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Red Rocket Ale - Bear Republic Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

2,244 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 2,244
Reviews: 1,129
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 10.84%
Wants: 99
Gots: 108 | FT: 4
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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bonsreeb85

Colorado

4.43/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - deep brown/cola colored body w/ an impressive beige crown that lasted the whole way down, very impressive looking brew!

S - roasted malts w/ some sweetness. caramel malts, blend w/ citrus hops and an overall earthy aroma.

T - starts bitter, but then rounds out and balances w/ a rolling sweetness in the middle, with more bitterness in the close.

MF - a big, full bodied red w/ a creamy mouthfeel, moderate carbonation makes this beer heavy and satisfying

D - VEry good, easy to quaff dispite the size.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2009 01:12:34 | More by bonsreeb85
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GilGarp

Colorado

4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours from a 12oz. brown bottle into the curvy sam adams glass. It has a very dark redish brown color with thick creamy head. The head sticks around quite well.

Aroma is pleasantly sweet and hoppy.

Flavor is really nice for an amber beer if you like hops. It definately had a bunch of the green stuff thrown at it and we can all be thankful for that. There's a nice malty backbone that supports the hop additions very well. It has the characterisic caramel and toffee with the usual lightly toasted malts. The hops bring it from American red ale to red IPA which really should be a new category when you consider beers like Nugget Nectar and Red Rocket.

Mouthfeel is medium-plus bodied and a little over carbonated for my liking but it's still okay. Drinkability is fine as well.

Another impressive beer from Bear Republic. I look forward to seeing more of their brews in Colorado soon.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2009 23:25:31 | More by GilGarp
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lacqueredmouse

Australia

4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an excellent deep red hue with an insanely creamy head of beige foam. Lacing sticks to the glass like honeycomb; thick and heavy and chunky. The retention on the head is amazing too, staying solid and sticky all the way down. An amazing looking beer.

Very nice balance of hops and malt on the nose. Some nice citrus pine notes with a sweet treacle toffee character underneath. The hops are certainly the more dominant part, but the richness and body of the malt adds some gravitas to the brew.

Great dark sweet notes on the front palate, which are leavened by sublimating hop vapours, and a residual bitter character on the back. Nice roasted caramel notes, with a prickly resin backbone. The body is surprisingly light, given the big flavour profile and the rich malt notes. But it works well, again adding a leavening note on the palate.

They say this is a barstardised style of beer. They're probably right. But it works very well, with big characters from a surprisingly low ABV. It's exciting and rewarding, but still smooth and drinkable.

Keep barstardising, Bear Republic!

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2009 01:00:44 | More by lacqueredmouse
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atsprings

North Carolina

4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Flying Saucer served in a standard pint glass a crisp light brown with a nice thin diminishing head. Aroma is nice blend of citrus hops and sweet malts with slight caramel. The taste is a nice amount of pine hops and caramel malts that both linger nicely on the tongue. The beer is medium bodied with nice carbonation. This one is certainly enjoyable, but not as good as its hoppy brothers Racer 5 and Hop Rod.

Serving type: on-tap

06-02-2009 18:47:03 | More by atsprings
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rtratzlaff

North Carolina

4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Red Rocket draft comes poured a deep dark reddish brown with an off white head that leaves good lacing upon the first couple of sips.

The aromas are pleny of caramel malt and enough hops to make a show as well.

The taste is a good mix of the two with not quite enough hops to make me think this is a really good red ale, rather than a really malty darker IPA. The hops leave plenty of resins on the tongue keeping the hop bitterness strong amonst the caramel malt sweetness. There are no buttery diacytle notes yet, perhaps when she warms they will show.
Coffee notes come in after several sips. The hops are sitting back and the malt character comes out a bit--who would have thought?

The mouthfeel is solid. Not thick or heavy to me, but substantial. This is not really a "to style" beer for any style, bt a great beer nonetheless. This is the type of beer I don[t wan't to pair with food, but just enjoy it by itself.

Serving type: on-tap

06-01-2009 19:58:18 | More by rtratzlaff
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aubuc1

Florida

4.43/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber poured in to a shaker pint glass.

Pours a dark red/amber with a light tan clingy steady head.

Big smell of biscuit soaked in hops. Very nice balance for such a big smell.

Taste is crisp biscuit malt with a citrus tang. Very nice.

Full mouthfeel and the good flavor lingers making the drinkability beautiful.

Very impressed for my first beer from bear republic.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2009 20:43:16 | More by aubuc1
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ibbjamin

California

3.45/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a six pack of this when I was in Ashland, OR. I believe it was around $7-8. I pour one of them into a pint glass to review.

Leaves a large two inch light tan head. Medium sized bubbles mainly, but the top has a smooth frothy layer. Opaque dark reddish brown in color. Good retention and lacing.

Sweet malts of caramel dominate the nose. Has a bit of a grainy barley smell. Indistinguishable hops to balance.

Well balanced clean taste similar in characteristic to the nose.

The mouth is quite nice. Well carbonated, medium bodied, clean medium finish. Not watery, not thick and creamy, yet riding right in the middle. Points for drinkability.

This one ranks number two in its class I believe. I would agree with that, but this just is not my favorite style of beer I guess.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2009 02:28:10 | More by ibbjamin
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ArrogantB

Colorado

3.68/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle $4.49. Deep red color, chestnut almost, creamy yet short off-white head. The smell is "sticky" and a little sweet to my nose, maybe its malts? Flavor is pretty good, I think there are hops but they seem to be layered under a chewy maltiness. Overall, this was a good buy and a good value.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2009 01:36:24 | More by ArrogantB
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MetalHopHead6

Virginia

4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a shaped pint glass.

During the pour, Red Rocket Ale looks amber; however in the glass it is near-black. It's a foreboding looking ale. The tan head is moderate (one finger) but sticky lace attaches to the glass.

The smell is non-descript but pleasant--perhaps a hint of rustic earthiness. The flavor is strong earthiness, with grass and a hint of citrus, very deep down. The feel is thick, chewy, and bitter--it lets you know it's there.

Red Rocket is a rustic ale. It begs to be enjoyed in a dark quiet bar in the middle of the day. There's nothing cheery or sweet about it. There is no doubt that this is a beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2009 01:26:56 | More by MetalHopHead6
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froghop

Washington

3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a cloudy brown with a red tint when held to the light, a medium size tan head, and great lacing.

smell of grapefruit, spice, earth, some pine, and a touch of caramel.

taste is thick, dry, malt, spice, caramel, roasted nuts, brown sugar, and hops in the back, ends nicely bitter.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2009 02:53:03 | More by froghop
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DESTRO

Nevada

4.58/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

this beer is hella awesome. pours an purty copper/red with a sticky head. smells malty, toasty, light hops. taste wise, strong caramel malt scrappin with some intense hopping. full bodied and slick, filling. a great brew. i could drink these all day. and probably will.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2009 17:23:04 | More by DESTRO
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therica

Maryland

4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A= cherry-amber, modest tan head (1 finger when poured slowly in a 1/2 L glass stein).

S= I had a difficult time finding much of a nose at all, after first pouring. Maybe a hint of cherry and obvious hops. After about 5 minutes the bountiful scents of the Cascade and Centennial hops began to emerge, along with nicely evident caramel malts. Occasionally I would get a nose of what seemed like a Belgian Dubel, and I now note that their website says they use a mixture of Belgian Caravienne and Hugh Bairds Crystal malts.

T= Big glorious hops galore; caramel malts are plentiful; occasional liquor-taste; nice grassy notes in the finish.

M=- slightly dry and grassy and sweet and bitter and bready all at once.

D= exceptionally drinkable

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2009 04:11:59 | More by therica
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ClockworkOrange

Pennsylvania

4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A 22 ounce bomber bottle picked up at the Beer Stop for $4.50. Poured into my nonic Imperial pint glass, Red Rocket appears a hazy crimson/amber color with a good two fingers of dense cream colored foam. A great looking pour! Nose consists of sweet caramel malt, citrus tinged hops. Tastes of bitter citurs such as lemon and orange, caramelized malt, medium toasted grains, a touch of bread and grass. This red falls somewhere between medium and full bodied with ample carbonation for it's style. A fantastic red ale. If you dig this style, by all means, seek this one out.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2009 04:01:44 | More by ClockworkOrange
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chaswisler

Maryland

3.93/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured bottle into a pint glass. Nice and smooth, darker than I had expected.

A - Deep deep copper color, thin tan head disappears quickly.

S - Kinda lacking, I was expecting more

T - It's good, I can taste the toffee and the citrus. slightly sweet aftertaste

D - I'll have to get this one again!

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2009 22:24:18 | More by chaswisler
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BabyBastard

New York

3.45/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into chalice. Pours deep amber and copper, small tan head is gone quickly, leaving nice lacing around whole glass.
Smells of hops, citrus fruits and a great maltiness keeps it in check. Wonderful smelling.
Tastes of bitter hops, but there is a nice backbone of malt that evens the brew out, sort of a roasted chocolate taste can be detected. I am reminded of Racer 5 in this brew, only with more malt characteristics.
Mouthfeel is very light and not unpleasant. Spicy bitterness and slight alcohol warmth.
Drinkability is above average for this one, despite the higher alcohol content. Great session brew in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2009 15:11:33 | More by BabyBastard
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CHADMC3

Connecticut

4.28/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful deep copper to chestnut with reddish hues and a creamy tan head packed with dense carbonation bubbles which dissipates leaving a thick, foamy lacing in its wake and a constant thin head throughout the beer.

The aroma wafts from the glass consisting of a creamy, smoky malt, earthy hops, caramel and even hints of spice.

This has an impressive balance of bitterly aggressive hops and roasted malt as well as bread like flavors and caramel and hidden deeper are hints of clove and even dark fruit and nuts.

This is an impressive palate and mouthfeel, its dry and smooth, yet silky and creamy all at the same time with generous carbonation, yet medium in body.

I am truly impressed by this brew! I am quite surprised at how fast I am going through this 22oz bottle of frothy goodness. It's really amazing how much more character this version of the American Amber offers versus some of its counterparts. A great beer for fans of the style. I traditionally think of American Ambers as a "you know what you're getting" type of beer. This one through me off in a good way.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2009 01:00:34 | More by CHADMC3
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz. bottle into a mug glass.

A: The beer is a dark reddish amber color with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of caramelized malts, fruity citrus and a good amount of hops.

T: The taste is sweet up front with flavors of caramel, vanilla, toffee and citrus. Then a strong hops presence comes in. The malt character is very hearty and there's a touch of smokiness. The after taste is slightly sweet and slightly hoppy.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, nice representation of style, this is a good beer some flavor complexity and a lot of substance that makes it worth drinking for a long time.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2009 02:54:47 | More by TheManiacalOne
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TequilaSauer

Florida

4.47/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750.

Bear Republic has been one of my biggest go-tos recently, maybe even topping Bell's and Stone. Their hoppy brews are so consistent, delicious, and fresh, I find little reason to go elsewhere for a night beer after a long day.

Not much head retention, which is a knock, but the beer itself is beautiful. A deep, DEEP, amber. I would've guessed a stronger ABV by the looks of it alone.

Smells of fresh veggies, citrus, and a hint of raspberry, even some chocolate. GREAT smell. Maybe the best smelling amber I've ever experienced.

The bitterness explodes on the tongue. It's surprising how sweet the beer is though. Lots of malt, grapefruit, and even cough syrup. It's a silky smooth beer with an incredible balance.

I would love to do a blind tasting of Ambers with this beer in the mix. I know Nugget Nectar is the Godbeer in that category, but Red Rocket and Hop Head Red could easily top it, in my book. I'm curious as to which would come out on top.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2009 05:32:34 | More by TequilaSauer
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Psilo707

California

3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bitterness hits my tongue as I take my first sip, and a wave of malty afterglow quickly washes away the intensity of the initial impact. This extremely hoppy red ale pours a nice dark magenta hue, a bit cloudy; lots of bubbles rising to the top on the interior. Head and lacing are both not too present but are quality where is needed.

Smell is bittersweet to the nose and presents a clear aroma of hops and tender alcohol. The taste is very reminiscent of the scent. Mouthfeel is very creamy and the bitterness doesn't sting as much as you'd think it would when in the mouth. Smooth feelings going down the throat... The drinkability is very high for an ale of this nature as well.

Overall I was very pleasantly surprised with this one and had no idea the marks would be so high for myself as well as for other reviewers.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2009 23:57:19 | More by Psilo707
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noeldundas

British Columbia (Canada)

4.93/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

dark reddish brown, slightly cloudy (bad pour i think) with a rocky tan head with incredible lacing.

fresh piney hop nose.

a soft, velvety, and full bodied ale with moderate carbonation and exceptional drinkability

the piney and citrusy hops just slightly beat out the malt, which still brings powerful coffee, raisan, chocolate and plum flavours. but not malty per se.

the finish is dry, and smooth with malty (not sweet) notes some caramel and a deep bitter, almost orange hoppyness.

looovvveee it.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2009 22:26:05 | More by noeldundas
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gameface23

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a deep reddish brown (much darker than expected), with a 1 finger offwhite head.

S: Sweet caramel malts win the fight for the dominant aspect of the smell, but the hops put up a valiant effort. You can tell that both caramel malts and Cascade/Centennial hops were used in brewing this.

T: Roasted malt, caramel malts, and a nice hop bitterness. There is an underlying sweetness.

M: Medium bodied.

D: Nicely balanced between sweetness and bitterness. I would definitely buy a six pack if I was hanging out with friends.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2009 22:16:55 | More by gameface23
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kimcgolf

Georgia

4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours from the bottle to a brownish hue with hints of ruby and a medium thick off-white head that lasts awhile and leaves okay lacing. Immediately out of the bottle is a strong nose of malty dark druit infused nicely with hops, and as the beer warms, it is joined by the scent of the alcohol. Mouthfeel is tingly and full and the taste is even a more pronounced malty fruit blended with hops, with hints of nuts, caramel and again, the alcohol. Finish is long, full and somewhat bitter.

A darn good beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2009 19:29:50 | More by kimcgolf
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photomike

California

3.93/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep reddish brown with an impressive tan head. Head is beautifully soft and light as it dies down. Exceptional lacing, lasting forever at the top of my glass.

Smell is primarily super-sweet malt with a very strong hop presence. A nice smelling brew, but the sweetness is a bit much, even on the nose.

Taste is surprisingly dry. It is definitely still sweet, but nowhere near the sweetness I expected from the nose, to my delight. Again, strong hops; mostly bitter piney hops here. Very malty. Hint of alcohol on the finish, but not as much as expected from a beer of this ABV.

Slightly chewy mouthfeel, and somewhat creamy. A small hit of alcohol burn comes forth as the beer gets warmer.

Drinkability is pretty high for the ABV, but the booze will catch up to you quick.

Overall, not my favorite style, but this is one of the better ones I've had. Still, 7-8 times out of 10, I'm picking up Hop Rod over this. Here's to variety!

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2009 07:15:43 | More by photomike
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Genghis22

California

3.8/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a nice mahogany color with a slighty brown creamy head. Looks thick and lucious.

S - The first smell hints of alcohol, then roasted malts, and then a touch of hop bitterness.

T - Tastes just like it smells. There is a touch of booze on the tongue and big roasted malt flavors. There is a touch of smoke and the finish is dry with hop bitterness.

M - Thick and chewy with moderate to high carbonation. This is a big ale, more of a red ale than an amber ale if you ask me.

D - This is a big hearty beer. It has tons of flavor and at 6.8 % abv it packs a nice punch as well. This is very drinkable, as the flavors are complex but balanced. The carbonation is just right for a beer this big.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2009 01:10:21 | More by Genghis22
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Spikester

Oregon

4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clean dark brown with reddish tint. Minimal head, some lacings. Aroma is piney hops.
First sip is a big hit of grapefruit citrus pine needle hops.
Slight sweet malt taste as the bitterness subsides.
I think this brew is more like an IPA with a bit more malt than typical.
I can't see having this as a session ale but it was an excellent single bomber indulgence. Will most likely enjoy this with a meal next time. Well recommended.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2009 06:12:13 | More by Spikester
Red Rocket Ale from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 2,244 ratings.