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
Reviews:
44
Ratings:
171
Avg:
3.92
pDev:
10.71%
 
 
Wants:
7
Gots:
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Reviews: 44 | Ratings: 171
Photo of SunDevilBeer
2.79/5  rDev -28.8%
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 gonzo000
3.47/5  rDev -11.5%
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 sprat1960
3.61/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Look: Amber towards copper in color; transparent. Pours with a huge 3+ finger light beige head that dies down leaving an uneven thin layer of foam on the surface of the beer and lots of sticky lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell: Malt and lots of grain.

Taste: Brown sugar, malt, grain. Slightly sweet, full of flavor, somewhat bitter finish.

Feel: Initial slight fizzy sensation from the carbonation. Light body (on the watery side), feels clean and crisp. Slight dry finish.

Overall: Decent lager with interesting flavor. (Reminds me of a refined, lighter form of a Dos Equis.) This would pair nicely with Mexican or similar foods. When in the mood for a refeshing, lighter, grainy-flavored beer - this would be a good choice. I don't see me picking this beer on a regular basis, but on occasion it would be a nice change.

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Photo of smcolw
3.62/5  rDev -7.7%
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 dar482
3.64/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

The beer comes in a deep amber color with a fluffy off white head.

The aroma offers a lightly toasted grainy sweetness, but also leaning towards caramel biscuits. Floral hops and tea like aroma enter in as well.

The flavor follows with tame flavor, a nice depth of toasty malt character, restrained from much melanoidins, onto a earthy hop bitterness to help gently balance the beer.

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Photo of SABERG
3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
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 jlindros
3.7/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tap at Armsby Abbey

Big fluffy head fades slowly with lots lacing over mostly clear amber orange reddish colored beer.

Nose has reddish sweet malts, almost syrupy, pale malts, light lager yeast fruit, light fruity and touch earthy herbal hops.

Taste has toasty reddish semi sweet malts, amber flavors, hint of honey, some light lager fruits, nice maltiness, then some light bitter fruity and touch earthy herbal hops. Finishes a bit of sticky syrupy caramel malts, amber malts, and light hops. Actually getting very slight amount of diacetyl the more I taste it. It never gets very big but it's there.

Mouth is med bodied, decent carb.

Overall not bad, Light diacetyl, a bit under attenuated, not bad otherwise.

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Photo of selecter70
3.71/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I love Jacks Abby, I really do. This one was a bit of a sad departure from my expectations of a stellar beer. As dunkels go, it was OK..nothing really great. It looked good with dark hue topped with decent head. The aroma was nice with rich bready notes, but the taste was so so. A tad sweet and chocolatey with a what I thought was a weak bubbly body (that could be the draught line). I will try it again, but it was a bit disheartening.

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Photo of Duhast500
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a pint bottle into a Harpoon snifter.

The color is a ruby red color with a gold tint. There is a slight wisp of off-white head with a good a good amount of carbonation.

The aroma is pretty sweet with some fruity cherry aroma in the nose. There is a slight touch of grainy flavor in the nose as well.

The taste has a candy light flavor that has a nice sweetness that is missing from some lagers but not this one. There is an ale like characteristics that is found here in the juicy fruit flavor with a cherry and grape flavor that also has the faintest crisp flavor and feel.

This beer does have a lighter crispness that is like a lager but gives off a fruit taste that punches the tongue like an ale. This beer seems to want to go places it might not be prepared to do. The is some promises as you begin to sip this that does not seem to be fulfilled.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.79/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle from Drum Hill
Reddish amber color with a huge frothy beige head that persists forever. Nutty and toasty maltiness with bits of sweet almost raisiny sugary flavors. Tasty lager, but I was hoping for a bit more crusty toasty flavors.

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Photo of taez555
3.79/5  rDev -3.3%
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 OtherShoe2
3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours clear red, limited head with a faint ring.

Right at the pour I got whiff of something sour. Uh oh. I've come back to it and it is gone. Some toasted malt, a slight touch of cocoa (it's there). Some mineral.

An odd version of the style. Not enough deep roasted notes for me, but what is there works. Toasted malt, a little tart acid on the tongue, going to malt and bitterness, which is just right s it fades to maltiness. Really nice structure with this beer. I want this to finish a bit crisp, but instead it is a little mouth coating and has a little dry pucker. Nice medium body.

A great drinkable brew with decent complexities. Good malt forward lager. Another solid brew from these guys.

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Photo of musicsherlock
3.82/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottled on date smudged off
Reviewed 3/8/16

Pours a burnt orange with a effervescent, almost tan head, khaki. Could be perhaps a bit more on the redder side. Long lasting head.

Smells of malts, biscuits, yeast. Brings you into the brewery.

Tastes like it smells, back biscuits, low hops, slight lingering bitterness. Tastes a bit like wort. Sweetness develops later.

Tingles the tongue like a good lager, slightly creamy on the tongue

Overall another good lager from Jack's Abbey

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Photo of tekstr1der
3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
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 metter98
3.84/5  rDev -2%
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 57md
3.84/5  rDev -2%
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 IvoryFoxhole
3.87/5  rDev -1.3%
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 tigg924
3.88/5  rDev -1%
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 kristiekatk
3.88/5  rDev -1%
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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Photo of edward_boumil
3.96/5  rDev +1%
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 Gosox8787
3.97/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: Chilled bottle served into a pint glass. June 2012 bottle so this is very fresh.

Appearance: Dark red / light brown in color with a nice, white head that turns into a lacing. Really crisp carbonation.

Aroma: Some pretty strong caramel and breadiness throughout. A light bitterness from the hops. Very light and refreshing.

Taste: Really nice caramel and brown sugar is tempered by some light pine bitterness. Very toasty and bready. The alcohol is well hidden and the balance is on point.

Mouthfeel: Really light with some nice and crisp carbonation. Really refreshing and easy to drink.

Overall, a really nice refreshing lager with strong caramel flavor and a nice hop bite to counter. Complex, flavorful and easy to drink. Definitely a beer I would revisit for the price.

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Photo of PeterIngemi
3.97/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a .5 liter bottle into a duvel glass.

A: pours a burnt ruby, with a little less then a finger of slightly toasted brownish head, settles quickly. Little lacing. I am intrigued with this brews clean slightly brown rubyness...

S: deffinatly smell toasted dark malts, reminds me of dark bread, like pumpernickel, along with a touch of sweetness, reminds me of dark toast with a touch of sweet jelly.

T: much like the nose, I keep getting reminded of dark bread toast with a touch of sweet jelly or jam, a touch if dry earth hops at the finish with a faint kiss of bitterness.

M: medium bodied with a touch of grainy chewiness, medium carbonation works very well here.

O: another very good brew from jacks Abby, interesting and well balanced, deffinatly give this brew a whirl.

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Photo of pburland23
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16.9 oz. bottle into my Victory pilsner glass.

Appearance: Pours a clean, deep reddish mahogany. About a finger or so light tan head. Quickly dissipated to a thin wispy layer.

Smell: Supremely malty...very strong cereal notes, some grassiness and a heavy touch of caramel malt.

Taste: Very sweet and malty. Much like the nose...caramel and a dark, sweet breadiness.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and highly quaffable.

Overall: All in all, this is a pretty straightforward Munich Dunkel. It's tasty and drinkable. It's not my favorite Jack's Abby brew, but it's still pretty good.

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Photo of Dope
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A clear red pour with a big bubbly slightly off-white head.

S: Very bready with some herbal hop aroma.

T: Bready and smooth as in the aroma. Almost a little toasty, especially towards the middle and the end. A bit of herbal hops and tea in the finish. It's kinda like an irish red but with a german and american touch making it delicious.

M: Medium bodied and oh so smooth.

O: A simple but very tasty, smooth and drinkable beer. A simple beer for sure but at the same time it's just perfectly balanced and quaffable. Jack's Abby can do no wrong by me.

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Photo of keithmurray
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16.7 oz bottle poured into a mug

Appearance - copper colored body with off white head

Smell - caramel malt, grass, herb, tea

Taste - caramel, bread, tea

Mouthfeel - medium bodied, medium carbonation, slight sweetness upfront, flavors linger slightly in the aftertaste

Overall - nice Munich Dunkel Lager here, well done

Price Point - $4.79/16.9 oz bottle

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