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Jabby Brau - Jack's Abby Brewing

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BA SCORE
88
very good

396 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 396
Reviews: 95
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 10.49%


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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MasterSki

Illinois

4.13/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to gn0sis for this one. Served in a pilsner glass.

A - Classic looking American lager, with a few fingers of white foam that slowly settles to a chunky cap and splotches of lace. Transparent golden body with streams of bubbles racing upward.

S - Spicy and floral hops, with perhaps a touch of citrus in there as well. Some toasted grains and wheat, as well as light biscuit in the malt bill. Fairly potent aroma for a 4.5% brew.

T - The taste has a bit more biscuity Pilsner malt and bread to it, in addition to the floral and citrus hop flavors. Fairly present bitterness for a 20 IBU pale lager, but nothing excessive.

M - Super dry and crisp, with moderate carbonation, medium-light body, and some residual hop oils and resins.

D - This is pretty much what I want from an American Pale Lager. Drinks like a really clean blend of American and English Pale Ales. Crushable at 4.5%, albeit significantly more subtle than Hoponius Union. This might be a good way to win over lovers of fizzy yellow beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2012 23:35:48 | More by MasterSki
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ppoitras

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16.9oz bottle purchased as a single from somewhere localish.

Poured into my 2009 Pioneer stein, formed a 1" off-white head over the slightly cloudy golden brew. Head isn't going anywhere, with average lacing. Aroma is funky hops.

Taste starts with sweet, quickly overpowered by almost skunky hops, which carry through the close which has ample bitterness. Mouthfeel is smooth, and drinkability is easy. Says session on the bottle, and that works for me.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2012 22:24:19 | More by ppoitras
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johnnnniee

New Hampshire

4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal clear deep medium golden color with a huge fluffy white head that sticks around forever. Smells of bready pilsner and sweet Munich malts with a floral and earthy hop aroma as well as a spicy component that reminds me of wheat. The flavor is earthy hops up front with a bit of bready malt beneath it. Middle and finish showcase some earthy spicy wheat and hops. Medium to light body with a moderate level of carbonation and a slick almost spicy resinous mouthfeel. This was not at all what I was expecting, but I thoroughly enjoyed it just the same. Jack's Abby continues to impress me with their offerings.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2012 23:55:38 | More by johnnnniee
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Wasatch

Utah

4.23/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to portia99 for this brew.

Poured into a Squatters True Pint glass a very nice dark golden yellow color, very nice carbonation, with a nice one-finger white creamy head, with some nice sticky lacing left behind. The nose is hoppy, malty, slight citrus note. The taste is malty, with a nice hop note. A very nice smooth session brew, many can be had. Almost half gone in a matter of minutes. Medium body, like the label sez, starts off hoppy, finishes malty, with some slight bitterness. Overall a very nice brew for a hot day. Thanks Bill!

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2012 00:23:11 | More by Wasatch
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mdaschaf

Washington

4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2012 23:54:15 | More by mdaschaf
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starrdogg

District of Columbia

4.38/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to rob1110 for this one. Have had it several times, but finally getting to reviewing it.

Beer pours a clear yellow-gold with a thin white head. Smell is of bready malt and some nice citrus and flowery hops, though the hops aren't nearly as overpowering in the smell as Hoponius Union. This one smells a lot more like a traditional lager. The taste follows the smell - it's exceptionally clean and crisp but has a finish that's a little more bitter than your typical lager. There's also a little bit of the fruitiness from the hops in the flavor, but it mixes very nicely with the graininess of the lager. Mouthfeel is light-bodied. Overall, I have to say that this is one of my favorite lagers out there and maybe even a notch above Dortmunder Gold (one of my favorites) for a session-type lager. It's a perfect summer beer and the hops give it a nice little extra bite that you don't find in most lagers, but it's far from overwhelming. If you're looking for something more traditional from Jack's Abby, this is the lager for you. Damn good.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2012 22:31:58 | More by starrdogg
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mdfb79

New York

4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up on Saturday 08/18/12 at the brewery so assuming it's pretty fresh. 16.9 oz. bottle bottled into my Bell's tulip.

a - Pours a somewhat hazy golden yellow color with two inches of white head and moderate carbonation evident. Looks pretty good.

s - Smells of grains, bready malts, citrus hops, floral hops, grapefruit, tropical fruits, fruity malts, and some light biscuit malt. Very nice mix of citrus hops, fruit, and malts. I like it a lot.

t - Tastes of bready malts, fruity malts, grains, wheat, dough, biscuit malts, light citrus hops, eathy notes, and light floral hops. Not quite as much citrus or fruit as the nose, and more grain and bread, but still quite nice.

m - Medium body and low to moderate carbonation. No bitterness at all and crazy drinkable. Could definitely have a few of these and would want to.

o - Overall I thought this was a great lager; one of the better ones I've had in a while. Between this, Smoke & Dagger, and Hoponious Union, I'm becoming a huge fan of this brewery. Being able to get a 16.9 oz bottle of this for $2.50 at the brewery, I'd be there all the time if I lived in MA. Insanely drinkable and while not quite as hoppy or flavorful as Hoponious, easier to drink a few of and a great beer. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2012 23:45:58 | More by mdfb79
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jaasen64

Massachusetts

4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle from 4-pack. Poured into Founders snifter.

A- Pours a translucent yellowish golden with about a quarter finger of white head that has good retention and slowly recedes. About average carbonation.

S- Some lemon zest, grapefruit, oranges, very fruity but a little bit more malts then hops, definitely above average aroma strength. Very nice and appealing smell for the style.

T- Lemons, clementines, some light hops, pale malts, finishes with smooth sweet lemons.

M- Medium bodied, refreshing, easy to drink, average carbonation.

O- This was very good for a sessionable American Pale lager. Lots of flavor and tons of nice fruity flavors that balance very well with the pale malts. Definitely one of my favorite lagers and $11/4-pack of 500ml bottles you definitely can't go wrong. Definitely recommend trying this. Jack's Abby makes some great lagers.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2012 03:34:03 | More by jaasen64
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womencantsail

California

4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The pour is a clear yellow color with a white head. A very good hoppiness to the nose. Citrus and floral hops dominate up front. Sweet biscuit malt comes through as the hops fade away. A nice mild sweetness on the palate which is complemented nicely by the citrusy and floral hop profile. Very light bitterness and just a very good beer all around.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2012 22:45:51 | More by womencantsail
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Arithmeticus

Maryland

4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured chilled in shifts in 4-oz taster.

A: dark yellow, decent head, dissipates pretty soon; carb stream ends quickly
S: beautiful whiffs of flora, tailing into malt
T: very flavorful for a session; strong citrus component; well hopped; bitter; not terribly sweet; coriander; hay, crisp

Very nice session beer!

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2012 21:47:09 | More by Arithmeticus
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kevanb

Illinois

3.65/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

bottle poured into a small snifter

Pours a nice soft pale yellow straw color, lots of golden hues, fairly clear, but a bit of cloudiness. A really nice big white head sits atop the beer, recedes pretty quickly, but a lot of film rests on top and there is pretty decent lacing. Definitely sets the tone for a session beer, and on a warm day, looks ever so inviting. The aroma is okay, nice citrusy floral hops, simple cereal grain and kind of skunky malt aromas, a lot of sweetness as well. The flavors are pretty much identical, sweet biscuity malt, citrus forward hop flavors, mild earthy bitterness, finishes with a nice dryness, lots of hay, a bit metallic. The body is spot on, ample carbonation, nice bigger body for a lower abv beer, such a nice dry crisp refreshing finish.

Verdict: Pretty decent beer. Pale lagers, session beers and the like aren't really known for their exciting flavors or provocative creativity but this hits the spot on a hot day. Thanks to Rudzud for this extra!

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2012 06:49:39 | More by kevanb
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mltobin

Connecticut

4.35/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bottle of this at shop in Lenox, MA.

Appearance is a bright golden color with two fingers or white head. Its` nose contains pine, grass, some hops. Had been hearing about Jack`s Abby for some time now and was excited to finally try them. Take a sip and I taste malts, some hops, a little bitter. Mouthfeel is light, finishes crisp with some more of that bitterness. As noted on the label, this is a session beer and a damn fine one at that. Maybe with some time, this will make its` way down to CT !

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2012 01:02:37 | More by mltobin
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horshack7

Massachusetts

4.35/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Poured into a Pilsner glass is a clear golden beer with a bright white head that is quite foamy.

Aroma: Grapefruit, a few piney notes, tropical fruits, pear, and quite a bit of citrusy hops.

Taste: Hop forward, lots of grapefruit, a fair amount of tropical fruits. Minor pear notes and a very crisp mouthfeel.

Notes: This is a dam tasty Lager very well hopped with a good dry finish. Cheers.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2012 02:40:54 | More by horshack7
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brureview

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer poured a clear gold color with a 3 fingered head in a pint glass.

Very attractive gold color. The mouth feel is very balanced.
The beer tastes hoppy at the beginning and evolves into a nice smooth finish.

Overall a worthwhile beer to drink in the summer.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2012 23:32:48 | More by brureview
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CheezyBlaster

Massachusetts

4.33/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nose is sweet and floral, light. Green apple. Fresh cut grass a bit.

Tastes like it smells, and that's a great thing. Big flavor for a little 4.5%. Green apple candy, very light fruity nectar. Wheaty in the middle, just the way it should be. Tasty bite of citrus and pine from a decent, but even-handed dose of hopping.

Nice bitterness balance, and a solid subtle dryness makes this perfect for the quaffing. Perfect, really.

Well, call me a fanboy. I think I have my pale american lager of choice. It's sad that I can't get this in 12 packs. I don't want this in half liter bottles. I want a bunch of it on hand at all times, all the summer long.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2012 23:10:30 | More by CheezyBlaster
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Gatch

Massachusetts

4.48/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pale, straw-yellow with a fluffy, foamy, white head. No lace or retention.

S: Pleasant sweet, pale malt, grass, and good hop aromas.

T: Sweet, bready, lightly roasted malt with good hop flavor in the finish. Refreshing. Crisp. A joy to drink.

M: Carbonation is spot-on, flavors are great, and drinkability is high, as it should be.

O: A fantastic example of the style. Easily one of the best that I've tried. Another fine beer from Jack's Abby!

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2012 21:09:36 | More by Gatch
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Chico1985

Massachusetts

3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours pale orange, a little dark than your average lager, a little bit of haze. White head retains decently, eventually settles as a thick ring, leaving not much lace.

Smell is kinda weak to me - grainy and bready lager malts, a touch of sweetness, decent American hop power of grass+light fruit.

Taste us a big improvement - the hops come out big time, but still well-balanced with straight up lagerness. The hops bring grassy, herbal+grapefruit, some light peachy notes there as well. Nice cereal and bready malts and some sweetness give way to a toasty finish. Good combo of American hops and pilsner malts.

A little on the foamy side, but that gives it the authentic lager feel. Good body and flavor for the ABV.

Though I technically enjoyed it less than Hoponius Union, I do think this is a better example of the "American hoppy lager" they're going for, just about an even balance here with good characteristics from both sides. Definitely legit, good stuff.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2012 14:18:52 | More by Chico1985
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tigg924

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2012 14:56:35 | More by tigg924
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scottfrie

California

4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle into SN shaped pint glass. Thanks Michael!

A: Pours a bright glowing golden color with a thick, bone-white head that faded into a bubbly film leaving spots of tiny lace down the glass.
S: Light lagery nose with notes of yeast, doughy bread crust, dry grains and a hint of citrusy and tropical hops.
T: Very crisp flavors of lager yeast, creamy grains and clean and crisp hops. Flavors are light, smooth and crisp.
M: Light and drying mouthfeel, medium-light body with scrubbing and refreshing carbonation.
O: This session lager lives up to its name. I would enjoy drinking this all the time. Thanks again, SneezyAchew!

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2012 03:41:49 | More by scottfrie
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DavoleBomb

Ohio

3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a perfect pint. Big thanks to Dope for this.

3.5 A: Mildly hazed light orange color. Two fingers of frothy off-white head. Retention is average and a bit of lacing if left.

4.0 S: Quite hoppy. Herbal, earthy, and mildly floral. Grainy malts underneath with a light, neutral malt sweetness. Simple, but pleasant.

4.0 T: Good bit of hop flavor as well with more earth anf floral and a bit less herbal. Low bitterness. Grainy maltiness with a sweet finish.

4.0 M: Light to lighter medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Clean and crisp, quite crisp.

4.0 D: Solid, hoppy lager. I can see myself putting down a few of these while watching some NFL games.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2012 00:07:20 | More by DavoleBomb
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cbutova

Massachusetts

3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Love what I see from this brewery. Nice 500ml bottles, local and lagers, the type of beer I am admittedly not overly familiar with.

A- Tiniest bit of yeast haze to a light orange body. A frothy white head forms to a few fingers in size and has decent retention. A few webs of lace here and there.

S- Laid back mix of a good yeast bread, caramel biscuit malt and hops. Hops give me a good blend of spice, citrus and herbal/floral notes.

T- Good use of beer ingredients here, balanced. Some light fruit and bready notes from the yeast. Malt lends flavorful toast, caramel, fresh cracked grain and nutty notes. Hops round it all out with citrus juice, floral, herbal and spicy flavors.

MF- Creamy feel with very smooth carbonation. A nice light, bitter finish.

Packs a lot of flavor into a 4.5% lager. Good blend of yeast, malt and hop influence.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2012 02:32:20 | More by cbutova
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jegross2

Illinois

3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewing Jabby Brau from from Jack's Abby Brewing.
Score: 88

No bottling date. This one was sent to me as a gracious extra from a trade conducted with BeerAdvocate user Rudzud. Served in a stemmed Hill Farmstead snifter and enjoyed on 04/05/12.

Appearance: Pours a transparent straw yellow, slightly golden, color with one-plus fingers of white frothy head that quickly settles into a foggy layer atop the glass. Excellent lacing, slightly above average retention with a good amount of sticky residual. 4/5

Smell: Sweet barley grain, bready malt, a little orange peel and corn. A little grass too. The aroma is very straightforward: faint citrus and hops mixed in with a lot of grain. 3.5/5

Taste: Bread, dry cereal, smooth and oily grain and grass hops. Faint orange/lemon citrus. Pretty crisp. Again, pretty straightforward. Very sessionable. 4/5

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, medium-high carbonation. Oily and slick mouthfeel. Slightly malty, slightly bitter finish. 4/5

Overall: Super solid beer for the style. I honestly never thought I would find myself legitimately enjoying a pale lager, but here we are. Being super solid for the style can only take you so far overall, however. After the gauntlet of IPA's, stouts, porters, red ales, etc. that I have consumed since starting this blog, this one ultimately rates as above average, but nothing superior. Do not let that discourage you, however; I would absolutely drink another glass of this. It is incredibly sessionable.

Recommendation: Fans of pale lagers should seek this one out. This would be an excellent starter craft beer for BMC consumers.

Pairings: Wienerschnitzel.

Cost: $3.99 for a 16.9 oz bottle.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2012 06:51:16 | More by jegross2
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OtherShoe2

Massachusetts

3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours medium gold with a good white foam head. Some lace.

Whoa, nice pine/citric note in the nose. A big surprise. Not over the top, but there. Some light toasted malt.

A little thin in flavor, with medium malt and some piney happiness. Seems thin but not watery. Malt, light bitterness, a touch of sweetness, and dries right out. This would be great with food or grill beer.

Medium body, actually a bit light. Decent carbonation balance here.

Overall, liked this the more I drank it. Worth a try. Surprising and different and very obviously well made.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2012 23:54:33 | More by OtherShoe2
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inlimbo77

Delaware

3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz bottle. No bottle dates. Poured into a Deschutes tulip.

A: Nice golden color to the brew. About a finger of bright white head. Lots of carbonation. Bubbles streaming off the glass bottom.

S: Smells like a hoppy lager. I definitely pull some light fruity and grassy hop notes, along with the traditional lager/pilsner malt character.

T: Love this brewery's bottle beer descriptions. They really are good. Hit the nail on the head here. You do get a touch of hop bitterness in the tip of the tongue, but that quickly fades and is balanced nicely by those traditional malts. It really smooths the beer and makes it highly drinkable. And much like the bottle reads, there isn't any bitterness on the close. A good break from IPAs all the time!

M: Light bodied maybe leading into low medium.

O: it's a nice beer and a good break from other more popular craft styles.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2012 15:40:39 | More by inlimbo77
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VelvetExtract

Massachusetts

4.4/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours straw color. Completely transparent. Very light. Head is loose, relaxed foamy sauce. Head leaves consistent crowns along the glass.

S-Sure doesn't smell like a Session Lager. Very hoppy. Nose reminds me a lot of Prima Pils by Victory. (which is a big compliment). A mixture of Noble and American hops. Hop forward (especially for a lager). Lager yeast and Animal Cracker malt.

T-Very delicious. Malt is more stressed on the palate. The mixture of plentiful and unique hoppiness and lager characteristics make this a delicious sip. Grainy and crisp. Wow, this beer is really delicious. Every sip increases my attraction to this beer.

M-Super light. Crisp and plentiful carbonation. The perfect feel for a Session Lager.

O/D-I have been dying to try anything from Jack's Abby. This is an absolute steal for $2.50 per half liter. I absolutely love this beer and may have to go and by six more of these just to have lying around.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2012 00:12:26 | More by VelvetExtract
Jabby Brau from Jack's Abby Brewing
88 out of 100 based on 396 ratings.