Red Jacket Amber Ale | Keweenaw Brewing Company

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

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.10%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by tempest on 05-24-2006

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Ratings: 141 |  Reviews: 63
Photo of dirtylou
3.95/5  rDev +14.2%
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 drxandy
3.75/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz can to ale glass, pours a nice reddish amber shade, white head fades to nice lacing

smells of grains, nice smooth malts, hop kick in the end

tastes of nicely carbonated nuttiness, slightly sweet floral citrus from the hops, very flavorful, malts play out biscuity with a touch of caramel, a very nice amber - glad to see it distributed to the lansing area, mixed 6 with 2 of each is a nice touch to enter markets - and you can't argue with the fun factor of cans, just wish the design was a little better so people don't discriminate against such tasty brews

mouthfeel is nice and creamy for an amber, bitter, slightly dry, good flavors, not bad!

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Photo of alexgash
3.6/5  rDev +4%
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 shadow1961
3.59/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Keweenaw Red Jacket Amber Ale pours a couple fingers of
rocky foam over a cloudy amber brew. There is no carbonation,
but the nose has a nice almost vinous fruitiness and a bit of tart
yeast funk. The flavor is slightly nutty with a note of tannin and
vanilla with some herbal hop off the back. The mouthfeel is light,
crisp, and dry. A nice little brew. While it doesn't knock my socks
off it's a good solid brew. There's enough complexity for it to go
well with lots of different food yet still be easy drinking. If it was
on tap locally I think I would end up drinking lots of it.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.71/5  rDev +7.2%
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 bozebus17
4.2/5  rDev +21.4%
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 Frozensoul327
3.7/5  rDev +6.9%
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 lpayette
3.57/5  rDev +3.2%
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 proc
4.2/5  rDev +21.4%
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 DrainBamage
4.71/5  rDev +36.1%
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 Viggo
3.41/5  rDev -1.4%
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 DaPeculierDane
3.76/5  rDev +8.7%
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 BeerBelcher
2.54/5  rDev -26.6%
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 gmfessen
3.83/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm a big fan of this beer, only second to their brown. Poured from the tap into a pint glass, beer is an amber-copper color with a tapioca colored head with tons of frothy bubbles. Leaves thick webbing of foam around the glass. Smell sweet with amber malt, slightly roasted and not much in the way of hops; most of their beers share a malty consistency with minimal hops. The taste is very much like the smell, a malty amber flavor with just a touch of hops. It is incredibly smooth though, with a medium-full bodied mouthfeel and slightly creamy carbonation. This is a sessionable amber, smooth and enjoyable. If you're ever in the area, I would recommend stopping by the KBC.

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Photo of CharlesDarwin
2.56/5  rDev -26%
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 tempest
4.1/5  rDev +18.5%
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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Red Jacket Amber Ale from Keweenaw Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.46 out of 5 with 141 ratings