Red Jacket Amber Ale - Keweenaw Brewing Company
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Reviews by Phocion:
2.03/5 rDev -41.8%
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.
01-25-2014 22:15:32 | More by Phocion
More User Reviews:
3.75/5 rDev +7.4%
12 oz can with a gay miner, really more of a gay lumberjack, on the front. Described as an Oktoberfest.
Pumpkin Orange body with ample carbonation and solid off white lacing that lasts for the entire beer. Shockingly stunning. This came from a can?
The aroma is sweet, malty, and loaded with fall spice. Reminds me of both marzen and pumpkin beers.
Very sweet, light bodied beer with aggressive carbonation. Marzen malts dominate. Pumpkin pie is second. Fruity with just touches of roastiness and hops. Truly drinkable. A very nice beer and my first canned Oktoberfest.
08-19-2007 04:34:48 | More by DaPeculierDane
2.65/5 rDev -24.1%
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).
08-14-2010 21:03:09 | More by SAxDRC5
3.71/5 rDev +6.3%
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.
03-24-2014 03:24:25 | More by tjsdomer2
3.95/5 rDev +13.2%
12oz can, Riley's
appearance: poured from can to a Stone pint glass...clean and clear amber body with a light tan head and minimal lacing
smell: big caramel malts, toasted grain, sweet apple
taste: could double for an american marzen in a blind taste test...caramel apple, toasted grains and malts, thin and easy drinking
mouthfeel: a little thin, but nice for the style
08-28-2008 23:26:37 | More by dirtylou
4.1/5 rDev +17.5%
Dark amber with short white head. Smells of sweet, caramel malts with a touch of hops. Hops come out more in the flavor and adds a nice kick. Full-malt flavor, adding a touch of fruit to the caramel. Easy drinking and damn tasty. They call it an oktoberfest-style beer, but its more American Amber with balls. Definately the best beer I've had at KBC.
05-24-2006 20:22:47 | More by tempest
2.25/5 rDev -35.5%
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.
01-19-2011 15:53:14 | More by Kegatron
2.58/5 rDev -26.1%
Originally reviewed March 18, 2005. On tap at the brewpub. Deep ruby auburn pour, with sustaining white head and quite sticky lacing. Lacks aroma. Smooth malty flavor with hints of fruit and caramel in the background. Silk smooth palate with creamy finish. Nicely drinkable, and certainly the best of the regulars. Actually, this tastes the best when they make a "Lake Superior" and top it off with a third of a pint of their Birch Beer.
08-03-2006 23:33:34 | More by CharlesDarwin
3.73/5 rDev +6.9%
The guy on this can looks like the long lost coal miner outcast from the Village People. Amber can matches the reddish orange tint of the beer that froths out of it. Floating floaties and a solid head of creamy foam. Minor lace with good head retention. Lightly bready, sweet malty nose. Smells like a bakery. Clean malt flavor with some biting carbonation. Smooth caramel and challah bread aftertaste. Decent session beer, no flaws, but not sure if I would seek it out.
01-03-2009 05:37:51 | More by emerge077
3.25/5 rDev -6.9%
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.
12-18-2010 20:55:57 | More by SickGnar
3.03/5 rDev -13.2%
Poured from a 12 ounce can into a pint glass.
Off white head and a hazy copper body. Little bit of floral hops in the taste, which is nice. Not alot of flavor from the malts, just a little sweetness playing second fiddle to the hops. A little butter flavor as well?
06-10-2009 01:00:10 | More by BierFan
3.8/5 rDev +8.9%
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.
12-11-2010 04:37:12 | More by Beejay
Red Jacket Amber Ale from Keweenaw Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 103 ratings.