Carrack - Mission Brewery
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4.59/5 rDev +22.7%
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.
11-11-2013 03:51:29 | More by LABrewjourneyman
4.49/5 rDev +20.1%
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!!!
07-17-2014 17:58:59 | More by Llcruserll
4.49/5 rDev +20.1%
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...
05-23-2014 00:03:28 | More by euskera
4.45/5 rDev +19%
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.
02-13-2014 23:11:59 | More by Brent619
4.34/5 rDev +16%
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!
04-29-2014 01:03:27 | More by Vierenner
4.24/5 rDev +13.4%
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.
01-11-2014 08:48:54 | More by ISmith87
4.08/5 rDev +9.1%
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.
10-04-2013 03:09:49 | More by biboergosum
4.03/5 rDev +7.8%
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.
06-15-2014 04:09:32 | More by srandycarter
Carrack from Mission Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 88 ratings.