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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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Reviews by kristiekatk:
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3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a burnt amber color with a good-sized tan and frothy head. Aroma is herbal German hops, sweet malts, and lager yeast.

The key word in describing this beer is balance. The hops/malts exist on the perfect plane; the hops providing the perfect bitterness level to the full but not too rich malts. It’s slightly fruity, with some great caramelized flavors and a tartness aspect as well. Medium-body, crisp carbonation, incredibly smooth and drinkable.

Red Tape doesn’t fall into any one category either. Consider this a mix between a red ale, a dunkelweizen, and a helles lager. At 5% alc/vol, this would be a great session beer, allowing you to savor the complexities over time

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More User Reviews:
Photo of SanFranJake
3.94/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of irrevjim
4.14/5  rDev +4.8%
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 tigg924
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: 1/4 inch head, high carbonation, amber in color, clear

Smell: toasted malt, citrus hops, and caramel

Taste: toasted malt, some citrus hops, chocolate, and caramel

Mouthfeel: light body, sweet with a touch of bitterness, high carbonation.

Overall: This is not Jack Abbey's most complex beer but it is a damn good one. It has all the malty features I like in a red ale and just enough bitterness to balance it out. If they re-release this one I will be sure to grab it again.

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Photo of Beersilio
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of acurtis
3.05/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of mdaschaf
3.99/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Gonzoillini
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of Hopdaemon39
4.33/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a .5 liter bottle into a pilsener- pours a clear, dark amber color with 2.5 fingers of bubbly crisp head, decent retention, minimal lacing. Beautiful color.

Nose is round and sweet- nice barley smell with caramel notes.

Tastes great- good dose of caramel mid-palate, with the barley towards the back and some dry hop notes. Exceptionally well-balanced. A touch of cinnamon in the mix there as well.

Mouthfeel is very nice- medium body with moderate carbonation; a little chewy by no means too much. Long, semi-sweet finish. This is a good one (of course, Jack's Abby doesn't disappoint). Get it if you see it.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Sailracer
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of Shaymus
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of puboflyons
4.42/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From the 25 oz. bottle with a date of June 2012 stamped on the label. Sampled on August 4, 2012.

The pour into the glass stein is medium amber with reddish hues and a large, lingering head.

The aroma is full of sweet malts at first with some yeast and cereal. Hops are lighter.

The body is medium to bold with a creamy texture.

The taste starts sweetly malted with a low bitterness as first. But as the beer warms the bitterness becomes more moderate and noticeable. Very drinkable too.

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Photo of largadeer
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks, Barry.

Not sure why this is categorized as a Munich dunkel; it's not especially dunkel-like despite the Munich malt heavy grain bill.

Appearance: Clear, bright amber body topped by a finger of head that recedes to a crown.

Smell: Pleasantly fruity and malty, this brings to mind fruit cake and whole grain bread with a touch of red apple.

Palate: Pervasive fruitiness - red apple, stone fruit, berries - with a bready, slightly toasty and caramelized backbone. This beer strikes a pretty nice balance between toasty Munich malt and fruity lager yeast. There's a decent hop presence in the finish, too. Very tasty stuff, malty without being overly rich. It doesn't fit into any traditional category very well, but probably most closely resembles a Vienna lager.

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Photo of tzieser
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a: poured into a .5L dimple stein. dark copper in color with a fluffy white head that never seems to go away.

s: loads of sweet malt with notes of bread and biscuits.

t: expertly balanced. waves of sweet caramel-like malt flavor with lots of bread and cracker character. grassy hops make it nice and crisp. keeps it from being too sweet or malty. i could drink a ton of these, just like a true German lager should be.

m: nicely carbonated mouthfeel.

o: a phenomenal lager. as of right now, nobody in America makes lagers like Jack's Abby. if i didn't know better i would've thought this beer came straight from Munich. recommended.

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Photo of ColdOneKev
3.79/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kevgod
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of Binger72
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of CJRubes
3.72/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of gonzo000
3.47/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Beer pours a hazy brown color with lots of carbonation. It reminds me of an oktoberfest, based on the spice profile. Head is an off white that lasts for a considerable amount of time. I am not a big fan of the flavor of the beer. Funk with a hint of mold, or old. Not a great beer from a very good brewery.

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Photo of Bilco
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Photo of Goldfishman
3.25/5  rDev -17.7%

Photo of joeroma5
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of codon2004
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of crob3888
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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Red Tape Lager from Jack's Abby Brewing
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