Jack's Abby Craft Lagers Cascadian Schwarzbier

Cascadian Schwarzbier


Jack's Abby Craft Lagers in Framingham, Massachusetts, United States 🇺🇸

Lager - India Style Regular
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Appearance - 8 | Aroma - 8 | Flavor - 8 | Texture - 6 | Overall - 8.5

However widespread they may be on an industrial level, lagers are, in contrast, still a rarity in the craft beer world. Jack’s Abby proves that bottom fermentation has more possibilities than most would imagine and in this one, they have transplanted the hop profile of an American style IPA to a bottom-fermented Schwarzbier, thereby effectively creating the black counterpart of ’IPL’ (Pilsener with American hops), or indeed a bottom-fermented form of black IPA. Forms a thick, lacing, pale beige, creamy and very stable head over a black robe with chestnut brownish edges only in the outer millimeter or so. Lovely aroma showcasing both the hops and the malts, with impressions of toasted onion, grapefruit peel, pine resin, burnt toast, black olive, cold coffee, walnut, beef jerky, cold black tea, a vague hint of bitter chocolate and some ’naturally’ feeling iron. Malty taste from the onset, very low in sweetness, only malt fruitiness with beginning with a pleasant umami taste (cured meat) blending with a slightly caramelly but most of all nutty and toasted malt bittersweetness which turns roasted bitter in the end, including a ’low’ sourishness of roasted barley, with a very faint metallic edge; then comes the lush, aromatic New World hop character, piney, grapefruity, peppery, long, drying and still elegant, leaving room for the roasted and toasted maltiness to persist. This is a very pretty beer indeed and surely among the best lagers I had so far - I hope more of these bottom-fermented Cascadian (BIPA-like) beers will appear.

Tried from Can on 03 Jul 2016 at 06:18

Appearance - 6 | Aroma - 7 | Flavor - 7 | Texture - 8 | Overall - 7

Würzig hopfiger Beginn mit angenehmer, später schwächelnder Röstigkeit. Vollmundig, sehr süffig. Röstig herber Nachgeschmack, hopfig. 10/12/11/11/10/11

Tried on 25 May 2015 at 14:37

Appearance - 8 | Aroma - 8 | Flavor - 8 | Texture - 6 | Overall - 8

bottle at home ... dark brown ... big big tan head ... soft sweet toffee charcoal nose soft malts ... soft toffee roast ... dark sweet malts ... dark roast ... light bitter ... real nice balance ... .

Tried from Bottle on 14 Nov 2014 at 11:44

Appearance - 8 | Aroma - 8 | Flavor - 7 | Texture - 8 | Overall - 8

Bottle 50 cl (1 pt 0.9 fl oz) thanks to _angst_! Sampled on October 28, 2014. Marked 7% and 70 IBU.Black color, tan head. Sweet, hoppy, citrus, herbal scent. Bitter, cocoa, citrus taste. Bitter, roasted aftertaste. Medium to full mouthfeel, medium bitterness. Zest,s ome pith, loads of hops. Nice, nut sort of heavy on the citrus for me for something so dark to the roasted side.

Tried from Bottle on 03 Nov 2014 at 12:17

Appearance - 8 | Aroma - 8 | Flavor - 7 | Texture - 8 | Overall - 8

Bottle bought @ bierkompass.de. Pours black with a rather big frothy blackish beige head that leaves some thick sticky lacing on the glass while dissipating. Smell is malty, tiny fruity, floral and earthy with roasted malts, burnt cereal, caramel, moist grass, pine needles, moist soil, dried flowers, grapefruit rinds and orange zest. Taste is tiny sweet, bitter, tiny malty, floral and earthy with roasted malts, burnt caramel, grapefruit juice, moist grass, pine needles, moist soil, bitter chocolate, butterscotch, orange zest and lemon zest. Mouthfeel is soft, round, slightly astringent and medium bodied. Finish is tiny sweet, bitter, tiny malty and slightly fruity with roasted malts, caramel, cocoa powder, grapefruit juice, moist soil, moist grass, pine needles and orange zest. Bit too sweet but a really solid ”BIPA”.

Tried from Bottle on 28 Oct 2014 at 13:54

Appearance - 8 | Aroma - 8 | Flavor - 6 | Texture - 8 | Overall - 7

Bottle thx to _angst_ cons 2014-10-28 Göteborg AR: plums, tropical fruits, tutti frutti AP: black, stouthy cream beige head F: roasted malt, belgian yeasty, soft carbonation, wee tutti frutti, dry feeling

Tried from Bottle on 28 Oct 2014 at 13:44

Appearance - 8 | Aroma - 7 | Flavor - 7 | Texture - 8 | Overall - 8

Bottle from the brewery. Pitch black with a pretty, high, tan head. Aroma of chocolate malts, coffee, and hops, citrus and pine. Full flavor, chocolate dominates but a good deal of roasty coffee as well, more than I prefer, actually, and great hops all around. Bitter hop and roast finish. It is interesting to try to think about the lager characteristics of this. Definitely drinks like a black IPA. Enjoyable.

Tried from Bottle on 27 Aug 2014 at 06:02

Appearance - 8 | Aroma - 8 | Flavor - 8 | Texture - 8 | Overall - 8

Bottle. Pours dark reddish brown with tan head. Nose/taste of grassy hops, light smoke, pine, resin, citrus peel, coffee and slightly burnt toast. Medium body.

Tried from Bottle on 31 May 2014 at 14:49