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Carrack - Mission Brewery

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124 Ratings
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Ratings: 124
Reviews: 25
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 13.53%
Wants: 3
Gots: 15 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Mission Brewery visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  10.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: mactrail on 08-06-2013

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Ratings: 124 | Reviews: 25
Reviews by HalfFull:
Photo of HalfFull
3.18/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bomber served into a large wine glass. The Carrack pours a clear deep brown with some luminescent red in the light. An inch of off white cap lingers nicely. Aroma is hop forward with a light malt presence. Piney and earthy and more so when muddled with some caramel malts in the Carrack. Bit sticky overall.

Taste is so so given the initial hop bomb delivery of things and a rather bland malt complexity. This isn't an Alesmith Yulesmith brew by any means. Offers a firm hop aroma but it dies there as the bitterness is quite light on the finish. Touch of sweet cherry at times as expected but a rather dry finish follows. A bit one dimensional though a good spin awakes some hop notes for a time.

Feel is generally a bit thin and offers a moderate sweetness, though still belying a 10% brew, yet a certain stickiness remains on the finish as a window to the true strength of this brew. In the end a bit sticky and a bit boring yet quite capable of its task, just not great.. Expected more from an 'Imperial Red' but not feeling the love so much..

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.04/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into an imperial pint glass a clear deep copper/bronze with a sticky thinner white head atop.A great mix of citric hops and deep caramel malts with neither really winning out,great balance.Flavors are slightly earthy upfront with some citric hops coming in,there is a pretty large sweeter malt base through to the finish,like brown sugar and caramel,some alcohol sweetness as well.A nice beer alot of hops with alot of sweetness as well.

Photo of Beaver13
3.38/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. Pours hazy reddish amber with a small light tan head that goes to a thin film and leaves a little lacing.

The aroma is sweet nutty malts and some cola with a lot of piney resiny hops.

The flavor is sweet nutty caramel malt with noticeable alcohol and a big resiny piney hop finish (no over the top Summit). The mouthfeel is medium bodied and a little watery.

Overall, a nice big nutty hoppy boozy imperial red.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.82/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Cigar and beer pairing: This round consists of a claro wrapped Chateau Fuente Spanish Lonsdale with the green earthy spicy wrapper that mimics hop flavors I figured this big imperial red ale from San Diego would stand up to the peppery/spice combo that the Dominican fillers have to match it. The beer pours deep mahogany red hue unfiltered for good measure that your meeting your water soluble B vitamin quota for the day. Tan khaki head falls slowly producing minimal speckled lace, which I was expecting with this 10.2% ABV beast of a beer. Aroma has a deep caramelized malt backbone with spicy earthy citric hops clinging on with oily dank resins seeping through my the membranes in my nasal passage. Biting bitterness kicks hard with hops unchained and wielding abrasive hop resins on the palate, this beer is big. Alcohol weighs heavy with each sip caramelized malt sugars might as well be the main course of this meal in a glass format their brewing. You're drinking barleywine, here it's a sipper and it drinks like a barleywine I know the lines are a bit skewed between imperial IPA, imperial Reds, and Barleywines but this is big bad and ready to age to subdue some of the aggressive qualities. Look I like the beer it's challenging the senses, but there's a point when I want something just as aggressive flavor wised without putting the miles on my liver. That's when I reach for their El Conquistador Pale Ale super hoppy, in your face with West Coast hops, yet the body and alcohol levels make it really drinkable. This mouthfeel is chewy resinous hop oils, with a bit of alcohol burn that never quite fades away. Seems higher proof than it actually is, which is quite the opposite of some of the finest crafted beers out there which seem to hide the alcohol abrasiveness within the whole package. Go try it, I challenge you it's not liquid Carrack, but you still may become addicted to this substance.

Photo of biboergosum
4.09/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle. 'Mellifluous'? 'Tenebrous'? Wow - these are my kind of people. Hard to say 'Carrack' without a bad Irish accent, what with all that Flogging Molly in the background, here.

This beer pours a mostly clear, dark red-brick amber hue, with three fingers of puffy, densely foamy, and mildly bubbly pale beige head, which leaves a decent swath of paint splatter lace around the glass as things slowly sink away.

It smells of pungent grapefruit, orange, and lime rind citrus, a heady pine resin astringency, equally dulcet and well-spread toasted caramel and toffee malt notes, a touch of buttered biscuit, and further herbal, leafy hops. The taste is more of that big IPA hop goodness - a now somewhat musty orange, grapefruit, and dank lemon pithy fruitiness, a more or less sweet caramel and toffee malt, some middling stripped pine greenery, and an unexpectedly tame booze warming.

The carbonation is present, but in a laid-back party host sort of manner, the body a hefty medium weight, fairly smooth, but for a slight indistinct clamminess, one which also messes with a burgeoning creaminess. It finishes more than off-dry, the caramel malt still leading with its big-ass balls, though not exactly putting all those pretty west coast hops into their 'place', but rather working in concert, such that the focus is duly taken off of you know who.

For its purported strength, this is one well rendered imperial red ale, a proto-style that, IMHO, needs to be addressed here, ASAP, at the very least for the benefit (and safety of) anyone who might stumble across this kick-ass offering, and think it comparable to the Fat Tires (no disrespect) of the world.

Photo of weirdohappy
4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

Nice and smooth imperial ale. Very red

Photo of DavoleBomb
3.6/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a perfect pint.

4.75 A: Moderately hazed amber plum color. Two fingers of creamy beige head. Retention is good and plentiful lacing is left.

3.5 S: Caramel and toffee maltiness. Toastiness there too. Piney and citrusy hops. Booze is well hidden.

3.5 T: Caramel, toffee, toastiness. Piney, citrusy hops.

3.75 M: Heavier medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Nice creaminess and smooth.

3.5 D: Solid all around.

Photo of DrDemento456
3.73/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Holly crap a 10.2% red ale? Hope its worth the $3.29 I spent for it.

A - Such a deep amber brown very hazy with some sediment that ended up in the glass. A 1/4 inch of head is all I get but it does have some great lacing.
S - Smell is rather hoppy with a strong malt smell but very little sweetness.
T - Well I agree it is rather boozy especially for a red ale. It does have a decent hop bite and the malts play pretty well. No sweet caramel taste its like a DIPA of a red ale.
M - Like I said its boozy with a medium body, so its kind of drinkable but in a way not really. Kind of hard to sip at times.

Overall I am not sure why this beer sucks they make a kick ass Imperial stout and their DIPA is pretty tasty. Not worth picking up again.

Photo of LABrewjourneyman
4.59/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A summer trip to San Diego would not have been complete if I missed out on visiting one of the many excellent breweries. At the time of my visit there was a pitbull charity event happening and lucky for me, there were a couple beers available on tap before they hit distribution. Steadily finding myself in love with Red Ales the past year, the Carrack was my second (or third, who counts?!) sampling and I couldn't have been happier. There is a great deal of punch to this beer, with some of the familiar notes that come with the red badge and color. The percentage lends itself to a bit of a harsh back end for the first bit of the glass, but in that same vein the percentage also lends you to eventually forget about the harsh back end! Mission scores here for the unique characteristics as it only slightly resembles anything out of the competition in the Red Ale genre. This is also probably the highest ABV Red Ale I've found yet. I have yet to find a local carrier so I can't recommend a food pairing here but it did finish off my beer drinking evening early and nicely.

Photo of crob3888
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a murky, hazy Amber. Beige head leaves tons of clinging lace on the glass. Smell is of malts, pine resin, and a little rye. Taste is the same, some robust malt with light hopping and a good rye flavor. The 10% alcohol is well hidden. Mouthfeel is creamy. This goes down dangerously easy. Overall an excellent imperial red.

Photo of 57md
3.49/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is a sludgy reddish brown with a finger of beige head. The head dissipated slowly and left some intricate lacing on the glass. The nose has some hop notes, but nothing terribly pronounced. The body is surprisingly thinner than most of the style and the flavor profile is overwhelmed by a sour alcohol presence that lingers (not in a good way).

This beer is somewhat a hot mess – too amped up for its own good.

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.93/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured on-tap and served in a stemmed vase, the beer is a deep, dark, amber coloring with a halo of off-white head. Nose of caramel, butterscotch, and booze. Flavors are heavily roasted, with solid, resinous hops characteristics of dank, herbs, and cannibus. Smooth, rich body, delivering a solid experience all around. Very herbal and grassy aftertaste, with hints of cedar and moss. Slick, clean finish. The increased ABV is very well masked, and this beer is surprisingly easy to drink given all the large and robust characteristics.

Photo of Brent619
4.44/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A really excellent hoppy red double IPA. I've been getting kegs of Carrack (originally Warship) since it came out over a year ago and it is the office favorite for sure. It is very drinkable despite the 10.2% so be careful! The hoppiest red I know of with a perfect bitter finish.

Photo of Llcruserll
4.49/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This imperial red is almostlike a mix of an ipa/ red imperial with a pefeclty balanced light sweetness with a nice hoppiness! This beer is one of the smoothest well balanced 10 percenters i have had. Color is a great slightly dark lighter red color. By far the best red i have had and i would also rank it among some of e better ipas i have had. The mouth feel is nice and rich and an amazing aroma. This is a must try for anyone that likes beer with flavor!!!

Photo of ISmith87
4.24/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - 4 - reddish amber clear beer with a nice half finger of white head on it that leaves a sparse lacing.
S - 4.25 - caramel malts with a nice citrusy hop smell. grapefruit, orange, mango
T - 4.25 - caramel malts with nice grapefruit, mango, and orange hop flavor. Nice and sweet in a good way.
M - 4.25 - Alc covered, light-medium mouthfeel, and aftertaste is that of sweet malt and citrusy hops, very well ballanced.
I'm surprised to see this got an 82/100. There doesn't seem to be a good reason for that.
O - 4.25 - Great Imperial Red Ale. I like it. I want to see how it stacks up w/ G'Knight.

Photo of euskera
4.45/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer's taste profile is right in my wheehouse. Murky and red as it pours with very little head. Aroma is of caramel and pine tar. Mouthfeel is warm and balanced with lingering alcohol. Taste is just superb, the malt sweetness restrained by the piny and flowery overtones of the hops. Sturdy as the vessel it's named for, this will be ae mainstay in my stash for quite some time...

Photo of mactrail
3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

They call this one an imperial red. Distinctive red amber color in the snifter. The head dissipates but leaves a tingly mouthfeel. Pleasant piney aroma with some roasted malt.

At first sip it seems to be the dank IPA style, but the malt more than stands up to the hops. It's rather sweet in a rich and mellow fashion, and the big leafy hop flavors provide just the right balance. Brewer says it is dry-hopped with Summit and Cascade and rates the IBUs at 71. Caramel and pine taste.

Nicely bitter without the gratuitous hop overload some Escondido breweries would insist on. Definitely one of the best strong red beers I've had. I'm getting to be a fan of Mission. On tap at Sea Rocket in San Diego.

Photo of srandycarter
4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Beautiful, slighly hazy amber, piles of head. Tons of cling lace. Root beer could do no better.

S - Sweet, maltiness sharpened by rye.

T - More malt than rye in the tast, but both are present in quantity. Nice bittering in end.

M - Medium body, good carb, nice balance. I like how it goes from sweet malt to rye to hops. End is more hops and rye than clean or sweet, which is fine with me.

D - Oh, it's a keeper. Glad to try it. It's not even that hot, considering the ABV.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Promenade Beer & Wine Festival held in Downtown Long Beach in Long Beach, CA.

Pours a clear copper with a foamy khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, caramel, biscuit, and herbal hop aromas. Taste is much the same with caramel and earthy herbal hop flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but there is a very earthy quality that slightly takes away from its drinkability in my opinion.

Photo of SurferEric
4.13/5  rDev +9.5%

Crisp and refreshing. Terrific for an amber ale. Masks the 10.2% ABV very well, I could easily drink far too much of this brew.

Photo of DaveBlack
3.34/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A: Hazy, deep reddish brown. Maybe a finger's width of off-white head to cap it off.

S: Deep, toasted malts, a hefty hit of hops, and lots of alcohol. Rich and sweet smelling, but not a ton of complexity.

T: Heavy amounts of sweet malts upfront, and also a lot of hop flavor, though not as much bitterness as the beer seems to require. Notes of oak, and hay.

M: Moderate amount of carbonation, the body is thick, and buttery, almost chewy.

O: This is definitely a big beer. A lot of Sweetness, and a fair amount of bittering hops. I wish the hops were a little more assertive, to balance out the front. A decent beer, but with the flavors all rushing together, it comes off as a bit of a mess.

Photo of rawfish
3.48/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Pour is dark mahogany and notably viscous. Red highlights when held up to the light. Small off white head leaves specks of lacing and average retention.

Aroma is sweet caramel and toffee malts with notes of dark fruit. DIPA strength hop aroma with full citrus and pine. Alcohol blends well with the sweet citrus and malt.

Swamped with sluggish toffee malt, raisins, prune puree and molasses that somehow is able to be combatted with the strength of pine and solid orange citrus hops. I feel fortunate that this bottle was rather fresh so the balance was there. Alcohol is present but not a big factor, slick, heavy malt doesn't promote drying. Lacks the spiciness and complexity of a typical red, bland but points for balance and hop strength.

Wicked low carbonation, deapite the average body it comes off as sluggish and heavy. Alcohol is controlled and as noted not much drying.

Carrack is a red DIPA but with barleywine viscosity and low carbonation. The flavor and hops were done nicely but the sludgy body was a challenge to fight through. Alcohol is deceptive, but you'll feel it after.

Photo of Vierenner
4.34/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm not one for hops and this beer has plenty, but it seems they are kept in check by the high alcohol content ... there is a fine balance. I really like this beer. It kind of reminds me of a barleywine ... not sure why. The carbonation is just right, flavors are unique and fulfilling, and there is somewhat of a malty sweetness. Quite impressed!

Photo of leantom
3.49/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Just sampled the Carrack red ale by Mission Brewery. The taste is still fresh in my mind, so I'll right a quick review before it fades. Here goes:

A: Deep, dark amber. Very little light gets through the beer; it's practically opaque. The protein content was also good, as evidenced by the persistent head. Very nice to look at. Unfortunately, the beer falters somewhat from here.

S: Very malty. Hardly the presence of any hops, which is funny considering that it's a "red ale," a style that often tries to balance hop and malt characteristics. Almost sickly sweet. Definitely robust amber and lightly-kilned caramel malts.

T: WHOA! Definitely not like Killian's. Since I was expecting a slightly heavier Killian's Irish Red, I was shocked at the robustness of malt flavor. This beer is not at all well-balanced. It's incredibly thick. There's very little hop character. Mostly, the beer consists of a deluge of caramel and amber malts.

M: Thick and creamy. Certainly good, but not what I was expecting. Oh well, back to Killian's.

O: Good, but not what I was expecting. A little thick and creamy for a red ale, but I guess I should've expected as much given the alcohol content. Enjoyable, just make sure you have it on a cold day or with chocolate desert. Serve at room temp. to get the most flavors.

Photo of thecheapies
3.57/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Carrack is definitely a red ale. Has a nice true crimson color in a deeper browned hue. Collar of beige sits for a good while.

Big, boozy nose dtowns out muddy amber malt tones. Earthy and dank citrus hop notes bleed through slowly. A bruiser of a nose without much focus.

Boozy, for a red ale. Alcohol splices in with slightly earthy, slightly tinny sweet malts and spicy dank hop that resounds to me like Simcoe. It's just not refined enough to control its own strength. Some grapefruit, some dank orange, pine, and a heavy kilning. It could use some more gas to cut the weight and headiness of the feel. Doesn't stand out among other better choices.

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Carrack from Mission Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 124 ratings.