auerbrau (3182) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - DEC 13, 2012
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
500mL Bottle, purchased at Downtown Wine & Spirits - Somerville, MA. Minty resin aroma, nipped with orange and rosemary. On the palate, this is okay. It reminds me of early attempts in the brewing world to make hoppy, bitter lager and it was kind of middling. This has a clean, but strong bitterness, but not a ton of hop flavor. The lagering is clean and crisp, but the malt has a flavor like too much Crystal malt or Special B that turns me off a little bit. Sadly, one of my less favorite Jack’s Abby experiences.
BVery (7681) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - MAY 13, 2015
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from Debuca’s in Raynham, MA. Reddish orange pour with a soapy white head. Earthy, grassy, some pine, and a bit of staleness. Okay, but not really my style.
ClarkVV (4093) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 13, 2015
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
6 pack, February 2015
Bright ruby-tinted amber body is clear and has a cornmeal colored head atop that is well-retained.
Quite the aggressive aroma...Certainly very influenced by the columbus, with a good deal of acidic pine and sourdough-heavy munich malt. On the edges are some spicy, moderately grassy hop notes that smell delightful but are very dominated by the heavy pine and orange rind alpha acid assault. Possibly some alcohol in there too...
Sadly, more of the same in the flavor. Jacks Abby seems to either want to bludgeon you with bitterness or leave it wholly absent; not much in between. This would have been a nice beer to tolerate some acidity, not that I really know why you are trying to get PNW high alpha hop character, especially the pine resin, in to a German-style dunkler bock. But at this rate, it’s just too much and takes over the beer. As well, the munich malt creates too much of the signature sourdough-like toastiness and it’s just all palate fatigue after the first few sips. Well-attenuated, with a soft, almost slick texture that becomes nearly creamy from the tight carbonation. Reminds me of Old Guardian, somewhat...
Maxbier (655) - Maryland, USA - MAY 13, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Copper/amber pour with tan head. Toffee/malty aroma. Taste is bitter and earthy hop up front. Earthy malt too. Some roast coffee flavors in the piney hop finish. Very tasty.
puboflyons (2430) - Allenstown, New Hampshire, USA - APR 26, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
From the 12 fl. oz. bottle bottled 11/24/14. So it is a few months old. Medium reddish-amber pour with a small head. The aroma has a kind of perfume thing that I need to note. Otherwise more toward malts and fruity hops with a slight burnt sensation. The body is light to medium. The taste also has that perfume or cologne based maltiness with modest sweetness. Clean, crisp hop finish.
HKdIPA (410) - HONG KONG - APR 19, 2015
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap at Roundhouse. Clear honey gold pour. Aroma is honey and malt with a bit of pine hops. Taste is round pleasant pine resin hops with smooth malty backbone. Palate is smooth. Carbonation fine. Not nearly as malty, luckily, as expected from a bock of this type. Cut through by the clean hoppy flavor. Nice. Would get again.
CacheManyHose (362) - HONG KONG - APR 19, 2015
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draught at Roundhouse. Clear amber-orange with thin watery sudsy white head and fizzy legs. Smell is faint red malt. Taste is resinous and hoppy, some lightly spicy malt. Body is crisp, a little thin, small bit of carbonation. Taste has a nice balance; aroma and palate quite thin.
rjplumer (629) - Foxboro, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 3, 2015
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dark copper colored body an off-white body. Spice and pine aroma. Medium bitterness. Mild sweet caramel. Clean to finish.
superspak (3239) - 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 (1365) - 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 Jack’s 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 “Hopbock” 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. There’s 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 it’s still pretty tame compared to an IPA (but would be normal in an amber ale). There’s 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, it’s a tasty, interesting and satisfying palette, though I’m not sure why it’s marketed the way it is. I enjoyed it.
Drinkability: Lagers are supposed to be lighter, crisper, and more easy-drinking than ales and that’s true of Lashes Lager. However, considering it’s a rather potent brew at 6.8% ABV, I’m a little surprised there isn’t more complexity and body. This is the kind of beer where having a sticky, chewy mouthfeel would actually be beneficial.
Patrickctenchi (4627) - Cox’s 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.