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Lashes Hopbock Lager - Jack's Abby Brewing

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216 Ratings

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Ratings: 216
Reviews: 40
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 9.6%
Wants: 14
Gots: 6 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Jack's Abby Brewing visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Lager |  6.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BigCheese on 12-06-2012)
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look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into pilsener glass. Translucent reddish orange with a huge white head that fades slowly leaving spotty lacing.
Smells of spicy piney hops and lesser nutty malt.
Taste follows nose, but in better balance. Bitingly bitter hops over top of nutty cracker malt.
Mouthfeel is clean and crisp.
Overall this is a tasty hoppy lager.

BurgeoningBrewhead, Jun 11, 2014
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look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a chalice.

Appearance - Hazy reddish brown body. Big off-white head. Leaves remarkable sticky rings of lace. Thick collar and layer of foam.

Smell - Grapefruit hops. Musty pine. Nutty caramel and brown malts.

Taste - The malt profile is dynamic. Starts off with a light sweetness and grapefruit citrusy flavor. Turns much deeper and nuttier later. Full dark caramel sweetness in the middle and a bitter finish balances it out.

Mouthfeel - If I think amber lager, it's heavy. If I think bock, it's medium and just right. I was looking for something a little crisper than this, but that was just my mood deciding what to drink.

Overall - Just on the cusp of too heavy and malty. It turned out to be pretty good, despite not being what I expected at all.

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4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Picked up a single bottle (sold as single 12-oz, no multipacks). Used standard beer glass.

Pours beautifully, dark amber to bronze, with persistent and thick, but low, cream-colored head. Visible fine carbonation.

Initial whiff is of malt, suggesting the "Hopbock" part of the name. Mostly caramel/toffee smell, but hops eventually come through with a floral push, then dissipate. The aroma is somewhat reminiscent of a caramel apple that's not particularly fresh and juicy.

The flavor is radically different. Although there is a sweet toffee background, that's not the flavor that comes through first or strongest. The initial taste is salt, with slight effervescence that turns into spicy pucker. By the time the first swish reaches mid-tongue, it becomes rather bitter, with strong pine-eucalyptus notes and grapefruit peel finish (without the usual accompanying citrus aroma). Keeping the beer in the front yields an odd combination of hints of grass, apple and light touch of nectarine. The overall impression is fairly pleasant, but lacks any bock characteristics promised by the aroma. Malt only comes through in the aftertaste, but both the puckering and the piney bitterness linger.

When cold, Lashes feels medium heavy, but soon becomes thin as it warms up. Bottle notes promise "full-bodied and malty". No. It leaves an odd sensation of coating the palate but not the tongue. There is more visible carbonation than seems to get to the tongue. As beer warms up, alcohol presence becomes much more noticeable despite IPA-level 6.8%.

A pleasant beer that will have an impact on a summer day no matter what the temperature outside. But the overall impression is a bit inconsistent. Lacks the polish of some of the other Jack's Abby brews. Not sessionable either by flavor or alcohol content, but there should be no problem putting away more than one. Seems unlikely to cellar at all. Too thin for malt evolution and not enough complexity to remain behind once hops fade. Drink fresh.

PS: Can still taste the toffee, grapefruit and salt half-hour after drinking. The aftertaste actually becomes more pleasant with time. Definitely love this aspect of this particular beer.

VictorWisc, May 23, 2014
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Appearance - clear bronze colour with frothy white head

Smell - caramel, grapefruit, pine

Taste - caramel sweetness, little bit of citrus in the profile as well:grapefruit, pine

Mouthfeel - medium bodied, medium carbonation, sweetness upfront, followed by a moderate bitterness and a bit of breadiness on the finish, crisp and clean

Overall - a solid Amber lager. very easy drinking and refreshing I would re-visit this

Price Point - $2/12 oz single

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Lashes Hopbock Lager from Jack's Abby Brewing
89 out of 100 based on 216 ratings.