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Lashes Hopbock Lager - Jack's Abby Brewing

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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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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

03-09-2014 19:37:27 | More by Sammy
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nmann08

District of Columbia

3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

01-27-2013 20:28:14 | More by nmann08
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acurtis

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

04-05-2014 20:19:27 | More by acurtis
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

12-29-2013 00:32:54 | More by Knapp85
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Jason

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +1%

12-04-2013 17:01:51 | More by Jason
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jlindros

Massachusetts

3.93/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2012 21:27:08 | More by jlindros
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Rochefort10nh

New Hampshire

2.75/5  rDev -30.6%

01-15-2013 01:07:36 | More by Rochefort10nh
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smcolw

Massachusetts

3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2013 21:51:11 | More by smcolw
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mendvicdog

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

01-06-2014 19:42:14 | More by mendvicdog
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stakem

Pennsylvania

3.66/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2013 19:31:10 | More by stakem
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DrunkinYogi

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +1%

12-18-2013 01:37:04 | More by DrunkinYogi
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Gonzoillini

Illinois

5/5  rDev +26.3%

01-22-2013 04:51:01 | More by Gonzoillini
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rab53

Washington

4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

12-09-2012 03:59:54 | More by rab53
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PEIhop

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

01-06-2014 02:13:25 | More by PEIhop
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johnnnniee

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2012 01:35:56 | More by johnnnniee
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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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iL0VEbeer

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

02-21-2014 22:22:36 | More by iL0VEbeer
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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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Duff27

Illinois

3.91/5  rDev -1.3%
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

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2013 00:22:08 | More by Duff27
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Jwale73

Rhode Island

3.81/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

500ml bottle served in pilsner glass. Pours an amber hue with a translucent clarity and a creamy, two-inch, tan-colored head. Head eventually settles into a half-inch, rocky cap, leaving delicate strands of textured lacing as the brew recedes. Nose expresses cereal notes - sweet and biscuity, as well as a suggestion of citrus. Taste consistent with nose with the addition of a slight caramel character and a light bitterness towards the back. Mouthfeel is light-medium in body with a pleasant, even carbonation and a touch of oiliness and citrus astringency. Overall, not my favorite from this brewer, but a decent offering for the style, nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2013 23:48:19 | More by Jwale73
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woosterbill

Connecticut

4.15/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

500ml bottle into a 25cl Duvel tulip. Big thanks to vonschplieffen for sharing. Always excited to try another Jack's Abby brew.

A: Bright, crystal clear copper body under three fingers of fine tan head that settles slowly and leaves lovely layers of lace. Gorgeous.

S: Spicy, piney, and resinous hops dominate, with some restrainedly sweet caramel malt underneath. Quite nice.

T: More balanced here, with rich malt sweetness played off against spicy, piney hops. Pretty clean, bittersweet finish. Tasty, but I was hoping for more dominant hop flavors.

M: Smooth light-to-medium body with generous, creamy carbonation. Lovely.

O: Excellent amber lager. I guess Hoponius spoiled me, as I was hoping for this to be a lager version of Nugget Nectar and was therefore a bit disappointed that the hops were merely solid rather than insane.

Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2013 02:16:10 | More by woosterbill
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rudzud

Massachusetts

4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2013 02:01:46 | More by rudzud
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BGsWo22

New York

2.5/5  rDev -36.9%

02-08-2014 02:54:50 | More by BGsWo22
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tectactoe

Michigan

4/5  rDev +1%

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

Massachusetts

3.83/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Crystal clear toasted amber. Head is thick and creamy. It settles down to a thin off-white snowdrift. Head leaves all sorts of interesting lacing patterns. Body glows.

S-Definitely can get a sense of the Bock aroma. Warm baked orange muffins. Perched atop the moist baked bread medley is a potent hop dosage. Very grassy. Juicy oranges and moderate pine. Strong in both malt and hop but definitely well balanced.

T-Fruity and sweet hops slowly roll into a decently bitter sting of grass and pine. As if someone covered a fistful of hops in dough and baked it. A bit of mulch. Again, very balanced. Bitterness lingers. Sweet toasted malt.

M-Fuller bodied. Carbonation is initially lively but it ends with softly. Medium bitterness. A bit resinous. ABV hidden pretty well.

O/D-Balanced and pretty fun. Not my favorite Jack's offering. Two of their beers are probably somewhere in my top 10-15 all-time beers. This one is not in the same stratosphere but it is well worth the $2.75 half liter price. I will always give their beers a shot. Probably won't go back to this one but it is still better than 50-60% of the beers I will try this month.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2012 04:49:09 | More by VelvetExtract
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Lashes Hopbock Lager from Jack's Abby Brewing
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