Red Rocket Ale - Bear Republic Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 1,153
Hads: 2,512
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 9.34%
Wants: 139
Gots: 203 | 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 Phillip13
4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A very good red ale from Bear Republic. Has a rich and smooth carmel flavor almost coffee like with a wonderful hoppy and slightly bitter aftertaste. As good as any Scottish style beer on the market right now. (209 characters)

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

12oz bottle into a mason jar-style glass,

A: pours a clear deep amber with 2/3" tan head that sits down immediately. Retention & lacing are both stellar.

S: Sweetish crackery malt tones dominate the nose. Hints of pitted fruit. Slightly roasty.

T: Subtle but enjoyable off-sweet malt character leads in. Mid palate is pleasantly bitter with undertones of candied fruit & brown sugar. Finish is more purely bitter with almost a clove note. Quite nice.

M: Moderate carb, slightly creamy & surprisingly dry & crisp.

O: Impressive hoppy red. (553 characters)

Photo of zac16125
3.85/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into a mug
no bottling dates


A: Pours a very hazy, essentially opaque, dark brownish amber with just under 2 fingers width of tan colored head. Head has very good retention and leaves lots of lacing. 4.25

S: Very malty, lots of sweetness, caramel, some herbaceous notes. Hops are very subtle with only faint floral and pine notes. 3.5

T: Hop characters are strongly in the taste than on the aroma, which gives it more balance, and consists mostly of piney bitterness and some floral notes. Lots of malt to balance, but not as sweet as the aroma implied. Some boozy notes as well which are surprising given the relatively low ABV, but I think add to the overall palate profile nicely. 4

M/D: Medium body, carbonation on the lower end a bit undercharged IMO but acceptable, as I said above a bit boozy for the ABV, but drinkability is good. 3.5

O: Nothing spectacular but a well above average beer. Worth checking out for sure, but likely not something I would do to frequently. 4 (1,006 characters)

Photo of JOldewurtel
4.54/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Another great offering from Bear Republic. Living in MD, I don't have the opportunity to have Bear Republic on a regular basis. Nugget Nectar is probably the only Amber/Red I've had that is better than this. (207 characters)

Photo of Sludgeman
3.87/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a shaker pint at the La Guardia Biergarten

A – Dark Amber reddish brown, nice off white head, average lacing
S -
T – Malty, caramel, slightly sweet
MF – Med body, medium dry but a little residual sweetness
O – A very nice beer (248 characters)

Photo of Gajo74
4.17/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a red brown color. Toasted malts in the aroma and taste. A bold hops taste and finish balances it out and gives it more of a punch as compared to other Amber ales. A bitter hops finish leaves an aftertaste. A solid brew overall that I enjoyed. (249 characters)

Photo of SFNC
4.34/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a nice, deep amber with a 1/2 inch butter cream head. Nice lacing throughout.

Smells of both caramel and spicy hops. Sweet, but not cloying.

The taste is rich malt, sweet caramel, then a jolt of piney hops, A lingering fruity, but not citrusy/caramel taste on the back end.

Thick and chewy with a minimal sense of carbonation.

A winner, this brings forth the good charecteristics of both an IPA and a Scotch Ale. A pleasant drink on a rainy Spring evening. Yet another strong ale from the Bear Republic folks. (525 characters)

Photo of leaddog
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - Pours a garnet red with three fingers of foamy beige head.

Smell - citrus and leafy hops, bready caramalts, orange, hint of tropical fruits.

Taste - Starts off with a nice punch from the hops and malts followed by the orange and tropical fruits. The flavours are nicely balanced.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Finishes with a pleasant lingering bitterness from the hops.

Overall - A spot on red. Nice balance from the hops and malts. Worth a go if you stumble across this one. (516 characters)

Photo of drdiesel9483
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look - cloudy auburn color with a good head and lacing
Smell - sweet malty smell with some piney hops.
Taste - very similar to the smell with a toasted biscuit taste. Good amount of bitterness with slight sweetness.
Feel - sharp smooth with medium light carb
Overall - fantastic mix between a Scotch and a red (310 characters)

Photo of Lemke10
3.69/5  rDev -9.3%
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. (195 characters)

Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.74/5  rDev -8.1%
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 (1,753 characters)

Photo of cjgiant
3.97/5  rDev -2.5%
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. (1,497 characters)

Photo of mtvolkens
4.15/5  rDev +2%
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. (368 characters)

Photo of bassboneman
3.97/5  rDev -2.5%
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 (691 characters)

Photo of dcmchew
4.29/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A misty dark amber pour with a small messy frothy off-white head.
Smells divine, tons of sweet orange and nectarine, juicy peach, raisin, with lots of caramel sticking on the nose. Sweet, hoppy, gluey, should be interesting.
The sip is so slow and sticky, feels like a junior barleywine. Caramel drenched raisin, juicy peach, overripe blood orange, some mango, persimmon, dried cranberry, sweet apple jam. Rich sweet malts get a spice treatment, faint licorice and some anise, plus a herbal zing, hard to define it. They also get a bit toastier towards the finish, with some nice dark bread and chocolate hints, tho pretty vague. Hops are really bitter, but just that.
Still, nice fruitiness in the aftertaste, some stone fruit and sweet citrus, a fresh hoppy flavor lingering with the bitterness (would've liked it just a tiny bit lower) and some malt sweetness. Faint cocoa, even some walnut peel? Medium body, smooth, a bit sticky, trying to push some alcohol down your gullet, but fortunately not disturbingly.
A really great heavily hopped beer that manages to borrow some great stuff from a few different styles. Pretty sure this should be considered a classic. (1,167 characters)

Photo of JamieDuncan
4.37/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

The malt flavor of this beer is awesome, lip smacking good and tasty. But it gets overwhelmed by the bitter. What would have been an extremely high beer fell down under 4 because the bitter was to much, took away from the tasty. If you are a hop head, this one should be right in your wheel house. (300 characters)

Photo of buzzarooski
4.23/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

LOOK: Dark Amber to Reddish Brown in Color, Thick Beige Head that Maintains and Leaves Abundant Lacing.

SMELL: Plentiful Sweet Carmel and Malty Aromas. Pine and Hoppy Scents are Plentiful

TASTE: Crisp and Full Bodied Red Ale with Mild Bitterness on the Sip which gradually Increases and then Finally Peaks Seconds After the Swallow. The Above Average Alcohol Content (6.8% ABV) is Evident in the Taste but NEVER Overwhelming.

FEEL: Perfect Carbonation Balance, Leaves the Pallet Dry for Several Moments After the Swallow.

OVERALL: What's NOT to LOVE? Great Look, Great Taste...I would HIGHLY Recommend this Delicious and Full-bodied Red Ale! (646 characters)

Photo of WortHound
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Deep copper
Light sweet malt nose
Medium bodied, soft mouth feel. Well balanced with hops and sweet caramel.
Finishes evenly with slight lingering bitterness. (159 characters)

Photo of pat61
4.75/5  rDev +16.7%

Citrusy, grassy, piney, resiny nose over malt notes
Pours brilliant deep amber brown under a lightly tan tinted 1/2" white foam cap.
The palate reveals an excellent balance between the malt and the hops , starting with a burst of malt stirring up fruit, citrus and a hint of anise, suggestions of chocolate and a little alcohol. Inspired by Scotch ales the brewer gives it an American twist with a bigger hop presence.
A big chewy beer supported by medium low carbonation. (472 characters)

Photo of SensorySupernova
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Appearance: Dark, cloudy amber with plenty of off-white lacing.

Smell: Clear hoppy aroma - piney and floral.

Taste: Strong hop bitterness up front, then slightly sweet malt, finally a more ashen bitterness that lingers for a few moments after finishing.

Mouthfeel: Moderate carbonation and body.

Overall: Good. Like a strong IPA but a bit sweeter. I prefer more malt backbone. (380 characters)

Photo of lwillitz
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12-oz bottle into New Belgium globe

A - deep ruby/brown body under a finger of khaki head, moderate visible carbonation

S - pleasant bouquet of herbal, pine, and citrus hops, bready malt, hint of alcohol

T - herbs, citrus, pine, and a touch of spice from the hops; caramel sweetness and bready malt put up a fight, but the hops dominate

M - chewy full body, smooth and creamy, moderate carbonation

O - Excellent! Smooth, thick body. Big flavor. (449 characters)

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

This is a great, and slightly-Americanised, red ale. Bear Republic claims it is "a bastardized Scottish red." It's a bit hoppier than what I think of in a red ale, but not disturbingly so - I find the balance to be pretty spot-on, myself.

This unfiltered red pours nicely, leaving a mountain of creamy head that slowly dissipated and left great lacing. Nose was of malty biscuit, bread-yeast, and some spicy hops. The taste was the "punch in the mouth" I expect from a good red ale, fiery and spicy. The mouthfeel is great, as the unfiltered ale makes for a nice thick texture and nicely carbonated.

I really like this and would have no probelm recommending it! 4's across the board! (685 characters)

Photo of slusk
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a deep red with a prodigious light tan head. Great retention and lacing.

S: Floral, piney and mild spicy hop aroma with a sweet malt backbone. Abundant raisin and caramel come through nicely with a slight peppery note. Nice breadiness.

T: The first taste is sweet caramel with a slight orange citrus background. The hops quickly come into play with a floral and pine flavor but not overwhelming. Ever-so-slight acidic bite with a nice lingering mild bitterness and bread crust flavor. Caramel and pine linger on the palate in a semi dry finish.

M: Medium body brew with a slight velvety texture. Almost no tannins. Good medium carbonation.

O: Very nice beer. Very complex and very well balanced. Leans a slight bit to the bitter side but barely. Multiple layers of flavor play across the palate as you drink this beer. I like the subtle drying finish. This is a beer I would recommend to someone who likes hop flavor but not the bitter bite of an IPA. It is one of the best examples of the style I've had, without a doubt. (1,035 characters)

Photo of RyanK252
4.48/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into BarrelHouse Brewing pint glass

A: Pours a gorgeous deep ruby red, slightly hazy, with a moderate amount of fluffy tan head that laces very nicely.

S: Sweet malt mixed with citrus and floral hop notes, and a little spice note of some kind that reminds me of some Scottish ales I've tried before.

T: Wonderful big citrus and floral hop punch off the bat, a nice toasted malt sweetness behind it, and a little bit of a grapefruit and pine bitterness on the finish.

M: Medium body, moderate carbonation

O: Given the bottle description and name I was expecting a little milder maltier brew. That being said, I'm not a bit disappointed. This is right in my wheelhouse. Love it! (690 characters)

Photo of Dsimenson
4.4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Tizley's in Poulsbo, WA. Poured into a pint pilsner. Clear deep red-brown color, nice one-finger head, then moderate lacing. Aroma is deep and inviting--malt, caramel, fruity, with mild floral hops. Flavor starts with malt and caramel, some toffee, nicely balanced, with moderate citrus hops finish. Mouthfeel is medium thin. Overall this is a really outstanding red ale, I really like it! (399 characters)

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