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Red Rocket Ale - Bear Republic Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

2,348 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 2,348
Reviews: 1,138
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 111
Gots: 140 | 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:
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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Ratings: 2,348 | Reviews: 1,138 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of Sammy
4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hoppy amber. Lots of hops, both bitter and aggressive and dry aftertaste and great with meat dinner. Full bodied. Reminds me of a Samuel Smith. Tan head, sprucy hops, toasted taste, some malt. Even a hint of smoke. Alcohol masked in above taste.
Unusual and required drinking!

Sammy, May 28, 2004
Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev -1.5%

t0rin0, Nov 08, 2012
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.58/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy amber with a 1 inch khaki head that settles to a film on the top of the beer. Random patches of lace form around the glass on the drink down. There is a good amount of sediment seen floating in the beer after the pour. Smell is of malt, caramel, and some herbal hop aromas. Taste is of caramel malt and herbal hops on the finish. There is a pretty assertive and almost medicinal bitterness that sticks around after each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but nothing special in my opinion.

UCLABrewN84, Feb 05, 2012
Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev -1.5%

djrn2, Jan 26, 2012
Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

zestar, Aug 01, 2014
Photo of spycow
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

spycow, Mar 08, 2013
Photo of Thorpe429
4.43/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice brown-red, bordering on mahogany. A nice white head and plenty of lacing. The nose has plenty of citrus and piney hops along with some nice dark amber malt and accompanying sweetness. The taste is similar, with a lovely bitterness as well as nice herbal, citrus, and caramel flavors. Moderate body with excellent drinkability.

Thorpe429, Feb 16, 2010
Photo of nmann08
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

nmann08, Dec 09, 2011
Photo of metter98
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is slightly hazy deep red in color and has a moderate amount of carbonation. It poured with a finger high beige head that has good retention properties and never completely faded away.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of citrus hops in the nose.
T: The taste has a good balance between flavors of citrus hops and caramel malts. It is accompanied by a light to moderate amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and somewhat smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is very easy to drink and goes down smoothly; I would consider it to be sessionable except that its alcohol content is a bit too high.

metter98, Aug 17, 2011
Photo of Texasfan549
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Texasfan549, Nov 17, 2013
Photo of brentk56
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours with a stout-like latte head on top of a dark amber colored liquid; great retention and lacing

Smell: Piney hops and caramel malt

Taste: Opens with a rich caramel malt backbone that is joined by bitter piney hops at mid-palate; after the swallow, the malt returns to more than balance out the hoppy flavors; nevertheless, there are plenty of hops in this beer

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied and creamy; moderate carbonation

Drinkability: I held off tasting this beer as I never get very excited by Ambers; in this case, I was mistaken

brentk56, Aug 24, 2008
Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Red Rocket is a truly gorgeous shade of crimson-bronze with shimmering orange highlights and is the gold standard by which all red ales should be judged. The beer is topped by a wheat toast brown head that is thick, rich and creamy with a deeply pitting surface and remarkable persistence. Thick sheets of lace are beginning to be laid down, broken only by miniscule BB-shot holes.

Now this is my kind of balanced. The nose is chock full of Cascade and Centennial hops that are intermixed with a toasted caramel maltiness that causes the whole to exceed the sum of its parts. How does Bear Republic nail style after style after style?

The flavor relies a bit too much on toasty malt for this hophead, but is still a delicious example of this best-of-both-worlds style. The malt backbone is as solid as a rock. Melted caramel candy fills the mouth and lingers on the finish.

Although there's a significant quantity of mega piney hops, their brilliance is buried to some extent in the profusion of brown sugary caramel malt. Bitterness is right up front however. All in all, Red Rocket achieves a grudging balance on the palate. The body/mouthfeel is a few notches more full than medium and oozes quality like most all Bear Republic beer does.

This excellent red ale lives in the upper reaches of the style with regard to flavor, bitterness and ABV. All good things for those of us who love hops and who love big beer. Once you pop the cap, Red Rocket is on its way to the stratosphere. See if you can hang on for one whiz-bang of a ride.

BuckeyeNation, Dec 26, 2004
Photo of BEERchitect
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

One of the few Amber Ales done right. The approach is that of a serious IPA, but with the malt profile found in Irish Reds. It turns out beautiful. A dark mohogany look with a shy, creamy, tan head formation, retention, and lacing. Aromas are a blend of sorgum / barley with a sharp blend of pine, citrus, and herbs. Very clean from the apprearance, through the flavors and aromas, and on into the textures. Bready as if done via decoction mash, but softly sweetened by barley, syrups, and candied fruits. Equally soft in the texture. Though not a Cask Ale, the beer exhibits the constant soft carbonation and creamy mouthfeel better than most from the bottle. A light mint joins the frey in the finish, along with a long, lingering pine / confectionate blend. Very nice Amber Pale, even if a little bite-ey in the end.

BEERchitect, May 21, 2008
Photo of kjkinsey
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

kjkinsey, Dec 02, 2011
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.53/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of Hogtownharry: Poured a dark brown color ale with a big dirty brown color head wit good retention. Aroma of big citrusy hops is quite powerful and dominant with some roasted sweet caramel malt also noticeable. Taste is almost entirely dominated by big citrus hops with a good caramel malt backbone. Body is about average and carbonation is slightly above average. If you like big citrus flavour beer from the west coast then this is probably going got be for you.

Phyl21ca, Nov 28, 2006
Photo of GRG1313
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

GRG1313, Jan 02, 2012
Photo of mikesgroove
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

So, it is kinda sad that I never got the chance to try this one before this weekend, but then again, I think it is a good thing as I got to try it for the first time on tap, which is what it is all about right. So I ordered this as my last of the evening down at Barleys as I was looking for something a little tame to seal off the night. This comes out to me as a deep dark red, lots of ruby tones mixed in with a thick brown base. Really nice color here. Great clarity that you could see right though to the carbonation that was rippling up toward the service. A very nice head of foam formed on the top of this one, maybe a height of two inches would be about right, and this kinda of sat there for a little while before dropping down to a nice thin pillow that covered the rest of the top of it. Great side glass presentation capped it off nicely and what you have here is a fine looking red ale.

The aroma was as malty as I was expecting. Deep tones of bready malts coming through almost immediately, with a deep underlying earthy and grainy taste to it, kind of musky and very nice and typical of the style. Lots of caramelized sugar here sweeten it up and I started to detect just the slightest bit of hoppiness in the finish. Everything pointing to a very nice experience here. The flavor was spot on for the style. Rich medium bodied ale that was more then well carbonated, and had a good bit of life in it as well. Great malt flavor coming though here, very bready with a good amount of a hop kick in the finish. Lots of sweet caramel and sugar flavors and a nice touch of fresh grass ringing through on the finish. Very nice example here. The finish was great, super smooth and a touch dry, just enough to make you come back and get a bit more from it. This was a classic for me and exactly what I was looking for at the time.

Overall, this was a great session ale. I was not looking for anything over the top, so I was glad it was the way it was. Nothing special, just an all around solid amber here. Could always be a good call and a great one to just kick back and watch the game with. Would definitely recommend this one.

mikesgroove, Mar 25, 2008
Photo of jaydoc
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

jaydoc, Aug 09, 2013
Photo of womencantsail
4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The pour is rather dark for an amber, approaching brown, with a couple of fingers of tan colored head.

S: Smells nice and hoppy with plenty of oily pine and grapefruit, particularly the rind. Quite a lot of caramel sweetness with a solid toffee and bread aroma. There's just a bit of a toasted character, too.

T: The flavor is also quite heavy on the pine. The beer is very bitter but it is also nicely well balanced with a big base of caramel and toffee. Just a bit of citrus to go with the toasted bread/maltiness of the beer.

M: This one is medium in body with a moderate level of carbonation and a bitter finish.

D: This was one of the first "craft beers" that I had back when I turned 21 and while I didn't love it back then, I think it's pretty solid now.

womencantsail, Feb 15, 2011
Photo of kylehay2004
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

kylehay2004, Sep 12, 2012
Photo of Knapp85
3.73/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This brew poured out as a nice looking clear red color with a white fizzy head on top. The lacing doesn't stick too much but it holds a decent retention. The smell of the beer is hoppy, there is a sweet malt backbone to the beer also. The taste of the beer is much like the nose, it's hoppy and sweet all at the same time. The mouthfeel gives off some bitterness and a dry feeling after the swallow. Overall this brew is pretty good, I would drink it again if I was in the mood.

Knapp85, Nov 03, 2011
Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

westcoastbeerlvr, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of oberon
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep deep ruby with a fantastic sticky slightly off white head,really pick up the zest hops there with an underlying caramel malt, very piney and cedary.A big tasting beer nicely balanced with a huge amount of hops for the style but a nice nutty biscuity malt backbone to hold up to the dry,zesty hop.A true west coast ale big and bold tasting and full of hops,a very very nice brew.

oberon, May 27, 2004
Photo of JAHMUR
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

JAHMUR, Jan 23, 2013
Photo of largadeer
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

True to its name, this beer has a dark red body and a pillowy white head. Crisp hoppy smell, slightly citric. Caramel malts followed by earthy/piney hops; nicely balanced, but with fuller hop flavors and a dry finish. Medium-bodied, crisp, and very drinkable. Another great beer from Bear Republic.

largadeer, Feb 02, 2007
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Red Rocket Ale from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 2,348 ratings.