Red Tape Lager | Jack's Abby Brewing

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3.78/5
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200 Ratings
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BEER INFO

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

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#23,547
Reviews:
53
Ratings:
200
pDev:
10.85%
 
 
Wants:
7
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27
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Ratings: 200 |  Reviews: 53
Photo of CTHomer
3.79/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: crystal clear; bronze in color; 1 finger finely pored beige head that receded to a wispy cap; nice thick rings of lace;

S: sourdough and a little caramel;

T: caramel breadiness with mild bitterness on the finish;

M: light to medium bodied; moderate, tingly carbonation; moderately dry finish;

O: easy drinking; would pair well with a lot of foods;

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Photo of zotzot
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of funkyanteater
3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Drank really cold from a 16oz can into a frosted pint glass. Yeasty up front with a really balanced bitterness. Definitely something that I will look for when traveling the Northeast.

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Photo of turbasco
3.94/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Amendm
4.35/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16-oz. can 10/30/18 needed an average pour for a finger sized foamy beige head with short retention and stringy lacing. A ring remained to the end, almost.
Beautiful, clear amber-copper color with a red hue, appears amber-yellow in front of light. Fizzy little bubbles rise and support the head. Unfiltered and unpasteurized, says the label.
Dark Rye bread dough dominates the smell with ripe banana and a hard candy sweetness.
The taste begins semi-sweet from camel malt with a light hop bitterness that increases during middle and end. A bready malt richness is moved along by the ample carbonation. The finish is clean, crisp and semi-dry with a lingering hop spicy-bitterness.
Medium body, smooth almost creamy middle.
Label says this was their pilot beer with a taste of a Bavarian Dark. It does smell and taste of German malt/yeast. Easy balanced drink. A great fall beer.

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Photo of Daru
4.19/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Cool beer.. Not sweet

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Photo of alt-ale
3.29/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

Slightly bitter aftertase

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Photo of Heftklammer
3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of GreenMind
3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Hoggo
3.91/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of GregSemenza
3.93/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DrewSnyc667
3.84/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Manfrombelmonty
3.93/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of WunderLlama
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Can poured into a tumbler

Red colored liquid , pencil thin white foam cap, mo lacings

Aroma of malts, lager style, not much of a hop aroma

Good malt lager taste

Good beer

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Photo of ryanm3850
1.5/5  rDev -60.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

The color sets it apart from the dozens of lagers offered at Jacks Abbey but the flavor is a bust. Just another lackluster lager.

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Photo of Lucular
3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of PJCarnell
3.77/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of doremite
3.76/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of AZBeerDude72
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BEERMILER12
3.93/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a deep reddish amber color with 2 fingers of head that fades down to a thin cap that leaves decent lacing

S: Lots of munich malt up front along with a light herbal and spicy hop undertone. Very malt-forward

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with the munich malt and light caramel sweetness and then goes into the herbal and spicy hop notes, which are definitely on the lighter side (especially compared to the malt). Finishes with lingering malt sweetness

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. A little on the husky side

O: A nice amber lager that definitely has the dunkel thing going on nose and taste-wise. Easy to drink and solid during the colder months

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Photo of Yanzo
3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Bhunter0812
4.28/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Prost76
3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of lic217
3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Gajo74
4.06/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had it on tap at Beer Shop, NYC. I'm a fan of Jack's Abby, so expectations are high. It pours a dark amber color with a thin frothy head that retains well.
The nose produces rich textures of bready malt, caramel, and a nice doze of banana.
The taste is characterized by Munich malts and dark toasted bread crusts with a smooth and soft texture that makes for easy drinking. There is some sweetness at first, but it soon balanced by a moderately spicy and grassy prickle of noble hops. The finish is clean and crisp.
Medium bodied, balanced and with a moderate carbonation. Good representation of the style.

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Red Tape Lager from Jack's Abby Brewing
Beer rating: 3.78 out of 5 with 200 ratings