Fire In The Ham | Jack's Abby Brewing

Fire In The HamFire In The Ham
BA SCORE
3.83/5
329 Ratings
Fire In The HamFire In The Ham
BEER INFO

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

Style: 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

Added by irishevans on 10-17-2012

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#12,307
Reviews:
66
Ratings:
329
pDev:
12.27%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
22
Gots:
35
Trade:
0
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5/5  rDev +30.5%

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5/5  rDev +30.5%

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5/5  rDev +30.5%

Photo of PatriotsRule
4.95/5  rDev +29.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Wow. This is a smoky beer!!!
A: Nice and light golden with lots of rising carbonation, and an off-white head that vanishes relatively quickly
S: Smoke and more smoke! A bit hoppy too
T: Heavenly campfire of hops
M: Mild malt backbone with substantial hop bite
O: Excellent brew. I prefer this over the Smoke and Dagger. Almost tastes like a super smoky Hoponius Union in its smootheness. Try this when you get a chance! Its vegan-friendly as well.

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4.75/5  rDev +24%

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4.75/5  rDev +24%

Photo of horshack7
4.74/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: It's golden with light cloudiness and a head around two fingers thick.

Aroma: Large amounts of smokiness oh and even larger amounts of bacon oh hell yeah lots of bacon. Charred wood, floral hop not much trace of citrus in this one. Roasted malts that are oh did I mention smokey.

Taste: Quite a smooth mouthfeel with alot of bacon fattiness. Extremely smokey, charred wood, roasted malts, woody and earthy tones all through it. It's like drinking bacon it's so dam wonderful.

Notes: Wow this one is quite and experience and a dam amazing one. It's bacon, pork and wood in a bottle and would make an incredible breakfast. I will definitely pick this one up again. Cheers.

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Photo of abagofit
4.66/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This review is based on the description, as I have never had another rauchbier to compare to.

WOW! Tastes like smoked ham wrapped in smoked bacon. That's really all there is to say about this beer. Very unique, never had anything like it. Smoke flavor is not overpowering like other smokey beers I've had. Not something I could drink that often, but something I would definitely encourage everyone to try at least once.

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4.62/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

16.9oz bottle purchased as a single from somewhere localish. Bottled 10/12.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 3/4" foamy white head over the almost clear golden brew. Head sedately recedes, with sticky lacing. Aroma is Slim Jim-arific. Cool.

Taste starts smoky and sweet, soft and fluffy in the middle, and comes back with the smoke and a bit of hops bitter at the close. Mouthfeel is very smooth, and drinkability is superb. I always think there's room for more smoke, but this one puts it together well, balanced, yet doesn't leave the bacon in the pan. Cheers!

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4.56/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Smokey Robinson would love this beer. #beerjokes

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4.52/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

October 2012

A: Clear, straw golden-yellow in color with a big, fluffy, frothy, white head that leaves behind good lacing and retention. Lighter than most Rauchbiers that I've drank.

S: Roasted, smoked malt, smoked wood, smoked meats, salted/cured meats, but none of this is too strong, which is good, in my opinion.

T: All the characteristics of the nose come out stronger in the flavor. Heavily smoked malt, smoked meat, and wood/earth dominate with a faint hop presence in the finish. The smokiness of this beer is spot on seeing as this isn't straight out of Bamberg. A more focused Rauchbier than the Smoke & Dagger.

M: Smooth, clean, refreshing, and a good bite from the carbonation. Easy to drink and would be a pleasure to put down a few in one sitting.

O: This is a very well-crafted Rauchbier. Almost near the level that Schlenkerla is on. A smoky, tasty, fresh lager that is wonderful for the season. Jack's Abby knows how to make a lager!

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4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

Photo of gnxr27
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

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4.48/5  rDev +17%

Photo of ContentmentDIPA
4.46/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jbertsch
4.45/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer is flat out delicious. The smoke isn't light in character, it's up front and bold. The body behind is close to a marzen. Ultimately this is the only domestic-made rauchbier I've had that can hold a candle to Shlenkerla. Wish it was available year round in sixpacks.

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4.44/5  rDev +15.9%

Photo of EZE123
4.43/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.5

It's liquid bacon and I love it! This is an great smoked beer, and it is much more approachable than some of the intense Germen styles.

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4.43/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of greenmtn1111
4.42/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a glass tulip.

Pale orange, very light amber in color with a decent head, but not too big. The first thing I get when I smell is the smoke, nice sweet smoke almost like mesquite wood. Taste is surprisingly light and fruity at first sip, and the smoke follows afterward, not overpowering at all. It starts crisp and clean, slides into a smooth smokiness and then finishes amazingly crisp and clean again. It’s almost like a campfire, but the smokiness is sweeter and less astringent. This beer goes down easy and it refreshing at the same time, which can be hard to say about some smoked beers. All in all, this is a pretty stellar concoction.

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4.39/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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Fire In The Ham from Jack's Abby Brewing
Beer rating: 3.83 out of 5 with 329 ratings
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