As you probably know, Drink Craft Beer is a big proponent of local craft beer. Lucky for us, we’re seeing one of the biggest explosions of New England craft beer that there has been potentially ever! It seems that every day a new one is popping up. One of the locals that has most impressed us has been Jack’s Abby. Every beer they make is a lager (which is making us really intrigued to try the Rye Biere de Garde that they’re bringing to Drink Craft Beer Summerfest: A Celebration of Farmhouse Ale as they will have the only lager version in the house), but they base them on ale styles. So far we’ve reviewed their Black IPA and Double IPA, so we know they can handle the hops. But I want to know if they can do subtle...
If you looked from the top, you might think at first that this was just any other lager made by one of the big boys that you can get cheaply by the case or rack. A white, inauspicious head sits atop the brew hiding what lies beneath. With such a rich, golden body, though, there is definitely something to be interested in! This ain’t your grandfather’s lager (unless he has impeccable taste!).
Jabby Brau is meant to be a simple and unassuming session lager and that’s exactly what it is. The smell is clean and crisp, with a very light malt profile and just enough hops to let you know that this is something to be interested in.
There it is, that’s what I want in a session lager! This is a beer I would happily drink all day long. The abv is low enough that you can put a few down, and the flavor is there to keep you interested without distracting from the other activities you’re taking part in (after all, on the type of day that this beer begs for, there’s a lot of fun to be had). Possibly my favorite thing about this beer is the carbonation: thousands of little pin pricks all over my tongue that tell me this beer is alive and kicking in my mouth. This carbonation also serves to really showcase the hops, which is good because it’s a reserved bitterness that might have trouble sticking up for itself. Finally, the malt...oh the malt! Rich without being sweet. Simple without being boring. Clean while still being a major part of the experience. This beer is a great example of subtly being beautiful.