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Lashes Hopbock Lager - Jack's Abby Brewing

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Lashes Hopbock LagerLashes Hopbock Lager

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BA SCORE
89
very good

214 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 214
Reviews: 40
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 9.34%
Wants: 10
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
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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Goldfishman

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

07-15-2014 09:57:26 | More by Goldfishman
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Jmbbabson

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +1%

07-02-2014 00:24:58 | More by Jmbbabson
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Phished880

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +1%

06-30-2014 01:18:25 | More by Phished880
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DBosco

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

06-24-2014 02:19:42 | More by DBosco
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bigred89

Maryland

4/5  rDev +1%

06-13-2014 21:15:25 | More by bigred89
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BurgeoningBrewhead

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2014 22:45:10 | More by BurgeoningBrewhead
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tectactoe

Michigan

4/5  rDev +1%

06-11-2014 21:42:21 | More by tectactoe
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vfgccp

New York

3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

06-08-2014 01:02:38 | More by vfgccp
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MystikCelt

New York

3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

05-29-2014 03:55:13 | More by MystikCelt
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Alieniloquium

Florida

3.59/5  rDev -9.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2014 23:23:07 | More by Alieniloquium
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Nichols33

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -24.2%

05-23-2014 23:13:46 | More by Nichols33
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NJBeer265

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

05-23-2014 14:11:04 | More by NJBeer265
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VictorWisc

Massachusetts

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2014 02:59:18 | More by VictorWisc
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keithmurray

New York

4.15/5  rDev +4.8%
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

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2014 16:55:23 | More by keithmurray
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Hoggo

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +1%

04-26-2014 02:19:01 | More by Hoggo
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MattXT

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

04-26-2014 01:54:32 | More by MattXT
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Doomcifer

Rhode Island

4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

04-24-2014 01:58:29 | More by Doomcifer
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LoveStout

New York

3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

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acurtis

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

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outoffocus

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +1%

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infuturity83

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +1%

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Fettpopps

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +1%

03-16-2014 11:23:42 | More by Fettpopps
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

03-09-2014 19:37:27 | More by Sammy
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CheapBeerBuzz

California

3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

03-03-2014 05:25:38 | More by CheapBeerBuzz
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cosmicevan

New York

3.55/5  rDev -10.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2014 02:59:34 | More by cosmicevan
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Lashes Hopbock Lager from Jack's Abby Brewing
89 out of 100 based on 214 ratings.