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Red Rocket Ale - Bear Republic Brewing Co.

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Red Rocket AleRed Rocket Ale

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

2,442 Ratings
THE BROS
96
world-class

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Ratings: 2,442
Reviews: 1,150
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 10.86%
Wants: 125
Gots: 177 | FT: 3
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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-05-2001

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
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Photo of Lemke10
3.69/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This pours a dark amber color with a foamy beige head. The aroma is sweet and malty. The flavor is complex with lots of bitterness to compliment the malty aroma. Bold, flavorful, and interesting.

Photo of Chuck6860
3.92/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Little different flavor than most scotch ales. Great color and firm head

Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.74/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle into a teku.

Appearance: Pours a dark brown color with a touch of murkiness. The head is two fingers high and pale yellow in shade. Retention is pretty good, and the head's foamy textures leaves behind some lacing on the glass. When I pour the dregs in, it seems to layer perfectly below the head. (3.5)

Smell: It has the typical red ale malts (caramel, toffee, toasted bread), backed by some piny, grassy hops. Letting it open up will reveal some nice fruit esters like cherry and apricot - still, I wish this quality was a little stronger. However, it provides enough of a twist to raise it above the glut of average amber/red ales out there. (3.75)

Taste: There's a powerful hop flavor to start, one that's herbal, grassy, and even tobacco-like at times. After a few sips, the malt backbone appears. There are nice notes of toast, caramel, and toffee in the middle, before it finishes with light estery flavors. Just like on the nose, I want a bit more of an ester flavor - otherwise, this one is quite good. (3.75)

Mouthfeel: A respectably full body is featured here. Not overly sweet-feeling for the style, and thank cripes for that. There is a bit of residual sugar floating around, but nothing that's crazy. Thanks to the low carbonation, it's more of a sipper than a chugger - not a problem, though... (3.75)

Overall: I always see this around, and I always approach with trepidation (because freshness). But when it is fresh, this is really good. And it actually has a best by date on it - granted, it's not as good as a born on date, but I'll take what I can get. I'll definitely have this again, especially on tap. (3.75)

3.74/5: Definitely not some dime-a-dozen, middle-of-the-road red ale; deserves its status as a classic

Photo of Erik-P
3.88/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MattSweatshirt
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep clear ruby body with khaki head.

Rich maltiness of toffee, caramel, and raisin. Some fruity hop and a mild bitterness.

Photo of CitiFieldSheas
4.45/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of curlybird
4.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of cjgiant
3.97/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle best by 4/2015 (so about 4 months old?):
Pours a deep amber, with a good deal of foamy head on a vigorous pour. I did seem to get what I thought was some yeast sediment near the end of the pour. The head does last, however, and laces pretty well.

Nose does give me an impression of being just a tad old, but I also am not sure it's not the normal nose. The amber beer is a bit malty, and that may be interfering with the green hop notes as much as age. The amber notes come through, honey and sweet fleshy fruit notes in the sweetness, floral and green (grass, lemongrass) hops meld together decently well.

The beginning tastes are honey, unripe pear on the sweet side, maybe a less flavorful honeydew. I think this dulling of fruitiness is from the grassy hops that are near the forefront of the taste. They grow throughout, some woody notes being the end result of the dulling attack on the tongue and some pine-notes that aren't too resinous.

The body is maybe a bit north of medium, carbonation accents the feel nicely, adding some action on the tongue without attacking it. In the end, the greenness of the hops don't dry the tongue as much as might be expected.

Be really interested to try this a little fresher. Was initially mildly disappointed in the beer, but I appreciated it a bit more as I analyzed it. As usual, this analysis allowed the beer to warm a bit, which brought out the flavors a bit more. Definitely a re-try, could see 1 half a tick to a tick higher.

Photo of jrob21
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of claybob43
4.83/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Mattdshangraw
4.41/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Joncasso
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good. The initial flavor is bitter and by the 3rd or 4th sip you grow accustomed to it. As red ales go its solid but its not my favorite

Photo of R11415
3.59/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Domvan
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mtvolkens
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle poured into pint glass. Left a half inch creme colored head. Smells very sweet, but still has a bitter aroma to it. It is a very distinct taste to it. Very malty notes upfront, revealing a caramel and burnt sugar flavor that is quickly followed with a dash of hops and a slight alcohol taste and sensation. Absolutely fantastic beer. Real hearty and tasty.

Photo of Lelampp
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ovaltine
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Spaceman_Jer
3.99/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of PaulSlazinger
4.19/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of CJNAPS
4.59/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of duceswild
3.63/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bassboneman
3.97/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L- poured from 22 oz. into pint glass. - is orangy-red in colo
S- slightly piney, malt notes in back
T- very malty with a strong bitter kick at the end. this beer is also VERY cold right now - will probably taste differently once it warms up a bit... In a 13 degree garage...
F - is very pleasant! Carbonation is pretty lively!
Overall - I love Bear Rebublic because their brews are always an adventure. The flavors are superior - and I look forward to each one.
This one is not a good as the HopRodRye but good nonetheless!
edit/update
I was correct - in a warmer state there is a distinct sweet quality in this beer that is unmistakable! The hoppiness is also more prevalent!
delish!

Sam

Photo of DrBier
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of nathanmiller
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of vidisad
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Red Rocket Ale from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 2,442 ratings.