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Rhinelander Mystical Jack Traditional Ale - Minhas Craft Brewery

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80 Ratings
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Ratings: 80
Reviews: 26
rAvg: 3.07
pDev: 22.48%
Wants: 0
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Minhas Craft Brewery visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
English Strong Ale |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: biboergosum on 09-29-2011

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Ratings: 80 | Reviews: 26
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3/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of BEERchitect
3.57/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A flavorful and balanced obscure ale that seems of ESB origins, but with greater body, taste, and strength.

The jackalope-themed beer opens with a clear brown color for a somewhat cola-like appearance. Fluid and froathy foam gives a slightly tanned hue that struggles for retention and lace.

Strong malty aromas portray bold elements of toast, molasses, nuts, and heavily toasted grain. Balanced hop aromas provide a grassy, piney, and overall earthy scent.

Flavors of sweetness are pitted against bitterness for an earthy-sweet bit of caramel, barley, corn, buttered toast, sorghum, raw grain, tree bark, earthen peat, walnuts, fresh brewed wort, freshly cut grass, and resiny pine. Balanced but not overly complex, the beer fares well but not nearly to the degree of the 80 ibu calling on the label.

Full bodied to start, the beer's sweet weight dissipates and allows for a grainy sweet finish and earthy bite that hinges on grain husk astringency.

An oddly appealing beer with a heavy emphasis on sweetness, without full maltiness. This leaves me wanting much more malt crispness and less raw sweetness. The claimed high hopping rates also leave me wanting more.

Photo of Knapp85
3.38/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This one poured out darker than I expected. The beer looks to be a deep brown color with a fizzy white colored head on top. The smell of the beer has some light malt aromas, some spice and hints of molasses. The taste of the beer is sweet upfront with some roasted notes and it actually had a nice bitter finish to it. The mouthfeel was drinkable, still a bit on the thin side but not terrible. Overall this is the best brew I got to try while at Minhas. I'm glad I got to finally see what all the Anti-Hype was that my friend Traci was telling me about this brewery.

Photo of biboergosum
2.68/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

650ml bottle. Apparently inspired by the 'legend' of the Jackalope. What sort of grotesque hybrid does that imply here?

This beer pours a clear, very dark golden brown colour, with two fingers of foamy, puffy, almost creamy beige head, which leaves a thin paint job of lace around the glass in its not-too-hasty wake. It smells of bready, grainy malt, some oily nuttiness, and leafy, earthy hops. The taste is somehow sour, edgy fruit, over a stunned grainy malt, underpinned by some metallic booze, and beaten down, mugged earthy hops. The carbonation is average, the body on the light side (physically - metaphorically that's a whole other story), more than mildly astringent, and quite palate-depressing. It finishes a little sweet from the struggling 'malt', the acerbic, yet not really warming, booze cementing its stranglehold on this beast.

Wow, it started off so well, what could have gone wrong? I'll tell you - Minhas has found a new way to fuck with me - instead of obviously flaw-ridden, bottom of the barrel lagers, they're now pushing pseudo-craft offerings, which ring with the same sensibility as BMC's similar ilk (and they're in bombers, to boot!). This one looks good, smells decent enough, and then, whooosh - through the trap door you go. Like my previous experience with their, heh, chocolate stout, the aphorism "lipstick on a pig" was never more apt, and to play into their label chicanery: no, I wish that this beer was not for real, cheapest bomber around or not.

Photo of emerge077
3.33/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A Rhinelander beer contract brewed by Minhas. Label depicts a jackalope with tribal tattoos, lol.

Dark brown with amber glints in the light, a half inch of foam on top, some flecks of foam in the glass. Swirling skim across the surface.

A vague raisin or plum sweetness to the aroma, but not much definition or complexity there.

Some astringency, dry earthy roast and light bitterness, lingering residual sweetness. Flavor is ok, seems like a big brown ale more than anything. As it warms, the alcohol is perceptible. Not bad, not great... best thing made by Minhas, but its a contract brew and not a house brand.

Ultimately not really a beer to seek out, and as a budget buy, at nearly $6 locally its not much cheaper than craft bombers or sixers that taste much better... if people are paying less than $3 for this, i've been ripped off :(

Photo of TMoney2591
2.33/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Served in a Duvel tulip glass.

Okay, these mice have had way too much blood tea... Anyway, this stuff pours a clear dark ruby-garnet topped by a finger of sandy khaki foam. The nose comprises sweet caramel, dry biscuit, and ruby red grapefruit syrup. The taste holds notes of dank tobacco, stale toffee, bad tomatoes, and menthol. Wow, this went steeply downhill very quickly. Ugh, it honestly hurts to drink, and the flavors malinger for what seems like decades. Bad combination. The body is a very light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a watery feel. Overall, another nice-looking and horrid-tasting beer today. Just not my day...

Photo of jlindros
2.75/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked this up on a whim, doesn't look great and the other beer I had by them was terrible.

decent head, creamy 1 finger head, decent lacing, somewhat hazy mahogany bit of light ruby coming through.

Nose some syrupy mess, straw and paper, corn syrup, molasses, little boozy, hint fruity.

Taste is meh but not terribly awful, syrupy corn syrup and molasses, paper, corrugated cardboard, corn stalk starchy, fairly sweet, apple fig and raisin like fruit, date too, light chewy biscuit. Hint of grassy earthy hops in there, slightly herbal, and some boozy flavors. Weird herbal sticky corn stalk earthy paper finish, hint metallic, sticky syrupy mess.

Mouth is med bodied syrupy and over carb.

Overall bleh. Poorly done beer, tastes like an adjunct beer that was oxidized and brewed mostly with corn syrup and straw.

Photo of russpowell
3.25/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of DrunkinYogi
3/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of wrightst
3.75/5  rDev +22.1%

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.32/5  rDev +40.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a teku)

A- This beer pours a dense brown glowing body with a gentle microbubble carbonation and a bubbly creamy light tan head that fades to a thin film.

S- The rich toffee and caramel malt notes are followed by a hint of smoke and dried wood with some pot caramel and black butter notes in the finish.

T- The slightly buttery toffee flavor is rich in malt character and has an English yeast ester note in the background. There are some roasted malt flavors in the finish that have a scorched black malt bitterness that softly lingers after each sip.

M- This beer has a medium-light mouthfeel with a gentle alcohol warmth and a soft fizz that scrubs a bit of the bitterness away.

O- This has some barleywine and stout characteristics with nice rich toffee notes and good support with the yeast character. The bitterness is a bit too strong but the alcohol and sweetness counteract it.

Photo of johnnnniee
3.33/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a solid dark brown with ruby highlights when held to light and a huge tan head that persists forever. Smells of toffee and brown sugar with an earthy mineral edge to provide some balance. Light caramel and a hint of chocolate round out the nose. The flavor is a bit sweet with a heavy toffee and caramel up front. There's a weird back and forth between malt and earthy mineral and metallic flavors that sustains for most of the flavor curve. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a sweet mineral water mouthfeel. Not a bad beer, and it grew on me a bit after it warmed up. I probably wouldn't try it again, but thanks for the opportunity Dave.

Photo of DrJay
3.7/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber.
Clear reddish brown with some fizzy bubbles that lingered and formed a slid cap. Balance of sweetness and hops in the aroma and flavour - hints of mint and bread with some currant and date fruitiness. Medium body and carbon dioxide with decent texture. Solid.

Photo of tone77
3.51/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 22 oz. bottle. Has a pretty mahogany color with a 1 inch head. Smell is sweet, malty, some dark fruits. Taste is of malts, sweet, kind of mild compared to the smell, a little bit of alcohol is present. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a decent beer.

Photo of rudzud
2.96/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.75

"Thanks" to JLindros for sharing this beer. Poured into a standard pint glass.

A - Poured a deep garnet hue with browner notes with a half of finger of light mocha head that fades to leave slight lacing.

S - Aromas of mediocrity ...corn syrup, roasted malts, grains, and twinges of metal.

T - Taste is meh. Cardboard galore with corn and sweetness. Oh wow, do I detect bread and cardboard?

M - Mouthfeel isn't too bad with sharper and decent.

O - Overall this was uhh meh. Just mediocre. Really not worth the money.

Photo of WDJersey
3/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of fredmugs
3/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of paulish
3.75/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle. Good beer from WI.

Photo of JohnK17
3.5/5  rDev +14%

Photo of richkrull
1.5/5  rDev -51.1%

Photo of Ivanhoes_Backpack
2.75/5  rDev -10.4%

Photo of schnarr84
3/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of Zachtheporter
4.27/5  rDev +39.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into a sifter.

A- Pours a deep dark brownish black. Pours a tanish white head that dissipate right away leaving a residual ring around the edges of the glass.

S- Smells strongly of dark fruits and grapes. Sweet smelling. Like a sweet earthy freshly grown vineyard.

T-Very sweet. Hints of malt dance with the sweet taste of grape juice leaving an enjoyable residue on the tip of the tongue. Very little hop bitterness. Very sweet and drinkable.

M- Smooth. Not to much carbonation at all. Leaves a sweet spicy taint on lingering on the back of the tongue.

O- Very surprised by this beer, the perfect Strong Ale for someone who wants to try the style or someone who's new to craft beer in general. The price really can't be beat either, especially for the style. For 2.39$ I would definitely buy this again. I especially love this beer since it's from such a small local brewery here in wisconsin. A great cheep beer.

Photo of JamieDuncan
2.9/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Okay, so I picked up a 22 of this from Old Farm in Frederick because they had it on a sale for $1.89 a bottle. Hell, the bottle is worth a buck to me to homebrew so how the hell can the beer not be worth 89 cents. Had to try a few of the Minhas beers. Pretty good looking beer, but not sure what I am smelling. But I have had beers with no nose that were tasty. Well, not so much, not the worst beer I have ever had but certainly not what I would call good. The funny thing is that I am trying to figure out if I would buy more for the bottles and the alcohol, I mean, $1.89. Nah, rather save a little liver mileage for something else. That said, gonna use the bottle so nothing lost.

Photo of StaveHooks
3.36/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22oz. served into a snifter glass.

A - Pours a super dark brown with ruby highlights. A firm 2" tan head ministers beautiful arbitrary lacing.

S - Cocoa powder, wet grain, caramel malt, copper penny, grassy, bready yeast, brewed tea, hints of malt extract.

T - Molasses, iron, English tea tannins stick to the cheeks, roasted malts, cocoa, burnt caramel/toffee malts layer against the tannins. There's faint hints of herbal hops in the background. Finishes fairly dry with a coating of tannins.

M - Medium lush body, with moderate carbonation, thins out when warm.

This fits an English Strong Ale rather than the American version.
Strong tea tannins pair with cocoa and a rich toasted caramel backbone with an herbal bitterness. This works well for an English Style.

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Rhinelander Mystical Jack Traditional Ale from Minhas Craft Brewery
72 out of 100 based on 80 ratings.