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Fire In The Ham - Jack's Abby Brewing

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very good

201 Ratings
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Ratings: 201
Reviews: 45
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 14.21%
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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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

oline73, Sep 14, 2013
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1.75/5  rDev -53.9%

40ozofGore, Sep 11, 2013
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

Lambocalrisien, Sep 11, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

BigOldOaf, Sep 10, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

oriolesfan4, Sep 08, 2013
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

goldenM13, Sep 08, 2013
Photo of scottfrie
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

500ml bottle into SA perfect pint. Thanks AutumBeerLove!

A: Pours a fairly clear chalky lemon color with a finger of bright white head that slowly faded into a faint collar.
S: Smoke scent dominates and is savory and meaty. I get a blend of forest fire and grilled bacon. Smells delicious.
T: More smoke on the palate with flavors reminiscent of smoked ham and camp fire. Some bready malt pokes through the finish, and there is a vague sweetness and maybe some citrus in the still smoky aftertaste. Slight mineral quality.
M: Clean mouthfeel, tight fizzy carbonation that is soft and smooth, with a medium-full body that is viscous but not heavy.
O: Really well balance and easy to drink. Smoke dominates and is deliciously flavored. Thanks again, Kevin.

scottfrie, Sep 07, 2013
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3/5  rDev -21.1%

Gunboat82, Sep 05, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

DerekMorgan, Sep 04, 2013
Photo of LeRose
4.15/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a SA perfect pint.

Appearance - outstanding clarity with a nice golden color. Pretty dense, not very tall head, lingered a while, laced just a little bit.

Smell was outstanding. Not so much the campfire/woodsy, more liked a ham being nicely smoked. Suggests sweetness and succulence - not that you will be licking an ashtray. Very understated, slight hop notes, vaguely fruity, a little floral or herbal (?)

The taste follows in kind. Very balanced, not overwhelming on the smoke. First taste, my wife and I both said "bacon" but it isn't quite that strong. Light smoke but more than enough to gain attention. The hops are more of the floral type, slight bitternes on the finish, all riding along on the pale malt. Slight sweetness. It was medium bodied, moderately carbonated.

Overall this is a very, very good beer with a nicely balanced flavor. Winner.

LeRose, Sep 03, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

AnitaBrewski, Sep 01, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Mulder531, Aug 29, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

MattXT, Aug 26, 2013
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

hoppymcgee, Aug 24, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

jpaulsen, Aug 23, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

ComRock12, Aug 22, 2013
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

nootch23, Aug 21, 2013
Photo of DonFrap
4.3/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from bottle into a Tree House snifter. I am a rauchhead, so this may be a biased review. Smell is amazing. Campfire mixed with a little ham and bacon. I could sniff this all day. Pours light amber color, about a 1 inch head with very little retention. Taste is also awesome. The smoke is actually lighter than it is on the nose, but there is definitely a pork/bacon taste here. This is insanely drinkable for a rauchbier. If you like smoked beer at all, try this. It's a step below the best schlenkerla beers, but its still great, and like all JA beers, great value.

DonFrap, Aug 21, 2013
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

Massbmx, Aug 18, 2013
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3/5  rDev -21.1%

Screper, Aug 18, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

lic217, Aug 17, 2013
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4.44/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a glass tulip.

Pale orange, very light amber in color with a decent head, but not too big. The first thing I get when I smell is the smoke, nice sweet smoke almost like mesquite wood. Taste is surprisingly light and fruity at first sip, and the smoke follows afterward, not overpowering at all. It starts crisp and clean, slides into a smooth smokiness and then finishes amazingly crisp and clean again. It’s almost like a campfire, but the smokiness is sweeter and less astringent. This beer goes down easy and it refreshing at the same time, which can be hard to say about some smoked beers. All in all, this is a pretty stellar concoction.

greenmtn1111, Aug 16, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

ant880, Aug 16, 2013
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

RichD, Aug 13, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

WhitmansNiece, Aug 10, 2013
Fire In The Ham from Jack's Abby Brewing
86 out of 100 based on 201 ratings.