Fire In The Ham | Jack's Abby Brewing

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326 Ratings
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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
Ratings:
326
Reviews:
64
Avg:
3.96
pDev:
12.37%
 
 
Wants:
20
Gots:
35
For Trade:
0
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Photo of Ken_P
4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Hendry
3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SonictheBeerhog
4.39/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TheBeerdedCharmer
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of rodmanfor3
3/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured on draft at Parker Pie after a trip to Hill Farmstead.

This beer is a novelty drink that you order once just to say that you have tried it.

The nose and flavor are all smoke, which by association reminds you of ham, but there is not a whole lot going on with this beer.

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Photo of ClavisAurea
3.69/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Weird! Now I've had a Rauchbier from Schlenkerla before but forgot to log it on BA. This one was just plain weird. Poured a nice and clear Pale yellow with a nice white head. The nose is of mild smoke character and a bit porky. Smoked ham, bacon and sausage. The taste is just a more intense version of the nose. Very porky with tons of ham and piggy character. Smoke is everywhere, very campfire like. It is surprisingly well balanced, tasty and highly drinkable. It isn't as smokey as the one I tried years ago and I'd love to give that one another go but this was a nice beer and my first from Jacks Abby.

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Photo of mmmbeerNY
4.43/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jaxon53
4.06/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Mattymystique
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.81/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of fosters9
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Patlee3324
4.35/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bobv
3.89/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Abe_Froman
3.42/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Roguer
3.97/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Surprisingly clear, orange-tinged amber brew, topped by a modest white head with excellent retention.

Aroma is nearly all smoke, with a bit of caramel malt and grain in the background.

Flavor follows, albeit more nuanced than the aroma. Still, the smoke dominates, in a way that is far from unpleasant, but also doesn't really allow the non-smoke flavors room to breathe.

Extremely drinkable and smooth.

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Photo of tikk
3.31/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Bierman9
4.04/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I bought a 0.5l bottle of this ($4.49) in Winooski VT and quaffed it last eve (22AUG15) while watching Good Will Hunting.

It was a light to medium golden color, with a scattered amount of carbo heading topside. Seemed rather light for the style, closer to a Spezial than a Schlenkerla, for sure. Head was a 1/4" layer of creaminess which lasted decently. Lacing was there, though on the light side. Nose was wonderful, with a big hit of smoked beechwood wafting forth. Felt fairly smooth going down, though the body was a smidge thinner than medium.

Flavor had a light hit of bready malt, with some subtle caramel sweetness present. The rauch character, though, was solid all the way. The finish, like a good rauch should, was dry all the way. Was smokier than the subtlety of Spezial, though not in the class of Schlenkerla. A pretty good rendition, overall. Prosit!!

4.04/5 rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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Photo of mthomp081
3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of costanzo_mike
4.08/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Greatheil
3.39/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.25

Pale gold, slightly hazy. Faint aroma, no smoke, a little nutty with a bit of what might be peach. Taste is quite sweet. White bread, banana, with lemon or grapefruit notes. Reminds me a bit of a saison or wit. It's very tasty, except I get no smoke. If it's subtle, it's too subtle especially since their own description touts it as "intensely smokey". I get a good bit of it in the finish, but that's just not good enough.

Good price tho. You should try it, just don't expect it to taste like an Aecht schlenkerla.

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Photo of dandp88
4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JOSHRINARD
4.56/5  rDev +15.2%
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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Photo of direwolf00
4.39/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BAsbill
4.06/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Hootie159
3.92/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Fire In The Ham from Jack's Abby Brewing
3.96 out of 5 based on 326 ratings.
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