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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
good

101 Ratings
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Ratings: 101
Reviews: 56
rAvg: 3.49
pDev: 14.61%
Wants: 1
Gots: 4 | 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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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

3.43/5  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.

Serving type: can

04-10-2009 00:03:16 | More by RblWthACoz
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hopdog

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -14%
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.

Serving type: can

01-19-2009 01:32:01 | More by hopdog
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brewcrew76

Wisconsin

3.63/5  rDev +4%
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.

Serving type: can

01-10-2009 01:52:22 | More by brewcrew76
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emerge077

Illinois

3.73/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

Serving type: can

01-03-2009 05:37:51 | More by emerge077
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pweis909

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +14.6%
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.

Serving type: can

01-02-2009 15:56:51 | More by pweis909
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WakeandBake

Michigan

3.45/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

Serving type: can

12-31-2008 19:33:25 | More by WakeandBake
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GRPunk

Michigan

3.55/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Can poured into a pint glass.

A- 1 finger cream colored head that drops pretty quickly to a good lace that left some good sticky spots. The body was a deep amber-red with light carbonation.

S- Up front, it was primarily malty caramel with some slightly grassy hops.

T- Much as the nose would suggest, it was mostly caramel malts with a lighter grassy hop presence.

M- It had a fairly light feel that was somewhat unremarkable.

D- I could drink a couple in a night, but nothing makes me really want to seek it out. On the upside, being available in a can makes it a good option when you can't bring bottles.

Serving type: can

09-29-2008 00:44:32 | More by GRPunk
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GbVDave

Illinois

3.68/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

Serving type: can

09-24-2008 23:22:18 | More by GbVDave
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drpimento

Wisconsin

2.9/5  rDev -16.9%
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.

Serving type: can

09-05-2008 02:00:42 | More by drpimento
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david131

California

3.83/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

Serving type: can

09-03-2008 01:55:53 | More by david131
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dirtylou

Washington

3.95/5  rDev +13.2%
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

Serving type: can

08-28-2008 23:26:37 | More by dirtylou
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drxandy

Michigan

3.78/5  rDev +8.3%
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!

Serving type: can

08-23-2008 05:41:14 | More by drxandy
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alexgash

Connecticut

3.6/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

Serving type: can

08-22-2008 00:24:43 | More by alexgash
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shadow1961

Minnesota

3.58/5  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.

Serving type: can

08-11-2008 06:48:47 | More by shadow1961
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

3.7/5  rDev +6%
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.

Serving type: can

07-19-2008 12:18:33 | More by BuckeyeNation
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bozebus17

Michigan

4.18/5  rDev +19.8%
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.

Serving type: can

05-03-2008 16:18:18 | More by bozebus17
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Frozensoul327

Michigan

3.68/5  rDev +5.4%
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!

Serving type: can

03-28-2008 02:07:08 | More by Frozensoul327
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lpayette

Vermont

3.6/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My friend and fellow BA sjvicker gave me this beer along with a bunch of other beers that I'll be reviewing shortly. Thanks Spencer

Pours an orange amber very close to the color of the can. Head is pretty average in size initially though it leaves little behind with time. Some signs of chill haze. The smell is a bit grainy and perhaps not as biscuity as you might expect. There are hints of fruit too with a combination of an orange peel-like characteristic and other sweeter fruit smells. A bit different and unexpected. There is more evidence of a biscuity characteristic in the taste however with some muted roasty characteristics that tend to hang out in the background. Hops are not immediately noticeable yet you know they are there. At the finish, you know they are there. The mouthfeel is pretty smooth and almost silky. High drinkability factory, and I like the can.

Serving type: can

02-06-2008 04:37:17 | More by lpayette
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proc

Michigan

4.22/5  rDev +20.9%
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.

Serving type: can

02-01-2008 12:34:59 | More by proc
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DrainBamage

Michigan

4.75/5  rDev +36.1%
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.

Serving type: can

11-20-2007 05:00:15 | More by DrainBamage
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Viggo

Ontario (Canada)

3.43/5  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!

Serving type: can

11-12-2007 00:08:17 | More by Viggo
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DaPeculierDane

Wisconsin

3.75/5  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.

Serving type: can

08-19-2007 04:34:48 | More by DaPeculierDane
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BeerBelcher

Ohio

2.53/5  rDev -27.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-11-2007 16:45:05 | More by BeerBelcher
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gmfessen

Michigan

3.83/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-01-2007 00:54:12 | More by gmfessen
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CharlesDarwin

Rhode Island

2.58/5  rDev -26.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-03-2006 23:33:34 | More by CharlesDarwin
Red Jacket Amber Ale from Keweenaw Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 101 ratings.