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Fire In The Ham - Jack's Abby Brewing

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Ratings: 206
Reviews: 46
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 13.98%
Wants: 19
Gots: 8 | 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 Twal
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Twal, Jan 05, 2014
Photo of stakem
3.89/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Kegatron for gifting me with this. 500ml bottle into a snifter. The bree appears a clear golden color with a firm white cap. Some patchy lace hangs on the walls.

The aroma contains a smells of smoke like the obligatory enjoyable campfire and cured meats. A little bit of fruity hop/alcohol undertone is also present to break things up. By no means is the aroma obnoxious or over-done with smoke. It is apporachable and enjoyable with some added complexity beyond just smoked malt.

The flavor is equally smokey with some herbal hops to break things up. It boasts a dry grain base but bitter and herbal in the finish from the finish. The smoke quality is the leading profile of the flavor but it is not excessive and has enough other characteristics to take in an enjoy.

This is a medium bodied bree with a modest amount of carbonation. Overall an interesting mix and enjoyable. This is easy to approach and really easy drinking. I would not mind having this again. Thanks Heath.

stakem, Dec 09, 2013
Photo of Lebzilla
2.75/5  rDev -27.4%

Lebzilla, Dec 09, 2013
Photo of Alieniloquium
3.6/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Very pale and clear yellow. Medium collar.

Smell - Meaty ham. Really evokes pork and bacon. Smoke and pilsner malt.

Taste - Pilsner malt and a spicy German hop. Minimal smoke, but has a meaty flavor anyway. Still retains a bit of the smoke flavor.

Mouthfeel - Medium body. Medium carbonation.

Overall - Fits the name. A pilsner with a great meaty smoke flavor.

Alieniloquium, Dec 07, 2013
Photo of bleeps
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

bleeps, Nov 29, 2013
Photo of Kegatron
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Kegatron, Nov 21, 2013
Photo of 420Rick
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

420Rick, Nov 18, 2013
Photo of Teleweizen2
3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

A - pours a crystal clear gold color with some amber hues tucked in. 2 fingers of white foam which slowly dissipate. Leaves some big chunks of lacing against the glass.

S - classic rauchbier as far as smokey character. Bold though not as intense as those from bamberg. It is more wood driven. Oak, campfire, mesquite. Meaty notes lay underneath giving complexity. Mostly salty beef jerky, bacon and smoky ham. Sweet grainy malts and some slight notes of corn.

T - faint notes of corn and overall grainy flavors make up the base malt. Smokey flavors enter center palate. Flavors are much more meaty on the tongue. Salty beef jerky and bacon mingles with woody notes of bbq smoke. Finish is surprisingly clean. Just a hint of smoke.

M - lighter side of medium. Surprisingly crisp. Slick texture. Medium carb.

O - very nice take on a rauchbier. Much lighter than expected and quite the easy drink. Good show jacks!

Teleweizen2, Nov 18, 2013
Photo of Jsmick
4.75/5  rDev +25.3%

Jsmick, Nov 15, 2013
Photo of ThisMoonlife
4/5  rDev +5.5%

ThisMoonlife, Nov 15, 2013
Photo of rjholcomb
4/5  rDev +5.5%

rjholcomb, Nov 14, 2013
Photo of GonzoHomebrewer
4/5  rDev +5.5%

GonzoHomebrewer, Nov 12, 2013
Photo of Mikeypnh
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Mikeypnh, Nov 10, 2013
Photo of Kirk
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Kirk, Oct 31, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

flexabull, Oct 29, 2013
Photo of Seanniek91
4.05/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from a 16.9oz bottle into a Belhaven imperial pint glass.

Apparance- Very nice hazy yellow golden color with quick one finger bubbly white head that left some nice lacing. For some reason, I was expecting this to be more of a dunkle lager?

Smell- Smokey campfire, pilsner malts, pine, oak, lemon, wheat, clove. Nice well balanced aroma.

Taste- Medium smokeyness up front, pilsner malts and light lemon. Pretty well balanced for the smoke still being pretty prevalent. Refreshing actually.

Mouthfeel-Medium-full carbonation, light body, and quite drinkable. A nice early fall beer.

Overall- I'm surprised by this one. Not really into Smoked beers that much, but this is solid.

Seanniek91, Oct 25, 2013
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4/5  rDev +5.5%

ElGallo, Oct 25, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

carteravebrew, Oct 14, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

TonyJ815, Oct 14, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

fearfactory, Oct 13, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

westcoastbeerlvr, Oct 12, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +25.3%

Apathetiq, Oct 12, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

InspectorBob, Oct 07, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

DudMan, Oct 04, 2013
Photo of BEERMILER12
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a golden yellow color with a fingers worth of head that fairly quickly fizzles down to small bubbles

S: Nice and smokey. Campfire, bacon, smoked meat, and some saltiness are all present. Light bread present behind the wall of smoke

T: Starts off with a good deal of smokiness that slowly fades off to reveal a nice bready maltiness. Finishes with a very light bitterness from the hops and a lingering smoke presence

M: Light-medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: A nicely executed American-brewed rauchbier that provides plenty of smoke in the nose while not being completely one-dimensional in the taste. Easy to quaff and drink lots of. Track some down if you're a fan of smoked beers

BEERMILER12, Oct 02, 2013
Fire In The Ham from Jack's Abby Brewing
85 out of 100 based on 206 ratings.