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Carrack - Mission Brewery

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83 Ratings
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Ratings: 83
Reviews: 21
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 13.37%
Wants: 1
Gots: 9 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: mactrail on 08-06-2013)
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3.53/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-23-2013 16:16:43 | More by UCLABrewN84
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1.75/5  rDev -53.2%

12-18-2013 04:32:31 | More by ygtbsm94
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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

11-10-2013 01:15:27 | More by kylehay2004
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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

02-01-2014 04:53:36 | More by Knapp85
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Alberta (Canada)

4.08/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2013 03:09:49 | More by biboergosum
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3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

11-25-2013 06:54:06 | More by largadeer
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West Virginia

3.8/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2013 04:46:02 | More by WVbeergeek
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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

08-11-2013 09:34:01 | More by SocalKicks
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3.86/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-06-2013 05:39:49 | More by mactrail
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3/5  rDev -19.8%

02-13-2014 03:07:12 | More by ejimhof
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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

03-31-2014 15:38:24 | More by sendbeer
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North Carolina

3.94/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-04-2014 03:22:14 | More by GarthDanielson
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3.73/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2014 02:02:27 | More by DrDemento456
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North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

01-23-2014 04:37:48 | More by KevinGordon
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3.59/5  rDev -4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2013 03:48:14 | More by DavoleBomb
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3/5  rDev -19.8%

11-28-2013 18:24:12 | More by msubulldog25
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3.58/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-17-2014 23:05:29 | More by thecheapies
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4.03/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

Serving type: growler

06-15-2014 04:09:32 | More by srandycarter
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3/5  rDev -19.8%

12-28-2013 07:14:51 | More by jenray
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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

09-24-2013 17:49:27 | More by ste5venla
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New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

05-26-2014 19:43:09 | More by petermethot
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3.38/5  rDev -9.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2013 06:49:49 | More by Beaver13
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3.18/5  rDev -15%
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..

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2013 03:16:22 | More by HalfFull
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Alberta (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

03-10-2014 01:02:13 | More by joemcgrath27
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Alberta (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

10-04-2013 10:11:09 | More by schnarr84
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Carrack from Mission Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 83 ratings.