Another hoppy lager from the good people over at Jack’s Abby for my next review. This one is their Extra Pale Lager, Hopstitution which was created by the brewery to help showcase small quantities of specialty hops they are able to acquire. This beer is brewed all year round when they can get their hands on some specialty hops, so the hops used are never exactly the same from batch to batch. Each bottle lists the specific hops used in the batch. Hopstitution comes in at 5.5% ABV and the IBU varies from batch to batch.
Appearance: Poured from a .5 liter bottle into a long tulip glass. Nice golden yellow color with some haze to it as all Jack beers are unfiltered. Big thick 3 finger creamy, billowy head. After dissipating a little the head looked like a nice scoop of vanilla ice cream on top of the beer. The color of this beer is really very nice and the lacing is incredible.
Nose: Real nice pine, resin and tropical fruits coming up front on this one. The nose on this one is really very like an IPA. Although the bottle is missing the hops used I found out from the site this version was hopped with Citra and Calypso. Explains why the nose blew me away.
Taste/Mouth: Very crisp and refreshing as all of the Jack beers I have had thus far, It has a nice bite of earthy and piney hop bitterness. It finishes really dry but is refreshing at the same time makes you want to keep drinking it. Some biscuity malt backs up the hop bitterness nicely. It has a very nice full mouthfeel to it.
Price/Availability: Each version is only brewed once so this is a one and done. As usual the price from Jack is good, the bottle was around $5.
Overall: Another beer from Jack’s Abby I would definitely seek out again. Great idea as well to change up the hops in each version of this beer as different ones become available. Reminds me a lot of an updated 2014 version of the Sierra Nevada Pale Ale.