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Red Rocket Ale - Bear Republic Brewing Co.

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Red Rocket AleRed Rocket Ale

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2,389 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,389
Reviews: 1,140
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 11.11%
Wants: 114
Gots: 153 | 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

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Photo of Franz4
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Poured with a finger of thick foamy head after an aggressive pour. Head settled after a short time leaving a thin layer on top with some slight lacing. Lots of lacing as you drink the beer. Poured darker than most ambers, almost chestnut.

S- lots of pine hops with just a slight minerally/metallic note in there as well.

T- toasted hoppiness up front, balanced with a touch of malt. Finish is a touch more hoppy.

M- medium bodied with just a touch too much carbonation.

D- pretty drinkable, it's growing on me as I make my way through the glass, so I'm thinking several could be worked through without a problem.

Franz4, Nov 02, 2010
Photo of diamondc
4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottled on .. who knows? There's some random numbers on the bottle almost rubbed off. The bottle does have a "10" etching on it, so that's a relief.

A: Dark and murky russet brown. Some scattered lacing, and a thin cap of foam.

S: Nutty & roasted porter/stout aromas mingle with the light pine citrus hop aromas. Very nice.

T: Brown sugar, caramel, dark chocolate, slight tobacco, & heavy pine/herbal bitterness rounding things out. A good balance of sweet malts and resinous hops.

M/D: Could have been more sweeter or the hop flavor toned down. Tastes like an IPA / amber / porter / scotch ale hybrid. A beer I can recommend.

diamondc, Nov 01, 2010
Photo of brendan13
3.68/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a fairly clear dark copper colour with a dense 3cm off white head that hangs around for a fair while.
S - Floral & grapefruit hop aroma. Rich caramel maltiness.
T - Much like the smell; floral & grapefruit like hops with big caramel maltiness.
M - Medium bodied, lower side of medium carbonation. Subtle balancing bitterness.
Sort of reminds me of a lower body, lower alcohol Barleywine.
D - A very nice beer indeed. Perhaps a bit too rich maltiness to drink much.

brendan13, Oct 31, 2010
Photo of Bfarr
4.65/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Dark burnt sienna with medium brown foamy/frothy head, okay retention and spotty lacing. Caramel malty tea aroma. Caramel sweetness with herbal tea balance leading to a moderate hop bittering of finish with good linger and light citrus taste. Fairly chewy consistency with moderate carbonation.

A plethora of flavor in this red. When most breweries are content to make an easy drinking red/amber, this one is taken to another level. Easy balanced drinking but wonderful flavors make this one of my favorite reds so far.

Bfarr, Oct 23, 2010
Photo of zhanson88
3.9/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a very deep amber color with about two fingers of off white head, which reduces to decent lacing.

Smell: Some malts in there, as well as a bit of brown sugar, followed by some piney and floral hops. A bit of a metallic bite as well, but not enough to make the smell unpleasant.

Taste: Caramel malts and a bit of dark fruits, with some pine and hops at the end. This is a really nice, balanced beer that showcases both malts and hops.

Mouthfeel/Dinkability: This beer has a medium mouthfeel and is pretty smooth and creamy. Drinkability is pretty high with the balance of flavors and pleasant mouthfeel. Very solid beer overall.

zhanson88, Oct 23, 2010
Photo of kreeper
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wasn't anything like I expected but completely satisfied none the less. Was expecting a Red Ale but this is more like a cross between a Red Ale and A Porter. Poured thick with a beautiful fluffy head and thick lacing around the glass as I drank it. In fact, I was really impessed by the thickness of the lacing and the beautiful almost mountain-like head. Tasted real nice with a great balance of hops (just enough to provide some fragrance and bitterness) and malt which was of a toasty smoky Stout like roast

kreeper, Oct 23, 2010
Photo of xnicknj
4.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

on tap at POPE in philly.

Pours a dark amber with brownish and burnt cherry hues, as a thin head fades to lightly retained film. Some spotty lacing dots the glass while drinking.

Juicy hops, toasted malt, sweet caramel and a hint of fruit populate the nose.

Bitter hops burst out immediately in the flavors, but with a redeeming, pleasantly juicy quality. A sweeter malt shell leaves caramel and a bit of warmth in the middle. Continues on with some piny hops before finishing somewhat dry but still very refreshing.

Medium body with a bit of chewyness. Definitely easy drinking with plenty of tasty flavors and the alcohol is masked well.

One of the more solid amber ales out there for sure, as BR hits the nail on the head once again.

xnicknj, Oct 21, 2010
Photo of Yesac
4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reveived on trade from BucketBoy - Thanks!

A- pours brown and appears very dark transparent ruby. Tan foamy head last a bit before settling down to a small still generous layer.

S- Classic red ale smell, potent wet hops, rich caramel base and slight alcohol. Similar to a barely wine aroma.

T- Strong caramel and toasty malts up front, calm wet hop bitter middle and finish.some earthy tones, slight alcohol. The balance here is great, very barely wine like without the high alcohol.

M- Medium, slightly sticky on the palate.

D- Decent stab at this style. Easy drinking, just nothing sticking out as anything unusual. Good balance and great flavor.

Yesac, Oct 14, 2010
Photo of hophead247
4.33/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark ruby color with a creamy tan head. Aroma has a very nice and sweet resin note at the beginning, followed closely by citrus and caramel with a little touch of bitter hops. Flavor is smooth and sweet at the front with a middle of caramel and sweet malts and a light and bitter finish. Lingers for a bit on the tongue. Bear Republic has never let me down...

hophead247, Oct 12, 2010
Photo of afksports
3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes on 8/12/2010 (it was quite the evening).

This one has a really nice soft head, finger thick, maintains well. A dark red/amber appearance that lets enough light through to make you really want it. The smell does the same thing, with a toasty sweetness coming through along with the hops.

Taste wise, it's got all the elements of a typical red, but nothing stood out for me - other than that it was done well. Same as the aroma, it has a little bitter, a little caramel-like sweetness.

Mouthfeel was medium-bodied, with good carbonation. Drinkability suffers a little due to my bias towards the style, but would be stronger for fans of it. The 6.8abv contributed to the night being a lot more fun than the morning.

afksports, Oct 11, 2010
Photo of megahurts4
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bear Republic Red Rocket Ale

Appearance: Dark red, medium-small pillowy head, and good lacing.

Smell: HOPS, slight citrus, and a hint of malt.

Taste: Malty hops and a hint of citrus.

Mouthfeel: Medium.

This is great! I love the hoppiness and balance of other flavors. A surprisingly great beer!

megahurts4, Oct 10, 2010
Photo of jizfiasco
3.8/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz to pint
Pours a real red, good beige head looks pretty tasty. Smells malty and hoppy, very excited at this point. Carbonation is low on this one, can barely see bubbles rising. Taste is a little weak in the malt but hops are there. Hop note is not very complex as in other reds/ambers. The bitterness is refresshing but could use some debth, color is deceiving. Very drinkable though as i continued with my second pour got a bit more balanced as it warmed. I would drink it again though and would like to give it another chance on tap. A good beer but not as good as my favorite reds.

jizfiasco, Oct 08, 2010
Photo of mdaschaf
3.53/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

A: Pours a dark red/brown color with a decent head and nice lacing.

S: A nice mix here of hops, darker malts and some caramel

T: Nice hop flavor up front followed by some caramel and maltiness on the back end.

M/D: Medium bodied, on the drier side and leaves a sticky mouthfeel. Pretty drinkable, but not as great as I was hoping. It was a good beer, but not a great one.

mdaschaf, Oct 07, 2010
Photo of JackieTH
3.8/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a striking mahogany red with deep ruby highlights, white foamy head that leaves rings as it settles down.

Smell: Citrus and pine hops, malty, caramel nut biscuits.

Taste: Citrus and resinous hops giving way to a nutty bread-biscuit malt backbone, a hint of pepper/spice appears along with some caramel.

Mouthfeel: Medium body and smooth drinking.

Drinkability: Easy to drink and a good beer by all means, but nothing special.

JackieTH, Sep 30, 2010
Photo of MbpBugeye
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle.

A- A deep caramelly, nutty, rusty red with orange highlights. The beer is fairly clear. Nice khaki head. Its small but sticky.

S- Nutty, sweet, caramelly malts. Peppery, spicy, piney and citrus hops. Its pretty evenly matched with the hops winning out in dominance ever so slightly.

T- The taste follows the nose pretty well. A very nutty malt base rides below a peppery hopping.

I would drink this again when Im in the mood for a nice red. Bear Republic makes some good stuff.

MbpBugeye, Sep 28, 2010
Photo of OtherShoe2
3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours reddish brown with a slight head. Some fair retention and lace.

Big toasted malt, hop, and burnt sugar aroma. It all works.

Toasty goodness here. Overtoasted bread, some caramel, some burnt brown sugar, piney hops, wood, light alcohol, dark dried fruit (savory raisin elements).

I would have thought this would be fuller bodied. has a little thinner edge which I'm not sure I like, although I see the purpose. Not cloying at all, and aids in drinkability. Good with food or on its own. Filling and satisfying. Good complex and drinkable.

OtherShoe2, Sep 17, 2010
Photo of AleWatcher
2.13/5  rDev -47.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Reviewed from notes--
Served in pint glass.
No visible bottle dating to go by, so if this is an old bottle-- then that isn't MY fault as a consumer! (or maybe I should just NOT buy products that don't put the date on them?)

Pours a dark red... So dark red in fact, that it almost appears brown. A tannish 2 finger head settled to a half-finger cap that stayed there a while. Left some nice rings of lace.

Smell is molassesy sweet malts. Not quite smokey, but certainly roasted! Big roastiness in the flavor. The roastiness is almost to the point where it reminds me of coffee-- it isn't all bad, just odd.
Very little hop presence-- perhaps this bottle is past its prime? Too bad there is no way for me to tell! I had a similar problem with my original review of Racer 5. I gave it a D+ on what turned out to be an old bottle. I have since re-reviewed and changed the score.
Maybe it's time to print up a 6 digit date on your product!!

Taste is roasty and sweet before turning slightly bitter and... uhhh... ummm... kind of hard to describe what happens next. It is almost chalky? Almost like... this is what pod people would drink. Perhaps this is an unpleasant side-effect of the rye?

The nose is now smelling like burnt toffee.
The finish is bitter and sticky. Feel is bad. It is slick up front and sticky at the back-- unpleasant.

This is completely a waste of my time and money. I am pouring the remainder of my glass out and moving on with my life.

I will not be buying any more Bear Republic products until they put a bottle date on their product. You guys are now 0 for 2 with me.

AleWatcher, Sep 17, 2010
Photo of culver501
4.33/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-dark reddish brown, 1" tan head, a little flaky sediment floating around, (?!) other than a little yeast in the bottle it looks ok, decent carbonation, head dissipates quickly

S-pretty nice playful hop/malt balance, floral hop notes, sweet malt

T-pretty good balance, i feel like both the hop bitterness and the toasty malt sweetness are pretty aggressive but really balance each other better than some of the other reds i've had, the 6.8 ABV comes through a little at the end

M-seems on par for the style, a little sweet and coating, the sediment thing kind of threw me off at first, didn't expect and wondered if something might be off

D-heck yes, a solid red

culver501, Sep 15, 2010
Photo of beergod1
4.43/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

OK...the 3rd Bear Republic I tried, and they keep getting better.
Beautiful clear/Brown, with an outstanding head. The initial aroma, for me, was very hoppy with underlying notes of caramel and malt. This beer is actually complex, as there seems to be so much going on. You think it has a malt finish, yet as you sit waiting for the next sip, here come the hops again. Very drinkable, I DO recommend this beer. NEED....TO....GET...MORE...

Just had at UPick6 in Erie PA. Cask....What a way to make a great beer better. Creamy as hell, Foam stuck to the glass from top to bottom. I made noises every time I Sipped.

beergod1, Sep 15, 2010
Photo of silentjay
3.6/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a rather murky brown color (little to no amber/red) with an average sized light tan head that quickly recedes but leaves plenty of laces.

aroma is of caramel malts with some herbal, piney and spicy hops. nicely balanced aroma.

a lot of herbal hops up front and a touch of piney hops lead to a spicy flavor that is countered by some caramel and toffee-like malts that dont quite make this a sweet beer, but leave a sticky sweet aftertaste.

light/medium bodied, but very syrupy with barely noticeable carbonation and a bit of resin left behind.

drinks ok. nothing special here, unfortunately. I remember a bit more piney hops in the flavor, but i may be confused. I would have enjoyed that i bit better i think. though, this is not bad at all.

silentjay, Sep 14, 2010
Photo of musicman575
4.83/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Oddly, this was the only microbrew offering at a super popular pizza joint in Berkeley, CA. It was easy to make a decision.

What a great coffee-like color. The creamy head had a nice brown tint to it as well. I'm used to tasting the hops a second after I take a drink, but the hops in this beer hit quick, then leave you with their pleasant bouquets while you enjoy the soft, carmely maltiness and return slightly for a good finish. What a talented beer! Each sip cleared my palate enough that the flavors didn't build up and overwhelm my senses by the end of the bottle, making for one of the most drinkable dark beers I've ever had.

musicman575, Sep 12, 2010
Photo of rembrant
4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours-a lot of head on a rich red mahogany,quite a pretty beer.
A down the middle pour gives a LOT of foam but it's a tasty beer mousse and settles down to 2 fingers

Aroma Interesting A touch of caramel + vanilla,some fruit salad and a little piney hops in the back. A rather distinctive artoma tat makes promises.

Taste ..Promises kept. Quite a nice merger with the smooth rich malt side and a multi hops (Citra?) that's a bit unexpected in that it has pretty much an IPA potency but a more cirtusy finish than what I usually encounter. Tha Malt side never gives up though and the Malts and hops do a fine tango of bittersweet where the balance shifts moment to moment. Not only tasty but has some unique personality.

Mouth,rather plush. There's some heft,it's not flat and the sweet syrupy caramel you first notice contributes in the aftertaste as do the various hop effects.

Drinkable? Oh yeah. Well, might be a bit full and filling to be one you'd guzzle a 6 pack in an evening but it's a nice "tweener" with elements of IPA and Porter The bottle notes call it Scotch Ale but I'd tend to compare it to Dark IPA's like Dogfish 90 and Yakima Twilight. Rather than real big in any area,it's a jack of all trades between the Stouts and IPAs with a bit more going on than a Brown/Amber tends to have.

rembrant, Sep 09, 2010
Photo of ncredible1
4.83/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A-Pours a hazy deep reddish brown with a frothy off white head and a nice sheet of lacing. Just what I'd expect.

S-Lots of rich caramel malt, backed up by some nice grapefruit hoppiness. Quite Interesting combination.

T-Lots of flavor. Heavy on the malt, especially for the style, but In my opinion this is a good thing. Some nice citric bitterness in the finish make this is a big amber ale flavor wise. Awesome.

M-Maybe a bit heavy for the style. No surprise given the flavor profile. However, This is no ordinary red amber ale. Flavors just pop in the mouth.

D-Deliciously flavorful and highly drinkable i put down two 22 ouncers. I seemingly couldn't get enough of this ale. Highly recommend!

ncredible1, Sep 02, 2010
Photo of GrizzlyBrew
4.28/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Deep Amber, almost brown, nice tan/rose head.

S - hops, hops, hops!!! and then a rush of malty goodness

T - More of the same here - Bright citrus hops, spicy on the tip, floral in the middle and crisp, pleasant bitterness on the finish. The malt starts creeping in mid-swallow and rounds out the finish.

M - Great weight, balanced nicely by carbonation (very pleasant mids)

D - I could probably drink a case of bombers in one sitting... I couldn't stand up afterwards, but I could revel in my greatness!

GrizzlyBrew, Sep 01, 2010
Photo of Manoftyr
4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance-Pours crimson red into the glass giving rise to about a finger of thick, creamy lightly tanned beige head. The color is really red all over with bright ruby highlights and maybe the slightest touch of a copperish bronze.

Aroma-Juicy hops upfront followed by a big undercurrent of sweet and toasty caramel malt, neither aroma is fully obliterated by the other and they intermix wonderfully. As someone who prefers their hops balanced with hefty malt bills, this is right up my alley.

Taste-Such a smooth combination of flavors, and nicely layered too. First comes the hops upfront with a nice kick of piney bitterness followed up quickly by a wave of malty sweetness in the middle, then it finishes dry on the back. I would have perhaps liked it if the hops were a tad juicier upfront and had more of that citric/fruity quality but I don't think that's what they were going for. The malt flavors really dominate in the middle with flavors of toasty caramelized brown sugar.

Mouthfeel-Plush with medium-low carbonation, nice and full bodied.

Drinkability-Almost done with my second bottle as I'm writing, gotta give it the nod here.

Manoftyr, Aug 28, 2010
Red Rocket Ale from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 2,389 ratings.