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Fire In The Ham - Jack's Abby Brewing

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85
very good

199 Ratings
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Ratings: 199
Reviews: 45
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 14.25%
Wants: 19
Gots: 6 | 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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Photo of inlimbo77
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%

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
Photo of itsthepleats
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

itsthepleats, Dec 09, 2012
Photo of horshack7
4.75/5  rDev +25.3%

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
Photo of dubdrop
4/5  rDev +5.5%

dubdrop, Dec 09, 2012
Photo of grittly
3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

grittly, Dec 06, 2012
Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

acurtis, Dec 06, 2012
Photo of djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

djrn2, Dec 06, 2012
Photo of BigCheese
4/5  rDev +5.5%

BigCheese, Dec 02, 2012
Photo of mbs11
4/5  rDev +5.5%

mbs11, Nov 29, 2012
Photo of Kelp
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

Kelp, Nov 27, 2012
Photo of ppoitras
4.63/5  rDev +22.2%

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!

ppoitras, Nov 26, 2012
Photo of jaasen64
4/5  rDev +5.5%

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 .

jaasen64, Nov 25, 2012
Photo of ferrettman687
4/5  rDev +5.5%

ferrettman687, Nov 25, 2012
Photo of phishfoolme
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

phishfoolme, Nov 25, 2012
Photo of Dope
3.78/5  rDev -0.3%

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.

Dope, Nov 23, 2012
Photo of Archemedies
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Archemedies, Nov 20, 2012
Photo of wdarcy77
4/5  rDev +5.5%

wdarcy77, Nov 18, 2012
Photo of ryan1788a5
4.35/5  rDev +14.8%

16.9oz bottle poured into a pilsner glass.

A: Pours a dull straw yellow color with great clarity. Three inches of rocky white head retain extremely well. Clumpy rings of lacing and the odd glob here and there remain on the glass.

S: Intense beechwood smoke: campfire, wood, and hints of smoked ham/jerky. Soft doughy and sweet malt scents underneath, floral and slightly spicy hops. This smells excellent.

T: Doughy and sweet malt tastes act as a foundation for the smoked malts. Campfire, smoke, jerky, and more smoke. Green hop oils and some floral tastes barely make it through the curtain of smoke. The smoke intensifies as the malt tastes dry toward the finish. Finishes with dry woody, acrid smoke, a hint of malt, and a dash of green, oily hops.

M: Medium bodied with a creamy texture. Full and a bit lush in the mouth. Moderately high level of carbonation adds a bit of a scrubbing effect.

O: Seems to be going for a smoked Helles lager, and it hits its mark. Intensely smokey and very authentic. Tastes like it could have come from Bamberg. It's right up there with the Schlenkerla stuff.

ryan1788a5, Nov 16, 2012
Photo of jlindros
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%

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.

jlindros, Nov 16, 2012
Photo of jwps214
4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

jwps214, Nov 15, 2012
Photo of tigg924
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Appearance: gold in color, 1/2inch head, clear, high carbonation

Smell: bacon, smoke, and faint grass

Taste: follows the nose-bacon, smoke, and faint grass--little off taste at the end

Mouthfeel: medium-light bodied, moderate-high carbonation, sweet and smoky

Overall: One of the better domestic rauchbiers, and except for a bit of an off taste at the end, this one is very good. I do like this better than Smoke and Dagger. I will be picking this up again. Great value rauchbier.

tigg924, Nov 13, 2012
Photo of johnnnniee
3.93/5  rDev +3.7%

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.

johnnnniee, Nov 10, 2012
Photo of kaelingirl
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

kaelingirl, Nov 08, 2012
Photo of AndyAvalanche
4.18/5  rDev +10.3%

1 pint .9oz. bottle poured into large Sam Adams Perfect Pint Glass. Comes out a straw light yellow color with perfect clarity. Large huge white head with decent lacing and glass retention. Sticks around quite a bit.

Smell is perfect, literally for the style. Nice fall outside campfire smokey. Smoked ham jerky (if that's a thing) and slightly salted. The smoke malts are the dominant feature but there is still a nice citrus fruity backbone at the end. Super nice and balanced.

Flavor is really good. Smokiness is there again. Not too strong on the smoke front, but it's not overwhelming at all. Slight sweetness to go with the smokiness, bacony and hammy again not too overwhelming. Sort of a dry rub bbq. Super nice balance and again a nice finish from the hops.

Mouthfeel is good. Light bodied, crisp, and a good carbonation level. Digging the balance overall and it's really drinkable. Overally a great smoked beer. A must try if you're into the style.

AndyAvalanche, Nov 07, 2012
Photo of PeterIngemi
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Poured from a .5 liter bottle into a dfh snifter.

A: pours a slightly hazy golden with half a finger if white head.... Nice amount of lacing...

S: deep smoke and a light toasty grain, defiantly has notes of smoked ham and bacon.
Keeps from being overly campfire like however which is nice.

T: very similar to the nose, lots of smoke here, adding nice smoke ham and bacon notes. There are some light grain flavors here as well but the smoke is deffinatly the major show here.

M: nice medium body creamy medium carbonation and dry.

O: a very good rauch bier, there is pleanty of smoke going on here but it somehow keeps from being overbearing in a way... Some beers of this style infin to be far to much campfire smoke going on, but this is nicley done....

PeterIngemi, Nov 04, 2012
Fire In The Ham from Jack's Abby Brewing
85 out of 100 based on 199 ratings.