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Red Rocket Ale - Bear Republic Brewing Co.

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Red Rocket AleRed Rocket Ale

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2,354 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,354
Reviews: 1,138
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 11.11%
Wants: 111
Gots: 142 | 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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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

elevatedgreens, Mar 03, 2012
Photo of chinchill
3.91/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

22 oz bottle served in a large Austrian (Ottakringer) stein.

Pours a dark, hazy, reddish-mahogany with a towering and frothy tan head. The head has great retention and leaves gobs of sticky lacing on the glass.

The aroma is quite earthy and spicy, reflecting hops more than the faint malt. The taste is similar although it starts off with a very sweet, malty tone. The rich medium-roast malt flavor is soon balanced by the bitter hop load. Higher ABV evident in aroma after warming but well hidden in taste.

M: Medium body with medium carbonation. Nicely smooth; more like an aged beer in this respect.

O: Gotta say, even though this is a very good beer, I was a bit disappointed with it. But my expectations were high: it looks great and all 3 other beers from this brewer that I am familiar with are really exceptional. Reminiscent of, but not quite up to par with, Rogue Mogul Madness. Still, reasonably priced, flavorful and easy to recommend.

chinchill, Mar 03, 2012
Photo of Edgewater
5/5  rDev +23.5%

Edgewater, Mar 02, 2012
Photo of doho95fu
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

doho95fu, Mar 01, 2012
Photo of NoLeafClover44
4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle poured into pint glass.

A - Very dark red, almost brown with good clarity. A few finger off-white head composed of rather large bubbles retains nicely and a great lacing is left behind as I drink. On the second pour I notice some of the floaters others experienced. I am not put off by them, but leave an ounce in the bottom of the bomber, just the same.

S - Smells wonderfully of caramel malt and pine. Some hops and nuttiness as well. Powerful aroma and I really dig it.

T - The hops really take over the sweetness, which is ok with me. Some pine, rye, and wood as well giving this a very bitter flavor I wasn't expecting from an amber ale. The sweet malts are an afterthought here, although they come out more as it warms.

M - The carbonation is of the tiny bubble variety. This beer is medium-heavy bodied, maybe slightly heavier than I would like. Dry on the finish and a bitter taste lingers.

O - I was surprised at the bitterness and I think this one shares a lot of flavor characteristics of a rye beer. The flavors improve and balance as it warms and the sweetness begins to show. By the end of the bomber, I really enjoyed it. Very good, especially for under $5/bomber.

NoLeafClover44, Feb 29, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

jscottku21, Feb 28, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

KingRascal, Feb 27, 2012
Photo of SpotOn1
4/5  rDev -1.2%

SpotOn1, Feb 27, 2012
Photo of hpthebull
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

hpthebull, Feb 27, 2012
Photo of tdm168
4.4/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark amber color with a thick mountain of brownish head that has great retention. The nose is big, robust, bready, biscuity barley malt. The taste is also big and malty up front with bready, barley malt taking the forefront. There is also a sweetness to the malt that offers a birthday cake-like taste. The hop character is present and noticeable. The hops add balance and offer a faint, citrusy, pineappley, bitter finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, smooth, and perfectly carbonated.

This is a very drinkable, balanced, smooth beer. It's a great representation of the style. I will definitely have this one again.

tdm168, Feb 26, 2012
Photo of oldvines
4/5  rDev -1.2%

oldvines, Feb 26, 2012
Photo of StoicBeast
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

StoicBeast, Feb 25, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

beerjeep, Feb 25, 2012
Photo of PorterBoy14
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

PorterBoy14, Feb 24, 2012
Photo of Goldfishman
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Goldfishman, Feb 24, 2012
Photo of verdict603
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

verdict603, Feb 22, 2012
Photo of bubseymour
3.9/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Dark red/brown hue. Lots and lots of yeast floaties in there. Minimal to no head present. Kinda looks dark and murky and dangerous. Not very inviting.

Smell - Nice smell of malts and cherries.

Taste - Some powerful and bold floral and sweet flavors followed with a crisp and sharp hop bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel - moderately bodied

Overall - Pretty well crafted beer, with a tad too hop bitter presence in finish though that throws this beer off balanced somewhat IMO. Its good, its flavorful, just requires a little force to get through 12+ozs.

bubseymour, Feb 22, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

joex444, Feb 21, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

bullywee, Feb 21, 2012
Photo of DaveONan
4/5  rDev -1.2%

DaveONan, Feb 21, 2012
Photo of WYVYRN527
4.33/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a New Belgium globe glass from a 12-ounce bottle.

A: Pours a deep ruby hue with a thin eggshell head that is slow to settle. Lacing coats the side of the glass but runs down with ease.

S: Caramel malt notes up front with a touch of fruit, along with pungent, piney hop character.

T: Hops are more dominant on the palate. Piney and earthy, with some citrus and floral quality. Malt balances this beer out nicely with hints of caramel and toast.

Notes: Robust flavor with medium to full body. Mouthfeel is slick from the hops, and finish is dry. An awesome brew, with amazing drinkability. Not my favorite brew from Bear Republic, but a tasty one, and one that I will be seeking out again in the future.

WYVYRN527, Feb 21, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

bluetrevian, Feb 20, 2012
Photo of RobertColianni
4.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

16oz draft pour into a Pint Glass @ The Ram's Head in West Chester, Penna.

A: Burnt amber with a laced tan head.

S: Sweet. Marachino cherry from probable amber malts.

T: Sweet, but mellow. Slight dryness, perfect maltiness. A little alcoholic "perfume" scent coming off when sipping. Awesome.

M: Bubbly and grainy from the sugar when detailed, but goes down nice.

OVERALL: Very good. Reminds me of my great grandmother's house. A very musky, sweet, but to the point scent. Love it.

NOTE: Live review @ The Ram's Head in West Chester, Penna.

RobertColianni, Feb 20, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

edonovan0, Feb 20, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

Crstumpf, Feb 19, 2012
Red Rocket Ale from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
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