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Red Rocket Ale - Bear Republic Brewing Co.

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Red Rocket AleRed Rocket Ale

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2,385 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,385
Reviews: 1,139
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 11.11%
Wants: 112
Gots: 152 | 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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Photo of flagmantho
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: deep red-amber hue with a bit of haze to the body. Head is a thick finger of frothy tan foam. Looks good to me!

Smell: big caramel backbone with a great aroma of citrusy, piney hops. It's a great combo for a red ale.

Taste: malt starts off kind of dry and a touch biscuity before developing its sweeter, more caramelly side. Hops are piney and a bit citrusy, and there's a good, solid bitterness at the end. Yum.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a good carbonation and concomitant creaminess. Just the way I like it!

Overall: a really tasty amber ale. Usually this isn't my favorite style, but Bear Republic have done a great job here.

flagmantho, Mar 27, 2012
Photo of mactrail
2.98/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Hoppy stew of a beer. Sharp, earthy, and dry. Malt tastes dark and moldy. Decent scent of hops. Flavor, on the whole, is bitter and dank. Harsh and hoppy. Dirty and borders on medicinal.

Quite acidic with a rubbery hint. Unpleasant aftertaste of mold and damp cardboard. I didn't taste any spoiled notes, it just is a weird murk of muddy malt mixed with an overdose of earthy and, to my taste, unpleasant hops.

On tap at Sea Rocket in San Diego.

mactrail, Mar 26, 2012
Photo of Dave1999
4.63/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This poured a lovely red colour with a nice foamy head which quickly settles down but stick around and leaves plenty lacing.

The smell is roasted malts,dark fruits and some subtle hops.

The taste is like the smell, dark fruit and quite bitter.

The mouth feel is smooth and creamy.

Overall another fantastic beer from bear republic. This beer is complex and delicious.

Dave1999, Mar 24, 2012
Photo of schopenhauerale
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

schopenhauerale, Mar 24, 2012
Photo of augie
4/5  rDev -1.2%

augie, Mar 23, 2012
Photo of blindpiglet
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours and amber color ale with a large tan head that results in decent lacing. There is a quick hit of carmel malt followed by a burst of sharp citrus hop aroma. The flavor is a creamy malty backbone with hop flavor and bitterness in the finish. Medium bodied.

blindpiglet, Mar 23, 2012
Photo of SaneMan
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

SaneMan, Mar 20, 2012
Photo of MisledTitan
4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

MisledTitan, Mar 20, 2012
Photo of keithbrouillette
4/5  rDev -1.2%

keithbrouillette, Mar 20, 2012
Photo of Gjm46
4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

Gjm46, Mar 19, 2012
Photo of Drinkerofales
4.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours dark copper with plum colors when held up to the light. a big tan head left plenty of lace and stayed for the whole beer.

Smell is piney hop, and rich caramel malt. Balanced and bold.

Tastes starts with lightly toasted malt and the hops hit in the middle, and finish a little pithy. Good movement.

Texture is incredibly smooth, great carbonation makes for a great drinking beer. A bit of a dry finish makes it feel even lighter.

Great beer, enjoyed very much. Bright and bold, while remaining a pleasure to drink. A great price makes this even better.


Drinkerofales, Mar 18, 2012
Photo of VonZipper
4/5  rDev -1.2%

VonZipper, Mar 17, 2012
Photo of Chopman50
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Chopman50, Mar 17, 2012
Photo of Jammer42
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Jammer42, Mar 16, 2012
Photo of strongaf
4/5  rDev -1.2%

strongaf, Mar 16, 2012
Photo of MaxAdvo
5/5  rDev +23.5%

MaxAdvo, Mar 15, 2012
Photo of franklebert
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

franklebert, Mar 15, 2012
Photo of GarthDanielson
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured on-tap and served in a tumbler pint, the beer is a dark, muddled, rich, ruby-copper coloring with a dense, off-white, frothy head that remains low profile and retains well. Aromas of wet, fresh hops and a rich, roasted caramel backbone. Flavors are rich and tangy, with a slightly sour caramel backbone supporting a spiced and bitter hops presence. Hops are resiny, with a rich and floral blending to it. Very smooth progression of flavors. Great lacing left along the glass as you drink, and this is a very easy drinker. The aftertaste is hoppy and slightly bitter, with a caramel linger left behind for a smooth, clingy finish that is enjoyable. Good beer.

GarthDanielson, Mar 15, 2012
Photo of Murrhey
3.98/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Reviewed live.

A- Poured with virtually no head. I'm beginning to suspect my Stone pint glass isn't great at retaining head. Well carbonated. Dark brown color, deep amber.

S- Floral hops, warm spiciness with nut smells as well. Wonderful.

T- Warm bitterness, with hops and toffee that just explodes. This is a damn fine beer.

M- Bit thin and lacking feel wise. Too bad.

O- Great taste, great smell. Weak feel.

Murrhey, Mar 15, 2012
Photo of Labeerfinder
4.28/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured with a very thick light beige head that lingered a while. Deep reddish brown color that was dark, but translucent. Roasted, caramel malt flavor offset by a restrained hoppiness. Pleasant aftertase was a good blend of the flavor characteristics. Fairly rich, well-carbonated mouthfeel bordering on creamy.

Labeerfinder, Mar 13, 2012
Photo of Falcon91Wolvrn03
3.78/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance – A very cloudy ruby red color with a nice head and good lacing.

Smell – Pine, citrus, hops, and spice.

Taste – Bitter hoppy flavor. Maybe a touch of pine and even pepper as well.

Mouthfeel – Good carbonation, but a lingering bitterness detracts from the overall experience.

Drinkability – A decent beer, but has an odd bitterness.

Falcon91Wolvrn03, Mar 13, 2012
Photo of UltimateLivewire
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

UltimateLivewire, Mar 11, 2012
Photo of rjgbeeradvo
1/5  rDev -75.3%

rjgbeeradvo, Mar 11, 2012
Photo of MordeciaFunk
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

MordeciaFunk, Mar 09, 2012
Photo of buffs9
4/5  rDev -1.2%

buffs9, Mar 06, 2012
Red Rocket Ale from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 2,385 ratings.