Fire In The Ham | Jack's Abby Brewing

Fire In The HamFire In The Ham
BA SCORE
73.3%
Liked This Beer
3.83 w/ 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:
#12,019
Reviews:
66
Ratings:
329
Liked:
241
Avg:
3.83/5
pDev:
12.27%
Alströms:
-
 
 
Wants:
22
Gots:
35
Trade:
0
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 329 |  Reviews: 66
Photo of PDonahue92
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 4.25

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

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Photo of craigferraro
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of CayseyW
3.72/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Prost76
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Iski100
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Hopyard57
4.18/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of nmann08
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of bkwhoppa66
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Beersilio
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DMcGirr
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of crossfit_lunatic
3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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

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Photo of SmellTheGluv
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of chefhatt
3.25/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Knapp85
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of PhineasMcClintock
4.06/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Hyptochrons
3.87/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

slightly hazed golden orange appearance. a two finger head recedes quickly.

nose is probably the best part. big smokey character ... getting what seems like smokey ham and malts.

taste is mostly smoked malts. decent feel on it, slightly watery.

overall its a good beer that is very interesting. really glad to have tried it but i probably wont be reaching for another one too quickly.

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Photo of tempest
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had a glass at the Evergreen in Syracuse. Overall, a great smoked beer that you could pour next to a Schlenkerla. Rich smoked malt up front, followed by fruity easter and a toasty malts.

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Photo of TheOakKing
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Celtics76
3.77/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of redsoxjim
3.69/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GrimGuzzler
4.01/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of outoffocus
4.18/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JoeMans
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Cath
3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Fire In The Ham from Jack's Abby Brewing
Beer rating: 73.3% out of 100 with 329 ratings
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