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Red Rocket Ale - Bear Republic Brewing Co.

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Red Rocket AleRed Rocket Ale

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2,347 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,347
Reviews: 1,138
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 111
Gots: 139 | 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 JunkYardJake
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle pored into pint glass.
Nice deep brown in color with amber hues. A finger of head with a strong pour. Excellent smell of toasted malt, raisins and a light booze aroma. Palate is a malt and hop balanced melody with an underlining of alcohol. Nice toasted, bready malt comes first with a warm, bitter follow up. Very nice mouthfeel that soothes and warms. Drinkability is good but one is quite satisfying. Absolutley worth a try.

JunkYardJake, Mar 24, 2010
Photo of tone77
3.2/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a dark amber color with a small head. Smell is mostly of hops, some notes of citrus. Taste is a hop bomb, all hops, little else, finishes bitter. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and has average drinkability. Overall not a bad beer, but just a bit to much hops for me.

tone77, Mar 17, 2010
Photo of homebrewhawk
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle served in a shaker pint. Poured a hazy reddish brown with a finger of off white head. Big citrus hop aroma with some malt sweetness. Solid medium body. Good malt base with a nice hop presence. Some bready and caramely malt. Very drinkable. I usually stay away from amber ales, but this is a top notch example.

homebrewhawk, Mar 15, 2010
Photo of jmerloni
3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - A nice dark golden orange with a nice burntness to the middle that let's you know it's an amber ale; real big sticky head that laces to the glass with a gluey stickiness. Pretty exceptional.

S - Delicious...Electric citrus fruits with some malt and hoppiness... the whole deal. Got a little of everything.

T - Great and well-crafted. Full and as electric as the smells. It overtakes you almost. The hops on this beer make it great. Bitter on the end.

M - Great. Medium fullness with great carbonation. Exciting.

D - Drinkable. A beer I wish were more sessionable. This stuff's real good and I'd get it again.

jmerloni, Mar 12, 2010
Photo of LyonsHead
3.85/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark red and cloudy with a creamy head and good lacing

S: Great complex hop character with woody, earthy, piney notes. there is some citrus and floral here as well. There is a subtly malty sweetness here as well

T: There is an initial hop bitterness followed by very piney hop flavors. The flavors then move to a malty sweetness that is filled with real strong, dark fruits (raison, plum, fig, touch of roast)

M: medium body with a very smooth texture. The beer finishes pretty sweet

D: Good beer a pint at a time, it finishes pretty sweet and then the hops kinda show back up on the palate. Not the easiest drinker in terms of "session" beers but definately a good beer. If you were going in terms of style this beer would suck, but you need to understand what "west coast" amber ales are all about and this is a pretty good example (says the guy from ohio)

LyonsHead, Mar 07, 2010
Photo of Chico1985
3.83/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yet another 'R' beer. Pours very dark red, can't even see through it until held up to the light. Hazy sediment visible. Head is thick and creamy and leans more towards beige than off-white. Leaves nice lacing. Not picking up much for smells, very faint malty smell with maybe some grapefruit. Definitely getting the Scottish ale feel here. Malty bread, booze, aggressive hops, pine. Mouthfeel is smooth, carbonation is spiky on the tongue at times. Nice tasty finish on this one. An interesting take on a red ale.

Chico1985, Mar 05, 2010
Photo of ujsplace
4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into an oversized pub glass..

Chunky white head that leaves great lacing. The brew is a deep amber.

Smells of mild malts and earthy hops...

Tastes of big earthy hops and caramel malt. Dark fruits with bready yeasts and a mild alcohol finish.

Creamy medium mouthfeel

A great beer for any occasion where great beers will be appreciated. This is one
to be savored and not wasted.

ujsplace, Feb 28, 2010
Photo of tturaiders
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass.

Pours a nice, deep amber color. The head is creamy, disappears rather quickly, and has some nice lacing. It smells sweeter than I expected. I pickup the caramel right off the bat with a hint of vanilla and then start to smell the citrus of the hops. Upon tasting, it starts with hops and finishes with a slightly sweet malt character. It didn't taste as sweet as it smelled. The hops aren't too bitter but the taste lingers for a while. It seems to be carbonated well for it's style. All in all, it was a tasty beer that I'd try again.

tturaiders, Feb 24, 2010
Photo of jzeilinger
3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice clear deep amber red color with medium carbonation and a creamy head that disappears quite quickly.

The aroma is pretty mild, not strong by any means. Picking up rye, caramel sweet malt, some floral pine.

The taste is roasted caramel malt with a nice amount of rye, almost medicinal in character. Mild floral hoppiness, small traces of citrus in the background with the malt being present throughout the entire sip which blends superbly with the rye. Has sweetness up front, finishes bittersweet and mildly hoppy. Sounds crazy, but I'm detecting a little bit of apple in the taste, very, very subdued.

Mouthfeel is mildly prickly which soon gives way to a very smooth finish with a medium body. Drinkability runs very high with this beer.

Bear Republic is a great brewery and I do enjoy many of their beers. O.K., this is a Red Ale, but it doesn't taste like a typical red ale. The malts don't dominate and the rye and hops really helps to keep the malty sweetness at bay. Worth checking out.

jzeilinger, Feb 22, 2010
Photo of Gyle41386
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a mug.

Reddish-brown pour. One finger of light tan foam retains well and leaves behind sheets of lacing.

Aroma is both sweet and bitter. Toasted malts and bitter, slightly earthy, herbal hops. Dark caramel. Reminds me a bit of the Yakima Twilight I had not long ago in the dark/hoppy aspect.

Toasted malt, caramel, and earthy, resinous hops dominate the flavor. Not much of a citric character. I was even tasting the slightest hint of chocolate in there.

Medium-heavy body. Soft carbonation. Very smooth, creamy drinker. This really struck me as like a junior version of a Yakima Twilight or Arrogant Bastard. Easy drinker.

Gyle41386, Feb 22, 2010
Photo of LeviLovesBeer
4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass, it has a nice dark rust red color and thick head. Strong hop smell along with some sweetness from the malts.

This is probably my new go to beer. It is well balanced and tastes amazing. Great hop presence and bitterness. I could drink this everyday.

LeviLovesBeer, Feb 19, 2010
Photo of mklinger
4.28/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a shaker pint glass. A beautiful deep, deep red that's almost brown. Rich, thick head that's orange tan. Very pretty beer. Fantastic lacing.

Aroma is as rich as it's appearance -- first bright citrus hops balanced by plumy caramel sweetness that follows. Amazingly appetizing.

A very balanced beer. Some (but not too strong) hop flavor at the start, followed by the malt & caramel (which isn't quite as sweet as it smells), that is finished with a bitterness that doesn't seem that potent at first but really really lingers assertively. After drinking it, balance really is the best descriptor -- it's got lots of hop flavor & bitterness but they are balanced by the strong malt presence. Also, good carbonation, fairly full mouthfeel (but not too full).

Really great beer. If I lived where it were available, I would try to always have some of this in my beer fridge.

mklinger, Feb 19, 2010
Photo of Vonerichs
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The body is a beautiful slightly hazy cherry wood, thick white head, and good lacing.

The nose is toasty and sweet malt, with a pine resin and citrus kick.

This is a wonderfully hoppy red ale, but also well balanced. Hops are pine and citrus, and there's a firm malty sweetness to lay the foundation.

Medium bodied and moderately carbonated. Finish is slightly bitter, but kept in check with some lingering sweetness.

Very drinkable beer and easy to have a few in a sitting.

Vonerichs, Feb 18, 2010
Photo of Thorpe429
4.43/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice brown-red, bordering on mahogany. A nice white head and plenty of lacing. The nose has plenty of citrus and piney hops along with some nice dark amber malt and accompanying sweetness. The taste is similar, with a lovely bitterness as well as nice herbal, citrus, and caramel flavors. Moderate body with excellent drinkability.

Thorpe429, Feb 16, 2010
Photo of hooliganlife
4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours a deep ruby amber with copper tones. light cream colored head. nice retention and light lacing

sweet candy malts, fresh floral hops, light citrus, and pine

up front the malts start with a quick kick of pine bitterness. a little sweetness from the malts bring down the hop tone a notch. lots of citrus throughout. finish has nice hints of ruby red grapefruit.

nice lightly moderate carbonation and a full body

a perfect example of a west coast amber. tons of hop flavor but a sweet malty amber ale. i love and want to drink many of them.

hooliganlife, Feb 13, 2010
Photo of runner72
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle

A - brownish/red, nice 2 finger head, laces the glass

S - Malt with a little hops. Very nice

T - Malty, very nice taste. smooth. Not to strong. you can taste the hops in the aftertaste but not bitter

M - Nice carbonation. good mouthfeel

D - Very tasty. smooth and malty. Excellent red ale.

runner72, Feb 13, 2010
Photo of TheJollyHop
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown with an off white head that fades semi-slowly leaving behind ample lacing.

Prominent toasty caramel malt sweetness with distinct citrus and pine hop aroma.

Citrus fruit (grapefruits) and pine flavor follow up the initial burnt sugar, toasted grain, and molasses malt sweetness surge. Bitterness bursts and gives way to a rather sweet finish. Well balanced and quite tasty.

Medium body, medium carbonated with some nice weight on the tongue.

Highly drinkable because of its great balance and pleasant mouthfeel.

TheJollyHop, Feb 11, 2010
Photo of popery
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A satisfying, hoppy red ale. Whatever the style origins, this is a nice beer with a lot of flavor. It's aggressively hopped, a sweet blend of citric, floral and spruce notes. The malt brings some deeper caramel flavors, toasty sweet bread and burnt sugars. There's a good yeast flavor that dries out the finish beyond the already dry tone of the beer. The mouthfeel is creamy and a bit oily with hops. The beer looks great, carmine liquid with a thick layer of off-white foam. Bear Republic makes good beer.

popery, Feb 05, 2010
Photo of dasenebler
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber. Pours a sultry copper, featuring a rich tan head with great retention and nice lacing. Bear Republic sure makes beautiful looking beer.

Aroma is at first piney, spicy, and hoppy, but then toasty and malty. Not overpowering, but nice.

Flavor exhibits the well-balanced character of the aroma, but on a much deeper level. For a hoppy beer, the malts are very present. Darkly sweet and caramel-like, toasty and malty. A very savory, harmonious brew. Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth, with fine carbonation. Drinks like liquid candy.

Bear Republic makes some buxom, bodacious brews, and Red Rocket is no exception. Well-proportioned ale here.

dasenebler, Jan 30, 2010
Photo of mgbickel
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Perfect Pint glass. Formed a large, fizzy, 3 finger butterscotch head. Slow dissipation that left behind foamy tufts on the sides of the glass. Caramel/brown body with a dense center and lighter edges...active yeasts floating about...

Two part nose...hops (citrus and pine) and a malty caramel body.

The taste is similar to the nose. Hops up front that are followed by the malted caramel flavors. Hops finish off the sip, making for excellent balance.

The mouth feel is medium with good carbonation.

Very drinkable, well balanced beer.

mgbickel, Jan 25, 2010
Photo of Dodo2step
4.28/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

P- Brass Rail in Hershey, PA

A- a dark red color that could be considered brown but more red. Sticky spiderweb lacing on my pint and the head goes about a half finger.

S- a citrus grapefruit and forest pine aroma. i also get hints of caramel and chocolate.

T- juicy grapefruit and pine hops. other dark sugars come into play as well but not to the forefront.

M- chewy and juicy. a full bodied Red Ale. Feels like they just put the hop in the bottle.

D- A nice red ale that can go down fairly smooth and quick. This would be a better draft beer than a bottled beer. Get this on tap!

Dodo2step, Jan 19, 2010
Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a reddish brown with two finger head that takes forever to die with lace patches. More IPA than red ale in the aroma, as minimal caramel malt is subdued by a citric, floral hoppy smell. Very dry feel as the hops are powerful in this smooth, slightly creamy medium-bodied beer that has some caramel sweetness and a slight toffee feel. Hops are noticeable in the backend with a crisp and dry backbite. A typical red with extra hops that makes for a great sipping brew.

clayrock81, Jan 19, 2010
Photo of Stimack
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gave a bomber of this a try last evening, not sure why I have not had this one before as it has been readily available for a long time. Brew poured to a nice darkish red color which also had a brown look. Nice sized medium colored tan head that had good retention and lacing. The aroma showed off a nice amount of hops but also a solid malt presence that gave it a somewhat sweet character, an inviting aroma. The flavors for this brew are very nice, hops clearly come out to play and are prominent but there is a very nice malt flavor of caramel and roasted grains that really provides a balanced mix. The hops seem to give more of a pine like flavor than citrus, IMO. Nice amount of carbonation and finishes on the sweet side. A very nice beer, one that I will get again.

Stimack, Jan 18, 2010
Photo of climax
4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Reeed Rocket poured a dark red/brown/purple hybrid of colors. The head formed quickly and was pretty huge. As it receded (very slowly), it left rocky divits in the foam.

Nose was very juicy and spicy. Generous hoppiness dominated initially with resiny pine and grapefruit citrus. The malt was generous as well and eased in to balance, especially as it warmed. Warming alcohol, grape, caramel, and sweet and spicy tones rounded out a wonderfully complex nose.

Flavor was full of hop bitterness. Alcohol tingled the taste buds from start to finish. Grapefruit, grapes, spice, caramel, and dark sugars dominated the palate.

The feel seemed slightly lacking in contrast with how good the beer was. The body was just a bit thin I thought, and the feel was just slightly watery. It was more of a minor detail than a distraction though.

All in all, it has an awesome hop profile backed by an abundance of flavor and strong malt backbone.

climax, Jan 18, 2010
Photo of KTCamm
3.85/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Poured a cola brown color with light white foam and good lacing.

Malty hoppy nose - chocolate/caramel notes. Deep and distictive.

Taste opens sweet and fills out with a mixed hop background. A few different flavors floating around in there. A little chewy.

Lingering hop bitterness with good carbonation.

Nicely done. A good brew.

KTCamm, Jan 17, 2010
Red Rocket Ale from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 2,347 ratings.