Friday, February 27, 2015

Jack's Abby House Lager


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Chad9976 (1291) - Albany, New York, USA - FEB 27, 2015
I like it when breweries make beers of very obscure (but traditionally recognized) styles. Though it makes it difficult to judge a beer like Jack’s Abby House Lager since I have no real frame of reference. Falling under the umbrella of the pale lager family it works pretty well as it has a clean taste with some distinctive character and is quite refreshing and easy to drink. If only it weren’t as expensive as some of their bigger, better brews.

I poured a 500ml bottle into a tulip glass. It was bottled on 1/5/15 and cost $4.99 ($0.30 per ounce).

Appearance: Slightly hazy shade of yellow/gold. Pours to a two-finger, white, creamy head which laces and retains quite well.

Smell: Pale malt with slight citrus and spice, though mild overall.

Taste: Slightly sweet malt is prevalent immediately. Almost chewy in its authentic malt taste; akin to a cream ale without the adjuncts or any kind of pale lager with actual flavor. There’s a subtle lemon character here: lemon fruit, pith, peel, rind and grass. The faintest citrus flavor along with minor black pepper spice (likely due to Noble hop varieties, though the brewery doesn’t list them specifically). Finishes very clean with that classic lager character found in most brews of the general style. This is definitely more flavorful and authentic than any kind of macro lager, or even a craft lager of the Style 1 category, but not to the point of being amazing or especially memorable. It’s a good beer that accomplishes what it intended to do.

Drinkability: I found Jack’s Abby House Lager so refreshing that I drank half my glass on the first pull. That’s a good sign for sure. Though I will admit the mouthfeel is not quite as crisp as I’d prefer. It does finish clean, though. At 5.4% ABV I was expecting a bit more body and complexity. This would be quite tempting to session in the summer (especially if it were available in cans, hint hint!) 
Grade: 7/10