Red Jacket Amber Ale
Keweenaw Brewing Company

Red Jacket Amber AleRed Jacket Amber Ale
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Style:
American Amber / Red Ale
Ranked #996
ABV:
5.1%
Score:
79
Ranked #44,436
Avg:
3.47 | pDev: 15.56%
Reviews:
66
Ratings:
150
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Keweenaw Brewing Company
 
Michigan, United States
Avail:
Year-round
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SCORE
79
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Photo of Ceddd99
3.85/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I really like this brewery, although this isn't of their best beers in my opinion I still think it's pretty good. For those complaining it doesn't have enough hops, I'd recommend trying their Early Autumn ale which is a hoppy amber ale. This beer wasn't intended to be hoppy, it's one of those malty sweet ambers. The best thing about it is the mouthfeel, it's very smooth and soft.

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Photo of JimboBrews54
5/5  rDev +44.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Can poured a clear orange amber with a small lingering amber head. Aromas of caramel, fruitiness and light earthiness. Palate was light bodied and crisp. Flavors of caramel, earthiness and light fruitiness with a crisp lingering caramel finish.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.03/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

$ 10.50 (Including tax)/six-pack of 12 oz cans ($ 0.146/oz) from local stop ‘n rob, Houghton, MI. Reviewed 7/28/18.
Undated can. Stored at 42 degrees and served at 42 degrees in a hand-washed and dried glass coffee mug.
Appearance – 3.5.
Body – Amber, clear, some effervescence.
Head – Large (Maximum 4.5 cm, aggressive center pour), off-white, creamy, average retention, diminishing to an irregular three to ten mm ring and a complete ring.
Lacing – None.
First pour – Amber, clear.
Aroma – 3 – Faint malt.
Flavor – 3 – Malty with a slight bitterness but no distinct hop flavor. No alcohol, no diacetyl, no dimethylsulfide.
Palate – 3 – Medium, watery, lively carbonation.
Impression and summation – 3 – Another non-offensive entry from Keweenah Brewing. When you’re on the Keweenah peninsula of the U.P., this is a passable brew to drink locally.

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Photo of TreyIsWilson
3.37/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a clear amber with two finger creamy off white head. Light amount of soapy lacing.

S - Aroma is caramel, biscuit and light earthy hops.

T - The taste follows the aroma. Caramel, brown sugar, toasted biscuit and light earthy hops.

M - Medium body with low carbonation. Soft mouthfeel with a crisp dry finish.

O - A very drinkable amber. Nothing spectacular but I wouldn't turn it down if offered.

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Photo of Tripel_Threat
3.63/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from can to pint glass. Hazy amber liquid with a fingernail width of white foam. No lacing gets left behind. Bills itself as an "Octoberfest style ale" and it shows. Caramel, biscuit, and toffee show up, as well as grassy, herbal, and fruity notes as well. Probably not going to seek this one out again, but wouldn't turn it down if offered.

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Photo of TinyRicks
3.42/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Semi cloudy - amber maple syrup color with a decent off white head that lasts quite awhile. There's some VERY slight lacing and the smell is almost non-existent. I noticed that the flavor has hints of apple and a light after taste of hops. Over this is a pretty good beer!

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Photo of joe12pk
3.64/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Murky amber with a head that dissolves quickly. Spotty lacing.

S - Caramel, lots of maple, and a touch of molasses.

T - A bit on the sweet maple side with caramel and maybe some slight citrus. Some hops but I would recommend that they use 25% more on the next batch.

O - If you like a sweet maple brew, this is for you. I won't be getting this again this year but will check it out in 2017.

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Photo of stevoj
2.34/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Flight at brewery. As mentioned earlier, difficult to tell from their brown ale. All had bland malt flavors, almost no aroma, watery consistency. Forgettable lot of beers.

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Photo of pat61
3.9/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Pours brilliant reddish amber under a 1” cream colored foam cap.
S: Fruit and malt on the nose.
T: Light caramel to toffee, light fruit, faint cola.
F: medium body and carbonation.
O: Slightly bland but drinkable.

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Photo of superspak
3.63/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce can into pint glass, canned on 10/28/2014. Pours slightly hazy deep orange/copper color with a 2 finger dense and rocky off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas caramel, toast, toffee, biscuit, brown sugar, light nuttiness, light orange zest, herbal, grass, and herbal/toasted earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/bready malts and earthy hop notes; with solid strength. Taste of caramel, toast, toffee, biscuit, brown sugar, light nuttiness, light orange zest, herbal, grass, and herbal/toasted earthiness. Slight earthy herbal bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, toast, toffee, biscuit, brown sugar, light nuttiness, light orange zest, and herbal/toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Good robustness and complexity of dark/bready malts and earthy hop flavor; with a solid malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied; with a very smooth and moderately creamy/bready mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish as expected of 5.1%. Overall this is a nice malty amber ale style. All around good robustness, complexity, and balance of dark/bready malts and earthy hop flavors; and very smooth to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.

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Photo of tjsdomer2
3.71/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Bright orange with excellent carbonation and nice white lacing.

Smell: Sweet citrus and caramel. Faint bitter pine in the finish.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Bitter orange with a caramel finish. Excellent balance but a tad generic. Slick mouthfeel full of hop oil.

Overall: A decent amber.

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Photo of Phocion
2.14/5  rDev -38.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.75

12 oz. can (which calls this an "Oktoberfest-style ale; not really sure how that works, but I'll still drink it) poured into a shaker pint. Clean copper body with a solid finger of frothy white head. Decent retention and good lacing.

Aroma is very malt-forward. Caramel, toffee, biscuit, and doughy. Interesting berry aroma as well. This almost smells like one of those fruit flavored cereals from my youth; I'm not sure if that's a good or bad thing.

Slight spicy/earthy hoppiness, but mostly this thing is just sweet. As in extraordinarily cloyingly sweet. Caramel, biscuit, and that strange artificial berry flavor are all combining in a very concerted effort in making this downright unpleasant. Dry, burnt finish seals the deal.

Good carbonation, but a sticky, grainy mouthfeel.

Overall I am very glad this was a freebie from a distributor. One of the worst craft beers I've tried. Avoid.

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Photo of buschbeer
3.79/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 ounce can
Served in a conical pint glass

A - This beer is as advertised, amber in color, with golden highlights. It is topped with an inch of off-white head. There is some suspended yeast as well.

S - I smell sweet caramel malt. It almost has a maple sweetness to it.

T - The taste has a sweet caramel taste to it along with some toffee. There are some faint hops but pretty sweet overall.

M - Medium

O - This is a pretty good beer. It is a little sweet, but it is a decent amber.

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Photo of carlborch
3.6/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a brilliant, copper-brown. 2 inch head forms with rougher texture (larger bubbles) than expected. The off-white-to-tan head settles quickly to a 1/4 inch leaving some Belgian lace behind. The nose has notes of bread and malt without any evident hop. Hints of dried fruit (raisins?) and caraway reminiscent of Irish soda bread. Medium-to-light body. Sweet. Singular malt notes on the palate. Highly drinkable and thirst quenching. Straight forward. Modest carbonation.

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Photo of andrenaline
3.72/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Props to my aunt and uncle for the hook up on this bad boy!

A - Pours a dark amber colour with a redish hue, thin layer of head with little retention or lacing.

S - Sweet toasted biscuit, caramel, burnt sugar and a metallic finish.

T - Surprisingly sweet, loads of caramel, brown sugar and a touch of maple syrop. Finish is bready with spicey notes and a leafy green hop note.

M - Medium, smooth and a touch of dryness.

O - A tasty amber indeed, I wish they had more beers from this brewery to try, as it was a pleasurable ale indeed.

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Photo of minterro
3.61/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From notes from on tap at Keweenaw.

Nose is very similar sweet bready nose. White head hangs around for half the drink super drinkable. Decent lacing. Clear copper colored.

Medium to low bodied, medium carbonation. Very smooth and not really bitter or dry. Its seems to be a trend in most of their beers. Bready and sweet malts, not a lot of distinguishing qualities.

I've been to the brewery and checked out there cans and they are plastic lined and the use a micro filter but the beer never seems to be as good in the cans as it is at their brewery. Plus at the price of 2.50 a pint... whoa doggy can't beat that!

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Photo of WastingFreetime
2.55/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed from notes.

A. Brownish-red with a thin receding foam collar, no real lacing or retention time is present.

S. Only a thin wash of vague malt...that's it.

T. Somewhat generic biscuit and pale malts mixed together. A bit of herbal hopping appears in the finish.

M. Light bodied, thin yet bubbly.

This one didn't really impress me all that much.

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Photo of WYVYRN527
3.45/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12-ounce can poured into a New Belgium glass.

A: Deep mahogany in color with a thin eggshell head that leaves a thin film on the surface.

S: Not much on the nose. Some caramel and fruit, with very little hop presence.

T: Caramel, toast, and some fruity esters shine through, with grassy, floral hop undertones. Finish is a bit gritty, with some boozy heat.

Notes: Medium in body, with a fair amount of flavor and a thick mouthfeel. Somewhat syrupy. It is an easy drinking brew, but with a little TLC it could have so much more potential. Just a bit unbalanced.

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Photo of Vixie
3.35/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a copper color, a little lighter than others I have seen of this style. Forms a bit of a tan colored head.

Mainly malt and yeast, also a bit like bread.

Very much on the malty side, has a sweetness to it, but it's not overdone. There is a bit of hop flavor at the finish.

Pretty decent for the style, nothing to complain about here.

Fairly decent amber ale, nothing really outstanding here, but an easy to drink and good tasting beer. While not my favorite style, I could easily drink more of this.

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Photo of jkrich
3.41/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from an undated 12 oz. can: clear, brownish copper with a very nice sustained off-white head.
The aroma was rather indistinct - a little sweet, perfumy malt but not much else.
This is very much a malt forward amber with a nice caramel entry with some faint sourness that detracts slightly from the flavor. There is hint of butterscotch in the aftertaste.
This medium bodied ale had a soft, clean adn somewhat thin mouthfeel with a little too much sweet aftertaste on the palate.
Overall, a good tasting, malty amber style ale, but it is far from my favorite for this style.

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Photo of EgadBananas
3.26/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nice cloudy amber color on the pour. Head was pronounced, fluffy and off-white. Retention was excellent and lacing was great and pretty.

Aroma was...not very prevalent. Some metallic tinnings, malt sweetness, and a touch of hops surprisingly

Taste had a touch of hops and bitterness, and a light smackling of maltiness. Nothing spectacular, but it was enjoyable for the most part.

Feel was ok, crisp, light-medium in body...tad too bubbly though.

This brew wasn't bad, but nothing I'd venture for. Glad to give it a whirl for sure! thanks Woody!

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Photo of GoldenChild
4.88/5  rDev +40.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is a great beer its my staple beer that i just cant ever get enough of. The first time that i tried it i thought that it was ok then about a month later i decided to try it again and i loved it.
Malty goodness. Brown sugar, Coffee, Honey, Caramel and Toasted raisin bread, followed by a slight hop bitterness.

I love this beer think that it has tons of depth and character. I'm surprised by some peoples ratings.

I dont care for there bridge lifter so far.

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Photo of Kegatron
2.28/5  rDev -34.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

12 oz can into a pint glass.

Pours a clear copper, with several fizzy fingers of light tan head. This peters down pretty quickly, retaining with a soapy look that leaves back some spotty foam down the sides of the glass. The aroma is earthy and a bit grassy smelling, with some underlying notes of toast, bread, and caramel. This feels a bit muddled in the nose at times.

The taste is leafy bitterness layered on top of citric fruit, toasted biscuits, and some sweet caramel. Maybe a touch of butter in here as well. The flavors are here but much like the nose, the overall flavor profile is coming off as cluttered earthy tanginess that is a bit muted as well. The mouthfeel is lighter bodied, with some crispness on the tip on the tongue but this is mostly thin and watery feeling in the mouth. Most unimpressive feel here.

This Amber Ale fell way short of the mark for me. Just not a lot of power to the flavors (I'm not sure how old this can was) and the weak body did this absolutely no favors as well. I'd probably give this one a skip if I had the chance again.

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Photo of SickGnar
3.28/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Mildly dark amber-trending copper. Just shy of clear with a decent off-white head and pretty good lacing. Pretty good looking beer.

S: Malty. Some rich and toasted Munich sort of malts as well as some sweeter caramel notes with hints of toffee and a background of milled grain. Not picking up much in the way of hops. Quite nice, but it could stand to be a bit stronger.

T: Reasonably rich munich-type malts provide a toasty, bready grain backbone. Some crystal malts add some more sweetness, a bit of caramel and an edge of toffee. Hops are grassy/earthy, but also have a slight spicy note. Start out malty and then hops come in pretty strongly balanced. There is an ale fruitiness in the background throughout. Not bad, but it does seem a bit thin and gets a touch raspy towards end of glass. Could use some more depth and body to the malts to help smooth things out.

M: Medium / medium-light with soft and smooth CO2. A rather dry finish. I think a tad more body with a hint more sticky sweet chewy heft would help out this brew.

D: A nice enough amber with a sort of Marzen influence to its grain bill. Good, but it could be improved. If you are looking for cans though, this is a far better choice than most macro swill in many regards.

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Photo of Beejay
3.77/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Hazy reddish brown. Nice tan head, but it dissipates very quickly.

S: Malty with just a hint of tartness. Perhaps just a little bit of raisons.

T: Nice toasted flavor. Clean tasting and a bit bready. Not a lot of hop flavor, but the malt is lovely.

M: Medium body, and good carbonation.

D: Very drinkable. A great bbq beer. Clean, easy drinking, and refreshing.

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Red Jacket Amber Ale from Keweenaw Brewing Company
Beer rating: 79 out of 100 with 150 ratings