Rackhouse Ale | Great Lakes Brewing Co.

BA SCORE
89
very good
77 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Great Lakes Brewing Co.
Ohio, United States
greatlakesbrewing.com

Style: American Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by TurdFurgison on 10-27-2005

BEER STATS
Ratings:
77
Reviews:
39
Avg:
4.09
pDev:
9.05%
 
 
Wants:
13
Gots:
5
For Trade:
0
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4.75/5  rDev +16.1%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of cpetrone84
3.88/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour is hazy copper amber with a tan head. Nose is fairy sweet with a good amount of wood and notes of bourbon. Notes of berries, vanilla, and toffee. Taste is quite sweet. Wood is a bit more moderate with a nice bourbon interplay. There are layers of toffee, vanilla, caramel and cherry in the back. Stronger carbonation with a relatively drinkable body and fairly soft palate. Pretty good stuff, taste is a bit more deep and integrated.

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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +16.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +10%

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4.5/5  rDev +10%

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5/5  rDev +22.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +10%

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4.5/5  rDev +10%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +10%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +10%

Photo of siege06nd
3.6/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served in a sampler cup at the GL BA Blackout release.

A. This brew is a very cloudy, medium orange brown color. A half finger of cream head appears and slowly settles, leaving about a quarter finger behind. Decent lacing. Nothing spectacular, but has a pleasant glow to it. Good.

S. A lot of bourbon, maple, vanilla, creamy malt, and caramel. A very sweet, thick smell, but balanced and with some subtle syrupy nuances. Hints of brown sugar and molasses. Bourbon covers most of it up though.

T. A lot of vanilla, maple, caramel, and some booziness on the back end. Barrel aging is apparent here, as the wood really comes through. A dry, boozy finish. Enjoyable, but just a little bit thin right now. Bourbon overpowers all of it and makes it a little one note. Ho hum.

M. Highly carbonated, perhaps too much so. A distinct thinness to this one. Lackluster.

O. Rackhouse is an interesting beer that I am certainly happy to have tried. But it is a bit thin and boozy at the moment. Just not enough malt to support the heat on this one. Wondering what time will do to this.

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3.66/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

From tap to plastic cup at the BA Blackout release on 1/16/12

-- Thanks for sharing the experience, John! --

A: Gorgeous orange-amber. Top notch collar and lacing.

S: Alcohol esters, hot notes of wood and a bit banana and clove.

T: Really, really hot. There's no real balance here. It's a bourbon bomb from the start, an it never lets go. The yeast and malt profile fight to shine through, but in the end, they fail to make a lasting impression. Not bad, just a bit above average.

M: Creamy. And thank God, as a thin, weak beer couldn't carry the heavy bourbon profile this brew packs.

O: This is one for the cellar. GL's Rackhouse screams for time to mellow out a bit, as it's a hot bourbon bomb fresh. It lacks the proper balance, and left me burping whiskey esters for a while.

Approach cautiously.

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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of Urbancaver
3.89/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

thin clear tannish brown with red hues and minimal head that dissipated immediately. Smells strongly of bourbon... not much else. tastes like a malty bourbon concoction with not much else going on. a bit thin but well carbonated and overall very drinkable.

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Rackhouse Ale from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
4.09 out of 5 based on 77 ratings.
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