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Fire In The Ham - Jack's Abby Brewing

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BA SCORE
86
very good

170 Ratings
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Ratings: 170
Reviews: 40
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 12.79%


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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taez555

Massachusetts

4.08/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a surprisingly crystal clear yellow pale body with a thick white head. If I didn't know any better I'd think it was a typical macro lager.

Nose hits you with the immediate pork/ham/smoke smell of a rauch bier. Big and meaty, but at the same time there's a strong sweet malt flavor that peaks through.

Taste is very similar to the nose. Very very clean and crisp with a great mix of smooth fresh fruity malt and even some floral hops then combined with a nice meaty smokey barbaque flavor. The sweetness really throws you off if you're used to the more traditional German smoked lagers. It's a lot more like JA's normal Jabby Brau but with a massive malting of smoke. Bitterness is kept in check and the smoke is what really shines through in this beer. Ends with a nice smoke finish, but actually subsides quickly and lets the fresh round malt flow through.

Yet again (I'm starting to sound like a broken record) another great beer by Jack's Abby. If you're a fan of Aecht Schlenkerla beers, you'll love having a local American version. A real winner here. I'm glad I picked up 2 growlers. :-)

Serving type: growler

11-02-2012 20:34:08 | More by taez555
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tendermorsel

Massachusetts

4.23/5  rDev +10.4%
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!

Serving type: growler

10-22-2012 12:22:31 | More by tendermorsel
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Durge

Connecticut

3.6/5  rDev -6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2014 04:59:00 | More by Durge
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Bitterbill

Wyoming

4.25/5  rDev +11%
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!

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2014 15:48:31 | More by Bitterbill
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stakem

Pennsylvania

3.89/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2013 16:21:57 | More by stakem
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Alieniloquium

Florida

3.6/5  rDev -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.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2013 04:04:27 | More by Alieniloquium
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Teleweizen2

New Jersey

3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
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!

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2013 02:59:03 | More by Teleweizen2
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Seanniek91

Rhode Island

4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2013 17:12:19 | More by Seanniek91
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BEERMILER12

Maine

4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
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

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2013 22:11:48 | More by BEERMILER12
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scottfrie

California

3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2013 02:24:25 | More by scottfrie
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LeRose

Massachusetts

4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2013 19:59:21 | More by LeRose
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DonFrap

Massachusetts

4.3/5  rDev +12.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2013 02:02:38 | More by DonFrap
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greenmtn1111

Massachusetts

4.44/5  rDev +15.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2013 02:25:02 | More by greenmtn1111
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Chico1985

Massachusetts

3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2013 00:31:51 | More by Chico1985
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MDDMD

Pennsylvania

3.89/5  rDev +1.6%
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

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2013 13:18:50 | More by MDDMD
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Maxwell

Massachusetts

4.06/5  rDev +6%
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!

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2013 19:01:30 | More by Maxwell
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JohnGalt1

Idaho

3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2013 06:33:20 | More by JohnGalt1
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BlackBelt5112203

South Carolina

4.1/5  rDev +7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-01-2013 16:55:04 | More by BlackBelt5112203
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donkeyrunner

Massachusetts

3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2012 02:31:11 | More by donkeyrunner
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sinstaineddemon

Connecticut

4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - a pale clover honey color, with a thin white head that fades to lace quickly, a few scant streams of steady carbonation

S - smoky cured meats even dominate the aroma, hickory, bacon, glazed ham stuck full with cloves, slightly sweet conjures up maple bacon

T - FARRR smokier than the aroma let on. Like the smoky, cured, pork goodness went and got all their friends and ganged up my tastebuds. The blurb on this beer's profile page here on BA is not to be taken lightly. It is super smoky. That element is dominant, but doesn't kill your palate. The malt/hop profile provides enough support to keep this from being aone trick pony of a beer.

M&D&O - you have to love it when a beer exemplifies a particular style this well without losing its soul of a beer, and this beer is one of those beers. If you are a fan of Rauchbiers try to get this one!

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2012 01:01:13 | More by sinstaineddemon
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inlimbo77

Delaware

3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle, October 2012
White wine glass

A: Pours out an almost BMC looking yellow color. It's slightly hazy though. I got about a 1/4 finger of bright white head. Good carbonation on this brew. There a little lacing after the swirl.

S: Definitely pulling that smoked meat/campfire note on this beer as soon as I cracked it. But underneath it, you do get that grassy, grainy malt and hop profile ala lagers. A cleanness.

T: Initially, you do get a little bit of hop bitterness on the tip of the tongue. Then that smoked malt: bacon, campfire, etc. hits you. It continues to the mid-palate, then converts over to the more lager like grassy, grainy malt bill. The finish is clean and dry, although some of that smoked malt flavor doesn't linger a bit.

M: It's a light-medium bodied brew. Without the smoked meatiness, it would be crisp and light I believe.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2012 00:08:52 | More by inlimbo77
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horshack7

Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +24%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: It's golden with light cloudiness and a head around two fingers thick.

Aroma: Large amounts of smokiness oh and even larger amounts of bacon oh hell yeah lots of bacon. Charred wood, floral hop not much trace of citrus in this one. Roasted malts that are oh did I mention smokey.

Taste: Quite a smooth mouthfeel with alot of bacon fattiness. Extremely smokey, charred wood, roasted malts, woody and earthy tones all through it. It's like drinking bacon it's so dam wonderful.

Notes: Wow this one is quite and experience and a dam amazing one. It's bacon, pork and wood in a bottle and would make an incredible breakfast. I will definitely pick this one up again. Cheers.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2012 04:57:14 | More by horshack7
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ppoitras

Massachusetts

4.63/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

16.9oz bottle purchased as a single from somewhere localish. Bottled 10/12.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 3/4" foamy white head over the almost clear golden brew. Head sedately recedes, with sticky lacing. Aroma is Slim Jim-arific. Cool.

Taste starts smoky and sweet, soft and fluffy in the middle, and comes back with the smoke and a bit of hops bitter at the close. Mouthfeel is very smooth, and drinkability is superb. I always think there's room for more smoke, but this one puts it together well, balanced, yet doesn't leave the bacon in the pan. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2012 23:40:58 | More by ppoitras
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jaasen64

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle poured into Founders snifter. Split with my Dad as an introduction to smoked beers.

A- Pours a mostly translucent golden with hint of haze, barley a quarter finger of a thin layer of white head forms that quickly subsides, not much in terms of lacing, nice carbonation of consistently rising carbonation bubbles.

S- Smoked ham, bacon, a hint of burnt wood, balanced with a light malty presence. Nice smoke strength.

T- Smoked ham, a little bit of bacon, finishes with a juicy lager presence that fits well with the smokiness and a lingering smokey aftertaste.

M- Medium bodied, slightly juicy, nice carbonation, drinks very easily.

O- This was another great beer from Jack's Abby. There was a nice smokiness that paired well with a nice juicy lager taste. Everything was nicely balanced and overall it was very easy to drink. I haven't had too many smoked beers, but this is definitely one of the better one's I've had of the style. If you like smokey flavors then I definitely recommend trying this .

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2012 22:22:04 | More by jaasen64
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Dope

Massachusetts

3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A hazy golden-orange pour. Decent fizzy white head.

S: Smoky and meaty.

T: Mild smoke up front but turns acrid in the middle with a strong meatiness. Not quite identifiable as pork product but it's definitely there. Not overly smoky but it's there.

M: Medium body, smooth.

O: Smoke doesn't overpower as it does in most rauchbiers. Overall a decent, albeit simple and interesting beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2012 04:17:15 | More by Dope
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Fire In The Ham from Jack's Abby Brewing
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