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Fire In The Ham - Jack's Abby Brewing

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very good

232 Ratings
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Ratings: 232
Reviews: 49
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 14.02%
Wants: 19
Gots: 9 | 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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Ratings: 232 | Reviews: 49 | Display Reviews Only:
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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

jbarletto, Oct 28, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -14%

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4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

Shaggy9356, Oct 14, 2014
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3.72/5  rDev -1.6%

Canada_Dan, Oct 13, 2014
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3/5  rDev -20.6%

kscaldef, Oct 13, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

Notes from 9/29

A - Three fingers of fizzy white head. Slightly hazy apple juice colored body. So-so head retention and lacing.

S - Sweet maltiness. Subtle smoke notes like a wood burning stove or smoker.

T - More sweet breadiness and some orange/honey sweetness. Touch of smoke. Finish is intensely smokey like a camp fire.

M - Lighter body and medium carbonation.

O- Way more balanced than I expected after reading reviews. The smoke is intense and unique, but not as intense as advertised in my opinion.

AirBob, Oct 12, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -14%

BigZ2214, Oct 12, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

BH712, Oct 12, 2014
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4/5  rDev +5.8%

mikemikemike, Oct 10, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Duesler, Oct 05, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

ordinarymatt, Oct 04, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -27.2%

Kramerbarthomer, Oct 04, 2014
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4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a light yellow, almost a pale straw. one to two fingers of a white head with strong retention and a good lacing. good crystal clear lager look.

Smell: smokey ham and bacon, some malty sweetness.

Taste: opens with some slight sweetness, quickly becomes a balance salty, smokey ham to bacon taste. hints at pilsner malt sweetness throughout.

Mouthfeel: light, salty and dry.

Overall: this is usually one of my least favorite styles as it can easily become overly meaty, but this one balances out quite nicely. the smokiness is delicate as it should be and the malts provide just enough sweetness to balance everything out.

SportsandJorts, Oct 02, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

atrocity, Oct 01, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

HookemHoos, Oct 01, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Andrew041180, Sep 29, 2014
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3.95/5  rDev +4.5%

From 09/16/14 notes. 0.5L pour in a mug at Lord Hobo up in MA.

Pours a murky bright yellow-amber color with one inch of white head and moderate to high carbonation evident. Smells of smoke, bacon, ham, roasted malts, charcoal. Tastes has more meat and smoke to it. Medium body and low to no carbonation. Smooth.

Overall a nice beer but .5 of a Liter was way too much for me; I'd have to cap it at 4-6 oz. personally. If you love super smokey beers check it out but a bit too much for me to want a full glass of again.

mdfb79, Sep 24, 2014
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monitorpop, Sep 20, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

This is a fine Rauchbier, but far from the caution advertised, and hoped for. Smoke is clear, but subdued IMO. By all other counts this is a fine beer for a crisp Autumn day. Even if it is still the 13th of September.

A grilled McCadam cheddar, horseradish dill havarti on multi grain bread with tomato cheddar bisque, definitely helped bring out the earthiness of this beer.

SLeffler27, Sep 13, 2014
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4/5  rDev +5.8%

MarkJBurch, Sep 13, 2014
Fire In The Ham from Jack's Abby Brewing
86 out of 100 based on 232 ratings.