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Red Rack Ale - Woodstock Inn Brewery

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Red Rack AleRed Rack Ale

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Ratings: 182
Reviews: 94
rAvg: 3.41
pDev: 12.9%
Wants: 0
Gots: 9 | 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:
Beer added by: UnionMade on 07-07-2002

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

23.3 IBU
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Ratings: 182 | Reviews: 94
Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.36/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden/amber color with a good frothy head, nice ring of lacing.

Smell is mostly malt, some caramel hints, not much else though.

Taste is mostly malty with some burnt bitterness to it, hard to describe but it's not entirely pleasant or off-putting though, just indifferent.

Photo of Philabeerphia
3.65/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of BuckSpin
3.62/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12oz bottle (best by of 12/07) in a Shaker pint

Poured with a nice gurgle, strong and quite noisy with an almost sparkling wine effervescence to it. Those bubbles formed a solid 2 fingers of very loose, big bubbled, sticky pale ivory foam that slowly settled to a nice, subtly sculpted sheet of the same with almost cloudlike lacing.

Nose is rather dull initially...nothing really stands out or is immediately noticeable. With a little air it does start to reveal some caramel sweetness, actually maybe more toffee than caramel. Growing sweeter as it blooms, some nice fruit qualities like dried cherry are coming up from the crystal clear, vibrantly brassy honey amber hue (its not red in the least).

Slightly bitter initially, it has a slightly burnt caramel quality which adds a little sweetness. This is actually very reminiscent of the Pig's Ear Brown in a lot of aspects. I liked that, and thus far I'm enjoying this, but the fact that they are really similar in many regards has me a bit perplexed. There is the same faint nut quality, just over the bitter side of bittersweet, semi-dry...hhhmmmm. I won't hold it against this beer (which is drinking nice, BTW) but its eerily similar to the Pig's Ear....too similar for me, sad to say.

It grows drier, lighter, perhaps more bitter & angular, then finishes rather dry with a toast-like quality, a filmy coating that is not bad nor all that pleasing.

This was nice, easy to drink and could be sessioned, but to be honest if you've tried the Pig's Ear there is no need to try this. Its a little different (slightly more bitter & drier) but there is no mistaking the same qualities it shares with the Pig's Ear. I would think there would be a noticeable difference - IMHO there is not a significant one. Could see this working well with simple bar food, cheddar or just enjoying. A nice, easy to drink ale.

Photo of auxiliary
4.35/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

appearance - Has a amber brown color to it with a nice off white head and nice lace.

smell - Sweet malt smells. Hint of hops here, and some grain.

taste - Nice malty and nutty taste with a little bit of bitterness from the hops at the end.

mouthfeel - Medium body, some carbonation.

drinkability - I think it was the best one of of the case. Enjoyed this one. I am adding Amber Ales to my list now.

Photo of Brad007
3.13/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a mild amber color with a thin head. Aroma stands out as being big and malty. Taste is much of the same with a nice biscuity malt flavor that becomes thin and somewhat buttery at the back of the mouth. Interesting taste. Not too impressive but a solid beer altogether.

Photo of NJBeerguy
3.85/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard pint glass, resulting in beer with little to no head. The color is bright red, whose nose is slightly sweet but very faint. The resulting beer is a very drinkable red that is a big malty, big mouth feel. The mouthfeel comes from a very carbonated beer, not in a bad way but the bubbles do dance on your tongue, and from a appearance look like a glass of soda with a constant trail of tiny bubbles rising form the bottom of the glass to the surface. The finish is a mix of the malt fading into a dry finish that has a subtle alcohol flavor. Depending on the abv, I could see this beer a as session beer, not great, but not bad either. Worth a try!

Photo of scottum
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a red brown amber with a short off-white headskie. Sweet, but not too too sweet. A real basic red ale. Good, but not great. I'm stoked to see Woodstock Inn beers at the store, but they should really bottle their better ones. Still, worth snagging at a good price.

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.28/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of jcdiflorio
3.39/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of jwc215
3.8/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours bright amber with a thin head that soon becomes a swirling patch. The thin head reappears upon gentle swirling.

The smell is of lightly toasted grains with a hint of caramel. Clean.

The taste is of lightly toasted grains mixed with caramel. Some earthiness and dough give it a nice balance. A hint of spice in the finish. Not complex, but tasty.

The body is light approaching, but not quite making, medium. Smooth and coating, though a bit thin.

Easily drinkable, this makes for a nice "session" beer. Light and refreshing with a good flavor. I can see pairing this with the doughiness and spiciness of a brick-oven pizza.

Photo of kmo1030
3.6/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

reddish amber with a thin not quite white head.
grainy roasted caramel and toffee are the main and just about only aromas.
the taste is of buttery caramel and toffee, and maybe a hint of dark fruit.
the mouthfeel is just a bit on the thin sid, but not watery or anything.
this beer is pleasant in it's simplicity, but it is cleary a one trick pony.

Photo of Gasp100
3.3/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - clear red with a light tannish head and medium lacing.
S - sweet dried dark fruit, malt.
T - this was too sweet and malty for my taste. If they could have backed off of the cloying maltiness and added a little more hop bite I would love this beer.
M - like I said, a little too sweet for my tastes.
D - a decent session brew, but I couldn't get past the caramel sweetness.

Photo of bjohnson
3.48/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear amber color with a slight one finger head. Not great retention, but its alright--the head congregates on the sides of the glass and in the middle.
S: Caramel malt is the most noticeable aroma. Sweet smelling to some extent also.
T/M: Nice caramel malt flavor up front. Fruity hop profile with a slightly bitter ending. Theres a nice sweet aftertaste, which most likely comes from the caramel. Slides through the mouth clinging to the roof and tongue. Good levels of carbonation. Definately a decent offering. If you're into amber/red ales, check it out.
D: Drinkable beer. Glad i enjoyed this in the bottle. Will be looking forward to visiting the Inn this winter

Photo of cwachtel
4.08/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours with a thin head that disappates quickly. Aroma is not strong but the maltiness comes through. The first taste is definitely more malt than hops but a slightly bitter finish brings the hops. I'm a fan of a strong malt/hop balance and this brew fits the bill. Mouthfeel is a little thin but overall a good beer. I would buy this one again.

Photo of sulldaddy
4.22/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I am sampling a room temp bottle in a pint glass. The beer pours a clear amber color with soft off white fluffy head of 1 cm that fades gradually to a sturdy surface layer.
Aroma is some roasted malt and even a bit of chocolate and toffee as well. Not expecting the heavier dose of malt. I also get lite grassy hops, which I expected to be bolder. First sip reveals an average body with fine carbonation that is very tingly. The texture is slightly creamy and smooth.
Flavor is toffee and roasted malt with some grassy hops on the finish. Very easy drinker and nice well crafted brew overall. I would buy this one again.

Photo of TrickKnee
3.95/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purs a very nice color with a very fruity smell. Tastes of caramel and other fruit flavors that leave a very good taste in your mouth. Doesnt put much head in the glass and it is really not that hoppy however there is a little sour taste in the back of yout mouth. otherwise it is a very good ale.

Photo of LarryV
3.53/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Despite a fairly aggressive pour, not much head to be seen. Dissapates quickly to a thin border or foam. Lots of maltiness in the aroma. Upon tasting, it's an onslaught of maltiness with a caramel taste and a hint of fruitiness. There's an odd underlying sourness in the taste as well. Hops are very subdued. All in all, not a bad brew, but I don't think I'd seek it out in the future.

Photo of EStreet20
3.53/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce brown glass bottle, part of a six pack a coworker gave me for my birthday after visiting her son in New Hamsphire, poured into a nonic pint glass.

A - Pours a see through reddish amber with a very big, frothy, off white head.The head fades a little but remains at about a finger thick for a while. Leaves some decent rings of lace upon sipping but they don't last too long.

S - A ton of caramel malt smell on the nose, with a slightly fruity kick.

T - On first taste you get hit with a lot of roasted malt. Then the middle and end of the drink leave you with some of that caramelly, almost creamy taste and a nice bitter finish. A unique tasting ale.

M - Nicely done, witht he carbonation keeping the beer dancing around in your mouth quite a bit. However it gets a little watery.

D - Not bad at all but it doesn't leave you absolutely craving more like some of the really fine beers. Aoso, as it warms a grainy comes out a bit too much. However, overall it's not a bad ale. I'd take this over a macro and some other micro ales IU've tried any day.

Photo of smcolw
3.53/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark amber (clear) with a fine tight-bubbled head that does not leave any lasting lace on the side of the glass.

Caramel is the primary smell for this ale. There's also a notable alcohol presense. I cannot detect any hop present in the smells. This is corrected in the taste--the aftertaste is largely hop. Still, this is a malty beverage with decent body and high carbonation.

"Worth a try" is fairly accurate. No real faults with this, but no ohmigod you must try it touches either.

Photo of jdhilt
3.03/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a two finger white head that fades slowly leaving a good lace. Copper amber color. Light-medium carbonation and medium body. Slight malty nose. Starts on the sweeet side , then some hops, finish has some bitterness. $6.99 for a six pack from Market Basket Concord, NH. Brewed for Woodstock Inn by Shipyard Brewery.

Photo of pezoids
4.23/5  rDev +24%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I received a bottle of this in a trade from Pete (ppoitras).This poured with a slight haze and was a bright orangey copper color. The head was firm and had a tint of almond in it. The smell is sweet with buttery caramel malts. Rich and a bit solvent like. Bold and assertive. The taste is rich, bitter and nutty. This seems to have some Doppelbock characteristics with the Vienna or Victory malts coming through. There’s a nice roasted almond nuttiness and a pretty solid body of malt underneath. Overall, a very nice ale and one I would seek out again. Thanks, P!

Photo of ppoitras
3.63/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle bought as part of a six pack from Jasper's Homebrew, Nashua, NH.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 3/4" beige head over the clear coppery amber brew. Head is frothy and lasts well, with good lacing. Aroma is slightly sweet, with buttery and fruity notes. Taste starts with grain husks, which carry all the way through, with some light bitterness in the middle, and closing with a tinge of butteriness. Mouthfeel and drinkability are both pretty good. Enjoyable representative of the style.

Photo of Hhawk06
4.22/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The only offering I didn't have on tap while staying at the Inn, I figured I'd take their "most popular" brew home in a growler. Its a decent looking beer with a darkish amber body with a reddish tint. The head was thin but finely beaded and well proportioned. Very malty and somewhat floral and breadlike nose. Enticing to say the least. Really a full bodied, well incorporated mouthfeel. Its crisp, malty with a tremendous sense of freshness to the brew. There's a nice breadlike quality that serves the beer well. The finish comes off balanced with a true mellon-like flavor. Really impeccably crisp and quenching, this is a great sociable beer.

Photo of Skidz
4.5/5  rDev +32%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out orange-brown and sits a deep, dark amber brown with a large off-white head. Stunningly bright in the glass, rich gradient in the tuliped glass. Good head retention, soapy lacings.

Smells sweet and malty, rich caramel aroma. Toasty to the core. Hazelnut topping on whole grain toast. Birchwood on the side and a mild hop nose.

Tastes mildly sweet up front, toasted malts very strong. Hazelnuts come out in the front of the pack, with walnuts and almonds close behind. Very mild hop intrusion, mainly herbal, faint notes of spice. Finishes lightly bitter with herbal hops to soothe the soul.

Crisp yet creamy in the mouth with nice, soft carbonation in a medium body. Runs up and down the mouth with great ease.

Very tasty, yet another surprise from the basket of goodies brought back by my parents. A no brainer really, this is an easy, tasty brew.

Photo of mschofield
3.18/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a dark red with gold highlights, topped with a three finger light tan head. Leaves patches of webbed lacing.
Caramel and toasted malt aroma, whiff of yeast, and a touch of nuts and flowers.
Perfumy - floral taste, lots of caramel, citrus rind and nuts. Taste gets a little old after awhile.
Light to medium bodied, a good solid average red.

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Red Rack Ale from Woodstock Inn Brewery
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