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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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3.75/5  rDev 0%

Binger72, Oct 04, 2012
Photo of tigg924
3.9/5  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.

tigg924, Oct 01, 2012
Photo of phishfoolme
4/5  rDev +6.7%

phishfoolme, Sep 20, 2012
Photo of tzieser
4.5/5  rDev +20%
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.

tzieser, Sep 18, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev 0%

Gonzoillini, Sep 17, 2012
Photo of ryan1788a5
4.5/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

ryan1788a5, Sep 15, 2012
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4/5  rDev +6.7%

ComRock12, Sep 15, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev 0%

brez8791, Sep 07, 2012
Photo of polishkaz
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

polishkaz, Aug 30, 2012
Photo of largadeer
4.05/5  rDev +8%
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.

largadeer, Aug 24, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev 0%

Schmuckles, Aug 22, 2012
Photo of AndyAvalanche
4/5  rDev +6.7%

AndyAvalanche, Aug 13, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

Goldfishman, Aug 13, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

Bilco, Aug 11, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Horbar, Aug 08, 2012
Photo of puboflyons
4.43/5  rDev +18.1%
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.

puboflyons, Aug 04, 2012
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4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16.9 oz. bottle into my Victory pilsner glass.

Appearance: Pours a clean, deep reddish mahogany. About a finger or so light tan head. Quickly dissipated to a thin wispy layer.

Smell: Supremely malty...very strong cereal notes, some grassiness and a heavy touch of caramel malt.

Taste: Very sweet and malty. Much like the nose...caramel and a dark, sweet breadiness.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and highly quaffable.

Overall: All in all, this is a pretty straightforward Munich Dunkel. It's tasty and drinkable. It's not my favorite Jack's Abby brew, but it's still pretty good.

pburland23, Aug 04, 2012
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3/5  rDev -20%

BelJen, Aug 03, 2012
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3/5  rDev -20%

Rekrule, Jul 31, 2012
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4/5  rDev +6.7%

Ray7233, Jul 29, 2012
Photo of smcolw
3.6/5  rDev -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.

smcolw, Jul 28, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev 0%

brureview, Jul 26, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev 0%

Archemedies, Jul 24, 2012
Photo of Gosox8787
3.98/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Gosox8787, Jul 22, 2012
Photo of Dope
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Dope, Jul 16, 2012
Red Tape Lager from Jack's Abby Brewing
84 out of 100 based on 68 ratings.