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Mom & Pop's Wet Hop Lager | Jack's Abby Brewing

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Mom & Pop's Wet Hop LagerMom & Pop's Wet Hop Lager
BEER INFO

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

Style: American Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
Using 100% locally-sourced ingredients, this lager features hops grown by our Mom and Pop on the family farm in VT, and MA-born hops too. Malted barley and unmalted spelt and wheat provide the finishing touches for this all-local brew. A mild, earthly hop aroma mixes well with malty cereal notes. Not to be confused as an extra hoppy beer, this is a nicely balanced and pleasantly hopped lager.

13 IBU

Added by PeterIngemi on 09-20-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Reviews:
36
Ratings:
178
Avg:
3.7
pDev:
23.78%
 
 
Wants:
4
Gots:
6
For Trade:
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Reviews: 36 | Ratings: 178
Photo of jlindros
3.7/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Took me a little longer than I thought to get to sample this one. But at last I finally get to it.

Big creamy 1 finger fluffy head fades fairly slowly with some foamy lacing, over hazy golden honey colored beer.

Nose light wet hops, a little grassy, hint of tropical fruit and citrus like, little floral and aromatic, some light resin and oily hop like aromas, light fluffy golden malt, a hint of lager yeast fruity like additions and almost a lemony floral saison aroma.

Taste crisp to start, some bready biscuit malts, light golden malts, little hay and wheat almost pilsner malt, light grainy wheat saison like flavor, light lager yeast crispness and little fruitiness. The hops are light again, little musty resinous bitterness, light spicy floral hops, touch grassy, just a little fruity hop, some citrus and light resin, and just a bit of oil. Finish is dry and crisp, floral hops, airy, little bitterness, light lemony zest, little grassy lingering.

Mouth is med to lighter bodied, decent carb.

Overall OK but not great. It's a decent base, but the hops don't seem to come through as much as they could, even for wet hops. The malt and lager base is nice, and the interesting light saison like twist is nice as well, but the hops just don't do it.

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Slight chill haze on a gold beer. Head is small, bright-white, and drops to a tiny cap in short order. No lacing, no retention. Moderate carbonation from the pour.

Smell: Grass, hay, light hints of earthy and herbal hops. Incredibly mild and delicate hop profile. Slightly damp. Sweet pale malts, mild toasted edge. Some underlying roastiness, but it's buried. Big hits of cereal grains. Nicely hopped. More earthy than herbal as it warms. Touches of wheat brighten it up a bit.

Taste: Wheat and a slightly damp, hay, grass, earthy hopping. Almost comes across as a kristalweizen. Incredibly pale malts. Some underlying toasted edges. Grass and doughy malts. Some cracker-like malts as well. Nice underlying lager yeast. Mild estery notes. Some apple and pear.

Mouthfeel: Light side of moderate body. Crisp, clean, and slightly dry.

Overall: Hells yeah local lagers!

A nicely hopped American lager. Doesn't go too far any direction. Easy drinking, extremely clean and fresh. This is a drinking lager.

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Photo of scottfrie
3.93/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle into SN tulip pint glass. Thanks Michael!

A: Pours a lightly hazy glowing golden with a finger of bubbly white head that faded into a thin, long lasting film.
S: Light notes of lager yeast and dry grains. Hops are not very potent, but I get a hint of lemon. Chalky smelling as well.
T: Flavorful but light all-around. Toasted grains, lager yeast, hints of lemon, apricot and peach, with a clean finish and slightly spicy and earthy aftertaste. Hops ad
M: Nice and smooth full body for the style with a creamy and drying mouthfeel. Carbonation is soft and fluffy. Drinks very well.
O: A flavorful lager with a great mouthfeel. Jack’s Abby does it again. That’s SneezyAchew.

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Photo of smcolw
3.34/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Moderate head which leaves some blanketing lace. Golden color with a mild chill haze.

The smell is a blend of neutral bitter hop and an earthy, lightly sour, malt. Seems off to me.

The taste is better than the smell--there's a solid malt base with a touch crystal toastiness. The hop provides balance but not much more. The aftertaste is brief but pleasant. Very rich body with a high level of carbonation.

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Photo of OtherShoe2
3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours medium yellow with a slight head. Skim retention. No lace.

Mild bready and yeast/raw wheat aroma. Slight citric note.

Pure clean lager. Light malt, light bitterness, bready middle, light bitter again in the finish. Lacks intensity but has nice clean flavors. Not super crisp. Solid well made beer. This would be great for pairing with food, but maybe for the wrong reasons.

Medium body, firm carbonation.

Very drinkable -- I could do these all night. Not intense or unique. Well made, middle of the road lager. Can't hate it; gateway beer to better craft brew. Will introduce to folks who I know that pray to the BMC gods.

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Photo of johnnnniee
4.12/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear medium golden color with a bone white head that slowly dissipates to a cap. Smells of sweet and bready pilsner malt with a bit of a freshly cut grain aroma and a hint of floral hops to round everything out. The flavor is bready and pilsner like with a bit of cracker and sweetness that lets you know there's something just a touch different here. Spicy earthy hops provide a balance in the flavor. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a sweet slick mouthfeel. Another great lager from Jack's!

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Photo of stonermouse
3.35/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Excited for another offering from these guys. Poured into a standard pint glass.

Pours yellow, clear and clean. Slight lacing with minimal head.

The aroma is all lager. I detect a bit of Budweiser here, with a bit alcohol sharpness and a touch of damp basement. It's all mild and not as off-putting as it sounds.

The taste is not the hop wallop I expected, what with hop cones occupying much of the front of the label. This is a very standard, mostly average pale lager. It has a solid body, and showcases their lager yeast quite nicely. There is very minimal hop impression here. I detect a touch of banana and a bit of ricey-ness. I'd say if you want to sample what a good, solid standard lager tastes like, this is a decent representation. But it doesn't quite meet expectations.

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Photo of Dools9
3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a shaker pint.

A: Pours with a finger of soapy, sudsy white head. Color is a slightly hazy, dark gold. Nice lace, retains with a half inch.

S: Lots of earth, barley malt, cereal, and an overall clean graininess. Mild citrus lingers in the back. A very clean lagery profile, but not in a bad way by any means.

T: Bready, doughy malt upfront. Lots of toasty, cereal grain and a nice earthy, grassy, and mildly citrusy hop. Very clean and fresh flavor profile.

M: Medium, smooth body. Carbonation is good but not overly zingy. Its a very refreshing beer.

O: Another lager done right by Jack's Abby. Don't expect it to be anything like Hoponious Union however, this one stays a bit more true to the APL style. That being said, its a solid, clean, refreshing beer and one that might be a good intro to craft.

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Photo of pschul4
4.05/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big ups to celticfutblclub for this!

A- Pours a dark golden with a good amount of head and lacing, lets go with a half inch

S- Immidiately declares that it is a lager, which is not a bad thing by any means. Lots of malts and just a touch of hops. Looking forward to tasting this one

T- Very interesting I'll give it that. Lager yeast and pale malts are the big hitters here. Tiny pick of hops in the end. I like maltier beers so this is going well with me

M- Super smooth, best part of the beer

O- Really glad I got to try this one. Nothing amazing but its a unique style

Thanks Alan!

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Photo of Gatch
4.05/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

September 2012

Read the description and the style here, people. Just because Hoponius Union and RIPL Effect are big hop-bombs and this is labeled as a "Wet Hop Lager" doesn't mean they're supposed to be the same beers. This is an American Pale Lager, after all. Although I was surprised by the first sip because I hadn't read the text on the side of the label, this is still a very fine brew.

A: Golden-yellow in color with a bubbly, tall, white head leaving behind no lace or retention.

S: Straw, hay, earth, barn, cereal grains, lightly roasted malt, and a hint of hops.

T: Similar to the nose. Cereal grains stand out but it doesn't detract from the beer. It's part of the style. Faint hop finish that leaves a pleasant lingering aftertaste.

M: Properly carbonated, full of flavor, and a easy to drink. That's how Jack's Abby does it. Sure this beer doesn't stand up to a hoppy IPA or wet-hopped Pale Ale, but it's fine for what it is.

O: As far as the style goes, this is top notch. Recommended.

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Photo of rinhaak
3.63/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light, hazy golden yellow with a fine head. Has a very doughy aroma with hints of lemon, mold, and bog. Lots of cereal grain in the mouth, bordering on rice cakes. The hops take a back seat here, and really compliment the maltiness.

It's a well made beer, though personally not one of my favorite Jack's Abby beers.

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Photo of Auror
3.9/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled in September 2012 and consumed less than a week after it hit shelves.

Appearance- Poured with an abundant sized effervescent head that diminished fairly quickly to leave a very marginal halo of foam. Pale golden, no evident sediment

Smell- Dank hops, bread dough, pears, a bit of must, citrus notes

Taste- Starts with a bit of floral hops, which fade fairly rapidly into a decidedly sweet, bready finish. Almost no bitterness at first, but slowly builds as you drink and it warms. Fairly plain taste, but not unpleasant.

Mouthfeel- Smooth in the mouth, but a bit thin in the body. Carbonation level is nice, just shy of prickly.

Overall- Although it's not labeled as such (that moniker belongs to Jabby Brau), this is one of the best "session" beers I've had. It's abv is pretty much right there too. It goes down very easily, and the as-you-go bitterness keeps the beer interesting until the bottom of the glass. This is the opposite of a sipper, I found myself continually taking gulps.

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Photo of Kinsman
3.86/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden straw color with a beautiful bright white head on top. Aroma gives off a nice malty and slightly sweet grain note underlying a nice floral and slightly spicy hop note.

Light and crisp on the palate with a tasty cereal malt character thats balanced well by the fresh earthy and herbal hop flavors. Not quite as much punch from the hops as I would have liked but still a pleasant and very drinkable lager.

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Photo of Dope
3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very fresh, bottle is dated September 2012.

A: Pours a hazy golden with a good sized fizzy white head. Fades away somewhat slowly, leaving moderate streaks of lacing on the glass.

S: Lots of sweet cereal grain and a bit of earthiness. A little bit of sharp sulfur in there. Mild and simple.

T: Fresh grassy and earthy hops mixes with more cereal grain. Sweet in the middle but a little bitter and drying in the finish.

M: Medium bodied, a little sticky.

O: A very mellow lager from Jack's Abby. It's very simple, pretty much cereal and some mild earthy and grassy hops. Similar to a mild english pale ale. Very fresh, refreshing and drinkable.

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Photo of tzieser
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: poured from a typical JA 500ml bottle into a rock art pint. golden in color with a bit of haze. white head that slowly settles into a thin lacing

s: skunky hop aroma, but i dont mean that in a bad way. you can also get some notes of grain in the nose

t: earthy hop flavor but not too strong (not supposed to be like it says on the label). still getting that skunky hop flavor but i enjoy it. its definitely not due to age or mishandling. it was bottled on september 2012. great complex malt profile. cereal like grain flavor. enjoyable and balanced all around.

m: well carbonated.

reminds me of a good euro pale lager but earned some extra points for all those local ingrediants. thoroughly enjoyed this one but could see how some may not. recommended if your a big lager fan like me.

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Photo of PeterIngemi
3.58/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a .5lt bottle into a dfh snifter

A: pours a very nice hazy golden orange with half a finger of white head that leavs some nice lacing.

S: the most prominent notes I get are cereal grain Malts and a touch of earthy hops, I was hoping for a more hop forward nose, even though the label warned against that...

T: taste is much like the nose here, lager yeast notes and lightly toasted cereal grain along with some earthy hop notes

M: light medium body with medium Carbination.

O: was not a huge fan of this one.

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