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Lashes Hopbock Lager - Jack's Abby Brewing

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BA SCORE
89
very good

264 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 264
Reviews: 44
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 9.14%
Wants: 19
Gots: 14 | 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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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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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.

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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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2.75/5  rDev -30.2%

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3.98/5  rDev +1%
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.

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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3.66/5  rDev -7.1%
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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5/5  rDev +26.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

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3.59/5  rDev -8.9%
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 +1.5%
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.

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3.81/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

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3.91/5  rDev -0.8%
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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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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Lashes Hopbock Lager from Jack's Abby Brewing
89 out of 100 based on 264 ratings.