Red Tape Lager - Jack's Abby Brewing

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88
very good

21 Reviews
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Reviews: 21
Hads: 87
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 3.22%
Wants: 4
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Jack's Abby Brewing visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Munich Dunkel Lager |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: mschofield on 08-07-2011

Navigating the labyrinth of brewery licensing and state regulations isn't easy. When we finally got the green light, we also got inspired with the perfect name for our pilot brew. Red Tape Lager has a full malty flavor typical of Bavarian dark lagers. It's brewed with 100% Dark Munich Malt. Additions of Glacier hops for bittering and noble German hops for aroma strike a balance between American and European flavors.

25 IBU
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Reviews: 21 | Hads: 87
Reviews by kristiekatk:
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3.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a burnt amber color with a good-sized tan and frothy head. Aroma is herbal German hops, sweet malts, and lager yeast.

The key word in describing this beer is balance. The hops/malts exist on the perfect plane; the hops providing the perfect bitterness level to the full but not too rich malts. It’s slightly fruity, with some great caramelized flavors and a tartness aspect as well. Medium-body, crisp carbonation, incredibly smooth and drinkable.

Red Tape doesn’t fall into any one category either. Consider this a mix between a red ale, a dunkelweizen, and a helles lager. At 5% alc/vol, this would be a great session beer, allowing you to savor the complexities over time (686 characters)

More User Reviews:
Photo of tigg924
3.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: 1/4 inch head, high carbonation, amber in color, clear

Smell: toasted malt, citrus hops, and caramel

Taste: toasted malt, some citrus hops, chocolate, and caramel

Mouthfeel: light body, sweet with a touch of bitterness, high carbonation.

Overall: This is not Jack Abbey's most complex beer but it is a damn good one. It has all the malty features I like in a red ale and just enough bitterness to balance it out. If they re-release this one I will be sure to grab it again. (489 characters)

Photo of Gonzoillini
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of Hopdaemon39
4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a .5 liter bottle into a pilsener- pours a clear, dark amber color with 2.5 fingers of bubbly crisp head, decent retention, minimal lacing. Beautiful color.

Nose is round and sweet- nice barley smell with caramel notes.

Tastes great- good dose of caramel mid-palate, with the barley towards the back and some dry hop notes. Exceptionally well-balanced. A touch of cinnamon in the mix there as well.

Mouthfeel is very nice- medium body with moderate carbonation; a little chewy by no means too much. Long, semi-sweet finish. This is a good one (of course, Jack's Abby doesn't disappoint). Get it if you see it. (626 characters)

Photo of Sailracer
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of puboflyons
4.42/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From the 25 oz. bottle with a date of June 2012 stamped on the label. Sampled on August 4, 2012.

The pour into the glass stein is medium amber with reddish hues and a large, lingering head.

The aroma is full of sweet malts at first with some yeast and cereal. Hops are lighter.

The body is medium to bold with a creamy texture.

The taste starts sweetly malted with a low bitterness as first. But as the beer warms the bitterness becomes more moderate and noticeable. Very drinkable too. (493 characters)

Photo of largadeer
4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks, Barry.

Not sure why this is categorized as a Munich dunkel; it's not especially dunkel-like despite the Munich malt heavy grain bill.

Appearance: Clear, bright amber body topped by a finger of head that recedes to a crown.

Smell: Pleasantly fruity and malty, this brings to mind fruit cake and whole grain bread with a touch of red apple.

Palate: Pervasive fruitiness - red apple, stone fruit, berries - with a bready, slightly toasty and caramelized backbone. This beer strikes a pretty nice balance between toasty Munich malt and fruity lager yeast. There's a decent hop presence in the finish, too. Very tasty stuff, malty without being overly rich. It doesn't fit into any traditional category very well, but probably most closely resembles a Vienna lager. (772 characters)

Photo of tzieser
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a: poured into a .5L dimple stein. dark copper in color with a fluffy white head that never seems to go away.

s: loads of sweet malt with notes of bread and biscuits.

t: expertly balanced. waves of sweet caramel-like malt flavor with lots of bread and cracker character. grassy hops make it nice and crisp. keeps it from being too sweet or malty. i could drink a ton of these, just like a true German lager should be.

m: nicely carbonated mouthfeel.

o: a phenomenal lager. as of right now, nobody in America makes lagers like Jack's Abby. if i didn't know better i would've thought this beer came straight from Munich. recommended. (636 characters)

Photo of kevgod
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

Photo of Binger72
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of CJRubes
3.72/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Bilco
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -19.6%

Photo of codon2004
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of BelJen
3/5  rDev -25.7%

Photo of JohnofUpton
3.99/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of jlindros
3.7/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tap at Armsby Abbey

Big fluffy head fades slowly with lots lacing over mostly clear amber orange reddish colored beer.

Nose has reddish sweet malts, almost syrupy, pale malts, light lager yeast fruit, light fruity and touch earthy herbal hops.

Taste has toasty reddish semi sweet malts, amber flavors, hint of honey, some light lager fruits, nice maltiness, then some light bitter fruity and touch earthy herbal hops. Finishes a bit of sticky syrupy caramel malts, amber malts, and light hops. Actually getting very slight amount of diacetyl the more I taste it. It never gets very big but it's there.

Mouth is med bodied, decent carb.

Overall not bad, Light diacetyl, a bit under attenuated, not bad otherwise. (716 characters)

Photo of cfalovo97
3/5  rDev -25.7%

Photo of jrand2621
4.18/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of smcolw
3.62/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Long lasting, thick frothy head. The liquid is decidedly amber--very light color for a dunkel. Surprisingly little lace given the head.

Nice crystal and chocolate malt aromas. Light hop in the background.

Spritzy with a medium body. Tastes darker than the color would suggest. A touch of sourness in the swallow. Very brief aftertaste. (337 characters)

Photo of jaxon53
3.91/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mklisz
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

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4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of KarlosT
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on draft as part of flight. Pleasantly surprised. (54 characters)

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Red Tape Lager from Jack's Abby Brewing
88 out of 100 based on 21 ratings.