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Mom & Pop's Wet Hop Lager - Jack's Abby Brewing

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Reviews: 36
Hads: 177
Avg: 3.7
pDev: 23.78%
Wants: 4
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Jack's Abby Brewing visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Lager |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: PeterIngemi on 09-20-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Using 100% locally-sourced ingredients, this lager features hops grown by our Mom and Pop on the family farm in VT, and MA-born hops too. Malted barley and unmalted spelt and wheat provide the finishing touches for this all-local brew. A mild, earthly hop aroma mixes well with malty cereal notes. Not to be confused as an extra hoppy beer, this is a nicely balanced and pleasantly hopped lager.

13 IBU
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Photo of HalfFull
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500 ml. bottle poured into a wine glass. Notes 5.2% from Mom & Pops Harvest Series. Pours clear and deep straw/golden with a thin off whit cap. Light retention. Aroma is hoppy but a bit indeterminate in nature. A fresh pour yields a somewhat spicy Saaz/Noble hop aroma through the foam. Slight haze on final pour, perhaps bottle conditioned.

Taste is full with some citric sweetness on the finish. Feel and finish match the delivery and add a slightly peppery and lemon spice to the close.

Nice moderately hopped lager with Noble hops apparently predominant, yet more complex than a pilsner by design. Offers a relatively full body for a 5.2% lager given spicy hop characteristics.

Brewed Sept. 2013 and reviewed from notes Jan. 2014.

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Photo of Omnium
3.14/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Bottle > Pint Glass

A - Pours a medium gold, medium fluffy white head, no lacing.
S - Lager yeast, a light citrus, pepper, a little fresh bread.
T - Biscuit malt, yeast, baking flour.
M - Buttery texture
O - This is a pretty bad miss at the target, there's essentially no real good hop quality at all in this beer, especially flavor.

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Photo of portia99
3.48/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

500ml bottle (I believe the date is 09/16/13, but difficult to read) poured into an Idle Hands tulip.

A - Pours a pale straw colored gold, decent clarity, tall two finger cap of fluffy white foam that falls slowly over a couple of minutes and some nice webs of lacing on the glass. Nice looking beer.

S - Very earthy aroma, not much complexity...a bit grassy, very mildly citrusy in the background.

T - Crisp bitterness, earthy hop flavors, a touch medicinal in its bitter quality. Very dry. I would describe this almost as an overhopped pilsner. A bit grainy, a touch of phenols. Not well balanced at all - just feels wrong. Not undrinkable, but I'm not eagerly reaching for my glass for the next sip either.

M - Medium bodied and a firm higher than average carbonation. Quite pilsner-like in feel with an overabundance of hops that seem a bit out of place.

O - I am a big fan of Jack's Abby and until now, everything that I have sampled from them. This one really isn't hitting the mark for me tho. I find it out of balance and lacking in complexity/nuances. The hops are quite earthy, a touch medicinal, sharp in bitterness and don't play well off of the grainy malt base. Made with local hops, so varietal choice is low...I think the varieties used don't work well in this beer. Personal preference maybe, but not working that well for me.

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Photo of Stevedore
3.94/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

500ml bottle labeled September 2013, extra'd to me by Respirologist. My first Jack's Abby beer. Poured into an unlabeled snifter today, 10/24/2013 as a way to relax.

Pours a clear straw body, very much like a typical lager with bubbles filing their way to the head. Which is a substantial 1cm white head, very thick and leaves some lacing. Nothing super special, but a nice looking body nonetheless.

Smells very bready, with some floral and earthy hop aromas permeating through. But this is predominantly bready with a little bit of toffee and nuts.

The profile on this beer is pretty much an earthy bitterness throughout dominated by a bready maltiness and floral flavours. Very very balanced lager that tastes like a typical lager yet brings a little bit more to the table. Not über impressive, but flavourful and crisp.

Thinner bodied, still a bit resinous. Very good carbonation, with a mildly dry finish that is refreshingly so. As far as beer goes, I have had better bodied lagers.

Solid lager, nothing super impressive. It isn't that hoppy but its not intended to be. An easy, relatively sessionable lager that is refreshing and not difficult to drink.

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Photo of angrybabboon
3.99/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Consumed 10/23/13, purchased at the brewery on 10/12/13

Appearance: Pours clear, medium gold with some touches of light orange - pours with a average-sized, creamy, white head, fades to a semi-solid cap, leaves some nice streaks of lacing

Smell: Nice hop aromas without any actual hop aggressiveness - remarkable because it's simultaneously aromatic and mild - nicely floral, lightly herbal and earthy - hop cones - malts are decidedly cereal-like, with some malty sweetness, wheat flakes, and something corn-like (but it's not corn) - lightly cooked biscuits and lightly toasted crackers

Taste: Floral, leafy hops, and a bowl of cereal mixed with crackers - light touches of tangerine and lemon - wheat is pretty prominent, which works - some damp, earthy flavors oddly reminiscent of a saison - no bitterness to speak of - lightly toasted white bread, crackers, and more wheat - finishes clean and dry

Mouthfeel: On the light side of medium, nicely carbonated, crisp, finishes very clean, lightly dry - stupidly, absurdly, insanely easy to drink (even when compared to other beers from Jack's Abby)

Overall: How I Wet-Hopped Your Mother (and Pop)

This is an interesting take on wet-hopping. It's not intense. Instead, it's fresh, crisp, and clean. It has some nice aromas and nice flavors that combine with a stellar mouthfeel to make a beer that I could drink all day. I kind of regret not buying a growler of this (although it would probably be gone within like 12 hours).

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Photo of BeerResearcher
3.82/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

16.6oz dark brown bottle. Served in a Pils glass.
The Lager specialists, features an all New England hops and malts brew.
Golden honey colored with a solid snow-white frothy head. The aroma of cut hay and wild flowers gives way to smells of bread and herbs. Tastes of firm pears, dried barley, honey and herbs, blend nicely with an earthy sort of whole hop flowery taste. Sweet malty tastes inch forward creating a subtle balance between spicy hops and sweet doughy malt.
This is an easy-drinker with flavor!

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Photo of MasterSki
3.82/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle from Greg (Reagan1984). Served in a pils glass.

A - Voluminous foam settles to a thick cap and splotchy lace, topping a transparent pale golden.

S - Smells like pilsner malt and wheat, with buttered biscuit, unmalted grains, and earthy hops. While this uses wet hops, it's not intended to be a hoppy lager like Hoponious, but rather a balanced one. Nothing mind-blowing, but should please fans of classic lagers.

T - The taste is sweet malt up front, again with a buttered biscuit and cereal grain quality to it. Earthy, floral, and lightly citrusy hops show up later and impart a lower level of bitterness.

M - Medium body, toasty and dry texture, some mild residual hop oils linger on the palate. Pleasant carbonation, and no perceptible alcohol.

D - If generic American lagers tasted like this I'd drink them more often. That being said, it's not mind-blowing. I know that Jack's Abby says this is "not to be confused as an extra hoppy beer", but if that's the case I think a different name might work better as the current one suggests it should be extra hoppy; perhaps Harvest Lager, or Homegrown Lager? Had no problems with the 500ml bottle.

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Photo of LeRose
3.54/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Half liter bottle poured into lager glass.

Slightly hazy pale golden color with a compact but persistent head. Lacing was "stringy" down the side of the glass.

The aroma had earthiness and green grassy notes - very pleasant but somewhat subdued. Fragrant in the herbal/floral sense. Grain/cereal aroma is very noticeable. Something reminded me of the vegetable garden in the aroma - earthy, green, and alive.

The taste was more wheat-like than expected - bready in a way. The hops are not dominant at all and provide highlights - earthy, herbal, some bright green grassy flavors, just hints of citrus notes that are more lemony than grapefruit. Surprisingly sweet.

Carbonation was moderate to high, smooth mouthfeel. The green hops notes lingered well after the initial taste had faded.

Overall a nice beer and a pleasing change of pace. Nice balance, highly drinkable and certainly worth having. Higher price compared to other great offerings makes it a treat rather than a regular in the lineup for me.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a shaker pint, the beer is a slightly hazed, bright, straw-gold coloring with a frothy, low profile, clingy, white head. Aromas of toast, buttery notes, and hints of resin and pepper. Flavors are roast and toast forward, with a toffee and butter backbone, subtle peppery spice notes at the end, and hints of bitterness. Well balanced, with a slow build of bitter and spice into the aftertaste. Smooth, robust bodied. The finish is slightly effervesced, slightly dry, and the palate ends up clean at the end. Interesting brew.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.91/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-Pours a slightly milky, straw yellow color. Decent sized, bleached white head. Consistency is very frothy and bubbly. Long lacing patterns.

S-Lots of cereal and grain. Strong lager yeasty notes. Light grassy and herby hops. Dried out wheat, too. Pleasant.

T-Pretty wheaty. Cereal and grains and buttered sourdough bread. Lightly bitter in its hoppiness.

M-Light and refreshingly crisp. Light bitterness. Very, very drinkable.

O/D-Balanced, simple and enjoyable. Very refreshing. It's one of their most restrained beers, but it's pretty damn good in its own right.

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Photo of codysjb
3.11/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Golden Pale, small head that dissipates instantaneously
S: Wheat, summer, minor must scents
T: Watery, some mild wheat notes.
M: Little more flavor, wheat, some minor malt notes.
O: Easy drinking session beer but really nothing special. After having the cheaper IPL, I don’t think I’d ever buy this again as their other main beers are less expensive and much better.

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Photo of jondeelee
4.2/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mom & Pop’s Wet Hop Lager opens to a nose that is surprisingly balanced for a beer whose name focuses more on hops than malts. Breads and grains are perhaps the most noticeable aroma, bringing biscuit, Grape Nuts cereal, floury baguette, rising wheat dough, and wet wheat stalks. The hops are a secondary aroma, but still add a pleasant and noticeable lemon, pine resin, and grapefruit rim to the breads and grains. There’s also a bit of brown sugar, and a smidgen of apricot and berry fruit esters. As a whole, the nose is very nice, speaking to a simple, but very well-made lager that has been meticulously balanced to feature the best of its ingredients.

On the tongue, the beer is more sugary than expected, with immediate brown sugar notes, as well as berry, orange, apricot, pear, and apple fruit esters. The sugars are delicious and sweet, and blend well with the (here, much lighter) breads and grains, which add floury baguette, biscuit, cereal, and light toast crust earthiness. The hops add touches of pine, lemon, grapefruit, and sweet rosewater, very nicely complementing the sugars and breads. The aftertaste is a lingering continuation of the main mouthful, but with slightly larger pine and grapefruit hop notes, and a plant-stem bitterness that is slightly reminiscent of dandelion stems. Mouthfeel is medium, and carbonation is medium.

Overall, this is an excellent lager, being finely balanced and featuring an excellent and surprising array of sweet sugars and fruit esters, as well as fresh hop notes. This would make for excellent summer fare, being on the lighter, but very flavorful side, and would also make for an excellent introductory beer to someone unfamiliar with craft brews, as it shows the range of flavors that a good lager should have.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a clear gold, topped with a couple fingers of thick and foamy bright-white head. This maintains a ½ finger or so of sudsy froth, leaving back sticky lace that clings to the sides of the glass. The aroma smells fresh, leafy and earthy with a fresh citrus component to it. Doughy grains give the nose a tight twang across the back.

The taste is tart lemon, earthy bitterness and ripe green citrus flavor. A tight bready backbone really gives those hops something to bounce off of. The finish is dry and earthy with some light lingering must. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a tight, crisp and clean feel throughout that are equal parts sharp and creamy in the mouth. The hops also add a touch of underlying slickness as well which helps with the overall smoothness of this.

I enjoyed this more than I initially thought I was going to. The fresh hop character was well done here for the most part but I really think it was the clean and crisp Lager aspects of this that really drove it home. Well done.

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Photo of WanderingFool
4.03/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mom & Pop's Wet Hop Lager pours an extremely clear golden color with a moderate, white fizzy head on top. The foam fades quickly leaving only a few spots of lace on the glass.

The aroma reminds me of a pilsner. Slightly skunky with grassy hops and hints of light fruit (apple).

Each sip of this medium bodied beer is creamy and smooth with mild carbonation. The flavor begins with sweet pale malt and some bread. Grassy hop bitterness and a touch of skunk at the end. It finishes dry and once gone the grassy hops linger on the palate.

This is a very easy to drink beer with lots of pilsner character. Very well balanced.

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Photo of homebrew311
3.65/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This was one of the many generous extras from cbeer88...thanks man! Poured into pint glass. Appearance is a slightly cloudy yellow gold. Nice 1 finger white head forms and retains very nicely with heavy lacing. The nose features lemony hops paired with lager yeast and dry grains. Almost some Saison qualities working here. Taste is mildly sweet with a heavy flavor of lemon. Reminds me of Sorachi Ace hops. Some wheat character comes through with minimal bitterness. The flavor is very well balanced and has a clean finish. Body is a tad heavier than expected considering the ABV. Overall, this is an intriguing lager with lots of character. Not exactly a favorite of mine, but certainly worth a try.

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Photo of cbutova
3.38/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Hazy beer with a golden-orange body poured into an oversized tulip. A creamy and silky white head forms to about two fingers and has decent retention.

S- Fairly standard lager yeast off the top with mild hops balancing. Herbal, floral and grassy hints with just a bit of citrus.

T- Laid back and very clean flavor profile with a base of yeast and light malt notes with an easy going hop balance. Yeast bread, light sweets, cracked grains, pilsner/biscuit malts and lighter fruits make up the backbone. Some hops give an herbal. grassy and earthy feel.

MF- The body of this lager is on the light end but it delivers a nice silky and creamy feel. Carbonation is moderately high but doesn't burn the palate like many other lighter lagers. A very small bitterness in the finish.

Pale lagers made with quality ingredients tend to be easy drinking and refreshing. Not the most interesting offering of their's but still satisfying.

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Photo of davey101
3.61/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

September 2012 vintage, 500ml bottle into a SA perfect pint

A - Pours a clear straw yellow body with a thin bone white head. Solid lacing and retention. Pretty much perfect appearance for a pale lager.

S - Cereal pilsner malt, sweet bubble gum. earthy hops and grass.

T - Similar to the nose with grainy pilsner malts and a sweet bubblegum/fruit finish. Lightly hopped with some piney and grassy notes. Mouth feel is crisp, dry, and lively.

O - Very pilferer like, but with a more pronounced hop presence. Tasty for sure, but I prefer Jabby Brau over this so far.

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Photo of ppoitras
3.55/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

16.9oz bottle purchased as a single from Yankee Spirits, Sturbridge, MA.

Poured into a Sam perfect pint, formed a 1/2" white head over the slightly cloudy sunny golden brew. Head is down to an uneven skim pretty quick, with average lacing. Aroma is earthy hops.

Taste starts a bit vegetal, sweet pale in the middle, with a rounded bitterness through the close. Mouthfeel is soft over the tongue, and drinkability is pretty good. Only a month to two out from the Sept 2012 label date, but seems I was a bit late to the party on this one.

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Photo of FosterJM
3.91/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1580th Review on BA
Bottle to Spiegelau wheat glass

Bottle Dated September 2012
Thanks to Rudzud/Jlindros for the bottle

App- A very gorgeous beer in the glass. Top fading orange to yellow like a deep sunset hue with a big 3 finger fluffy white head that left a great trail of lace and cling. Had a good lightness in the center and looked very drinkable.

Smell- A bit of a malty grainy note with a specific lager yeast that I just dont really like, but the addition of the wet hops, turned this into a lighter aromatic beer with a good layering that drowned out most of what I dont like.

Taste- I will admit I am not a lager guy. I actually put on instagram, this makes me like lagers. Very flavorful with a good hop bite and a little bit of bitter to balance out the lager notes. Actually layered really well, a bit better than the nose to make this one very flavorful and thirst quenching while waiting for dinner. Not to take away from the lager notes but Jack's Abby does something unique and makes a lager a bit more palateable for me.

Mouth- A nice lighter body with a good crisp carbonation and a bit of wetness behind it. The lager notes are drowned out and leave a bit of a bready malty, bitter flavor behind.

Drink- Jack's Abby makes me rethink how much I dont like Lagers. Thats about it. They do good stuff.

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Photo of rudzud
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up at Julio's and poured into a Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a crystal clear light golden hue with a nice one finger white head that fades to leave sticky side lacing and a nice creamy blanket.

S - Lots of grassy hops and light yeasty bread. Solid aromas of a hoppy lagered beer. Nice light toasted (not really sweet) malts as well.

T - Hrmm..a bit too cereal/bready for my tastes. The nice grassy/floral hops are solid, but a bit too grainy for my tastes. I guess its a bit too "lagery" for my tastes.

M - Mouthfeel is solid, lots of carbonation here. Super drinkable.

O - Overall, this isnt my favourite Jack's Abby beer, but its still a decent offering. Tasty and well worth the price, like all Jack's Abby brews.

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Photo of jlindros
3.7/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Took me a little longer than I thought to get to sample this one. But at last I finally get to it.

Big creamy 1 finger fluffy head fades fairly slowly with some foamy lacing, over hazy golden honey colored beer.

Nose light wet hops, a little grassy, hint of tropical fruit and citrus like, little floral and aromatic, some light resin and oily hop like aromas, light fluffy golden malt, a hint of lager yeast fruity like additions and almost a lemony floral saison aroma.

Taste crisp to start, some bready biscuit malts, light golden malts, little hay and wheat almost pilsner malt, light grainy wheat saison like flavor, light lager yeast crispness and little fruitiness. The hops are light again, little musty resinous bitterness, light spicy floral hops, touch grassy, just a little fruity hop, some citrus and light resin, and just a bit of oil. Finish is dry and crisp, floral hops, airy, little bitterness, light lemony zest, little grassy lingering.

Mouth is med to lighter bodied, decent carb.

Overall OK but not great. It's a decent base, but the hops don't seem to come through as much as they could, even for wet hops. The malt and lager base is nice, and the interesting light saison like twist is nice as well, but the hops just don't do it.

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Slight chill haze on a gold beer. Head is small, bright-white, and drops to a tiny cap in short order. No lacing, no retention. Moderate carbonation from the pour.

Smell: Grass, hay, light hints of earthy and herbal hops. Incredibly mild and delicate hop profile. Slightly damp. Sweet pale malts, mild toasted edge. Some underlying roastiness, but it's buried. Big hits of cereal grains. Nicely hopped. More earthy than herbal as it warms. Touches of wheat brighten it up a bit.

Taste: Wheat and a slightly damp, hay, grass, earthy hopping. Almost comes across as a kristalweizen. Incredibly pale malts. Some underlying toasted edges. Grass and doughy malts. Some cracker-like malts as well. Nice underlying lager yeast. Mild estery notes. Some apple and pear.

Mouthfeel: Light side of moderate body. Crisp, clean, and slightly dry.

Overall: Hells yeah local lagers!

A nicely hopped American lager. Doesn't go too far any direction. Easy drinking, extremely clean and fresh. This is a drinking lager.

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Photo of scottfrie
3.93/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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

A: Pours a lightly hazy glowing golden with a finger of bubbly white head that faded into a thin, long lasting film.
S: Light notes of lager yeast and dry grains. Hops are not very potent, but I get a hint of lemon. Chalky smelling as well.
T: Flavorful but light all-around. Toasted grains, lager yeast, hints of lemon, apricot and peach, with a clean finish and slightly spicy and earthy aftertaste. Hops ad
M: Nice and smooth full body for the style with a creamy and drying mouthfeel. Carbonation is soft and fluffy. Drinks very well.
O: A flavorful lager with a great mouthfeel. Jack’s Abby does it again. That’s SneezyAchew.

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Photo of smcolw
3.34/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Moderate head which leaves some blanketing lace. Golden color with a mild chill haze.

The smell is a blend of neutral bitter hop and an earthy, lightly sour, malt. Seems off to me.

The taste is better than the smell--there's a solid malt base with a touch crystal toastiness. The hop provides balance but not much more. The aftertaste is brief but pleasant. Very rich body with a high level of carbonation.

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3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours medium yellow with a slight head. Skim retention. No lace.

Mild bready and yeast/raw wheat aroma. Slight citric note.

Pure clean lager. Light malt, light bitterness, bready middle, light bitter again in the finish. Lacks intensity but has nice clean flavors. Not super crisp. Solid well made beer. This would be great for pairing with food, but maybe for the wrong reasons.

Medium body, firm carbonation.

Very drinkable -- I could do these all night. Not intense or unique. Well made, middle of the road lager. Can't hate it; gateway beer to better craft brew. Will introduce to folks who I know that pray to the BMC gods.

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Mom & Pop's Wet Hop Lager from Jack's Abby Brewing
84 out of 100 based on 36 ratings.