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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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PeterIngemi

Massachusetts

3.98/5  rDev +6.1%

Poured from a .5 liter bottle into a duvel glass.

A: pours a burnt ruby, with a little less then a finger of slightly toasted brownish head, settles quickly. Little lacing. I am intrigued with this brews clean slightly brown rubyness...

S: deffinatly smell toasted dark malts, reminds me of dark bread, like pumpernickel, along with a touch of sweetness, reminds me of dark toast with a touch of sweet jelly.

T: much like the nose, I keep getting reminded of dark bread toast with a touch of sweet jelly or jam, a touch if dry earth hops at the finish with a faint kiss of bitterness.

M: medium bodied with a touch of grainy chewiness, medium carbonation works very well here.

O: another very good brew from jacks Abby, interesting and well balanced, deffinatly give this brew a whirl.

07-15-2012 01:41:57 | More by PeterIngemi
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Fattsmagee

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev 0%

07-15-2012 00:38:58 | More by Fattsmagee
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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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grannaniwa

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -20%

07-12-2012 01:21:40 | More by grannaniwa
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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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CheezyBlaster

Massachusetts

4.1/5  rDev +9.3%

Great lager time.

Solid pour, great robust and clean burnt amber. Wanna slurp, but must smell.

Exquisite nose. Inviting fruity and floral notes. Alluring marzen-like malt aromas, but less biscuity, a bit less warm. Makes me want to dive in.

Beautiful feel and taste. Super-clean, but has that "unpasteurized" freshness as well. That earthy balance. Definitely taste the Munich malt. The hops are glacier, and it shows with the smooth and mild bitterness . . . but the noble hops help highlight the the fruity esters. Ripe peach, a kiss of caramel. Love this lager.

07-09-2012 23:45:29 | More by CheezyBlaster
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rab53

Washington

3.75/5  rDev 0%

07-09-2012 03:45:32 | More by rab53
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OtherShoe2

Massachusetts

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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taez555

Massachusetts

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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Gatch

Massachusetts

4.05/5  rDev +8%

A: Clear as can be with a beautiful amber color and foamy, off-white head that builds and fades quickly. No lace or retention.

S: Sugary, sweet, roasted malt.

T: Great, bready, sweet, roasted malt. Good body. Slight hop presence in the finish.

M: Superb malty flavors. Crisp and refreshing. Highly drinkable.

O: A finely crafted dark lager. Everything I hoped and expected the style to be. Another great brew from Jack's Abby!

07-03-2012 19:45:14 | More by Gatch
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Wizzman

Massachusetts

2.5/5  rDev -33.3%

03-31-2012 01:28:40 | More by Wizzman
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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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codon2004

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +6.7%

11-29-2011 18:56:12 | More by codon2004
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waiting4lunch

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +6.7%

11-23-2011 15:37:28 | More by waiting4lunch
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funkel81

California

4/5  rDev +6.7%

11-17-2011 18:02:55 | More by funkel81
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UncleJimbo

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +6.7%

11-15-2011 04:30:04 | More by UncleJimbo
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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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mschofield

Massachusetts

4.03/5  rDev +7.5%

Originally a pilot batch, but now a regular. 100% Dark Munich malt and Glacier hops.

Pours a dark, clear red, topped with a 2 finger creamy light tan head.

Aroma of bread crusts, malt, clean with some citrus hop notes. Bready.

Flavor is bread crusts, malt, touch of maybe raisin and some citrus hoppiness but no harshness, sort of noble hop crossed with Cascade hop flavor. Bready, touch of spiciness.

Medium bodied and balanced towards sweet. Falls somewhere between a Dunkel and a Maerzen.

08-07-2011 20:57:35 | More by mschofield
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Red Tape Lager from Jack's Abby Brewing
84 out of 100 based on 68 ratings.