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Fire In The Ham - Jack's Abby Brewing

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89
very good

51 Reviews
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Reviews: 51
Hads: 264
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 8.44%
Wants: 21
Gots: 18 | 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: 51 | Hads: 264
Reviews by jlindros:
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3.9/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice creamy bubbly 1 finger head that fades at a med pace, nice lacing, over mostly clear slight chill hazed pale golden lighter colored beer, lighter than I normally expect for a rauchbier.

Nose def has a nice smoked aroma, campfire, light smoking logs, little smoked meat bacon like, light molasses and little bready malt, light crisp like lager underneath but hard to tell.

Taste continues with the smoke, plenty of smoked meat flavors, and with a hint of molasses gives it a nice bacon flavor, smokey bacon, and light campfire. Then little syrupy sticky sweet molasses and light bready malt base. There is a bit of a chewy like malt base, and light crisp lager that gets mostly overpowered by the smoke. Finish is a bit bitter from smoked malts and a bit of earthy hops, dry but sticky, lingering smokey campfire mostly, little bacon and crisp lager.

Mouth is med to lighter bodied, good carb.

Overall decent beer, nice smoked flavors, nice smoked meat and bacon like flavors esp, a decent malt base but seems a bit too light overall for the smoked character, and the lager portion gets mostly drowned out, but seeing as they only make lagers it's hard to make a lager that wouldn't get drowned out by the smoke, unless its a big dark malty beer and then not much of a lager anyways. (1,299 characters)

More User Reviews:
Photo of JakerLou
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of tigg924
3.98/5  rDev -1.2%
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. (484 characters)

Photo of tredole
5/5  rDev +24.1%

Photo of doremite
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of LiquorsInc
3.25/5  rDev -19.4%

Photo of greenmtn1111
4.42/5  rDev +9.7%
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)

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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of Roguer
3.97/5  rDev -1.5%
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. (406 characters)

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.62/5  rDev -10.2%
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)

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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of ThisMoonlife
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of Kevincredible
2/5  rDev -50.4%

Photo of SkyyNapalm
3.46/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

Photo of Baileye3
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of trevorpost
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

Photo of wesley14
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of Tarps68
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of tendermorsel
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
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! (559 characters)

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3.59/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Psychmusic
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

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Fire In The Ham from Jack's Abby Brewing
89 out of 100 based on 51 ratings.