Style: Double India Pale Lager
OG: 17.5 Plato
From: Framingham, MA
Brewer’s Note: “Two years into our brewery and we’re fueling the fires surrounding extremely hoppy beers. In celebration of our anniversary and in support of our fans, we’re brewing this extra hoppy Double IPL. Together, we have taken a journey to redefine the term ‘lager’. Prost!”
The beer’s label is the classic Jack’s Abby label with a color gradient moving from purplish-blue to red. I’ve had quite a lot to say about this design in the past, and I have my complaints, but I like this label. It’s simple and elegant and worthy of scrapbooking, though it is not really worthy of the shelf.
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!