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Red Rocket Ale - Bear Republic Brewing Co.

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Red Rocket AleRed Rocket Ale

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2,441 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,441
Reviews: 1,149
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 10.86%
Wants: 124
Gots: 178 | 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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Photo of spree92
4.34/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A cloudy deep amber. Sediment can be seen floating around near the bottom of the glass. Leaves behind a really messy lace, but it looks awesome. Lots of hops on the front end and balanced out on the end by a nice subtle malt character. This isn't a heavy beer by any means (6.8%), but it weights in the stomach a lit much. Carbonation may be a bit to much, but this is a beer that won't be spoiled by it.
Like other Bear Republic brews I've had, this is right at the top of its class. Quickly moving its way up into my top 5 breweries.

Photo of veinless
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark translucent red, with plenty of foamy off-white head that laces a bit on top, but not much otherwise.

Aroma is intensely tropical, with loads of mango on the nose before anything else. Smells like mango lassi almost, with the mango augmented by the malty sugary sweetness.

Taste is a change of pace, as it initially is coarse and leafy hop-bitter, but then reverts back to the sugar-sweetened mango, which then fades to a clean, bitter, raw-leaf ending. Hop bill is very balanced here, and the finish is nice and smooth to add to the drinkability.

Mouthfeel is very coarse, with my enamel taking a beating right now, but it is good all the same. Drinkability is helped by the finish, but also by the light body and texture of this beer (which isn't to say it's thin - it isn't - but that it is very light for such a full bodied and flavorful brew). High marks to bear republic, they know how to make hoppy beers.

Photo of JMad
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I poured a 22 oz bomber into a tall glass...

It was murky brown, sported a nice tan head that left some web-like lacing on the glass.

The beer smells of sweet grapefruit, sugar and lots of caramel malt.

I tasted pine and lots of citrus flavors with a sweet malty backbone.

This one is really smooth, it leaves the mouth nice and dry with a long lingering bitterness.

This beer is excellent, it smells like a caramel candy but the flavor is full of hops, very enjoyable.

Photo of Rayek
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Yard House in Denver, CO. Served in a shaker pint glass.

A: Deep red leaning copper with a robust cream cap. Head retention is excellent and a fair amount of lace is left behind.

S: Heavy on the citrus out front with lemon and grapefruit. Some toffee is in the background along with bits of toasted grain.

T: Starts out with bittersweet toffee flavors. Bitterness is strong, but not too crazy. It has a heavy citrus bent to it. Finishes with lingering citrus flavors and a bit of extra toffee.

M: The medium body is slightly dry and has the right level fizz.

D: This is a nice beer overall. I'm glad I grabbed it.

Photo of FanofHefe
4.12/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark, murky, tea-colored body with a bubbly tan head. When I hold it up to the light, I get a little red hue, blending to make the body look almost dark orange. The head dissipates quickly and leaves only a little lacing.

Interesting aroma of muted hoppiness and sweet malitness. A little oak and caramel in the background.

Good sweet versus bitter flavors in the taste. Dark chocolate, and a woody oak flavor almost make me think it was aged in barrels. Nice tart hop finish.

Definitely unique for an amber/red ale. Good job, Bear Republic.

Photo of gabedivision
4.42/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz bottle to a snifter glass.

A- Dark mahogany red, with almost no head, nice carbonation through the dark red.

S- Nice malt and hop aroma, hints of nuts, coffee and chocolate.

T- Very aggressive malts and chocolate taste. Ends on a bitter hop note that leaves the mouth dry and wanting more.

M- A little sparkly in the mouth but sits well and leaves a great fore-taste and amazing after taste.

D- At 6. 8% makes this extremely drinkable. And is also extremely delicious.

Photo of wolfinthemirror
4.23/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a tea color, and in certain lighting it looks blood red, enough so to make me feel like a vampire enjoying the chilled blood of a victim. a good inch worth of beige colored foam results.

smells sweet and earthy, like a forest. I'm picking up an oakiness, and pine, some tropical fruit, and a hint of alcohol. very nice.

The taste is very full flavored, sweet and sharp. Detecting some woodiness and pine, sweet malts, and a tangy red fruit of some kind, can't quite put my finger on it. The Red Rocket is a fairly complex tasting beer.

I would say mildly bodied, lower carbonation. It feels a lot like wine in the mouth after sipping on it for a while.

The drinkability is pretty good at 7%. I really enjoyed drinking this.

Photo of bensamann
4.01/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This a very good beer. Held up to a light it has a nice ruby red hue. There was not much of a head to it after I poured it into a pint glass. Maybe a hint of citrus in its aroma but pleasant. Strong, but not too strong, hops presence and slightly malty, in my opinion. I normally do not like heavily hopped brews, but this had a nice balance to it. I definitely will buy this beer again.

Photo of CaptDavyJones
4.38/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass from a 12 oz bottle, with ABV on the label.
Clear dark brown color with a reddish hue. Excellent lacing all along the insides of the glass with very good carbonation.
One finger head that dissipates fairly quickly.
Aroma was full of hops initially, slowly to give way to a nice sweet biscuit/malt aroma with hints of citrus and pine.
Taste upfront is bitter hops/pine with a nice, oily to smooth finish.
The lingering bitter after-taste is just perfect, not too much and not too less.
In short, this is a damn good ale!
One ale that I can have anytime, anyplace. Another solid offering from Bear Republic.
Highly recommended.

Photo of ToAzwethinkweizm
3.93/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Date: 22 January 2011
Glass: Standard 10oz snifter
Type: 12fl oz bottle

Part of a mixed beer box given to me by a loving family member at Christmas time.

Poured aggressively, 2-finger head reduces to large bubbly film, heaving lacing, color is crimson black. Aroma of oak and very creamy vanilla, likely from the fantastic malt profile. Taste of barely toasted malts, vanilla, and unfortunately slight diacetyl. This is a GREAT session red ale. Enough said.

Photo of stonermouse
3.91/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard pint glass.

Pours a really nice-looking milk chocolate color, with an interesting haze that I was not expecting. Overall, it was darker and cloudier than I expected, but really pretty. The only failure was the head was weak and fast-fading, but the body looked so nice that it grades high.

Smell is mostly malty and a little chocolatey. Good, but one-note.

Taste is quite nice. It is a few hops short of a top-notch black IPA. Nice, mellow roasted malt flavor, with a rye-like bite. The hops add a good bitter bite, but the roasty malt complexity takes the day.

Mouthfeel is medium; fairly appropriate for this brew. If the hop profile was higher, mouthfeel would have gotten 5s. These malts could have used just a bit more density.

Drinkability is solid. The flavors are mild yet complex. This one would make a good sixer for a night of drinking.

Photo of dchester
4.29/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep reddish-brown mahogany with a finger-tip sized vanilla-cream colored head. The nose is very complex - roasted malt, coffee, cream and citrus. The taste to me is reminiscent of DFH Burton Baton, but kicked down a notch. Maple syrup, malt and citrus hit you right away with the perfect amount of lingering hops as it moves down. A very nice beer!

Photo of jmich24
4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Duvel Tulip

A: Deep rich dark brown in color. One finger tan head. Lacing is here and there nothing spectacular.
S: Sweet carmel and roasted malts
T: Taste is very nice. Slightly sweet malt bomb. Lots of nutty and carmel flavor. Earthy bitterness is nice in the end to balance it all
M: Nice creamy mouthfeel, carbination seems a bit high but not an issue.
D: Drinkabily is solid.

This is a great beer to move one of your buddies away from Killians Red. One of the best Amber beer I have had.

Photo of cdkrenz
3.72/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Reddish brown copper body with a large amount of carbonation sticking to the inside of the glass. The head is pale to medium tan and frothy, yet thin. Decent stamina in the head.

S - Firm base of rich malt with a sweet plum scent.

T - It has the flavor of an English Ale if I've ever tasted one. This is one of the most unique flavored Red Ales I've encountered. Dense hops amidst a backdrop of malt.

M - Very slight coarseness thoughout with no real stickiness.

~ This came recommend to me by a gentleman that I encountered at Hi-Time Wine Cellars in Costa Mesa. I'm glad I took a chance because the brew isn't bad. I think the brew is okay, not the best Red I've ever had but certainly unique enough to seek out and try.

Photo of juhl31
3.38/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

-very dark for the style...a brown looking beer that you have to hold to light to get the reddish/amber hue. an off white, khaki colored head that runs thin, but sticks around

-a bit of hops in the forefront, followed by dark bread, and musty...if that has a smell

-faint hops, some scottish taste to it with some caramel. tastes darker than you would expect (due to style, not color) with a bit of roast and chocolate barely

-medium bodied and on the dry half of the scale, but not too far.

-bear republic is as can't miss as you can find in a brewer, but this is my least favorite of the few they actually bottle. i dont dislike it, but it isnt a go to by any means

Photo of CuriousMonk
4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into dimple glass from a 12 oz bottle. Pours dark brown, almost black with frothy head and good lacing. Aroma is dominated by dark fruit, brown sugar, and an overall theme of sweet malt. Some grapefruity hops poke through as well, but only mildly. Flavor is loaded with silky smooth, and somewhat roasty malt with some sweetness. Hoppyness complements the sweetness of the malt. Palate is full and smooth. Full body, big carbonation, smooth finish. This was a fantastic huge malty beer with great balance!

Photo of circlenine
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz into a tulip on 1/9/11.

A: Pours a nice dark brownish red (hm, amber perhaps?). Hold it up to the light for some beautiful coloring. Unlike others experiences, my bomber poured with a nice 1" head with heavy sticky lacing.

S: I can smell the hops. I can smell the malts. The separate ingredients clearly do their own thing and shine.

T: This beer is refreshing. It drinks extremely well. Slight bitterness to it, as one would should expect from the Red Ale, but not overpowering. Neither the malts nor the hops dominate this one. Perfectly balanced.

M: Nice medium feel to it. Carbonation is present. It's not heavy and chewy and it definitely isn't too light that it's easily missed.

D: As Darth Vader said when Luke was knocked into the carbon freeze chamber, "All too easy."

Comments: This may have become a "go to" beer for me when tailgating, or looking to drink something in quantity at picnics, etc. I can only imagine this beer nice and cold as I sit by the smoker on a nice summer afternoon waiting for ribs to finish. Too bad it's January or else I'd fire it up right now!

Photo of mendonjoebeer
3.57/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle- not a clue as to it's age. Not much head or carbonation. Looks like thin dark amber maple syrup in color

Smell of hops,citrus and some malt

Taste is hoppy to start,a fair amount of bitterness,some sweet & malt

Feels like a hearty ale to me

Although I was disappointed in this beer, I still enjoyed it and finished the bomber. My sense is that it was not a fresh bottle, but being bottle conditioned that should not make as much a difference?

Photo of ADZA
3.93/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This brew pours a nice cherry hue with decent carbonation that leaves behind a two finger head and some nice clingy lacing,the smell is pretty much like a xmas cake with hints of cherries,brandy and some muesli,it has a light-medium bodied mouthfeel which is nicely carbonated and the flavours of the xmas cake really stand out along with some toasty nuttiness,caramel and a slight piney hit right at the end,overall not bad but after trying the other offerings from this brewery i know they can do better and there is not enough interest factor here for me to revisit it.

Photo of bierenutz
3.77/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Pours a clear brownish amber color with virtually no head or lacing on the glass.
S-Malty sweetness of caramel and molasses. Mild hoppy notes.
T-This is a malt bomb. There is some hoppy bitterness at the end with earthy-oakey afternotes.
M-Moderate feel with light carbonation.
D-Nice beer and easy to drink.

Photo of jj311
4.12/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a dark reddish amber color. Has a 1 finger foam head after a soft pour. Sticky lacing.

Smell: The hops in this brew seem to be the dominant aroma. A nice blend of floral and citrus hops. Some grainy and spicy notes are present.

Taste: Citric and floral hops fairly well balanced with some spicyness, and sweet malt flavors. The hops is dominant, but is complimented by the malty undertones. Has a slightly bitter finish that I found to be enjoyable.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a carbonation tingle.

Drinkability: Not the greatest this particular style has to offer, but certainly drinkable.

Overall: Another solid beer from a great brewing company.

Photo of DovaliHops
4.06/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark amber red color with a medium off-white head that disappears quickly. Scent is hoppy with a different sort of fruit aroma...almost like strawberries. I also get grapefruit and caramel. Taste is very hoppy and slightly floral. I get some notes of chocolate along with citrus flavors and cherries. It ends with a bitter hoppy burnt finish. Mouthfeel is crisp and clean with very high drinkability.

Photo of bbb099
3.93/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 Oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

A - Clear, dark amber / auburn color with pieces of yeast floating around that eventually settled to the bottom. Pours with a nice frothy sandy brown colored head.

S - Strong, agreeable floral hop aroma. I was surprised at the lack of yeasty scent.

T - Heavy flavor of citrus and herbal hops. The malt takes a backseat in this beer.

M - Light to medium bodied. It tasted a little watery for me.

D - A great tasting, strong amber ale. Good drinkability.

Photo of socon67
4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass

A - Dark red and very cloudy. Good amount of white foam.

S - A citrusy-sweet smell. Maybe a bit of grapefruit.

T - Malty and sweet. A bit of a bitter finish to it. The blend actually makes this a very tasty red.

M - The sweet-to-bitter contrast is nice. The beer is relaqtively light. A fair amount of carbonation is presesnt. The ABV is subtle.

D - Very much so. I polished off my bomber easily. Could see this as a staple red if it were more available in NY.

Well played Bear Republic. Might have to seek other types out given how good this was.

Photo of dbossman
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark ruby red with a huge light-tan head--very bubbly with good retention; a decent amount of sediment drops to the bottom of the glass

S: An obvious grapefruit and floral aroma from the hops but also a sweet, slightly sour graininess from the malt bill

T: Grapefruit and subtle pine but also lemon rind sit on top of a peppery and slightly sweet and funky breadiness

F: Decent mouth feel

D: Pretty good hoppy red from Bear Republic--would drink a few of these

Red Rocket Ale from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 2,441 ratings.