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Carrack - Mission Brewery

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Ratings: 112
Reviews: 25
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 14.1%
Wants: 2
Gots: 13 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Mission Brewery visit their website
California, United States

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

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: mactrail on 08-06-2013

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.53/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

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1.75/5  rDev -53.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of Knapp85
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of oberon
4.04/5  rDev +7.4%
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 biboergosum
4.09/5  rDev +8.8%
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 WVbeergeek
3.82/5  rDev +1.6%
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 mactrail
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

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3/5  rDev -20.2%

Photo of sendbeer
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.93/5  rDev +4.5%
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 DrDemento456
3.73/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of DavoleBomb
3.6/5  rDev -4.3%
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 msubulldog25
3/5  rDev -20.2%

Photo of srandycarter
4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
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 thecheapies
3.57/5  rDev -5.1%
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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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of jenray
3/5  rDev -20.2%

Photo of Beaver13
3.38/5  rDev -10.1%
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.

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Carrack from Mission Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 112 ratings.