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Red Rocket Ale - Bear Republic Brewing Co.

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Red Rocket AleRed Rocket Ale

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2,244 Ratings

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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

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Photo of OKCNittany


4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a two finger foamy off white head with great retention, leaving nice lacing. Deep brown/amber body.

S: Here's my one complaint: Light citric hops, light caramel malt. Good, but way too light. My nose was wet before I picked up anything.

T: Nice hop bitterness up front that sticks throughout and holds off the onslaught of caramel and toasted malts. Alcohol was well hidden.

M: Medium-plus body. Soft smooth mouthfeel. Lasting malty aftertaste.

D: Very drinkable. Very flavorful. Very good.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2008 03:30:29 | More by OKCNittany
Photo of trackstar1043


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

A - Pours a deep mahogany color with a massive rock tan 3 in head, note is did pour with a bit of gusto.

S - Big rich aromas of roasted malts, molasses, crisp citrus and cascade hops, wounderfully strong and balanced.

T - Just a strong rich and balanced as the nose. With a hint of smokeyness and a slight sweetness to the malts but fades into a bitter bite at the hops take over the flavor.

M - Med-bodied, good carbonation that brings the flavors alive, decent lasting aftertaste.

D - Easy to drink and a great example of a American Red.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2008 17:53:36 | More by trackstar1043
Photo of ffejherb


3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at The Drafting Room, Exton, PA on 5/4/08.

A - Hazy copper/dark amber body with thin light tan head and moderate carbonation. Head receded but left a fair amount of lacing around the glass.

S - Big citrus hop aroma with an emphasis on orange peel and grapefruit. Fruity hops are complemented by sweet caramel malts, brown sugar and maple syrup. Some pine notes emerge as the liquid warmed up.

T - Assertive citrus hop bite right off the bat with some balance from the sweet malt, but overall the hops win out. Hints of orange peel, lemon rind and pineapple all make an appearance. There is also a slight burnt hop aspect as well as some grassy hops in the mix.

M - Fairly creamy and warm mouthfeel with soft carbonation. Finish is bitter and slightly metallic. Touch of heat from the alcohol as well.

D - Very hoppy amber ale from Bear Republic that's big on citrus hops. Tasty hop belching ensues!

Serving type: on-tap

05-04-2008 22:47:44 | More by ffejherb
Photo of seaoflament


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

Thanks to AgentSteve for this beer, it's been a while since I've had this old favorite.

I'm so glad to have these around in 12oz six packs now!

Pours a dark caramel, very brown color with a mountain of a head that easily reaches 2 ½ inches.

A lot of pine and caramel is packed in the aroma. Citrus peel also very strong with lemon, grapefruit and bitter orange. Love the combination of hops and caramel and bready malt; it almost has this fruity profile, both citrus and dark fruits. There is a hint of smoke and tons of caramel that reveals the underlying soul of a Scottish ale. Very well done.

The taste is more malty with a dry and slightly bitter finish. A lot of bread, old bread, stale bread, toasted bread flavors with a bit of fruit and a touch of sweetness. There is a citric bitterness in the finish/aftertaste, like when you bite into a lemon seed (good thing it's not overdone or else it would be just as unpleasant).

Good mouthfeel, enough carbonation that suits this beer well.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2008 20:40:45 | More by seaoflament
Photo of Surefire


2.4/5  rDev -40.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

It may be a good beer for its style, but perhaps I don't like the style.

A: Unfiltered? Lots of nasties floating around when held up to the light.

S: Strong smell of hops.

T: Very bitter, with little balance. Bitter is the predominant flavor, and overwhelms all over tastes. In my mind this is the reason I don't like the taste-- for its lack of balance. To be fair, perhaps this is the norm for the style?

M: Good mouthfeel, plenty of body.

D: Not too drinkable unless bitter is one's love.

Overall: Probably a good beer based on its high score here, but definitely not high on my list. Again, to be fair, it's probably more that the beer's style is not my thing, rather than it being anything wrong with the beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2008 03:36:40 | More by Surefire
Photo of Offa


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

This is great and somewhat similar to Arrogant Bastard, which I love also.
It's dark red brown with a medium tan head that slowly shrinks to a smaller permanent head and leaves some good lacing.

The aroma is wonderful, being strong, aromatic, sweet, and pleasant, with flowery, piney hops with just a hint of grapefruit-citrus, with caramel, malt and yeast.

The taste is similar. It has a lot of floral-pine and caramelly grain flavours with a little citrus and spice. This full-bodied, pungent flavour nicely accompanies a rich caramel-malt sweetness and hoppy bitterness.

Serving type: on-tap

04-25-2008 17:42:48 | More by Offa
Photo of botham

New York

4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

bomber poured into a tulip. pours a deep ruby red color with two fingers of light tan head that leaves rocky lacings.

aroma is hoppy, with a wonderful aromatic quality and a distant roasted malt note. a subtle earthy quality and a bit of dark fruit form the base.

taste is identical to the aroma, with a pleasant hop character.

mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with a bitter mouthfeel and a semi dry finish.

drinkability is good. this is a big brew with a solid profile and a wonderful aromatic hop quality. almost reminiscent of an IPA in its hop quality. cheers!

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2008 01:41:37 | More by botham
Photo of johnnieoz


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

Second Bear Republic brew I've had...need to review the Racer soon.

A: A dark crimson beauty with a milk coffee colored head that leaves nice lacing while receding ever so slowly.

S: Strawberries and raisins with a hoppy aroma. This is a pleasure to inhale.

T: This hovers on the balance of being too sweet for my palate. Then the hops kick in, bringing my buds back from the brink. Aaaah....I sense the 6.8 % abv, bringing it down a notch.

M: Solid in the gob.

D: A near session beer. Perhaps it is one. To sum up, Rocket Red Ale has the makings of an excellent beer. The taste and mouthfeel don't quite measure up...yet. But the beer is eminently quaffable and a masterpiece for the nose and eyes. I hope to have it on tap soon.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2008 00:42:05 | More by johnnieoz
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4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep beep brown/amber almost black. Instead its amber that is nearly brown. White head is almost more than an inch thick. Nose is piney but little else appears.Taste is very fruity and very citrusy with bitterness taking a backseat. Pretty good Amber at a decent price.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2008 05:16:39 | More by barleywinefiend
Photo of maddogruss

New Jersey

3.65/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a bottle of this into a glass mug.

A: Pours a dark brown body with a small, off-white head with ok retention and decent lacing along the sides of the glass until the finish.

S: A nice, floral, hoppy smell with slightly malty undertones.

T: A nice, hoppy taste with some malts evident in the aftertaste. Some hops in the aftertaste, but the malts did well to balance the hops.

M: A smooth mouthfeel that was kind of refreshing.

D: A nice balance of mouthfeel and taste makes this a fairly drinkable beer overall. The combination of a smooth and refreshing beer with a nice hoppy taste, balanced by some malts, makes this beer a fairly interest and nice drinking beer. Pick up one and enjoy a session with it, if you can.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2008 01:55:26 | More by maddogruss
Photo of Metalmonk

North Carolina

3.68/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Label says this is "a bastardized Scottish style red ale"...well alright! You gotta love American craft brewers and their continued defiance of norms.

My oh my, what a beautiful beer. I poured it aggressively and the cap produced is two-inches high and rocky. It squashes itself down quickly, but the voluminous lace it leaves is great consolation for the shrunken head (har har). Color is a deep rust/ruby hue. Entrancing.

Aroma is imbued with hops and a toasted malt center, but its entirety is sort of mellow. Not so much subtle as veiled. A few quick pulls...a few long inhalations...a few minutes of rest and another try...and I don't get much from it. My sniffer's working fine, as I just had a Troegs Hopback that was aromatically loud & clear. Hmm.

Traces of a Scottish-style red ale exist in the flavor, with a damp musty element and toasted spices threading their way through. Hops are raw, leafy, and aggressive. Roasted grains stay on the tongue long into the finish, as does some hop bitterness. Round malty sweetness? Look for it elsewhere.

This one's a little sharp in flavor and feel, kind of raw and pungent...not insanely drinkable, but very enjoyable nevertheless. Unapologetically hoppy, and why not?

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2008 22:04:45 | More by Metalmonk
Photo of Drewcifer


4.4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a very nice amber brown with a good sized fluffy off-white head to it. The head took a while to settle, and left some serious lacing.

The aroma is even parts earthy, roasted malt and floral/citrus hops, a very nice back-and-forth effect.

Much like the aroma, the taste is well balanced, a fight between malts and hops, with the winner being the drinker. Toasted, slightly sweet malts and citrus and pine hops flavors. A dry finish, slightly tart.

Carbonation is just right, smooth texture, with a body on the heavier side of medium.

Overall, a very enjoyable beer, one of the best examples I've had of an amber ale, and a quality brew that will get return visits to my fridge.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2008 21:18:56 | More by Drewcifer
Photo of PhageLab


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

Served in a standard pint glass.

A - Deep ruby/brown coloration, nice three tip head which managed to stay the whole way down, decent lacing.

S - Hops hit the nose instantly, with some spices and caramel malts in the finish.

T - Well balanced but I'd say the hops are less dominant on tap than what I remember from the bottles. With a bit more of a muted hop profile, a lot of the spicy and malty tones shine through here, and that's not a bad thing.

M - Feels like it should be thicker than it is, but I can't really complain. Nice carbonation level and a decently dry finish.

D - Very good, I had a pint with dinner than two more afterwards, and had I stayed any longer, I would've had another! A nicely crafted ale and certainly one worth trying.

Serving type: on-tap

04-07-2008 19:24:18 | More by PhageLab
Photo of avalon07

South Carolina

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

A: When poured from a bottle to a pint glass, had a good amber color. There was a big head and nice lacing.

S: Subtle hops smell, along with some kind of sweets. Aroma is underplayed, but solid.

T: The bitter hops dominate the taste. Also some caramel and a bit of malt. This is a decently well-balanced taste.

M: Very good amount of carbonation and a dry finish.

D: On the whole this is a drinkable beer. It's complex enough to hold your interest and it goes down easy.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2008 13:06:42 | More by avalon07
Photo of MiguelMandingo


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

I really enjoy Bear Republic brews, and I am glad that they are distributed in Texas now.

Poured part of a bomber into a pint glass.

Appearance - It produced a 2 finger solid head. The head had a latte foam texture and left behind decent lacing. The brew is a hazy reddish brown with a little bit of sediment floating in it.

Smell- It smells pretty nice. It had a mild sweetness in the smell, almost caramel like. It has a floral hops scent - very grapefruity. It also smells grainy, and slightly toasty.

Taste- The flavor is pretty good. It is decently balanced - citrus hoppy bitterness with crackery toasty caramel malt. Very tasty.

Mouthfeel- This beer feels pretty decent. It is medium bodied, and slightly sticky. It has a good level of carbonation - very lively.

Drinkability- This is a really good beer. It has a great hoppy bitterness - perfect for any hophead.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2008 04:20:29 | More by MiguelMandingo
Photo of jdoncbus


4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice redddish-amber brown, moderate carbonation, impressive lacing, with a respectable tan head.

Toasty malt on the nose followed with sweet, honeycomb hop notes.

Balance is the key to this one. The palate is introduced to a sweet, toasty maltiness then rounded out well with a mild, pine and citrus hops. The mouth is left nice and tart - a pleasing dryness.

What can you say? Another solid offering from Bear Republic. Have meant to pick this one up for a few years but never did and will certaintly do so again.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2008 00:08:16 | More by jdoncbus
Photo of jkane101

New Jersey

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

Poured from a 22 oz bomber into a standard pint glass.

Pours a brownish red with a cream white head...very very nice lacing! The smell tells you right away that they have hopped up this Amber ale. Initial taste brings a good hop bite balanced by a malty middle...finishes with a nice subtle bitterness. Medium bodied, fair amount of carbonation....this is a very nice brew indeed.

Bear Republic has yet to disappoint... recommended.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2008 22:15:53 | More by jkane101
Photo of Pencible


3.48/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A Scottish style red ale, this poured with plenty of head and lots of sediment. (I think this is the first beer I've ever had with sediment, which as I understand should be left in rather than being filtered out prior to drinking.)

It had a moderate amount of pine hops up front with even more malt flavoring behind that. Nothing but hops lingering in the aftertaste, but it wasn't too strong. The texture wasn't quite as dark or heavy as any other red I've had, and it was somewhat smooth. But overall it nothing spectacular.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2008 21:42:09 | More by Pencible
Photo of mikesgroove

South Carolina

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

So, it is kinda sad that I never got the chance to try this one before this weekend, but then again, I think it is a good thing as I got to try it for the first time on tap, which is what it is all about right. So I ordered this as my last of the evening down at Barleys as I was looking for something a little tame to seal off the night. This comes out to me as a deep dark red, lots of ruby tones mixed in with a thick brown base. Really nice color here. Great clarity that you could see right though to the carbonation that was rippling up toward the service. A very nice head of foam formed on the top of this one, maybe a height of two inches would be about right, and this kinda of sat there for a little while before dropping down to a nice thin pillow that covered the rest of the top of it. Great side glass presentation capped it off nicely and what you have here is a fine looking red ale.

The aroma was as malty as I was expecting. Deep tones of bready malts coming through almost immediately, with a deep underlying earthy and grainy taste to it, kind of musky and very nice and typical of the style. Lots of caramelized sugar here sweeten it up and I started to detect just the slightest bit of hoppiness in the finish. Everything pointing to a very nice experience here. The flavor was spot on for the style. Rich medium bodied ale that was more then well carbonated, and had a good bit of life in it as well. Great malt flavor coming though here, very bready with a good amount of a hop kick in the finish. Lots of sweet caramel and sugar flavors and a nice touch of fresh grass ringing through on the finish. Very nice example here. The finish was great, super smooth and a touch dry, just enough to make you come back and get a bit more from it. This was a classic for me and exactly what I was looking for at the time.

Overall, this was a great session ale. I was not looking for anything over the top, so I was glad it was the way it was. Nothing special, just an all around solid amber here. Could always be a good call and a great one to just kick back and watch the game with. Would definitely recommend this one.

Serving type: on-tap

03-25-2008 11:25:29 | More by mikesgroove
Photo of pwoods


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

22oz. brown bomber, purchased at Jungle Jim's, poured into a pint. No dating.

A: Pours a blood tinted shoe leather that's only a few shades off opaque. 1 finger of slightly off white creamy head struggles to form a bit but holds nicely. Great lacing throughout.

S: Very subtle. Some light hops; floral and acidic. Malts are light and crisp with a caramel sweetness and maybe some ghost like peat.

T/M: Nice Red ale backbone. Sweet and malty with a light pepper bite. This one is pleasantly hoppy but certainly not over done. Would actually be interested in seeing more hops... but when am I not >:) Body is a bit above full and very creamy.

D: Tasty and very drinkable. Bomber wasn't too expensive either.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2008 04:05:40 | More by pwoods
Photo of illidurit


3.85/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice shade of red, somewhere between garnet and mahogany. An inch of tan head caps this beer, leaving streaks of sticky lace as it reduces to a halo.

Aroma is quite hoppy. Lots of tangy citrus and toasty sweetness in about a (respective) 65-35 proportion.

The hops are a little more toned down in the flavor. The balance is nearly perfect between the citrus and the toasty caramel. The hop bitterness comes through in the finish.

Lively carbonation, medium body, sticky and long finish. Easily drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2008 07:07:35 | More by illidurit
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3.18/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This was one gorgeous-looking beer -- deep garnet color with a creamy off-white head that almost looked like it came from a cask or a nitro can.

The smell was overwhelmingly powerful hops. Strong floral notes, perhaps some pine resin and grapefruit. Almost no malt in the nose to speak of.

The taste was like the smell -- hops, hops and more hops. This is one aggressively hopped beer. Unfortunately this is also one seriously unbalanced beer. I had a lot of trouble detecting more than the most subtle malt presence. None of the toasty notes or caramel flavors I've come to expect in an amber ale. I consider myself to be a hophead -- I liked the bitterness -- but I considered the hops to be aggressive here to the point of harshness, and I want something more to go along with that.

Good mouthfeel -- very crisp and snappy. But not balanced enough to be drinkable. You have to work way to hard to find the complexities in here beyond different hop sensations.

Kind of reminiscent of some of the Anderson Valley selections where they're so overhopped you can't tell that anything else is there.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2008 03:43:32 | More by eberkman
Photo of InandOutBeerGuys


5/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This could very well be my favorite beer, period. I cant imagine a way to improve on this beer. Sticky sweet caramel notes an awesome mouthfeel, big citrusy smack of hops, beautiful aroma & a clean finish and not too much ABV to keep you from more than one. I just stare...at the ruby brown hues... mmm a perfect beer. I think I just talked myself into another case.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2008 15:24:56 | More by InandOutBeerGuys
Photo of dmamiano

West Virginia

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

They say on the label this is a "bastardized" Scottish style red ale....I say, its good.
Beer poured a dark,red with a big head. The lacing was incredible, maybe the finist ever seen.
Very distinctive in flavor, malty, sweet like cotton candy..then very balanced with a huge aroma and flavor of the hops. Big in both faavor and aroma.
Mouthfeel was excellent.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2008 16:36:00 | More by dmamiano
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West Virginia

3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice dark brown color, clear and a bit of tan head.

Aroma of roasted malt, caramel and some nice big earthy fruity hops. Good balance here. Taste is big on hops, fruity and full, with caramel and dark malt intermingled. Finishes nice and bitter but does not linger in the mouth for long.

Nice body and good carbonation level. Pretty easily drinkable for sure. It's pushing its way up toward and Imperial version of the style but yet not quite getting there I think. I have no problem with that at all. Nice beer!

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2008 15:34:47 | More by ZimZamZoom
Red Rocket Ale from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 2,244 ratings.