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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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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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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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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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3.75/5  rDev 0%

10-22-2012 19:07:06 | More by imperialking
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3.75/5  rDev 0%

09-17-2012 02:39:46 | More by Gonzoillini
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3.75/5  rDev 0%

07-09-2012 03:45:32 | More by rab53
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2.5/5  rDev -33.3%

11-12-2012 20:35:07 | More by sendbeer
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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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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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4/5  rDev +6.7%

11-15-2011 04:30:04 | More by UncleJimbo
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4/5  rDev +6.7%

A: A clear red pour with a big bubbly slightly off-white head.

S: Very bready with some herbal hop aroma.

T: Bready and smooth as in the aroma. Almost a little toasty, especially towards the middle and the end. A bit of herbal hops and tea in the finish. It's kinda like an irish red but with a german and american touch making it delicious.

M: Medium bodied and oh so smooth.

O: A simple but very tasty, smooth and drinkable beer. A simple beer for sure but at the same time it's just perfectly balanced and quaffable. Jack's Abby can do no wrong by me.

07-16-2012 05:01:47 | More by Dope
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3.75/5  rDev 0%

09-07-2012 19:29:17 | More by brez8791
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3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

07-10-2012 00:01:03 | More by kaelingirl
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3.78/5  rDev +0.8%

Pours clear red, limited head with a faint ring.

Right at the pour I got whiff of something sour. Uh oh. I've come back to it and it is gone. Some toasted malt, a slight touch of cocoa (it's there). Some mineral.

An odd version of the style. Not enough deep roasted notes for me, but what is there works. Toasted malt, a little tart acid on the tongue, going to malt and bitterness, which is just right s it fades to maltiness. Really nice structure with this beer. I want this to finish a bit crisp, but instead it is a little mouth coating and has a little dry pucker. Nice medium body.

A great drinkable brew with decent complexities. Good malt forward lager. Another solid brew from these guys.

07-04-2012 00:24:40 | More by OtherShoe2
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Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -20%

11-06-2012 18:49:50 | More by cfalovo97
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4/5  rDev +6.7%

11-23-2011 15:37:28 | More by waiting4lunch
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3/5  rDev -20%

07-31-2012 18:23:37 | More by Rekrule
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4/5  rDev +6.7%

11-17-2011 18:02:55 | More by funkel81
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3.75/5  rDev 0%

01-10-2013 05:14:02 | More by Auror
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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

08-30-2012 20:14:03 | More by polishkaz
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4.5/5  rDev +20%

16.9oz bottle poured into a Hofbrau seidel.

A: Pours a clear amber/red in color. Pillowy khaki-colored head graces the top of the beer with a solid three fingers of height. Retention is great. Lacing is clumpy and very sticky.

S: Bready malts and some toasty/caramel aromas. Slight fruitiness with a touch of grape skin. Nutty with a hint of cocoa. Spicy and grassy Noble hops. Earthy yeast. Great nose, very authentic and fresh.

T: Sweet and fruity up front with a toasted crust edge. Rich caramel, toasted grain, bread crust. Fruitiness comes with a bit of grape skin and maybe even a touch of berry, but this is further malt complexity, not esters. Slight nuttiness with a delicate hint of cocoa powder. Hop bitterness does just enough to keep the sweetness in check. Hints of spicy Noble hops toward the end. Drying finish of toasted grain, caramel, and a melanoidin richness.

M: Medium bodied. Firm and rich malt body. Slightly chewy. Bit of astringency. Seltzery carbonation cuts through just enough. Great.

O: Good Lord. Is Jack's Abby ever going to make a bad beer? This is phenomenal stuff. Very rich in flavor and authentic. Great example of a Munich Dark. Makes me wanna strap on a pair of lederhosen and start yodeling.

Notes: This beer is listed as a Munich Helles on this site. That is clearly a mistake, and you'll learn that the second you pour it. This is a Munich Dunkel, or dark lager, so don't expect a Helles. God I wish they'd brew a Helles though.

09-15-2012 20:15:14 | More by ryan1788a5
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4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

08-11-2012 01:14:33 | More by Bilco
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3.83/5  rDev +2.1%

This beer pours a lovely clear red/amber body with a bright white head. Might be one of the most beautiful looking beers I’ve had from Jack’s Abby. Almost reminds you of a clear sunset summer evening.

Anyway, nose is a bit more non-descript. Some fresh malt and grain, but nothing really jumps out at you.

Taste is very nice and smooth with a chewy bitterness. It’s kind of a tough beer to describe. I know it’s a 100% munich dark malt, but it almost has more of a red ale type malt flavor to it. It’s really not very German malty at all. This is freaking me out. Hops are there. The glacier hops give it a very unique hop bitterness. It’s surprisingly bitter too. As it warms it starts to take on more of the German munich dunkel sort of flavor. The lagering processes at JA really gives this beer such a clean refreshing flavor. Good stuff. Ends with a nice quick bitterness.

I’ve given up completely trying to fit Jack’s Abby’s beer into the “style”, cuz they never do. You really just need to go into it with a blank pallete and taste away. This beer is no exception to that. It’s like a very Americanized German dunkel mixed with an American Session red ale, but with that super smooth and slick lager flavor like JA’s Jabby Brau. Unique, but very good. A killer session beer for sure.

07-03-2012 23:45:01 | More by taez555
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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

06-09-2013 19:07:51 | More by shehateme
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Rhode Island

3.75/5  rDev 0%

10-29-2012 00:23:40 | More by Mikecap
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Red Tape Lager from Jack's Abby Brewing
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