superspak (2907) - Michigan, USA - JAN 25, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Got in a BIF from ZebraCakez. 12 ounce bottle into lager glass, bottled on 11/12/2014. Pours lightly hazy deep orange/copper color with a 1 finger dense and rocky light khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big grapefruit, lemon zest, orange peel, pine, herbal, floral, grass, light caramel, toasted bread, and herbal/grassy earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good complexity and balance of big citrus/pine hops and moderate bready malt notes; with good strength. Taste of big grapefruit, lemon zest, orange peel, pine, herbal, floral, grass, light caramel, toasted bread, and herbal/grassy earthiness. Fair amount of spicy herbal/pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, lemon/orange zest, pine, light caramel, toasted bread, and herbal/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity and balance of citrus/pine hops and moderate bready malt flavors; with a good malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Very clean on lager flavors with zero yeast ester notes present. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, crisp, and sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with zero warming present after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice hoppy amber lager. All around great complexity and balance of citrus/pine hops and moderate bready malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.
Chad9976 (1269) - Albany, New York, USA - JAN 21, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Most of what Jackís Abby Brewing tends to make are ales but fermented with lager yeast. In the case of Lashes Lager, it is supposedly a bock style (or ďHopbockĒ according to the label), though it is closer to what I would associate with an amber ale. And as an amber ale it works quite well, but as a bock it does not. Not that I grade to style, anyway, just that I really appreciate the flavor profile here.
I poured a 12oz bottle into a lager glass. It was bottled on 10/29/14 and cost $2.69 ($0.22 per ounce).
Appearance: Hazy shade of copper/amber/orange with plenty of visible carbonation. Pours to a large, white, soapy head which retains and laces quite well.
Smell: Sweet floral scent, like a bouquet of flowers. Hint of citrus.
Taste: Munich Malt is the only malt mentioned in the description and it definitely comes through right away. A slightly bready, perhaps toasty, malt character. Lightly sweet with an authentic grain taste to it. Thereís a subtle floral and citrus hop character lurking in the background throughout the first half of the swig. On the backend the bitterness becomes quite prominent, though itís still pretty tame compared to an IPA (but would be normal in an amber ale). Thereís some spiciness right on the finish with a taste comparable to rye. Light orange citrus is noticeable, too. I do notice a slight astringency on the finish, which is a bit bracing at first, but easy to ignore. Overall, itís a tasty, interesting and satisfying palette, though Iím not sure why itís marketed the way it is. I enjoyed it.
Drinkability: Lagers are supposed to be lighter, crisper, and more easy-drinking than ales and thatís true of Lashes Lager. However, considering itís a rather potent brew at 6.8% ABV, Iím a little surprised there isnít more complexity and body. This is the kind of beer where having a sticky, chewy mouthfeel would actually be beneficial.
Patrickctenchi (4252) - Coxís Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - JAN 19, 2015
2.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Cloudy, berry-brown with a small, off-white head.
Aroma is dark, caramel.
Taste is leafy bitter, caramel malt, fruit.
Tea-like, with a mild alcohol bitter.
shrubber85 (8100) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - JAN 16, 2015
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Lactic toffee malt and mild astringent alcohol aroma. Amber with minimal head. Sweet toffee malt and lightly bitter weedy vegetal flavor. A bit harsh.
AdamJackson (2958) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 11, 2015
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks AFH! Pours a cloudy dark orange. no head. barely a carbonation sound when I uncapped it. Nose is a mild bitterness, some tree fruit and burnt sugar. Yeah, a sweet pine cone forward malty beer, very little yeast, some pumpernickel or gingerbread beer. finish is bitter.
williamstome (1035) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 10, 2015
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Amber pour, off white head. Flavor and aroma both have floral, grassy, citrusy characters. Quite decent.
sailracer (419) - Massachusetts, USA - JAN 9, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap. Pours a deep but clear brown with minimal head. Citrus hop aroma. Lots of hop flavor up front with a bit of grapefruit sourness that lingers. A little light on the carbonation, but it worked well with this beer. Very drinkable and excellent overall.
bugsizzy (60) - USA - JAN 8, 2015
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Look: Deep Amber with almost a hint of mango. Smooth malty taste with a light hop end to it. Very enjoyable.
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AirForceHops (3640) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 7, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle purchase at One Stop Market. I fell like a lot of people donít appreciate some of the old school German styles. This is a nicely hopped German bock that is under rated in my eyes. Dark Amber color with thin lasting head. Aroma is earthy malts, pine and toasted caramel malt.
The flavor has the essence of autumn throughout the sip. Earthy Munich malt that gives a dried leaves note upfront with a mild toasted grain and cracker like backbone. Mild hits of caramelized sugar. Before the beer becomes to sweet from the malt, a nice level of citrus and pine hops show in the backend of the sip to balance everything out. Moderate level of bitterness. I want to drink more after the bottle is empty and I really dare somebody to find me a better brew in this updated American version of this classic German style lager.
Very finely crafted.
malrubius (1900) - Springfield, Vermont, USA - JAN 2, 2015
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from Table & VIne. Clear dark copper or light amber with lasting head and lace. Very mild aroma of caramel cake with mild pine hops. Sweet caramel malt with mild fruity bready sweetness. Mild dry bitterness fruity and one. Some cloying. Okay. Hard to make a good strong lager without cloying sweetness IMHO.