Fire In The Ham - Jack's Abby Brewing

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Reviews: 48
Hads: 252
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 8.42%
Wants: 21
Gots: 14 | FT: 0
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Jack's Abby Brewing visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Rauchbier |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: irishevans on 10-17-2012

Caution! This is an intensely smokey lager similar to those found in Bamberg, Germany. Most of this brew's malt was dried over flaming beechwood, which ingrains unique smokey flavors. Aromas of campfires, smoked ham, and bacon dominate a soft malt and hop backbone. Although hard to believe, this beer is vegan friendly.

20 IBU
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Photo of -Rick
4.37/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

pours a reddish brown color. Smells like straight up bacon being cooked over a camp fire. The tastes are smokey sausage, with a little malty sweetness. I am sure this beer is not for everyone, but I loved it! (211 characters)

Photo of markdrinksbeer
3.03/5  rDev -25%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Too smokey for me. I've had other rauchbiers and this was just over the top smokey. It overpowered the beer and made it seem like I was drinking a bottle of liquid smoke. (172 characters)

Photo of abagofit
4.66/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This review is based on the description, as I have never had another rauchbier to compare to.

WOW! Tastes like smoked ham wrapped in smoked bacon. That's really all there is to say about this beer. Very unique, never had anything like it. Smoke flavor is not overpowering like other smokey beers I've had. Not something I could drink that often, but something I would definitely encourage everyone to try at least once. (421 characters)

Photo of AirBob
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Notes from 9/29

A - Three fingers of fizzy white head. Slightly hazy apple juice colored body. So-so head retention and lacing.

S - Sweet maltiness. Subtle smoke notes like a wood burning stove or smoker.

T - More sweet breadiness and some orange/honey sweetness. Touch of smoke. Finish is intensely smokey like a camp fire.

M - Lighter body and medium carbonation.

O- Way more balanced than I expected after reading reviews. The smoke is intense and unique, but not as intense as advertised in my opinion. (518 characters)

Photo of SportsandJorts
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a light yellow, almost a pale straw. one to two fingers of a white head with strong retention and a good lacing. good crystal clear lager look.

Smell: smokey ham and bacon, some malty sweetness.

Taste: opens with some slight sweetness, quickly becomes a balance salty, smokey ham to bacon taste. hints at pilsner malt sweetness throughout.

Mouthfeel: light, salty and dry.

Overall: this is usually one of my least favorite styles as it can easily become overly meaty, but this one balances out quite nicely. the smokiness is delicate as it should be and the malts provide just enough sweetness to balance everything out. (642 characters)

Photo of mdfb79
3.95/5  rDev -2.2%

From 09/16/14 notes. 0.5L pour in a mug at Lord Hobo up in MA.

Pours a murky bright yellow-amber color with one inch of white head and moderate to high carbonation evident. Smells of smoke, bacon, ham, roasted malts, charcoal. Tastes has more meat and smoke to it. Medium body and low to no carbonation. Smooth.

Overall a nice beer but .5 of a Liter was way too much for me; I'd have to cap it at 4-6 oz. personally. If you love super smokey beers check it out but a bit too much for me to want a full glass of again. (519 characters)

Photo of SLeffler27
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

This is a fine Rauchbier, but far from the caution advertised, and hoped for. Smoke is clear, but subdued IMO. By all other counts this is a fine beer for a crisp Autumn day. Even if it is still the 13th of September.

A grilled McCadam cheddar, horseradish dill havarti on multi grain bread with tomato cheddar bisque, definitely helped bring out the earthiness of this beer. (380 characters)

Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.76/5  rDev -6.9%

On tap at Nathaniel Square Corner Store in Rochester, NY.

Pours a surprisingly lighter golden amber color, wouldn't expect a smoked beer to be like this. There's a one inch head, and a little bit of lacing.

Smells like bacon, ham, and smoke, plus honey and molasses.

The taste is similar, they really nailed the smoked meat flavor, it really does taste like bacon and ham. It's a little bit sweet, got a bit of a honey and molasses flavor, with smoke as well. There's no real hop flavor, but there is an oiliness to it.

This one is light, with a medium amount of carbonation, and a fairly crisp mouthfeel

It's a little bit too meaty for its lighter body, beef up the malts a bit and this would be better. (709 characters)

Photo of Durge
3.62/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This specialty brew is a cloudy golden hue with a respectable white cover and very little to show for lacing. The aroma offers a clear perfume of hickory smoke with a subtle ham and wheat idea to inspire the palate. And the flavor follows but my first impression is that it's a bit watered down from what the aroma suggested. In fact this brew seems to be aiming for a lighter, sessionable appeal with a decidedly frisky feel from pin point carbonation and a generally medium-light body. This is solid stuff that will translate very well into the summer months or to accompany an appropriate meal, but the flavor hits up front and then seems to quickly dissipate into the heavy carbonation. Likeable enough, one I'd definitely drink again, but not a show stopper creation as some of these Abby beers are. However, I don't think they were aiming for that anyway. (861 characters)

Photo of Bitterbill
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Thanks go out to Yamar 18 for this bottle....cheers, Kevin!

It pours a hazy straw gold with a couple of inches of foam, some awesome lacing left behind as the foam shrinks slowly.

It smells like a lovely breakfast minus the eggs; smoked ham, big on bacon aromas, it has my attention 100%.

Tastes just like what I smelled. Big bacon, ham, yeah, the smoke IS intense and is not for the timid but I've never been accused of being timid. It comes in a 16.9 oz bottle and I'm sure, after I'm finished, I would not yearn for another but that's no slant on the brew at all. Sometimes one and done works.

Medium bodied with perfect carbonation.

This beer was, as I have finished, a real treat for me. Thanks again, Kevin! (718 characters)

Photo of stakem
3.9/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Kegatron for gifting me with this. 500ml bottle into a snifter. The bree appears a clear golden color with a firm white cap. Some patchy lace hangs on the walls.

The aroma contains a smells of smoke like the obligatory enjoyable campfire and cured meats. A little bit of fruity hop/alcohol undertone is also present to break things up. By no means is the aroma obnoxious or over-done with smoke. It is apporachable and enjoyable with some added complexity beyond just smoked malt.

The flavor is equally smokey with some herbal hops to break things up. It boasts a dry grain base but bitter and herbal in the finish from the finish. The smoke quality is the leading profile of the flavor but it is not excessive and has enough other characteristics to take in an enjoy.

This is a medium bodied bree with a modest amount of carbonation. Overall an interesting mix and enjoyable. This is easy to approach and really easy drinking. I would not mind having this again. Thanks Heath. (990 characters)

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.62/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Very pale and clear yellow. Medium collar.

Smell - Meaty ham. Really evokes pork and bacon. Smoke and pilsner malt.

Taste - Pilsner malt and a spicy German hop. Minimal smoke, but has a meaty flavor anyway. Still retains a bit of the smoke flavor.

Mouthfeel - Medium body. Medium carbonation.

Overall - Fits the name. A pilsner with a great meaty smoke flavor. (419 characters)

Photo of Teleweizen2
3.94/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

A - pours a crystal clear gold color with some amber hues tucked in. 2 fingers of white foam which slowly dissipate. Leaves some big chunks of lacing against the glass.

S - classic rauchbier as far as smokey character. Bold though not as intense as those from bamberg. It is more wood driven. Oak, campfire, mesquite. Meaty notes lay underneath giving complexity. Mostly salty beef jerky, bacon and smoky ham. Sweet grainy malts and some slight notes of corn.

T - faint notes of corn and overall grainy flavors make up the base malt. Smokey flavors enter center palate. Flavors are much more meaty on the tongue. Salty beef jerky and bacon mingles with woody notes of bbq smoke. Finish is surprisingly clean. Just a hint of smoke.

M - lighter side of medium. Surprisingly crisp. Slick texture. Medium carb.

O - very nice take on a rauchbier. Much lighter than expected and quite the easy drink. Good show jacks! (915 characters)

Photo of Seanniek91
4.06/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from a 16.9oz bottle into a Belhaven imperial pint glass.

Apparance- Very nice hazy yellow golden color with quick one finger bubbly white head that left some nice lacing. For some reason, I was expecting this to be more of a dunkle lager?

Smell- Smokey campfire, pilsner malts, pine, oak, lemon, wheat, clove. Nice well balanced aroma.

Taste- Medium smokeyness up front, pilsner malts and light lemon. Pretty well balanced for the smoke still being pretty prevalent. Refreshing actually.

Mouthfeel-Medium-full carbonation, light body, and quite drinkable. A nice early fall beer.

Overall- I'm surprised by this one. Not really into Smoked beers that much, but this is solid. (687 characters)

Photo of BEERMILER12
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a golden yellow color with a fingers worth of head that fairly quickly fizzles down to small bubbles

S: Nice and smokey. Campfire, bacon, smoked meat, and some saltiness are all present. Light bread present behind the wall of smoke

T: Starts off with a good deal of smokiness that slowly fades off to reveal a nice bready maltiness. Finishes with a very light bitterness from the hops and a lingering smoke presence

M: Light-medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: A nicely executed American-brewed rauchbier that provides plenty of smoke in the nose while not being completely one-dimensional in the taste. Easy to quaff and drink lots of. Track some down if you're a fan of smoked beers (704 characters)

Photo of scottfrie
3.96/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

500ml bottle into SA perfect pint. Thanks AutumBeerLove!

A: Pours a fairly clear chalky lemon color with a finger of bright white head that slowly faded into a faint collar.
S: Smoke scent dominates and is savory and meaty. I get a blend of forest fire and grilled bacon. Smells delicious.
T: More smoke on the palate with flavors reminiscent of smoked ham and camp fire. Some bready malt pokes through the finish, and there is a vague sweetness and maybe some citrus in the still smoky aftertaste. Slight mineral quality.
M: Clean mouthfeel, tight fizzy carbonation that is soft and smooth, with a medium-full body that is viscous but not heavy.
O: Really well balance and easy to drink. Smoke dominates and is deliciously flavored. Thanks again, Kevin. (759 characters)

Photo of LeRose
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a SA perfect pint.

Appearance - outstanding clarity with a nice golden color. Pretty dense, not very tall head, lingered a while, laced just a little bit.

Smell was outstanding. Not so much the campfire/woodsy, more liked a ham being nicely smoked. Suggests sweetness and succulence - not that you will be licking an ashtray. Very understated, slight hop notes, vaguely fruity, a little floral or herbal (?)

The taste follows in kind. Very balanced, not overwhelming on the smoke. First taste, my wife and I both said "bacon" but it isn't quite that strong. Light smoke but more than enough to gain attention. The hops are more of the floral type, slight bitternes on the finish, all riding along on the pale malt. Slight sweetness. It was medium bodied, moderately carbonated.

Overall this is a very, very good beer with a nicely balanced flavor. Winner. (871 characters)

Photo of DonFrap
4.32/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from bottle into a Tree House snifter. I am a rauchhead, so this may be a biased review. Smell is amazing. Campfire mixed with a little ham and bacon. I could sniff this all day. Pours light amber color, about a 1 inch head with very little retention. Taste is also awesome. The smoke is actually lighter than it is on the nose, but there is definitely a pork/bacon taste here. This is insanely drinkable for a rauchbier. If you like smoked beer at all, try this. It's a step below the best schlenkerla beers, but its still great, and like all JA beers, great value. (573 characters)

Photo of greenmtn1111
4.42/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a glass tulip.

Pale orange, very light amber in color with a decent head, but not too big. The first thing I get when I smell is the smoke, nice sweet smoke almost like mesquite wood. Taste is surprisingly light and fruity at first sip, and the smoke follows afterward, not overpowering at all. It starts crisp and clean, slides into a smooth smokiness and then finishes amazingly crisp and clean again. It’s almost like a campfire, but the smokiness is sweeter and less astringent. This beer goes down easy and it refreshing at the same time, which can be hard to say about some smoked beers. All in all, this is a pretty stellar concoction. (657 characters)

Photo of Chico1985
3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Have had this a few times before, always enjoyed it. This is from what I believe to be a pretty fresh batch.

Pour is dark yellow with some haze and slow rising bubbles. White head is around a couple fingers to start, quickly drops to a nearly full cap and stays that way for the duration.

Scent is pure, unadulterated ham and bacon cookin' on a grill. Gristle, grease. You can imagine the sizzle.

Taste also brings on lots of hammy and campfire flavors, though a little less intense than the nose. Definitely getting more actual cooked meat tastes than smokiness. Nicely joined by molasses, some toasted bread and crackery malts.

Smooth and full-bodied with carbonation a bit on the lower side. Intense meatiness makes this one a sipper.

I definitely dig the unabashed bacon flavors, the sweet malts blend nicely as well making this feel especially breakfast-y. I would prefer some more complexities and lager qualities however. (934 characters)

Photo of MDDMD
3.9/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-golden yellow color with a large white head and decent lacing

S-smoked meat, malt, hints of sweetness and herbal

T-smoked pork, bready malt, hint of molasses, light herbal flavors, mild bitter dry finish

F-medium body with lively carbonation, crisp

O-a decent smoked beer with intense flavor and a backbone to support it (326 characters)

Photo of Maxwell
4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a surprisingly golden yellow color, with a lager clean body that has a nice murky haze and tons of little carbonation bubbles racing to the surface. The head is huge and white, full of a gradually growing size of bubbles, which top out around medium sized. The beer’s lacing is fat and foamy on the sides of the glass, leaving long strings and fangs on the glass. On the nose, the beer smells terrifically meaty with smoke and a nice underlying caramel malt. This is not the most overpowering rauchbier, but it has a nice big nose that brings bacon and a tender malty beer into one’s mind. On the tongue, the beer tastes dry and salty and is terrifically complex with bacony smoked malts, light hay hops and a touch of salt. The beer begins with light hayish hops and a touch of caramel malts, which quickly open into big smoked malts with a salty bacon flavor that really just lingers in the mouth, moving into smoked duck flavors and then mellowing into meaty salt. The aftertaste rings with meaty salt and a touch of hayish hops. On the mouth, the beer feels light and almost watery on the finish, leaving the mouth dry yet slightly sticky. Overall, this is a nice rauchbier that I could slug back a lot of. Terrific meaty flavors and wonderful drinkability, though I do wish the mouthfeel was a little thicker, if only because my mind sees that as matching the flavors better. Another great beer from Jack’s Abby! Try this beer! (1,453 characters)

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.7/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

17 oz bottle received from ericwo.. Thanks buddy! Shared this with a work friend while scheming for tomorrow's headlines ;-)

Pours a hazed light golden... nice white head....

The nose is definitely Bamberg.. smokey and light pale malt presence....

Clean smoke is guaranteed by the light pale malts... nicely done and I don't normally like smoked beers... this one shows lager presence that meshes with the smoked malt pretty well.

Body is light/medium with an expected light/med carbonation.

3.5/3.5/4/3.5/3.5

Eric hooked me up in a great trade.... Well recommended. (572 characters)

Photo of BlackBelt5112203
4.12/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

4 oz pour at Jack’s Abby in a tasting glass at cellar temperature.

L – Pale gold color with a 1-finger bubbly white head. Decent retention and some patchy lacing. Clear with lots of bubbles. The light color surprises me for a rauchbier with ham in it.

S – The name says it all. This smells like wonderful smoked ham. I’m trying to find more in this aroma and I can get some cereal malt, but this is smoky ham or bacon.

T – Once again this tastes like sweet, savory, and smoky ham. Even though I can’t get much else, the taste is not overbearing at all. There is the perfect amount of smoke and the perfect amount of ham here. They could maybe fit in a little bit more smoke and I wouldn’t complain.

F – Light-to-medium-bodied with good carbonation, a sticky but smooth mouthfeel, and a spicy, smoky finish.

O – This is a very tasty beer. I wish I could appreciate some more aromas or flavors, but the aromas and flavors that are here are very well done. This is an extremely drinkable beer, especially for something that tastes like smoked ham. (1,067 characters)

Photo of donkeyrunner
3.8/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Towering white head despite a gentle pour. Pale gold. Doesn't stick but great retention.

Smells liked smoked ham. Judging by the label that's what JA was going for and they nailed it. Either that or the name came 2nd. Intensely smokey.

Smokey yes, but with a sweet backbone. A bit too sweet in my opinion, it cuts down on the smoke some. Smooth, cushy mouthfeel.

I'm completely sold on Jack's Abbey. I had a 5 minute love fest with the clerk at the beer store today about how everything JA makes is good and reasonably priced. (530 characters)

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Fire In The Ham from Jack's Abby Brewing
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