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Red Rocket Ale - Bear Republic Brewing Co.

Red Rocket AleRed Rocket Ale

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2,120 Ratings

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Ratings: 2120
Reviews: 1120
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 BierJager89


4.04/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark purple with a tan head.

S; Orange, pineapple, and spicy notes, peat, grass and dark fruits in the nose.

T: Peat, grass, orange, dark fruit notes and a touch of alcohol. Very interesting.

M: Medium bodied and smoothish.

O: I'd recommend giving this a try, though I wouldn't say it's one of their better beers. It's not super interesting.

Serving type: on-tap

02-06-2014 08:01:06 | More by BierJager89
Photo of Flounder57


4.21/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Served in a pint glass at Estelle's in the South End.

Appearance: This beer poured a one finger head that reduced yo a thin layer. It is an amber brown color with little clarity, but bubbles can be seen coming up through the glass. Super awesome lacing all the way down the glass.

Smell: Tangerine, grapefruit, citrus, caramel, biscuit, and floral.

Taste: Tangerine, grapefruit, orange perl, caramel, toffee, biscuit, fruity, and a little creamy.

Mouthfeel: Creamy smooth, mild hop bitterness, low to medium carbonation, medium to full bodied, and drinkable.

Overall: Pretty solid amber/red ale. Hoppy, drinkable, and balanced. Thought I had this one before, but it just got lost with all the other awesome stiff they do. Add this one to the list folks.

Serving type: on-tap

12-05-2013 04:50:09 | More by Flounder57
Photo of Mantooth

North Carolina

3.91/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into an American pint glass @ Duckworth's in Huntersville.

Deep amber caramel colered brew with a milkshake thick head and crazy-glue sticky lacing. Great looking brew.

Malty caramel piney nose that comes alive as the beer warms, it was served a bit too cold, which Duckworth's typically doesn't do... so, hall pass.

The taste follows the nose... lots of pine-bitter from the hops, caramel too.

Lightly carbonated and dry mouthfeel.

I've heard good things about this beer, can't believe I haven't tried it before now. Very solid brew that I'd recommend to anyone.

Serving type: on-tap

10-15-2013 22:02:45 | More by Mantooth
Photo of 57md


4.23/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance is a reddish-brown (more brown than red) with a finger of beige head that left thick lace rings in its wake. Malt notes are present in the nose, but the hoppiness is the standout feature here. A spicy malt note that is almost rye-like takes center stage in the flavor profile. The hops, especially on the finish are quite pronounced for a basic red. This is an impressive offering from a really solid brewery.

Serving type: on-tap

08-17-2013 05:13:19 | More by 57md
Photo of delta490


4.7/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A- a deep red with a thick lighter tan head that lasts a while a leaves nice lacing.

S- Deep and robust malt aroma with a nice hoppy aroma in the background.

T- A vibrant malt backbone balances the strong, but well-balanced hops. There is also a subtle pepper-y flavor that is imparted by the rye. Certainly not overwhelming but noticeable and enjoyable.

M- Smooth. No carbonation noted. Not too heavy or thin but just right.

O- An excellent ale. I've had it bottled, as well, and while that is very good, this beer shines on tap.

Serving type: on-tap

08-09-2013 13:06:42 | More by delta490
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North Carolina

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

Served on-tap at JP Looney's Sports Bar & Grill in Kernersville, NC

A: Pours a very slightly hazy deep reddish amber in color with moderate to significant amounts of visible carbonation and some garnet red highlights. The beer has a finger tall foamy beige head that slowly reduces to a thin film covering the majority of the surface of the beer with a couple of small slightly thicker patches and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of citrus/grapefruit pith hops over the top of toasted malts.

T: Upfront there are moderate flavors of toasted malts with some caramel sweetness. That is followed by light to moderate flavors of citrus/grapefruit pith hops. Light to moderate amounts of lingering bitterness.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Relatively smooth.

O: Smooth and enjoyable while being easy to drink because of the well hidden alcohol.

Serving type: on-tap

08-02-2013 23:02:42 | More by dbrauneis
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New York

3.73/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The beer comes in a darker amber brown color.

The aroma has lots of caramel malt, with some tea notes. Then there's tons of grapefruit, pine, tangerine.

The flavor follows with a bit of grapefruit, but mostly tons of pine and resin. There's some caramel malt body to it, but it's mostly taken over by soil, black tea, woodiness, resin. It's a strong lingering bitterness.

The beer reminds me a bit of Hop Red from Green Flash.

In the end, it's a good pine bomb, but the bitterness is a bit overpowering.

Serving type: on-tap

07-23-2013 02:51:26 | More by dar482
Photo of TheRealBigC


3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Red Rocket is a robust red ale. It is very hoppy, with the malt playing a minor role in comparison. Still goes down smooth. Fans of red ales will thoroughly enjoy this one, with its deep red body and sheets of lace. Nothing too fancy about it, just a really solid brew.

Serving type: on-tap

01-22-2013 15:09:02 | More by TheRealBigC
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3.99/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap

This beer is a clear deep dark orange color with little head. The nose is subtle but matches the taste. This is more IPA then red ale. It is very hoppy and very west coast. The hops are sharp and quite piney. There is a bit of citrus in there as well but its very piney and has a nice dry finish. There is little malt flavor that sneaks past the hops but a subtle toffee and caramel flavor if you look for it. This beer has a pretty light feel and is easy drinking. A solid hopped up red.

Serving type: on-tap

01-22-2013 00:06:32 | More by TwelveOunces
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4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Half finger head on a clear amber body with some lacing. Aroma is very hoppy with grapefruit and orange peel. The flavor has a great caramel malt backbone with citrus light pine and earthy hops. Medium body and moderate carbonation. This one is very flavorful and even more drinkable. Excited to see these beers in Florida.

Serving type: on-tap

09-12-2012 00:00:54 | More by kylehay2004
Photo of Con-a-sewer

3.93/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: deep mahogany red with creamy head strong foamy lacing

S: floral pine with some citrus notes

T:crisp hop Carmel malty dry finish good burn and booze presence

M: thicker then I thought and pretty heavy burn on the back of my throat not sure if it's from the carbonation or the alcohol

O: I like this really opens up the floral notes as it warms up

"I'll have another!"

Serving type: on-tap

06-30-2012 22:26:06 | More by Con-a-sewer
Photo of jethrodium


3.15/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap. Pours a brownish amber with a small off-white head that has decent retention and leaves a good amount of lacing on the glass. The aroma is caramel with a light hop presence, and a slight nuttiness. The initial taste is sweet with some caramel, a light nuttiness, and some mild floral hops. The finish has a light bitterness and some lingering caramel and nuttiness. Medium body. Medium carbonation.

Serving type: on-tap

06-23-2012 02:18:06 | More by jethrodium
Photo of mactrail


2.98/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Hoppy stew of a beer. Sharp, earthy, and dry. Malt tastes dark and moldy. Decent scent of hops. Flavor, on the whole, is bitter and dank. Harsh and hoppy. Dirty and borders on medicinal.

Quite acidic with a rubbery hint. Unpleasant aftertaste of mold and damp cardboard. I didn't taste any spoiled notes, it just is a weird murk of muddy malt mixed with an overdose of earthy and, to my taste, unpleasant hops.

On tap at Sea Rocket in San Diego.

Serving type: on-tap

03-26-2012 04:00:07 | More by mactrail
Photo of GarthDanielson

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured on-tap and served in a tumbler pint, the beer is a dark, muddled, rich, ruby-copper coloring with a dense, off-white, frothy head that remains low profile and retains well. Aromas of wet, fresh hops and a rich, roasted caramel backbone. Flavors are rich and tangy, with a slightly sour caramel backbone supporting a spiced and bitter hops presence. Hops are resiny, with a rich and floral blending to it. Very smooth progression of flavors. Great lacing left along the glass as you drink, and this is a very easy drinker. The aftertaste is hoppy and slightly bitter, with a caramel linger left behind for a smooth, clingy finish that is enjoyable. Good beer.

Serving type: on-tap

03-15-2012 18:10:15 | More by GarthDanielson
Photo of Labeerfinder

4.28/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured with a very thick light beige head that lingered a while. Deep reddish brown color that was dark, but translucent. Roasted, caramel malt flavor offset by a restrained hoppiness. Pleasant aftertase was a good blend of the flavor characteristics. Fairly rich, well-carbonated mouthfeel bordering on creamy.

Serving type: on-tap

03-13-2012 15:19:31 | More by Labeerfinder
Photo of RobertColianni


4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

16oz draft pour into a Pint Glass @ The Ram's Head in West Chester, Penna.

A: Burnt amber with a laced tan head.

S: Sweet. Marachino cherry from probable amber malts.

T: Sweet, but mellow. Slight dryness, perfect maltiness. A little alcoholic "perfume" scent coming off when sipping. Awesome.

M: Bubbly and grainy from the sugar when detailed, but goes down nice.

OVERALL: Very good. Reminds me of my great grandmother's house. A very musky, sweet, but to the point scent. Love it.

NOTE: Live review @ The Ram's Head in West Chester, Penna.

Serving type: on-tap

02-20-2012 06:55:22 | More by RobertColianni
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4.28/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: copper/orange body, nice white 2 finger head,
great lacing

S: grapefruit, mild lemon, caramel malt

T: solid malt, hint of grapefruit/lemon,
big pine, oily/mild sticky bitter finish

M - Med. body, mild oily mouth

O: Good stud, would get again and recommend
to others.


Serving type: on-tap

02-19-2012 19:47:31 | More by BeerLover99
Photo of williamjbauer

West Virginia

4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap served in a sampler glass

A - Clear bronze beauty with a one finger wheat head with moderate lacing and moderate head retention.

S - Excellent balance between the hop bouquet and the sweet malt.

T - Toasted malts, caramel, and a nice hop balance.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation.

O - Great Amber/Red. Really enjoyed it.

Serving type: on-tap

02-07-2012 17:03:46 | More by williamjbauer
Photo of BucannonXC5


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

Poured from a draft into a pint glass. Color was dark red, kind of brownish. About a finger and a half of head. Light tan lacing on the top. Circular gray film on the sides.

Immediately smelled citrus hops with lemon notes leading the way. Also a bit of aftershave in there.

Kind of a liquor whiskey taste up front. Dark bitter malts. Also dark fruits, maybe plum of dark cherry?

Full body. Watery texture. Average carbonation. Smooth finish.

Not a bad beer overall. It was actually a bit better than I thought it would be. And to think I ordered something different and picked this as a second option…

Serving type: on-tap

01-29-2012 05:53:36 | More by BucannonXC5
Photo of dgilks


3.85/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear copper colour with a creamy, off-white head. Good head retention and great lacing.

Mild nutty caramel aroma with a touch of earthy, fruity hops.

Malty caramel with some nice nutty notes. Quite bitter with a touch of fruity hops.

Medium body with moderately-high carbonation. Fine.

A well hopped, bitter amber ale. American to the core.

Serving type: on-tap

08-07-2011 03:30:19 | More by dgilks
Photo of BlackWednesday

New York

3.88/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This one really kind of messed with my mind at first. When I took my first whiff all I got was bacon grease. I thought csbosox may have not washed my glass very well. Then I read the lable and picked up Scottish red ale and things started to make more sence. The beer was poured into a New Belguim Worthy glass. Dark red with some firey hues near the bottom. Carbonation rose from the bottom to ample beige head that lasted most of the experience. The nose was smokey with a touch of roast. The hops didn’t really come out to play until the beer had warmed quite a bit. The flavor was very rich with chocolate and roast along with some peaty smokey flavor. A touch of toffee. Quite full bodied, and silky over smooth over the tongue. No unpleasant sensatiolns at all. Overall, this isn’t a beer I’d drink very often, but interesting nonetheless.

Serving type: on-tap

07-16-2011 07:12:59 | More by BlackWednesday
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2.78/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Served on tap into a mason jar.
Looks nice and foamy. A deep mahogany brown with ruby tinged edges. 1 finger creamy-bubbled head, leaves behind some interesting lacing patterns. Tons of citric hop flavor and smell ambushes me repeatedly. Sadly, I find that the malt is simply too weak to hold up to the aggressive hopping. Everything seems out of balance to me, both in the nose and in the taste. I've had imperial IPAs that had much better balance between malts and hops than this thing. I can't even smell or taste the malt, this comes across to me as a poorly done IPA, not as a red ale. I can't find any yeasty bready presence at all. I can't find any malt at all. I'm left alone with one trick pony citric hops. Thankfully, there is an excellent and light refreshing mouthfeel, crisply carbonated. The texture is easily the strongest suit of this brew. I'm not impressed.

Serving type: on-tap

06-24-2011 02:48:43 | More by WastingFreetime
Photo of Rayek


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

On-tap at the Yard House in Denver, CO. Served in a shaker pint glass.

A: Deep red leaning copper with a robust cream cap. Head retention is excellent and a fair amount of lace is left behind.

S: Heavy on the citrus out front with lemon and grapefruit. Some toffee is in the background along with bits of toasted grain.

T: Starts out with bittersweet toffee flavors. Bitterness is strong, but not too crazy. It has a heavy citrus bent to it. Finishes with lingering citrus flavors and a bit of extra toffee.

M: The medium body is slightly dry and has the right level fizz.

D: This is a nice beer overall. I'm glad I grabbed it.

Serving type: on-tap

02-04-2011 04:07:44 | More by Rayek
Photo of thekoz


4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this beer on tap at the Brick and Bottle in Corte Madre.

It was deep mahogany-red color and was fairly opaque. Had a quarter inch sandy tan colored head which dissipated fairly quickly.

It had a strong floral, fruity hoppy aroma.

The mouthfeel was good. Light dusty carbonation. Not too harsh for the hoopy level of the beer.

Taste was big. Definitely a lot of hoppy bitterness and hop flavor (mostly fruity). Some malt character, but mainly hops. Finish fairly dry and drinkable, could have had a few of these.

Certainly a big, hoppy west coast style amber.

Serving type: on-tap

11-27-2010 05:44:22 | More by thekoz
Photo of DNICE555


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

On tap at The Dirty Truth

Amber brown color with a nice head. I love me a good red/amber ale. Looks downright erotic. Can't wait to take a sip. Smells of fresh hops and a pleasant fruit aroma. Tastes of that good citrus hoppiness that I have grown to love. Bitterness isn't overwhelming. Carbonation is pretty much right where it should be. No nuggest nectar but a sild red ale from BR. I could have a couple of these.

Serving type: on-tap

11-17-2010 20:48:08 | More by DNICE555
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Red Rocket Ale from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 2,120 ratings.