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Jabby Brau - Jack's Abby Brewing

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BA SCORE
88
very good

559 Ratings
THE BROS
91
outstanding

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Ratings: 559
Reviews: 111
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 10.57%
Wants: 42
Gots: 41 | 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 +0.3%
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%
AVAILABILITY: Year-round

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Appearance: 1/2 inch head, gold in color, clear, high carbonation

Smell: straw and citrus hops

Taste: grass, light honey-sugar, and a citrus hoppy end

Mouthfeel: high carbonation, light bodied, sweet start with a bitter lasting middle

Overall: Given the style, this one is very good. It is a nice and hoppy lager that I would look for again and an excellent value. That said, if I was not grading to style, my marks would be closer to a 3.5. While this is clean and very well done, there is just something missing that I cannot put my finger on.

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3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jabby Brau opens to a sweet, hoppy aroma, full of lemon, pine, pink grapefruit and grapefruit rind, and lychee nut. These heavily-citrusy hop notes rest atop a bed of brown sugar and light fruit esters, including more lemon, as well as apricot and crisp pear. A bed of floury baguette, toast crust, Grape nuts cereal, and rising yeasty wheat dough adds earthiness and speaks to a good amount of malts. As a whole the nose is nice, if a bit light, but promises a good hop selection and a balanced overall experience.

On the tongue, the beer opens with a blast of lemon, pine, and pink grapefruit hops, which quickly merges with a heavy grain base, this latter bringing brown sugars and, mostly, swaths of fresh wheat, hay, toast crust, wheat bread, biscuit, and cereal. Hops largely fade by the end of the mouthful, meaning the latter notes are almost exclusively malt and grain. This experience continues with subsequent sips: hops upfront, then malts take over the back end. The aftertaste is also heavily geared toward grains, though a few touches of lemon and pine remain, and the flavors linger on the tongue for a good while. Mouthfeel is medium, and carbonation is medium to medium-high, fizzing on the tongue.

Overall, this is a solid session lager, and while it doesn’t necessarily wow the tasetebuds, it does deliver a solid drinking experience, featuring a good range of hop and malt flavors, and thus provides a fantastic (and certainly far superior) alternative to Anheuser-Busch fare.

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look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed a glass of Jack's Abbey Jabby Brau on draft at Flatbreads in Somerville, MA, served in a pint glass. I've liked most of what I've had from Jack's Abbey. Let's see how this one is.

Appearance (3/5): Jabby Brau pours a clear golden-yellow hue with about one and a half finger head (regarding the head, if I were the one pouring this brew I would have given it a more vigorous pour to produce a bigger head, but I digress). Jabby Brau looks like many pale colored lagers, and that is no big knock on it--it just doesn't have a remarkable look to it, so I can't give it more than a 3.

Smell (3.5/5): this "session lager" smells of light, herbal hops and cracker-like grain. I smell a little grass and a hint of bread and bran cereal from the malt. The aroma is (predictably) not very strong, this being low alcohol, light lager fare. Now, I'm a fan of bold and in-your-face flavors, but for what it is, it's definitely above average. Subdued and mellow, yet pleasant.

Taste (4/5): Now this is more like it. While only a little above
average in the previous two categories, Jabby Brau kicks it up a notch in the taste category. The light hops hit first and leave behind a pleasant bitterness before giving way to a grainy, lightly bready finish. I think JA has found a good balance between hops and malt in a session beer, achieving a complexity and flavor profile that, in my mind, is impressive to see in a low ABV lager such as this. Definitely an overachiever. .

Mouthfeel (3.5/5): Jabby Brau possesses a moderate carbonation that compliments its light and mellow (somewhat hop-forward) flavor profile fairly well. The mouthfeel is smooth, clean, and clear and has that characteristic lager coolness to it. It also feels a little thin--perhaps a consequence of the style more than anything else. But it is what it is, as they say, and I can't give it more than a 3.5 for mouthfeel.

Overall (3.5/5): Jabby Brau is definitely decent beer; perhaps not my style, but I think the brewers achieved their goal of creating a light and accessible beer made for summer quaffing. You could definitely throw back a few of these in one sitting. To me, though, it's just not that interesting of a beer; while any beer geek can appreciate what it represents, few will love it.

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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.

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4.01/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. MFG 11-08-2013 on the side of the label.

A: Pours a slightly hazy very light golden yellow with white head. Large bubbles break up the foam in a minute or so. Average amount of visible carbonation. Leaves some decent lacing behind.

S: Hop forward aroma on this one, can really get some citrus notes. Nice freshness to it. Spicy lager tones are also substantial. A touch of fermented dark fruit.

T: Very balanced flavor on this one, can see why it is a session lager. The hops are present but really just add flavor and not any bitterness. Malts dominate the back-end but are smooth with a biscuity bready flavor.

M: Medium body with ample carbonation. Real smooth body with great sessionability.

Overall this would be a great deck beer in the summer. Loads of flavor with a low enough ABV to enjoy the whole sixer on a warm day.

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Thanks to Jon for this one!

A: Pours a hazy golden yellow color with a foamy one finger head on top, just off-white in color. Decent retention, eventually leaving a thin cap on top. Sporadic lacing.

S: Some bready malt with light citrus, floral/grassy hops. A lot fainter than Hoponius. There is a bit of graint malt as well.

T: More light citrus, mostly grapefruit, a heavier dose of grassy hops and some biscuity malt.

M: Light to medium bodied with medium carbonation. Extremely easy drinking.

O: Another great lager from JA. Could drink this beer all the time without a problem.

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Jabby Brau from Jack's Abby Brewing
88 out of 100 based on 559 ratings.