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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111 Ratings
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Ratings: 111
Reviews: 56
rAvg: 3.5
pDev: 15.43%
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:
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(Beer added by: tempest on 05-24-2006)
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Photo of indiapaleale
3.15/5  rDev -10%
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.

Photo of WJVII
2.63/5  rDev -24.9%
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.

Photo of mwa423
2.68/5  rDev -23.4%
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.

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.

Photo of danielharper
4.05/5  rDev +15.7%
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.

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.

Photo of Strix
2.95/5  rDev -15.7%
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.

Photo of paco1029384756
2.4/5  rDev -31.4%
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.

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 cdkrenz
4.22/5  rDev +20.6%
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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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 WakeandBake
3.45/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

Photo of GRPunk
3.55/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

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 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.

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.

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 drxandy
3.78/5  rDev +8%
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!

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.

Photo of shadow1961
3.58/5  rDev +2.3%
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 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.

Red Jacket Amber Ale from Keweenaw Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 111 ratings.