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Red Rack Ale - Woodstock Inn Brewery

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178 Ratings

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Ratings: 178
Reviews: 94
rAvg: 3.41
pDev: 13.2%
Wants: 0
Gots: 6 | 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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Photo of Nelli769
2.75/5  rDev -19.4%

Nelli769, Oct 05, 2013
Photo of ROGUE16
3/5  rDev -12%

ROGUE16, Oct 02, 2013
Photo of GarthDanielson
2.98/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a shaker pint, the beer is a clear, slightly pale, amber-copper coloring with a steady, fast flow of carbonation throughout and a filmy, foamy, off-white head that settles into a surface coating. Nose of tangy caramel and hints of nut sweetness. Subtle roastiness on an overall subtle aroma. Flavors are roast and rich sweet forward, with nutty and caramel tang in the backbone, and not much to help balance. A bit jumbled and a bit cloying. Light, frothy bodied due to the carbonation, the beer has an overly sweet aftertaste, with a cloying, effervesced, frothy finish. A little too focused on the sweetness for me, with nothing to really balance.

GarthDanielson, Sep 28, 2013
Photo of jayhunter357
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

jayhunter357, Sep 26, 2013
Photo of maxhock
3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

maxhock, Sep 07, 2013
Photo of ChrisL24481
3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

ChrisL24481, Sep 04, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

paulytasker, Aug 31, 2013
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3/5  rDev -12%

tpauer, Aug 30, 2013
Photo of trancourt
3/5  rDev -12%

trancourt, Aug 11, 2013
Photo of EBeckett3
3.75/5  rDev +10%

EBeckett3, Aug 10, 2013
Photo of Carpentiere
3/5  rDev -12%

Carpentiere, Jul 27, 2013
Photo of AOShabaz
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

AOShabaz, Jul 08, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

DrewBest, Jul 08, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +10%

kdivers, Jul 05, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

ScaryEd, May 27, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

InspectorBob, May 23, 2013
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3/5  rDev -12%

whallgren, May 12, 2013
Photo of Kelp
3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

Kelp, Apr 29, 2013
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4/5  rDev +17.3%

JMurphy41, Apr 26, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

JuliusCaesar, Apr 09, 2013
Photo of Infamous7100
3.48/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Infamous7100, Apr 07, 2013
Photo of BarrelAgedBrian
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

BarrelAgedBrian, Apr 05, 2013
Photo of AAG
3.01/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a cold, 12oz bottle with a good best buy date into a stein.

A - Red, amber, golden-brown; nice head, about 3-4 fingers worth with decent lacing on the sides of the glass. Good looking beer.

S - Malty, caramel, hoppy, grainy, bread-like.

T - Moderate bitterness; caramel taste; bready, grainy, wheaty (is that a word?), decently hoppy but not overpowering. Not bad; nothing too special but a good beer for its type.

M - Comfortable especially for a strong bitter; easy on the palate; goes down smooth; after-taste is very palatable.

Overall - I enjoyed this beer but didn't love it. It's pretty straight-forward - caramel, grain-like taste (tastes like it smells) with a decent hop to it (but not overpowering or too bitter). I would drink this beer again but wouldn't search it out. Pretty good work Woodstock Inn...

AAG, Apr 01, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

spycow, Mar 10, 2013
Photo of RickS95
3.68/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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.

RickS95, Mar 10, 2013
Red Rack Ale from Woodstock Inn Brewery
78 out of 100 based on 178 ratings.