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Fire In The Ham | Jack's Abby Brewing

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3.84/5
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335 Ratings
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BEER INFO

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

Style: German Rauchbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#19,272
Reviews:
66
Ratings:
335
pDev:
12.24%
 
 
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3.25/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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4.35/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16.9oz bottle poured into a pilsner glass.

A: Pours a dull straw yellow color with great clarity. Three inches of rocky white head retain extremely well. Clumpy rings of lacing and the odd glob here and there remain on the glass.

S: Intense beechwood smoke: campfire, wood, and hints of smoked ham/jerky. Soft doughy and sweet malt scents underneath, floral and slightly spicy hops. This smells excellent.

T: Doughy and sweet malt tastes act as a foundation for the smoked malts. Campfire, smoke, jerky, and more smoke. Green hop oils and some floral tastes barely make it through the curtain of smoke. The smoke intensifies as the malt tastes dry toward the finish. Finishes with dry woody, acrid smoke, a hint of malt, and a dash of green, oily hops.

M: Medium bodied with a creamy texture. Full and a bit lush in the mouth. Moderately high level of carbonation adds a bit of a scrubbing effect.

O: Seems to be going for a smoked Helles lager, and it hits its mark. Intensely smokey and very authentic. Tastes like it could have come from Bamberg. It's right up there with the Schlenkerla stuff.

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Auror
4.22/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled in October, consumed October 12th. Poured into a small snifter.

Appearance- Much paler than I expected. Clear golden color. Medium head on pour, with okay retention…very small head ring on top.

Smell- Could smell the smoke from a sitting position. Getting in closer…delicious ham and bacon. The name speaks the truth. Even some of the Schlenkerla beers I’ve had didn’t smell this much like tasty meat.

Taste- Lifelong vegetarians should drink this to experience bacon for the first time. It’s all-bacon, all-the-time. As I grow acclimated to the smoke level, a nice crisp lager appears beneath the smoke and bacon.

Mouthfeel- Medium body and medium carbonation. Coats the mouth a bit, but not unreasonably so. Mostly just gets out of the way of the flavors.

Overall- This is a pretty simple beer. Super smoke flavors on top of a solid lager base. I bumped up the overall score because the taste was a 4.25.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Crystal clear and the color of hay. Like most of the brews from Jack's Abby, this one is quite a vixen. Huge, sudsy head that doesn't wither away. Armies of bubbles feed the bleached cap in a determined and aggressive fashion. Clumpy lacing scars are left.

S-Smoked, cured, salted meat. Smokiness is pungent. The pig roast aroma soars out of the glass. Further dissection of the aroma yields a very strong Lager yeast component and a well hidden, yet respectable Noble hop dimension. I don't love the Rauch style, but this aroma offers enough secondary elements for me to enjoy and appreciate.

T-The Lager aspect is more easily understood in the flavor. There is plenty of smoke, but the yeast, hop and understated sweetness blossom on the palate. The aftertaste is phenomenally meaty. Roasted ham and bacon. 'Liquid Pig Roast' just keeps popping up in my head.

M-Feels fuller than a 5.4% Lager. Drinkability is moderate. Salt and smoke stick on my tongue. Bubbles are soft but plentiful.

O/D-I am very limited in my Rauch experience. I am limited because I don't really like the style. This is quite cool and super-unique. I did not love it. Well crafted, but not my style. I like their Smoke & Dagger considerably more. It tastes like it should be a beer that is pitch black in color. This brew is a great example of the abundance of talent at Jack's Abby; but this one really isn't for me.

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3.95/5  rDev +2.9%

From 09/16/14 notes. 0.5L pour in a mug at Lord Hobo up in MA.

Pours a murky bright yellow-amber color with one inch of white head and moderate to high carbonation evident. Smells of smoke, bacon, ham, roasted malts, charcoal. Tastes has more meat and smoke to it. Medium body and low to no carbonation. Smooth.

Overall a nice beer but .5 of a Liter was way too much for me; I'd have to cap it at 4-6 oz. personally. If you love super smokey beers check it out but a bit too much for me to want a full glass of again.

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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

Poured from a .5 liter bottle into a dfh snifter.

A: pours a slightly hazy golden with half a finger if white head.... Nice amount of lacing...

S: deep smoke and a light toasty grain, defiantly has notes of smoked ham and bacon.
Keeps from being overly campfire like however which is nice.

T: very similar to the nose, lots of smoke here, adding nice smoke ham and bacon notes. There are some light grain flavors here as well but the smoke is deffinatly the major show here.

M: nice medium body creamy medium carbonation and dry.

O: a very good rauch bier, there is pleanty of smoke going on here but it somehow keeps from being overbearing in a way... Some beers of this style infin to be far to much campfire smoke going on, but this is nicley done....

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3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle, October 2012
White wine glass

A: Pours out an almost BMC looking yellow color. It's slightly hazy though. I got about a 1/4 finger of bright white head. Good carbonation on this brew. There a little lacing after the swirl.

S: Definitely pulling that smoked meat/campfire note on this beer as soon as I cracked it. But underneath it, you do get that grassy, grainy malt and hop profile ala lagers. A cleanness.

T: Initially, you do get a little bit of hop bitterness on the tip of the tongue. Then that smoked malt: bacon, campfire, etc. hits you. It continues to the mid-palate, then converts over to the more lager like grassy, grainy malt bill. The finish is clean and dry, although some of that smoked malt flavor doesn't linger a bit.

M: It's a light-medium bodied brew. Without the smoked meatiness, it would be crisp and light I believe.

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1.5/5  rDev -60.9%

They are not kidding about the Ham taste. My god. Deeply unpleasant to my palate, but kudos to JA for trying new things.

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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

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Fire In The Ham from Jack's Abby Brewing
Beer rating: 3.84 out of 5 with 335 ratings