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Red Jacket Amber Ale - Keweenaw Brewing Company

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Red Jacket Amber AleRed Jacket Amber Ale

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114 Ratings
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Ratings: 114
Reviews: 57
rAvg: 3.5
pDev: 15.14%
Wants: 1
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Keweenaw Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  5.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: tempest on 05-24-2006

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Ratings: 114 | Reviews: 57
Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce can into pint glass, canned on 10/28/2014. Pours slightly hazy deep orange/copper color with a 2 finger dense and rocky off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas caramel, toast, toffee, biscuit, brown sugar, light nuttiness, light orange zest, herbal, grass, and herbal/toasted earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/bready malts and earthy hop notes; with solid strength. Taste of caramel, toast, toffee, biscuit, brown sugar, light nuttiness, light orange zest, herbal, grass, and herbal/toasted earthiness. Slight earthy herbal bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, toast, toffee, biscuit, brown sugar, light nuttiness, light orange zest, and herbal/toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Good robustness and complexity of dark/bready malts and earthy hop flavor; with a solid malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied; with a very smooth and moderately creamy/bready mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish as expected of 5.1%. Overall this is a nice malty amber ale style. All around good robustness, complexity, and balance of dark/bready malts and earthy hop flavors; and very smooth to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.

Photo of tjsdomer2
3.71/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Bright orange with excellent carbonation and nice white lacing.

Smell: Sweet citrus and caramel. Faint bitter pine in the finish.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Bitter orange with a caramel finish. Excellent balance but a tad generic. Slick mouthfeel full of hop oil.

Overall: A decent amber.

Photo of Phocion
2.14/5  rDev -38.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.75

12 oz. can (which calls this an "Oktoberfest-style ale; not really sure how that works, but I'll still drink it) poured into a shaker pint. Clean copper body with a solid finger of frothy white head. Decent retention and good lacing.

Aroma is very malt-forward. Caramel, toffee, biscuit, and doughy. Interesting berry aroma as well. This almost smells like one of those fruit flavored cereals from my youth; I'm not sure if that's a good or bad thing.

Slight spicy/earthy hoppiness, but mostly this thing is just sweet. As in extraordinarily cloyingly sweet. Caramel, biscuit, and that strange artificial berry flavor are all combining in a very concerted effort in making this downright unpleasant. Dry, burnt finish seals the deal.

Good carbonation, but a sticky, grainy mouthfeel.

Overall I am very glad this was a freebie from a distributor. One of the worst craft beers I've tried. Avoid.

Photo of buschbeer
3.79/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 ounce can
Served in a conical pint glass

A - This beer is as advertised, amber in color, with golden highlights. It is topped with an inch of off-white head. There is some suspended yeast as well.

S - I smell sweet caramel malt. It almost has a maple sweetness to it.

T - The taste has a sweet caramel taste to it along with some toffee. There are some faint hops but pretty sweet overall.

M - Medium

O - This is a pretty good beer. It is a little sweet, but it is a decent amber.

Photo of carlborch
3.6/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a brilliant, copper-brown. 2 inch head forms with rougher texture (larger bubbles) than expected. The off-white-to-tan head settles quickly to a 1/4 inch leaving some Belgian lace behind. The nose has notes of bread and malt without any evident hop. Hints of dried fruit (raisins?) and caraway reminiscent of Irish soda bread. Medium-to-light body. Sweet. Singular malt notes on the palate. Highly drinkable and thirst quenching. Straight forward. Modest carbonation.

Photo of andrenaline
3.72/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Props to my aunt and uncle for the hook up on this bad boy!

A - Pours a dark amber colour with a redish hue, thin layer of head with little retention or lacing.

S - Sweet toasted biscuit, caramel, burnt sugar and a metallic finish.

T - Surprisingly sweet, loads of caramel, brown sugar and a touch of maple syrop. Finish is bready with spicey notes and a leafy green hop note.

M - Medium, smooth and a touch of dryness.

O - A tasty amber indeed, I wish they had more beers from this brewery to try, as it was a pleasurable ale indeed.

Photo of minterro
3.61/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From notes from on tap at Keweenaw.

Nose is very similar sweet bready nose. White head hangs around for half the drink super drinkable. Decent lacing. Clear copper colored.

Medium to low bodied, medium carbonation. Very smooth and not really bitter or dry. Its seems to be a trend in most of their beers. Bready and sweet malts, not a lot of distinguishing qualities.

I've been to the brewery and checked out there cans and they are plastic lined and the use a micro filter but the beer never seems to be as good in the cans as it is at their brewery. Plus at the price of 2.50 a pint... whoa doggy can't beat that!

Photo of WastingFreetime
2.55/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed from notes.

A. Brownish-red with a thin receding foam collar, no real lacing or retention time is present.

S. Only a thin wash of vague malt...that's it.

T. Somewhat generic biscuit and pale malts mixed together. A bit of herbal hopping appears in the finish.

M. Light bodied, thin yet bubbly.

This one didn't really impress me all that much.

Photo of WYVYRN527
3.45/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12-ounce can poured into a New Belgium glass.

A: Deep mahogany in color with a thin eggshell head that leaves a thin film on the surface.

S: Not much on the nose. Some caramel and fruit, with very little hop presence.

T: Caramel, toast, and some fruity esters shine through, with grassy, floral hop undertones. Finish is a bit gritty, with some boozy heat.

Notes: Medium in body, with a fair amount of flavor and a thick mouthfeel. Somewhat syrupy. It is an easy drinking brew, but with a little TLC it could have so much more potential. Just a bit unbalanced.

Photo of Vixie
3.35/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a copper color, a little lighter than others I have seen of this style. Forms a bit of a tan colored head.

Mainly malt and yeast, also a bit like bread.

Very much on the malty side, has a sweetness to it, but it's not overdone. There is a bit of hop flavor at the finish.

Pretty decent for the style, nothing to complain about here.

Fairly decent amber ale, nothing really outstanding here, but an easy to drink and good tasting beer. While not my favorite style, I could easily drink more of this.

Photo of jkrich
3.41/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from an undated 12 oz. can: clear, brownish copper with a very nice sustained off-white head.
The aroma was rather indistinct - a little sweet, perfumy malt but not much else.
This is very much a malt forward amber with a nice caramel entry with some faint sourness that detracts slightly from the flavor. There is hint of butterscotch in the aftertaste.
This medium bodied ale had a soft, clean adn somewhat thin mouthfeel with a little too much sweet aftertaste on the palate.
Overall, a good tasting, malty amber style ale, but it is far from my favorite for this style.

Photo of EgadBananas
3.26/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nice cloudy amber color on the pour. Head was pronounced, fluffy and off-white. Retention was excellent and lacing was great and pretty.

Aroma was...not very prevalent. Some metallic tinnings, malt sweetness, and a touch of hops surprisingly

Taste had a touch of hops and bitterness, and a light smackling of maltiness. Nothing spectacular, but it was enjoyable for the most part.

Feel was ok, crisp, light-medium in body...tad too bubbly though.

This brew wasn't bad, but nothing I'd venture for. Glad to give it a whirl for sure! thanks Woody!

Photo of GoldenChild
4.88/5  rDev +39.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is a great beer its my staple beer that i just cant ever get enough of. The first time that i tried it i thought that it was ok then about a month later i decided to try it again and i loved it.
Malty goodness. Brown sugar, Coffee, Honey, Caramel and Toasted raisin bread, followed by a slight hop bitterness.

I love this beer think that it has tons of depth and character. I'm surprised by some peoples ratings.

I dont care for there bridge lifter so far.

Photo of Kegatron
2.28/5  rDev -34.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

12 oz can into a pint glass.

Pours a clear copper, with several fizzy fingers of light tan head. This peters down pretty quickly, retaining with a soapy look that leaves back some spotty foam down the sides of the glass. The aroma is earthy and a bit grassy smelling, with some underlying notes of toast, bread, and caramel. This feels a bit muddled in the nose at times.

The taste is leafy bitterness layered on top of citric fruit, toasted biscuits, and some sweet caramel. Maybe a touch of butter in here as well. The flavors are here but much like the nose, the overall flavor profile is coming off as cluttered earthy tanginess that is a bit muted as well. The mouthfeel is lighter bodied, with some crispness on the tip on the tongue but this is mostly thin and watery feeling in the mouth. Most unimpressive feel here.

This Amber Ale fell way short of the mark for me. Just not a lot of power to the flavors (I'm not sure how old this can was) and the weak body did this absolutely no favors as well. I'd probably give this one a skip if I had the chance again.

Photo of SickGnar
3.28/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Mildly dark amber-trending copper. Just shy of clear with a decent off-white head and pretty good lacing. Pretty good looking beer.

S: Malty. Some rich and toasted Munich sort of malts as well as some sweeter caramel notes with hints of toffee and a background of milled grain. Not picking up much in the way of hops. Quite nice, but it could stand to be a bit stronger.

T: Reasonably rich munich-type malts provide a toasty, bready grain backbone. Some crystal malts add some more sweetness, a bit of caramel and an edge of toffee. Hops are grassy/earthy, but also have a slight spicy note. Start out malty and then hops come in pretty strongly balanced. There is an ale fruitiness in the background throughout. Not bad, but it does seem a bit thin and gets a touch raspy towards end of glass. Could use some more depth and body to the malts to help smooth things out.

M: Medium / medium-light with soft and smooth CO2. A rather dry finish. I think a tad more body with a hint more sticky sweet chewy heft would help out this brew.

D: A nice enough amber with a sort of Marzen influence to its grain bill. Good, but it could be improved. If you are looking for cans though, this is a far better choice than most macro swill in many regards.

Photo of Beejay
3.77/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Hazy reddish brown. Nice tan head, but it dissipates very quickly.

S: Malty with just a hint of tartness. Perhaps just a little bit of raisons.

T: Nice toasted flavor. Clean tasting and a bit bready. Not a lot of hop flavor, but the malt is lovely.

M: Medium body, and good carbonation.

D: Very drinkable. A great bbq beer. Clean, easy drinking, and refreshing.

Photo of ratatat
3.98/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer was a pleasant surprise. It pours a dark coppery amber with a significant head. It has very nice lacing. The smell is nothing to write home about. It smells of fruit and malts.

It tastes delicious with malts and fruitiness. It comes across more as a brown than an amber. It is not as bitter as I would expect. It is also pretty thick.

This is a easy drinker. It would taste great with a pizza.

Photo of adrock7309
2.66/5  rDev -24%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to OakedCanuck for this as an extra.

Poured into a traditional bar pint glass. Tons of carbonation - more than i expected from a canned beer. Light tan head that dissapated quickly.

Not too impressive a nose - reminded me of wet newspaper.

The malt backbone was there and had a decent light roasty flavor for the style. Not much in the way of hops present

Decent beer but probably wouldnt seek it out.

Photo of OakedCanuck
3.25/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz can poured into shaker

This beer pours a nice copper with lighter yellow edging with little head that dissipates without any lacing. Smells of malt, grain and bit of weak toffee. The flavor is mainly of bready malt, some caramel, sugar, nuts, and a touch of hops. Medium to light body with decent carbonation. This beer is a good, what I like to call, "outdoor beer", that would do well when you're camping, fishing, hunting, etc...mainly because it's in a can and you wouldn't feel bad about not having a glass to pour it in. Not a terribly exciting beer but not too bad.

Photo of jampics2
3.23/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A 12oz can into a pint glass.

This beer looks good, despite what I believe was some brewers yeast that made it past my careful pour into the glass. Please, can beer makers, please filter your beer - it's impossible to see the yeast coming! Amber/copper in color with some honey colored edges, the beer looks nice. It has a decent head that eventually settles down to a ring, leaving spotty lace on the glass.

The smell is fruity malt and some caramel sweetness. The fruit leaves me with impressions of oranges and white grapes, perhaps even a touch of cotton candy. Strange but not offensive.

The fruitiness carries over to the taste but is much better contrasted by malt presence. There's an initial sweetness that is reminiscent of oranges, sweet apples and sugary bread crust. There's also some traditional grainy malt tastes - caramel, cookie dough, and just a touch of toast. Bitterness is mild and the finish is clean with just a touch of grain and cardboard.

The mouthfeel is light and the carbonation makes this a refreshing beer. Overall, I didn't hate this beer but found the fruitiness strange and the beer as a whole was rather remarkable.

Photo of SAxDRC5
2.66/5  rDev -24%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz can into a cheap beer mug that I bought at Walmart.

a quick note: the can says this is an Oktoberfest style and not an amber ale like this site does. So I was a bit confused on whether to rate it as an amber or an Oktoberfest.

A- Redish orange. White head that quickly recedes. Little to no lacing. Looks about like I'd expect from an amber ale.

S- Smells malty and sweet. Maybe some caramel.

T- malty at first with a sweet caramel and metallic finish. No hops at all. definitely tastes like an oktoberfest.

M- pretty light body, nice carbonation. I am a fan of less carbonated beers and this one is perfect for me as far as carbonation goes.

D- Quite drinkable. I don't notice alcohol or hops so I could probably drink several. I would say that this is half-way between amber ale and oktoberfest, so it is perfect for the time of year that I am writing this (mid august).

Photo of indiapaleale
3.16/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pour - a bright auburn with some orange ad yellow hues. An inch-thick, white wispy head adorns this pour.

Aroma - malty goodness. Brown sugar, honey, caramel and toasted raisin bread.

Taste - a big gulp of this malty brew leads down the flavor road to brown bread, some fruity esters, caramel, apple skins and tad bit of peppery spice. More than anything this is a light yet malt dominate brew.

Overall - solid stuff. I think of amber ales as the go-to beer for the masses. They tend to be fairly straightforward, or neutral, without being too crazy. This one was spot on with the malt profile and the sweetness but not too sweet and only a faint glimpse of hops in the finish. It was a bit seltzery on the tongue which worked as it made it provided a nice crisp end to each sip.

Would I buy more of it? - sure, why not. I'd actually love to go to the brewery they operate and try some other brews on tap.

Photo of WJVII
2.63/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a pint glass from a can this brew has a light amber, slightly hazy color with a half finger off white head that left nearly any lacing. The aroma has a little malt, mild caramel and some graininess. The taste is light almost watered down, not much more to it. A little malt up front and some metallic after taste. Nothing even notable about this brew.

Photo of mwa423
2.69/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Who else would I receive this CAN from than our CANquestidor woodychandler.

A - Not too impressed, only a half finger of head that quickly died and left no lacing. The color is a hazy amber, doesn't look that appearance was really taken into consideration with this particular beer.

S - Light caramel malt aroma with a hint of sourness on the end. Nothing special.

T - Light malt taste, almost tastes like a slightly watered down extract amber ale homebrew. It's not unpleasant, but certainly below average for the style.

M/D - Easy enough to drink, but the mouthfeel is pretty weak and watered down. Skip this one and head for better amber ales.

Photo of spointon
3.68/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this one from a 12oz can into a shaker pint glass.

A= This ale poured a cloudy copper/orange color with a thin 1/2" yellow-white head. The head dropped in short order and left some streaky lace behind.

S= This one smelled mainly of malty, sweet, and caramelly grains. Some faint hops in there but the malt was center stage.

T= As expected the malt bill gave this a lot of caramel sweet flavor as well as some nutty and biscuity flavors too. The hops were there but well subdued. Despite the sweetness throughout, the finish was fairly dry.

MF= Medium bodied with a soft carbonation and slightly slick feel.

D= Pretty damn drinkable ale here. Would pair well with food, especially pub grub or summer cookout fare.

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Red Jacket Amber Ale from Keweenaw Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 114 ratings.