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Red Tape Lager - Jack's Abby Brewing

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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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3.75/5  rDev 0%

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3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

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3.75/5  rDev 0%

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3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

Crafty99, Jul 07, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

shehateme, Jun 09, 2013
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4.01/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

(copied from blog - written January 14, 2013)

Appearance – Beautiful reddish brown. One finger white head. Leaves a nice lacing.
Smell – Sweet malts and caramel.
Taste – Caramel, dark fruits, roasted grain or wheat flavor. Very small hop flavor.

At first this beer reminded me of a sweet red ale like Oskar Blues Imperial Red or Northcoast Red Seal Ale. After about a quarter of the beer was down though I started to realize the subtle hop flavor that those beers don’t have as well as a much more roasted taste. The first time I drank this beer I remember not being too impressed but I gave it a second shot because it’s fairly cheap and I want to review more Jack’s Abby beers!… Anyway this time I’m finding it much more enjoyable. A solid beer in their line-up that leans more towards the malty sweetside that is less common with this brewery.

RummyRedbeard, May 24, 2013
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4/5  rDev +6.7%

soze47, Mar 16, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +20%

rmarsch, Mar 01, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

Duhast500, Feb 23, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev 0%

Sailracer, Feb 10, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

nquigley16, Feb 10, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Thren, Feb 01, 2013
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4/5  rDev +6.7%

jjcote, Jan 09, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: This one pours a deep garnet with amber hues and a head that is off white and a good one inch high.

Aroma: Dark fruit sweetness with smokey undertones. Prunes, faint grape, plums, clove, caramel malts with alot of bready sweetness. Traces of toffee.

Taste: Full bodied with a chewy mouthfeel. Toffee, sweet dark fruits, plums, heavy caramel malts, minor notes of plantaines and a bit of a dryness. Clove, sweet apples, brown sugar.

Notes: Such a good Lager very drinkable and very well done. Cheers.

horshack7, Dec 09, 2012
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3.9/5  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

kristiekatk, Dec 03, 2012
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4/5  rDev +6.7%

ferrettman687, Nov 25, 2012
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3/5  rDev -20%

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4/5  rDev +6.7%

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3/5  rDev -20%

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Red Tape Lager from Jack's Abby Brewing
84 out of 100 based on 68 ratings.