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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: 113
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 jzeilinger
3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
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 -7.4%
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 +6.9%
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 +5.7%
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 -1.2%
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 +9.4%
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 +6.9%
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 +7.4%
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 +2%
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 +0.7%
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 +7.4%
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 -0.5%
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 +5.7%
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 -1.2%
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 -1.2%
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 +3.2%
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 -4.9%
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
Photo of wspscott
3.88/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

wspscott, Jan 13, 2010
Photo of Yeastcakes
4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

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.

Yeastcakes, Jan 13, 2010
Photo of jacobseyb
4.33/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

jacobseyb, Jan 10, 2010
Photo of Amalak
3.53/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Amalak, Jan 08, 2010
Photo of feelmefoam
4.38/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

feelmefoam, Jan 08, 2010
Photo of zdk9
3.13/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

zdk9, Jan 06, 2010
Photo of Natural510
4.45/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Natural510, Jan 05, 2010
Photo of wknight167
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

wknight167, Jan 01, 2010
Red Rocket Ale from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 2,389 ratings.