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Red Rocket Ale - Bear Republic Brewing Co.

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Red Rocket AleRed Rocket Ale

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2,350 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,350
Reviews: 1,138
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 111
Gots: 142 | 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 Cakanator
4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Cakanator, Nov 23, 2009
Photo of TLove
3.55/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

TLove, Nov 20, 2009
Photo of Billolick
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Billolick, Nov 18, 2009
Photo of Thur123
4.28/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The color and pour on this guy is deep amber red and hazy and thick. The head never amounted to much and is khaki in color. The smell is a sweet caramel and toffee like malt with a bitter hop edge that balances the flavor well. There's an herbal kind of earthy smell to this brew. As I drink more, the lacing works fairly well in this beer.

Glug glug glug

The first punch is an herbal bitterness followed closely deep pitted fruits, like plums and fig for sure. There is also a kind of edge to the sweetness within the malt that reminds me of blackberry preserves. The malt also contains big toffee and caramel flavors that linger on the backend of the profile. The mouth feel is thick and malty, and very good all around. I was slightly underwhelmed by the lack of hops, but overall this is a really nice and certainly bigger red ale that I wish I could session.

Thur123, Nov 17, 2009
Photo of cynicgiraffe
3.48/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a dark red/crimson with a fluffy white head that has quite a bit of retention and lacing. Tons of yeast and other bits floating around. Unfiltered, indeed. Smells sweet, some resinous pine and some prune/plum/cherry action. Watery front, not the kind of malt backbone that I look for in a red ale. Lots of hoppy pine notes though. Lots of carbonation I'd have it again, but I think I prefer Green Flash's Hop Head Red.

cynicgiraffe, Nov 16, 2009
Photo of rfabian
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tumbler it forms a thick 1 inch tannish head that stays around leaves a fair amount of lacing. The appearance is dark amber and cloudy. The aroma is mainly of floral and spicy hops with perhaps some citrus. Malt does not come through in the aroma for me. The taste is delicious, strongly hopped up with moderate to strong bitterness and roasted malty sweetness. The feel is full bodied with a clean bitter finish. It's a very pleasant and refreshing ale.

rfabian, Nov 15, 2009
Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.28/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From BeerAdvocate Magazine Volume II, Issue II:

Originally a Scottish-style Red Ale, the Northwest hopping quickly took over, and now we see this beer as an American Red Ale. Mildly chilled, hazy mahogany color. Dense latte-looking foam does not want to drop out of the picture. Rich, dark caramel malt nose with hints of raisins and a balance of piney herbal hop. The carbonation is imbedded very deep from the bottle conditioning which produces a sublime smoothness. Flavors of caramel, cocoa powder and Portuguese sweet bread from the malt comes to mind. Hop bitterness comes in with a mild tingling sharpness and a long trail of woody earthy flavor. Mildly warming alcohol. A dryness sets in middle to end with toasted biscuit maltiness and rough herbal hop flavors.

Scottish Red gone wild. OK, so it is hybrid style which makes it an American Red by default. Regardless of what the style is it's one hell of a flavor-packed brew. High level of maltiness is curbed by a substantial hoppiness and smoothed out by the bottle conditioning. American Real Ale at its best here.

BeerAdvocate, Nov 13, 2009
Photo of Walken
4.47/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bear Republic: Red Rocket Amber Ale (No freshness date) (Tasted 12/21/08)
22 oz. bottle, poured into an imperial pint.

Appearance: This beer is an alluring russet colored beauty with a huge rocky off-white head that leaves fat puffy patches of sticky foam on the sides of the glass as it fades down. Retention is off the chain.
Odor: Soft, spicy, slightly citric hop aromas with a layer of perfumy alcohol and toasty malt in the background.
Consistency: Fat, sassy and super smooth. Carbonation is right on the money, the beer sits on my tongue like cream.
Taste: This is an interesting beer, intensely malty but perfectly balanced. Caramel malt flavors are on top, burnt sugar & candy sweetness, with bittersweet toasty chocolate in the background. Hop flavor mirrors the aroma, spicy and floral with a rough, bitter herbal edge.

Love this beer, so very much.

Walken, Nov 13, 2009
Photo of JTahoe
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a deep glowing slightly hazy red-brown. Head pours one finger head that reduces down to a thin layer; thick sticky and lacy on the glass.

S - Slightly sweet and malty with a pronounced hop presence.

T - A solid ale background peppered with distinct hoppiness lending a bite up front without being overpowering and soft citrus to the finish. Flavor is big and round with toasted malts, caramel, and hints of tropical fruit.

M - Interesting and complex with thick creaminess of an ale but with hop oils lingering up front. Medium carbonation

D - Really nice layered and balanced drinking experience.

JTahoe, Nov 11, 2009
Photo of kingcrowing
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured in an altbier glass.

Pours a deep darrk amber/brown with a creamy thick light brown head, very sticky. Nose is sweet, malty, has a hint of rye too!

Mmm... very tasty, a little bit of rye here as well, some rich maltiness as well. Finish is a bit boozy but it's ok. Not too much hoppiness. Awesome beer, seek this out!

kingcrowing, Nov 08, 2009
Photo of BobbyBeerman
4.95/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Pours a cloudy mahogany with a creamy head. A vigorous pour didn't produce much but a good swirl brought it up. It diminished down to a thin wispy layer with a ring that produces some good lacing.

S: First off is the complex hops. I'm not good enough to know which hops are in there but I smell two distinct characteristics - citrus and piney. Next up is sweet roasted malt. This is a complex beer that I could sniff all night but it's time to drink.

T: The oily hops lead the charge here - the pine resin first and then citrus. Sweet caramel malt follows closely behind. Neither taste is over powering the other - they dance well together.

M: The complexity of this ale extends all the way through even to the mouth feel. Oily, chewy, buttery/creamy. Good carbonation levels. Easy to drink, a pleasure to explore.

D: Very drinkable. Don't let the complexity of this beer scare you off. It is well worth it. I love this one!!

BobbyBeerman, Nov 06, 2009
Photo of jrallen34
3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I drank this from the bottle into a pint glass.

The beer pours a dark amber with a white head, good head but lacking on the lacing.

The smell is light and bitter of hops.

I'm not a big fan of amber ales, but this one started to sway my mind. It was full and filling with a light bitter taste and complex flavors of spice. Mouthfeel was nice and heavy, drinkability ok.

jrallen34, Nov 05, 2009
Photo of craftaholic
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured from a bomber into a snifter this brew is a thick deep brown sea of foamy goodness that leaves behind sheets of lacing.

Smell: That sweet sensual aroma is none other than hops and malt which in this case are intertwined into perfect harmony. Its a lupilin overload with a heaping of caramalized malt.

Taste: This brew surely isnt as hop forward as I expected but then again it isn't an IPA. It has a big toasty malt backbone that carries the somewhat bittering hops in a copious harmony.

Mouthfeel: Has a nice bit of carbonation without being a soda; Slides down like in a zesty manner and finishes off dry as a bone and bitter as a cone.

Drinkability: I could definitely throw back a few of these because the taste is quite delicious.

Overall: May be one of the best red ales I've ever had, not my ideal brew overall but in that category it gets a gold star.

Serving type: Bottle

craftaholic, Nov 04, 2009
Photo of vdread
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Red Rocket Ale
bottle to glass

pours a deep red in color with a sticky tan colored head that leaves a few sparse sheets of lace behind. smells strongly of grapefruit hops,caramel malt and dark fruits. a strong toasty malt profile balances out the agressive bitter hops. good contrast of piney hops and toasted malt. mouthfeel is good and creamy, dry at the end, pleasantly bitter. easily palatable and not overly agressive in any way. i only picked up one, but will be picking up some more if i get the chance.

another solid beer from Bear Republic. not my favorite style, but all around great brew. this is the best (and hoppiest) red i've tried to date.

vdread, Nov 01, 2009
Photo of jdskinns
3.25/5  rDev -20%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle. Poured cloudy, reddish brown in color. Thing white head, good carbonation. Smelled heavily of malts, sweet. Taste was pretty average. Bitter, maltiness, and dark fruits. This was a beer I've been wanting to try for a while and it was a bit disappointing for me. With the appearance and smell I was looking for more taste than I got. Pretty light on the mouthfeel as well, another thing I was wanting more out of.

jdskinns, Oct 23, 2009
Photo of aaronh
4.28/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice deep orange body with a solid-long lasting head. Aroma is dominated by both sweet malt notes with hints of raw sugar and great floral hops that almost throw a bubble-gum note in just for good measure. Flavor is very strong on the malt up front and then is balanced by a strong citrus hop bite. Mouthfeel is good and complements the beer well. Drinkability is also good - this is always a temptation to by when I visit the store.

aaronh, Oct 22, 2009
Photo of beer4colin
3.05/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A: pours good from Bomber. One+finger of head.
Clingy lace, long lasting. Nice color. Darker than red.
S: nothing objectionable.
T: Good depth! nice roasted grains. Hops
but not extreme.
M/F: Heavy. Coats the entire mouth,
D: Good but not great . But I could savor a few
define session for me! This is Sunday NFL session.

beer4colin, Oct 22, 2009
Photo of thain709
3.8/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - A very deep copper body with a lot of clarity...a fizzy tan head that stands about one finger...the head retains very nicely and leaves lots of lacing

S - The hops are the star...bright citrus and floral hops...I can't tell if the sweetness is from malts or the abundance of hops...there is a bit of alcohol mixed in too

T - Here is where the beer stumbled a little for me...I was very excited after smelling this beer...the hops hit your tongue first and are bright and sweet...you get a blast of floral and lots of orange and grapefruit...it starts going down hill after that...the scotch ale part really kicks in...scotch malts are present and don't provide enough caramel sweetness to match with the hops...and the alcohol shines through on the finish

M - Medium bodied...nice bitterness...watch the alcohol

D - I bought this beer expecting it to be a hopped up amber ale...which it didn't lack in the amount of hops...but it follows the label of "bastardized Scottish ale" as the bottle states

thain709, Oct 21, 2009
Photo of BDLbrewster
3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a menacing deep reddish-brown, I mean opaque. This brew could pass for campbells chunky soup considering the massive amount of sediment. Nice tan head that leaves unreal lacing. Wow.

The nose is heavy with toasty malt, smells almost like a toasted marshmallow. There is also a strong spicy and almost floral hop presence as well. This one smells like it may be a little rich and smells like no other red I have had.

Tastes like a hopped up scotch ale to me. Mega malt caramelization going on here, lots of sweetness and toasty goodness on the front. Almost to the point of burnt malt, but no hint of that overbearing burnt bitterness. The hops work from floral, to piney and bitter in the finish. There is a hop vs. malt war being waged here with no end in sight. Balanced and completely unbalanced at the same time.

The mouthfeel is surprisingly heavier than I expected, all that residual sugar working its magic. Somewhat creamy with enough carbonation to almost make you think your sipping a porter.

There is no hint of the almost 7% in sight, and the complexity is great. Aside from being a bit heavy in the stomach, this is a killer brew.

BDLbrewster, Oct 16, 2009
Photo of cbutova
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Heard this one was a good amber, been meaning to try it for a long time. Poured a very dark red, darker than I would have imagined with a one and a half finger head that leaves heavy lacing down the side of my glass. Smells of a lot of hops balanced with some good malt sweetness, it definitely has the aggressive Scotch (malty) character they talk about on the bottle with some alcohol in the nose. Taste is very well characterized by the strong nose. Hops and malts are balanced up front and lead you to that strong scotch taste that is hard to describe. Some alcohol kicks in later in the beer, but is not overwhelming. Hop character is pretty big in the initial and after tastes. I kind of like the scotch (malty) taste in this beer also, its not too strong but gets the job done, adds an interesting element. The taste seems to stay true for the whole bottle. Mouthfeel is a bit more light/watery than I would like it, good carbonation and a decent amount of warmth from the alcohol. Leaves a hop coating on the tongue that compliments the alcohol and malts well. Would like it a bit less watery and thicker. Drinkability is good, tastes good, not a bad price from BR, alcohol and hops seem like they would take this one over after a few, probably will buy this one again if I wanna try and session it.

cbutova, Oct 16, 2009
Photo of Dspohn
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into an oversized wine glass.

A. A beautiful red color with a tan head that contains a couple specks of red/brown. Medium haze with a rocky head that leaves nice rings of lace.

S. An almost equal blend of sweet roasty breadcrust malts and sweet juicy floral hops. Hops smell kind of tropical, not too bitter.

T. God I love high ABV reds. A wonderful combo of bitter hops and sweet burnt bready malt. Aftertaste is nice and dry. I've never had a beer by Bear Republic that doesn't wow me.

M. Wonderful medium body with a creamy mouthfeel.

D & Comments. This beer is insanely drinkable, the balance is uncanny. Probably my favorite red ale.

Dspohn, Oct 15, 2009
Photo of birdypowder
3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A nice big hoppy red ale but if I wanted something this robust, this high in alcohol and this hoppy...why wouldn't I grab an IPA?

Lots of hops! Though slightly malty sweet and some mild citrus mixed in.

Big frothy faintly tan head, creamy bubbles with craters. The color features dark copper edges with a mysterious maroon center. Extremely cloudy with lots of floaters, maybe I'll pour this bottle conditioned ale more carefully next time. Head dissipates slowly leaving good clingy lacing.

Aggressive hoppiness combines with juicy malt flavors, roasted malts and alcohol notes for a satisfying flavor profile for this medium bodied (though tending toward heavy) massive red ale. One drawback is a muddled aftertaste that doesn't invite you back for more. (But I had more anyway).

Lingering bitter finish.

birdypowder, Oct 15, 2009
Photo of kegger22
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a deep, reddish brown with a moderate head that faded to a nice skin. The aroma was hoppy with a little malt as a backdrop. The taste was in line with aroma; hop citrus, not too bitter with just slight sweetness. Bitter showed itself as an aftertaste. The feel was medium bodied with a good carbonation. Drinkability was good. Good, satisfying effort from Ursine Nation.

kegger22, Oct 11, 2009
Photo of bluejacket74
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle. Served in a nonic pint glass, the beer pours a chestnut brown color with about an inch tan head. Head retention and lacing are both pretty good. Aroma is citrusy (grapefruit) hops, caramel malt, and a bit of brown sugar. Taste is similar to the aroma, I can taste citrusy (grapefruit) hops and caramel malt, along with some nuts and bready malt. There's also a slight bitter hoppy finish. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit creamy and has moderate carbonation. Drinkability is very good, it's smooth and goes down easy. It wouldn't be hard to drink a couple of bombers of this in a session. I'd buy this again in the future, I thought it was a good brew. Recommended.

bluejacket74, Oct 09, 2009
Photo of natelocc787
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured with only a little, one finger head. But the color of this beer! The lacing on this beer! The lace hangs around in thick, coating, broad sheets. Not like the thick, foamy, sticky rings of an IPA. Very nice lacing. The smell was good, hops are there and so is the malt but nothing that made me say, "can't wait to try this beer." That thought entered my head after upon gazing at the finished pour. Pale malt and red cream soda in the smell and taste. A little honey to back it up. Not getting any caramel as other reviewers noted. Very malty like sweet red candy, half cinnamon, half cherry. Mouthfeel is thick, carbonation perfect, silky and creamy. Great Red Ale!

natelocc787, Oct 09, 2009
Red Rocket Ale from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 2,350 ratings.