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Red Tape Lager | Jack's Abby Brewing

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BA SCORE
3.79/5
Very Good
185 Ratings
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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
Ranking:
#18,016
Reviews:
48
Ratings:
185
pDev:
10.03%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
8
Gots:
19
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 185 |  Reviews: 48
Photo of SABERG
3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
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 StoutElk_92
4.54/5  rDev +19.8%
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 h4ger
3.92/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of braican
3.7/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tekstr1der
3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
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 heerboth
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of edward_boumil
3.96/5  rDev +4.5%
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 metter98
3.84/5  rDev +1.3%
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 smithj4
3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of imbibehour
4.09/5  rDev +7.9%
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 dannycohen62
3.99/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dar482
3.64/5  rDev -4%
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 GWalk612
3.17/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of mrovelli
3.71/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BAsbill
3.61/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of Gkruszewski
3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kalosjakar
3.69/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of nodder
3.79/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of selecter70
3.71/5  rDev -2.1%
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 justintcoons
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
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 JRod1969
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of PaulSlazinger
3.77/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of joegallows
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ScaryEd
3.55/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Red Tape Lager from Jack's Abby Brewing
Beer rating: 3.79 out of 5 with 185 ratings
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