Next style up on the beer fridge clearing list, Octoberfest. This was an easy task once again, since I only had one Octoberfest left, Jack’s Abby Copper Legend. Jack’s Abby is located in Framingham, MA and is one of the few (only?) all lager american craft breweries. There is definitely something ballsy about being a lager only brewery in the American craft scene. However, ballsy or not, if their beers suck it does not matter.
I do not know about their other beers* but their Copper Legend does not suck. It’s malty, naturally, but it’s a great mix of breadcrust and caramel malt flavors, which give the beer some complexity. The beer does not stop there. Mid-tongue whispers of apple and banana can be found and the finish is dry with hints of black pepper. The orange-amber beer, with a thin head, takes all of these flavors and smoothly passes them over an eager tongue.
High praise for this beer. Though it does not displace my number one Octoberfest (Victory Festbier… which I haven’t reviewed?!?!), it comes a very close second and next year a head to head battle between the two beers is certainly called for. Definitely need to try more Jack Abby’s beers.
*Their Smoke & Dagger won the bronze medal in the smoked beer category at the 2012 Great American Beer Festival, so I could assume that is good. Could.