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Lashes Hopbock Lager - Jack's Abby Brewing

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53 Reviews
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Reviews: 53
Hads: 321
Avg: 3.97
pDev: 22.17%
Wants: 30
Gots: 39 | FT: 0
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Jack's Abby Brewing visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

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

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: BigCheese on 12-06-2012

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Reviews: 53 | Hads: 321
Photo of irrevjim
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

look; medium amber with moderate carbonation, nice thick white 3/4" head, shrinks to a thin covering that stays,moderate lacing
smell; bold piney spicy hops, black pepper, hint of burnt rubber, calms down a little after initial few sips
taste; pine, bitter but juicy, nice smooth malt
feel; medium heavy but with a lot of carbonation feel, a tiny bit harsh at first but then carbonation calms down and feels balanced and more malty
overall; i really like this, reminds me of a rye ipa with a nice bitter hop kick, but smoother

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Photo of GuitarIPA
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Really interesting beer. I was not find of the first sip, quite bitter, then it mellowed. The finish is sweet and juicy. Ruination 2.0 meets Hoponious Union?

L - dark amber, full head and lacing
S - pine, fresh hops
T - very bitter at first, pine and malt, then sweetness comes through.
F - tingly, light body
O - interesting beer, very different feel/taste from first sip to last

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Photo of puboflyons
3.32/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle bottled 11/24/14. Sampled on April 26, 2015.

Vaguely cloudy medium amber-orange-reddish pour under a thin head.

The aroma makes me think of perfume or cologne more than beer. Maybe it is the malt ingredient meshing with grassy hops. But I that was the best way to describe it. Maybe a touch of peat moss or a little fruit.

Light to medium body.

Sweetish malt character in the taste but that same perfume character trolls around in the background. Clean, crisp finish however.

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Photo of fscottkey
3.92/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: [4.00] Cloudy tan to brown in color. The beer is not transparent. It formed a small white head that dissipated within a few seconds. The bottle lists the ABV (6.8%) and the IBU (50). Born 10/29/14 (just at 100 days)

S: [3.50] I get some bread and a sweet caramel scent. Neither smell is strong at fridge temperature.

T: [4.25] Sweet and almost spicy on the tip of the tongue. The aftertaste is a nice sweetness throughout the mouth. Kind of like the feeling of Scope, but not mint - beer. It is nice trust me.

M: [4.00] The mouth feel is nice there is a slight tingle of carbonation up front but it adds and doesn't subtract.

O: [4.00] This beer reminds me of Eliot Ness (that is a good thing) but with some added zip in the spices and in the carbonation. I am enjoying this and could drink more than 1 in a single sitting.

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Photo of Chris_Carraher
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice off white head. Beautiful Amber hazy color. Nose is biscuit, toasted, subtle malt and hop. Great malt bite right at first, very subtle hop bitterness with a super dry finish.

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Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got in a BIF from ZebraCakez. 12 ounce bottle into lager glass, bottled on 11/12/2014. Pours lightly hazy deep orange/copper color with a 1 finger dense and rocky light khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big grapefruit, lemon zest, orange peel, pine, herbal, floral, grass, light caramel, toasted bread, and herbal/grassy earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good complexity and balance of big citrus/pine hops and moderate bready malt notes; with good strength. Taste of big grapefruit, lemon zest, orange peel, pine, herbal, floral, grass, light caramel, toasted bread, and herbal/grassy earthiness. Fair amount of spicy herbal/pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, lemon/orange zest, pine, light caramel, toasted bread, and herbal/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity and balance of citrus/pine hops and moderate bready malt flavors; with a good malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Very clean on lager flavors with zero yeast ester notes present. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, crisp, and sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with zero warming present after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice hoppy amber lager. All around great complexity and balance of citrus/pine hops and moderate bready malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of mterrence5
3.42/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pungent citrus smell. Sweet citrus taste with a hop bite. Very clean & not complex.aftertaste isn't overly pleasant. Prefer Troegs perpetual ipa which is similar although I do appreciate the flavor in a clear clean beer.

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Photo of WunderLlama
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into chalice

Clear copper, puffy white one finger foam lid, good clingy lacings.

Bready, peppery aroma

Malt on the front of the tongue. Peppery taste in the back .

Low sudsing. Slight bitter aftertaste . Smooth and well balanced.

Grabbed it a Wegmans to fill up a six pack. Nice lager

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Photo of Flounder57
3.8/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle was poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: A one finger head was poured that reduced to a puffy layer. It is a copper color with great clarity and vision of bubbles coming up through the glass. Frothy lacing down the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Light citrus malts, toasted malts, grains, bready, and a little caramel.

Taste: Pretty much what you smell is what you taste. Straightforward and simple. Some bitterness in the rear too.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, light to medium bodied, medium carbonation, and some bitterness.

Overall: Nice amber lager. Simple malts and hops that round things out.

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Photo of DefenCorps
3.68/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle from Julio's. Bottled 24 Oct.

Pouring a dark amber with a dense off white head that leaves sheets of lacing, this looks great. The nose is loaded with hop bitterness and flavor with pine, candied orange peel, mint, pine sap. Quite spicy. Bread like Munich malt character is present with toffee and burnt sugar. The palate opens mildly bitter with burnt sugar, toasted malt and spicy and fruity hops. Pine, pine sap, mint, green grass, candied oranges, a mild chalky bitterness, mildly gritty. The mid palate has flavors of toast and burnt sugar. Medium in body with moderate carbonation, this beer has a long finish with a blend of the Munich malt base and the hop melange. Not wholly harmonious, but still quite enjoyable.

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Photo of predikit
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

Pours a deep auburn, similar to medium amber maple syrup, with a foamy white head that dissipated fairly quickly leaving plenty of lacing behind. The head settles at the surface and retains a surface presence for a good long time.

Smells quite beautiful, a mesh of citrus/grapefruit and pine and apple.

A light sweetness yields a pungent hop profile. But after that the hops overpower anything else this beer may have to offer in the background, and leaves a lasting bitterness.

Light to medium bodied, light carbonation, smooth and easy going down.

Too hoppy for my tongue, but only just. Teeters on the edge of being enjoyable before eventually falling the wrong way.

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Photo of tobelerone
3.82/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle, dated 2 weeks from time of review.

An amber colored beer, nearly red, almost entirely clear. Half inch off-white head that settles slowly, attractive sheet-like lace with good cling. Aroma strikes a balance between fruity hop notes and biscuity malt. The sweeter, cookie side of things is a bit more subtle than the juicy tropical fruit.

The flavor threw me a little because while this is generously hopped, and has both classic German flavors (grassy and herbal) as well as American ones (citrus, pine, melon), there is low bitterness and moderate sweetness. Light biscuit malt flavors prop things up in a nice way but there is an old-school pilsener component to the flavor as well. This is not an "ipa lager" like Mass Rising. Imagine a traditional German Pils hopped up quite a bit with American varieties and then compounded with the sweet caramel and cookies taste of a red ale. Good stuff.

Medium bodied with medium to high carbonation, resulting in a crisp and clean drinking experience. Little residual bitterness (at least in comparison with other beers that are similarly hopped). Slight alcohol note in the finish along with that lingering cookie flavor. There's almost a spiciness to this beer that's very subtle but adds to the complexity - think cloves, allspice, cinnamon.

I dug this one. Different and full of surprises.

Edit: after drinking an entire sixer of this beer over a week I'm less impressed. Something seems a little incongruous about the flavors. Definitely an original brew but im not sure the disparate elements stylistically hang together for me. I found myself liking each successive bottle less than the last.

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Photo of AirBob
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A- About an inch of dense white head. Excellent lacing and retention. Nice, clear amber body with no visible carbonation.

S- Earth, spicy, and malty. Some floral/resinous hops.

T- Heavy on earthy, spicy hops. Bready sweetness finishes with slight resin/pine hop character.

M- Low-medium carbonation. A little watery in the middle but holds up to my expectations of the style.

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Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
4.11/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.57/5  rDev -10.1%
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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Photo of VictorWisc
4.01/5  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.

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Photo of keithmurray
4.13/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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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Photo of cosmicevan
3.57/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

bottle picked up locally, enjoyed from a jack's abby snifter.

brew pours a transparent, rich ruby chestnut. thin fizzy head.

nose is toasted crystalized malts...hints of caramel with an alcohol tingle.

taste matches the nose. amber toasted malts. little nuttiness with some piny bitterness on the finish.

mouth is a bit fizzy...malty with a bite

as the amber take on a lager, for what it is, this is nice...but not a combo that appeals to me. i am blown away by jack's abby and the variations on a lager theme that they do...an amber just doesn't appeal to me.

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Photo of stella77artois
3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle poured into pilsener glass.

A - Pours a beautiful clear amber, with small amounts of carbonation rising. Good sized head developed, off white in color. Small amount remained through the duration, and a fair amount of lacing stuck to the glass.

S - Fairly hoppy, slightly sweet. Hops were slightly fruity and very slightly spicy. Small amount of malty sweetness, yeast, red pepper, black pepper, and caramel. Nice smelling beer.

T - Very hoppy up front. Not as fruity as the aroma, though I do notice some grapefruit, but quite plesantly bitter, and just slightly earthy. Piney notes as well. Hops are certainly the most powerful aspect, they stay on your pallet throughout the swallow and remain very noticeable in the aftertaste. Just a slight amount of malt is present, slightly bready with perhaps a bit of caramel taste. Malt backbone tastes nice, but is weak. Beer is very tasty, but lacks a strong malt backbone, which I like.

F - The weak malt backbone, while not helping the taste, helps with it's smoothness. Does have some nice bite from the hoppy bitterness and the carbonation. Extremely drinkable.

O - I do feel as though some Jack's Abby brews are too similar, this being one of them. It reminds me very much of Hoponius Union (although not as good). With that being said, it's a very solid hoppy Amber Lager, which to my knowledge, there aren't many of. Great hoppy taste and drinkability, my only complain is a weakish malt backbone. Highly recommend this beer to any hoppy beer fanatic, especially anyone who will appreciate the smoothness of a lager with the hoppiness of a Pale ale.

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Photo of dar482
4.47/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer comes in a beautiful clear dark rich ruby color with a thick whtie head.

The aroma has pine and grapefruit. Some caramel malt sweetness.

The beer has a wonderful caramel malt that is sweet, but clean and not sticky. A piney and spicy bitterness throughout. Almost reminds me of the hop character of Celebration. A medium mouthfeel.

A delicious hoppy beer with great balance and clean flavors.

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.86/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: Very slight chill haze on an orange-tinged copper. Head is off-white, creamy, and has solid retention. Moderate carbonation.

Smell: Slight caramel sweetness. Bread crust with some slight roasted and toasted elements. Hops are leafy, a touch earthy, with some slight bitterness. Mild overall. A touch nutty. Some mild hints of almost chocolate.

Taste: Toasted grass and dirty earth. Lingering caramel malt sweetness. A moderate malt sweetness. Bready. Hops run with a touch of citrus. Mostly herbal and grassy with some leafy elements. Nice and clean. Soft hint of chocolate layered through the back. Slight overall bitterness. Carries the Jack's Abby lager yeast finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium leaning toward light body with a moderate carbonation. Clean and a touch dry on the finish.

Overall: Bobby Lashley approved.

Pushes towards a colder season lager. Nice and malty with an assertive yet not aggressive hop character. Solid, but under performs against the rest of the lineup.

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Photo of Duff27
3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Dull ruby red colored translucent body with an off-white head of two inches. Excellent head retention with sticky lacing.

S- Malty copper-esque notes. Nothing jumps out at me but that's probably to style.

T- Well balanced...nice malt backbone but enough piney/spicy hops to know they are there. Doesn't drink near it/s stated 6.8%abv.

M- Medium mouthfeel, biting carbonation.

D/O- Well, the drinkability is there but given it's high ABV for an amber lager it shouldn't be viewed as a session beer. Thanks for this oft-overlooked style @mj0126

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Photo of rudzud
4.02/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Picked up at Julio's and poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a nice dark amber/copper hue with a good two finger off white head that faded to leave light lacing and a creamy halo with light clouds. Quite nice.

S - Light sweet malts, faint lager yeast and pleasant piney hops. Not nearly as potent as their other lagers though.

T - Taste is nice. Nice pines, good lager yeast notes. Hops are nicely spicy pine with some good malt sweetness and faint caramel to balance things out.

M - Mouthfeel is nice with brighter carbonation, however, the alcohol is not hidden nearly as nicely as other offerings. It (the alcohol) actually lingers, which, I find rather unpleasant.

O - Overall, a solid offering from Jack's Abby. Not their best, but, not their worst either.

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Photo of CloudStrife
4.21/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into a tulip.

A: Pours a clear amber with an off white head on top. Not much visible carbonation. Leaves some lacing on the sides of the glass.

S: Very pleasant aroma going on here. Loads of fresh hops dominate the forefront

T: Balanced flavor leaning toward hoppy. Malts are solid providing a base for the hop to flower from. Citrus and piney hops with a bit of a spicy character too. Lager qualities still shine. Bready toasty quality comes out more as it warms.

M: Light to medium body with fairly low carbonation. Bit of a nectar like stickiness from the hop but remains crisp upon finish.

Overall I'm very impressed with this one and will certainly be headed back for more. I've always liked malt forward yet hoppy beers and this combines those with a lager base that is superb.

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Photo of stakem
3.66/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Kegatron for gifting me with a bottle of this. 12oz bottle poured into a standard pint. The brew appears a deep copper color with a yellowish stained finger of khaki head. Some spotty lace sticks to the glass.

The smell is piney with hops, slightly vegetative, herbal and catty. It is somewhat spicy with grass and a touch of solvent alcohol to round things out.

The taste is pine forward, quite resinous, herbal, grassy and carty. A light amount of fruity alcohol before getting somewhat solvent with alcohol.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. It is interestingly bitter and solvent for a lager but worth trying if you get the chance. Thanks again Heath.

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Lashes Hopbock Lager from Jack's Abby Brewing
88 out of 100 based on 53 ratings.