Jabby Brau | Jack's Abby Brewing

BA SCORE
88
very good
685 Ratings
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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:
685
Reviews:
127
Avg:
3.93
pDev:
10.18%
 
 
Wants:
41
Gots:
90
For Trade:
2
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This is the best bottled lager I've ever had. Also, it's consistently delicious.

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4.47/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a beautiful dark golden color with a one-finger head into my glass. I love that it looks so crisp and ready to burst with flavor.

Sweet, creamy and grainy malt makes an impression upon my nose. Mouth is watering already at the flavor within.

Crisp and flavorful with just the right touch of sweetness. "Chewy" comes to mind. I know that this is a taboo thing to say in a review but it is definitely smooth.

Minimal hop bite in the mouthfeel compliments the rest of the flavors. Goes down without a hitch. Carbonation is well-done too.

This would be awesome in a can. It's most certainly worth picking up and would go down well after a long day of yard work.

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4.47/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pale, straw-yellow with a fluffy, foamy, white head. No lace or retention.

S: Pleasant sweet, pale malt, grass, and good hop aromas.

T: Sweet, bready, lightly roasted malt with good hop flavor in the finish. Refreshing. Crisp. A joy to drink.

M: Carbonation is spot-on, flavors are great, and drinkability is high, as it should be.

O: A fantastic example of the style. Easily one of the best that I've tried. Another fine beer from Jack's Abby!

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4.45/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

L – Pale gold color with a 2-finger frothy white head. Great retention and lacing. Clear with lots of bubbles.

S – Grainy malt with a very healthy dose of citrusy and floral hops, especially given that this is a session lager.

T – Sweet biscuity and grainy malt progressing to smoothly bitter hops with mostly grapefruit and orange notes.

F – Light-to-medium-bodied with great prickly carbonation, a smooth and crisp mouthfeel, and a mildly bitter finish.

O – This is a fantastic lager with a ton of flavor for a session beer. This is really a fantastic beer. I know that there are a lot of beer enthusiasts out there that aren’t quite sold on lagers. This one should change their mind.

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4.45/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is an exceptional beer. Tremendously drinkable, it is an ideal summer session ale.

Pouring crystal clear, immaculately clean, with a fantastic foamy head that lingers throughout the glass, it has a wonderful aroma of hops. Not a complex smell, just plain hops, right up front, embracing your nose with a fresh ray of sunshine.

The mouth is quite amazing. A lot of tangerine citrus up front which yields to a dark malt backbone. A startling feature considering the tremendously light nature of the pour. Finishing dry, it leaves you immediately wanting another sip.

Low alcohol but plenty of flavor (and a very affordable price of $3/bottle), you can easily enjoy a few of these in one sitting and not feel it in the head or the wallet. It is definitely a beer worth drinking, and one I look forward to drinking again and again.

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4.44/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice light IPA... Very refreshing

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look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The beer pours a pink-tinted yellow-gold with a huge head on top that sits as just slightly off-white in color with some creamy and soapy bubbles. The beer’s body is really quite clean with a slow but steady flow of bubbles traveling to replenish the head. The beer’s lacing is fat and poofy, like little clouds leaving a patchwork on my glass. On the nose, the beer smells clean but surprisingly layered and nuanced for this style of beer. It smells like spicy wheat bread alongside light touches of citrus and pine. The spice in the smell actually reminds me of rye, which is odd but quite intriguing. The grainy wheat bread smell has lovely light nuances of caramel and cereal grains, which further add to the complexity of the smells. On the tongue, the beer’s taste follows the nose and adds to it with decadent cereal grain and wheat notes, and very light kiss of hops to balance the beer out. This is what a pale lager should taste like! The taste begins with a citrus pine bite that has you thinking IPA, but that is quickly gentled and washed away by sweet wheat flake flavors which blossom into caramelly and cereal flavors with a touch of succulent wood flavoring that mellows the sweet beautifully. Underneath everything the hop bitters continue to act as a beautiful stabilizer for this beer, while hardly effecting the flavor at all. The finish stays strong with the wheat flake flavoring, stepping beautifully into Kellog-zone while never getting too sweet, and remaining remarkably refreshing. The aftertaste is clean and light with tasty cereal and wheat notes. On the mouth, this beer feels lager clean, lager crisp, and lager refreshing. The beer’s body is light with just enough oomf to let you know you’re drinking something tasty. The wheat notes seem to add just a touch of syrupy body to the beer, which is lovely. After the beer leaves, the mouth is left clean with a light sheen of saliva that invites further sips. Overall this beer is amazingly tasty. I could knock this beer back all night and not feel bad. It’s sessionable and it’s tasty, which are not always the easiest things to marry together in a beer. Yet another success from Jack’s Abby; this beer’s flavors are sure to woo Ale fans, while its lager characteristics should appease even the acolytes of Bud-Heavy. Try this beer.

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Jabby Brau from Jack's Abby Brewing
3.93 out of 5 based on 685 ratings.
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