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Rocket Red Ale - Big River Grille & Brewing Works

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Rocket Red Ale
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46 Ratings
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Ratings: 46
Reviews: 26
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 12.7%
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: CRJMellor on 03-27-2002)
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Reviews by BlackBearForge:
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BlackBearForge

Florida

4/5  rDev +8.1%

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!

10-24-2011 23:57:23 | More by BlackBearForge
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DruC4

Michigan

4/5  rDev +8.1%

11-04-2013 04:15:45 | More by DruC4
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beerluvr

Ontario (Canada)

4.93/5  rDev +33.2%

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!

10-19-2003 17:47:34 | More by beerluvr
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PhantomVodoo

Ohio

3.95/5  rDev +6.8%

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.

05-12-2003 08:40:51 | More by PhantomVodoo
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Backer2004

North Carolina

4.05/5  rDev +9.5%

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.

01-30-2006 04:09:08 | More by Backer2004
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Kevincredible

Massachusetts

2.5/5  rDev -32.4%

02-13-2014 01:03:02 | More by Kevincredible
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Gmann

New York

3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

07-28-2013 19:45:16 | More by Gmann
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philbe311

Pennsylvania

3.73/5  rDev +0.8%

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...

11-10-2009 21:37:44 | More by philbe311
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CRJMellor

Arkansas

3.23/5  rDev -12.7%

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.

05-22-2004 16:11:54 | More by CRJMellor
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rondufresne

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -18.9%

08-11-2013 22:04:15 | More by rondufresne
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DavoleBomb

Ohio

3.6/5  rDev -2.7%

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.

06-01-2011 18:09:06 | More by DavoleBomb
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Loki

North Carolina

4.22/5  rDev +14.1%

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.

08-25-2003 01:58:10 | More by Loki
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hooligan

Florida

3.63/5  rDev -1.9%

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.

08-23-2008 03:11:45 | More by hooligan
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insearchofhops

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

07-18-2014 20:03:59 | More by insearchofhops
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +8.1%

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.

06-04-2012 03:29:39 | More by dbrauneis
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hopdog

Pennsylvania

3.73/5  rDev +0.8%

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.

11-25-2008 20:58:46 | More by hopdog
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MPSTARR

Florida

3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

06-13-2013 02:02:38 | More by MPSTARR
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JayQue

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

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.

12-19-2011 01:53:55 | More by JayQue
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ZimZamZoom

West Virginia

4/5  rDev +8.1%

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.

04-28-2010 11:06:23 | More by ZimZamZoom
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goodbyeohio

Oregon

4.05/5  rDev +9.5%

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.

04-05-2006 19:11:40 | More by goodbyeohio
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MO5290

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

01-03-2014 00:37:13 | More by MO5290
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kaelingirl

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

02-24-2012 19:38:12 | More by kaelingirl
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Lovely85

Florida

4/5  rDev +8.1%

03-03-2014 15:31:49 | More by Lovely85
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griffiam03

Indiana

2.75/5  rDev -25.7%

02-19-2014 20:43:36 | More by griffiam03
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AtLagerHeads

Ohio

3.85/5  rDev +4.1%

A very pretty beer, but I mean that in a nice way. This one comes with a very dark red body crowned with a good two-finger off-white head. The lacing is decent and this adds to the very good look. The nose is nice giving off very nice malt notes that become more caramelly as the brew warms to room temperature.

The taste of this brew is quite nice providing a very strong malt sense but well balanced with a very strong hop bitterness to make it less sweet than it would otherwise have to be. The feel is a bit thin as with most Big River brews, but the finish is good enough to push this to very drinkable level.

10-25-2003 01:59:33 | More by AtLagerHeads
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Rocket Red Ale from Big River Grille & Brewing Works
84 out of 100 based on 46 ratings.