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Red Rack Ale - Woodstock Inn Brewery

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Red Rack AleRed Rack Ale

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BA SCORE
78
okay

171 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 171
Reviews: 94
rAvg: 3.41
pDev: 13.49%
Wants: 0
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Woodstock Inn Brewery visit their website
New Hampshire, United States

Style | ABV
Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB) |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Amber in color with slight caramel sweetness. Medium hop bitterness. Malty up front with a nice hop/ malt balance.

23.3 IBU

(Beer added by: UnionMade on 07-07-2002)
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DrewBest

Massachusetts

3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

07-07-2013 23:55:58 | More by DrewBest
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imperialstout27

California

3.6/5  rDev +5.6%

A: Crystal clear amber with a small cream colored head that dissipated relatively quickly.

S: Definitely a malty beer. The aromas tend toward freshly sliced bread notes with a fruity hint underneath and a bit of caramel sweetness. Not too much in the way of hops.

T: The fruity esters come through stronger on the palate. Toasty malt flavors are also prominent with a very mild buttery hint which works ok here. Hop bitterness is mild to moderate, about 25 I'd guess, and balances the malts nicely. Bitterness lingers into the finish with some bready notes.

M: A smooth, medium-bodied brew. Light to moderate carbonation.

D: Quite drinkable. This is not a complex beer, but it is a good, tasty session ale that works well if you like them on the maltier side. Overall, pretty good beer.

11-19-2010 03:13:48 | More by imperialstout27
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steelerguy

New York

3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

A - Very clear amber, with a nice size white head and low carbonation.

S - Sweet malt with some roasted notes. Smells like a Scottish ale rather than American Amber.

T - Lots of caramel and toasted malts. Rich and a bit sweet. Not surprisingly, it tastes like a Scottish ale rather than American Amber.

M - Smooth, creamy and rich.

D - Looks good and feels good, but many other American Amber or Red ales out there. Just doesn't feel to style to me, but is more of a Scottish ale.

03-14-2010 00:48:25 | More by steelerguy
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lordofthewiens

Maine

3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

A 12oz bottle, with best by June 2007 on the label. It was a dark amber color with a small white head. It had a sweet, caramel aroma. Maybe a little malt. Fruity taste, like cherries. Some hops. I thought this beer was a little too fruity, but still enjoyable to drink.

02-25-2007 19:12:43 | More by lordofthewiens
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Jason

Massachusetts

3.33/5  rDev -2.3%

12oz brown bottle with a freshness date.

LOOK: Reddish brass, clear with a good sized head

SMELL: Malty, toasty, vegtal, buttery, herbal, toffee, grainy, baked apples

TASTE: Caramel, malty, toasted bread, buttery, fruity, leafy, herbal, mildly estery, earthy

Not half bad, I'd love to try the non-contract brewed version of this. Good use of malts, perhaps a more defined hop flavor would help here?

10-18-2011 01:06:54 | More by Jason
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tigg924

Massachusetts

3.23/5  rDev -5.3%

Appearance: 1/4 inch head, amber, clear, high carbonation

Smell: caramel and toasted malt

Taste: caramel, toasted malt, hops, and biscuit

Mouthfeel: high carbonation, a sweet start with a bitter body and finish, medium bodied

Drinkability: This one I find to be OK for the style. I do not get the same balance here that I get with other ambers. Not overly distinguishable taste wise or smell wise. This is an OK beer that I will most likely not be revisiting.

09-18-2009 14:51:39 | More by tigg924
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Mora2000

Texas

2.63/5  rDev -22.9%

Thanks to Cavie for sharing this bottle. This is my first beer from this company.

The beer pours an amber color with a white head. The aroma is heavy on the butter with some sugar notes. The combination makes the beer smell like circus peanuts. Unfortunately, the flavor is not much better. There is a little bit of grass, sugar and toffee, but once again there is a lot of butter in the flavor. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

12-31-2010 21:13:46 | More by Mora2000
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jcdiflorio

West Virginia

3.35/5  rDev -1.8%

poured into a nonic glass from a 12oz long neck brown bottle with a twist-off cap.

Clear,reddish/amber color with a 2" off white head,good carbination with a fair amount of tiny bubbles tightly knitted together The head dissapated quickly into a coating of foam.

Moderate aromas roasty/carmelly/nutty with a slight burnt aroma. No hop notes in the aroma all malty aromas.

Grassy/bisquity with a tart carmell taste,slightly fruity with a bit a sourness.Finishes clean and smooth,slightly tart. A malty tasting beer with not much hop flavors.

Light to medium mouthfeel a bit watery with a bit of grainyness.Good drinkability the best beer of the sample pack I had from Woodstock Inn.

02-22-2007 04:31:55 | More by jcdiflorio
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TCJosh

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

01-28-2012 01:39:38 | More by TCJosh
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jbphoto88

Texas

4.08/5  rDev +19.6%

A spiced orange color pours from a brown bottle marked with a best by date of April 2009. A tan head rises and falls fast to nothing but an island of multi sized bubbles. First impression is ho hum. It's not an awe inspiring beverage just an average looking one.

The scent is a different story. There is a malty grain backbone with some toasted caramel scents wafting up. There is also a light hop nose that is more focused then I was expecting. This smells like a good balanced brew that I can't wait to try.

The flavor doesn't disappoint. A toffee caramel flavor is the alpha and omega, it starts there and then moves to a malty backbone with a slight hoppy astringency. The finish comes back to that toasty caramel flavor. Very good and refreshing.

This is a fine medium balanced brew that really hits the spot. The hop profile is just big enough to be tasted but doesn't take away from the malts. I like the slight twinge of sourness that bites the sides of your tongue. Well done.

11-07-2008 23:05:43 | More by jbphoto88
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mdaschaf

Washington

3.15/5  rDev -7.6%

Thanks to Dan for this bottle.

A: Pours a ruby/copper color with a small off-white head upon pouring. Not much retention and no lacing whatsoever.

S: Some caramelized malt and a little bit of fruit, nondescript really. There is a bit of honey as well and a slight buttery aroma.

T: On the sweet side, with caramel and honey. Not much hop presence at all. Has a sweet finish.

M: Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Pretty smooth with a slightly dry finish.

O: Decent beer, not a ton going on, but nothing wrong with it. An average beer.

01-09-2012 01:57:29 | More by mdaschaf
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GratefulBeerGuy

New Hampshire

3.48/5  rDev +2.1%

Bright amber in color, full 2" off-white foam, nice long lace.

The nose is sweet caramel and buttery toffee aroma from the wormwood house yeast, very distincive aroma. Sweet fruity hops.

A crisp malt bite, sweet fruity hop with just a bit of earthiness and dry finish. The yeast flavor overpowers though and is something you either like or NOT. A medium, lush feel with a decent bite too.

the yeast works with this brew pretty well, but it's not like the woodstock flavor of old.

07-30-2011 22:59:49 | More by GratefulBeerGuy
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RickS95

Indiana

3.68/5  rDev +7.9%

Nothing earth shattering about the color, though it's a nice combination of brown, orange, and sienna. Mostly clear, but still fairly opaque. The head is non-descript and doesn't have much in the way of retention. But it never fully dissipates, leaving a thin white film up top.

Very malty with what seems to be a handful of different malts (pilsner and caramel among them). The hops appear to be of the savory variety as opposed to citrus.

Taste is similar to the scent. Malty and hoppy. Caramel and earthy hops. Pilsner malt and caramel malt are the major players.

A smidge of sweet up front before a wave of balancing bitter takes over. Medium-bodied with a lasting bitterness that lasts til the next sip. Alcohol is not noticeable.

It's pretty good for the style. There's a nice balance between contasting ingredients. Mostly a session beer and a pretty good one at that.

03-10-2013 04:15:02 | More by RickS95
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cliff1066

Virginia

3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

12-23-2012 06:56:56 | More by cliff1066
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Infamous7100

Ohio

3.48/5  rDev +2.1%

A: pours a copper to to dark orange into my pint glass with thin tan head and minimal lacing.
S: bready, malty and sweet notes of caramel. Light hop notes are present as well but not overwhelming.
T: actually follows the nose well. Great balance between the caramel malt and slightly bitter hops. Nothing leaps out as outstanding but it yields a very steady flavor.
M: surprisingly creamy with a medium body. Very smooth with crisp finish and pleasant slightly bitter aftertaste.
O: a nice, solid straightforward brew. Highly sessionable and great balance. Perhaps could use this as a gateway brew to newbies.

04-07-2013 19:14:57 | More by Infamous7100
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EBeckett3

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev +10%

08-10-2013 03:56:32 | More by EBeckett3
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ChrisL24481

New Hampshire

3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

09-04-2013 00:29:12 | More by ChrisL24481
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edchicma

Massachusetts

4.1/5  rDev +20.2%

A surprising bottled offering. This brew is bottled by Shipyard. Shipyard brews generally are aok, so an endorsement of this product by their willingness to bottle it, I knew it would be better than ok, and it was, The appearance was a nice amber red with a very nice off white head. The smell was a hoppy, fruity combination. An initial malt taste lasted to mid-palate, then the citrus hops expressed themselves and the brew had a light hoppy finish. Mouthfeel was light to medium and very smooth. This is an extremely drinkable brew..very smooth and easy on the palate.

07-24-2004 00:12:47 | More by edchicma
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puboflyons

New Hampshire

3.93/5  rDev +15.2%

From the 12. fl. oz. bottle sampled on August 10, 2012. The pour is a highly carbonated medium amber with reddish tones and a quick lasting fizzy white head.

The aroma is full of sweet pale malts, Toblerone, and a crisp, clean hoppiness.

The body is about medium but there is a slight acidity to it.

The focus of the taste is on the caramel malts and yeast with a moderate bitterness and a clean finish. Not a bad ESB in the long run.

08-11-2012 01:39:34 | More by puboflyons
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SickGnar

Pennsylvania

3.35/5  rDev -1.8%

A: Dark orangey copper. Clear with just a couple streams of bubbles rising to large fluffy, quickly falling to rocky, head of light ecru. It keeps a ring and leaves sort of minimal lace.
3.5

S: Eh? Both diacetyl and a light metallic, tangy twang? Great! Sweet, slightly caramel malts are solid behind initial impression. Light & vague hop impression. Warming is no help. What it does have going on is a balanced to the sort of odd.
3.0

T: Better than nose made me fear. Diacetyl takes a backseat to firmly toasty grain & lightly caramel malts. Buttery toffee and hints of dark fruit round out the malts. Nice background / balancing English type hops. Fair bitterness with character herbal, a touch earthy, and with muted spicy and citrus notes. Minerally, hinting at astringent, note seems to be coming mostly form hops. 3.5

M: Barely medium body with slightly over-balanced carbonation. Just a bit coarse on the tongue, but pretty mouthfilling – which softens the effect. Ends up being drying – mostly from hops. Biting edge that fades as warms. 3.0

D: Ultimately a reasonably fair beer. A bit rough around the edges – especially the aroma – but it does have a fair bit going on and does drink alright.
3.5

12-24-2011 19:57:36 | More by SickGnar
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MAUEX_MFA

Alaska

2.75/5  rDev -19.4%

07-17-2012 02:16:47 | More by MAUEX_MFA
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Philabeerphia

Pennsylvania

3.63/5  rDev +6.5%

I've had a few great weekends at Woodstock Inn, so I had to get a 6pack when I saw this visiting MA.

12oz bottle, poured deep rust amber, almost no head or lacing

smell is sweet malt, grains & honey. a really good nose.

Taste is a little underwhelming. Up front I'm not getting much, but in the back its malty with a little carbonation in the back of the throat, the hop kicks in a bit at the end a balanced finish.

Easy to drink, even a little "watery" when it first hits the tongue, could be a session beer... a drinkable beer, but not too complex...

best drunk dancing at Woodstock.

01-31-2008 00:19:21 | More by Philabeerphia
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charlesw

New York

2.88/5  rDev -15.5%

Poured a light amber - very clear! Huge head dominated by big bubbles but with a nice, tight, creamy cover that translates over time to a very nice covering lace.
It smells like Ringwood yeast. No doubt about it. Dang!
And it tastes, well, like Ringwood. It's all buttery and creamy and really lightly malty and then there's the lightly bitter finish to it... Gently fades on that bitter note - nothing really bad to say there. Still, it tastes like an ESB to me and definitely not a red - there's just not enough maltiness to it, not really enough body, and the bitter tones aren't quite hoppy - they're just bitter, if you know what I mean.
I mean, heck, I bet it would be great on cask or something like that, but, again, NOT as an amber - more as an Old-Thumper wanna-be.

04-12-2004 22:18:41 | More by charlesw
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B967ierhunter177

Pennsylvania

2.83/5  rDev -17%

This beer pours a clear amber with a thin head and no lace. The aroma is nutty with caramel and fruity notes and a hint of bread. The flavor leads with caramel followed through by grapefruit and bread crust. It's a bit more bitter than most ESBs but still good. The mouthfeel is light-medium. Woodstock Red Rack Ale is a decent brew, crisp, and refreshing. Recommended.

10-23-2012 21:46:05 | More by B967ierhunter177
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smakawhat

Maryland

3.9/5  rDev +14.4%

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass. Best before December 2012 off we go.

A good simple text book amber color slightly clear for the body. Not much rising carbonation. Head is off white perhaps 2 fingers falling normally.

Bouquet is soft mild malts but a strange sweetness to it. Slight toasty grain overalll not bad.

Taste is, kind of mild and muted with a nice breast malt finish. Palate creeps up slowly its as if the finish brings all the tastes. Not too wet either feels about right.

Overall a simple solid example of a sessionable enjoyable amber.

08-06-2011 15:45:58 | More by smakawhat
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Red Rack Ale from Woodstock Inn Brewery
78 out of 100 based on 171 ratings.