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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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BA SCORE
80
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109 Ratings
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Ratings: 109
Reviews: 56
rAvg: 3.5
pDev: 15.71%
Wants: 1
Gots: 7 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: tempest on 05-24-2006)
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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.7/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

BuckeyeNation, Jul 19, 2008
Photo of emerge077
3.73/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

emerge077, Jan 03, 2009
Photo of Kegatron
2.25/5  rDev -35.7%
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.

Kegatron, Jan 19, 2011
Photo of RblWthACoz
3.43/5  rDev -2%
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.

RblWthACoz, Apr 10, 2009
Photo of woodychandler
4.22/5  rDev +20.6%
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.

woodychandler, Aug 17, 2009
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.

tempest, May 24, 2006
Photo of dmorgan310
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

dmorgan310, Jan 24, 2013
Photo of Viggo
3.43/5  rDev -2%
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!

Viggo, Nov 12, 2007
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

dirtylou, Aug 29, 2008
Photo of drpimento
2.9/5  rDev -17.1%
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.

drpimento, Sep 05, 2008
Photo of EgadBananas
3.28/5  rDev -6.3%
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!

EgadBananas, Mar 19, 2011
Photo of alexgash
3.6/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. can.

Orange-amber body with golden edges. Small, gauzy, off-white head. Toasted malts on the nose with some caramel, light fruit, and mild citrus hops. Toasted, nutty malt flavor up front. Some herbal, floral hop bitterness there as well. Caramel cookie dough malt base with a hint of fruit sweetness. Moderate herbal hop flavor and bitterness come through before a clean, dryer finish. Some lingering cookie malt. Not bad. Moderate body with a lively feel.

alexgash, Aug 22, 2008
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.

hopdog, Jan 19, 2009
Photo of tommy5
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

tommy5, Sep 01, 2013
Photo of andrenaline
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

andrenaline, Jul 07, 2012
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.

GbVDave, Sep 25, 2008
Photo of beergorrilla
3.5/5  rDev 0%

beergorrilla, Jul 10, 2014
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.

buschbeer, Apr 27, 2013
Photo of jampics2
3.2/5  rDev -8.6%
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.

jampics2, Sep 29, 2010
Photo of PatGreer
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

PatGreer, Aug 28, 2014
Photo of david131
3.83/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

david131, Sep 03, 2008
Photo of brewcrew76
3.63/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to emerge077 for sharing this one.

A - Hazy amber with a thin white head and a lot of bubbles rushing to the top.

S - Caramel malts, toasted grain and some biscuit.

T - Bready and biscuit malts with some caramel malt mixed in.

M - Smooth mouthfeel, light to medium with a good amount of carbonation.

D - Decent beer that could be easily sessionable, especially in cans.

brewcrew76, Jan 10, 2009
Photo of Frozensoul327
3.68/5  rDev +5.1%
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!

Frozensoul327, Mar 28, 2008
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.

spointon, Sep 30, 2009
Photo of Localdrinklax
3/5  rDev -14.3%

Localdrinklax, Feb 22, 2012
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Red Jacket Amber Ale from Keweenaw Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 109 ratings.