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Jack's Abby Brewing

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Jack's Abby Brewing
Massachusetts, United States
American Amber / Red Lager
Ranked #4
Ranked #12,737
3.96 | pDev: 9.85%
Feb 18, 2024
Jan 24, 2020
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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Reviewed by JokersAce

4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Completely caramel in color with a frothing lasting white head. Tastes like a caramelized pilsner. Roastedish malts with a dry hopped bite. Quite nice actually. Distinct from a Vienna style lager, but also distinct from a general type of lager as well.
Feb 18, 2024
Rated by FRANKHAZE from Florida

4.28/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Nice malty slightly hoppy. Delicious stuff!!
Feb 12, 2024
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Reviewed by QuietlyJudgingYou

4.29/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25
Appearance: Pours a hazy looking light amber color with a big off white head.
Smell: Caramel, grainy, tea, slightly herbal.
Taste: Light caramel, toast, peanut. The hops are faint and taste a little herbal to me, the way they blend with the malt almost gives the impression of some red apple sweetness. More on the sweet side than bitter but I would not call this a sweet beer.
Feel: Light to medium bodied, creamy, well carbonated.
Overall: Very nicely balanced, I recommend.
Jan 12, 2024
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Reviewed by Gatch from Massachusetts

4.27/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
From draft at The Hourly Oyster House in Harvard Square. Pretty solid list of taps. Haven’t had this style in a long time. And an unfiltered hoppy Amber at that. Jacks Abby did well here. Rich, malty, hoppy. Exactly as expected and delicious.
Jan 04, 2024
Rated: 4.45 by rrella

Dec 04, 2023
Rated: 4.13 by MrDarcy from Massachusetts

Sep 23, 2023
Rated: 4.19 by The_Kriek_Freak from Pennsylvania

Sep 19, 2023
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Reviewed by Cathartes from Massachusetts

3.96/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Drinking on the national day of Massachusetts in my home state of Massachusetts.

12 oz can acclimated to 42°F and poured into a pilsner glass.

Pours a somewhat hazy rust color, with amber peaking through the sides. Produces a relatively short lived, 1.5-2 finger white head, leaving a foamy ring of lacing.

Initial aroma is coffee malts with notes of chocolate malts, they're surprisingly strong, too. Dominating the whole field. After agitating, yeast and some funk come forward.

Initial taste before swallowing is coffee malt and lightly bitter hops. After swallowing I'm met with a surprisingly sweet maltiness with a big caramel taste. Getting further in the caramel gives way to a malty, vague cocoa taste with an amount of burns that feels right. Additionally, having gotten further, I notice an almost smoky or meaty quality in the lowest area of the mouth in the aftertaste, very nice.

Mouthfeel is slightly rough or choppy, but the carbonation is frothy and pleasant.

Overall this surprised me, I wasn't expecting such big flavors. The flavors present were mightily pleasing, and worked well together. It honestly felt like half lager half stout, without being a black lager. Jack's Abby impresses me again.

Likely to buy again at some point, and recommend if the style comes up in conversation.
Aug 18, 2023
Rated: 2.34 by stephenlee93 from England

Jul 10, 2023
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Reviewed by DarkPassport

4.34/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Appearance: On draft at the bar into a cold pint glass. 1cm of dirty white head with lacing and weak retention except for the outer ring. Light brown/copper color and clear.

Aroma: Muffled malt and nuttiness. Sliced wheat bread. Reminds me of freshly unshelled peanuts at the bar or ballgame.

Taste: Malt-forward with a touch of toffee and caramel sweetness and the surprisingly tiniest bit of roast/coffee.

Feel: Light body with stickiness and medium carbonation.

Overall: This was a lovely beer that impressed in all the right places.
Jun 24, 2023
Rated: 4.42 by beerrat from Virginia

Jun 01, 2023
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Reviewed by beerthulhu from New Jersey

4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
A: A feverish pitch of macro-effervesce rains upwards pushing a three finger firm, tan head to a steadfast retention. Honestly the head didn't seem to budge til mid-drink. The coloring was amazing and beautiful, a deep copper penny-cranberry highlight. The beer coloring, head retention size, & firmness, as well the lively pitch of carbonation all combine for a perfect presentation per style. Hard to imagine one .

S: Sweet caramel and cherry skins are first on the nose. A bit of apple nuances with a fresh yeasty lager bite makes its awareness. Maybe some dried cranberry. Overall a decent individual awareness factor.

T: Flavor of sweet toasted apple and cereal grains follow the nose. Cherry and dried cranberry skins with a yeasty after bite. Some flowery-vine like hoppiness off sets the sweet toasty speciality grain malting with a respectable bitterness on the swallow.

M: Lively carbonation, bready and toasty feel is viscose with lots of body depth. Sharp and edgy.

O: I really loved the sweet toasted grain base and edgy flowery hop bitterness. Presentation was a perfect show and visual per style and generally overall. Move over Sam Adams, Bostons' got a new favorite lager. Great drinkability.
May 01, 2023
Rated: 3.55 by JonnyCastle from Massachusetts

Feb 27, 2023
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Reviewed by SLeffler27 from New York

3.91/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Fills a Pretentious Glass Company American Lager Pint with an old copper to Corten steel golden rust (SRM 14-16). It has a chill haze, much like dark sun tea. A thin head of fine bubbles produces a short-lived, light beige cap. Swarms of fine carbonation rapidly rise within, and spotty lace leaves a trail after each sip.

The aroma is rich, with nutty malt and light sweetness. Lightly toasted white bread follows, giving way to toffee and figs.

Malt dominates with sweetness up front, while bitterness builds late and into a long finish. The toffee, nuts, and toast are controlled within each sip. Bitterness adds a mild astringency that detracts. Warmth amplifies the nut skins.

A medium to full body with a woolly texture and alcohol as expected. The carbonation is moderately fizzy. I'm not getting any crispness, as it becomes dry with warmth.

This is a suitable drinking beer for a couple of rounds after work. I'm enjoying it while watching the Yankees shellac the Red Sox and think a hot pretzel would improve the experience.
Feb 12, 2023
Rated: 3.53 by O-Meg from New York

Feb 10, 2023
Rated: 2.85 by Arg914 from New York

Feb 09, 2023
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Rated by Captain69 from Illinois

3.96/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
smooth lightly malty lager great refreshing taste
Dec 08, 2022
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Reviewed by DaveMaciolek21 from New Jersey

3.79/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Chestnut colored beer with an off-white head that stands firm. The best qualities of an amber lager are here--caramel and toffee malt flavor, a nice hop counterbalance, nothing overdone. So many ambers lean too heavily on malt; this one is balanced. Really solid effort, as per usual with Jack's.
Nov 29, 2022
Rated: 4 by TeachChefs from Pennsylvania

Nov 28, 2022
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Reviewed by AZgman from Arizona

4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
A very nice amber that reminds me of an English brown. Very mild and easy to drink. It doesn't displace something like a Sam Smith's nut brown, but it is a nice attempt by Jack's.
Nov 27, 2022
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