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Jabby Brau - Jack's Abby Brewing

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491 Ratings

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Ratings: 491
Reviews: 106
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 10.26%
Wants: 40
Gots: 31 | FT: 2
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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4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

09-16-2012 16:02:57 | More by PatGreer
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3.54/5  rDev -9.2%

Served in a pitcher at State Park in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

A- Hazy pilsner-golden body, one finger white head with good retention, no lacing.

S- Pilsner malt, a touch of citrus hops, noble hops. Sweet bread. Not particularly strong.

F- Pilsner malt, noble hops. Not very bitter, not very complicated.

M- About the right amount of body; solidly medium and very drinkable. Sweet and dry pilsner malt finishes things off.

O- Super easy to drink, fairly flavourful for a pale malt. No off-flavours, enjoyable.

06-08-2014 05:43:38 | More by Stevedore
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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

12-04-2013 18:43:13 | More by BeerHunter76
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Quebec (Canada)

3.65/5  rDev -6.4%

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.

01-28-2014 12:26:35 | More by papat444
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

10-29-2013 04:39:15 | More by DerekMorgan
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Rhode Island

4/5  rDev +2.6%

03-27-2014 19:12:03 | More by Doomcifer
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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

02-03-2013 05:47:06 | More by trevorpost
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4.25/5  rDev +9%

01-19-2014 23:52:08 | More by DRBiser
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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

06-19-2013 23:42:15 | More by tbryan5
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4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

05-11-2013 21:51:10 | More by josephwa
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3/5  rDev -23.1%

01-30-2012 23:15:35 | More by Rekrule
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4.21/5  rDev +7.9%

A: Pours a golden yellow color with a fingers worth of head that fizzles down to a cap fairly quickly but retains that for a while

S: Some maltiness and lightly spicy and earthy hops stand out, along with a light fruitiness

T: Follows the nose. Hearty and husky malts with a touch of graininess starts things off, followed by the hops which are earthy and spicy. Finishes with a hint of wheat and grains

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: Another solid brew from JA. Doesn't look or feel like a light "session" beer, but given the 4.5% there is no arguing that it is. Plenty flavorful and very affordable. Get some

03-29-2013 05:24:51 | More by BEERMILER12
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3.79/5  rDev -2.8%

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.

02-04-2014 07:30:28 | More by Flounder57
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4.29/5  rDev +10%

Pours pale straw with a generous white patchy head. Excellent retention and a solid coat of lacing down the glass.

Typical grainy pilsner aroma with some floral hops.

Follows the nose closely. A little sweet bread up front along with grainy pilsner malt and finishes floral and crisp on the back end.

Light bodied with prickly carbonation finishing crisp and dry. Spot on.

Jack's Abby is rapidly becoming one of my favorite out there breweries. They have lagers dialed in. This one is flavorful, yet incredibly light and sessionable. Before I knew it my 16 oz was gone. Really digging something under 5% that has actual flavor.

01-08-2013 17:55:52 | More by jmarsh123
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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

06-11-2014 17:50:37 | More by zekeman17
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

07-01-2012 03:32:25 | More by ms11781
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4.75/5  rDev +21.8%

05-21-2012 22:58:17 | More by Gregwa
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New York

4/5  rDev +2.6%

06-04-2013 18:12:51 | More by campfirebrew
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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

06-12-2014 23:20:40 | More by Resuin
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

11-21-2013 01:23:23 | More by bcm75
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4.25/5  rDev +9%

01-25-2012 04:55:57 | More by Auror
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4.3/5  rDev +10.3%

Drank on-tap at Meadhall, Cambridge, MA
Served in a Jack's Abby pint glass

The beer poured a crystal clear, golden amber color. A thin, flimsy film of off-white froth topped the liquid. The head was quick to dissipate.

The aroma was loaded with crisp, hoppy goodness. Orange peel was most noticeable. Some grapefruit pith came through as well. Slightly grassy with strong lemon notes.

Like the nose, the flavor profile was quite robust for the style. Pale malts appeared on the front end before the hops took over. The hop profile reminded me more of one found in an APA or an IPA than in a typical American pale lager. Orange peel dominated. Slight grapefruit notes. The finish was piney, bitter and dry.

The mouthfeel was creamy and slick with a fine, moderate effervescence.

This beer sure has a lot more going on than your average American pale lager. The boys at Jack's Abby have once again taken a pretty mundane style and created an extreme version of it. Nicely done.

07-05-2012 05:13:12 | More by Damian
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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

08-20-2012 23:53:53 | More by polishkaz
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3.88/5  rDev -0.5%

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.

06-29-2012 14:18:52 | More by Chico1985
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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

10-28-2013 00:40:07 | More by jeff1973
Jabby Brau from Jack's Abby Brewing
88 out of 100 based on 491 ratings.