Monday, March 10, 2014

Jack's Abby Jabby Brau

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Chad9976 (1066) - Albany, New York, USA - MAR 10, 2014
I poured a 12oz bottle into a lager glass. There was no freshness date.

Appearance: Golden/honey hue. Mostly clear with a slight haze. Plenty of consistent carbonation visible. Pours to an average sized, off white, foamy head which laces and retains fairly well.

Smell: Slight citrusy aroma, but distinct darker not-so-pale malts as well. Mild nose though.

Taste: It’s so hard to find a good, low ABV, craft lager these days. Jack’s Abby is a brewery that specializes in craft lagers, so it’s not too surprising that they’d be able to pull off a truly sessionable, flavorful pale lager in the form of Jabby Brau. This is essentially an old school "Premium Lager," only done much better than the macro varieties.

The best way to describe the taste (and pretty much everything about this beer) would be taken verbatim from BJCP style guideline for category 1C. I’ll paraphrase: Crisp and dry flavor with some nutty malt sweetness, maybe even some rustic graininess. Distinct hop presence here in the form of mild citrus and floral notes to give the beer true hop character without making it seem like anything other than the pale lager it is. There is some starchiness on the backend, though it leaves little aftertaste. Nothing quite amazing, but definitely impressive for a low gravity lager.

Drinkability: This is exactly what you expect in a lager: the mouthfeel is on the thinner side, but not watery. Plenty of carbonation, though it goes down smooth and is thirst quenching. It’s tempting to let this warm up to bring more flavor out, but I don’t think it’s worth sacrificing the refreshing drinkability for just a bit more flavor. At only 4.5% ABV, Jabby Brau is indeed an American session beer, though you don’t have to wait for warm weather to appreciate it. 
Grade: 7/10

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