African Amber | Mac and Jack's Brewery

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3.89/5
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427 Ratings
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Mac and Jack's Brewery
Washington, United States
macandjacks.com

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 05-04-2002

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#9,362
Reviews:
133
Ratings:
427
pDev:
13.37%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Photo of Wattstriker
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of MacStinson
3.44/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Shanty76
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.12/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a shaker pint glass. Pours a very hazy coppery amber with a one finger white head with good retention and lacing. Aroma of biscuit and caramel malt, citrus hops; hoppier, but reminiscent of a rich English bitter. Flavor is full bodied, well balanced biscuit and caramel malt, hints of toffee, citrus hops. Finishes with semisweet malt and citrus hop bitterness. Medium bodied with a light creaminess; nice mouth feel. I'm sorry I haven't tried this one earlier. The full bodied, well balanced malts are very tasty and supplemented with pleasant citrus hops. I'm glad to know that this ale, commonly on tap at restaurants, is so good a great complement to dining. I'll be back to this one. Kudos.

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Photo of tummy345
3.66/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Fruity smell. Bubly but good flavor and light on the palette

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Photo of Petenj
3.23/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Ppuech
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mr-jj
3.77/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This used to be my go-to beer. I would seek it out over almost anything else. As my tastes have evolved, it's become a bit too sweet for my liking. But I had the chance to revisit it recently and wrote down some notes.

Pours a hazy amber with a thick white head. Nose is caramel roast with some piney hops. Flavor is similar, it's a nice amber with some hop accents. Overall, a good amber.

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Photo of stevoj
3.59/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Cloudy amber with small silky head. Aroma of malt, spice and citrus. Taste is malty, followed by coriander and some orange on the backplane. Complex but enjoyable,,good with food.

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Photo of Smak_Hermann
3.39/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of csv
4.28/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jayhunter357
3.58/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of dbauer
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of VashonGuy
3.11/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer looks pretty good ... nice red amber, good lacing. But it's downhill after that.

The aroma is pretty mild. The flavor is sweetish and bland, bland, bland. Nothing interesting going on here.

I've had Mac and Jack several times over the years, as it's sometimes the lone craft beer among a bunch of taps of Bud and Coors and MGD. I've held off rating it, as I keep thinking I must be missing something. But there just isn't a lot to this beer, beyond the sweetness. I don't get the popularity. It's better than a macro AAL, but just barely.

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Photo of DamienI
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of paleoplant
3.69/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of WoostaBia
4.21/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bucher307
4.28/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mb202060
3.74/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Photo of BCborn
3.58/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of sharpski
3/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Jetlag767
2.88/5  rDev -26%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Harimad_Sol
5/5  rDev +28.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Coon_Hopster
3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SerialTicker
3.93/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Had on-tap at Ivar's Mukilteo Landing in Washington.

Fantastic. One of my favorite from the style. I really appreciate the fact that they stray away from loading this with hops, and instead accent the beer with it. This has a great, sweet caramel-like flavor, with a subtle pine bitterness. This stays true to the style better than many others do. I hear this is the best selling draft beer in Washington -- I don't know how true that is, but if that's the case, they've got some good taste in the Northwest.

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African Amber from Mac and Jack's Brewery
Beer rating: 3.89 out of 5 with 427 ratings