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Fire In The Ham - Jack's Abby Brewing

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BA SCORE
86
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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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
Photo of donkeyrunner
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
Photo of sinstaineddemon
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
Photo of inlimbo77
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
Photo of horshack7
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%

dubdrop, Dec 09, 2012
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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
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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

djrn2, Dec 06, 2012
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4/5  rDev +5.8%

BigCheese, Dec 02, 2012
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4/5  rDev +5.8%

mbs11, Nov 29, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

Kelp, Nov 27, 2012
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4.63/5  rDev +22.5%
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!

ppoitras, Nov 26, 2012
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4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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
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4/5  rDev +5.8%

ferrettman687, Nov 25, 2012
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3.04/5  rDev -19.6%

phishfoolme, Nov 25, 2012
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3.78/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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
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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Archemedies, Nov 20, 2012
Fire In The Ham from Jack's Abby Brewing
86 out of 100 based on 232 ratings.