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Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Jack's Abby 2nd Anniversary Larger- Double IPL

Jack's Abby Brewing of Framingham celebrates its second anniversary this July with a special new double IPL (India Pale Lager) appropriately named "2nd Anniversary Lager".

In the Jack's Abby tradition, its a lager, in this case a double IPL that will remind loyal Jack's Abby drinkers of their excellent Kiwi Rising Double IPL that they served up last year.

Additionally, on Thursday, July, 18th they will be celebrating with a 2nd Anniversary celebration at the Framingham British Beer Company. There will be 10+ Jacks Abby beers on tap! I'll be there, you should be too! 

If you haven't tried Jacks Abby's beers yet, what are you waiting for? This brewery is quickly gaining local and national notice for its outstanding brews, winning a bronze medal at this years Great American Beer Festival for their Smoke and Dagger black lager. The brewery itself is expanding dramatically to keep up with demand. If you love good beer, take the time and make the drive to Morton Street in Framingham. Don't live near Framingham? Ask for Jack's Abby beers at your local bottle store and bar.

2nd Anniversary Lager
Jack's Abby Brewing, Framingham, MA
8% ABV

This beer is an absolute hop bomb, brewed for the hop head devotees that have been following Jack's Abby since they opened the doors in July of 2011 and released their outstanding "Hoponius Union" IPL. When I say "hop bomb", I'm referring to the fact that this is Double India Pale Lager is brewed with Mosaic, Amarillo, Apollo, Citra, Calypso and Simcoe hops.

Hoppy enough for ya?

Second Anniversary Lager pours a hazy sunshine yellow, with a vibrant tight, dirty blonde head. The head retreats some to leave light lacing and a glossy sheen on the surface.

Smell is dank, deep, wet from the rainforest hops. Tons of fruit on the nose, with massive doses of grapefruit taking center stage, and slight hints of pine following the barrage. The aroma is strong, almost pungent, and awesome.

Mouthfeel is substantial, very full, not quite chewy, with lots of bubbles. Very active.

Upon tasting, bitter grapefruit assaults the tongue. Its not quite palette wrecking, but its intense. I get a hint of resinous pine, and a touch of spice from the Amarillo. There is no balance here, the malt characteristics didn't stand a chance against all those beautiful hops. The taste really follows the nose, all dank and hop bitter. Finish is bitter and wet and I want another...

Jack's Abby's 2nd Anniversary Lager is an intense celebration- and triumph- of hops, bitterness, and great brewing. It's delicious, and strongly recommeded by this humble blogger.



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