Lashes Hopbock Lager | Jack's Abby Brewing

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Lashes Hopbock LagerLashes Hopbock Lager

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Jack's Abby Brewing
Massachusetts, United States

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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Photo of ms11781
4.14/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled November 2012. 16.9oz bottle poured into an imperial pint glass.

Pours a slight cloudy, copper/amber color with some bright orange tinges. Really vibrant for a beer that is relatively darker. The cloudiness disappears as the beer warms so it may have been chill haze from the beer being poured a touch colder than it should have. A nice, fluffy off-white head develops and reaches about 2 fingers before settling in as a nice, thick cap of foam. Excellent retention and lacing to match. Each sip is clearly marked on the glass with sticky foam. Exceptional looking beer, especially when the haze cleared up.

At first glance there is a great hop aroma in the nose. Nice grapefruit and grass-like hops lead the way. When you really get into it the hop aroma is still excellent but a nice malt sweetness really brings it up a notch and balances the beer out. The combination works very well together.

The taste is right in line with the nose. The hops come on fairly strong at first but it is again balanced out quite nicely. Great grassy and citrusy hops come across first before a sweet and bready malt character equals them. There is also a nice piney note that comes towards the finish and provides a pleasant bitterness.

The beer is definitely on the fuller side body-wise. Not stout or porter territory but fairly rich in it's own right. That being said the flavors are lighter on the palette and it drinks extremely smooth. Extremely impressive that something like this can be extremely smooth with ample carbonation and a crispness to it.

This beer is excellent. This is the second or third beer I've had from Jack's Abby that seems tough to categorize style-wise. They seem to bring something unique to the table with their take on each style the take a stab at. This is no exception. The ability to bring a great hop character and balance it this well seems to be something they have a touch for. Very well done once again.

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

Beautiful amber color with a slightly faded paper yellowed head. Looks like a very, very sexy Octoberfest. Thick crust of retention never lets any malt peek through. Leaves a large brushstroke of lace like the Tuckerman's snow arch. I'm very mindful of the 5s I dole out but I honestly don't think this beer could look better. I guess the bottle art could be better but it comes in a .5 liter bottle which I think is a really cool homage to Germany from a brewery that only does lagers.

A quick sniff of the bottle boasts unmistakable sharp, grassy centennial. When poured the centennial is still there but it's accompanied by some orange colored hop aromas: kumquat, tangerine and the like.

Citrus and some soft pine hops with sweet, bread crusty malt. Great use of Munich to balance out the hops. Tongue coating, prickly hop resin with each swallow. Odd to have that much hops with a smooth lager mouthfeel. Not bad, just something I'm not used to.

My lovefest for Jack's Abbey continues. Unashamedly. This is good for an IPA but if I review it as a red lager, and I am, I've never had anything like it.

The name leaves me curious.

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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 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 ToadManA1A37651
4.45/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very nice variation of a bock with an awesome taste of hops.Poured orange into a snifter, its head a nice 2 inches and lacing lasting until the end. Never one to like too many hops this IBU of 50 is just right with its amber color and maltiness, this is an exceptional lager, from the lager heads at Jack's Abby who know how to treat Munch malt to make this really, really good tasting beer - Thanks guys!

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

Pours a clear, deep, orange/amber color with a huge bubbly beige head that takes forever to recede. Smells of sweet bready caramel with a spicy, earthy, mineral edge to provide some balance. The flavor is quite sweet which threw me a bit until I noticed that the beer is named hopbock not hopback. Sweet caramel toffee and bready with a spicy earthy hop flavor. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a sweet spicy mouthfeel. This is a nice hoppy bock style beer I really enjoyed it.

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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 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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