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Jabby Brau - Jack's Abby Brewing

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527 Ratings

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Ratings: 527
Reviews: 110
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 10.57%
Wants: 40
Gots: 36 | 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 CheezyBlaster
4.33/5  rDev +11.6%
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.

CheezyBlaster, Jul 13, 2012
Photo of Damian
4.3/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Damian, Jul 05, 2012
Photo of rudzud
4.3/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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
Photo of jmarsh123
4.29/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

jmarsh123, Jan 08, 2013
Photo of CHADMC3
4.29/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep golden body around the straw colored hues and offers a mammoth sized, pillowy white head which slowly dissolves to leave traces of lacing about the glass.

At first sniff the pilsner malts are most apparent with the Munich variety coming forward as it warms. The pale straw aromas are very fresh and clean with just a touch of fresh grassy hops.

The flavor is similar with crisp snappy flavor of the pilsner malt mingling with the grassy hops and later the Munich malt.

Tremendously clean on the palate with a snapping finish. Generous carbonation and a smooth, zesty feel.

Great beer. Awesome alternative to the "name your session ipa" beers. Completely clean, fresh and packed with character.

CHADMC3, Feb 10, 2014
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Jabby Brau from Jack's Abby Brewing
87 out of 100 based on 527 ratings.