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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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Reviews: 58
Hads: 123
rAvg: 3.47
pDev: 16.71%
Wants: 1
Gots: 12 | 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

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Beer added by: tempest on 05-24-2006

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Reviews: 58 | Hads: 123
Photo of Phocion
2.14/5  rDev -38.3%
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. (900 characters)

Photo of Kegatron
2.28/5  rDev -34.3%
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. (1,074 characters)

Photo of paco1029384756
2.42/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a dirty amber color with one finger of white head.

Scent of bad grain and wet malts. Basically smells like cardboard, bland and fairly unpleasant.

Taste of plain malts, corn and grain. Not good, much like the scent this one is just not enjoyable.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation. (304 characters)

Photo of BeerBelcher
2.54/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Maybe it is the "Red jacket" naming of this beer, or maybe the bright red color and nice white head formation, but in my mind a comparison was set-up between this beer and Leinenkugel’s Red (an old favorite) before my first sip...and it was not a favorable one. While I found the appearance of Red Jacket attractive, there was little else to recommend it. The beer had a mild caramel aroma but tasting like...nothing. Combined with a slightly watery mouthfeel, there is not a lot to say or recommend about this beer. (517 characters)

Photo of WastingFreetime
2.55/5  rDev -26.5%
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. (356 characters)

Photo of CharlesDarwin
2.56/5  rDev -26.2%
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. (437 characters)

Photo of WJVII
2.63/5  rDev -24.2%
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. (363 characters)

Photo of SAxDRC5
2.66/5  rDev -23.3%
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). (899 characters)

Photo of adrock7309
2.66/5  rDev -23.3%
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. (414 characters)

Photo of mwa423
2.69/5  rDev -22.5%
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. (650 characters)

Photo of drpimento
2.88/5  rDev -17%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Huh. First of all the can says Octoberfest style ale. Rate beer gives it a better score by style than overall which I don't understand given the nontraditional break with style. Other than that, it's unremarkable. Average. Not bad, not memorable. A little malty, some flavor, not bad, not good. Could do worse; could do a lot better. (333 characters)

Photo of Strix
2.94/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Poured a murky brown with decent lasting head.

Smell grainy and a bit off. Cardboard does come to mind.

Taste starts out with caramel malt, takes a wrong turn towards a skunky flavor, and then is saved a bit with a bit of citrus hop in the finish.

Mouthfeel pretty good, medium carbonation and mouthfeel.

This wasn't very interesting for me, and it sort of fell flat. (372 characters)

Photo of hopdog
3/5  rDev -13.5%
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. (257 characters)

Photo of BierFan
3.03/5  rDev -12.7%
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? (266 characters)

Photo of indiapaleale
3.16/5  rDev -8.9%
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. (914 characters)

Photo of jampics2
3.23/5  rDev -6.9%
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. (1,155 characters)

Photo of OakedCanuck
3.25/5  rDev -6.3%
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. (578 characters)

Photo of EgadBananas
3.26/5  rDev -6.1%
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! (551 characters)

Photo of SickGnar
3.28/5  rDev -5.5%
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. (1,249 characters)

Photo of Vixie
3.35/5  rDev -3.5%
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. (508 characters)

Photo of Viggo
3.41/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to xmarcnolanx for throwing this as an extra in a trade.

Pours a hazy amber/orange, neat colour, chunky off white head, leaves some massive lacing on the glass, solid layer. Smell is interesting, very sweet and malty, caramel, bread, yeast, spice, oranges, little bit musty, pretty strange. Taste is malty, oats/bread/wheat graininess, bit of spiciness, little bland but pretty solid. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied, medium to high carbonation, pretty easy to drink. Thanks Marc! (492 characters)

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.41/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a foggy amber. Nose is oddly tangy and earthy fruity. Flavor had a weird tang at first that I guess I was used to by the second sip. Still. Seems out of balance and not really making for easier drinking. Feel has a slightly biting carbonation that nips the tongue quickly and then vanishes. So-so. Like I was saying: could use more balance. Decent enough though, I guess. (377 characters)

Photo of jkrich
3.41/5  rDev -1.7%
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. (581 characters)

Photo of WYVYRN527
3.45/5  rDev -0.6%
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. (565 characters)

Photo of WakeandBake
3.48/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Notes Oct 14, 2008
Hazy amber color with a thin white head.Aroma is mostly light caramel malt,and some sort of fruit,like pears orange zest,and pepper hints.Flavor is much the same as the aroma,with a touch of nuttyness,and some dry hops,maybe a little metallic at the finish. Drinkable,and the can was sort of a fun change. (324 characters)

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Red Jacket Amber Ale from Keweenaw Brewing Company
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