Jack's Abby Brewing

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Jack's Abby BrewingJack's Abby Brewing
BA SCORE
3.98/5
Very Good
19,979 Ratings
Jack's Abby BrewingJack's Abby Brewing
PLACE INFO

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

100 Clinton Street
Framingham, Massachusetts, 01702
United States

(508) 872-0900 | map
jacksabbybrewing.com

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Added by morebeergood on 07-27-2011

BEER STATS
Beers:
80
Reviews:
3,193
Ratings:
19,979
PLACE STATS
BA Score:
4.48/5
Reviews:
43
Ratings:
289
pDev:
7.81%
 
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4.5/5  rDev +0.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

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4.18/5  rDev -6.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

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4/5  rDev -10.7%

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4.56/5  rDev +1.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

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4.17/5  rDev -6.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

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4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

Photo of Knapp85
4.24/5  rDev -5.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

I usually hit Jack's once a year on my way to Boston for EBF. I've been stopping in prior to their brewpub expansion and have enjoyed both places. The vibe is usually pretty good, the beers are fun and interesting. The service has always been good. Now that they serve food I have to say that it's also very good too. Always a good place to stop.

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4.41/5  rDev -1.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

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4.71/5  rDev +5.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5

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3.67/5  rDev -18.1%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75

Photo of rjp217
5/5  rDev +11.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Well, well, well. Jacks Abby has come a long way. They have long been way too underrated and their new beer hall/restaurant has taken them to a new level. Everything about it is awesome. From the enormous selection, to the excellent food and service, to the comfy space. This is a spot I want to visit over and over again. Well done JA, top of the list for me for sure. Can't wait to be back.

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4.18/5  rDev -6.7%

Ahh... I just wrote up a big review and then it somehow didn't take. So here's the long and short:

The Good:
The beers are fantastic, as you probably already know if you live in New England. The tap selection is wide and there's almost always brewery-only bottles available, including sours and their BA variants of the Framinghammer Baltic Porter.

The Not-so-good:
It takes a long time to get to because Massachusetts is a nightmare to drive through. I'm only about 40 miles away and it took over an hour and a half. Also, while the place is decently decorated it doesn't have much of a lounge vibe to it. The building is old, but the taproom feels like a Home Depot setpiece, with lots of tracklighting and gleaming wood. That, and seating is either very limited or nonexistent. Also, we got there an hour before closing and the staff were all busy and a little curt.

The Verdict:
Worth the trip for the brewery-only beers, but don't expect a super fun brewery experience. The taproom is a place for buying beers and maybe sampling a pint; you aren't gonna have that much fun hanging out there.

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4.35/5  rDev -2.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

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4.5/5  rDev +0.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

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4.25/5  rDev -5.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

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4.21/5  rDev -6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

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4.25/5  rDev -5.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

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4.24/5  rDev -5.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.25

On a Saturday afternoon, this is a hopping place. Nice blend of families, twenty-somethings, and old folks like me. There are 24 taps and nearly 80% of them are lagers, the commitment of Jack's Abby. The five ales are from the brewery next door, Springdale. Since lagers require a long storage commitment (3x ales), the prices are extremely reasonable!

While I didn't try the food, it looked decent enough with an emphasis on the typical bar expectations.

The service at the bar was harried and chaotic, but other than the five-minute wait when I first arrived, it was efficient enough to keep me with a beer throughout my stay.

The quality of the beers is top notch. Even though the vast majority of them are lagers, the range is from light to dark and malty to hoppy, making it easy to find a beer that suits one's palate. Definitely worth a drive or detour from your path if you are in eastern Massachusetts.

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4.37/5  rDev -2.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

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4.44/5  rDev -0.9%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

The new location (2016) is absolutely fantastic.

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4.41/5  rDev -1.6%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75

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4.15/5  rDev -7.4%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 3.75

A bit of an unusual place that isn't entirely clear on where to park and where the entrance is. Jack's Abby is basically a very large warehouse, with parking on one street and the entrance on the other. Good thing the side road doesn't have a lot of traffic because you really have to look closely at the entrance door to understand this situation if you're a first timer.

Instructions to head to the bar and order is a little unwieldy--I think a different system would be better. Also, the idea that you get half pours on BA brews in a flight is kind of silly. I'm not sure if this is MA law but it has to go.

This is a very large, bright, wide-open interior, with a retail section at the entrance, a massive two sided bar with doubled-up taps and a view of fermenters, and an even bigger communal seating area.

They have one of the largest selections of their own brews on tap I've seen at any brewery. Considering they had released the barrel aged Framinghammers a month or two before I arrived, the fact that they still had five of them on draft was phenomenal. We were also able to try a number of their standards and some unique twists on classic styles. It ran the gamut--for a lager house, that's just absolutely impressive.

Food is New England inspired with some twists on classics, including some Asian angles, all executed well, but not stellar.

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4.25/5  rDev -5.1%

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Jack's Abby Brewing in Framingham, MA
Brewery rating: 3.98 out of 5 with 19,979 ratings