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Lashes Hopbock Lager - Jack's Abby Brewing

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BA SCORE
88
very good

312 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 312
Reviews: 57
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 9.14%
Wants: 26
Gots: 35 | 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:
Beer added by: BigCheese on 12-06-2012

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Ratings: 312 | Reviews: 57
Reviews by Dope:
Photo of Dope
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle dated November 2012. Close to 5 months old. Meh.

A: Pours a slightly hazy amber with a large fluffy tan head. Head fades slowly, leaving pretty decent splotchy lacing behind. Nice head retention too.

S: Herbal, almost medicinal hops and some caramel. Almost spicy.

T: Nice herbal and piney hops up front. Transitions to a nice sweet caramel malt to balance it out. More herbal and piney flavors in the finish with a decent boost of bitterness now.

M: Medium bodied, smooth.

O: A really nice red lager. Reminds me a lot of their red tape lager but with a caramel malt instead of a bready malt. In either case, it's very smooth, balanced and easy drinking. Hops add just enough kick to make it stand out. Very drinkable.

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Photo of MaybeSoMaybeNot
3.77/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

good, sturdy and reliable lager.

Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
4.11/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

Photo of CloudStrife
4.21/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

Photo of Brewsephus
4.23/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.75

1 pint, .9 fl oz of lager poured into shaker pint glass.

A-Pours a hazy walnut brown. 1 finger off-white head. Appealing color.

S- Raisins, cherry, plum, dark currant, fig. The smell is intoxicating, very nice.

T-Raisin again, bisquit malt, bready, sweet but not cloying, moderate to heavy bitterness but not puckering.

M- Full bodied, moderate carbonation. Everything you would want is here.

O- A very tasty brew, 10/10 would buy again. Would like more flavor on the hop side, the malts shine here.

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.57/5  rDev -9.4%
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.

Photo of tkelley
3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Growler poured into my new Jack's Abby shaker pint.

A -- Beautiful amber color. Alternatively brown, orange, or red with different lights. Small head but decent lacing.

N -- Piney/resiny hops mostly. Hint of caramel or toasted malts.

T -- Boom. Hoppy AND malty AND pure deliciousness. It's a little bit spicy with hops, but they are mostly of the pine note style. LIttle bit of citrus i thought sometimes, but I couldnt quite place it. Malt sweetness on the backbone.

M -- Nice mouthfeel on this one. Good carbonation, especially out of the growler. Good bubblage.

O -- I really enjoy this for the late fall/winter months. Warms you up with a good alcohol content. Cheers!

Photo of bum732
4.32/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

S: Very fresh hops, caramel malt, resiny

L: Quite clear orangish red with white creamy head that dissipates slightly.

T: Semi-sweet caramel malt with a pungent hop taste. Medium high bitterness with a pungent resiny hop flavor following. Finishes fairly clean with lasting hop flavor. Some caramel and pine as it warms.

M: Medium full body, medium carbonation. Smooth.

A great beer, would have no idea if this was a lager if it didn't tell me. Just fantastic.

Photo of puboflyons
3.32/5  rDev -15.7%
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.

Photo of JohnQVD
4.06/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottled November 2012.

Pours a nice bronze color with a finger thick foamy head that leaves chunks of lacing on the glass. Smell is melon and spring flowers. Taste is light citrus with a mild bitterness on the finish. Feel is medium with a light, fizzy carbonation. Very smooth. A little hoppier than a lot of lagers I've had, but still with a nice maltiness.

Quite good overall.

Photo of fmccormi
4.17/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Straight pour from a 12oz pry-off bottle to a teku glass; bottling date of October 17, 2013 printed in black ink on the far right side of the label, perpendicular to the text (“MFG 10.17.2013”), making this beer just under two weeks old at the time of consumption.

Appearance (4.25): Just about two fingers of custard-colored head comes off of the pour, capping a rich, deep orange-amber colored body that’s perfectly clear—the pour is gorgeous, actually. As the head dies down (moderately slowly), it leaves a collar or two of lace, loose, wide legs here and there, and then huge, fat splotches covering a decent amount of the far side of the glass. Pretty solid lacing, actually.

Smell (4.0): A nice, fruity, floral combination of subtly citrusy and moderately spicy hop notes (some pineapple, some mango, mixing with spicy herbs, like light pepper and dried basil) mixing with some moderately rich malt character (rich multigrain bread, a little brown sugar icing, and a little fruitcake/baked apples). This is really nice.

Taste (4.25): Mostly following the nose, the flavor shows a great combination of moderately rich but restrained malt character (toasted, dark multigrain bread, a tiny bit of brown sugar icing and some very light fruit cake, some toffee) playing off some piney, resinous hops and a quietly spicy hop character—Old World, kinda sorta, plus that old school American, piney stuff. And yet, as “rich” as I say the malt body is, it just comes off as being so clean. There’s a toasted nuttiness that blends in with the spicy, piney hops on the finish, too, which in allowing some deeper subtlety in the malt character shine betrays the well-crafted heart of this lager. As it warms, the malt and hops blend together a bit better, with a mild toffee character that mixes surprisingly well with the spiciness of the hops—followed by a modestly resinous, piney-bitter finish. Man, this is really well-done.

Mouthfeel (4.0): Subtle, tingly carbonation washes all over, chasing an easy-going, lighter-than-medium-weight body with a nice, clean finish that treads just on the dry side. Clean. Crisp. Easy to drink. Well done, for sure.

Overall (4.25): This one doesn’t bowl you over in any one regard, but rather it shows a lot of subtlety that comes out here and there when you probe a little deeper. It’s easy to drink and really pleasing if you’re looking to just kick back and drink something immediately tasty and not too crazy, but it’s also great if you’re willing to sit down and look into its depth and complexity. This is really damn good. I’ve always expected good things from Jack’s Abby, but this is very pleasantly well-crafted—awesome beer. Great job, you guys.

Photo of LeRose
3.78/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from half liter bottle into lager glass. Thick, foamy white head over golden bronze, clear liquid. Head persisted for a while then dwindled to foamy rafts, nice lacing. Aroma was slightly hoppy, trace citrus, swee malt underneath. The flavor is clean, a little piney, a little floral, nice grapefruit bitterness. Sweet malty flavors underneath. Pretty well balanced. Went nicely with spicy chicken and salsa I was eating. Nice brew. It is Refreshing and a great change from the heavy winter fare. Would be good for friends and food...not too extreme, yet flavorful and would hold its own with hearty grub.

Photo of donkeyrunner
4.53/5  rDev +15%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful amber color with a slightly faded paper yellowed head. Looks like a very, very sexy Octoberfest. Thick crust of retention never lets any malt peek through. Leaves a large brushstroke of lace like the Tuckerman's snow arch. I'm very mindful of the 5s I dole out but I honestly don't think this beer could look better. I guess the bottle art could be better but it comes in a .5 liter bottle which I think is a really cool homage to Germany from a brewery that only does lagers.

A quick sniff of the bottle boasts unmistakable sharp, grassy centennial. When poured the centennial is still there but it's accompanied by some orange colored hop aromas: kumquat, tangerine and the like.

Citrus and some soft pine hops with sweet, bread crusty malt. Great use of Munich to balance out the hops. Tongue coating, prickly hop resin with each swallow. Odd to have that much hops with a smooth lager mouthfeel. Not bad, just something I'm not used to.

My lovefest for Jack's Abbey continues. Unashamedly. This is good for an IPA but if I review it as a red lager, and I am, I've never had anything like it.

The name leaves me curious.

Photo of VictorWisc
4.01/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

Photo of predikit
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

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.

Photo of jlindros
3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

boy do I love a good German bock or well done German lager, and hops, so when Jack's Abby does it right, it's delicious! I also love that they list all the specs on the label, that they use the skinny but elongated narrow neck style bottles, and focus only on lagers.

Pours a nice fluffy almost 2 finger head that fades at a med pace, nice fluffy almost soapy lacing, over crystal clear amber slight reddish toasty brown colored beer.

Nose is nice, starting with some amber malts, lightly toasty and toffee biscuit like, there is a hint of a perfumey booze like aroma with a a big meaty malt base coming with it from a typical doppelbock like beer, hint of fruity lager aromas. Hops are there but not dominant, light spicy hops, a little grassy and hint floral.

taste comes on smooth and rich like, toffee and nutty malts start the base of the beer, with a touch of caramel and toasty malts. Again that light alcohol that brings slight warmth and a very slight fumey alcohol taste coming from a meaty malt base, again like a typical doppelbock but more like a 9% one. Light lager fruits again, a bit of a light airy crisp lager taste towards the back end. Hops start lighter, with some grassy and slightly spicy hop profiles, and just a bit of a soapy hop flavor. The bitterness also starts on the lighter end but ramps quite a bit on the finish. The finish comes drier but not as dry and crisp as I was expecting, quite a bit of bitterness comes out though, with more light spicy and soapy hops, more toffee and toasty malts, and a touch of that booze.

Mouth is med to lighter bodied, airy and slightly crisp, and nice carbonation.

Overall OK but not great. The malt profile is nice, but the hops don't seem to do as well as I expected in this beer. They're nice hops but bring too much of an American spicy soapy profile to mesh well with the lager and amber malt flavors. Could also have been a bit more crisp. Also, the booze comes through a bit hot, and would be very nice if this was supposed to be 9% instead of 7.2%. I do like that perfumey booze on a doppelbock, but this is a regular bock. That being said, it's still a nice beer with great malt profile, tasty and drinkable.

Photo of WunderLlama
4/5  rDev +1.5%
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

Photo of smcolw
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Large, four-finger head. Frothy settling with a bit of stringy lace. The liquid is copper colored and nearly clear.

Nice blend of semi-sweet caramel and fresh, floral hop. Attractive and balanced.

Full caramel malt flavor up front. Full-bodied. The hop comes along strongly--very peppery in the swallow. Long lasting aftertaste with a creamy finish. Decent carbonation.

Photo of dan3099
4.75/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

outstanding all around Lager. nice hoppy taste & aroma

Photo of johnnnniee
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, deep, orange/amber color with a huge bubbly beige head that takes forever to recede. Smells of sweet bready caramel with a spicy, earthy, mineral edge to provide some balance. The flavor is quite sweet which threw me a bit until I noticed that the beer is named hopbock not hopback. Sweet caramel toffee and bready with a spicy earthy hop flavor. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a sweet spicy mouthfeel. This is a nice hoppy bock style beer I really enjoyed it.

Photo of dar482
4.47/5  rDev +13.5%
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.

Photo of tobelerone
3.82/5  rDev -3%
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.

Photo of ms11781
4.14/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled November 2012. 16.9oz bottle poured into an imperial pint glass.

Pours a slight cloudy, copper/amber color with some bright orange tinges. Really vibrant for a beer that is relatively darker. The cloudiness disappears as the beer warms so it may have been chill haze from the beer being poured a touch colder than it should have. A nice, fluffy off-white head develops and reaches about 2 fingers before settling in as a nice, thick cap of foam. Excellent retention and lacing to match. Each sip is clearly marked on the glass with sticky foam. Exceptional looking beer, especially when the haze cleared up.

At first glance there is a great hop aroma in the nose. Nice grapefruit and grass-like hops lead the way. When you really get into it the hop aroma is still excellent but a nice malt sweetness really brings it up a notch and balances the beer out. The combination works very well together.

The taste is right in line with the nose. The hops come on fairly strong at first but it is again balanced out quite nicely. Great grassy and citrusy hops come across first before a sweet and bready malt character equals them. There is also a nice piney note that comes towards the finish and provides a pleasant bitterness.

The beer is definitely on the fuller side body-wise. Not stout or porter territory but fairly rich in it's own right. That being said the flavors are lighter on the palette and it drinks extremely smooth. Extremely impressive that something like this can be extremely smooth with ample carbonation and a crispness to it.

This beer is excellent. This is the second or third beer I've had from Jack's Abby that seems tough to categorize style-wise. They seem to bring something unique to the table with their take on each style the take a stab at. This is no exception. The ability to bring a great hop character and balance it this well seems to be something they have a touch for. Very well done once again.

Photo of DefenCorps
3.68/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

Photo of fscottkey
3.92/5  rDev -0.5%
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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Lashes Hopbock Lager from Jack's Abby Brewing
88 out of 100 based on 312 ratings.