African Amber | Mac and Jack's Brewery

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86
very good
414 Ratings
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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 05-04-2002

BEER STATS
Ratings:
414
Reviews:
132
Avg:
3.85
pDev:
13.77%
 
 
Wants:
18
Gots:
79
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 414 |  Reviews: 132
Photo of VashonGuy
3.11/5  rDev -19.2%
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 -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of paleoplant
3.69/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of WoostaBia
4.21/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bucher307
4.28/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mb202060
3.74/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Photo of BCborn
3.58/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of sharpski
3/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Jetlag767
2.88/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Harimad_Sol
5/5  rDev +29.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Coon_Hopster
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SerialTicker
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
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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Photo of Rick778
3.48/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of mrkinnex
4.27/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ckornmannn
4.18/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

From a growler, and many times in restaurants: cloudy brown-orange beer with a delicious thick creamy head. Biscuity like most amber ales and hints of apple. A perfect hop presence in my opinion. There is something about this beer that is distinctive. Can't put my finger on it but I feel like if someone handed me a pint of it I could immediately recognize it as a Mac and Jack and I wouldn't say that about most beers. Absolutely delicious and a tremendous bargain at 6.50 for a growler fill at my local place. This beer is a godsend because chances are if you go to a restaurant in Seattle with a limited beer selection... they will have Mac and Jack and you can still have a great beer with your dinner. Its popular for a reason!
12/31/15: asked for a growler of Mannys Pale for New Years eve. It was not Manny's- it was Mac and Jack. No doubt! (they have both on tap).

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Photo of ik97
4.37/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Jgreen100
4.7/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

My only problem with this beer is that it isn't available outside of the Seattle area. It's very popular in Seattle with good reason! One other note. This beer seems to vary greatly by where you get it. Some places it is hoppier than others. After a year and a half of trips to Seattle it's still my must get beer whenever I am here. I bought a Mac and Jacks t-shirt I like it so much.

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Photo of ryanjgamache
5/5  rDev +29.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is my favorite beer for sure.

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Photo of nauxolo
3.36/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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

Photo of mmosey
4.11/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dabone
3.47/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from draft. Dark orange and cloudy with a creamy white head. Cereal grain aroma, not much hop. Taste is a lot of cereal grains with a bitter aftertaste. Not much hop flavor. Texture is expected. I rate this as an average Amber.

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Photo of chrisjws
3.71/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Mister_Faucher
3.76/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

African Amber from Mac and Jack's Brewery
3.85 out of 5 based on 414 ratings.
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