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Red Rocket Ale - Bear Republic Brewing Co.

Red Rocket AleRed Rocket Ale

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

2,109 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 2109
Reviews: 1119
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 10.81%


Brewed by:
Bear Republic Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  6.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Red Rocket Ale is a bastardized Scottish style red ale that traces it's origins to our homebrew roots. This full bodied and hoppy brew finishes on the palate with sweet, caramel malt flavors.

2009 California State Fair - SILVER
1999 Great American Beer Festival® Other Strong Ales or Lagers - SILVER
1998 Great American Beer Festival® Other Strong Ales - SILVER

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-05-2001)
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jondeelee

Massachusetts

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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Washington

4.39/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I wanted to expand my experience to red ales so I checked BA and this one had a good rating so I bought it. This is a great full bodied Ale that could easily become a favorite. It has just enough hoppyness and not to much, the finish is very smooth. The enjoyment is increased if you get your nose in it as you drink. What a great beer to share with friends that have never heard of it!

Serving type: bottle

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Served from a bottle into a Sam Smith pint glass.

A : red orange pour. Lots of yellow head with mod retention. Cloudy reddish/ orange

S: slight fruit, muted malts and slight sweetness little bit of pine but slight.

T: nice hop. IPA like taste that you'd not get from smell. Piney resin, almost dank. Decent malt balance too. A lot more hops than I felt would be there.

M: good full feel. Mod crisp and mod carbs

O: good beer solid effort. But smell hides it true colors of essentially an IPA or APA . Scottish style is a little of a stretch. So it is good but not actually the style listed, if that is a fault. Of course on the label it says it breaks " all style molds". Agree. So to be a red IPA.

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Red Rocket Ale from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
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