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Fire In The Ham - Jack's Abby Brewing

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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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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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3.89/5  rDev +2.9%
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

MDDMD, Mar 16, 2013
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Mini4x, Mar 08, 2013
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4.06/5  rDev +7.4%
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!

Maxwell, Feb 21, 2013
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3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
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.


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

JohnGalt1, Jan 09, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

BlackBelt5112203, Jan 01, 2013
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4/5  rDev +5.8%

Texasfan549, Dec 29, 2012
Fire In The Ham from Jack's Abby Brewing
86 out of 100 based on 232 ratings.