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Lashes Hopbock Lager - Jack's Abby Brewing

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Lashes Hopbock Lager
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BA SCORE
89
very good

216 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 216
Reviews: 40
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 9.6%
Wants: 13
Gots: 7 | FT: 1
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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Photo of brureview
4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served In pilsner glass. 2 finger head.
The beer is a beautiful reddish copper color.
Pleasant light lemon hops aroma from the head.
The mouth feel is smooth and crisp.
The taste is mildly hoppy, refreshing, with a slight bitterness.
Overall a crisp refreshing beer, and a welcome change from stronger winter beers.

brureview, Jan 11, 2013
Photo of rowingbrewer
4.44/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a nice reddish orange Color with a nice white head that slowly recedes lacing the glass beautifully. The smell is piney hops and a nice bready malt backbone. Taste follows the smell. Mouthfeel is light to medium with good carbonation. Overall a great beer

rowingbrewer, Jan 11, 2013
Photo of ferrettman687
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

ferrettman687, Jan 10, 2013
Photo of Auror
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

Auror, Jan 09, 2013
Photo of rpstevens
4/5  rDev +1%

rpstevens, Jan 08, 2013
Photo of bum732
4.33/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

bum732, Jan 07, 2013
Photo of Davepoolesque
4/5  rDev +1%

Davepoolesque, Jan 04, 2013
Photo of polishkaz
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

polishkaz, Jan 01, 2013
Photo of BlackBelt5112203
4.18/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

4 oz pour at Jack’s Abby in a tasting glass at cellar temperature.

L – Medium amber color with a 2-finger frothy cream-colored head. Really nice retention and lacing. Clear with a good amount of bubbles.

S – Lots of hops with pine and grapefruit notes and a lot more caramel malt than I was expecting from a lager.

T – Starts off sweet with caramel malt and rapidly becomes very bitter with a large amount of pine and some grapefruit flavors. As the bitterness mellows, the woody pine becomes even more apparent.

F – Medium-bodied with good carbonation, a sticky and chewy mouthfeel, and a bitter, long-lasting finish. Bitter pine hops linger for a long time. The higher-than-usual ABV for a lager at 7.2% is nowhere to be found.

O – This is a really tasty beer, but I almost definitely would not be able to call this a lager in a blind test. This has much more body and much more bitterness than I was expecting – very IPA-like. Now, I am not complaining about this in any way at all; I was just surprised to find all this in a lager. Jack’s Abby is not only putting out great lagers, they’re putting out great beers.

BlackBelt5112203, Dec 31, 2012
Photo of Pinknuggets
3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Bottle to HFS sniffer

A: Big fluffy tan to brown head with a ruby red color that is a little cloudy but pretty translucent

S: No hops and almost no malt basically straight alcohol toasty and nutty but the alcohol is the most pungent.

T:the taste is more malty then it is hoppy even up front though there is hop taste but no bitterness there is more a toasted sweet nutty malty flavor throughout and a lll the way to the finish. However the flavors are not really strong but seem to work well

M: Smooth goes down very easy the quality of craftsmanship stands our here crazy drinkable for the alc that is basically non present well done.

O: Other then the aroma this is a really solid beer its not my style and I still quite enjoyed it plus the fact that it is dangerously drinkable makes it totally worth a try I would recommend it especially if this is your style of beer

Pinknuggets, Dec 30, 2012
Photo of jlindros
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.

jlindros, Dec 29, 2012
Photo of wdarcy77
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

wdarcy77, Dec 29, 2012
Photo of LeRose
3.8/5  rDev -4%
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.

LeRose, Dec 28, 2012
Photo of VelvetExtract
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.

VelvetExtract, Dec 28, 2012
Photo of ryan1788a5
3.7/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle poured into a New Belgium globe.

A: Pours a very clear amber/red color with a towering, creamy off-white head. Retention is awesome, and a thick blanket lacing covers the entire glass. This is a good-looking beer.

S: Aromatic pine and earthy, leafy hops. Underlying tropical fruit scents of mandarin orange, tangerine, and white grapefruit. Bubblegum and berry fruits seem to be malt-derived. Malt base smells a tad grainy with a touch of brown bread, but stays sweet and sugary overall (crystal malt?).

T: Hops start off by laying down some nice tropical mandarin orange and tangerine tastes. Bitterness builds as the hop tastes shift to leafy, earthy, oily, and piney. Herbs and a touch of pepper. Grapefruit rind and pith. Malt base is on the sweet side initially. I do pick up a bubblegum taste as I did in the nose, though I'm not quite sure where that's coming from. Dark bread and mixed nuts. Maybe a touch of coarse wheat? Things dry out toward the finish as cocoa, grain husks, and a slight woodiness begin to dominate. Finishes with a dry graininess and fading oily hops.

M: Medium body, slightly firm, very creamy. A little bit chewy and dextriny. Moderate carbonation.

O: I'm not quite sure where they were trying to go with this one. The name would suggest a bock kicked up a notch with American hops. Not a bad attempt by any means, but I still find it a bit confusing on the palate. It dries out a bit too much toward the finish, presumably to showcase the hops more, but that kind of curtails the bock aspect of it. Unless my palate deceives me, it seems like there's some specialty malts at play here too. The malt base just doesn't taste as complex as a bock's should, and it makes for some odd flavors (maybe that bubblegum?). Having said all that, this is still a worthy beer at the end of the day.

ryan1788a5, Dec 28, 2012
Photo of nquigley16
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

nquigley16, Dec 27, 2012
Photo of ms11781
4.13/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

ms11781, Dec 25, 2012
Photo of Orange
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

Orange, Dec 23, 2012
Photo of kaelingirl
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

kaelingirl, Dec 23, 2012
Photo of noyellowfizzbeer
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

noyellowfizzbeer, Dec 22, 2012
Photo of Massbmx
4/5  rDev +1%

Massbmx, Dec 22, 2012
Photo of jbertsch
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

jbertsch, Dec 21, 2012
Photo of Archemedies
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

Archemedies, Dec 21, 2012
Photo of DanWrath
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

DanWrath, Dec 19, 2012
Photo of donkeyrunner
4.53/5  rDev +14.4%
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.

donkeyrunner, Dec 19, 2012
Lashes Hopbock Lager from Jack's Abby Brewing
89 out of 100 based on 216 ratings.