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Red Jacket Amber Ale | Keweenaw Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Keweenaw Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
keweenawbrewing.com

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.10%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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BEER STATS
Ranking:
#41,797
Reviews:
64
Ratings:
146
pDev:
14.78%
 
 
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Ratings: 146 |  Reviews: 64
Reviews by EgadBananas:
Photo of EgadBananas
3.26/5  rDev -5.5%
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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More User Reviews:
Photo of buschbeer
3.79/5  rDev +9.9%
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 jkrich
3.41/5  rDev -1.2%
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 proc
4.2/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Craft beer in a can!

This is a fine amber.

Pours out to a nice, dark red in the glass with a good, sized, head. The aroma is that of malt and bread dough. The taste is very good. Roasted malt taste that tastes you from amber to marzen and definitely says "Octoberfest".

Very well done.

If this is available in my area on a more, consistent basis, I'll have no issue picking it up. Would be a great thing to take camping -- yay to cans.

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Photo of Frozensoul327
3.7/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Medium red color. Lots of foam and a medium high level of carbonation.

S: Fresh. I like this, seems to be straight from the brewery. Craft in a can kicks ass. Lots of malty caramel notes.

T: Rich, yet not overpowering. Strong notes of bready malts, grain and a touch of smooth yet crisp hops.

M: Bubbly and yummy. A nice smooth finish to a mildly dense brew.

D: Good. A solid sessioner. High marks to Keweenaw for brewing great beer, and then getting into cans!

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Photo of DrainBamage
4.71/5  rDev +36.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a cloudy amber color with a very nice head. Smell has roasted malty aromas and just a hint a fruitiness. Taste is very complex, but well balance. The malts make it goes down smooth and is moderately carbonated with some hoppiness too. There isn't really anything bad I can say about this beer. One of the best I've had in the UP to date. I only wish this was distributed in my area.

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Photo of alexgash
3.6/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. can.

Orange-amber body with golden edges. Small, gauzy, off-white head. Toasted malts on the nose with some caramel, light fruit, and mild citrus hops. Toasted, nutty malt flavor up front. Some herbal, floral hop bitterness there as well. Caramel cookie dough malt base with a hint of fruit sweetness. Moderate herbal hop flavor and bitterness come through before a clean, dryer finish. Some lingering cookie malt. Not bad. Moderate body with a lively feel.

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Photo of BeerBelcher
2.54/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Maybe it is the "Red jacket" naming of this beer, or maybe the bright red color and nice white head formation, but in my mind a comparison was set-up between this beer and Leinenkugel’s Red (an old favorite) before my first sip...and it was not a favorable one. While I found the appearance of Red Jacket attractive, there was little else to recommend it. The beer had a mild caramel aroma but tasting like...nothing. Combined with a slightly watery mouthfeel, there is not a lot to say or recommend about this beer.

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Photo of indiapaleale
3.16/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pour - a bright auburn with some orange ad yellow hues. An inch-thick, white wispy head adorns this pour.

Aroma - malty goodness. Brown sugar, honey, caramel and toasted raisin bread.

Taste - a big gulp of this malty brew leads down the flavor road to brown bread, some fruity esters, caramel, apple skins and tad bit of peppery spice. More than anything this is a light yet malt dominate brew.

Overall - solid stuff. I think of amber ales as the go-to beer for the masses. They tend to be fairly straightforward, or neutral, without being too crazy. This one was spot on with the malt profile and the sweetness but not too sweet and only a faint glimpse of hops in the finish. It was a bit seltzery on the tongue which worked as it made it provided a nice crisp end to each sip.

Would I buy more of it? - sure, why not. I'd actually love to go to the brewery they operate and try some other brews on tap.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.71/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Glowing apricot with a hint of coral. Atop the liquid sits a thick slice of sand colored foam that looks pretty good. Thick sheets of shotgun-blasted lace are attractive as well. That will teach me to have low expectations. This is beautiful beer.

I'm confused about the style. The brewery calls this offering an amber ale, but they also call it a 'classic Oktoberfest-style ale'. Uh... aren't Oktoberfests lagers? There isn't much, if any, toasted-earthiness in the nose. It's more like a modestly fruity amber ale.

Red Jacket is pretty good beer... better than average beer... but far from great beer. High points include a relative abundance of ingredients for the style, a malt-hop balance that should please most everyone, and a reasonably high degree of drinkability.

Although I can see how Oktoberfest comparisons might be made, I still think amber ale is the correct call. The malt tastes moderately toasted and the hops are unripe apricot and orange fruity. Unfortunately, the beer is a wee bit too tart. It isn't a deal-breaker, but it does take the next highest flavor score off the table.

The mouthfeel is a highlight. It's at least medium for the style, if not a little bigger, and is expertly bubbled. Since I care more about mouthfeel than aroma, the final score won't be an accurate reflection of my true feelings. No use fighting that battle now. Or ever.

My first Keweenaw Brewing Company offering is a good one. Putting it in cans is a great idea, as beer loving campers and outdoorsmen will attest. It ain't Surly and it ain't Dale's Pale Ale, but Red Jacket Amber Ale is good, solid, drinkable beer.

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Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.76/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz can with a gay miner, really more of a gay lumberjack, on the front. Described as an Oktoberfest.

Pumpkin Orange body with ample carbonation and solid off white lacing that lasts for the entire beer. Shockingly stunning. This came from a can?

The aroma is sweet, malty, and loaded with fall spice. Reminds me of both marzen and pumpkin beers.

Very sweet, light bodied beer with aggressive carbonation. Marzen malts dominate. Pumpkin pie is second. Fruity with just touches of roastiness and hops. Truly drinkable. A very nice beer and my first canned Oktoberfest.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.21/5  rDev +22%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I CANnot express my joy in being able to review this beer! My initial cry for CANs led me to a source for two of the four currently being CANned, but then I met the owners/brewer at the GTMW and not only did they hook me up with a review-only (no trade) CAN of each of the other two, but their philosophy was dead on! These people really get Green. It has caused me to rethink what I have heard about YooPers. They have their act together.

Head was a finger of bubbly, light-brown with decent retention. Color was a slightly hazy reddish-amber, not unlike this beautiful redhead that I met at the Great Dane two Sundays ago. The nose had a fruity, malty sweetness that I have encountered before. Kind of a strawberry or raspberry Jell-O smell that always takes me back to my youth. Mouthfeel was medium with an interesting fruity taste as described above, but underlain with a slight bitterness. Finish was moderately sweet, very berry-like and super smooth. I really got lost in how quickly I was drinking this down. This CAN become another that I will pull off of the trading block if I develop a Jones for it. Act now!

In other, unrelated news, from the CAN: "The Keweenaw Brewing Company, located in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, was founded with the goal of turning beer drinkers into craft-beer lovers. Medium bodied and lightly hopped, this classic Oktoberfest-style ale is brewed in tribute to the Red Jacket Mine of what is now Calumet and to the glory days of the copper industry in the Keweenaw Peninsula."

As a redhead, I liked the ginger miner on the CAN and I am sure that my friend at the bar would likewise approve.

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Photo of bozebus17
4.2/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a somewhat cloudy red/amber. A large off-white head rose to the top of the glass. The head hung around and left ample lacing.

The smell is almost entirely malt. It reminds me of fresh sourdough bread. The nose is very strong and makes me eager to take my first sip. There is just the tiniest hint of hops in the aroma.

The flavor is much like the smell; malt dominated. There are big-time biscuit like flavors. I also taste a good amount of roasted flavors throughout this one. The mouthfeel is medium-bodied and creamy.

I was very impressed by this brew. It was tasty and went down very easy. It would make a great season beer. I didn't even know this Michigan brewer existed until I saw their beer in the store a couple of weeks ago. I can't wait to pick up some of their other offerings and I hope that I keep seeing this one in the beer cooler.

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Photo of drpimento
2.88/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Huh. First of all the can says Octoberfest style ale. Rate beer gives it a better score by style than overall which I don't understand given the nontraditional break with style. Other than that, it's unremarkable. Average. Not bad, not memorable. A little malty, some flavor, not bad, not good. Could do worse; could do a lot better.

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Photo of Viggo
3.41/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to xmarcnolanx for throwing this as an extra in a trade.

Pours a hazy amber/orange, neat colour, chunky off white head, leaves some massive lacing on the glass, solid layer. Smell is interesting, very sweet and malty, caramel, bread, yeast, spice, oranges, little bit musty, pretty strange. Taste is malty, oats/bread/wheat graininess, bit of spiciness, little bland but pretty solid. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied, medium to high carbonation, pretty easy to drink. Thanks Marc!

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Photo of hopdog
3/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz can.

Poured a medium and hazy amberish color with a large sized off white head. Lots of suspended floaters. Aromas of caramel, yeasty, and I was getting some card board. Tastes of caramel, and some fruitiness. I had a hard time pinning this one down.

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Photo of danielharper
4.07/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

(Note: BA calls this an American Amber, but the can refers to itself as an "Octoberfest-style ale.)

Appearance: Hazy brown/orange body with slight yellow tinge at the bottom. Thick brownish head that dissipates to soapscum quickly.

Smell: Rich, malty, nutty. Quite dry. Very strong grains.

Taste: Sweet nutty grains on the front-end, with a bit of syrup on the finish. Some nice bitter hops, as well, and a dry aftertaste. Kind of a weird amalgam of styles, but somehow it works. Very much more like an Octoberfest than an Amber, so take that for what you will.

Mouthfeel: Thicker than anticipated, very low carbonation, with no particular hop bite. Smooth but a bit thick.

Drinkability: I'm tempted to pound these straight from the can. A nice beer, very good at what it does.

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Photo of CharlesDarwin
2.56/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Originally reviewed March 18, 2005. On tap at the brewpub. Deep ruby auburn pour, with sustaining white head and quite sticky lacing. Lacks aroma. Smooth malty flavor with hints of fruit and caramel in the background. Silk smooth palate with creamy finish. Nicely drinkable, and certainly the best of the regulars. Actually, this tastes the best when they make a "Lake Superior" and top it off with a third of a pint of their Birch Beer.

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Photo of emerge077
3.75/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The guy on this can looks like the long lost coal miner outcast from the Village People. Amber can matches the reddish orange tint of the beer that froths out of it. Floating floaties and a solid head of creamy foam. Minor lace with good head retention. Lightly bready, sweet malty nose. Smells like a bakery. Clean malt flavor with some biting carbonation. Smooth caramel and challah bread aftertaste. Decent session beer, no flaws, but not sure if I would seek it out.

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Photo of dirtylou
3.95/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz can, Riley's

appearance: poured from can to a Stone pint glass...clean and clear amber body with a light tan head and minimal lacing

smell: big caramel malts, toasted grain, sweet apple

taste: could double for an american marzen in a blind taste test...caramel apple, toasted grains and malts, thin and easy drinking

mouthfeel: a little thin, but nice for the style

drinkability: easy

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Photo of brewcrew76
3.63/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to emerge077 for sharing this one.

A - Hazy amber with a thin white head and a lot of bubbles rushing to the top.

S - Caramel malts, toasted grain and some biscuit.

T - Bready and biscuit malts with some caramel malt mixed in.

M - Smooth mouthfeel, light to medium with a good amount of carbonation.

D - Decent beer that could be easily sessionable, especially in cans.

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Photo of tempest
4.1/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark amber with short white head. Smells of sweet, caramel malts with a touch of hops. Hops come out more in the flavor and adds a nice kick. Full-malt flavor, adding a touch of fruit to the caramel. Easy drinking and damn tasty. They call it an oktoberfest-style beer, but its more American Amber with balls. Definately the best beer I've had at KBC.

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Photo of lpayette
3.57/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My friend and fellow BA sjvicker gave me this beer along with a bunch of other beers that I'll be reviewing shortly. Thanks Spencer

Pours an orange amber very close to the color of the can. Head is pretty average in size initially though it leaves little behind with time. Some signs of chill haze. The smell is a bit grainy and perhaps not as biscuity as you might expect. There are hints of fruit too with a combination of an orange peel-like characteristic and other sweeter fruit smells. A bit different and unexpected. There is more evidence of a biscuity characteristic in the taste however with some muted roasty characteristics that tend to hang out in the background. Hops are not immediately noticeable yet you know they are there. At the finish, you know they are there. The mouthfeel is pretty smooth and almost silky. High drinkability factory, and I like the can.

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Photo of Phocion
2.14/5  rDev -38%
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 pweis909
4/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear, on the orange side of amber, with an off-white head.

Bready aroma, malty taste, just a hint of sweetness. Hops take a back seat to malt; no hoppy flavors or aroma, but bittering and sweetness are well-balanced.

Reminds me more of an Octoberfest than an American amber, which I usually think of as ahaving a bit more crystal malt presence, fruitiness, and or hop character. This is an easy drinking beer, tasty but non-agressive, ought to be a crowd pleaser, with sufficient appeal to folks with craft brew or more mainstream tastes.

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Red Jacket Amber Ale from Keweenaw Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.45 out of 5 with 146 ratings