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Red Rocket Ale - Bear Republic Brewing Co.

Red Rocket AleRed Rocket Ale

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

2,116 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 2116
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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Brianjames16

New York

2.73/5  rDev -32.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - Pours a slightly transparent deep mahogany red with little to no head. This may just be the growler I had it from. I have a feeling this should have a huge head.

S- Very malty presence up front. I get a good amount of piny aromas from the hop character in this one. Nice earthy tones come through.

T - Good amount of malty flavors with a decent bitter hop finish. Mostly malt flavors in this one stick out. I'm also getting a hint of citrus fruits somewhere in there. Not crazy about this growler to be perfectly honest.

M- Easy drinker with a light/medium body. Not overbearing at all but lacking and substance.

O- I have to try this out of a bottle or maybe a different keg because this didn't impress me much.

Serving type: growler

04-04-2011 22:01:03 | More by Brianjames16
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jpro

South Carolina

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

Picked up a growler this afternoon en route to a cookout with some friends...

A: Poured into a shaker pint... deep ruby red with some haze; chestnut head is huge and frothy, leaving a few globs of lace here and there.

S: Caramel malts and some light sweetness; piney hops, with some light floral and citrus notes; alcohol peeks through as it warms.

T: Big time caramel malts up front with some touches of brown sugar... maybe some molasses; herby hops that lead to a dry finish.

M: Crisp, medium-bodied and smooth; finishes a touch dry.

D: Another impressive brew from Bear Republic; we finished the growler with ease! Good stuff.

Serving type: growler

08-23-2010 01:51:07 | More by jpro
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drugsbunny

California

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

A very dark red ale, borderline brown. Smell had a stronger malt aspect that hid a potent hop flavor that this red ale is full of. A definitive Pacific Northwest taste. A very tasty ale with a citrus hop emphasis but it hits hard with 6.8% ABV. A great beer, even better fresh out of a keg.

Serving type: growler

05-13-2005 17:46:05 | More by drugsbunny
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ssteakley

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

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

Virginia

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
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ZoomanCru

Colorado

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
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FLima

Brazil

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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BierJager89

California

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
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lochef81

Michigan

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
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Damian

Massachusetts

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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Captain_Komamura

Illinois

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
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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
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Mike_Moe

Illinois

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
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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
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Franziskaner

Missouri

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
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mfnmbvp

Illinois

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
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soju6

Missouri

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
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Flounder57

Massachusetts

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
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SteadySippin

Arizona

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
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macrosmatic

Florida

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
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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
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BeerImmediately

Pennsylvania

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
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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
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scotorum

Massachusetts

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
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c_bellingham

California

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
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Red Rocket Ale from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 2,116 ratings.