Mom & Pop's Wet Hop Lager - Jack's Abby Brewing
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4.23/5 rDev +17.2%
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.
Serving type: bottle
12-14-2012 20:05:42 | More by jondeelee
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3.5/5 rDev -3%
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.
Serving type: bottle
04-21-2014 05:35:13 | More by HalfFull
Mom & Pop's Wet Hop Lager from Jack's Abby Brewing
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