Red Rack Ale | Woodstock Inn Brewery

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79
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199 Ratings
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Red Rack AleRed Rack Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Woodstock Inn Brewery
New Hampshire, United States
woodstockinnbrewery.com

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
199
Reviews:
99
Avg:
3.42
pDev:
13.16%
 
 
Wants:
1
Gots:
22
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 199 |  Reviews: 99
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3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

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3/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of oriolesfan4
3/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of SocalKicks
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.55/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a bright reddish amber color, with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of caramelized malts, honey, fruit and a little bit of hops.

T: The taste is sweet and a little malty with flavors of caramel and honey up front. Then there's a decent hops bitterness that comes in and provides a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly hoppy.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean and dry.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, this is just an ordinary beer overall, but it's still worth drinking for a while.

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Photo of ygtbsm94
2.5/5  rDev -26.9%

Photo of smcolw
3.53/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark amber (clear) with a fine tight-bubbled head that does not leave any lasting lace on the side of the glass.

Caramel is the primary smell for this ale. There's also a notable alcohol presense. I cannot detect any hop present in the smells. This is corrected in the taste--the aftertaste is largely hop. Still, this is a malty beverage with decent body and high carbonation.

"Worth a try" is fairly accurate. No real faults with this, but no ohmigod you must try it touches either.

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Photo of mdaschaf
3.17/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to Dan for this bottle.

A: Pours a ruby/copper color with a small off-white head upon pouring. Not much retention and no lacing whatsoever.

S: Some caramelized malt and a little bit of fruit, nondescript really. There is a bit of honey as well and a slight buttery aroma.

T: On the sweet side, with caramel and honey. Not much hop presence at all. Has a sweet finish.

M: Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Pretty smooth with a slightly dry finish.

O: Decent beer, not a ton going on, but nothing wrong with it. An average beer.

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Photo of Jason
3.35/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz brown bottle with a freshness date.

LOOK: Reddish brass, clear with a good sized head

SMELL: Malty, toasty, vegtal, buttery, herbal, toffee, grainy, baked apples

TASTE: Caramel, malty, toasted bread, buttery, fruity, leafy, herbal, mildly estery, earthy

Not half bad, I'd love to try the non-contract brewed version of this. Good use of malts, perhaps a more defined hop flavor would help here?

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Photo of mdfb79
3.01/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. Arrived today from Awesome Clubs monthly beer club.

a - Pours a dark amber/copper color with about an inch of foam with no rentention and little carbonation evident.

s - Smells of roasted malts, but that's about it. Not much going on here at all.

t - Tastes of malts, a little sweet and a little bready. Again, not much going on here, but it is smooth.

m - Medium body with moderate carbonation, it is actually pretty smooth and easy to drink.

d - Overall this beer wasn't that great. I thought they smell and taste were kind of bland and lacking, but at least it was smooth and easy to drink. Would not look for again but since it came with the AC gift this month, an ok beer.

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3.13/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden garnet color with a huge fluffy off white head that slowly dissipates and laces on the way down. Smells of caramel, mineral, and a bit of earth and spice with a hint of butter. the flavor is quite malty with caramel being the dominant taste. Earth, tart, and butter provide a bit of counter to the malty sweetness, but this one really leans to the malty side. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a sweet slick mouthfeel. A buttery malt bomb how shipyard-ish. OK for what it is, but there are better red ales out there.

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3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of imbibehour
3.88/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass. Best before December 2012 off we go.

A good simple text book amber color slightly clear for the body. Not much rising carbonation. Head is off white perhaps 2 fingers falling normally.

Bouquet is soft mild malts but a strange sweetness to it. Slight toasty grain overalll not bad.

Taste is, kind of mild and muted with a nice breast malt finish. Palate creeps up slowly its as if the finish brings all the tastes. Not too wet either feels about right.

Overall a simple solid example of a sessionable enjoyable amber.

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Photo of jwc215
3.8/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours bright amber with a thin head that soon becomes a swirling patch. The thin head reappears upon gentle swirling.

The smell is of lightly toasted grains with a hint of caramel. Clean.

The taste is of lightly toasted grains mixed with caramel. Some earthiness and dough give it a nice balance. A hint of spice in the finish. Not complex, but tasty.

The body is light approaching, but not quite making, medium. Smooth and coating, though a bit thin.

Easily drinkable, this makes for a nice "session" beer. Light and refreshing with a good flavor. I can see pairing this with the doughiness and spiciness of a brick-oven pizza.

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2.98/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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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3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was poured into a pint glass. The appearance had a decent looking amber to red color with a one finger white foamy head that dissipated within about less than a minute. There was some light lacing. The smell had a decent roasted apple of sorts gracing between some English malts. The taste took those flavors to town and made it semi-sweet but it really felt and tasted really like a true English ESB. On the palate, this one sat fairly light, but tried to show a semi-medium of sorts on the body. It was fairly sessionable and had a decent carbonation running about it. Overall, I say this was a pretty good ESB worth trying. If anything, the second bottle went really well with BBQ pork.

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3/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of WesWes
3.88/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a nice amber color with a thick frothy off-white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a solid pale and crystal malt scent along with a touch of fruity yeast esters. The taste is good. It has a smooth crystal malt sweetness that goes down with little effort and finishes dry with some light esters. This is a pretty good beer. It's not loaded with complexity, but it does have a solid malt bill. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a good drinking amber ale. I love the caramel malt character as well as the light esters. It's just the right amount of fruitiness to compliment the malts and hops.

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Photo of Mora2000
2.64/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to Cavie for sharing this bottle. This is my first beer from this company.

The beer pours an amber color with a white head. The aroma is heavy on the butter with some sugar notes. The combination makes the beer smell like circus peanuts. Unfortunately, the flavor is not much better. There is a little bit of grass, sugar and toffee, but once again there is a lot of butter in the flavor. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.92/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From the 12. fl. oz. bottle sampled on August 10, 2012. The pour is a highly carbonated medium amber with reddish tones and a quick lasting fizzy white head.

The aroma is full of sweet pale malts, Toblerone, and a crisp, clean hoppiness.

The body is about medium but there is a slight acidity to it.

The focus of the taste is on the caramel malts and yeast with a moderate bitterness and a clean finish. Not a bad ESB in the long run.

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Photo of Karibourgeois
2.58/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Kelp
3.25/5  rDev -5%

Photo of CharlesK
3/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of jdhilt
3.03/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a two finger white head that fades slowly leaving a good lace. Copper amber color. Light-medium carbonation and medium body. Slight malty nose. Starts on the sweeet side , then some hops, finish has some bitterness. $6.99 for a six pack from Market Basket Concord, NH. Brewed for Woodstock Inn by Shipyard Brewery.

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Red Rack Ale from Woodstock Inn Brewery
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