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Red Tape Lager - Jack's Abby Brewing

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68 Ratings
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Ratings: 68
Reviews: 21
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 11.47%
Wants: 4
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Jack's Abby Brewing visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Munich Helles Lager |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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

(Beer added by: mschofield on 08-07-2011)
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Reviews by puboflyons:
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puboflyons

New Hampshire

4.43/5  rDev +18.1%

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.

08-04-2012 18:26:00 | More by puboflyons
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tigg924

Massachusetts

3.9/5  rDev +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.

10-01-2012 16:47:08 | More by tigg924
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Gonzoillini

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev 0%

09-17-2012 02:39:46 | More by Gonzoillini
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Hopdaemon39

New York

4.35/5  rDev +16%

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.

07-14-2012 01:29:07 | More by Hopdaemon39
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Sailracer


3.75/5  rDev 0%

02-10-2013 21:03:31 | More by Sailracer
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largadeer

California

4.05/5  rDev +8%

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.

08-24-2012 05:41:52 | More by largadeer
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tzieser

Arizona

4.5/5  rDev +20%

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.

09-18-2012 22:59:19 | More by tzieser
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kevgod

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

01-08-2012 17:41:04 | More by kevgod
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Binger72

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev 0%

10-04-2012 12:03:52 | More by Binger72
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Bilco

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

08-11-2012 01:14:33 | More by Bilco
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Goldfishman

Massachusetts

3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

08-13-2012 00:00:02 | More by Goldfishman
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codon2004

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +6.7%

11-29-2011 18:56:12 | More by codon2004
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BelJen

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -20%

08-03-2012 20:28:17 | More by BelJen
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jlindros

Massachusetts

3.68/5  rDev -1.9%

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.

08-20-2011 03:19:15 | More by jlindros
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cfalovo97

Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -20%

11-06-2012 18:49:50 | More by cfalovo97
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smcolw

Massachusetts

3.6/5  rDev -4%

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.

07-28-2012 01:56:37 | More by smcolw
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AndyAvalanche

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +6.7%

08-13-2012 22:43:45 | More by AndyAvalanche
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Mikecap

Rhode Island

3.75/5  rDev 0%

10-29-2012 00:23:40 | More by Mikecap
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Schmuckles

Rhode Island

3.75/5  rDev 0%

08-22-2012 02:17:19 | More by Schmuckles
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Gosox8787

New Hampshire

3.98/5  rDev +6.1%

Presentation: Chilled bottle served into a pint glass. June 2012 bottle so this is very fresh.

Appearance: Dark red / light brown in color with a nice, white head that turns into a lacing. Really crisp carbonation.

Aroma: Some pretty strong caramel and breadiness throughout. A light bitterness from the hops. Very light and refreshing.

Taste: Really nice caramel and brown sugar is tempered by some light pine bitterness. Very toasty and bready. The alcohol is well hidden and the balance is on point.

Mouthfeel: Really light with some nice and crisp carbonation. Really refreshing and easy to drink.

Overall, a really nice refreshing lager with strong caramel flavor and a nice hop bite to counter. Complex, flavorful and easy to drink. Definitely a beer I would revisit for the price.

07-22-2012 02:25:16 | More by Gosox8787
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Duhast500

Rhode Island

3.75/5  rDev 0%

Poured from a pint bottle into a Harpoon snifter.

The color is a ruby red color with a gold tint. There is a slight wisp of off-white head with a good a good amount of carbonation.

The aroma is pretty sweet with some fruity cherry aroma in the nose. There is a slight touch of grainy flavor in the nose as well.

The taste has a candy light flavor that has a nice sweetness that is missing from some lagers but not this one. There is an ale like characteristics that is found here in the juicy fruit flavor with a cherry and grape flavor that also has the faintest crisp flavor and feel.

This beer does have a lighter crispness that is like a lager but gives off a fruit taste that punches the tongue like an ale. This beer seems to want to go places it might not be prepared to do. The is some promises as you begin to sip this that does not seem to be fulfilled.

02-23-2013 05:15:37 | More by Duhast500
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kaelingirl

Massachusetts

3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

07-10-2012 00:01:03 | More by kaelingirl
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polishkaz

Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

08-30-2012 20:14:03 | More by polishkaz
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Thren

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

02-01-2013 21:28:08 | More by Thren
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rmarsch

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +20%

03-01-2013 23:20:04 | More by rmarsch
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Red Tape Lager from Jack's Abby Brewing
84 out of 100 based on 68 ratings.