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Red Rocket Ale - Bear Republic Brewing Co.

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Red Rocket AleRed Rocket Ale

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2,297 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,297
Reviews: 1,131
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 10.84%
Wants: 105
Gots: 123 | 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 wspscott


3.88/5  rDev -4.4%

22oz bottle in Duvel tulip (no date)

A: Pours a very dark red/brown with a light tan head that leaves a small bit of lace. I would have expected more head/lace given the mouthfeel.
S: Lots of hops, mostly pine, and dark caramel malts
T: A little bit of citrus and a little bit of pine, lots of dark caramel, every once in a while I think I taste a little bit of butter/diacetyl that makes me wonder if they started out with a scottish ale like the label says. Well balanced between hops and malt, not overly sweet like some ambers.
M: Creamy and rich, more body than a standard amber ale, it has the body of a scottish ale
D: A very good beer, the label puzzles me "a bastardized scottish ale" and lots of hops, which makes no sense at all. This definitely falls into the amber ale category, but on the hoppy side of the spectrum. I like this beer, I am very glad I tried it, but I don't think I would purchase very frequently. Definitely worth trying if you like hops.

01-13-2010 23:26:59 | More by wspscott
Photo of Yeastcakes


4.3/5  rDev +5.9%

A - deep caramel malt balanced with sticky hop aroma.
A - three fingers of off-white head that slowly dissipates. Fine bubbles. Opaque red-brown body.
M - medium carbonation with light to medium body.
T - Hops are a little ahead of the malt in the flavor. Hop flavor is full and strong but with very smooth bitterness that is well balanced by the malt.
D - Very drinkable a flavorful beer that showcase the best of hops.

01-13-2010 03:44:00 | More by Yeastcakes
Photo of jacobseyb


4.33/5  rDev +6.7%

Poured into a goblet with a ample two to three fingers of light tan head, good retention, with nice lacing. Color was a dark garnet/ruby color, relatively clear. Citrus hop aroma with grapefruit primarily, roasted malt presence as well. Taste is very balanced with a good bitterness provided in a more piney flavor, with some chocolate/coffee hints on the finish. Feel has some chew to it, with good carbonation and minor alcohol warming. Very enjoyable and drinkable, would be easy to put a few of these back in a session.

01-10-2010 03:16:03 | More by jacobseyb
Photo of Amalak

New York

3.53/5  rDev -13.1%

I had out of a 12 ounce bottle. It was brown and coppery. Good tan foamy head and lacing. Some sediment. slight bitter scent.

It has a very burnt porter taste...not quite what I was expecting. There's a mild nuttiness to it. Nothing that really stands out, though it's a solid brew.

01-08-2010 22:47:59 | More by Amalak
Photo of feelmefoam

South Carolina

4.38/5  rDev +7.9%

Poured from a 12-oz bottle into a DFH specialty glass.

Pours a bright, vibrant copper color, like a well-polished penny. Pretty thin cream-colored head with just a moderate amount of lacing, which takes a way a little bit of the score.

Nice malty backbone present in the nose, laced with the essence of spicy, fragrant hops. This is pretty good, could be a little more fragrant though.

The beer really steps up when it hits your tongue. Nice roasty, toasty caramel malts along with an spicy and piney hop character that backs the malt up with a nice bit of bitterness. This is probably the best tasting red ale I've had.

The mouthfeel helps back up the big flavor; it's smooth and medium bodied without being too thin, it's a slick beer going down.

All told, Bear Republic's Red Rocket Ale is my favorite Amber/Red Ale I've had yet. The hop character really brings it to the forefront of the pack, without knocking you to your knees. A flavorful, drinkable brew that exudes quality.

01-08-2010 03:16:01 | More by feelmefoam
Photo of zdk9


3.13/5  rDev -22.9%

A- Pours out somewhere between a dark ruby and outright brown. Can a red ale be brown? Wouldn't that make it a brown ale? Fortunately I would judge that not on color alone. A finger's worth of head floats on top- tinted the lightest shade of cocoa brown. The head profusely laces the glass with bands and spiderwebs- I can almost tell a story out of the cave drawing like patterns.

S- Piney hops. Some medicinal flavors. Glimpses of acetone.

T- Hops forward on this one with loads of bitterness tracing patterns across the back of my tongue. Piney first of all, but then grapefruit pith, and some more of that medicinal or herbal quality- sort of a lemony lavender with some rosemary thrown in. The hops really overpower the malt and it's hard to pick it out at all.

M- Bitter. A touch syrupy. This mouthfeel seems a little too intense for only 6.8%abv.

D- Do you really like hops? Then you'd probably enjoy this beer. But honestly I like hops, and I'm feeling a little ambivalent about this beer. There's not much balance and there's some odd flavors.

01-06-2010 04:51:37 | More by zdk9
Photo of Natural510


4.45/5  rDev +9.6%

Pours a dark crimson-brown with a heady swath of creamy, tan-colored foam. Leaves a decent ring of lacing and some residual bubbles at the side of the glass.
Heavy caramel malt nose with hints of peat, similar to the scottish ale which its claims an influence.
Aggressive citric-pine hop meets an agreeable toffee-caramel malt with a fairly good bite. Notes of peat and chocolate. Dry, smokey finish.
Full in body, true to a Scottish/Amber hybrid.
Whatever it is, this is a truly solid beer. Not an everyday drinker for me, but an excellent choice while contemplating its, and life's, complexities on a rainy/snowy day.

01-05-2010 12:59:18 | More by Natural510
Photo of wknight167


4.2/5  rDev +3.4%

Apearance - Pours a dark copper with a 1 finger head that doesn't stay too long, but leaves decent lacing.

Nose- Caramal sweetness with floral and citrus hops and some stone fruit peeking though.

Palate- Dark caramel almost tastes burnt. Molasses sweetness upfront until the hops emerge to leave a dry, almosty astringent finish.

Mouthfeel- Medium body, medium carbonation, slight astringency.

Drinkability- Quite sessionable.

Overall- A scottish ale this is not. I'm glad the bros classified it as they did.

01-01-2010 07:45:12 | More by wknight167
Photo of gatorhophead


4.18/5  rDev +3%

Poured a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A.) semi aggressive pour produced a 1 finger head that settled down to a thin layer that sticks around and produces a nice lacing. The color is dark red.

S.) Some citrus hops balance with some malty molasses notes

T.) Starts out with molasses malts but the grapefruit hops kick in very quick to balance this red out.

M.) Medium bodied with a good bit of carbonation.

An outstanding red ale

12-29-2009 03:37:18 | More by gatorhophead
Photo of thecarster1


4.35/5  rDev +7.1%

a- bomber poured into a pint, finger and a halfs worth of head that fades to a solid layer of lace, deep dark amber coloring with highlights of brighter red.

s- nice and malty sweet with citrusy hops popping out a bit as well.

t- nice solid red ale, caramel malts all over, sweet, slight bitterness on the end, hops kick in as well, this is a complex red ale that i will definately drink again.

m- medium with loads of red stickness.

d- really drinkable, this is an above average red ale with alot of both malt and hop presence, a welcome change up from all the ipas that i've been drinking as of late.

12-24-2009 02:06:37 | More by thecarster1
Photo of twlynch12


4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Poured into a pint glass. Solid, amber appearance with very fine carbonation. Malty aroma that's not too overwhelming. Tastes just great. A definitively full-bodied American amber...very American. This beer embodies my idea of what beer should be: full and equally balanced ingredients. Quality brew.

12-18-2009 01:34:16 | More by twlynch12
Photo of magine


4.4/5  rDev +8.4%

Poured into a pint glass.

This brew pours a dark amber with red highlights, has a off white head with a nice thick chunky head that leaves behind great sticky lacing. The head fades to a chunk island and ring around the glass. I love that it is unfiltered and bottle conditioned - dirty brews are where its at for me.

This brew smells of malts, caramel, piney hops. Somewhat sweet nose.

The brew has a nice smooth mouthfeel/low carbonation with very little aftertaste. The initial tastes are caramel; malty/bready. A hop presence is hinted in the aftertaste and as you drink. A very varied, distinct flavor. This brew is very tasty, and unlike many others of this style I have tried.

This is an absolute must try for any beer lover, my first sample from Bear republic - and a stud one at that. The brew tastes great, looks great and is very drinkable - what more is needed.

12-11-2009 01:56:24 | More by magine
Photo of drcarver


2.98/5  rDev -26.6%

A - a deep red hue with virtually no head. HUGE chunks float in the bear even though a 1/4 inch was left in the bottle.

S - smells like a red ale but there is a bit of hop lingering

T/M - Sour and sweet with a tangy bit in the sides of the mouth. There is a hint of bitter toward the end as well as some red licorice-ness.

D - meh, could take it or leave it.

12-07-2009 23:36:18 | More by drcarver
Photo of chickenm

British Columbia (Canada)

3.9/5  rDev -3.9%

Pours a cloudy amber in color with a thin white head. The smell: lots and lots of citrusy hops with a little bit of malty sweetness. The taste is mostly hops too, with some roasted malts as well. Good drinkability although one or two of these is enough for me.

12-06-2009 02:38:10 | More by chickenm
Photo of drabmuh


4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

22 ounce bottle poured into an imperial pint glass. Beer is red, RUBY red. Seriously this is probably the reddest beer I've ever seen outside of a certain beer that adds red food coloring for effect that shall remain nameless. Head is off white and made up of small bubbles. Carbonation is moderate. There is lacing left on the glass as I drink. Beer is dark due to rubiness but overall is clear. Definitely got my attention as an interesting looking beer.

Aroma is interesting as well, lots of caramel and sweetness. I can smell a lot of malt but no hops. There is a slight dark malt aroma. There is a homebrewing trick to throw in some roasted dark malt at mash out before sparge. The extracted color is dark red. I wonder if this is how they made their beer dark ruby.

This is a full bodied thick beer. For sure. It is also surprisingly bitter. There is no aftertaste, sweetness forward and a clean finish. Drinkability high and mouthfeel is good. Bitterness serves as palate connector between the front sweetness and the clean finish. Beer is not dry at all. A good brew all around.

12-03-2009 19:12:56 | More by drabmuh
Photo of northaustin


4.15/5  rDev +2.2%

poured into a pint glass. pours a nice hazy red with about a finger and a half of rich off white head. which has nice retention and leaves slight spotted lacing.

smells mostly malty with an underlying pine hop note.

taste: very crisp and powerful. a nice mixture of the classic red ale taste with a slight hoppy twist. alchohol is masked very well.

mouthfeel: typical red stickyness

drinkability: i love this beer. it is one of the most sessionable i can think of. full fresh flavor, fairly affordable, and a nice mid range abv.

12-02-2009 07:01:32 | More by northaustin
Photo of biophiliadude


3.83/5  rDev -5.7%

Pint into tulip.

A: dark cherry red, orange hues. 1/3 inch tan head turned to tan, bubbly skim.

S: Malty biscuit!!

T: flowers, cake, nutty. As it warms up caramel finishes off the tip of the palate!

M: Smooth, bitter aftertaste. Warming gives it more of a sweet characteristic.

D: Medium-bodied beer for sure. The bitterness is more abrasive than hoppy. After it warmed up slightly in my hand it gained a sweeter end. Nothing shocking here, a well made beer. Recommend.

12-02-2009 01:46:13 | More by biophiliadude
Photo of Beerandraiderfan


3.88/5  rDev -4.4%

A real good beer, should probably rate it a little higher, since it is relatively unique.

Good brown caramel color comes out, nothing too thick, but the smell comes across with a degree of alcohol present.

Taste is what its about. All kinds of hop flavor on this one. Some citrus, pine, tobacco and something else I can't put my finger on. Beer is good from beginning to end. Not too challenging, but very rewarding.

11-29-2009 04:46:57 | More by Beerandraiderfan
Photo of sml505


4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

A - Caramel brown with thick, lasting tan head. Unrelenting retention, and nice lacing

S - Caramel, pine, grapefruit, some alcohol.

T - Dark caramel and pine upfront, grapefruit, alcohol, brown sugar, earthy notes

M/ D - Bottle notes it is a hopped up Scottish Ale. Great hybrid brew, with complex balance of pine, grapefruit hops and deep caramel malts. Med, chewy mouthfeel.

11-29-2009 03:58:38 | More by sml505
Photo of hckyfn9999


4.05/5  rDev -0.2%

Pours a reddish brown color with one and a half fingers of cream colored head. A good amont of lacing is left on the glass. Aroma of sweet malt and citrus and piney hops.

The malt is toasted and slightly smokey. There is plenty of hoppy bitterness, mostly piney and slightly citrusy. There is a lingering bitterness on the palate. Mouthfeel is medium and smooth. A nice, easy drinker from Bear Republic.

11-25-2009 03:50:56 | More by hckyfn9999
Photo of steelerguy

New York

4.4/5  rDev +8.4%

A - Nice clarity if you don't include the last bit of yeast, doesn't matter if you do though, does not affect taste. Perfect level of carbonation with a nice 2 finger light tan head that drops to 1 pretty quickly.

S - Dark caramel malts jump out immediately with some dark fruit aromas accompanied by a mild hop aroma.

T - The smell was right on when it came to the malts, lot of caramel and complex fruit flavors. The smell didn't let on how great the hop presence was going to be. Nice bitterness, with some citrus hop flavor that really offsets the sweetness from the malt nicely.

M - A little extra carbonation really keeps the feel nice, it may be a little heavy without it. Enough alcohol in there to give a nice warming feel without any higher alcohol taste.

D - This is a great beer that manages to be refreshing even with a solid malt presence and sweetness. This is one balanced beer and one to always have on hand.

11-23-2009 23:30:31 | More by steelerguy
Photo of jjboesen


4.38/5  rDev +7.9%

This review is based on notes taken in August 2009 and poured from a 22-ounce bottle. The Red Rocket is launched in a large beige froth that slowly settles into a one-inch layer atop a dark ruby body. There is minimal lacing present.

The nose detects some subtle notes of bubble gum and grapefruit while the palate gets a smooth blanket of maltiness supplemented by a sweet aftertaste of raisins. It is a basic bottle-conditioned quaff with a "bastardized Scottish Ale" biscuit mouth feel minus the heaviness.

Red Rocket is Bear Republic's malty version of their Racer 5 IPA (See My Review), another reliable expression from this admirable brewery.

11-23-2009 20:28:25 | More by jjboesen
Photo of Cakanator


4.22/5  rDev +3.9%

Bomber. Pours nice amber with malty citrus aromas. Great hop flavor and full bodied. They never cease to amaze me as I've had this one many a time. The BR never seases to amaze me with their "everday" brews. I recently had their Mach 10 and thought what a great IIPA it was, but how great their regular bottled line was in comparsion. I wouldn't age this one, but never turn it up when it comes about.

11-23-2009 05:24:15 | More by Cakanator
Photo of TLove

District of Columbia

3.55/5  rDev -12.6%

Quite good by red ale standards. An odd hybrid of the rye ale style and the IPA, this beer has a full-bodied hop structure that is not for those who don't enjoy IPAs. A pungent, piney hop structure is balanced out by a gamey smoked meat flavor and prunes.

Has a dense, red caramel color with similar scents and a decent carbonation, a 1/2 finger head, and moderate retention. Some caramel, maple cubes and a nice dry rye maltiness comes through, underneath the strong herbal notes of the hop structure.

Finishes moderately well at 6.8% ABV, but, although unique and a solid offering, not as omnipresent as I expected.

11-20-2009 15:09:46 | More by TLove
Photo of Billolick

New York

4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Bomber bottle a bargain at $3.99 from DeCiccio's in Ardsley, NY. No bottling/freshness dating info. Pours a dense dark shade of ruddy, red infused dark amber. Under a wonderous mocha head, that at once is dense, then puffy, thick film, leaving ungodly amounts of thick and I mean thick sheeting, and every imaginable type of lacing..fine looking beer! Rich nose of pine infused hops backed with hints of whole wheat bread crusts. Flavorful and bold brew, loaded with rich notes of sweat caramel and toasty malts quite nicely balanced by herbal, piney and biting hops. Rich and regal. More high quality beer from California's BRB

11-18-2009 02:35:45 | More by Billolick
Red Rocket Ale from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
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