clean and dry. So clean. This scores extra points just for being a lager. Finishes with a lingering resinous bitterness. Top notch.
Marheb (2905) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 4, 2013
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Tropicale, affreusement croustillante, elle ressemble à la hoponius. Je suis vraiment vendu à Jack’s Abby.
bavarian81 (87) - Massachusetts, USA - OCT 15, 2013
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
One of my new favorite beers by my favorite brewer. It has a nice solid deep gold color with a finger width head and a very strong piny hop nose. The taste is a very dry hoppiness. The hop bitterness lingers on the tongue for a bit but it’s still a very crisp, and easy drinking beer. Super hoppy at the same time. It’s pretty awesome