Red Tape Lager
Jack's Abby Brewing

Red Tape LagerRed Tape Lager
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Munich Dunkel Lager
Ranked #31
Ranked #22,992
3.82 | pDev: 10.47%
Jack's Abby Brewing
Massachusetts, United States
Very Good
Red Tape LagerRed Tape Lager
Notes: 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
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Reviews by Hopyard57:
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3.71/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Photo of alt-ale
3.29/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

Slightly bitter aftertase

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Photo of ryanm3850
1.5/5  rDev -60.7%
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 Heftklammer
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Amendm
4.35/5  rDev +13.9%
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 turbasco
3.94/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Shenk87
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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 jrc1093
3.62/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Canned on 10/22/19

Pours a deep, clear reddish amber with brown tints; topped with two fingers of lasting off-white foam leading to a chunky collar, spotty cap, and a generous spatter of lacing holding steadily to the walls of the glass.

Aroma shows a rich toasted malt sweetness from the outset, with a dry layering of caramel and bits of toasted bread crust evolving throughout the bouquet; brown sugar-coated green apple levels extremely subtly in the background.

Taste follows the aroma, now featuring a caramel tone a touch sweeter, along with doughy toasted malts and green apple skins; a slight nutty texture develops at the tail end of each note; sweet caramel and fresh bread dough returns to linger through the swallow.

Mouthfeel has a light body with moderate carbonation peaking briefly but remaining consistent across the palate; quickly drying over the mid-palate; slightly thins into the finish, slightly roasty, dry swallow.

Solidly-made amber lager as expected from Jack's Abby, taking shape as a sweeter-styled Munich dunkel. A great body makes for easy drinking, but the overall sweetness can be a bit too overwhelming for my tastes.

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Photo of bankboy66
3.33/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass. There just wasn’t much flavor here and it felt a little grainy. Wasn’t a fan.

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Photo of mnj21655
4.11/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear dark reddish copper in color with a finger and a half of dense, long lasting just off white head. In the aroma I get bready and caramel malt notes. Flavor is also full of rich malts, caramel without being sweet, and bready and lightly toasty notes. Medium plus body, moderate carbonation, and a creamy mouthfeel. Overall another very tasty and drinkable beer from Jack’s Abby. They’re among my top 3 local breweries for traditional style lagers and always one of my go to breweries. I’ve been enjoying this beer for years so I was surprised to find I had never given it a review.

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Photo of Beerjawn8
3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Claude-Irishman
3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a translucent ruddy copper color with a nice foamy head. (recedes quickly)Smell is very malt forward with some fresh baked bread going on.Taste is semi sweet with bread ,taste,cocoa, almost a buttery taste (possibly diacetyl) Feels medium bodied, finishes juicy,nice carbonation. Jack's Abbey claims this a take on Bavarian Dark Lagers, (Dunkels I assume), This beer to me more resembles a Irish red/ Dark lager hybrid. Surprising amount of cocoa flavor considering they did not roast the malts enough to make the beer deep garnet or black. Pretty good, a bit confusing. I must say pessimistically that this beer "could be" House Lager with cocoa powder added, almost hot chocolate flavor. That would answer a lot of questions about this beer.

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Photo of LarryV
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber-red with a finely textured head that fades fairly quickly. Enticing malty aroma with hints of brown bread. Taste follows suit, big malty backbone, a little sweet followed by a bit of hop prickliness. I don't find it overly sweet, seems pretty well balanced to me. An enjoyable beer that goes down very easy, I like it.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.23/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Crowler from Westmere Beverage in Albany, NY.

This one pours a dark-ish red color, with a small head, and lots of lacing.

This smells like herbal tea, bready malt, grassy hops, dark fruit, and yeasty lageriness.

This smells like caramel and bready malt, with a light tea-like and slightly fruity hoppines, and a nice creamy smoothness on the back end. It feels marginally like a dunkel, but more just feels like a really intriguing amber lager.

This is light bodied, clean and crisp, with a really high level of drinkabiliity, and a nice smoothness on the back end.

Even though this isn't primarily dunkel-ish, it's still quite tasty.

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Photo of UncleJimbo
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of mschofield
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Originally a pilot batch, but now a regular. 100% Dark Munich malt and Glacier hops.

Pours a dark, clear red, topped with a 2 finger creamy light tan head.

Aroma of bread crusts, malt, clean with some citrus hop notes. Bready.

Flavor is bread crusts, malt, touch of maybe raisin and some citrus hoppiness but no harshness, sort of noble hop crossed with Cascade hop flavor. Bready, touch of spiciness.

Medium bodied and balanced towards sweet. Falls somewhere between a Dunkel and a Maerzen.

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Photo of taez555
3.79/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a lovely clear red/amber body with a bright white head. Might be one of the most beautiful looking beers I’ve had from Jack’s Abby. Almost reminds you of a clear sunset summer evening.

Anyway, nose is a bit more non-descript. Some fresh malt and grain, but nothing really jumps out at you.

Taste is very nice and smooth with a chewy bitterness. It’s kind of a tough beer to describe. I know it’s a 100% munich dark malt, but it almost has more of a red ale type malt flavor to it. It’s really not very German malty at all. This is freaking me out. Hops are there. The glacier hops give it a very unique hop bitterness. It’s surprisingly bitter too. As it warms it starts to take on more of the German munich dunkel sort of flavor. The lagering processes at JA really gives this beer such a clean refreshing flavor. Good stuff. Ends with a nice quick bitterness.

I’ve given up completely trying to fit Jack’s Abby’s beer into the “style”, cuz they never do. You really just need to go into it with a blank pallete and taste away. This beer is no exception to that. It’s like a very Americanized German dunkel mixed with an American Session red ale, but with that super smooth and slick lager flavor like JA’s Jabby Brau. Unique, but very good. A killer session beer for sure.

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Photo of SunDevilBeer
2.79/5  rDev -27%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Fan of lots of other JA offerings so high hopes for this one.

Looks & smells good with a nice head. Unfortunately the caramel notes just overwhelm the rest of it. Finish is odd, a bit sour.

Not likely to try this again, unfortunately.

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Photo of horshack7
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: This one pours a deep garnet with amber hues and a head that is off white and a good one inch high.

Aroma: Dark fruit sweetness with smokey undertones. Prunes, faint grape, plums, clove, caramel malts with alot of bready sweetness. Traces of toffee.

Taste: Full bodied with a chewy mouthfeel. Toffee, sweet dark fruits, plums, heavy caramel malts, minor notes of plantaines and a bit of a dryness. Clove, sweet apples, brown sugar.

Notes: Such a good Lager very drinkable and very well done. Cheers.

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Photo of smcolw
3.62/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Long lasting, thick frothy head. The liquid is decidedly amber--very light color for a dunkel. Surprisingly little lace given the head.

Nice crystal and chocolate malt aromas. Light hop in the background.

Spritzy with a medium body. Tastes darker than the color would suggest. A touch of sourness in the swallow. Very brief aftertaste.

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Photo of mrovelli
3.71/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of irrevjim
4.14/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

look; copper amber, not much head but foamy and leaves a film
smell; caramel, roasted malt, hint of smokiness, molasses
taste; again caramel and medium roasted malt, molasses, hint of wood smoke and tiniest hint of tire fire
feel; smooth, lightly carbonated, smooth, medium light body and smooth
overall; i think this is the best red lager i've had. very tasty and simple and perfect

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Photo of rab53
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of harsley
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Red Tape Lager from Jack's Abby Brewing
Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 214 ratings