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Red Rocket Ale - Bear Republic Brewing Co.

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Red Rocket AleRed Rocket Ale

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2,320 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,320
Reviews: 1,135
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 109
Gots: 130 | 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 lakeviewmike
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

lakeviewmike, Feb 17, 2012
Photo of grannaniwa
3.58/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Strong hops and smoky malts on the nose. Striking red color. Smoky at entry, some chocolately malts in mid-palate, sweetness toward end, and gentle bitterness at exit. Big flavor makes this a big beer, but doesn’t necessarily show its high alcohol content. Not as bitter as I expected.

“This full bodied and hoppy brew finishes on the palate with sweet, caramel malt flavors.”

Overall: B+, points for balance in a relatively-restrained big beer

grannaniwa, Feb 17, 2012
Photo of buschbeer
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle
Served in a perfect pint glass

A - It pours a ruddy orange color with visible yeast in it. It is topped with three inches of tan, almost mocha, head that leaves some nice lacing as it slowly recedes.

S - The aroma is a good blend of citrus hops and bread and toffee malt.

T - The taste is more hop forward. They are the focus of the taste, but I still get a sense of the bready malt.

M - Moderate leaning towards full. More than expected.

O - I expected this beer to be hoppy due to its higher rating. I didn't realize that it was going to be so well balanced and just a delicious beer. I could easily drink this beer for hours and not tire of the taste.

buschbeer, Feb 16, 2012
Photo of John11486
4/5  rDev -1.5%

John11486, Feb 16, 2012
Photo of UTCengOwl
4.23/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hitting up those singles to try more types of beers. Popped open a 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass. Let's get this thing going.

The beer is orangeish-red with a very nice white head. However, there's chunks of stuff floating around in this. I know it's a live beer... but hrm. At least it's well suspended?

The nose is initially hops. Big, sticky, wet hops. Those fade decently quickly into sticky, sweet goodness. This is like a mini American Barleywine.

The body is... a lot smoother than I thought. Full of caramel and scottish sweetness. The hops complement instead of overpower. Very much like a mini American Barleywine. Can't say I'm disappointed in that.

This is a very interesting beer from BR... but of course it was. That's a great brewery. Americanizing the heck out of a Scottish Ale is something that seems right up their alley for a reason.

UTCengOwl, Feb 16, 2012
Photo of TheSarge
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I suppose this beer is named for a male dog's erection.

Poured this one into a 0,4l Pilsner glass and the brew produces a strong two finger thick tan cranium, with a body of caramel and ruby red colors with thick haze.

The aroma is fig, caramel, metallic, and citrus.

Taste wise it's sour, almost like an under-ripened orange; however, there are sweet notes of caramel and toffee easily perceptible.

Moderately carbonated, oily slick, dry in the end.

TheSarge, Feb 16, 2012
Photo of MrVonzipper
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

MrVonzipper, Feb 16, 2012
Photo of Milkysunshine
5/5  rDev +23.2%

Milkysunshine, Feb 14, 2012
Photo of shelby415
4/5  rDev -1.5%

shelby415, Feb 12, 2012
Photo of ChumleyX
5/5  rDev +23.2%

ChumleyX, Feb 11, 2012
Photo of jeanphony
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

jeanphony, Feb 11, 2012
Photo of exodus1369
4.88/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Beautiful red ale. Thick head that almost defies gravity. 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.

exodus1369, Feb 10, 2012
Photo of JohnnyChicago
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass.

A: Pours garnet with a creamy finger of off-white head.

S: Rich piney hops and sweet caramel rises from the glass.

T: Piny and some of the classic Bear Republic grapefruit citrus. Malts are present, however, and marshmallow and caramel notes rise from the residual sugars.

D: Drinks easy and it is very refreshing. I'm glad I have a sixer of this.

Overall: A very tasty red ale and a classic example of the style. Hoppy and fruity, but with enough malt sweetness to remind you that its not an IPA.

JohnnyChicago, Feb 10, 2012
Photo of jmccraney
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

jmccraney, Feb 09, 2012
Photo of gtermi
4.43/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a very nice dark copper body with a thick white head that slowly fades. There is a bit of lace left on the glass too.

S: Just amazing! There are tons of hops and malt on the nose. The hops have a great pine and citrus character.

T: The hops really blend well with the malt. There is a nice citrus and malt sweetness and just blows me away. As the beer lingers on, the hops fade, but the malt becomes very noticeable and leaves a ton of flavor on the palate.

M: Very smooth. There is a nice light crispness on the tongue with a nice carbonation as I swallow. It leaves a dry feeling in my mouth too.

O: This is a great beer. I find this to be one of those beers that I could drink no matter the occasion.

gtermi, Feb 08, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

Fitzmke, Feb 07, 2012
Photo of williamjbauer
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap served in a sampler glass

A - Clear bronze beauty with a one finger wheat head with moderate lacing and moderate head retention.

S - Excellent balance between the hop bouquet and the sweet malt.

T - Toasted malts, caramel, and a nice hop balance.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation.

O - Great Amber/Red. Really enjoyed it.

williamjbauer, Feb 07, 2012
Photo of wizo
4/5  rDev -1.5%

wizo, Feb 07, 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 chimaylvr
4.4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

serve type: bottle, poured into "Stella Artois" chalice; no freshness date on bottle

app: nut brown like, fine sediments present; medium to low carbonation that leaves fine lacing

smell: nutmeg-like spice; low, aromatic hop hints; citrus

taste: nice...rye like also barley, IBUs mmust be ideal for the style - it's very well balanced; black tea; grapefruit (from the hops)

mouthfeel: full flavored consistency, not heavy however higher carbonation would bring out more of it's great flavor

overall: This beer is relly good as many other reviews attest. It could be paired with red meat dishes and compliment ideally. I will definitely be going back to this one often. It sets the standard.

chimaylvr, Feb 05, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

RoryOMoore, Feb 03, 2012
Photo of jharkins07
5/5  rDev +23.2%

jharkins07, Feb 02, 2012
Photo of ZethOfTheNorth
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

ZethOfTheNorth, Feb 02, 2012
Photo of jimdkc
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

jimdkc, Feb 02, 2012
Photo of shigg85
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

shigg85, Jan 31, 2012
Red Rocket Ale from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 2,320 ratings.