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Red Rocket Ale - Bear Republic Brewing Co.

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Red Rocket AleRed Rocket Ale

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2,456 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,456
Reviews: 1,152
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 10.86%
Wants: 126
Gots: 184 | 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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Ratings: 2,456 | Reviews: 1,152
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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of jhartley
3.97/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. No date on bottles

A-Dark brown/tobacco like color, hazy bottle conditioned look. 1/2 finger head.

S-Hops & malts.

T-malts up front with a nice hop after taste of citrus.

M-Malty. Nice hop bitterness, not over powering, easy drinking.

O-Good tasting beer. Good amber hoppy beer. Wouldn't mind having a few more of these.

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3/5  rDev -25.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -19.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of jmarklan
3.98/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass

A: Pours a glorious dark amber, dense head with decent retention and nice lacing.

S: Very hoppy with slight malt undertones.

T: Complex hops, pretty bitter. Herbal, earthy, and a bit minty. Caramel malt undertone adds some nice balance.

M: Medium body, smooth, a little too much carbonation in my opinion but no big deal.

Overall: A bit aggressive but great nonetheless.

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of jethrodium
3.18/5  rDev -21.5%
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.

Photo of righthereisay
2.65/5  rDev -34.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Purchased a single bottle at the 6 pack shop.

Interesting taste. Definitely bitter hops, pine. Too bitter for my taste. Definitely malty, some caramel, but to the bitterness takes over.

Not very pleased with this one. I can see why there are so many high and low reviews.

I would consider this an IPA.

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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of JuicesFlowing
2.93/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a balloon glass. The beer is a dark, deep mahogany color, ruby hue shows the the light, barely. An off-white head fades to a wisp of bubbles. Lacing sticks to the glass. The beer smells like burnt hops, as well as a strange malt presence. The beer tastes like it smells, unfortunately. I get a woody, burnt hop note that dominates. There are some malt sweetness notes that are hiding in here somewhere, but the bitterness kills it off. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a dry finish.

Overall, I just don't like this beer whatsoever because of the hops. If you prefer your ambers and reds to have a more toasted, bready sweet malt feeling, then you won't like this. Burnt hops ...

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4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Trying a Red Rocket in Michigan with my BRO....IN LAW. The beer poured a beautiful rich red. Thick head that left a nice lace. Rich caramel malt with a bit of a hop sent. Bubbles every where in this one giving it a great smoothness and opening up the caramel and chocolate flavors. A smooth finish and outstanding experience over all.

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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

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4.11/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of deepchills
4.4/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I bought a bomber of Red Rocket Ale at the Whip In in wonderful Austin Texas on a drunkin Saturday night.

Pours a lovely brown with a 1/2 inch of head.

Sweet malt, lite bitter hop and some grass or pine on the nose.

Massive, luscious, sweet malt flavor right up front. Plenty of bitter hops quickly follow to help balance out the sweetness. The malt produces a delicious caramel flavor in the middle of this tasty beer along with some red fruits. The slightest bitterness left on the palate in the finish.

This is a joy to drink. The flavor is huge and gratifying. Great mouth feel and perfectly carbonted. This will become your favorite red at the first sip, I bet you a beer on it!

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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

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Red Rocket Ale from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
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