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Red Rocket Ale - Bear Republic Brewing Co.

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Red Rocket AleRed Rocket Ale

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1,163 Reviews

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Reviews: 1,163
Hads: 2,540
Avg: 4.06
pDev: 16.01%
Wants: 148
Gots: 229 | 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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Reviews: 1,163 | Hads: 2,540
Photo of crookedhalo
4.42/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bomber. Pours a clear, reddish chestnut color with a nice light beige head leaving good lacing. Peaty, earthy, toasty and butterscotchy malt aromas and Cascade-like in its grassy hop profile. Very complex in its five types of malt, some hop bitterness does come through, but the malt is the meal ticket in this brew; nice and biscuity. Pass the gravy, please. A wonderfully drinkable and balanced red ale. Troegs Hopback doesn't even come close to its complexity.

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Photo of oggg
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber into a regular pint glass.

This beer has a big bubbled small white head. It pours very dark. dark red brown. Mostly brown.

The aroma is mainly sweet malt.

After the initial wave of carbonation, the first thing I note is a good amount of maltiness. Roasted almost coffee flavors. Hop flavor is mild, while bitterness is fairly high. Can't really tell much about the hops. I have to admit this may be because I've been drinking too many pale ale/IPA/dIPAs lately. Alcool blares. Quickly, all flavors fade. Not syrupy.

This is very full bodied. It isn't very smooth. Not sure if this is because the alcohol is noticeable or what not.

I think I may need to try this on tap, fresh, to see more of what this beer should be like. Based on style, this has a lot of malt, bold bitterness, which are good, but it didn't really come together for me, and was quite unimpressive.

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Photo of SixpointJMH
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours an awesome dark amber/ruby colour with a chunky but fluffy off white head that is nice and sticky. as for the smell, malt and hop are nicely balanced with some sweetness and licorice. the flavour also brings a nice hop/malt balance combined with some earth and a touch of spice moreso than the sweetness detected in the smell. this one actually starts nice and malty and gradually mixes in the hop flavouring which is at its peak at the finish, where it combines nicely with a moreso roasted malt/burnt wood flavouring. this is a big red/amber ale. it, along with troegs hopback, rogue american amber, and maybe mcneill's firehouse, (though i haven't had it in quite some time) stand out the most within the style for me, though i still prefer the hopback overall, even though this one is easily more complex and daring. definitely give it a try.

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Photo of PatandDavid
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Redbones, and liked this one. Irish Setter Red in color, I got a clean aroma off of this. I found the taste to be malty and sweet, the mouthefeel to be medium+. More Malty than I anticipated, but then I was impressed that the finish was a bit tannic, and made my mouthwater. Would get again, but then this is a brewery that you do get again, anytime you can.

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Photo of SheepNutz
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a murky reddish-brown color with one finger of head. There is some lacing left on the glass. The smell is sweet with caramel malt. Some hoppiness there as well. The taste is a great blend of caramel malt and hops. Very well balanced. A nice hoppy finish. The mouthfeel is nice and strong. The drinkability is good too, you'd never know it was 6.8%. Another nice one from Bear Republic!

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Photo of wyllder
3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sampled from a 22oz bomber.

RR pours a clear, deep ruby-amber with a small ivory head and leaves a good lacing as you go.

Nose is a mix of dark bread smells along with some hoppy character I'm not too sure of (centennial?). Rather pleasant smelling.

Intro to the palate is a nice balance of the malty-bread tastes from the nose along with the hop bitterness. Aftertaste is pleasantly bitter but not too aggressive.

Mouthfeel is somewhat off, being rather dry and astringent, reducing drinkability IMO.

Not bad overall, and I certainly wouldn't pass it up on tap. However, the 22oz bomber was a bit much with the drying effect it had on my palate.


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Photo of ngandhi
4.38/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Out of the fridge, there is a brightness of hop to Red Rocket Ale as fierce and fine as any of the world's best IPAs. But, instead of the hops, it is the malt that blooms as this beer warms. Red Rocket Ale evolves to a fudgy mocha backed by increasingly floral West Coast hops, and a piney-juniper-laden bitter finish.

This beer carries the heft of a British brown ale with the intensity of gorgeously fresh hops. The hop character is so intense, that it goes beyond overpowering the malt and comes full circle to balance it; it allows Red Rocket to push the limit with its malt -- this beer is _very_ dark -- and yet never come off as cloying. The depth of malt is certain in appearance and body (full, soft, liquid), yet the overall flavor leans decidely toward the hops.

On some level, this might be an "imperial" red ale, but it does not try to impress by being overwhelming. No, instead Red Rocket is a regal ale -- luxurious and always in control.

Relax, relax.

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Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the Innsbrook Ale House.

Clear copper in color with a hefty and long-lasting off-white head. Aromas a mix of caramel-toffee sweetness mixed with a leafy hop spicy zest, albeit a bit subdued. Flavor is up-front bitterness that is shortly overtaken by a caramel sweetness that is then trampled by an aftertaste of chewy pine cones. At 6.8%, you wouldn't know it, as the ABV is shrouded in flavor. Medium bodied and extremely drinkable. A top-notch beer that will find its way into my fridge.

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Photo of ZAP
4.38/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

English malt profile...some caramel breadiness....also a hint of nuts on the finsh...dark mahogony color with a nice bubbly creamy head..some piney notes in the aroma...nice maltiness and a sweet flavor...very nice job with the hopping on this...really complements it well...a piney, resiny hop flavor really adds to the overall package..

This is a really good red ale...I am starting to consider this one of my top 5 favorite breweries...I'd love to go out to eat...find this on tap and enjoy it with some wings or BBQ ribs....but I must settle for this bomber i can get about once a year....

One of the best red ale's I've tried...it has some hints of smoky scotch ale character but really it seems more of a true red ale to me than a combo IPA-Scotch ale as billed..

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Photo of Bruiser81
4.23/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This beer has an awesome appearance. At about a foot and a half away this beer looks like paint in the glass. Solid dark mohagany almost brown. A nice creamy thick two finger head and lacing all over the place.
THe smell is subtle but nice. A lightly fruity aroma along with a little carmel malt. Behind all that runs a mild hop aroma. Smells nice and fresh.
The taste is also a bit subdued. A slight amount of malt is detectable up front followed by a very clean hop character which really owns the brew. It's not an overly strong hop flavor, not hardly bitter at all, just very refreshing. Everything blends very well in this beer.
Light carbonation and a medium mouthfeel make for a smooth drink. The flavor is gentle but tasty making for an extremely drinkable brew. I like it alot.

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Photo of elmocoso
4.27/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful Amber Brown, with much sediment floating about. Big chunks. Unappealing, but probably my fault on pouring. Nice finger of head. Very tan and tight knit. Very candy-like nose. Northwestern hops with concentrated maltyness. Taste is similar to smell. rich caramel. dry in finish with a bitterness that begs for another sweet pull. Nice rich mouth-feel, full body and drinkability that is quite nice.

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Photo of bigbeerdrinka
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice 22oz Bomber of the Rocket

Appearance: Pour a nice white head which laces the glass for only a minute. The color of this beer is an intriguing dark copper/brown

Smell: I notice a medium malt presence, with some smokey hoppy aftertones. Also some sort of fruit aroma lingers in the background as well

Taste: Upon consuming, this beverage hits the pallate with a nice malt tone, followed by some smoke flavors. Very surprising indeed. Alcohol is only slightly present, with a nice sweetness to towards the end. This beer also has some bitter notes, but as I said before the malty smokiness controls the flavor.

Mouthfeel: This beer sits well on the pallate, and has a nice medium body. Easy to put back but not too easy

Drinkability: While the name may have you thinking red, this beer is aggressive scottish type style, which truly goes down quite nice. At first the flavors in my mouth were a bit much, but they definetly simmered down. Overall another solid beer by Bear Republic, but i'd try their other offerings first.

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Photo of marcobrau
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured in a straight-side pint glass. Dark ruby appearance with a thick white head of foam that falls leaving sticky white lacework. Leafy fresh, citrusy hops in the aroma. A thick and full-bodied beer with super smooth mouthfeel that drinks like an ESB on steroids. Lots of Juicy, fruity and sugary malt flavors meld with tons of hops. A sticky, sugary finish is laced with even more spicy hops. The characteristics of the malt character are diverse. Despite tons of hops, I can detect beefy malt flavors of caramel and roasted malts with hints of chocolate. Not a light beer by any strech of imagination and needs to be handled with some respect. My wife commented that it tasted almost like a light version of Three Floyds Dreadnaught. I thought it reminded me of Panama Red Ale from the Flossmoor Station brewpub south suburbs of Chicago. Either way, it's an excellent brew, at an excellent value of $3.99 for 22-ounce bottle at Binny's Beverage Depot in Glen Ellyn, Ill.

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Photo of merlin48
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy, brown body that looks like the awful, rusty liquid that you would drain out of an old car's rusty radiator. After several minutes, the body evolves into a mostly clear, red mahogany. Minimal beige head has garnet on the fringe, and patchy lace generously adorns the glass. A weird start here.

Aroma has a chocolate malt backbone with a nutty, walnut edge. Hop aromas are all across the board, but I'm getting a lot of apple, cherry, and grape aromas here. Things are getting really strange.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and coating, with a bitter and nutty hops sting on the tongue.

The taste is chocolate and walnut, like a good stout minus the coffee. This is really weird. Smoked almonds, grapes, and apples fill out the flavor profile, and a pleasant hops bitterness adds welcome relief. This is extremely likeable, but very puzzling. The label proclaims that this "breaks all style molds..", and I can certainly agree with that.

Very tasty and, in fact, I really like this. The stout like chocolate and nutty character has thrown me for a loop here. This is a very strange brew, but I wouldn't hesitate to pick up another bottle.

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Photo of vladtheimpaler
4.04/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber. Pours red and clear with a tan head. Piney hop aroma. Chinook? Flavor has a big carmel malt component and a big aggressive hop in the background that lingers. Now, this is not over hopped and the malt shines through, so I am suspecting Chinook again. Rather smooth palate and nicely drinkable, almost reminds me of Arrogant Bastard.

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Photo of CRJMellor
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with a thick off-white head and a slightly burnt red sienna color with lots of suspended yeasties in the glass.
Aroma is caramel with some citrus, bicuit and a hint fo roasted barley.
Flavor is a fruity deep malt hit and just a touch of peat. Hop oil jumps at you on the finish and actually packs a little of a punch.
Slightly roasted with a bit of nuttiness.
Mouthfeel is very smooth and creamy, carbonation is moderate but appropraite and beer feels "thick" on the palate. Long bitterness on the finish that stands up to the heavy malt.
Drinkability is very good. Kind of hybrid cross betwen styles always make for interesting beers in my opinion.

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Photo of maxpower
4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep reddish-brown in color with a nice, thick creamy beige head that leaves sticky sheets of lace in my glass. Strong hoppy aromas of grapefruit and pine, citrus, bready and fruity flavors kind of like pineapple cake. Full bodied with a thick and creamy mouthfeel, another good one from this brewery.

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Photo of MuddyFeet
3.68/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The bartended poured me the first pint of a fresh keg. It was a funndy muddy in color. A very deep red. The beer also had a weak head. The taste was bitter, almost sour. It was similar to unripe citrus fruits. The malt was pretty mild and the hops in this beer standout. I had a second pint thinking that my opinion may improve if it was not the first pour off the keg. It tasted the same.

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Photo of beergeek279
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in the 22 oz. bomber, into a pint glass. The color is a dark amber, with a foamy head with excellent retention, and some nice lacing in the glass. The smell is a decent hoppiness. The taste is a creamy maltiness that has quite a bit of a citrus/piney hop to it. Mouthfeel is average. As for drinkability, could definitely have quite a few of these.

My first beer from Bear Republic. A solid amber ale, with a strong hop backing and decent maltiness, and one I'd be glad to find again.

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Photo of Sammy
4.18/5  rDev +3%
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!

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Photo of joecast
3.78/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a thick creamy tan head and dark rich amber color. no, darker than that. the head is amazingly stable, one of the best i have seen for sure.
flavor leaning towards being malty sweet, with some bitter chocolate behind and some vanilla extract.
flavor and mouthfeel are exceptionally smooth, but this isnt your everyday amber ale. its got a kick that makes you take notice in both taste and aroma.
that kick, i am assuming, is the infulence from the scottish ale. deffinitely an interesting mix.

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Photo of Zorro
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear reddish brown brew.

Smell is fairly strong hop and a hint of smoky chocolate malt.

Taste is malty and smoky with a strong but not overwhelming dose of hops in the finish. A strong tasting brew that manages to find a balance.

Mouthfeel is good.

A drinkable brew despite its strong flavor tastes much like a Scottish ale.

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Photo of oberon
4.28/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

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Photo of WesWes
4.45/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a dark ruby red color with a thick off-white head that fades to lacing. The aroma is great! It has a solid pale and crystal malt scent with an intense citrous hop aroma. The taste is great as well. It has a malty core with a wonderful bitter hop flavor. It goes down easy and finishes bitter and dry. The mouthfeel is good. It is a full bodied beer with good carbonation. This is one of the best red ales I've ever had. It has great flavor and aroma; a real good drinker.

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.57/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer poured crystal clear deep amber. The head was tan, large, and everlasting to lace the glass.

The aroma was malty. I say it again...malty. I could smell it from across the room. Some caramel was present in the aroma.

The flavor was malty with a nice hop bitterness that balances the sweetness of the caramelization in the beer. The flavor is well done and leaves you wanting more. A slight chocolate flavor was present near the end of the flavor.

The finish was dry and slightly bitter with a chocolate impression into the finish. The body was medium to medium full.

Great beer!

22 ounce bottle. (I think I have had this one quite awhile and it has stood the test of time with flying colors.)

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Red Rocket Ale from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 1,163 ratings.