Red Rocket Ale - Bear Republic Brewing Co.
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Reviews by jondeelee:
3.98/5 rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Red Rocket Ale opens to a sugary, hoppy nose, immediately presenting a nice balance of aromas. The hops predominantly bring pink grapefruit, with lighter notes of grapefruit rind and pine, as well as faint hints of bitter dandelion stem. The sugars add a sweet assortment of Jolly Rancher-potent fruit esters, including lots of berries, as well as cherry, orange, and apricot, as well as brown sugar, candi sugar, and even hints of super sweet confectioner’s sugar. Small touches of biscuit, whole wheat dough, and Grape Nuts cereal help earth the beer, but the emphasis is obviously on sweetness, even the hops geared heavily towards sugary citrus aromas. The overall effect is very nice, the sugars quite potent and aromatic, and present in enough strength that the bottle’s open mouth is sticky. This is made all the more impressive because of the beer’s relatively low 6.8% ABV, which usually results in a dearth of sugary notes. There is, perhaps, a bit too much sugar in the nose, however, and the hops could have used a larger presence. Still, the overall effect, candy-like as it is, is compelling.
On the tongue, the beer is far more hoppy than the nose let on, and the hops are not sweet, but bitter and oily, with grapefruit rind, pine resin, and lemon oil mixing with lighter dandelion stem, mint, and anise notes. The result is strong enough to somewhat overpower the rest of the beer, which does still bring in a good amount of berry, orange, and peach fruit esters, as well as brown sugar, and a grainy wedge of toasted whole wheat bread and cereal grains. But here the emphasis in on hops, which are strong enough that in subsequent sips their lingering bitter presence tends to drown out even more of the sugars and breads. Even some of the more citrusy hop notes are lost over the course of a few sips, the beer ending up with large dandelion stem, anise, pine resin, and mint notes. The aftertaste is a continuation of these bitter hop notes. Mouthfeel is medium-light to medium, and carbonation is medium.
Overall, this is good beer, and hopheads can find pleasure in the nice selection of bitter, oily, resinous notes in here. But the beer does ultimately suffer because of the low ABV and the lack of sugars, with the hops simply overpowering everything else, making the beer seem imbalanced and in need of a lot more fruity, sugary notes.
Serving type: bottle
05-22-2013 15:54:26 | More by jondeelee
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4.11/5 rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Red Rocket – Amber Ale (6.8%) - Bear Republic (California)
App: Pours a slightly hazy amber brown with a big three finger tan head that retains really well and leaves a lot of lacing up the sides as it settles. No bubble stream.
Smell: Nose is mostly fruity hops aroma with a slight buttery malt character that is sweet and assertive. Hints of pine and grapefruit. Tiniest bit of alcohol.
Taste: Very sweet, somewhat toasted malt profile on the foretaste, progressing to a balanced true taste that showcases pleasant hops bitterness balanced agains some light toffee flavors. After taste is considerably more bitter, with a slight astringency due to the resinous nature of the hops. Flavors really open up as beer warms, with sweetness coming more to the front and making for a very drinkable hoppy amber with notes of toffee, pine and citrus.
Mouth: (Notes Missing)
Home tasting, 12oz bottle into Tulip. 2/21/14.
Serving type: bottle
03-01-2014 00:07:26 | More by ZoomanCru
Red Rocket Ale from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 2,066 ratings.