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Fire In The Ham - Jack's Abby Brewing

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very good

176 Ratings
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Ratings: 176
Reviews: 40
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 13.09%
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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djrn2

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

12-06-2012 01:24:16 | More by djrn2
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acurtis

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

12-06-2012 02:32:29 | More by acurtis
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kjkinsey

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

12-22-2012 15:24:13 | More by kjkinsey
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Texasfan549

Texas

4/5  rDev +4.7%

12-29-2012 18:09:12 | More by Texasfan549
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GRG1313

California

3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

06-28-2014 13:00:17 | More by GRG1313
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westcoastbeerlvr

California

3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

10-12-2013 22:54:02 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

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

Massachusetts

3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2012 22:31:10 | More by jlindros
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oline73

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

09-14-2013 13:26:47 | More by oline73
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Rochefort10nh

New Hampshire

3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

10-28-2012 16:43:08 | More by Rochefort10nh
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smcolw

Massachusetts

3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Decent starting head that settles in a lumpy fashion. Leaves surprisingly little lace. The liquid is straw yellow with a chill haze.

This smells like hickory smoked bacon. Very dry.

Mildly sour with a dry, nearly astringent flavor. The smoke is in the background--I applaud this as most rauchbiers have too much smoke. Starts like a pale ale, with a touch of sweetness. Thin bodied and highly carbonated.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2012 19:24:22 | More by smcolw
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mendvicdog

Maryland

4/5  rDev +4.7%

12-21-2012 15:35:59 | More by mendvicdog
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oriolesfan4

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

09-08-2013 05:50:52 | More by oriolesfan4
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stakem

Pennsylvania

3.89/5  rDev +1.8%
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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InspectorBob

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

10-07-2013 18:08:33 | More by InspectorBob
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duceswild

Maryland

4/5  rDev +4.7%

12-21-2012 21:29:07 | More by duceswild
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ppoitras

Massachusetts

4.63/5  rDev +21.2%
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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rab53

Washington

3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

10-20-2012 03:37:11 | More by rab53
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Kelp

New Hampshire

4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

11-27-2012 05:33:32 | More by Kelp
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JohnGalt1

Idaho

3.73/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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

New Hampshire

3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks Matt for sharing this tonight!
Pours a slightly hazy medium golden color with a wisp of a white head that never really materializes, but never really leaves either. Yup that is a smokey aroma. It smells like a cross between a day old campfire and old bacon with a hint of melanoid and pilsner malt. The flavor is a hint of sweet up front with some grainy and sweet pilsner malt able to come forward before an onslaught of smokey meaty goodness. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a slick smokey sweet mouthfeel. This is a bit over the top for my taste, but I can appreciate the greatness here. This is a really nice smoked beer with a lot of complexity even if this is not my favorite style.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2012 04:31:00 | More by johnnnniee
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ShanePB

Pennsylvania

2.75/5  rDev -28%

09-24-2013 12:43:38 | More by ShanePB
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Alieniloquium

Florida

3.6/5  rDev -5.8%
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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Bitterbill

Wyoming

4.25/5  rDev +11.3%
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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Duff27

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

05-27-2013 20:34:32 | More by Duff27
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Fire In The Ham from Jack's Abby Brewing
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