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Jabby Brau - Jack's Abby Brewing

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501 Ratings

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Ratings: 501
Reviews: 107
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 10.28%
Wants: 40
Gots: 32 | 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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Photo of DefenCorps
3.89/5  rDev 0%

Bottled 11/08/2013, this is one of 6 beers I picked up at Julio's last week.

Pouring a clear light orange with a beautiful, dense off white head with excellent retention and nice lacing, this is an impressive looking beer. The nose is good. An initial whiff of sulfur is present, but really, the nose is dominated by a bready Munich malt and a doughy, rustic pils malt character. Alongside is a moderate hop character, a blend of orange peel, a little bit of floral character and maybe some grapefruit? Some mineral character, reminiscent of cascade hops, is present.

The palate is what you'd expect from the description. A really nice blend of bready and doughy malt with a touch of honey, this is pretty refreshing. The mid palate brings the hops to the forefront, with a moderate bitterness and mild citrus character. Bready on the finish with a clean, lingering bitterness, this beer is medium light in body and is crisply carbonated. The carbonation does have a mild acidity that doesn't wholly work with the sweeter malt flavors IMO. A delightful little beer.

DefenCorps, Dec 06, 2013
Photo of Duff27
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Duff27, Dec 26, 2013
Photo of puboflyons
3.98/5  rDev +2.3%

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. Sampled on January 1, 2014.

The pour is orange amber mostly with a white head that fades after awhile. A little cloudy.

The malt character is clean in the nose along with an orange, citrus character and some fizz. Very clean and crisp.

The body is light mainly.

There is a citrusy, orange, and apple taste up front. The hop finish is mild hut lingers. It works for the style.

puboflyons, Jan 01, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Griffith, Jan 21, 2014
Photo of rudzud
4.3/5  rDev +10.5%

Picked up a bottle of this at Julio's. So happy to have Jack's Abby distributing throughout Massachusetts.

A - Pours a crystal clear straw hue with a nice two finger rocky white head that left great side lacing and a nice cloud.

S - Smell...isnt quite like others were describing this. Perhaps because this is a bottle and not on tap things have changed, but, I dont get any tropical hop notes like others said. Instead, there is a nice light grassy hop with nice rich, cereal/bready grains.

T - More of those light grassy hops, but there is a faint flicker of bitter hops towards the end. A super faint hint of pineapple towards the end as well. The middle though is clearly Jack's Abby. Very nice lager qualities here, the bready grains (wheat), almost biscuity, with some light sweet malts. Nice slight bitter finish.

M - Mouthfeel is pretty solid. Yeah, definately sessionable. Rather crisp and clean, with an enjoyable finish.

O - Overall, this is a good beer from Jack's Abby. I prefer their big, juicy hop offerings though. While a good beer, its no Kiwi Rising.

rudzud, Mar 27, 2012
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3/5  rDev -22.9%

TheBeerAlmanac, May 04, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -10%

BGsWo22, Feb 08, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

eawolff99, Aug 30, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

outoffocus, Jul 05, 2013
Photo of VelvetExtract
4.4/5  rDev +13.1%

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.

VelvetExtract, Apr 22, 2012
Photo of tigg924
4/5  rDev +2.8%

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.

tigg924, Jun 11, 2012
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

CheapBeerBuzz, May 23, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

jfcaa193, May 26, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

mattmarka1, Jan 15, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

jaxon53, Aug 23, 2014
Photo of DavoleBomb
3.98/5  rDev +2.3%

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.

DavoleBomb, May 24, 2012
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

warnerry, Jun 16, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

ShemRahBoo, Oct 05, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

tom10101, Aug 13, 2014
Photo of cosmicevan
3.76/5  rDev -3.3%

Bottle picked up locally enjoyed from a jack's abby snifter. Brew pours a soft transparent yellow orange with a thin fizzy head gone quick. Nose is subtle pilsner malt with a hint of grain. Taste is also fairly mellow. A true session lager. But well made. Malty with a lager bite.

cosmicevan, Mar 02, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -10%

AlexFields, Aug 30, 2013
Photo of cbutova
3.9/5  rDev +0.3%

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.

cbutova, May 04, 2012
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4.08/5  rDev +4.9%

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!

scottfrie, Jun 05, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -16.5%

thegerm87, Jun 26, 2013
Photo of harrymel
3.96/5  rDev +1.8%

On tap at Meadhall

Pours a golden color with a solid sheet of light cream foam. Smells of grassy and piney hops with some dry grain in the background. Flavor is cereal grains, slight bitterness, some nice grass hops and a little bit of butter underneath it all; well played. Medium bodied with tight, snappy carb and a semi dry finish. Nice beer. Like the ABV on it. 3.75/4/4/3.75/4

harrymel, Jul 18, 2013
Jabby Brau from Jack's Abby Brewing
87 out of 100 based on 501 ratings.