Jabby Brau | Jack's Abby Brewing

BA SCORE
88
very good
686 Ratings
Jabby BrauJabby Brau
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Jack's Abby Brewing
Massachusetts, United States
jacksabbybrewing.com

Style: American Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Deep golden in color, this low ABV lager balances Pilsner and Munich malt with an aromatic American hop aroma. This beer starts hoppy but finishes unexpectedly malty with very low bitterness. Impressively flavorful and drinkable for the lightest beer we brew. We dub this beer a "Session Lager," as we once again brew a lager in a beer style of its own. Uses local Soft Red Winter Wheat from Four Star Farms.

20 IBU

Added by jlindros on 01-15-2012

BEER STATS
Ratings:
686
Reviews:
127
Avg:
3.93
pDev:
10.18%
 
 
Wants:
41
Gots:
90
For Trade:
2
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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of Lone_Freighter
4.24/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This was poured into a pilsener glass. The appearance was a slight hazy bronzed yellow color with a fast rising carbonation rising to fill a two finger white foamy head that dissipated at a nice pace. Lacing was mainly speckled in a messy sort of way. The smell started off with sweet freshly cut grass running into slight sweet citrusy notes. The taste was moderately grassy sweet. A dry sweet semi-grassy aftertaste slides into the finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light on the body with a nice sessionability about it. Carbonation runs really light for this one. I’m not minding that. A sweet sticky dryness clings to my tongue nicely. Overall, this was a pretty nice American Pale lager that I would have again and definitely would be nice with its respected food.

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Photo of brureview
4.23/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer poured a clear gold color with a 3 fingered head in a pint glass.

Very attractive gold color. The mouth feel is very balanced.
The beer tastes hoppy at the beginning and evolves into a nice smooth finish.

Overall a worthwhile beer to drink in the summer.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
4.21/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a golden yellow color with a fingers worth of head that fizzles down to a cap fairly quickly but retains that for a while

S: Some maltiness and lightly spicy and earthy hops stand out, along with a light fruitiness

T: Follows the nose. Hearty and husky malts with a touch of graininess starts things off, followed by the hops which are earthy and spicy. Finishes with a hint of wheat and grains

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: Another solid brew from JA. Doesn't look or feel like a light "session" beer, but given the 4.5% there is no arguing that it is. Plenty flavorful and very affordable. Get some

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4.2/5  rDev +6.9%

Photo of Wasatch
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to portia99 for this brew.

Poured into a Squatters True Pint glass a very nice dark golden yellow color, very nice carbonation, with a nice one-finger white creamy head, with some nice sticky lacing left behind. The nose is hoppy, malty, slight citrus note. The taste is malty, with a nice hop note. A very nice smooth session brew, many can be had. Almost half gone in a matter of minutes. Medium body, like the label sez, starts off hoppy, finishes malty, with some slight bitterness. Overall a very nice brew for a hot day. Thanks Bill!

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4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a 2.5" white head with decent lifespan. The body is a clear straw yellow but with more radiance than typical. It smells a little of malt and a lot of citrusy piney hops, already much more to this than your typical lager. The taste flips with a little citrusy piney hops followed by a lot of malt. Nice long nutty lager finish. Dare to say this brewery claims to specialize in lagers and it shows, and yes I'm proud this is a local brewer to my state.

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4.19/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of oline73
4.18/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a Chimay goblet.

Appearance: The beer pours a cloudy amber color with a nice golden hue. There is a half finger of fluffy white head that fades to a nice layer on top of the pour.

Smell: The smell is rather mild with a bready malt note and some mild hops. Just a touch of sweetness from the grain.

Taste: I'm getting more here than I expected from the smell. There is a nice citrus peel hop profile, but I wouldn't call this a hoppy beer. Behind the hops is a very nice bready malt note. This is amazingly easy to drink.

Mouthfeel: The body is just on the light side of medium with foamy carbonation and a slightly dry finish.

Overall: The balance of this beer is spot on. So easy to drink. I would definitely say this is a winner.

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4.17/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On tap at The Old Toad in Rochester, NY during their Jack's Abby release event.

Pours a clear yellow, with a small white head of about a half inch. Good lacing down the glass.

Aromas are very floral, with some citrus in the background, along with some sweet grain.

The taste is pretty similar. Pleasant, mild floral hop bite upfront, balanced with grain sweetness on the back end. Some citrus flavors, orange mainly, also come in to play. Some wheat flavors are noticeable as well, adding some bitterness.

Light bodied, very drinkable. Crisp, smooth mouthfeel. Well carbonated.

A great easy drinking session lager from Jack's Abby. Their flagship, I believe.

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4.17/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I got my first taste of Jack's Abby on draft over Easter weekend in Boston and I was able to pick up a couple of bottles to bring back to Pennsylvania with me.

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a Pilsner Urquell glass.

Appearance: Beer pours a hazy, unfiltered gold. Tight clusters of tiny bubbles cling to the sides of the glass. The head is a thin, bright white layer of much larger bubbles. The head recedes quickly leaving a little bit of lacing.

Smell: Nice dose of piney hops on the front of the nose followed by a faint scent of biscuity malts. Very enticing

Taste: The taste is not as bold and aggressive as the nose who indicate. The sip starts off with some nice hops bitterness. There's some citrus notes in the middle before finishing with some cereal grains.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied and crisp. At 4.5%, this one is very sessionable. It's refreshing as hell. I'm enjoying it very much.

Overall: I'm really digging everything I've had so far from Jack's Abby and this is no exception. I love having a beer with so much flavor and so little alcohol. A great session beer.

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4.17/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle from 4-pack. Poured into Founders snifter.

A- Pours a translucent yellowish golden with about a quarter finger of white head that has good retention and slowly recedes. About average carbonation.

S- Some lemon zest, grapefruit, oranges, very fruity but a little bit more malts then hops, definitely above average aroma strength. Very nice and appealing smell for the style.

T- Lemons, clementines, some light hops, pale malts, finishes with smooth sweet lemons.

M- Medium bodied, refreshing, easy to drink, average carbonation.

O- This was very good for a sessionable American Pale lager. Lots of flavor and tons of nice fruity flavors that balance very well with the pale malts. Definitely one of my favorite lagers and $11/4-pack of 500ml bottles you definitely can't go wrong. Definitely recommend trying this. Jack's Abby makes some great lagers.

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4.16/5  rDev +5.9%

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4.16/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Hopdaemon39
4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a .5 liter bottle into a pilsner- pours a clear golden yellow, visibly effervescent, nice 1.5 finger head, good retention, nice lacing.

Smell is very enticing- nice spicy hop character (piney- reminds me of amarillo hops) and a hint of wheat and yeast.

Taste is not quite as bold as scent led me to believe- round wheat/barley flavor with a TINY amount of hops floating above. A little lemon in the middle, succeeded by a an earthy yeast flavor. Not particularly bold but nice.

Mouthfeel is of course incredibly light- extra light body with moderate to full carbonation. A little resin-y but pretty negligible. Good session beer and you can't beat the price.

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4.13/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a pilsner style glass.

Deep orange amber, to pale golden yellow body color. Real dark and impressive for a classic lager, with some mild amounts of carbonation, and a good simple two finger creamy head. Bit of staying power there as well, as it slowly settles to one finger.

Real big caramel sweetness, but with a clean aroma. Mild grains and a bit of light brown sugar quality to go with it. Not big on the hop angle, if very indistinct. Some mild clean grapefruit perhaps kicking out.

Palate is quite nice and simple. Clean caramel, almost bock like but considerably lighter in flavor and feel. Almost chewy body, but with lighter abv seems to come much easier drinking, but not wet or washed out which is a good feeling. Muted hop quality, but definitely more going for the malt angle which is done real nicely.

Reminds me of a sessionable lighter version of a bock, real solid brew.

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4.13/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MasterSki
4.13/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to gn0sis for this one. Served in a pilsner glass.

A - Classic looking American lager, with a few fingers of white foam that slowly settles to a chunky cap and splotches of lace. Transparent golden body with streams of bubbles racing upward.

S - Spicy and floral hops, with perhaps a touch of citrus in there as well. Some toasted grains and wheat, as well as light biscuit in the malt bill. Fairly potent aroma for a 4.5% brew.

T - The taste has a bit more biscuity Pilsner malt and bread to it, in addition to the floral and citrus hop flavors. Fairly present bitterness for a 20 IBU pale lager, but nothing excessive.

M - Super dry and crisp, with moderate carbonation, medium-light body, and some residual hop oils and resins.

D - This is pretty much what I want from an American Pale Lager. Drinks like a really clean blend of American and English Pale Ales. Crushable at 4.5%, albeit significantly more subtle than Hoponius Union. This might be a good way to win over lovers of fizzy yellow beer.

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Jabby Brau from Jack's Abby Brewing
3.93 out of 5 based on 686 ratings.
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