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:
16
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Reviews: 44 | Ratings: 171
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 largadeer
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
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 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 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 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 smakawhat
4.09/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the can into a pokal glass.

Creamy faint khaki colored two finger head off the pour. Sits with creamy retention, fine bubbles, and settles to an easy quick finger head. Body color is deep ruby and mahogany red colored body. Real nice looking beer, even has a bit of glow in this glass.

Aroma is quite delicious. Toasted malts, even fruity ester (is that cherry?), and nicely caramel sweetness that goes to more of a thicker malt base. Lager clean smelling as well. Very inviting and unexpected for a dark Munich, and enjoyable.

As much as there are some very different and intriguing beginnings on this beer, the basics are what are more apparent. Light bodied and nearly crisp, but slight mild carbonation on the tongue. Light caramel rich, with a good hint of pasty yeast flavor, particularly on the swallow, but manages a soft caramel and sweetness. Clean, which is surprising cause there is a bit of density going here, but some light bodied lager feel brings everything back in the present.

A very memorable and good dunkel, that has some interesting American spin to it. Nicely done.

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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 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 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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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 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 justintcoons
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

16 oz can poured into a weizen glass.

Appearance
Deep reddish mahogany with 1 finger of tan head. Excellent clarity with lively carbonation.

Nose
Brown bread, brown sugar, caramel, earthy, and a touch of cocoa.

Taste
Brown breads, caramelized brown sugar, and rich caramel. Munich maltiness all around. Dashes of cocoa and earth with a subtle leafy hoppiness.

Mouthfeel
Medium bodied, smooth, silky, sticky, and balanced.

Overall
Rich bread and caramel flavors. An extremely flavorful Dunkel.

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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 Kendo
4.02/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured into a Nonic pint glass. Body is clear reddish-amber with a 1-finger khaki-colored head.

S: Faint caramel malt, some nuttiness, and faint herbal or piney hops. Pleasant nose.

T: Caramel malt, brown bready malt and nutty malt foundation. Finishes with a modest clean lemony bitterness that provides some balance. Overall sweet though.

M: Light in heft, a tad bit thin, but for the style, we're good.

O: Excellent easy-drinking but tasty lager.

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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 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 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 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 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 Gatch
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Clear as can be with a beautiful amber color and foamy, off-white head that builds and fades quickly. No lace or retention.

S: Sugary, sweet, roasted malt.

T: Great, bready, sweet, roasted malt. Good body. Slight hop presence in the finish.

M: Superb malty flavors. Crisp and refreshing. Highly drinkable.

O: A finely crafted dark lager. Everything I hoped and expected the style to be. Another great brew from Jack's Abby!

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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 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 mschofield
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
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 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 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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