Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Jack's Abby Lashes Lager

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Chad9976 (1266) - Albany, New York, USA - JAN 21, 2015
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. 
Grade: 7/10

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