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Fire In The Ham - Jack's Abby Brewing

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183 Ratings
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Ratings: 183
Reviews: 40
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 13.35%
Wants: 19
Gots: 5 | 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:
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

(Beer added by: irishevans on 10-17-2012)
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Reviews by ryan1788a5:
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4.35/5  rDev +13.9%

16.9oz bottle poured into a pilsner glass.

A: Pours a dull straw yellow color with great clarity. Three inches of rocky white head retain extremely well. Clumpy rings of lacing and the odd glob here and there remain on the glass.

S: Intense beechwood smoke: campfire, wood, and hints of smoked ham/jerky. Soft doughy and sweet malt scents underneath, floral and slightly spicy hops. This smells excellent.

T: Doughy and sweet malt tastes act as a foundation for the smoked malts. Campfire, smoke, jerky, and more smoke. Green hop oils and some floral tastes barely make it through the curtain of smoke. The smoke intensifies as the malt tastes dry toward the finish. Finishes with dry woody, acrid smoke, a hint of malt, and a dash of green, oily hops.

M: Medium bodied with a creamy texture. Full and a bit lush in the mouth. Moderately high level of carbonation adds a bit of a scrubbing effect.

O: Seems to be going for a smoked Helles lager, and it hits its mark. Intensely smokey and very authentic. Tastes like it could have come from Bamberg. It's right up there with the Schlenkerla stuff.

11-16-2012 22:44:26 | More by ryan1788a5
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New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +4.7%

09-20-2013 20:42:57 | More by JakerLou
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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.

11-13-2012 17:07:40 | More by tigg924
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5/5  rDev +30.9%

08-18-2014 15:40:15 | More by tredole
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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

06-13-2013 20:35:07 | More by doremite
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New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

12-06-2012 02:32:29 | More by acurtis
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3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

09-18-2013 20:24:21 | More by LiquorsInc
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4.44/5  rDev +16.2%

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.

08-16-2013 02:25:02 | More by greenmtn1111
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4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

12-24-2012 19:50:43 | More by brokentee
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3.6/5  rDev -5.8%

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.

12-07-2013 04:04:27 | More by Alieniloquium
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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

11-21-2013 23:01:10 | More by Kegatron
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New York

4/5  rDev +4.7%

12-24-2012 15:52:19 | More by beerman999999
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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

12-09-2012 16:50:45 | More by itsthepleats
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

11-15-2013 04:46:28 | More by ThisMoonlife
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2/5  rDev -47.6%

03-14-2014 21:52:55 | More by Kevincredible
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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

06-28-2014 13:00:17 | More by GRG1313
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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

08-06-2013 00:49:06 | More by trevorpost
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

10-22-2012 04:42:25 | More by wesley14
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

02-22-2014 03:37:05 | More by Tarps68
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4.23/5  rDev +10.7%

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!

10-22-2012 12:22:31 | More by tendermorsel
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Rhode Island

4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

01-18-2013 05:08:46 | More by Psychmusic
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4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

08-10-2013 18:26:57 | More by WhitmansNiece
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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

06-30-2014 01:17:14 | More by Phished880
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

08-23-2013 23:03:55 | More by hoppymcgee
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3.73/5  rDev -2.4%

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.


Eric hooked me up in a great trade.... Well recommended.

01-09-2013 06:33:20 | More by JohnGalt1
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Fire In The Ham from Jack's Abby Brewing
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