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Copper Legend - Jack's Abby Brewing

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Copper LegendCopper Legend

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232 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 232
Reviews: 53
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 10.96%
Wants: 11
Gots: 8 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Jack's Abby Brewing visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  5.90% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
Ancient timelines talk of dark days, plagued by hardships and Kingdom demands. When hope was all but lost, a legend emerged. A plumber. With copper pipes and an uncanny wit, he battled fierce foes and saw to the brewery’s opening. Our Octoberfest is malty, smooth and exceedingly drinkable. It is perfect to celebrate and honor today’s legends. We use locally grown wheat from MA, Munich malt and noble hops.

22 IBU

(Beer added by: jlindros on 09-06-2011)
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Reviews by Maxwell:
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3.94/5  rDev +5.3%

The beer pours a fiery caramel color, moving between amber and red tones. It pours with a lovely head of medium sized, lightly yellowed, slightly rocky bubbles that sit at a half finger’s width and slowly fizzle away. The head leaves a negligible lacing on the sides of the glass. In body the beer is lager-clean but darker, with a lazy stream of bubbles working to the top of the beer, and no particles present (just as there shouldn’t be in this style). On the nose, the beer smells spicy with a beautiful caramel malt blanket on the back of the smell. The caramel is layered and sweet, gracing the nose with just a touch of maple syrup and biscuit notes, and the hops are properly noble with a strong spice character, alongside fresh cut grass notes. The malt is the bigger player in the nose, however. On the tongue, the beer tastes mellow, with light bitters and sweetness which give way to a nice dry finish and only the slightest hint of acidity. In flavor, the beer tastes remarkably similar to several ESB’s I’ve had. The flavor begins as sweet caramel malt with a touch of apple juice, this moves into sweet bread, and then quickly to stale bread, and then bitter, herbal hops with just a touch of residual sweetness from the malt. Toffee notes also dance across the middle of the palate. The finish is dry, but is a nice blend of the malt and hops. In the mouth the beer feels medium in body, with a light, syrupy mouthfeel and softer carbonation that gives a quick bite and then caresses the tongue with velvet. The mouth is left dry except for a very faint trail of saliva, though it is by no means bone-dry. Overall this is a great beer to drink a lot of, it’s not too sweet, it’s not too bitter, and sits on the palate nicely with enough flavor to make you want another sip, but not enough to fill you up, etc… This is a good drinking beer, and would work very well in an Oktoberfest environment.

08-27-2013 22:58:50 | More by Maxwell
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2.53/5  rDev -32.4%

Had on tap recently @ Magouns in Somerville.

Pours a nice copper as the name suggests. Little head which goes away quickly.

Sweet, malty, slightly dirty nose. A bit of the same in the sip, a bit cloying, overly sweet. A bit of an unpleasant after -taste too which made my face pucker.

Above characteristics became highlighted & exacerbated as I drank the glass, it was a bit of a struggle to finish. Caramel notes were running rampant.

My least favorite offering from this new brewery so far, unfortunately. As a long time fan of Marzens & ofests, I cant help but feel this beer was rushed. Will try another time.

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3.85/5  rDev +2.9%

16.9oz brown bottle with a mention of it being a 2012 fall release on the label ... better than no freshness date.

LOOK: Sunset orangey copper hue, very clear with ample frothing

SMELL: Fresh hay, toasted bread, grape skin, clean, floral, spicy hop

TASTE: Full malt jacket, grassy, grapenuts, herbal hop, bread crust, semi-clean, slight sweetness, hint of alcohol, long grainy finish

Very well put together, if this was a bit cleaner it would give its German counterparts a run for their O-fest. I'll be visiting this lager more often than other O-fests this year.

09-19-2012 01:25:27 | More by Jason
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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass

Appearance: 1/3 head, medium carbonation, golden brown in color, clear

Smell: toasted malt and grain

Taste: toasted malt, mineral, and earth

Mouthfeel: sweet with a good deal of earthiness, high carbonation, light bodied

Overall:A solid mineraly tasting lager. Good for the style, and if I want a marzen I would look for it. However, I will probably not rush to pick this one up again.

10-15-2012 18:19:16 | More by tigg924
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3.53/5  rDev -5.6%

Copper Legend opens with a largely grain-based aroma, full of toast, biscuit, Grape Nuts cereal, wet wheat, and hay. Slight touches of fruit esters – apricot, berry, orange – and pinches of brown sugar linger at the edges, difficult to notice. Even fainter are piney, citrusy notes from the hops. Obviously grains are dominant here, but even those aromas are relatively light, and one needs to place one’s nose fairly close to the beer to catch a whiff. As a whole, the aromas are nice, and feature just enough sugars to balance the grains, but the beer could use a bit more oomph to produce a stronger aroma.

On the tongue, the beer does continue to primarily feature grains, with wheat, toast crust, Grape Nuts cereal, yeasty dough, floury baguette, and even a bit of dark brown bread coming to the front. The sugars here are thankfully far more present than they were on the nose, adding good measures of orange, apricot, and berry fruits, as well as brown sugar and a touch of wildflower honey. The hops add a further citrusy note, as well as a pinch of pine, and gain a little strength in the latter part of the mouthful. In subsequent sips much of the finer nuance of the sugars is lost, and the beer comes across more like bread and hay. The aftertaste is mainly bread and hay, with a distinct bitterness from the piney hops, and lingers for a short time. Mouthfeel is medium-light to medium, and carbonation is medium to medium-high, fizzing up in the mouth.

Overall, this is a good beer, and certainly far better than standard Anheuser-Busch fare. But it does lack a certain amount of punch, and the sugars are low enough that they become easily lost under the grains – especially in subsequent sips. A better sampling of orange, berry, and apricot notes would have served this brew better, and helped to balance the affair.

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Copper in color with a nice head of near-white foam. Appropriately pretty Oktoberfest.

Earthy, bready, and mildly hoppy beer. A touch of floral and sweet notes as well.

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4.19/5  rDev +12%

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I get a crisp barley smell from this one- some caramel, a little bit of hops. Perhaps a touch of wheat. Nice, but very subtle.

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Update: It's definitely better a little closer to room temperature.

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Copper Legend from Jack's Abby Brewing
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