Lashes Hopbock Lager - Jack's Abby Brewing

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BA SCORE
88
very good

314 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 314
Reviews: 58
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 8.91%
Wants: 30
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

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Beer added by: BigCheese on 12-06-2012

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.86/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: Very slight chill haze on an orange-tinged copper. Head is off-white, creamy, and has solid retention. Moderate carbonation.

Smell: Slight caramel sweetness. Bread crust with some slight roasted and toasted elements. Hops are leafy, a touch earthy, with some slight bitterness. Mild overall. A touch nutty. Some mild hints of almost chocolate.

Taste: Toasted grass and dirty earth. Lingering caramel malt sweetness. A moderate malt sweetness. Bready. Hops run with a touch of citrus. Mostly herbal and grassy with some leafy elements. Nice and clean. Soft hint of chocolate layered through the back. Slight overall bitterness. Carries the Jack's Abby lager yeast finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium leaning toward light body with a moderate carbonation. Clean and a touch dry on the finish.

Overall: Bobby Lashley approved.

Pushes towards a colder season lager. Nice and malty with an assertive yet not aggressive hop character. Solid, but under performs against the rest of the lineup.

Photo of Duff27
3.9/5  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

Photo of rudzud
4.02/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

Photo of CloudStrife
4.21/5  rDev +7.1%
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 stakem
3.66/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

Photo of tkelley
3.93/5  rDev 0%
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 BEERMILER12
4.09/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours an amber color with 2 fingers of head that fades down to a nice cap

S: Good mix of malt and hops. Hops are earthy/spicy and piney with a hint of fruitiness. Malts are lightly bready and grainy

T: Starts off with a quick hit of the malts, and then the hops provide a nice spicy kick. Breadiness comes in mid-palate, along with some earthy notes. Finishes with a bit of graininess and a touch of sweetness

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: A very nicely done brew with some nice minute complexities. Easy to drink, plus it now comes in 6-packs! Definitely recommended

Photo of utopiajane
4.02/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a perfect amber orange with a brilliant clarity and a stream of bubbles rising ot the top. A thick pillowy head of foam adorns the prettiest color beer I have seen in a long time. Leaves sheets of wet lace. Nose is bright with fruity and floral hops. A bit of subtle citrus and stone fruit quality. There si a rich deep malt in this that sports both grainy bread and a light brown sugar. Taste is handsome. Restrained and subtle hops lend a citrus twang to a very earthy grain that has a bit of baked sweetness on it. Tiny bit of resin to coat the throat and leave a rich aftertaste. Brown sugar, hop floral and a light hop spice that goes so well with the earthy and lightly sweet grain. The carbonation is a bit tingly and the hops give a seductive little sideways glance to this beer and they finish with the smallest bitter.

Just fabulous. Hearty, rich, textured and full of flavor. The stone fruit in this is the surprise and the sensation. it softens the hop character to the point of luxury. It enhances the grain sweetness but doesn't overshadow it. It takes to the bit of hop spice and makes this beer dapper and a little bit sweet.

Photo of fmccormi
4.17/5  rDev +6.1%
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 Brewsephus
4.23/5  rDev +7.6%
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 Jwale73
3.82/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

Photo of JohnQVD
4.06/5  rDev +3.3%
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 Dope
4/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

Photo of smcolw
4/5  rDev +1.8%
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 MDDMD
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A-clear copper color with a big off-white head and great lacing

S-caramel malt, citrus, pine, light floral

T-citrus, nice caramel malt, pine, slight earthiness, moderate bitter hoppy finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, crisp

O-a tasty amber lager with nice balance, easy drinking

Photo of woosterbill
4.16/5  rDev +5.9%
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!

Photo of brureview
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

Photo of rowingbrewer
4.46/5  rDev +13.5%
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

Photo of bum732
4.32/5  rDev +9.9%
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 BlackBelt5112203
4.18/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

Photo of Pinknuggets
3.86/5  rDev -1.8%
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

Photo of jlindros
3.93/5  rDev 0%
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 LeRose
3.78/5  rDev -3.8%
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 VelvetExtract
3.82/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

Photo of ryan1788a5
3.73/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

Lashes Hopbock Lager from Jack's Abby Brewing
88 out of 100 based on 314 ratings.