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Red Rack Ale | Woodstock Inn Brewery

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Red Rack AleRed Rack Ale

Brewed by:
Woodstock Inn Brewery
New Hampshire, United States

Style: English Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

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

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Ratings: 201 |  Reviews: 99
Reviews by charlesw:
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2.88/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured a light amber - very clear! Huge head dominated by big bubbles but with a nice, tight, creamy cover that translates over time to a very nice covering lace.
It smells like Ringwood yeast. No doubt about it. Dang!
And it tastes, well, like Ringwood. It's all buttery and creamy and really lightly malty and then there's the lightly bitter finish to it... Gently fades on that bitter note - nothing really bad to say there. Still, it tastes like an ESB to me and definitely not a red - there's just not enough maltiness to it, not really enough body, and the bitter tones aren't quite hoppy - they're just bitter, if you know what I mean.
I mean, heck, I bet it would be great on cask or something like that, but, again, NOT as an amber - more as an Old-Thumper wanna-be.

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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.

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best before March, 2012

A: Red.

S: Bread and butteriness (but not butter) and, as it warms, some fruitiness.

T: Buttered toast. Or maybe breadcrumbs on a stick of butter. Some floral hops and a touch of hop bitterness at the end. Lots of butteriness, but the hops do help out a bit.

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O: Too much diacetyl for my tastes.

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Red Rack Ale from Woodstock Inn Brewery
Beer rating: 3.41 out of 5 with 201 ratings