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Jabby Brau - Jack's Abby Brewing

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Ratings: 592
Reviews: 119
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 10.31%
Wants: 43
Gots: 58 | 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:
Beer added by: jlindros on 01-15-2012

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
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Ratings: 592 | Reviews: 119
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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3.71/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A-clear golden color with a large white head and great lacing

S-grain, malt, hints of citrus and earthiness

T-biscuity malt, light grapefruit and pine, earthy notes, decent bitter hop finish

F-light to medium body with moderate carbonation, crisp and clean

O-a decent session lager but lacks a little in flavor

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +16%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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2/5  rDev -48.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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3.88/5  rDev 0%
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.

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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

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3.79/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle was poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: This beer poured a one finger head and reduced to a thin layer. It is a hazy pale yellow/orange color with some clarity and vision of bubbles coming up through the glass.

Smell: Lager yeast, pilsner malts, some malt sweetness, and noble hops.

Taste: Lots of toasted, bready, and sweet pilsner and Munich malts with a little grassy hops and lager yeast.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, refreshing, light, chewy, and low to medium carbonation.

Overall: A very enjoyable APL from the Framingham bros. This is going to be a good warm weather beer.

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3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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3.67/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12oz bottle, MFG 11.08.13.

Huge head, easily 4 fingers; awesome color of liquid gold. Aroma is tropical fruit but the flavor doesn't follow suit as it has a more grainy flavor, next to no fruit and a strong mineral finish.

Easily beats most lagers in the drinkability category but i expected a bit more flavor coming from this brewer.

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4.06/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from the bottle into a pilsner glass. Body is clear light golden with a half-finger white head. Good thick rings of lace left behind.

S: Florally and citrusy hops over modest grainy and fruity malt. Not a strong nose, but it's pleasant.

T: Bready up front, with some sweet fruitiness following. Then comes citrus (oranges, lemons), with the hops surprisingly strong given the 20 IBUs listed on the label. Very nice balance. Finishes slightly sweet and bready, but with some lemony bitterness lingering in the aftertaste.

M: Light in heft, with good carbonation levels; finishes slightly sticky in feel, reminding me more of a Helles Lager in some ways.

O: So this is what a very good American Pale Lager can taste like. A great post-lawnmowing beer or one to have when you're having more than one. If this were a little cheaper, I'd buy it by the case in the summer. If it finished just a bit more crisp then I would be completely enamored with this beer. As it is, I'm still quite happy with it.

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

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3.88/5  rDev 0%
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.

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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Jabby Brau from Jack's Abby Brewing
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