Red Tape Lager | Jack's Abby Brewing

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Red Tape LagerRed Tape Lager

Brewed by:
Jack's Abby Brewing
Massachusetts, United States

Style: Munich Dunkel Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Navigating the labyrinth of brewery licensing and state regulations isn't easy. When we finally got the green light, we also got inspired with the perfect name for our pilot brew. Red Tape Lager has a full malty flavor typical of Bavarian dark lagers. It's brewed with 100% Dark Munich Malt. Additions of Glacier hops for bittering and noble German hops for aroma strike a balance between American and European flavors.

25 IBU

Added by mschofield on 08-07-2011

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Ratings: 174 |  Reviews: 45
Photo of Lone_Freighter
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pilsner glass, the appearance was a mellow burnt amber color with a nice transparency about it. Quickly dissipating finger’s worth of white foamy head. Spotty messy lacing. The aroma had a wonderful blend of the bitter to sweet grassy hops to the caramel to nutty to bready malts. The flavor leans malty sweet rich with the malts and transitions nice and clean into the aftertaste and finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body. Great sessionability about it. Carbonation feels good. Malts fine tune the body with a nice smoothness to it. Overall, damn nice Munich Dunkel lager that I would have again.

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Photo of cfd1223
4.14/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of stella77artois
3.62/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of 57md
3.84/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a brownish copper color with a glint of red and a half finger of head. The nose is nicely bready. The flavor profile tastes like a blend of characteristics possessed by an American amber and a German dunkel.

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Photo of Kendo
4.02/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured into a Nonic pint glass. Body is clear reddish-amber with a 1-finger khaki-colored head.

S: Faint caramel malt, some nuttiness, and faint herbal or piney hops. Pleasant nose.

T: Caramel malt, brown bready malt and nutty malt foundation. Finishes with a modest clean lemony bitterness that provides some balance. Overall sweet though.

M: Light in heft, a tad bit thin, but for the style, we're good.

O: Excellent easy-drinking but tasty lager.

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Photo of Im4jojo
4.94/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This beer is the quintessential lager. Pours from can into pint glass a crisp, clear amber with a small head that leaves no lacing on the glass. Aroma is malty, grain, and a bit nutty. Taste has a strong, bitter front, with the aroma reflected on the back of the palate: malty, grain, and slightly nutty. The feel is smooth, and moderately carbonated. Overall, a straight-forward, full-bodied brew. At 5% ABV, it is easy to enjoy a six pack of this.

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Photo of IvoryFoxhole
3.87/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Think the can is dated 11/1/16, which makes me nervous...poured into Belgian ale glass.

L: Big head with good retention, leaving whit foamy lacing and a cap and ring. Beer is a dark reddish amber.

S: Some floral notes from the hops, yeasty bready malts,

T: Quite bready and malty, but not too heavy. Some sweet notes per Dunkel style. A little floral up front. Decent.

F: Light bodied, medium carbonation. Nice and crisp with good construction and balance.

O: A very nice lager that holds up nicely in the can, which is good to know down the road.

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Photo of Jenb225
4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of redsoxjim
3.09/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Duffman79
3.61/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of CTmantis
2.48/5  rDev -36.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Photo of electrobop
4.17/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of griffey123
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of fosters9
3.25/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of SABERG
3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a can dated 11/30/2016 into the modified tulip glass.
A - Wonderful clarity, dark copper in color, gentle carbonation feeds a quickly dissipating cap.
S - Dark bread rising, a bit of floral hop note, with a kiss of caramel.
T - Lightly toasted malts, just a kiss of bread dough, nice yeast touch, semi sweet.
M - Dances across the palate, a bit of sweet malt, then a near perfect clean up by the carbonation. Nice dry finish.
O - A very nice Dunkel from the brewer.

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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.54/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

16 oz. can dated 10/31/16

Pours dark copper reddish orange brown with a creamy light khaki colored foam head. Smells like dark toasted bready malts, red apples, caramel, molasses, charred brown sugar, chocolate, with floral earthy herbal grassy pine. Tastes like dark toasted bready malts, red apples, caramel, molasses, charred brown sugar, some chocolate, with floral earthy herbal grassy pine. Feels medium bodied, creamy with moderate carbonation. Overall a really nice Munich Dunkel Lager.

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Photo of h4ger
3.92/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of braican
3.7/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tekstr1der
3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dark mahogany pour with a thin beige skim atop. Aroma is nutty and malty with a hint of cocoa. Flavor is similar with more roasted and toasted notes noted. Chocolate hints are a bit out of place here, but plenty of caramel toffee on style. Finish is pretty clean and it's drinkable for sure.

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Photo of heerboth
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of edward_boumil
3.96/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

L: Dark, brown colored beer, with ruby red highlights. Has a light brown head with good retention
S: Sweet, honey like with light notes of chocolate. Maybe some molasses and caramel in there as well. Toasted grain as well.
T: Similar to the nose. Quite sweet, more than expected. Flavors are spot on for the style, similar to a helles, has that honeyed grain sweetness. Perfect dunkel roasted malt flavors, light chocolate, caramel, and toffee.
F: Light, refreshing, lots of flavor. Carbonation is spot on. Very drinkable despite having a bit of body.
O: Great dunkel, awesome winter beer.

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Photo of metter98
3.84/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: The beer is crystal clear amber in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a short beige colored head that consistently covered the surface.
S: Moderate aromas of toasted and biscuit malts are present in the nose.
T: The taste follows the smell and is quite malty with flavors of toasted and biscuit malts. There are slight hints of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: Despite being very malty, this beer is rather drinkable because it isn't heavy on the palate.

Serving type: can

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Photo of smithj4
3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of smakawhat
4.09/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the can into a pokal glass.

Creamy faint khaki colored two finger head off the pour. Sits with creamy retention, fine bubbles, and settles to an easy quick finger head. Body color is deep ruby and mahogany red colored body. Real nice looking beer, even has a bit of glow in this glass.

Aroma is quite delicious. Toasted malts, even fruity ester (is that cherry?), and nicely caramel sweetness that goes to more of a thicker malt base. Lager clean smelling as well. Very inviting and unexpected for a dark Munich, and enjoyable.

As much as there are some very different and intriguing beginnings on this beer, the basics are what are more apparent. Light bodied and nearly crisp, but slight mild carbonation on the tongue. Light caramel rich, with a good hint of pasty yeast flavor, particularly on the swallow, but manages a soft caramel and sweetness. Clean, which is surprising cause there is a bit of density going here, but some light bodied lager feel brings everything back in the present.

A very memorable and good dunkel, that has some interesting American spin to it. Nicely done.

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Photo of dannycohen62
3.99/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Red Tape Lager from Jack's Abby Brewing
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