Red Rocket Ale - Bear Republic Brewing Co.
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Reviews by archyquaffer:
4.13/5 rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Poured from a 22 ounce bomber into a Shaker pint glass. A moderate to aggressive pour produces about 3/4 inch of tan colored head that puffs up over the rim of the glass and quickly recedes. The beer leaves lots of attractive lacing, with little islands of foam hugging the sides and frosted over pools in the center. The beer is a fairly dark reddish-brown. Against an unlit background, you can see perhaps half way through the glass.
I have a poor sense of smell, but even I can detect a rather strong aroma of leafy hops and caramel malt. I still get nice whiffs even as my nose and tongue get accustomed to it. The flavor is a taste sensation- I think this will be my benchmark for caramel malt taste. The label on the bottle claims an "aggressive hop character rivaled by none" but it doesn't taste excessively hoppy to me (good!), and there's plenty of balance and complexity, including tones of caramel, toffee, hazel nut (?) and maybe a touch of fine tobacco, with piney and citrusy highlights from the hops.
This beer is quite flavorful, with a nice balance of malt and hops. The hops don't overpower, as can be the case with some west coast brews. I recall many a beer where I dwelled longingly on the rich malty goodness that I could see and feel but could not taste, due to excessive hop happiness. This beer doesn't do that.
Serving type: bottle
06-15-2013 01:58:03 | More by archyquaffer
More User Reviews:
4.41/5 rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
On-tap at Tizley's in Poulsbo, WA. Poured into a pint pilsner. Clear deep red-brown color, nice one-finger head, then moderate lacing. Aroma is deep and inviting--malt, caramel, fruity, with mild floral hops. Flavor starts with malt and caramel, some toffee, nicely balanced, with moderate citrus hops finish. Mouthfeel is medium thin. Overall this is a really outstanding red ale, I really like it!
Serving type: on-tap
07-12-2014 01:12:19 | More by Dsimenson
Red Rocket Ale from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 2,223 ratings.