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Fire In The Ham - Jack's Abby Brewing

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Fire In The HamFire In The Ham

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very good

57 Reviews
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Reviews: 57
Hads: 300
Avg: 3.96
pDev: 29.29%
Wants: 18
Gots: 24 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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Reviews: 57 | Hads: 300
Reviews by OtherShoe2:
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3.5/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours pale yellow with a head that dissipates to a faint ring. No lace.

Nice smoke nose. Close to bacon.

Smoke up front, some ham notes, but not a lot. Expected this to be a real meatball, but it isn't. Moreover, the malt isn't here either. Mild and somewhat dry, it becomes an off balance beer that lacks complexity. Dries out and is smoky and mildly bitter with a slight malt note.

Lighter bodied. Moderate carbonation.

Has alot of hits, and a few big whiffs at the plate.

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Photo of JakerLou
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of tigg924
3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: gold in color, 1/2inch head, clear, high carbonation

Smell: bacon, smoke, and faint grass

Taste: follows the nose-bacon, smoke, and faint grass--little off taste at the end

Mouthfeel: medium-light bodied, moderate-high carbonation, sweet and smoky

Overall: One of the better domestic rauchbiers, and except for a bit of an off taste at the end, this one is very good. I do like this better than Smoke and Dagger. I will be picking this up again. Great value rauchbier.

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Photo of tredole
5/5  rDev +26.3%

Photo of doremite
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of LiquorsInc
3.25/5  rDev -17.9%

Photo of greenmtn1111
4.42/5  rDev +11.6%
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.

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3.77/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

Photo of Roguer
3.97/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Surprisingly clear, orange-tinged amber brew, topped by a modest white head with excellent retention.

Aroma is nearly all smoke, with a bit of caramel malt and grain in the background.

Flavor follows, albeit more nuanced than the aroma. Still, the smoke dominates, in a way that is far from unpleasant, but also doesn't really allow the non-smoke flavors room to breathe.

Extremely drinkable and smooth.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.62/5  rDev -8.6%
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.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of beerman999999
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of itsthepleats
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of ThisMoonlife
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of Kevincredible
2/5  rDev -49.5%

Photo of SkyyNapalm
3.46/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of GRG1313
3.89/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Baileye3
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of trevorpost
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of wesley14
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of Tarps68
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of tendermorsel
4.2/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have been waiting for these guys to make a proper Franconian Rauch.
Great stuff.

Very light color. You can read the newspaper through this beer. Minimal whispy head.

Not particularly smokey in the aroma. It smells like a typical Helles. Grainy with a touch of european hops in the smell.

Smooth and grainy upfront with a ton of smoke on the back end.

I guess I was expecting a much darker beer like many of the Urbock Rauches that I live. I was very suprised by how light this was.

This is a highly quaffable winner for smoked beer fans. Nice work!

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Photo of rjp217
3.59/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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Fire In The Ham from Jack's Abby Brewing
88 out of 100 based on 57 ratings.