Shipping Out of Boston
Jack's Abby Brewing

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Lager - American Amber / Red
Ranked #1
Ranked #7,994
4.04 | pDev: 9.65%
Jack's Abby Brewing
Massachusetts, United States
Very Good
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Notes: Shipping out of Boston celebrated the rich and storied manufacturing history of New England. We built this beer with local ingredients inspired by the factories that were once world suppliers. It is a malty, sweet, and lightly hoppy amber lager that pays homage to the past, while manufacturing a bold future.
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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

3.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Jack's Abby Brewing "Shipping Out of Boston"
16 fl. oz. can, "CANNED 02 23 21" and sampled on 04 30 21

Notes via stream of consciousness: It's slightly hazy but that's OK as it's most likely unfiltered. It's pretty dark though for being an "amber lager". It's a very deep chestnut brown color beneath a tall head of rocky yellowed off-white foam. The aroma is malty, nutty , and toasty with just a smear of herbal and woody hops to it. The flavor follows suit but with more hop flavor that also includes some additional floral character, and an added malty note of dark caramel that's like almost-burnt sugar. I wonder if there's a bit of dark chocolate or roasted malt added here to get that dark color. It's clean and crisp, and clearly a lager as there's next to no fruitiness present, just some apple, and maybe a bit of berries. Just to note, however, that berry flavor could be coming from Vienna malts as well as yeast and/or hops but it's definitely not hops in this case. A stiff bitterness runs through it and it finishes dry with some dark caramel apple and what seems like ashen roastiness lingering. Looking back the head held fairly well and it left some limited spotty lace about the glass. It's medium bodied and crisp in the mouth. It's malty but not sweet as it's balanced by bitterness and dry, but somehow still not that quaffable. I can't really fault it, but it is missing a certain something.
Review #7,312

Apr 30, 2021
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nick_perry from North Carolina

2.42/5  rDev -40.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.75

Dark color, almost a little too dark to be described as amber. Foamy lingering white head. Very creamy mouthfeel. Unfortunately, it has a skunky aroma and flavor.

Apr 28, 2021
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JonnoWillsteed from England

2.68/5  rDev -33.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

#1712 - Blind-tasted except for the beer's name and brewery/country, zero reviews below read (yet!)...
L- Poured a pale chestnut. That's the first 2/3rds of the can in my glass and it looks clear/filtered to me. Pours with 5mm head, easing back but leaving bits of lacing.
S- Something quite distinctly aromatic here, but my nose isn't sharp in winter so unclear...
T- Quite soft on the front, almost a bit adjunct-y. There is a hint of timber/barrel I think but it's subtle. It tastes rather 'processed', there's no real brightness, dynamism or depth to it.
F- By now I've pretty much lost interest...
O- Disappointing.
Review/scoring all done, now the reveal, I get to read the lable to see what I missed! ===> Well, 5.3%, that seemed pretty invisible. No ingredients list; draw your own conclusions! I wouldn't buy this again, and TBH I might struggle to finish this one as I slowly work through it.
16 US FlOz can. Canned: 08/10/20 £2.10 Bought from BeerMerchants, Kent/UK as part of a large pick-your own consignment to London.

Mar 28, 2021
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jonphisher from New Jersey

3.9/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Nice brownish leaning amber, slight haze to it. The head settles to a thing splotchy layer of white.

Aromas of nuts caramel, grains, dark bread, and a touch of earthiness.

Tastes leans toward the grain and nut, with the earthiness being more prominent than it was in the aroma. Also just a touch of something sweet, toffee like.

Really enjoy the feel of this nice light but full body. Nice kiss of bitterness to it as well. No complaints on the finish smooth and clean.

Mar 21, 2021
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mickyge from Massachusetts

3.81/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a can dated 2/4

Clear dark amber color, almost red, crystal clean looking, well lagered Thick creamy light tan head, good lacing.

Aroma of malt, caramel and biscuits

Taste is a tad thin, malty and caramel, a hint of butterscotch not real sweet not real bitter

Mouthfeel it crisp and clean and a little fizzy kind of neutral between sweetness and dryness.

overall not a bad lager, kind of refreshing

Mar 19, 2021
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jgido759 from New Jersey

3.67/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz. can into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass. Look is a deep red/amber with a 1 finger head that dissipates rather quickly. Aroma is bready with a hint of malt. Taste is of bread/cracker with a slight, dry malt finish. Mild carbonation. A great beer if you are looking to have a few in one sitting. . .

Mar 02, 2021
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DCH from New York

4.53/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow, what an awesome beer. Hits all the right spots for a quality, medium bodied lager. Amber/red appearance, sweet smell and malty taste, goes down extremely smooth, and at $10 for 6 tallboys it's pretty unbeatable. If you want a real nice "beer" beer that's relatively easy to drink and has a nice backbone to it, this is the one to look for.

Feb 11, 2021
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sethmeister from New Hampshire

4.02/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Canned 12/14/20

Poured into my shaker pint glass this lager is a clear darker brown toned amber with a foamy taupe head. Long lasting and some nice lace.

Scent is floral, caramel, doughy sweet bread, mildly nutty.

Flavor is caramel, fresh bread, nuts, bread crust and a dry lemony hop note. Hint of chocolate. Somewhat sweet with a dry finish. Floral, lemony and leafy green hops are subtle but noticeable and provide a nice counterweight to the sweet malt flavors that dominate the experience. Interestingly this lager seems almost more like a brown ale in some aspects but does retain the dry and reasonably crisp lager finish. Not sure exactly what to call it but either way I like it.

Mouth is creamy with a dry finish.

Tasty satisfying amber lager with an alternate personality identifying as a brown ale.

Jan 30, 2021
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Manta200 from Kentucky

4.27/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

single 12oz can, thanks to IMN0P
Canned 6/3/20 (6+ month old)
Pours a medium amber with a nice bubbly off white head, good retention
Sweet roasty malts aroma, taste is similar.
Very nice beer!

Jan 11, 2021
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Siriusfisherman from Vermont

4.54/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

L: Crystal clear dark Amber with a foamy white head and excellent lacing.

S: Sweet, beady caramel, toast, and dark, dry fruit. Light, herbal and floral hops and clean yeast.

T: Very full and round malt flavors of cracker, caramel, and raisin bread. Mild hop bitterness and herbal flavors. Very clean yeast character.

F: Light-headed medium body, modest carbonation, and a semi dry finish.

Overall: A really rare beer here. It is not often you come across an Amber lager or ale of this character. This beer shows why you should never overlook malt forward beers.

Nov 30, 2020
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Jugs_McGhee from Louisiana

3.35/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Currently rated #2 on the Lager - American Amber / Red top beers list (with a score of 87).

CAN: 16 fl oz pull-tab nabbed as part of a sixer from a Total Wine & More. Canned 08/10/20.

"Amber Lager." 5.3% ABV.

Served cold into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass. Paired with hard pretzels.

Copper-orange body colour...not particularly vibrant. Head is soft, creamy, and long lasting (~8 minutes).

AROMA: Rich caramel, toasted amber malt, bread crust, hints of doughy yeast. Tame herbal hop aromatics.

Suggests a true-to-form all-malt amber lager with no flaws or off-flavours. I'm eager to try it; its level of sweetness seems just about perfect.

TASTE: Matches expectations created by the aroma. Rich caramel meddles with amber malt, though its sweetness is a bit off kilter never quite tasting perfectly balanced. Not toasty enough nor dry enough, with too much treacle-y amber malt syrup flavour. Faint herbal hop flavour. Bread crust. Lingering charred bitterness in the finish.

In short, it's oversweet up front and overbitter on the back end.

TEXTURE: Dry, somewhat coarse, unrefreshing, medium-bodied, well-carbonated, bready, filling. It's a lot to chew on for an amber lager, and I can't help but miss the easy drinking mellowness of even something like Sam Adams Boston Lager. A bit more approachability and ease of drinking would do it well.

OVERALL: I know the Jack's Abby fanboys are eager to clap them on the back for another traditional lager well done, but I have reservations. Frankly, AB-InBev's Freedom/Discovery reserve series amber lagers were a fair bit more drinkable even if their depth of flavour wasn't quite as impressive, and I do think Sam Adams Boston Lager is a more mellow expression of the style as well. Price alone will have East Coast amber lager fans preferring Yuengling. As much as I respect a good lager well done, I don't count this as amongst Jack Abby's best beers personally - though I'll enjoy working my way through the sixer paired with salted pretzels.

Low B- (3.3) / WORTHY



Nov 28, 2020
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moodenba from New York

3.68/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Jack's Abby growler purchased in Nov., 2020. Poured at about 50. The body is a deep gold, with a nice white head, leaving little lacing. Aroma is slightly sweet malty. Flavor is a good balance of roasted malt and moderate hoppy bitterness. My personal take is that the brew is good, but is possibly a little drier than I prefer.

Nov 26, 2020
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Gajo74 from New York

4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From the can, pours a clear copper color. A thumbnail length foam head displays good retention.

The aromas showcase bready, biscuity and caramel malt. They emit a sweetness that is aided by hints of fruity and floral hops.

Opens sweetly with an emphasis on malts. Flavors of bready, toasted and biscuity malts, as well as notes of caramel and honey. A gentle touch of hops bitterness provides good balance along with fruity and floral hops flavors and earthy and woodsy spices.

Medium bodied with a crisp mouthfeel and chewy malts. The carbonation is lively. The finish is carb crisp and clean.

These guys (Jack’s Abby) are great. I continue to be impressed by their outstanding lagers, and this one’s no exception.

Nov 05, 2020
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AccipiterofBeer from New York

3.62/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a shaker pint.

L: 3.25 lighter than expected. Light amber with a small head. Ample carbonation.
S: 3 like Yuengling, can't pick up much. Watered hops.
T: 3.75 more complex than Yuengling. Caramel malts. Light hops.
F: 4.5 light bodied, almost watery. Goes down easier than a light lager.
O: 3.75 solid Amber lager.

Sep 19, 2020
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Bouleboubier from New Jersey

4.12/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

(16 oz can, canned 06 30 20; purchased single off shelf... poured into 14 oz mug)

L: polished-clear, burnt-orange/amber liquid; fleeting foamy suds... no head retention to speak of, let alone lacing/collar

S: toasted caramel, lightly-roasty brown malt, hints of baked pear/apple, herbal/earthy hops... little apparent sweetness... inviting, bread-crusty display... grassy, bready essence wafts up out from the back of the nose holes

T: somewhere in between a Yuengling traditional and a German import Oktoberfest, leaning toward the latter with its roasty/toasty, sweety-malty elements... toasty, herbal bitterness thrusts forward in the aftertaste 2 sips in; bit of honeyish caramel malt lingering at the back of the palate

F: bit of silky chub to its body, but its bitter bite and lively, sharp bubbles provide a nice sting and lift... the post-sip leaves a little residual lip-smacky-ness up front, but the back of the palate maintains a prickly warmth

O: heard about this I believe on a Brewbound podcast... very nice amber lager - bold, brawny, and biting... rather reminds me of something I'd repeatedly swill on draft at a raucous, dirty dive bar... I may up my marks on this with subsequent samplings (1680)

Sep 14, 2020
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Brad007 from Vermont

4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Canned 6/30/20. Pours a reddish-copper hue with a frothy head. I love the name. Sweet and malty with minimal hop presence in the nose. The taste is lightly toasted and sweet. It has a clean finish and I really like how it cleansed my palate. You can find it in the most recent mixed packs.

Sep 05, 2020
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hopsputin from New Jersey

4.57/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a: light amber color with a hint of ruby red and purple. head poured 3 finger but settles at a frothy 1 finger light tan head. almost looks like the surface of the Moon

s: nice sweet malts and lager spice upfront. earthy grass, light piney hops. some sweet caramel and fresh biscuits. a little bit of pepper spice at the back too

t: sweet malts, and a mild earthy hop bitterness upfront. nice lager spice, pepper, and sweet caramel behind that. some tea leaf and resin. finish is sweet malt and that distinct lager crispness. fantastic

m: medium mouthfeel with moderate carbonation

o: you're always a bit skeptical with such high-ranked beers, but this one definitely delivers for the style. impeccable representation. excellent use of malt and hops

Aug 29, 2020
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SmashAdams from New Jersey

4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is to an Oktoberfest like what an APA is to an IPA. As always with Jacks Abby we get a well crafted very solid lager. Light an easy drinking but definitely more depth and maltiness than House Lager. Kind of in the middle of House Lager and Copper Legend. Tasty on a summer day. yb

Aug 28, 2020
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Jwale73 from Rhode Island

4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. can served in a tulip nonic. Pours a light, translucent copper with hie a loose, 1/8th inch, off-white head embedded with pinpricks and ringlets. Nose expresses traces of caramel malt and noble hops. Taste consistent with nose with a little crackery/bready quality. Mouthfeel is light in body with a crisp carbonation. Overall, pretty drinkable and flavorful - reminds me a bit of a less malty Marzen.

Aug 25, 2020
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MacMalt from New Jersey

4.17/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Canned on 6/4/2020. Poured into a pint glass. It's lovely amber color with slight orange and rosy hues. It sports a substantial, foamy, ecru-colored cap and a thin film of soapy lacing. An attractive pour. The smell is mild with toasted malt, grain, caramel, molasses, and earthy nuts. The taste opens with a nice balance of caramel malt with a hint of honey, and dry wholegrain toast and nuts. There is also a hint of spice and bitterness at the finish. It's nuanced and very tasty. The mouth feel is moderate the the carbonation and after initial effervescence the carbonation settles nicely. With a mouth feel of 5.3% ABV it's highly drinkable. Overall, I enjoyed this considerably. It's both flavorful and easy to drink. It's perfect for casual outside consumption but it has enough flavor to accompany any grilled cuisine. Finally, you cannot beat the price point for the 6 pack of 16 oz. cans.

Aug 20, 2020
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hoptheology from South Dakota

3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz can from Evan, canned 6/3/20, into Goose Island NP.

Wow. A really nice semi-transparent amber-gold with certain streaks of ruby when light hits it just right. Has a fuzzy head of 1 finger in the nonic, and recedes to about 1/4 finger leaving just enough to probably give me a little lip stache.

Aroma is toasted grains all around with a little bit of honey sweetness. What adds to this is that from the can, I get a wonderful fresh cut grass aroma.

Flavor is a touch offensive at first, bringing bitter stinging dried herbs but that falls away quickly to sweet toasted grain, hints of honey, crisp cardboard, and then some floral hop and fresh cut grass. The hops numb the tip of the tongue after the swallow.

The mouthfeel is crisp, lightly oily, a little resinous, with a moderately starchy finish. Alcohol is not felt in the mouth but rather in the gut.

Overall a really solid amber lager with pleasant toasted notes and a great balance of cut and dried herbs and grass. I don't drink amber lagers often, but this is quality stuff here.

Would trade for again : as an extra maybe

Aug 19, 2020
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HoppingMadMonk from New Jersey

4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Around a medium body with about the same for carbonation
Aroma is malt,caramel, grain/cracker, some nuttiness.
Taste is malt, nutty grain cracker, floral.
For some reason I'm not describing this beer properly as its a really great lager. This is one of my new favorites for good reason

Aug 16, 2020
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LeRose from Massachusetts

4.21/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep amber beer with a white creamy three finger head that laces spectacularly. It eventually falls to a foamy ring. It is a visual beauty. I hope it is more than eye candy.

The aroma is malty, a bit sweet on the brown sugar molasses line, but also a more fragrant honey note floats along the top. Ever so light presence of a floral hop.

The taste is slightly sweet and more like caramel. Malty, yet not a complete malt bomb. Just sweet enough. The floral hops are assertive enough to offset the malt flavors, perfect complement. There is a bit of nuttiness reminiscent of hazelnuts, and just enough bitterness to provide a clean finish and tie everything together.

Medium bodied, slightly dry finish. It is smooth and a little creamy, carbonation is on point - could have been too tingly if it was even slightly overdone. Very drinkable and would be a good accompaniment for damn near anything or just to drink on its own.

This is a very nice, flavorful lager from the old school. Brewing should be about making great beers, and this is a fine example. Not trendy, but a very well made beer that I feel showcases the brewer's art. If you see this one, try it. I doubt you will be disappointed.

Aug 09, 2020
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Parmesan from Colorado

4.19/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L:. Pours a dark Amber orange with a large fizzy tan head that dissipates rather quickly. A little bit of lacing.

S:. Sweet caramel, a bit of nuttiness and sweet malt, a lighter floral hop, this is what I expect in a Amber lager.

T:. Fresh toasted bread, a hint of peanut brittle and caramel and a light slightly bitter floral hop. Very enjoyable and drinkable.

F:. Light to medium body, nice and easy drinking

O:. Another great lager from Jack's Abbey.

Aug 05, 2020
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Bluecrow from New York

4.19/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The can pour Is clear brown-amber with a 1 cm cap of fine foam.
The aroma is of malt and toffee.
The flavor is full with cracker and bread flavors from the malt, caramel and nutty notes and some woody hop influences.
The finish is crisp and relatively dry.
This is a superb amber ale.

Jul 30, 2020
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