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: 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

Added by UnionMade on 07-07-2002

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4.5/5  rDev +32%

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4.5/5  rDev +32%

Photo of Skidz
4.5/5  rDev +32%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out orange-brown and sits a deep, dark amber brown with a large off-white head. Stunningly bright in the glass, rich gradient in the tuliped glass. Good head retention, soapy lacings.

Smells sweet and malty, rich caramel aroma. Toasty to the core. Hazelnut topping on whole grain toast. Birchwood on the side and a mild hop nose.

Tastes mildly sweet up front, toasted malts very strong. Hazelnuts come out in the front of the pack, with walnuts and almonds close behind. Very mild hop intrusion, mainly herbal, faint notes of spice. Finishes lightly bitter with herbal hops to soothe the soul.

Crisp yet creamy in the mouth with nice, soft carbonation in a medium body. Runs up and down the mouth with great ease.

Very tasty, yet another surprise from the basket of goodies brought back by my parents. A no brainer really, this is an easy, tasty brew.

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Photo of Downtownnh
4.46/5  rDev +30.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Consistent taste

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Photo of auxiliary
4.35/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

appearance - Has a amber brown color to it with a nice off white head and nice lace.

smell - Sweet malt smells. Hint of hops here, and some grain.

taste - Nice malty and nutty taste with a little bit of bitterness from the hops at the end.

mouthfeel - Medium body, some carbonation.

drinkability - I think it was the best one of of the case. Enjoyed this one. I am adding Amber Ales to my list now.

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Photo of gestyr
4.33/5  rDev +27%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Overall I liked this. Pours a nice amber into the glass with a thick foamy head that lasted well and left lacing.
Smells of malt and biscuit. Slight aroma of hops.
Tastes sweet, malty and has just a bit of a bitterness at the end. Well balanced.

I would and will buy this again.

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Photo of stirgy
4.23/5  rDev +24%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I received a bottle of this in a trade from Pete (ppoitras).This poured with a slight haze and was a bright orangey copper color. The head was firm and had a tint of almond in it. The smell is sweet with buttery caramel malts. Rich and a bit solvent like. Bold and assertive. The taste is rich, bitter and nutty. This seems to have some Doppelbock characteristics with the Vienna or Victory malts coming through. There’s a nice roasted almond nuttiness and a pretty solid body of malt underneath. Overall, a very nice ale and one I would seek out again. Thanks, P!

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Photo of sulldaddy
4.22/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I am sampling a room temp bottle in a pint glass. The beer pours a clear amber color with soft off white fluffy head of 1 cm that fades gradually to a sturdy surface layer.
Aroma is some roasted malt and even a bit of chocolate and toffee as well. Not expecting the heavier dose of malt. I also get lite grassy hops, which I expected to be bolder. First sip reveals an average body with fine carbonation that is very tingly. The texture is slightly creamy and smooth.
Flavor is toffee and roasted malt with some grassy hops on the finish. Very easy drinker and nice well crafted brew overall. I would buy this one again.

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Photo of Hhawk06
4.22/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The only offering I didn't have on tap while staying at the Inn, I figured I'd take their "most popular" brew home in a growler. Its a decent looking beer with a darkish amber body with a reddish tint. The head was thin but finely beaded and well proportioned. Very malty and somewhat floral and breadlike nose. Enticing to say the least. Really a full bodied, well incorporated mouthfeel. Its crisp, malty with a tremendous sense of freshness to the brew. There's a nice breadlike quality that serves the beer well. The finish comes off balanced with a true mellon-like flavor. Really impeccably crisp and quenching, this is a great sociable beer.

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Photo of Goregazm
4.2/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5


Appearance: Pours a reddish-brown color, very clear with no bubbles rising up inside it. This beer has a nice red shade to it when it's not directly in the light. Has a bubbly, fizzy head which dissipates in about a minute and only leaves a little lacing.

Smell: A bittersweet, malty smell with some hops. There is some fruit here and a slight hint of caramel. Has a little honey underneath it all.

Taste: Starts off malty, then the hops come in quickly before ending with a sweet and sour taste. More malty and rich then I expected. Overall it's a thick, toasty malt taste with some fruits (apples definately) and faint caramel. Very refreshing.

Mouthfeel: A little thin, but not watery. Only a slight acidity, but no where near enough to ruin the beer. The aftertaste leaves a little bitter malt taste in the back of the mouth and on the palate.

Drinkability: I like this beer a lot. I had it for the first time with a dinner of fish and vegetables, and it went great. It's not overly heavy or filling, so it won't make you feel weighed down. A great beer which is delicious when cold.

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Photo of weazal
4.12/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

SMELL: Surprisingly rich, sweet smell. Primarily sugary raisins with honey, too. Faint hint of brandy in the back, but not alcoholic at all. Pretty yummy!

TASTE: Near identical to the smell, but dryer. Not over the top, but noticeable buttery, sweet caramel flavor while still being clean and refreshing. A very pleasant combination. Flavorful, but finishes easy. Sharp carbonation is a bit too powerful (creates a metallic like experience) but does add an interesting ka-pow. Barely noticeable hoppy bitterness lingers at the very end.

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Photo of edchicma
4.1/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A surprising bottled offering. This brew is bottled by Shipyard. Shipyard brews generally are aok, so an endorsement of this product by their willingness to bottle it, I knew it would be better than ok, and it was, The appearance was a nice amber red with a very nice off white head. The smell was a hoppy, fruity combination. An initial malt taste lasted to mid-palate, then the citrus hops expressed themselves and the brew had a light hoppy finish. Mouthfeel was light to medium and very smooth. This is an extremely drinkable brew..very smooth and easy on the palate.

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Photo of cwachtel
4.08/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours with a thin head that disappates quickly. Aroma is not strong but the maltiness comes through. The first taste is definitely more malt than hops but a slightly bitter finish brings the hops. I'm a fan of a strong malt/hop balance and this brew fits the bill. Mouthfeel is a little thin but overall a good beer. I would buy this one again.

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Photo of jbphoto88
4.07/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A spiced orange color pours from a brown bottle marked with a best by date of April 2009. A tan head rises and falls fast to nothing but an island of multi sized bubbles. First impression is ho hum. It's not an awe inspiring beverage just an average looking one.

The scent is a different story. There is a malty grain backbone with some toasted caramel scents wafting up. There is also a light hop nose that is more focused then I was expecting. This smells like a good balanced brew that I can't wait to try.

The flavor doesn't disappoint. A toffee caramel flavor is the alpha and omega, it starts there and then moves to a malty backbone with a slight hoppy astringency. The finish comes back to that toasty caramel flavor. Very good and refreshing.

This is a fine medium balanced brew that really hits the spot. The hop profile is just big enough to be tasted but doesn't take away from the malts. I like the slight twinge of sourness that bites the sides of your tongue. Well done.

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Photo of Donutos
4/5  rDev +17.3%

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4/5  rDev +17.3%

Photo of dunix
4/5  rDev +17.3%

Photo of JMurphy41
4/5  rDev +17.3%

Photo of ElGallo
4/5  rDev +17.3%

Photo of baccala
4/5  rDev +17.3%

Photo of gwilikers6
4/5  rDev +17.3%

Photo of churchillea
4/5  rDev +17.3%

Photo of RoryOMoore
4/5  rDev +17.3%

Photo of redsoxjim
3.98/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of TrickKnee
3.95/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purs a very nice color with a very fruity smell. Tastes of caramel and other fruit flavors that leave a very good taste in your mouth. Doesnt put much head in the glass and it is really not that hoppy however there is a little sour taste in the back of yout mouth. otherwise it is a very good ale.

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Red Rack Ale from Woodstock Inn Brewery
Beer rating: 3.41 out of 5 with 200 ratings