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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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117 Ratings
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Ratings: 117
Reviews: 58
rAvg: 3.5
pDev: 15.14%
Wants: 1
Gots: 11 | 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: 117 | Reviews: 58
Reviews by Phocion:
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.

More User Reviews:
Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.76/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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 pat61
3.9/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Pours brilliant reddish amber under a 1” cream colored foam cap.
S: Fruit and malt on the nose.
T: Light caramel to toffee, light fruit, faint cola.
F: medium body and carbonation.
O: Slightly bland but drinkable.

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 dirtylou
3.95/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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

drinkability: easy

Photo of tempest
4.1/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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 CharlesDarwin
2.56/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

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.

Photo of emerge077
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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 BierFan
3.03/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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?

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

Poured from a 12oz can into a 20oz imperial pint. Thanks to HeatherAnn for the assist!

A: Pours a nice looking amber-honey color with a 1 1/2 finger cap of light-tan foam. Random specks of foam. Surprised to see a bit of sediment floating in it.

S: Aromas of toasted malt, biscuit, tart grain, metal, and citrus hops.

T: See above. Slightly metallic and citrus-y hop. Toasty malt, caramel, lemon-y hops, green apple, and tart grain.

M: Surprisingly chewy. Dry and peppery. Shows a bit of oilyness as well.

D: Quite enjoyable. This is one of those "drink all day at a West Michigan pig roast" kind of beers.

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 woodychandler
4.21/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I CANnot express my joy in being able to review this beer! My initial cry for CANs led me to a source for two of the four currently being CANned, but then I met the owners/brewer at the GTMW and not only did they hook me up with a review-only (no trade) CAN of each of the other two, but their philosophy was dead on! These people really get Green. It has caused me to rethink what I have heard about YooPers. They have their act together.

Head was a finger of bubbly, light-brown with decent retention. Color was a slightly hazy reddish-amber, not unlike this beautiful redhead that I met at the Great Dane two Sundays ago. The nose had a fruity, malty sweetness that I have encountered before. Kind of a strawberry or raspberry Jell-O smell that always takes me back to my youth. Mouthfeel was medium with an interesting fruity taste as described above, but underlain with a slight bitterness. Finish was moderately sweet, very berry-like and super smooth. I really got lost in how quickly I was drinking this down. This CAN become another that I will pull off of the trading block if I develop a Jones for it. Act now!

In other, unrelated news, from the CAN: "The Keweenaw Brewing Company, located in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, was founded with the goal of turning beer drinkers into craft-beer lovers. Medium bodied and lightly hopped, this classic Oktoberfest-style ale is brewed in tribute to the Red Jacket Mine of what is now Calumet and to the glory days of the copper industry in the Keweenaw Peninsula."

As a redhead, I liked the ginger miner on the CAN and I am sure that my friend at the bar would likewise approve.

Photo of hopdog
3/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz can.

Poured a medium and hazy amberish color with a large sized off white head. Lots of suspended floaters. Aromas of caramel, yeasty, and I was getting some card board. Tastes of caramel, and some fruitiness. I had a hard time pinning this one down.

Photo of pweis909
4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear, on the orange side of amber, with an off-white head.

Bready aroma, malty taste, just a hint of sweetness. Hops take a back seat to malt; no hoppy flavors or aroma, but bittering and sweetness are well-balanced.

Reminds me more of an Octoberfest than an American amber, which I usually think of as ahaving a bit more crystal malt presence, fruitiness, and or hop character. This is an easy drinking beer, tasty but non-agressive, ought to be a crowd pleaser, with sufficient appeal to folks with craft brew or more mainstream tastes.

Photo of shadow1961
3.59/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Keweenaw Red Jacket Amber Ale pours a couple fingers of
rocky foam over a cloudy amber brew. There is no carbonation,
but the nose has a nice almost vinous fruitiness and a bit of tart
yeast funk. The flavor is slightly nutty with a note of tannin and
vanilla with some herbal hop off the back. The mouthfeel is light,
crisp, and dry. A nice little brew. While it doesn't knock my socks
off it's a good solid brew. There's enough complexity for it to go
well with lots of different food yet still be easy drinking. If it was
on tap locally I think I would end up drinking lots of it.

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 Frozensoul327
3.7/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Medium red color. Lots of foam and a medium high level of carbonation.

S: Fresh. I like this, seems to be straight from the brewery. Craft in a can kicks ass. Lots of malty caramel notes.

T: Rich, yet not overpowering. Strong notes of bready malts, grain and a touch of smooth yet crisp hops.

M: Bubbly and yummy. A nice smooth finish to a mildly dense brew.

D: Good. A solid sessioner. High marks to Keweenaw for brewing great beer, and then getting into cans!

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Red Jacket Amber Ale from Keweenaw Brewing Company
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