Fire In The Ham
Jack's Abby Brewing

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Jack's Abby Brewing
Massachusetts, United States
Lager - Rauchbier
Ranked #34
Ranked #18,822
3.84 | pDev: 12.24%
Feb 22, 2021
Oct 17, 2012
Very Good
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Notes: Caution! This is an intensely smokey lager similar to those found in Bamberg, Germany. Most of this brew's malt was dried over flaming beechwood, which ingrains unique smokey flavors. Aromas of campfires, smoked ham, and bacon dominate a soft malt and hop backbone. Although hard to believe, this beer is vegan friendly.

20 IBU
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4.02 by Manfrombelmonty from Massachusetts on Feb 22, 2021
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4.06/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by mikeinportc from New York

Translucent medium orangey-gold, with one finger of off-white head.

Smell indeed is smoked ham. There is a slight sweetness , as if the ham has a brown sugar glaze. The moderate smokey aroma becomes more pronounced as the head fades and the beer warms.

Taste is moderately smokey, slightly sweet grain, a slight bit of orange marmalade and baked apple, with a light taste of ham pan-drippings towards finish. A bit less sweet, and less smokey than the aroma. Lingering light bitterness, and bread crust flavor, give it a slight dryness at finish and beyond.

Feel is medium , with moderately soft , very fine carbonation bite.

Overall enjoyable, with just the right amount of smoke to be noticeable, but also let the other flavors shine through. If you're unsure about the idea of rauchbier, this would be a good one to try.

Dec 23, 2020
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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by hopalongcassidy2 from Massachusetts

My German brother-in-law introduced me to Schlenkerla Helles (the lightest of their smoked beers) last summer, and I've been a big fan ever since. So, when I saw this offering from Jack's Abby recently, I decided to try it and I was not disappointed! "Fire in the Ham" is wonderful, and reminds me a lot of Schlenkerla Helles. If you enjoy a light smoked flavor, this is one of the smoothest lagers you will ever taste

Dec 05, 2020
3.93 by wafers from New York on Nov 29, 2020
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3.96/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by Amendm from Florida

A strong pour from a 16-oz. can was needed to produce a finger of off-white creamy foam with long retention. Chill haze clears to a moderate haze, I can read large print through it. Light yellow straw color with a hint of orange.

Strong smell of smoky grilled ham, maple smoked bacon and distant burning wood. Bready malt and spicy hops in the back seat along with baked pears.

The taste is neutral with low bitterness and mild smoke flavor at first. Bready malt character, similar to a Helles Lager, is full and almost adds sweetness. During the middle of the taste the smoke picks up in place of bitterness as ham stands out over the bacon and wood. The finish is crisp, clean and semi-dry, smoky bitterness and spice linger a while.

Medium body with lasting carbonation, smooth in spite of the smoke. A slice of smoked ham that has been reheated over a wood grill is the best way to describe the smoke smell and taste. Well attenuated and balanced.
Canned on 9/9/20.

Nov 08, 2020
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4.19/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
by HoppingMadMonk from New Jersey

Almost clear orange/amber
Medium light carbonation with a just below average body
Aroma is smoke,charred wood,campfire, malt/brown sugar. Definitely has so.e of that smoked ham/meat aroma
Taste has everything the aroma presented. Just mildly sweet and plenty of smoke. I actually don't think the smoke was overdone at all,if anything this is a more subdued reserved version of what most would expect.
I think this would be an excellent introduction for someone looking to try this style as it isnt as deep and rich as most would expect.

Oct 18, 2020
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3.82/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by Rug from Massachusetts

Canned 9/9/20

So, what do we have here? Not exactly a traditional rauchbier, rather an over smoked version. This should be interesting

Pours a cloudy gold with 2 finger of white head that quickly fades to a cap, leaving no lacing

The smoke in the aroma is both woody and meaty. Ham is a very accurate way to describe it. The beechwood characteristic is evident, along with minor notes of honey and doughy malt

Shockingly, this is pretty balanced in taste. While the front end holds flavors of bacony smoke and salt, the back end brings notes of honey and crisp bready malt that balance it out. Light smoke lingers in the aftertaste. Simple, but balanced and tasty

The body is lighter than I expected, but still feels full between the mild carbonation and the smoky flavors. Finishes a touch sticky from the honey sweetness, maybe a few more hop additions would have remedied this

This was interesting for sure. Unique as all hell, but not quite as good as their smoke & dagger. Good stuff, but one is enough

Oct 17, 2020
4.05 by Tbone2131 from Connecticut on Oct 17, 2020
4 by Elicoleman from Colorado on Sep 30, 2019
4 by atlbravsrno1 from New Hampshire on Sep 06, 2019
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4.63/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
by StoutElk_92 from Massachusetts

Beechwood, campfire, smoked ham and bacon with some bready sweet malts and light herbal hop flavors

Dec 23, 2018
4.25 by paulish from New York on Dec 04, 2018
3.52 by KMcGrath from Massachusetts on Nov 27, 2018
4.14 by crobinso from Colorado on Nov 24, 2018
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4.42/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by DonBowman from Pennsylvania

Not a session beer, despite 5.4%. Full of taste as described.

Sep 26, 2018
4.1 by PJCarnell from Massachusetts on Aug 09, 2018
4.01 by Zonian1 from Ohio on Sep 13, 2017
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4.13/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by Gajo74 from New York

Had it on tap at George Keely, NYC.
Pours a clear straw color with a modest film that retains throughout.
The aroma is a killer! It is filled with delicious smoky goodness. Ham, bacon, even Gouda cheese wax.
The mouthfeel is on the light side of medium and with a crisp feel. Very easy to drink. Overall there is a cereal grain sweetness with virtually no hops bitterness save for a little bit towards the end. In contrast to the aroma, the smoky quality is more on the light side. The smoked malt provides a nice counterpoint to the sweetness.
I thought this was a good take, by the excellent Jack's Abbey Brewery, on an interesting style I wish was more widely available. I would love to have again.

Sep 02, 2017
3.92 by cd34 from Illinois on Jul 11, 2017
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4.09/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Lone_Freighter from Vermont

The appearance was a slight bronzed yellow color with a bar pour’s kind of slim white head that dissipated pretty quickly. The smell had bacon, a light layer of smokiness, subtle ham and a light little bit of breadiness underneath. The taste was basically the same: roasty, smoky with a subtle sweet underneath. The aftertaste was moderately smoky with the breadiness balancing in it. There’s a slight quick smoky finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a subtle crisp to mostly smokey ham to bacon feel hitting my tongue. Barely any bitterness, but understandable and actually really nice to me. Overall, I’d say this was a nice rauchbier or maybe "smoked" beer. I’d have again for me at least.

Jun 06, 2017
4 by mikr from New Jersey on Jan 17, 2017
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3.29/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3
by smaddock from Massachusetts

This beer smells incredible but isn't in the same league as the best Jack's Abbey beers, Framinghammer and Hoponius Union.

Dec 08, 2016
3.75 by shirtless_mike from Indiana on Dec 04, 2016
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4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by cavedave from New York

Beautiful dark gold slightly cloudy gem of a beer with a huge white topper that kicks back pretty quickly to a lasting cap and thick ring.

Smell is all about smoke and lager yeast. Some bready and grainy malt notes are minor players but fill the aroma out to a delicious, medium strength bouquet.

Wow actual fire and ham taste in this. Quite smoky, very strong and complex smoke flavors, sharp and acrid smoke notes are present, and also softer and meatier notes too. It carries some sweet and crispy grain, and the lager yeast flavors give it a nice counterpoint of light rounded tart. End of sip features strong smoke notes and light hoppy bitter. Clean, delicious.

Light in the mouth, little smoky resin buildup despite the huge amount of that flavor, bright carbonation, strong and long lingering finish.

A delightful and very smoky beer that never goes too far to be enjoyable. Tasty and recommended.

Nov 20, 2016
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4.11/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
by Beric from Massachusetts

Serving: On tap at Meadhall in Cambridge, MA, in a .5L Jack's Abby krug
Served: 8 Oct 2016

Appearance: Pours a beautiful yellow with a light, frothy white head. Really a great looking beer.

Smell: Sweet malts and slight wood smokiness. Not too meaty in my opinion.

Taste: Very subtle on the smoke, and the smoke has a good character to it. Think more campfire than slab bacon. Soft sweetness to the malt. A pinch of breadiness from what I imagine is a Helles underlyingly.

Mouthfeel: This is the biggest complaint I have against this beer- it feels thin after a while. While Schlenkerla beers feel nice and substantial all the way through, this one starts feeling watery if it sits too long.

Overall: A good beer and one that I feel could introduce a lot of people to the style done well. I think this beer is one step up from Schlenkerla Lagerbier and one step below many of their smokier options.

Nov 20, 2016
3 by Aisha from Massachusetts on Oct 16, 2016
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3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 4.25
by PDonahue92 from Massachusetts

a wonderfully smoky beer that tastes like texas bbq in your mouth.

Look: clear golden hue w/ nice light white head
Smell: Woody, Smoke, Bacon, Smoke Pork Butt
Taste: Malt sweetness, Smokey notes like smoked meat, light bitterness
Finish: still medium in length, smokey, mouth-coating
Overall: A wonderfully balanced Rauchbier with a well balance of smoked malt, malt sweetness, and hop bitterness. Would Pair well with Smoked Meats, Baked Beans, and Chilis.

Served: Bottle and Tulip

Oct 02, 2016
4 by craigferraro from New Hampshire on Sep 22, 2016
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3.72/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
by CayseyW from Connecticut

Ok, so I don't even really know how to score this beer. It's admittedly like nothing I've ever had--smoked or otherwise. It's a fantastic looking lager, very true to style. The smell is what my clothes smell like after a week of camping--a mix of baked-in campfire smoke and dried beer. I definitely pick up the hints of bacon described by the brewer as well. It's an interesting aroma but it's also a little strange. Smoke smacks your tongue immediately, nearly overwhelmingly. It smooths out a bit and you get more bright, clean lager notes. The finish is a bit rough. It actually reminds me of the taste reminds me of a wet lit cigarette... probably something only smokers (or former in my case) can truly understand. If the finish were better I would have rated taste much higher because I actually enjoy the rest and to compensate I kept drinking it until it was gone. In terms of the feel, and finish aside, it's excellent. Very nice body that's well carbed and very drinkable, which is good since you need to keep tipping this back if you want to avoid the rough finish. Overall this is a really neat beer that I'm glad I tried. Would I buy it again... maybe, but only if I was sharing it with someone who hadn't tried it.

Sep 14, 2016
3.88 by Prost76 from New Hampshire on Sep 03, 2016
4.05 by Iski100 from Massachusetts on Jun 28, 2016
4.18 by Hopyard57 from New York on Mar 05, 2016
3.53 by nmann08 from Virginia on Mar 04, 2016
3.5 by bkwhoppa66 from New Jersey on Feb 28, 2016
3.88 by Beersilio from Massachusetts on Feb 21, 2016
4 by DMcGirr from Massachusetts on Feb 21, 2016
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3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
by crossfit_lunatic from Massachusetts

First foray into Rauchbiers. Has a distinctive smoky/peaty-ness to its taste.

Feb 15, 2016
3.5 by SmellTheGluv from Massachusetts on Feb 14, 2016
3.25 by chefhatt from Pennsylvania on Feb 05, 2016
3.8 by Knapp85 from Pennsylvania on Feb 05, 2016
Fire In The Ham from Jack's Abby Brewing
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