Rocco Red Ale - Bootlegger's Brewery

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Reviews: 9
Hads: 55
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: n/a
Wants: 1
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Bootlegger's Brewery visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  7.10% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: womencantsail on 03-21-2011

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Reviews: 9 | Hads: 55
Reviews by Vanlingleipa:
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3.73/5  rDev n/a
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

It's interesting how some beers are a work in progress. Rather than dropping them, the brewer sees some kind of potential and keeps working with the recipe until the beer matures into its full taste potential.

At first drink, Rocco Red didn't impress. Don't remember much about that first meeting, likely because I tend not to remember non-tasty beers. Scratch pad memory, y'know.

One day, a couple of Bootleggers employees sat around drinking after shift. Polite curiosity, I asked the name of the suds being consumed. When he replied 'Rocco Red,' I mentioned that RR didn't spark up my mouth the first time around. 'Ah,' the employee, 'this beer has evolved since then.'

It sure did. Strong smell and taste of hops now right up front, far stronger than I remembered, yet very smooth and drinkable. Then Rocco turned maltier, which complemented the faint, unidentifiable fruit essences. What was once a blah experience has turned into a tasty beer in my regular rotation at Bootleggers.

Low to medium head, middling carbonation, a dark cherry color poured into the glass.

Here's to Rocco making it into the bottle someday so I can enjoy this fine beverage at home. (1,170 characters)

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look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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On draft at Bootleggers. It may be homerism coming into play however overall Nugget Nectar seems to be on a different level when compared to Rocco Red. Simply found no "wow" here. Absolutely nothing wrong with this very nice beer however it just didn't cause me to pause and wonder how this happened. (303 characters)

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look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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3.7/5  rDev n/a
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Bootlegger's

This is the first batch of what will become a new production beer of theirs. They didn't have a catchy name for it yet, so at this point it's just "Red Ale".

A: The pour lives up to the expectations of the style. Amber in color with a finger of khaki colored head.

S: Starts off with a nice citrus hop note of grapefruit and tangerine. The hops quickly segue to the malt aromas of toast and bread. A mild toffee aroma and some red fruit flavors.

T: A similar story on the palate. Grapefruit and tangerine hops and just a subtle pine bitterness. Toasted bread, toffee, and a slight caramel sweetness. There are some red berry type flavors in there as well.

M: Medium in body and carbonation.

O: Looking to see what kind of tweaks that will be made to this beer as they continue to brew it. (829 characters)

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Had on tap with Klym @ the brewery when we picked up our Knuckle Sandwich! review from notes 7-18-11

poured into a bootleggers jar (?.. not a fan)

A: Iced citrus tea with everything but a lemon in it. Sugary small egg shell bubbles cover the top. The jar shows no lacing. The jars fault I think. Light toffee reds like you'd expect, transparent candy apples.

S: Persimmon orange cranberry tea. Super soft and light. A very light fruity floral hop that smells soaked in tea juice. This has a very candy gummy like sweetness. Grape-nuts sit quietly in the background.

T: A very interestingly balanced brew, featuring the integration of toffees and nougat. The middle is truly dripping with candy flavors. Floral hops point you in the direction of the maple sugar candy store. Malt sweetness throughout, but not painfully sweet either.

M: Medium light body with a very mellowed carbonation. Very blanket like textures that sooth rather than cause friction. There's no spike in the feeling at any point. This does a good job of paralleling the experience of the flavor.

O: Quite good. Clean flavor with a strong parade of hard and soft candies. The sweetness is in check, and allusions to all types of candies are solid. A malty treat with flavor to spare. I'd take this as a good early-session offering. You'd never believe hard candies to be so drinkable. (1,359 characters)

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Rocco Red Ale from Bootlegger's Brewery
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