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

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Reviews: 36
Hads: 176
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 3.21%
Wants: 4
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
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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 codysjb
3.11/5  rDev -16.8%
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. (373 characters)

Photo of Omnium
3.14/5  rDev -16%
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. (337 characters)

Photo of smcolw
3.34/5  rDev -10.7%
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. (408 characters)

Photo of stonermouse
3.35/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Excited for another offering from these guys. Poured into a standard pint glass.

Pours yellow, clear and clean. Slight lacing with minimal head.

The aroma is all lager. I detect a bit of Budweiser here, with a bit alcohol sharpness and a touch of damp basement. It's all mild and not as off-putting as it sounds.

The taste is not the hop wallop I expected, what with hop cones occupying much of the front of the label. This is a very standard, mostly average pale lager. It has a solid body, and showcases their lager yeast quite nicely. There is very minimal hop impression here. I detect a touch of banana and a bit of ricey-ness. I'd say if you want to sample what a good, solid standard lager tastes like, this is a decent representation. But it doesn't quite meet expectations. (785 characters)

Photo of cbutova
3.38/5  rDev -9.6%
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. (932 characters)

Photo of portia99
3.48/5  rDev -7%
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. (1,348 characters)

Photo of HalfFull
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
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. (737 characters)

Photo of LeRose
3.54/5  rDev -5.3%
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. (1,011 characters)

Photo of ppoitras
3.55/5  rDev -5.1%
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. (539 characters)

Photo of PeterIngemi
3.58/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a .5lt bottle into a dfh snifter

A: pours a very nice hazy golden orange with half a finger of white head that leavs some nice lacing.

S: the most prominent notes I get are cereal grain Malts and a touch of earthy hops, I was hoping for a more hop forward nose, even though the label warned against that...

T: taste is much like the nose here, lager yeast notes and lightly toasted cereal grain along with some earthy hop notes

M: light medium body with medium Carbination.

O: was not a huge fan of this one. (536 characters)

Photo of davey101
3.61/5  rDev -3.5%
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. (568 characters)

Photo of rinhaak
3.63/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light, hazy golden yellow with a fine head. Has a very doughy aroma with hints of lemon, mold, and bog. Lots of cereal grain in the mouth, bordering on rice cakes. The hops take a back seat here, and really compliment the maltiness.

It's a well made beer, though personally not one of my favorite Jack's Abby beers. (324 characters)

Photo of homebrew311
3.65/5  rDev -2.4%
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. (701 characters)

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
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. (551 characters)

Photo of Dope
3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very fresh, bottle is dated September 2012.

A: Pours a hazy golden with a good sized fizzy white head. Fades away somewhat slowly, leaving moderate streaks of lacing on the glass.

S: Lots of sweet cereal grain and a bit of earthiness. A little bit of sharp sulfur in there. Mild and simple.

T: Fresh grassy and earthy hops mixes with more cereal grain. Sweet in the middle but a little bitter and drying in the finish.

M: Medium bodied, a little sticky.

O: A very mellow lager from Jack's Abby. It's very simple, pretty much cereal and some mild earthy and grassy hops. Similar to a mild english pale ale. Very fresh, refreshing and drinkable. (651 characters)

Photo of OtherShoe2
3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
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. (633 characters)

Photo of jlindros
3.7/5  rDev -1.1%
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. (1,259 characters)

Photo of rudzud
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
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. (722 characters)

Photo of BeerResearcher
3.82/5  rDev +2.1%
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! (508 characters)

Photo of MasterSki
3.82/5  rDev +2.1%
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. (1,159 characters)

Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
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. (1,018 characters)

Photo of Kinsman
3.86/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden straw color with a beautiful bright white head on top. Aroma gives off a nice malty and slightly sweet grain note underlying a nice floral and slightly spicy hop note.

Light and crisp on the palate with a tasty cereal malt character thats balanced well by the fresh earthy and herbal hop flavors. Not quite as much punch from the hops as I would have liked but still a pleasant and very drinkable lager. (420 characters)

Photo of Kegatron
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
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. (1,049 characters)

Photo of Dools9
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a shaker pint.

A: Pours with a finger of soapy, sudsy white head. Color is a slightly hazy, dark gold. Nice lace, retains with a half inch.

S: Lots of earth, barley malt, cereal, and an overall clean graininess. Mild citrus lingers in the back. A very clean lagery profile, but not in a bad way by any means.

T: Bready, doughy malt upfront. Lots of toasty, cereal grain and a nice earthy, grassy, and mildly citrusy hop. Very clean and fresh flavor profile.

M: Medium, smooth body. Carbonation is good but not overly zingy. Its a very refreshing beer.

O: Another lager done right by Jack's Abby. Don't expect it to be anything like Hoponious Union however, this one stays a bit more true to the APL style. That being said, its a solid, clean, refreshing beer and one that might be a good intro to craft. (827 characters)

Photo of Auror
3.9/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled in September 2012 and consumed less than a week after it hit shelves.

Appearance- Poured with an abundant sized effervescent head that diminished fairly quickly to leave a very marginal halo of foam. Pale golden, no evident sediment

Smell- Dank hops, bread dough, pears, a bit of must, citrus notes

Taste- Starts with a bit of floral hops, which fade fairly rapidly into a decidedly sweet, bready finish. Almost no bitterness at first, but slowly builds as you drink and it warms. Fairly plain taste, but not unpleasant.

Mouthfeel- Smooth in the mouth, but a bit thin in the body. Carbonation level is nice, just shy of prickly.

Overall- Although it's not labeled as such (that moniker belongs to Jabby Brau), this is one of the best "session" beers I've had. It's abv is pretty much right there too. It goes down very easily, and the as-you-go bitterness keeps the beer interesting until the bottom of the glass. This is the opposite of a sipper, I found myself continually taking gulps. (1,002 characters)

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