Adnams Jack Brand Dry Hopped Lager

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Brewed by Adnams
Style: Pilsener
Southwold, England

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RATINGS: 222   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.08/5   IBU: 17   EST. CALORIES: 126   ABV: 4.2%
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Brewed with Pilsner malt, this authentic lager is dry hopped with Australian Galaxy hops to create big, bold flavours. It’s then ’lagered’ (cold-conditioned) to produce a full, well-rounded flavour . This golden lager is light, crisp and refreshing with subtle malty flavours and a hoppy aroma of tropical fruits, citrus and passion fruit. (Contains barley). Gold medal winner at the International Beer Challenge 2014

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2.9
tderoeck (10617) - Gent, BELGIUM - JAN 1, 2018
4/X/17 - 33cl bottle @ home - BB: 31/VII/18 (2017-1761) Thanks to Erwin for sharing the bottle!

Clear orange beer, small irregular to creamy yellowish head, little stable, non adhesive. Aroma: malty, grains, bit metallic. MF: soft carbon, medium body. Taste: some caramel malts, grains, cow fodder, bit sweet, somewhat fruity. Aftertaste: bit of mango, grains, cow fodder, very German pilsner impression, where's my dry hop?

3.4
Bijl (882) - NETHERLANDS - DEC 31, 2017
Goudgeel, witte schuimkraag, super helder, redelijk koolzuur. Aroma: Granig, pilsmout, spicy, licht fruitg/tropisch.... mango, perzik, passievrucht, Citrus en licht grassig. Smaak: Pilsmout ,granig, iets spicy, goed Fruitig, grassige hint , hoppig en een mooie bitter. Een mooi gelukte hoppy lager. Lichte body, fris en zeer makkelijk drinkbaar. Afdronk is spicy hop en fruitig hop met een prima licht grassige bitter.

3.3
Zlotta (4148) - Hagen, GERMANY - DEC 14, 2017
0.33 l bottle from 'AH' (Den Bosch), best before July 2018. Clear, golden amber with a thin, frothy, almost stable, white head. Sweetish, fruity-floral and slightly grassy aroma of lychee, pineapple, some lemon peel and a touch of grass. Slightly sweet, moderately bitter, quite fruity, floral and slightly grassy taste of grains, citrus and some straw, followed by a short, moderately bitter, slightly dry and quite grassy finish. Almost medium-bodied, smooth and moderately effervescent mouthfeel, average to lively carbonation. Pleasant hoppy Lager, highly quaffable and refreshing, just a bit too grainy.

3.6
wilde_joost59 (345) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - DEC 8, 2017
Flesje. Zeer helder geel bier, wit schuim. Lijkt op een pilsje, maar heeft inderdaad een lekkere hopsmaak.

2.9
ShivanDragon (4704) - Leeuwarden, NETHERLANDS - DEC 8, 2017
bleek helder gouden met witte beperkte kraag en lage co2, aroma van mout, stro, gras en kruidig. smaken van zachte co2, mout, citrus, kruiden, biscuitmout, crisp, droog, zwakke tot matige body.

3.4
scrooloose (15) - SOUTH AFRICA - DEC 1, 2017
UPDATED: DEC 1, 2017 5 liter party keg Pours clear pale straw with a dense white head which lasts quite well. Medium carbonation. Aroma: Lychee, papaya, sweet breads, peaches, resinous. Flavour: Nutty, slight caramel, grain, teopical fruits, pronounced bitterness but not overpowering. Palate: Somewhat creamy, refreshing. Finish: Somewhat dry, lingering bitterness mid palate. Very quaffable, I enjoyed this beer more that I thought I would.

2
explosivedog (1831) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - NOV 24, 2017
On tap at 1925 Brewing Co. Pours sickly pale. Aroma is missing. Lemon, mineral water, maybe a little peach. All a bit nothing.

2.9
Alengrin (5893) - BELGIUM - NOV 24, 2017
One of these 'innovative' beers (from an old traditional English brewery's perspective) gathered under the Jack Brand brand since 2013, apparently intended as an IPL. Bottle from an Albert Heijn supermarket. Medium thick, regular, hardly lacing, off-white, moussy head, slowly dissipating in the middle; cristal clear, pure 'old gold' robe. Aroma is unfortunately skunked, dominated by that typical mercaptan smell of stale cat pee and ammonia (in spite of this coming from a brown bottle), but after this usually temporary effect begins to fade, less off-putting impressions arise: old lemon zest, melon and kiwi (which cannot but come from the Galaxy indeed), white bread, grass, orange peel, cooked potatoes, raw green beans, apple peel, very vague cumin seed somewhere - but also that unmistakable, freshly ironed cloth-like odour of pasteurization, unfortunately. Clean onset, fairly neutral as one would expect from a lager, light hints of hard green pear and perhaps a very vague touch of unripe banana, vaguely sweetish with a sourish accent reinforced by strongish, bit minerally carbonation; rounded cereally maltiness in the middle, fizzy carbo still persisting, sharper grainy edges, 'white' bready touch somewhere but generally straightforwardly cereally. Ends with a mild yet decent amount of hop bitterishness, with retronasal accents of dried orange zest, lychee and orchids, but in a way so subtle and diffuse that it does not do the lush, tropical qualities of Galaxy any honour. That cooked laundry- and dito vegetable-like pasteurization effect keeps bothering me and even overpowers the Galaxy's subtleties. Cereally, if not sharpishly grainy flavours remain in the back of the mouth as well; the Galaxy, in all, adds a certain finesse and fragile beauty, but it remains too sparse and indeed fragile to survive the harsh environment of what is essentially a semi-industrial pale lager cooked to death. I understand why breweries like this prefer to pasteurize their beers for 'logistic' reasons, but if you create a 'daughter' brand in order to keep up with 21st-century movements in craft beer and still think pasteurizing them is a good idea, then you have no idea what you are doing, with all due respect for Adnams. I am left here with the same feeling of disillusionment as with their "Innovation" IPA (my inverted commas): why create a fine craft beer, even if it is not as innovative as you may think, and then completely destroy it by giving it that gruesome, dismembering pasteurization treatment? If this would have been a tad more generous in that Galaxy dosis and had remained unpasteurized, I am convinced it could have been an attractive IPL. But then it probably would not have hit the shelves of a Dutch supermarket chain - and would have made only a fraction of the money it probably makes now. These established 19th- and 20th-century top-fermenting breweries in the 'old' ale countries - i.e. both Britain and Belgium - seem to struggle with similar issues, which is quite interesting to observe from a broader 'beer historical' perspective, that much is certain.

3.3
bonkiedeaap (850) - Leerdam, NETHERLANDS - NOV 11, 2017
UPDATED: NOV 11, 2017 Bottle from de Caigny in Essen, Belgium. The beer is blonde colored and has a small white head, eith good carbonation. The aroma is malty with notes of grains, bread, grass, a hint of fruits and citrus and a little spiciness. The taste is light and sweet and light bodied with malts, grass, grains and citrus and near the end some spices. The finish is light dry, bitter and refreshing.

2.9
tricksta_p (5354) - Steenwijk, NETHERLANDS - NOV 8, 2017
Bottle from a local supermarket. Aroma is grainy malt, straw, a light grassy hoppy touch with a hint of fruits. Flavour is light to moderate sweet and bitter. Body is light to medium. Not as hoppy as I'd hoped for, but certainly drinkable Pils.


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