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Jabby Brau - Jack's Abby Brewing

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530 Ratings

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Ratings: 530
Reviews: 110
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 10.54%
Wants: 40
Gots: 37 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Jack's Abby Brewing visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Lager |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Deep golden in color, this low ABV lager balances Pilsner and Munich malt with an aromatic American hop aroma. This beer starts hoppy but finishes unexpectedly malty with very low bitterness. Impressively flavorful and drinkable for the lightest beer we brew. We dub this beer a "Session Lager," as we once again brew a lager in a beer style of its own. Uses local Soft Red Winter Wheat from Four Star Farms.

20 IBU

(Beer added by: jlindros on 01-15-2012)
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3.89/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From BeerAdvocate magazine Issue #68 (Spetember 2012):

LOOK: Pale yellow, touched with haze, topped with thick white foam

SMELL: Cereal malts, biscuit, clean

TASTE: Creamy, lively mouthfeel, light-bodied, wheaty, grain, lemony hop bite, lime oil, grassy, herbal, dry, biscuity linger

A “Session Lager” from this all lager brewery, brewed with Pilsner and Munich malt, local soft red winter wheat and American hops. At only 20 IBUs it packs plenty of hop flavor without overpowering the delicate malt balance, and the use of wheat is a distinct twist-—perhaps too distinct—but works overall. A very solid lager.

STYLE: American Pale Lager
ABV: 4.5%

BeerAdvocate, Jun 26, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

msondel, Yesterday at 11:23 PM
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3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving: Bottle into pint
Served: 14 October

Appearance: Pours a clear golden-rod yellow with strong orange hues. Good 1.5 finger head that dies down quickly but leaves some laing.

Smell: Light bready maltiness with some sweet citrus hoppiness.

Taste: Much like the smell- the beer's malt body is quite light and is definitely characteristic of a traditional lager- there's some of the 'edgy' characteristics giving it a distinctive crispness. The flavor, however, is much like a session IPA, meaning full floral and citrus hoppiness, which a slight bitter astringency. Finishes drier than a session IPA.

Feel: Crisp, light, and bubbly.

Overall: A pretty great beer, and one I certainly would enjoy again. However, given the availability of cheaper session IPAs, if I want a hoppy, low ABV beer, I'll probably reach for one of those over this, as I find the lager style adds little to no obvious complexity to the beer, as the lager subtleties are drowned out by the hops in this one.

Beric, Wednesday at 01:27 AM
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

This is the best bottled lager I've ever had. Also, it's consistently delicious.

yarnbomb, Oct 09, 2014
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3/5  rDev -22.9%

dubdrop, Oct 08, 2014
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4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jabby brau is a bright pale-medium yellow with a golden glow in its body. A haze leans translucent but ends up siding more on the clear side. The head is a big-bubbled one that's still tight and thick a very light yellow shade. After settling at one finger, it falls slowly to a heavy layer that drops chunky patching in good quantity.
The smell is crisp, fresh, soft and sweet, lots of honeysuckle and a variety of pale, dark, citrus and tropical fruits over wheat. It's bready, too, leaning dry as the impression is drawn mostly from the wheat but tempering the sweetness nicely. Just a little hops presence adds good balance and keeps it light while adding depth.
It brings the sweetness right up before leafy and citric hops bump it out. They mingle together for a bit, wheat coming in softly to dry and a bit of herb and tropical fruit flashing in the middle. The finish lingers, but softly.
The tip of the tongue is immediately hit with crispness that softens and spreads out over the palate. It gets fluffy and stays crisp but light, the body also light and bitterness adding a dry and, in a sense, "earthy" aspect as it relates to mouthfeel.

Brenden, Oct 07, 2014
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Jabby Brau from Jack's Abby Brewing
87 out of 100 based on 530 ratings.