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Red Rocket Ale - Bear Republic Brewing Co.

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Red Rocket AleRed Rocket Ale

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2,424 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,424
Reviews: 1,143
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 11.11%
Wants: 123
Gots: 166 | 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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4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

355ml bottle poured into tulip 25/4/12 thanks papat444

A slightly hazy maroon liquid with lots of tiny particles but not many visible bubbles, still pops out a two finger light brown head much darker foam then expected, good retention ending up as an island and leaving several distinct tings of lace

S lots of piney citric hops but there's a nice balance formed by lots of caramel malt, has a little burnt brown sugar working well for it

T again lots of piney citric hops but more rind, still lots of brown sugary malt, its a little sweet but it's not an issue, not overly complex but straightforward and pretty tasty

M a nice bitter bite and leaves something behind on the gums and its a little sticky on the lips, not sure where the solid head comes from as my only complaint is the lack of bubbles, shes a little flat but not dead

O I almost loved the smell and taste but thought 4.5 was a little high, I feel a high mark here is going to balance out the good and evil in the universe

Not sure how this is a Scottish Red Ale but the bottle also mentioned they break style molds, this could pass as a few styles I'm just rating on personal preference and I enjoyed it no matter what you call it. thanks again papat444 for the bottle

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

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

Appearance - Pours a dark, reddish amber with a half finger head, dissipates quickly and leaves behind a semi-sticky, spotty lacing.

Smell - Faint aromas of sweet malt, lightly roasted caramel, mixed with an undertone of citrus hops.

Taste - A fair balance of roasted, caramel malt and citrus hoppiness. Starts with the sweet. Ends with a fair amount of hops.

Mouthfeel - Light to medium body. Fairly creamy. Carbonation is excellent, and gives way to a nice, crisp bite. Finishes semi-dry.

Overall - Really solid red ale. Tangy at times. Sweet in others. Certainly a complex, multi-layered, interesting beer. One I should buy more often in the future.

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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

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3/5  rDev -25.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

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

We pop a bomber and pour a thickish, mahogany brew. It holds a half finger head of medium brown bubbles. This leaves quickly to give sheet-like lacing around the glass. Carbonation is apparent, and there is a thick haze about this one. The nose is Scottish. Malts are deep and brown, starkly caramelized, and roasty. There are big buttery diacetyls with warmth. There are faint chocolates and metallics on the far back, along with a faint hop oiliness. Strawberry and plum come through with more warmth, accompanying the booze. Our first impression is that this brew is very smooth and even. As we sip, the rich malt profile from the nose unfolds. It starts with chalk, powdered cocoa, and nickel. At the peak of the swallow comes a burnt caramel bite, along with the first hops of the evening. The hops are oily, slick, and piney, adding further bitterness to the middle, and cutting the flavors off from the front rather sharply. Roasty malts and a renewed sweetness of honey and floral hops round out the finish. The aftertaste breathes of metals, light hops, Scotch ale-style malts, black pepper, and the sweetness of caramel. The body is medium to full, and the carbonation is medium. Each sip has nice slurp and smack, and the mouth is left coolly coated. The palate is eventually dried, but this takes some time. The abv is appropriate, and the beer drinks easily.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this brew were the notes of burnt caramel and butter in the nose. These were spot on and made the beer really inviting. This beer actually smells exclusively like any good Scotch ale should, but the difference comes when you get to tasting it. The malts are a bit milder and sweeter than the traditional style, which is where the blending comes in. The hop inclusions are a nice addition, but we wish they had been more robust in the nose, which would have given it the edge we were looking for.

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Red Rocket Ale from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 2,424 ratings.