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Rocket Red Ale - Big River Grille & Brewing Works

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Rocket Red Ale
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Ratings: 47
Reviews: 26
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 12.74%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Big River Grille & Brewing Works visit their website
Florida, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  4.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: CRJMellor on 03-27-2002)
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Reviews by BlackBearForge:
Photo of BlackBearForge
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

At a recent trip with my family to Disney, Big River's Red Rocket Ale arrived at the table in a pint glass. This beer is a lovely red amber tint, very clear with a nice big creamy head that falls slowly leaving decent lacing in it's wake.

The aroma has nice freshly baked bread, caramel and citrus tones.

The flavor has a good hop presence, close to IPA territory but nicely balanced with the caramel malt body. Citrusy hops round out the slightly nutty malts that also have a nice freshly baked bread presence as well.

The mouthfeel is medium, very smooth and perfectly carbonated.

What a great beer to round out the evening at Disney, and make no mistakes, you won't find better beer than this in your stay in the parks. An excellent Red Ale!

BlackBearForge, Oct 25, 2011
More User Reviews:
Photo of DruC4
4/5  rDev +8.4%

DruC4, Nov 04, 2013
Photo of beerluvr
4.93/5  rDev +33.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Whoa! I wasn't expecting this: Comes to the table sporting a two finger deep dark ivory head lingering atop of dark ruby goodness...rocket red indeed! The nose was a blast of intense fresh and flowery bitter perfume swirled within a deeply roasted malty aroma. The taste was equally as powerful...waves of flowery hoppy bitterness followed by dry notes of roasty maltiness, then some residual malt sugars pop up only to be whisked away by more tremendous bitterness. The finish is long and bitter, with a little malt sweetness showing up late in the swallow...one of the best beers I've ever had...it was that good!

beerluvr, Oct 19, 2003
Photo of PhantomVodoo
3.95/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Light mahogany color with a tan head.
Nice aroma. Aroma is very fruity. Citrus twang and toasted malt underneath the fruitiness.

Taste is very fruity as well. Sweet overall, but hops are there to balance. Cascade hops give a citrus twang. Malt has a toasty, caramel flavor.

Above average mouthfeel.
Good drinkability.

Overall, a good red ale. Their Wowzer's Wheat, Sweet Magnolia Brown Ale, and Rocket Red Ale are the 3 I'd have again if I was able.

PhantomVodoo, May 12, 2003
Photo of Backer2004
4.05/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I'm glad I went on Beerfly to see that this would be the one to try versus going for the flight of all the choices on draft -- which was limited anyway. Fantastic ed Ale that's hoppy enough to be an IPA. Beautiful color and great carbonation, goes down very smooth and easy to finish. A little pricey at $5.25 a pint but hey it's Disney for you.

Backer2004, Jan 30, 2006
Photo of Kevincredible
2.5/5  rDev -32.2%

Kevincredible, Feb 13, 2014
Photo of Gmann
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Gmann, Jul 28, 2013
Photo of philbe311
3.73/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - A very dark orangish copper color... Not any "red" to be found... A small whipped white head... Moderate carbonation...

S - A nicely balanced nose featuring both citrus hop notes and sweet caramel malts...

T - THe hops cut through to the forefront with in a very pleasant manner... A nice mix of citrus and piney hops leaning slightly more citrusy... The is a very nice malt backbone featuring a mix of caramel and toffee...

M - Medium bodied... Slightly pringly carbonation on the tongue... Slightly oily at first turing slightly chalky... A very minor hop bitterness on finish...

D - A solid and enjoyable Red Ale... Quite drinkable... Highly sessionable with enough hop presence to keep it interesting... A solid offering when on vacation with the family down in Disney World...

philbe311, Nov 10, 2009
Photo of CRJMellor
3.23/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

First off kudos for such a relatively generic place to give cask ale a try.

Pours a deep amber with a tan head that didn't quite have the right characteristics for a cask beer.
Aroma was deep caramel malt with some biscuity undertonesand hint of pine and resiny hops.
Flavor was downright bland, amber malt was muted and the Cascade hops used did not open and provide much flavor. I'm wondering if storage or transfer of the beer was done properly.
Mouthfeel was astringent, almost too much but at the end a nice resiny bitterness showed first signs of life.
Drinkability was questionable, could have been beginning or the end of the cask. Beer seemed slightly "off."
Again though kudos for trying.

CRJMellor, May 22, 2004
Photo of rondufresne
3/5  rDev -18.7%

rondufresne, Aug 11, 2013
Photo of DavoleBomb
3.6/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review from notes from my trip to Florida.

#4 of the night. Poured into a pint glass.

3.5 A: Crimson amber color. Can't say much about the head as it didn't come with one.

3.5 S: Caramel and toasty notes. Not much else, but enjoyable nonetheless.

3.5 T: Good caramel flavor with a toastiness again. Moderate bitterness. One again, simple but pleasant.

3.5 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Decently creamy and smooth.

4.0 D: A simple, but decent beer.

DavoleBomb, Jun 01, 2011
Photo of Loki
4.22/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served a dark red with a white head. Average lacing with very good color and clarity.

Aromas of malt and hops with hints of spice.

Tastes of sweet, rich malt that transitions to a nice hoppy middle with a slight bitterness for balance. Very smooth in transition with a medium body and good, clean finish. Very good Red.

This could be Big River's best offering IMHO.

Loki, Aug 25, 2003
Photo of hooligan
3.63/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Chill hazed ruby red beer with a thick head that mellows down to a soapy lace.

Caramel upfront with smells of pennies and grapefruit.

Clean green apple and a dry caramel/toffee. Slight cloying at the end, cleaned up slowly by the hop.

Thin bodied, slight fizz, just about right for the style.

This beer was just about perfect for expectations of a red ale. Very tasty.

hooligan, Aug 23, 2008
Photo of insearchofhops
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

insearchofhops, Jul 18, 2014
Photo of dbrauneis
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap at Big River Bar & Grille (Disney) in Lake Buena Vista, FL.

A: Pours a crystal clear dark amber to red in color with moderate amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a two finger tall dense off-white head that has very good retention properties leaving about a half finger of head covering the entire surface of the beer. Moderate to significant lacing is observed.

S: There is a pleasant earthiness to the aroma of this beer with lighter notes of caramel malts and pine/resin + citrus hop notes.

T: The flavors start out with a light amount of caramel malt sweetness that is followed by a pleasant amount of hop flavors - I detect the taste of earthy hops as well as lighter hints of citrus and pine. There is a moderate amount of lingering bitterness in this beer.

M: Medium bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. Slightly dry and crisp.

O: While not exactly refreshing, this beer was quite enjoyable and had a very pleasant aroma and flavor. The beer is easy to drink and could be sessionable, assuming that you are not sitting outside in the hot FL afternoon sun.

dbrauneis, Jun 04, 2012
Photo of hopdog
3.73/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Disney World Board Walk location.

Poured a very dark orange color with a small sized off white head. Aromas of stronger citrus (mainly oranges) and some caramel. Tastes of lemons, grapefruit, and somewhat nutty. Lively body. This was actually a decent Red Ale.

hopdog, Nov 25, 2008
Photo of MPSTARR
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

MPSTARR, Jun 13, 2013
Photo of JayQue
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this beer with lunch at the Disneyworld Boardwalk Big River Brew Pub. I liked this one better than the Brown Ale. Reddish amber color, medium size white head. Average lacing and retention.

Mild, pleasant hoppy aroma. Tastes pretty good. Nice balance between citrus/piney hops and sweet caramel malts. Goes down easy as a red ale should.

Mouthfeel is crisp and a bit light. Overall a pretty good beer with food. Wouldn't mind it as a session beer either. A nice find at Disney World.

JayQue, Dec 19, 2011
Photo of ZimZamZoom
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Disney World location.

This is a dark copper colored ale, with a nice thick tan head. Aroma is some spicy hops and a nice caramel malt balancing it out. Great tasting, with a more harsh spicy hop bite and a burnt sugar caramel malt thickness.

Good body on this Amber/Red ale, actually belying it's comparative smallness ABV-wise. Interestingly, I sat next to a stranger who was a self-proclaimed Miller Lite drinker and after trying a few samples she went for this beer and had 2 pints.

Good drinkable beer and to me, the best of the regular beers at this location.

ZimZamZoom, Apr 28, 2010
Photo of goodbyeohio
4.05/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

the current incarnation of this beer runs 5.3% at 13.5 degrees plato.

mahogany pour with red bottom highlights. dirty and wholesome with 3/4" of airy, tan head. leaves artsy volcanic lace patterns and a sea-foam cream layer atop the liquid. grassy-sweet smell of cascade hops and creamy caramel. aromatic suggestion of hickory wood accentuate the fresh hops over the malty sweetness. satisfying medium-range body, crisp with carbonation that tickles the tongue.. yet, substantially weighted and finishes with a strong yet soft-feeling green bitterness. nutmeg lingers on the palate. reminds me of a really good homebrew red and was, for me, beer salvation in the land of two big black round ears from HELL. would have had more of these, as its the best beer here, but i wanted to make my way through the menu.

goodbyeohio, Apr 05, 2006
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3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

gpblackgt, Nov 17, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

MO5290, Jan 03, 2014
Photo of kaelingirl
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

kaelingirl, Feb 24, 2012
Photo of Lovely85
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Lovely85, Mar 03, 2014
Photo of griffiam03
2.75/5  rDev -25.5%

griffiam03, Feb 19, 2014
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Rocket Red Ale from Big River Grille & Brewing Works
84 out of 100 based on 47 ratings.