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Fire In The Ham - Jack's Abby Brewing

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218 Ratings
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Ratings: 218
Reviews: 48
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 14.02%
Wants: 19
Gots: 7 | 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%

dcguitar, Jan 23, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

Tschnab, Jan 23, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

anewlanguage, Jan 20, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

Psychmusic, Jan 18, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

DelicateDelirium, Jan 13, 2013
Photo of JohnGalt1
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%

davewlfpckfan29, Jan 04, 2013
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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
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4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

brokentee, Dec 24, 2012
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4/5  rDev +5.8%

beerman999999, Dec 24, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +19%

kjkinsey, Dec 22, 2012
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4/5  rDev +5.8%

duceswild, Dec 21, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

DRBiser, Dec 21, 2012
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4/5  rDev +5.8%

mendvicdog, Dec 21, 2012
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3.78/5  rDev 0%
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.

donkeyrunner, Dec 15, 2012
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4.15/5  rDev +9.8%
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!

sinstaineddemon, Dec 15, 2012
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4/5  rDev +5.8%

DoctorB2B, Dec 11, 2012
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3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

inlimbo77, Dec 11, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

itsthepleats, Dec 09, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +25.7%
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.

horshack7, Dec 09, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -14%

grittly, Dec 06, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

acurtis, Dec 06, 2012
Fire In The Ham from Jack's Abby Brewing
85 out of 100 based on 218 ratings.