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Brewed by:
Jack's Abby Brewing
Massachusetts, United States | website

Style: American Amber / Red Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.80%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by BigCheese on 12-06-2012

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3.97
pDev:
9.07%
 
 
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Photo of utopiajane
4.02/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a perfect amber orange with a brilliant clarity and a stream of bubbles rising ot the top. A thick pillowy head of foam adorns the prettiest color beer I have seen in a long time. Leaves sheets of wet lace. Nose is bright with fruity and floral hops. A bit of subtle citrus and stone fruit quality. There si a rich deep malt in this that sports both grainy bread and a light brown sugar. Taste is handsome. Restrained and subtle hops lend a citrus twang to a very earthy grain that has a bit of baked sweetness on it. Tiny bit of resin to coat the throat and leave a rich aftertaste. Brown sugar, hop floral and a light hop spice that goes so well with the earthy and lightly sweet grain. The carbonation is a bit tingly and the hops give a seductive little sideways glance to this beer and they finish with the smallest bitter.

Just fabulous. Hearty, rich, textured and full of flavor. The stone fruit in this is the surprise and the sensation. it softens the hop character to the point of luxury. It enhances the grain sweetness but doesn't overshadow it. It takes to the bit of hop spice and makes this beer dapper and a little bit sweet.

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Photo of HamdenHector
4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: crystal clear; amber colored; 1 finger light tan head that receded to a thin collar; very nice lacing;

S: floral, spicy, pine, a little burnt note as well which detracted from the overall;

T: floral with a little spice and caramel; mild bitterness and a little earthy on the finish;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation; crisp; dry finish;

O: complex flavors; easy to drink;

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.86/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: Very slight chill haze on an orange-tinged copper. Head is off-white, creamy, and has solid retention. Moderate carbonation.

Smell: Slight caramel sweetness. Bread crust with some slight roasted and toasted elements. Hops are leafy, a touch earthy, with some slight bitterness. Mild overall. A touch nutty. Some mild hints of almost chocolate.

Taste: Toasted grass and dirty earth. Lingering caramel malt sweetness. A moderate malt sweetness. Bready. Hops run with a touch of citrus. Mostly herbal and grassy with some leafy elements. Nice and clean. Soft hint of chocolate layered through the back. Slight overall bitterness. Carries the Jack's Abby lager yeast finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium leaning toward light body with a moderate carbonation. Clean and a touch dry on the finish.

Overall: Bobby Lashley approved.

Pushes towards a colder season lager. Nice and malty with an assertive yet not aggressive hop character. Solid, but under performs against the rest of the lineup.

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Photo of Gatch
4.53/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Good-looking beer. Pours a medium-amber color with a tall, thick, pillowy, off-white head leaving behind great lace and retention.

S: Pour this beer to develop a good head because big hop aromas come through all those bubbles. Once the head settles down, more malt shows itself. Very balanced and inviting.

T: Great flavors from the sweet, roasted malt with a kick in the finish from the hops. Well-balanced. Such an easy drinking beer. Some woody, nutty, earthy flavors paired with the delicious malt.

M: Extremely smooth, crazy drinkability, proper carbonation. Feels great from start to finish. Sizzles in the mouth and on the way down. Everything is right.

O: Jack's Abby continues to take tasteless styles and give them a rebirth, putting the new American craft spin on them. Maybe some of the weaknesses of the style are hidden in the generous hop additions but regardless, it's another well-crafted beer! I rated according to style and it's really that good.

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Photo of rowingbrewer
4.46/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a nice reddish orange Color with a nice white head that slowly recedes lacing the glass beautifully. The smell is piney hops and a nice bready malt backbone. Taste follows the smell. Mouthfeel is light to medium with good carbonation. Overall a great beer

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Photo of AirBob
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A- About an inch of dense white head. Excellent lacing and retention. Nice, clear amber body with no visible carbonation.

S- Earth, spicy, and malty. Some floral/resinous hops.

T- Heavy on earthy, spicy hops. Bready sweetness finishes with slight resin/pine hop character.

M- Low-medium carbonation. A little watery in the middle but holds up to my expectations of the style.

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Photo of CloudStrife
4.21/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into a tulip.

A: Pours a clear amber with an off white head on top. Not much visible carbonation. Leaves some lacing on the sides of the glass.

S: Very pleasant aroma going on here. Loads of fresh hops dominate the forefront

T: Balanced flavor leaning toward hoppy. Malts are solid providing a base for the hop to flower from. Citrus and piney hops with a bit of a spicy character too. Lager qualities still shine. Bready toasty quality comes out more as it warms.

M: Light to medium body with fairly low carbonation. Bit of a nectar like stickiness from the hop but remains crisp upon finish.

Overall I'm very impressed with this one and will certainly be headed back for more. I've always liked malt forward yet hoppy beers and this combines those with a lager base that is superb.

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Photo of brureview
4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served In pilsner glass. 2 finger head.
The beer is a beautiful reddish copper color.
Pleasant light lemon hops aroma from the head.
The mouth feel is smooth and crisp.
The taste is mildly hoppy, refreshing, with a slight bitterness.
Overall a crisp refreshing beer, and a welcome change from stronger winter beers.

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Photo of GuitarIPA
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Really interesting beer. I was not find of the first sip, quite bitter, then it mellowed. The finish is sweet and juicy. Ruination 2.0 meets Hoponious Union?

L - dark amber, full head and lacing
S - pine, fresh hops
T - very bitter at first, pine and malt, then sweetness comes through.
F - tingly, light body
O - interesting beer, very different feel/taste from first sip to last

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Photo of fmccormi
4.17/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Straight pour from a 12oz pry-off bottle to a teku glass; bottling date of October 17, 2013 printed in black ink on the far right side of the label, perpendicular to the text (“MFG 10.17.2013”), making this beer just under two weeks old at the time of consumption.

Appearance (4.25): Just about two fingers of custard-colored head comes off of the pour, capping a rich, deep orange-amber colored body that’s perfectly clear—the pour is gorgeous, actually. As the head dies down (moderately slowly), it leaves a collar or two of lace, loose, wide legs here and there, and then huge, fat splotches covering a decent amount of the far side of the glass. Pretty solid lacing, actually.

Smell (4.0): A nice, fruity, floral combination of subtly citrusy and moderately spicy hop notes (some pineapple, some mango, mixing with spicy herbs, like light pepper and dried basil) mixing with some moderately rich malt character (rich multigrain bread, a little brown sugar icing, and a little fruitcake/baked apples). This is really nice.

Taste (4.25): Mostly following the nose, the flavor shows a great combination of moderately rich but restrained malt character (toasted, dark multigrain bread, a tiny bit of brown sugar icing and some very light fruit cake, some toffee) playing off some piney, resinous hops and a quietly spicy hop character—Old World, kinda sorta, plus that old school American, piney stuff. And yet, as “rich” as I say the malt body is, it just comes off as being so clean. There’s a toasted nuttiness that blends in with the spicy, piney hops on the finish, too, which in allowing some deeper subtlety in the malt character shine betrays the well-crafted heart of this lager. As it warms, the malt and hops blend together a bit better, with a mild toffee character that mixes surprisingly well with the spiciness of the hops—followed by a modestly resinous, piney-bitter finish. Man, this is really well-done.

Mouthfeel (4.0): Subtle, tingly carbonation washes all over, chasing an easy-going, lighter-than-medium-weight body with a nice, clean finish that treads just on the dry side. Clean. Crisp. Easy to drink. Well done, for sure.

Overall (4.25): This one doesn’t bowl you over in any one regard, but rather it shows a lot of subtlety that comes out here and there when you probe a little deeper. It’s easy to drink and really pleasing if you’re looking to just kick back and drink something immediately tasty and not too crazy, but it’s also great if you’re willing to sit down and look into its depth and complexity. This is really damn good. I’ve always expected good things from Jack’s Abby, but this is very pleasantly well-crafted—awesome beer. Great job, you guys.

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Photo of WunderLlama
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into chalice

Clear copper, puffy white one finger foam lid, good clingy lacings.

Bready, peppery aroma

Malt on the front of the tongue. Peppery taste in the back .

Low sudsing. Slight bitter aftertaste . Smooth and well balanced.

Grabbed it a Wegmans to fill up a six pack. Nice lager

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Photo of JohnQVD
4.06/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottled November 2012.

Pours a nice bronze color with a finger thick foamy head that leaves chunks of lacing on the glass. Smell is melon and spring flowers. Taste is light citrus with a mild bitterness on the finish. Feel is medium with a light, fizzy carbonation. Very smooth. A little hoppier than a lot of lagers I've had, but still with a nice maltiness.

Quite good overall.

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Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
4.11/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into pilsener glass. Translucent reddish orange with a huge white head that fades slowly leaving spotty lacing.
Smells of spicy piney hops and lesser nutty malt.
Taste follows nose, but in better balance. Bitingly bitter hops over top of nutty cracker malt.
Mouthfeel is clean and crisp.
Overall this is a tasty hoppy lager.

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Photo of BlackBelt5112203
4.18/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

4 oz pour at Jack’s Abby in a tasting glass at cellar temperature.

L – Medium amber color with a 2-finger frothy cream-colored head. Really nice retention and lacing. Clear with a good amount of bubbles.

S – Lots of hops with pine and grapefruit notes and a lot more caramel malt than I was expecting from a lager.

T – Starts off sweet with caramel malt and rapidly becomes very bitter with a large amount of pine and some grapefruit flavors. As the bitterness mellows, the woody pine becomes even more apparent.

F – Medium-bodied with good carbonation, a sticky and chewy mouthfeel, and a bitter, long-lasting finish. Bitter pine hops linger for a long time. The higher-than-usual ABV for a lager at 7.2% is nowhere to be found.

O – This is a really tasty beer, but I almost definitely would not be able to call this a lager in a blind test. This has much more body and much more bitterness than I was expecting – very IPA-like. Now, I am not complaining about this in any way at all; I was just surprised to find all this in a lager. Jack’s Abby is not only putting out great lagers, they’re putting out great beers.

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Photo of keithmurray
4.13/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - clear bronze colour with frothy white head

Smell - caramel, grapefruit, pine

Taste - caramel sweetness, little bit of citrus in the profile as well:grapefruit, pine

Mouthfeel - medium bodied, medium carbonation, sweetness upfront, followed by a moderate bitterness and a bit of breadiness on the finish, crisp and clean

Overall - a solid Amber lager. very easy drinking and refreshing I would re-visit this

Price Point - $2/12 oz single

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Photo of Beric
3.92/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Serving: Bottle into snifter
Served: 8 Nov 2015

The last beer that probably fell through the cracks.

Appearance: Pours a distinctive amber color crowned with an off-white, 1.5 finger head.

Smell: Floral and pine hoppiness with a pinch of herbal spiciness to round it out, overlaid on a sweet caramel malt note.

Taste: Much the same as the nose, except that the hops are distinctively 'juicy', which is fantastic, since they don't get washed out by the bigger malt base. The beer finishes semi-sweet, I feel, since I didn't notice any strong bitterness or anything with the hops.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with medium-high carbonation. I thought the mouthfeel was okay, but I would have liked to see the carbonation tuned down just a pinch.

Overall: A good beer, and one that is certainly one of the better 'red IPLs' I've had. This is likely a good beer for introducing amber lovers to stronger, hop-forward beers.

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Photo of BigCheese
4.29/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased a bottle from the brewery a few days ago. First to review it, had a sample at the brewery and knew I needed to buy some. According to bottle its a "Hopback Lager" with munich malt, and styrian, centennial, Columbus and palisade hops. Sign me up.


A: Pours a crystal clear, deep copper, thin head dissipated quickly. Could be a slightly dirty glass.

S: Big fresh grapefruit hops, definitely can smell the Centennial+Columbus. Incredibly pungent considering the long time needed to ferment a lager.

T: Initial taste is a big wave of bitter grapefruit and piney hops. Has a nice malty backbone with notes of brown bread, molasses, maybe even rye. Has that "red" malt flavor to it, a bit tea like. Finishes with a dry spicy, herbal, resins, floral dank, and refreshing hop bite. As i continue to drink it gets greener and spicier. Great balance of malt sweetness and bitterness, very clean tasting (no yeast or off notes).

M: Lots of carbonation, creamy, a bit oily, but has that lager crisp/lightess.

O: I really like this beer. Great hop aroma and flavor, rich malt backbone that holds its own, yet not palate dominating. Would make an excellent session beer. One of Jack's best offerings. This was pretty tough to classify, Rate beer says imperial pilsner, with Munich malts though I definitely consider this an amber or red. Maybe an India Red Lager? Sounds crazy but its awesome, highly recommended.

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Photo of stella77artois
3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle poured into pilsener glass.

A - Pours a beautiful clear amber, with small amounts of carbonation rising. Good sized head developed, off white in color. Small amount remained through the duration, and a fair amount of lacing stuck to the glass.

S - Fairly hoppy, slightly sweet. Hops were slightly fruity and very slightly spicy. Small amount of malty sweetness, yeast, red pepper, black pepper, and caramel. Nice smelling beer.

T - Very hoppy up front. Not as fruity as the aroma, though I do notice some grapefruit, but quite plesantly bitter, and just slightly earthy. Piney notes as well. Hops are certainly the most powerful aspect, they stay on your pallet throughout the swallow and remain very noticeable in the aftertaste. Just a slight amount of malt is present, slightly bready with perhaps a bit of caramel taste. Malt backbone tastes nice, but is weak. Beer is very tasty, but lacks a strong malt backbone, which I like.

F - The weak malt backbone, while not helping the taste, helps with it's smoothness. Does have some nice bite from the hoppy bitterness and the carbonation. Extremely drinkable.

O - I do feel as though some Jack's Abby brews are too similar, this being one of them. It reminds me very much of Hoponius Union (although not as good). With that being said, it's a very solid hoppy Amber Lager, which to my knowledge, there aren't many of. Great hoppy taste and drinkability, my only complain is a weakish malt backbone. Highly recommend this beer to any hoppy beer fanatic, especially anyone who will appreciate the smoothness of a lager with the hoppiness of a Pale ale.

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Photo of fscottkey
3.92/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: [4.00] Cloudy tan to brown in color. The beer is not transparent. It formed a small white head that dissipated within a few seconds. The bottle lists the ABV (6.8%) and the IBU (50). Born 10/29/14 (just at 100 days)

S: [3.50] I get some bread and a sweet caramel scent. Neither smell is strong at fridge temperature.

T: [4.25] Sweet and almost spicy on the tip of the tongue. The aftertaste is a nice sweetness throughout the mouth. Kind of like the feeling of Scope, but not mint - beer. It is nice trust me.

M: [4.00] The mouth feel is nice there is a slight tingle of carbonation up front but it adds and doesn't subtract.

O: [4.00] This beer reminds me of Eliot Ness (that is a good thing) but with some added zip in the spices and in the carbonation. I am enjoying this and could drink more than 1 in a single sitting.

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Photo of PeterIngemi
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a .5 lt bottle into a duvel glass

A: pours a very lightly hazed copper ruby with a fat two fingers of slightly tanned head.... Excellent retention and lacing, nice looking beer.

S: overall i find the aroma to be a bit on the mild side... There are some light citrusy/piney hops over a solid malt backbone... Hops come out more and more as the beer warms... Not a bad aroma, just wish it was a bit more pungent.... Turns out I'm gonna have to take all that back... The aroma really opens up as this room gets closer to room temp... Very nice.

T: much like the aroma. Nice hop notes right up front over a solid malt backbone. I get grapefruity citrus along with some nice piney notes from the hops. The malt contributes some nice lightly sweet bready notes. The hops are deffiantly the show case here.

M: on the heavy side of medium with a nice lush mouthfeel, dry and bitter on the finish with some earthy and piney hop bitterness in the aftertaste.

O: this is a nice ipa for a cold night, with just enough malt heft to balance out the hops... Another nice brew from jacks Abby.

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Photo of Dools9
4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

November 2012 bottle poured into a shaker pint.

A: Pours a copper reddish color, crystal clear and lots of active carbonation. Two fingers of creamy egg shell colored head retain very nicely and laces in sheets.

S: Citrusy and fruity, lighter pine notes, a touch earthy. Definitely get the carmamel malt and Munich malt varieties mentioned on the bottle.

T: Bitter pine and light citrus/grapefruit rind hops complimented nicely by a firm caramel malt backbone. Dry finish, that grapefruit rind lingers after each sip.

M: Medium bodied, carbonation is medium and a bit prickly and crisp, followed by a creamy, smooth finish.

O: Yet another hop forward Lager done right here from JA. Tastes alot more bitter than 50 IBU's to me though. Very hop assertive and compliments the noticeable sweetness, sure to please those looking for a quick hop fix.

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Photo of zshaft
3.7/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

this beer looks awsome but seems to have thin feel as well as less than desirable red malt flavor and hops. nose is ok but seems to thin overall to be a go to for me. flavors kind of muted.

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Photo of LeRose
3.78/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from half liter bottle into lager glass. Thick, foamy white head over golden bronze, clear liquid. Head persisted for a while then dwindled to foamy rafts, nice lacing. Aroma was slightly hoppy, trace citrus, swee malt underneath. The flavor is clean, a little piney, a little floral, nice grapefruit bitterness. Sweet malty flavors underneath. Pretty well balanced. Went nicely with spicy chicken and salsa I was eating. Nice brew. It is Refreshing and a great change from the heavy winter fare. Would be good for friends and food...not too extreme, yet flavorful and would hold its own with hearty grub.

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Photo of Pinknuggets
3.86/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Bottle to HFS sniffer

A: Big fluffy tan to brown head with a ruby red color that is a little cloudy but pretty translucent

S: No hops and almost no malt basically straight alcohol toasty and nutty but the alcohol is the most pungent.

T:the taste is more malty then it is hoppy even up front though there is hop taste but no bitterness there is more a toasted sweet nutty malty flavor throughout and a lll the way to the finish. However the flavors are not really strong but seem to work well

M: Smooth goes down very easy the quality of craftsmanship stands our here crazy drinkable for the alc that is basically non present well done.

O: Other then the aroma this is a really solid beer its not my style and I still quite enjoyed it plus the fact that it is dangerously drinkable makes it totally worth a try I would recommend it especially if this is your style of beer

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Photo of Theheroguy
4.15/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light bodied with a gentle carbonation. Piney as the description says. This is much less red than I would expect for a “red IPL”. Nice and Piney but it begs for resinous hop notes to elevate it to excellent.

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Lashes Hopbock Lager from Jack's Abby Brewing
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