Red Jacket Amber Ale - Keweenaw Brewing Company

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Red Jacket Amber AleRed Jacket Amber Ale

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Reviews: 58
Hads: 123
rAvg: 3.47
pDev: 16.71%
Wants: 1
Gots: 12 | FT: 0
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Keweenaw Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

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

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: tempest on 05-24-2006

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Photo of GoldenChild
4.88/5  rDev +40.6%
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. (464 characters)

Photo of DrainBamage
4.71/5  rDev +35.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a cloudy amber color with a very nice head. Smell has roasted malty aromas and just a hint a fruitiness. Taste is very complex, but well balance. The malts make it goes down smooth and is moderately carbonated with some hoppiness too. There isn't really anything bad I can say about this beer. One of the best I've had in the UP to date. I only wish this was distributed in my area. (388 characters)

Photo of woodychandler
4.21/5  rDev +21.3%
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. (1,637 characters)

Photo of cdkrenz
4.2/5  rDev +21%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Thick dark orange to medium brown colored body with an inch of pale tan head that fades slowly.

S - Fruit aroma of plum, berries, and pungent citrus. There's a hint of alcohol in the air too.

T - Nice fruity and malt start with pungent hops in the middle. The finish is a combination of the two making for a complex ending.

M - The feel is thick to start and moves to a coarseness that's very fine all the way to the finish.

~ I was not expecting this can of beer to be so good. I'm an greatly impressed and would certainly recommend this brew to any one of my friends. (578 characters)

Photo of proc
4.2/5  rDev +21%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Craft beer in a can!

This is a fine amber.

Pours out to a nice, dark red in the glass with a good, sized, head. The aroma is that of malt and bread dough. The taste is very good. Roasted malt taste that tastes you from amber to marzen and definitely says "Octoberfest".

Very well done.

If this is available in my area on a more, consistent basis, I'll have no issue picking it up. Would be a great thing to take camping -- yay to cans. (439 characters)

Photo of bozebus17
4.2/5  rDev +21%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a somewhat cloudy red/amber. A large off-white head rose to the top of the glass. The head hung around and left ample lacing.

The smell is almost entirely malt. It reminds me of fresh sourdough bread. The nose is very strong and makes me eager to take my first sip. There is just the tiniest hint of hops in the aroma.

The flavor is much like the smell; malt dominated. There are big-time biscuit like flavors. I also taste a good amount of roasted flavors throughout this one. The mouthfeel is medium-bodied and creamy.

I was very impressed by this brew. It was tasty and went down very easy. It would make a great season beer. I didn't even know this Michigan brewer existed until I saw their beer in the store a couple of weeks ago. I can't wait to pick up some of their other offerings and I hope that I keep seeing this one in the beer cooler. (860 characters)

Photo of tempest
4.1/5  rDev +18.2%
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. (351 characters)

Photo of danielharper
4.07/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

(Note: BA calls this an American Amber, but the can refers to itself as an "Octoberfest-style ale.)

Appearance: Hazy brown/orange body with slight yellow tinge at the bottom. Thick brownish head that dissipates to soapscum quickly.

Smell: Rich, malty, nutty. Quite dry. Very strong grains.

Taste: Sweet nutty grains on the front-end, with a bit of syrup on the finish. Some nice bitter hops, as well, and a dry aftertaste. Kind of a weird amalgam of styles, but somehow it works. Very much more like an Octoberfest than an Amber, so take that for what you will.

Mouthfeel: Thicker than anticipated, very low carbonation, with no particular hop bite. Smooth but a bit thick.

Drinkability: I'm tempted to pound these straight from the can. A nice beer, very good at what it does. (784 characters)

Photo of pweis909
4/5  rDev +15.3%
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. (542 characters)

Photo of ratatat
3.98/5  rDev +14.7%
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. (406 characters)

Photo of dirtylou
3.95/5  rDev +13.8%
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 (394 characters)

Photo of pat61
3.9/5  rDev +12.4%
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. (222 characters)

Photo of gmfessen
3.83/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm a big fan of this beer, only second to their brown. Poured from the tap into a pint glass, beer is an amber-copper color with a tapioca colored head with tons of frothy bubbles. Leaves thick webbing of foam around the glass. Smell sweet with amber malt, slightly roasted and not much in the way of hops; most of their beers share a malty consistency with minimal hops. The taste is very much like the smell, a malty amber flavor with just a touch of hops. It is incredibly smooth though, with a medium-full bodied mouthfeel and slightly creamy carbonation. This is a sessionable amber, smooth and enjoyable. If you're ever in the area, I would recommend stopping by the KBC. (678 characters)

Photo of buschbeer
3.79/5  rDev +9.2%
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. (489 characters)

Photo of david131
3.79/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- A hazy copper color with a few streams of carbonation making their way to the top. The beautiful, creamy white head that formed from the pour was short lived and eventually disappeared altogether.

S- Some biscuit malts and honey, caramel, and some grain. Pretty simple, but right on for the style.

T- The grain and caramel flavors go really well together. Pretty simple, but damn if it isn't tasty.

M- Very smooth. The carbonation is noticeable, but the beer sure doesn't look like it has any.

D- If I knew what the ABV was on this, I would be tempted to call this a session beer. It also gets props for being in a can. (626 characters)

Photo of Beejay
3.77/5  rDev +8.6%
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. (372 characters)

Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.76/5  rDev +8.4%
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. (578 characters)

Photo of emerge077
3.75/5  rDev +8.1%
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. (470 characters)

Photo of drxandy
3.75/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz can to ale glass, pours a nice reddish amber shade, white head fades to nice lacing

smells of grains, nice smooth malts, hop kick in the end

tastes of nicely carbonated nuttiness, slightly sweet floral citrus from the hops, very flavorful, malts play out biscuity with a touch of caramel, a very nice amber - glad to see it distributed to the lansing area, mixed 6 with 2 of each is a nice touch to enter markets - and you can't argue with the fun factor of cans, just wish the design was a little better so people don't discriminate against such tasty brews

mouthfeel is nice and creamy for an amber, bitter, slightly dry, good flavors, not bad! (654 characters)

Photo of andrenaline
3.72/5  rDev +7.2%
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. (539 characters)

Photo of tjsdomer2
3.71/5  rDev +6.9%
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. (293 characters)

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.71/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Glowing apricot with a hint of coral. Atop the liquid sits a thick slice of sand colored foam that looks pretty good. Thick sheets of shotgun-blasted lace are attractive as well. That will teach me to have low expectations. This is beautiful beer.

I'm confused about the style. The brewery calls this offering an amber ale, but they also call it a 'classic Oktoberfest-style ale'. Uh... aren't Oktoberfests lagers? There isn't much, if any, toasted-earthiness in the nose. It's more like a modestly fruity amber ale.

Red Jacket is pretty good beer... better than average beer... but far from great beer. High points include a relative abundance of ingredients for the style, a malt-hop balance that should please most everyone, and a reasonably high degree of drinkability.

Although I can see how Oktoberfest comparisons might be made, I still think amber ale is the correct call. The malt tastes moderately toasted and the hops are unripe apricot and orange fruity. Unfortunately, the beer is a wee bit too tart. It isn't a deal-breaker, but it does take the next highest flavor score off the table.

The mouthfeel is a highlight. It's at least medium for the style, if not a little bigger, and is expertly bubbled. Since I care more about mouthfeel than aroma, the final score won't be an accurate reflection of my true feelings. No use fighting that battle now. Or ever.

My first Keweenaw Brewing Company offering is a good one. Putting it in cans is a great idea, as beer loving campers and outdoorsmen will attest. It ain't Surly and it ain't Dale's Pale Ale, but Red Jacket Amber Ale is good, solid, drinkable beer. (1,625 characters)

Photo of Frozensoul327
3.7/5  rDev +6.6%
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! (469 characters)

Photo of GbVDave
3.68/5  rDev +6.1%
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. (612 characters)

Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev +6.1%
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. (1,415 characters)

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Red Jacket Amber Ale from Keweenaw Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 58 ratings.