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

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Mom & Pop's Wet Hop Lager
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Ratings: 154
Reviews: 36
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 9.94%
Wants: 4
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Jack's Abby Brewing visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Lager |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
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

(Beer added by: PeterIngemi on 09-20-2012)
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4/5  rDev +10.5%

nmann08, Sep 24, 2012
Photo of Kegatron
3.9/5  rDev +7.7%

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.

Kegatron, Nov 16, 2012
Photo of MasterSki
3.81/5  rDev +5.2%

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.

MasterSki, Oct 18, 2013
Photo of jlindros
3.68/5  rDev +1.7%

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.

jlindros, Oct 19, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Rochefort10nh, Oct 28, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

DrunkinYogi, Oct 19, 2013
Photo of smcolw
3.38/5  rDev -6.6%

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.

smcolw, Oct 13, 2012
Photo of Gonzoillini
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Gonzoillini, Nov 30, 2012
Photo of ppoitras
3.55/5  rDev -1.9%

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.

ppoitras, Oct 30, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

rab53, Oct 08, 2012
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4/5  rDev +10.5%

Kelp, Jan 23, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

PEIhop, Sep 24, 2012
Photo of GarthDanielson
3.69/5  rDev +1.9%

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.

GarthDanielson, Oct 02, 2013
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4.1/5  rDev +13.3%

Pours a clear medium golden color with a bone white head that slowly dissipates to a cap. Smells of sweet and bready pilsner malt with a bit of a freshly cut grain aroma and a hint of floral hops to round everything out. The flavor is bready and pilsner like with a bit of cracker and sweetness that lets you know there's something just a touch different here. Spicy earthy hops provide a balance in the flavor. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a sweet slick mouthfeel. Another great lager from Jack's!

johnnnniee, Oct 08, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Duff27, Jan 03, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Griffith, Jan 21, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

enelson, Apr 06, 2014
Photo of rudzud
3.73/5  rDev +3%

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.

rudzud, Oct 22, 2012
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3.93/5  rDev +8.6%

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.

FosterJM, Oct 23, 2012
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4/5  rDev +10.5%

Reagan1984, Nov 17, 2012
Photo of VelvetExtract
3.9/5  rDev +7.7%

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.

VelvetExtract, Sep 29, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +24.3%

kscaldef, Sep 29, 2013
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4/5  rDev +10.5%

ShemRahBoo, Oct 03, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

st9647v3, Oct 25, 2013
Photo of cbutova
3.4/5  rDev -6.1%

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.

cbutova, Nov 09, 2012
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Mom & Pop's Wet Hop Lager from Jack's Abby Brewing
82 out of 100 based on 154 ratings.