Skyview (5109) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - JAN 7, 2008
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Picked up a six-pack of 12-oz cans at Trig’s West 70 Liquors in Woodruff, Wisconsin. Pours a clear reddish amber brew with a thick and lumpy off-white head that has some excellent retention and spotty lacing. Aroma of lightly caramel malt, a touch of citrus zest and fruity character. Taste is medium bodied, light carbonated, smooth, creamy with a light caramel malt flavor with just a touch of flowery hops. Finish is smooth at first and then a light mild bitterness after the finish.
drywallman (325) - Lake in the Hills, Illinois, USA - JUL 10, 2007
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Served up pints at Keweenaw Mt. Lodge. This had the dark red color and a reasonably long lasting head. The aroma was of regular malt with a little roast. Just enough hop to balance. It had a clean finish and could be consumed any time of the year for a not too light or too headvy refreshment.
BeerBelcher (972) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUN 11, 2007
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
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.
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - AUG 26, 2006
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
5 oz draught sample at the brewpub, late July 2006. Darkish amber-gold with a touch of foam....smoky/burnt caramel aroma, lightly ashy and harsh, diacetyl evident....lively carbonation in the caramel-sweet body, lightly bitter in the front and middle and turning tarry at the finish....some interest here but unbalanced and a little off.
awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 4, 2006
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at the brew pub. Transparent, reddish color with a tinge of honey and a thin layer of wispy white head. Lightly fruity aroma of squeezed raspberries along with a touch of grassy hops. A bit of caramelly sweetness gives it a little malty character for balance. The body is thin, but respectably structured, bringing out some coppery malt flavors with a touch of dried apricot and mildly bitter hops. Overall, a well balanced lightly fruity, lightly hopped, relatively typical amber ale with a delightfully clean finish.
auerbrau (3126) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - MAR 19, 2005
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JUN 19, 2008 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.