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Red Rocket Ale - Bear Republic Brewing Co.

Red Rocket AleRed Rocket Ale

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2,109 Ratings

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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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Photo of ssteakley


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

04-16-2014 03:53:07 | More by ssteakley
Photo of Jnashed


3.81/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2014 03:30:52 | More by Jnashed
Photo of ZoomanCru


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
Photo of FLima


4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dark Amber reddish color with a thick one finger caramel head with decent retention and leaving some laces.
Nice aroma of American yeast, toasted and smoked malts, lots of caramels, pine and hints of red fruits
Quite hoppy and malty flavor, notes of resin, pine, earthy hops, grapefruit, tangerines, caramels, toasted and roasted malt, peat, wood, American yeast and spices. Dry with a long lasting bitter aftertaste.
Surprisingly full body with low carbonation and a sticky feel. Alcohol of 6.8% abv is not felt.
Excellent beer, tasty and bold, definitely not shy on hops, malty and spiced. It felt to me as a mix of and American Red Ale and a Scottish Ale, especially as it warms up with a climbing complexity. Another great offering from BR.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2014 00:32:25 | More by FLima
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3.96/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one pours a very dark mahogany color with a small tan head that gives way to a very slight lacing. The aroma is very roasty malty. There are some notes of hops but mostly sweet roasted malt. The flavor is deep n balanced. Very smooth and enjoyable. There is alot of malt but it is offset by some very nice hops. This is quite a smooth beer. Maybe even sessionable.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2014 05:38:06 | More by lochef81
Photo of Damian


4.31/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Drank from a 12fl oz. bottle
Served in a pint glass

Thanks to my friend Roy for bringing this to our holiday party.

Gorgeous appearance. The nearly crystal clear, russet-mahogany liquid became slightly clouded as some of the secondary yeast sneaked out of the bottle. An inch-tall crown of creamy, bubbly, light tan foam topped the liquid. The head faded to a clingy, lasting film. Drippy splotches of lacing trickled all down the glass.

The aroma was punchy and really interesting. Intense citrusy hop notes were well matched by sweet, bready, carmelized malts. Hefty dose of toffee, brown sugar and spices. Some Scotch ale qualities were definitely apparent. Fruity with strong notes of candied orange peel.

The flavor profile was quite similar to the aroma. Juicy, citrusy, West Coast-style hop notes were balanced by a stiff, sweet, bready malt presence. Somewhat toasty. Lots of caramelized sugar, candied orange peel and spices. Again, somewhat reminiscent of a Scotch ale. Ruby red grapefruit notes appeared on the finish. Some bitterness lingered on my palate after each sip. For a beer that registers almost 7%, the alcohol was incredibly well buried.

The beer contained a zippy, finely beaded effervescence that gave the liquid a nice suppleness. Creamy and smooth on the palate.

I admire Bear Republic for never resting on their laurels and for consistently creating new and exciting offerings, but I was really blown away by this commonly available (almost) session ale. Red Rocket is a super drinkable and fantastically well crafted West Coast version of an American amber ale, but done with a Scotch ale twist. Impressive, to say the least.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2014 14:08:17 | More by Damian
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4.21/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - It is a dark amber to brown color, with good retention.

Smell - It is a sweet citrusy hop smell.

Taste - It is a good mixture of malts and hops.

Mouthfeel - Full-bodied, with a good amount of carbonation.

Overall - It is a pretty good beer, hoppy and sweet.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2014 06:07:01 | More by Captain_Komamura
Photo of walkinginplace

North Carolina

3.33/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Amber colored with a small head (strangely large bubbles as well). Smell is strong with caramel maltiness with hops and maybe some grapefruit. Medium to heavy body with moderate carbonation. The taste is more hoppy up front than I expected but the caramel malt rushes in soon thereafter while the aftertaste is equally sour malt and bitter hops. Balanced but intense. It was OK but there are a lot better (and more sessionable) options out there when it comes to ambers (including the less intense and ultra easy to find Fat Tire Amber).

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2014 21:53:53 | More by walkinginplace
Photo of Mike_Moe


4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Dark brown color, brown head.
Aroma: Spicy, hoppy aroma.
Flavor: A very spicy beer, with some peppercorn flavors coming through. Nice hoppy finish. A full bodied bold, smooth carbonation.
Overall: This is a very good bold ale. The spicy smooth flavor up front is accented with perfect hoppiness

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2014 06:36:52 | More by Mike_Moe
Photo of hopsolutely

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Although only purchased recently, I can't speak for the age of the bottle and fear it may be past its prime, as I'm not getting the hop "wow" of other reviews. These hops are faded in the aroma, which has a metallic twang overriding the caramelized malts. Bomber pours a dusty dark brown with a limited head that fades quickly. The flavour is also malt forward, as befitting the style, and has a touch of citrus in the finish but definitely doesn't have the full hop portfolio I expected from this brewer. Despite those faded hops the beer still finishes with a nice bitterness that lingers for a respectable amount of time.

Would like to seek out again when known to be freshly bottled.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2013 22:42:39 | More by hopsolutely
Photo of Franziskaner


3.88/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Dark brown in color. I see a fair amount of sediment floating about within. Head is almost nonexistent. I smell lots of dark malt with a bit of smoked peat. Mouthfeel is a bit warm,sticky, and chewy with all of that dark malt. A bit of toffee and caramel in the flavor.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2013 05:05:33 | More by Franziskaner
Photo of mfnmbvp


4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, with no apparent bottled on date present. Picked this up at the local beer store as part of a mixed six pack. I haven't had anything from Bear Republic in a while, but my expectations are high.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter.

A - Pours a dark ruby colored body with lots of dark sediment floating in the glass. One finger of khaki froth than thins to a ring. Nice sticky scattered lacing. Looks pretty nice.

S - The hop aromas have faded considerably from some time in the bottle, but they have turned more earthy, with green apple skin sweetness. Creamy caramel. Musty yeast presence. I think it smells rather nice.

T - Taste is of creamy caramel malts, dirty earthiness, woodiness, some pine, sticky green apple, & some sugary tea leaf sweetness.

M - Feel is sticky with caramel & green apple, and bitter with herbal resinous pine hops. Medium bodied with good carbonation.

Overall, a nice drinking beer from Bear Republic. This is exactly how the ideal American style red ale would taste to me. Good balance between hops and malts, and a nice 6.80% abv, I would have it again.

Bear Republic Red Rock Ale ---4/5.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2013 20:04:52 | More by mfnmbvp
Photo of soju6


3.88/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Pours a dark mahogany color with a decent head that fades to bits of lacing. Aroma is a bit on the mild side with roasted malt, some dark fruit, bit of caramel and spice. Taste of roasted malt, bit of caramel sweetness and fruit, with a trace of spice in the background. Mild bitterness and a clean finish with a bit of hops tart lingering. Moderate body, smooth and creamy with the 6.8 ABV well hidden. The hops give the beer a bit of character missing from most Amber Ales. Enjoyable beer well worth checking out.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2013 16:40:37 | More by soju6
Photo of SteadySippin


4.36/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured into chilled glass from a bottle.

A - Dark amber/ reddish brown color with a half inch off white head. Considerable lacing on the glasss.

S - I mainly pick up roasted malt with a slight hop presence as well. It smells somewhat sweet.

T - At first I taste malt, then bitterness from the hops lightly comes in enough to be noticeable but not overpowering. The hops give off a piney/grapefruit taste which is pleasant. The malt side of things tastes like brown sugar or caramel.

M - Bitterness covers the pallet immediately. Carbonation is on point and the beer feels slightly heavy but it is smooth and easy to drink.

O - I will be buying more of this for sure. Its a really good ale! It was recommended to me and I am quite happy with it. The balance between the malt and hop is almost perfect in my opinion. The beers appearance is great too.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2013 05:48:54 | More by SteadySippin
Photo of macrosmatic


3.86/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Reviewed from notes. Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Cigar City pint glass.

A: Pours a dark amber to reddish-brown, hazy but not opaque. Forms a finger's worth of dense tan foamy head with retention of only about 60 seconds. Average levels of visible carbonation.

S: Sweet toffee up front, with pine, citrus pith, and grassy hops and a backbone of bready brown malts. Hints underneath of alcohol and toasted caramel.

T: Malty at first (toffee, toasted bready, and a hint of caramel), the a nice punch of citrus hops (grapefruit and orange) and resin - but the citrus retains a more pulpy fruity flavor rather than only the pith. But the beer still packs some bitter punch near the swallow, just as the sweeter caramel and toffee flavors increase. The hang is citrus pith hop bitterness on the back and sides of the tongue while a thick biscuity sweetness stays in the middle of the tongue.

M: A bit heavy-bodied for style, but not distractingly so. The alcohol is more noticeable than expected for this ABV, but not obnoxious. Medium carbonation sensation.

O: Red ales aren't always my favorite, and this started pretty malty, tempering my expectations. But in the end, it was quite drinkable and fairly tasty. Overall though, it doesn't do anything to make me want to seek out another one.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2013 01:08:44 | More by macrosmatic
Photo of BeerImmediately


3.93/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Can't believe I've never reviewed this one before...

Bottle(s) into nonic pint glass at about 45 degrees.

Pours with a very short, cream-colored head over the deepest, darkest amber body I've ever seen. No lacing.

Aromas are huge on the hops! Deep spruce / pine quality is the first thing you notice. Touch of pink grapefruit, too. But lots of sweet malty presence takes care of the middle and finish. Butterscotch, marshmallow, and honey ham are the sweets I'm picking up.

Thick on the palate. Very smokey for the style. Flavors have a more lingering hop quality than the aromas. Scotch-Ale-like indeed. What a cool mix of styles. Rich, sweet, and cloying... yet sharp and hoppy - the thick sweetness does tend to take over.

Not a beer that I could have all night, but it's a fun and different take on a couple of my favorite styles.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2013 00:30:38 | More by BeerImmediately
Photo of keithmurray

New York

4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - dark crimson/mahogany color with beige head

Smell - grapefruit, pine, caramel

Taste - caramel, pine, grapefruit

Mouthfeel - slightly sweet, medium bodied, light on the carbonation, hoppy/bitter on the finish

Overall - good representer of the style

Price Point - $2.40/ 12 oz. single

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2013 00:45:16 | More by keithmurray
Photo of scotorum


3.86/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the 22 oz. bottle into an Innis & Gunn flute.

A deep translucent red/amber, a finger thick off white head receded rather quickly to a surface foam film and heavy even lacing.

s: Mild aromas of dark fruit.

t: Raisins balanced by considerable hop bitterness, fireplace ash finish reminiscent of drinking by a low fire late at night. Tastes better than it may sound.

m; Moderate, the combination of dark fruit taste and hops bitterness hold your attention.

o: The sweet/bitter balance is pleasing. They call this a "bastardized Scottish style red ale packed with distinctive flavors and an aggressive hop character." Drinking some "bears" that out.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2013 04:06:23 | More by scotorum
Photo of c_bellingham


4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

The appearance was a dark amber just a hint too strong when compared to amber maple syrup, but still really good. It has a pleasant, fate smell of something fruity.The taste was not bitter much, and only a bit in the aftertaste. It only went down smooth, and felt fruity and roasted nuts.It has a pleasant mouthfeel, did not turn to foamy with swishing, however the roasted flavor becomes more prominent.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2013 19:53:24 | More by c_bellingham
Photo of ISmith87


4.66/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 22 oz bomber to a clear plastic cup (unfortunately). I was excited to try it because I haven't had very many red IPAs. (From notes):

A - 4.50 - This beer has a beautiful deep red mahogany color that is crystal clear when you look at the edges. The off white tan head is two fingers at first and then dies down to one finger of thick frothy foam.

S - 4.50 - Caramel malt is most prevalent. Some spicy hops.

T - 4.75 - The hops are very forward and spicy/pine/grapefruit flavored. There's some caramel malt flavors prevalent and some brown sugar. Overall this is a great tasting beer set apart by the spiciness of the hops, on a level that I've only seen in Pliny the Elder.

M - 4.50 - Spicy, bitter, medium carbonation, aftertaste is bitter, alcohol well hidden, strong hop bite.

O - 4.75 - I think this is a great beer. The best red IPA that I've had. Compared to Green Flash Hop Head Red and Oskar Blues G'knight there's a spiciness that's just not there with the others. It's almost like if someone mixed one of these two beers and Pliny. I was very surprised at how good this was, especially at 4.50 a bomber.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2013 01:29:32 | More by ISmith87
Photo of CookstLiquor

British Columbia (Canada)

3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 650ml bottle. Pours a reddish chestnut colour. The nose is somewhat subdued for a Bear Republic brew which typically feature a lot of aromatic hops. There are aromas of caramel and a bit of bright pine/citrus. It's an easy-drinker for nearly 7% ABV and there are sweet notes of Fruit Loops and caramel with a very bitter finish. Medium bodied and nicely balanced.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2013 22:17:14 | More by CookstLiquor
Photo of T100Mark


3.76/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22 ounce Bomber poured into a cheap water glass.

Appearance - Reddish brown (or brownish red). Big, lumpy, tan head. Good stickage.

Smell - Hops. Herbal. Black liqourice.

Taste - Hoppy. Malty. Angostura Bitters. Molasses. There's a lot going on here!

Mouth - Tangy. Fizzy. There's a lot going on here!

Overall - Imagine a malty red ale and a California hop bomb stuffed into the same bottle. This beer is similar to Mendocino Brewing's Red Tale Ale (which also tries to pass itself off as just an Amber Ale). Not bad but, also, not was I was hoping for.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2013 04:37:53 | More by T100Mark
Photo of alaimoa


3.71/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured this from a 12oz bottle picked up in New York.
Nice amber color with a 1 inch head
Smells of caramel, brown sugar
Tastes similar to smell, hoppy with a malt backbone that lingers for a while. sticky
Overall good, Killians on steroids comes to mind

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2013 13:08:44 | More by alaimoa
Photo of falloutsnow


3.79/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From: Common Ground Co-op, Urbana, IL
Date: None, "017 A-1 0845" stamped on bottom of bottle
Glass: New Belgium globe glass

An aggressively hoppy US amber ale with a modest attempt to incorporate the sweet, caramel-like flavors from the malts used to color the beer. Complexity is enough to give this some interest to try again, though the beer is also something of a palate-destroyer with the hop intensity and style used, thus limiting its use during a multiple-beer evening. If you're looking for balance, this is not it: another US hop bomb that has some redeeming qualities.

Pours a 1cm tall head of beige-colored foam, made up of small bubbles, densely packed, creating a frothy-looking mass. Retention is about average at one to one-and-a-half minutes, fading to a thick ring around the perimeter of the glass and a small island resting atop the body of the beer. Lacing is good, not excellent, some fairly substantial foam clinging to the sides of the glass. Body is a dark amber-brown color, with light bringing out brighter reddish-brown highlights in the semi-transparent (40-50% opaque) beer. Carbonation is visible, moderate in number and intensity.

Aroma of rich caramel malt sweetness, heavy and thick, a bit toasty, tea-like, and slightly like potting soil, with medium-intensity woodsiness from the hops, along with grapefruit, tangerine, and pine-like scents arising later from the back. Complex and enjoyable.

Overall flavor is of piney, resinous, and grapefruit-like hops over a sweet and fairly heavy caramel malt body, some complexity adding to the enjoyment. Front palate picks up caramelized malt sugar sweetness, modest toasted bread, and a woodsy/soil/leaf matter character imparted by the hops. Mid-palate features strong bitterness with substantial, resinous and pine-like hops with grapefruit and soil characters, black tea, along with a slight base sweetness from caramelized malt sugars. Back of palate finds strong, assertive bitterness with notable pine resin characters, sharp grapefruit, and an occasional emergence of caramelized malt sugar sweetness. Aftertaste of strong, lingering bitterness with pine and grapefruit notes, the malt sweetness largely being obliterated, but becoming slightly perceptible from time to time.

Beer is medium-bodied, with carbonation of medium intensity, leading to a lightly foamy and smooth mouthfeel that fits the style and this beer well. Closes quite dry, with substantial lingering stickiness on the palate and lips.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2013 06:42:04 | More by falloutsnow
Photo of barczar


3.99/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber with a dense, frothy khaki head that slowly dissipates, leaving sheets of lacing.

Deeply toasted, caramel, bready malt, slightly fruity, and floral hops dominate the initial aroma. Citrusy notes of grapefruit and tangerine add complexity.

Slightly sweet, toasted caramel malt forms the backbone, becoming dry and a touch bitter at the finish. Malt character is rich. Grapefruit hits initially, with an almost chocolatey note surfacing as it warms, along with floral hops. Fairly balanced in extremes.

Body is fairly full, with moderate carbonation and slight alcohol warmth.

Very full flavored beer. Malt character is rich, but the hops balance it well. A little too bitter and earthy at the finish for my liking.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2013 15:07:55 | More by barczar
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Red Rocket Ale from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 2,109 ratings.