Jack’s Abby Post Shift Pilsner

One of the best times to have a beer is after a long day of work. I decided to crack this beer open right after a long day, so the name was most certainly applicable.

ABV: 4.7%

Style: German Pilsener

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “There will be no working during drinking hours! Brewed with Bavarian malt and hops, this everyday Pilsner is bright, crisp and refreshing. We think it’s the perfect way to end the work day. Clock out, post-up and enjoy!”

Random: This beer comes in at 30 IBUs.

This beer poured with a four finger, fluffy, pure-white head. It took a long time to go away, but didn’t leave much lacing on the glass. The body was perfectly clear and bright yellow with a lot of carbonation. The nose was interesting for a pilsner. It had the bready quality and the grass, but also had a touch of some pine and tropical hops, which was definitely different. The taste was more of the same. It had a lot of grass that went into green onion and light pine, but was quickly followed up by cracker malt. The body on this was light with lots of carbonation. It had an instant finish with grass. A pounder can of this set me back $2.62, which came to $.16 per ounce. I thought the price on this beer was right and the flavors were a bit different from the typical pilsner, which isn’t a bad thing. I would have this one again and could see it pairing well with a lot of Summer foods.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

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Jack’s Abby Hoponius On Holiday IPL

I’ve been working like crazy, which is nothing outside of the normal. We just finished with end of month, which is always crazy, so I’m hoping it slows down for a few weeks.

ABV: 6.5%

Style: American Pale Lager

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “We gave our classic Hoponius Union a tropical fruit twist to create Hoponius on Holiday. This IPL combines cold lager fermentation with a West Coast IPA hop profile. A blend of classic American hops accentuates the tropical fruit flavors and lends a citrusy aroma. A refreshingly crisp finish compliments the pleasant bitterness of the hops and leaves you wanting more.”

Random: This beer comes in at 65 IBUs.

This beer poured with a one and a half finger, white head. It was quite thick and took awhile to dissipate. The body was clear and bright yellow with moderate carbonation visible. The nose had some fruit to it. I specifically noted white grape juice and floral notes of plumeria. The taste had a lot more fruit that went towards the tropical side. I picked up some mango and pineapple, but still had the floral note of plumeria, which was a nice complement. The body was on the light side with a lot of carbonation. The finish was lengthy and tropical. My parents brought this beer back for me from their last trip of Massachusetts, so no idea on the cost of it. Either way, this was an easy drinker on a hot day that I would definitely have again. I just wish it had a more robust fragrance.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

Jack’s Abby Barrel-Aged Framinghammer – Cordon Rouge

Val and I are watching a marathon of “Say Yes To The Dress.” One couple wanted to get married in the water with dolphins. That would definitely be an interesting wedding. Anyways, let’s get to the beer.

ABV: 10%

Style: Baltic Porter

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Big, bold, black, and aged in bourbon barrels with orange peel. The lengthy conditioning period in the barrels creates a silky smooth chocolatey mouth feel enhanced by the use of oats and brown sugar during the brew process. Noticeable sweetness gets balanced by roasted malt and hop bitterness. Additional flavors include bourbon, oak, and spice.”

Random: This beer comes in at 45 IBUs.

This beer poured with half a finger of tan head. It went away quickly and left no lacing on the glass, but did leave a small crown on top. The body was black with no visible carbonation. The nose had notes of cigar ash and red wine. I didn’t pick up any of the orange peel. There was also some smoke and roasted malt. The taste had a lot of leather and tobacco. It quickly went into red grapes, licorice and smoke. There was a slight note of orange peel. It had a thick and syrupy body that was a bit overwhelming with apparent alcohol. There was no carbonation to cut it either. The finish was syrupy with orange and bourbon. This was yet another beer gift, so no word on price, but this was my least favorite of the Framinghammer series. I wouldn’t rush to have it again.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

Jack’s Abby Bourbon Barrel Aged Framinghammer

Tonight’s beer is another selection from the Framinghammer family. Let’s see how it was.

ABV: 10%

Style: Baltic Porter

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Big, bold, black, and aged in bourbon barrels. This unusual lager style has many similarities to Imperial Stouts. A lengthy conditioning period creates a silky smooth chocolatey mouth feel enhanced by the use of oats and brown sugar. Noticeable sweetness gets balanced by roasted malt and hop bitterness. Additional flavors include bourbon, vanilla, and oak.”

Random: This beer came in at 45 IBUs and is an April release.

The brew poured with a huge, three and a half finger than head. It went away slowly and left a lot of lacing on the glass along with a significant crown. The body was dark brown with no visible carbonation because of the color. The nose was more charred wood than anything else. It almost had a rye spice with a strong bourbon note and dark, roasted malts. After it warmed, I picked up some vanilla as well. The taste was equally strong bourbon notes with charred wood and dark malts. There was a dark chocolate note as well. Alcohol was overt on this beer. The body was thick and chewy with light carbonation. It had a lengthy finish with bourbon and vanilla. This is yet another beer gift, so no commentary on the cost. I think I did myself a disservice by having some of the variants of the beer first because I thought this was only alright, although it did make for a good Winter sipper.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

Jack’s Abby Barrel-Aged PB&J Framinghammer

Tonight’s beer is one that my parents brought me home from a trip. Let’s see how it was.

ABV: 12%

Style: Baltic Porter

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Big, bold, black, and aged in bourbon barrels with peanut butter and jelly. The lengthy conditioning period in the barrels creates a silky smooth chocolatey mouth feel enhanced by the use of oats and brown sugar. Noticeable sweetness gets balanced by roasted malt and hop bitterness. Additional flavors include bourbon, vanilla, and oak.”

Random: I’m in the middle of “Turn.” I love this series. There’s so much history in it. I hope they renew it for another season.

This beer poured with a half a finger of tan head. It dissipated quickly and left no lacing on the glass. The body was dark brown and had no visible carbonation. The nose was filled with grape jelly and cocoa powder. There wasn’t much peanut aspect to the nose. The taste had grape preserves and milk chocolate. There was a very slight hint of peanut butter and needed a lot more to balance this out. There was also a lack of oak and vanilla from the bourbon barrel aging. There was slightly more peanut butter as the beer warmed. It had a thick body with moderate carbonation. The finish was lengthy with grape jelly. I have no clue how much this beer was since I received this as a gift, but no matter what the price, this needed more balance and refining.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

Jack’s Abby Barrel-Aged Mole Framinghammer

One of the benefits of blogging by my bay window is that I get to see all of the deer walking by. It’s even better when the bunnies are on the lawn. Anyways, beer time.

ABV: 12%

Style: Baltic Porter

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Big, bold, black, and aged in bourbon barrels with cocoa nibs, chili peppers, and whole cinnamon sticks. The lengthy conditioning period in the barrels creates a silky smooth chocolatey mouth feel enhanced by the use of oats and brown sugar during the brew process. Noticeable sweetness gets balanced by roasted malt and hop bitterness. Additional flavors include bourbon, oak, and spice.”

Random: I could go for a Mexican hot chocolate right now.

The brew poured with a half a finger of tan head that dissipated almost instantly. It left no lacing on the glass and no crown either. The body was a dark brown that was almost black, with no visible carbonation. The nose started with a lot of cinnamon and nutmeg. It had some shaved dark chocolate as well, but no chili peppers. There was some smoke too. The taste had a lot more depth than the nose. It started with the same shaved dark chocolate, but the cinnamon was more muted, although present. Chili peppers gave it a slight warming note and some vanilla came through next. The bourbon barrel was at the perfect level and didn’t overwhelm the other flavors. The alcohol was so well-hidden that this beer was ridiculously dangerous. It had a lengthy finish with cinnamon and dark chocolate. All of the flavors worked so well together and having it at 55 degrees was the perfect temperature. I have no idea how much this beer cost since it was a gift, but I would pay a decent amount of money for this one. This is worth searching out.

Untappd Rating: 5.0/5.0

Jack’s Abby House Lager

Jack’s Abby is now available in Pennsylvania too, so I get it a lot more easily than I used to. I still want to make a trip out to the brewery, but I haven’t had a chance yet. I’m thinking that maybe when we go to Maine next, we can detour to the brewery on the way up. This was a beer that I picked up in Pennsylvania awhile back.

houselager

ABV: 5.2%

Style: Munich Helles Lager

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “House Lager pulls inspiration from the numerous country lagers, or landbiers, found in Franconia. It’s sweet and golden with a full malty body that comes from using a traditional German malt variety. A special beer for year-round enjoyment.”

Random: This beer comes in at 18 IBUs and is available year-round.

The brew poured with a one finger, pure white head. It went away quickly, but left no lacing on the glass. Instead, a small crown was left on the straw yellow body. It was clear and had moderate carbonation. The nose was filled with warm pilsner malt and a slight honey sweetness. The taste was sweet with wildflower honey. It had pilsner malt as well and a touch of mineral water. The body was thin and crisp with moderate carbonation. It had a quick finish with wildflower honey. The pounder can was $1.54, which broke down to $.10 per ounce. This was a simple, but very drinkable beer. If you’re looking for a beer to convert a macro drinker, this would be a good choice.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0