Red Tape Lager | Jack's Abby Brewing

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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
Ratings:
176
Reviews:
46
Avg:
3.92
pDev:
10.46%
 
 
Wants:
8
Gots:
17
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 176 |  Reviews: 46
Photo of Im4jojo
4.94/5  rDev +26%
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 Rwilbur3
4.6/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of StoutElk_92
4.54/5  rDev +15.8%
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 ZEB89
4.51/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of tzieser
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
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 rmarsch
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

Photo of ryan1788a5
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16.9oz bottle poured into a Hofbrau seidel.

A: Pours a clear amber/red in color. Pillowy khaki-colored head graces the top of the beer with a solid three fingers of height. Retention is great. Lacing is clumpy and very sticky.

S: Bready malts and some toasty/caramel aromas. Slight fruitiness with a touch of grape skin. Nutty with a hint of cocoa. Spicy and grassy Noble hops. Earthy yeast. Great nose, very authentic and fresh.

T: Sweet and fruity up front with a toasted crust edge. Rich caramel, toasted grain, bread crust. Fruitiness comes with a bit of grape skin and maybe even a touch of berry, but this is further malt complexity, not esters. Slight nuttiness with a delicate hint of cocoa powder. Hop bitterness does just enough to keep the sweetness in check. Hints of spicy Noble hops toward the end. Drying finish of toasted grain, caramel, and a melanoidin richness.

M: Medium bodied. Firm and rich malt body. Slightly chewy. Bit of astringency. Seltzery carbonation cuts through just enough. Great.

O: Good Lord. Is Jack's Abby ever going to make a bad beer? This is phenomenal stuff. Very rich in flavor and authentic. Great example of a Munich Dark. Makes me wanna strap on a pair of lederhosen and start yodeling.

Notes: This beer is listed as a Munich Helles on this site. That is clearly a mistake, and you'll learn that the second you pour it. This is a Munich Dunkel, or dark lager, so don't expect a Helles. God I wish they'd brew a Helles though.

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Photo of horshack7
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
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 puboflyons
4.42/5  rDev +12.8%
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 Hopdaemon39
4.33/5  rDev +10.5%
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 stephens101
4.32/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Dark brown with a fine and prolific tan froth. Smells of grain, a bit of melon and a bit of spice. Taste has a very appealing but balanced sweetness involving more melon, subtle caramel, herbal hops and faint spice. Light through and through and still very flavorful.

JA know how to make a damn fine lager, end of story.

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Photo of Ian_B
4.26/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Bilco
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of crob3888
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of afsdan
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of griffey123
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of gabepesce
4.18/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jrand2621
4.18/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of electrobop
4.17/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of irrevjim
4.14/5  rDev +5.6%
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 Sheppard
4.14/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a half liter mug. This beer is a deep, copper amber color and is transparent. There is a pillowy off white head that dissipates to half a centimeter. It's not aromatic, but this style of beer shouldn't be. It tastes how it smells with light caramel, some biscuity malts. It has a hearthy but not heavy mouthfeel, definitely a beer for cooler weather. Pretty clean finish. This is a really solid lager that I can't wait to have on Fall Saturdays.

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Photo of cfd1223
4.14/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of CheezyBlaster
4.12/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great lager time.

Solid pour, great robust and clean burnt amber. Wanna slurp, but must smell.

Exquisite nose. Inviting fruity and floral notes. Alluring marzen-like malt aromas, but less biscuity, a bit less warm. Makes me want to dive in.

Beautiful feel and taste. Super-clean, but has that "unpasteurized" freshness as well. That earthy balance. Definitely taste the Munich malt. The hops are glacier, and it shows with the smooth and mild bitterness . . . but the noble hops help highlight the the fruity esters. Ripe peach, a kiss of caramel. Love this lager.

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Photo of Beersilio
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Davepoolesque
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Carmel malt in the forefront. Decently sweet. Feels heavy but has lots of carb to lighten it up. Tastes almost like a red ale. I could drink a lot of this. Good stuff.

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Red Tape Lager from Jack's Abby Brewing
3.92 out of 5 based on 176 ratings.
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