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Red Rocket Ale - Bear Republic Brewing Co.

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Red Rocket AleRed Rocket Ale

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2,405 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,405
Reviews: 1,141
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 11.11%
Wants: 116
Gots: 156 | 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 stephens101
3.6/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark copper with burnt red hues on the fringes. A two-plus finger, extremely bubbly, dark tan head tops the brew, slowly fades, and leaves a thick web of lacing behind. Aroma involves a good mix of earthy hops and caramel malts with some sweet bread in the distant background. On the palate the malts slowly succumb to the oily hops which rise to the forefront toward the end and really reach out and hit on the way down the throat. Mouth-feel is comparatively thick, but viscous, and highly drinkable, with a furtive 6.8% abv. Not my favorite Bear Republic brew so far, but not bad.

Photo of RyanC84
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a beautiful deep cooper with a huge two finger head that coats the glass with lace.

S: The Centennial and Cascade hops make their presence known and are soon followed by the caramel malt. I've never smelled another amber that even came close to this one. Almost perfectly balanced.

T: Grassy hops shine and coat the tongue but are soon followed by a smooth and sweet malt base. This a wonderful beer.

M & D: Medium to full bodied. It achieves the hop bitterness I'm looking for but is mellow enough on the finish to make this a session. While the 6.8 % ABV isn't low, this beer feels like it is much higher.

Bear Republic has made the gold standard by which all other Amber Ales should be judged.

Photo of JoeBloe
4.33/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a good one for this rainy sunday afternoon - pours out nice with a creamy 2 finger head - aroma is earthy and bready - color shows up more brown than red, maybe due to the dreary day - tastes just fine with a nice balance between thick malt and hop finish - just noticing some sediment in 2nd glass - no worry - some head remains w/ decent lacing down the glass - this one's a winner - wish i had another to follow this one with - good stuff

Photo of JRed
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep red, almost brown in body with large milky off-white head that leaves plenty of lacing. A full aroma of malt, hops, bread, and some black pepper, and earthy undertones. Thick, viscous in body with assertive flavors. Earth, some dark fruit in the background, cloves, hops that give off an almost minty sensation through the center to the finish, biscuits, beautiful light note of caramel at the end. One of the best brews I've ever had. A great balance of malt and hops that could please nearly any beer enthusiast.

Photo of theboozecruise
4.38/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a room temp. pint glass. Dark brown color, not quite like a stout but dark for this style, with a creamy tan head. Looks delicious.

Smells like a nice combo of malts and hops, pretty strong on the hops as to be expected from the guys at Bear Republic.

The taste is a little backwards, hops up front with a bit of malty flavor towards the back of each sip. Superbly balanced, almost overdone on the hops but not quite. Definitely at that fine line, but not across it.

I'm quite impressed once again with Bear Republic. Fantastic beer.

Photo of jculler82
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle to a pint glass.

Pours brown with nice red edges and a two finger tan head. The smell is wonderful, nice bitter citrusy hops, more bitterness than citrus. I realize bitter isn't exactly a smell, but thats the best way I can describe it. There is a sweet malt background to the smell, its really a great smelling beer.

The taste starts off with roasted, almost slightly burnt, malts and then the hop bitterness takes over, but doesn't overwhelm. The finish is a nice hop bitterness that lingers well after the swallow. Good medium mouthfeel.

I rated drinkability a touch lower than the other categories because for my taste, the beer wouldn't session as well as some. For my tastes the bitter roasty flavor would require me to move to either a hoppier or maltier beer after 1 or 2.

Overall, still a great beer that I would go back to anytime.

Photo of rwrk42
4.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark black/amber reddish color with some nice head
Smell: Nice smell a caramel malt and the right amount of hops
Taste: Nice malt taste with a good caramel malt flavor. Finishes nice with a good balance and just the right amount of hop bitterness
A very good ale which I recommend

Photo of BuffaloTapHugger
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark black/brown reddish tint in color. Some nice half-inch head that stuck around a bit and beautiful lacing that remind me of aging lines on a big tree.

S: The malt senses are notable followed by some earthy tones.

T: Sweet malt up front then a blast of hops. Its hard to say who wins, but if I had to pick it would be the hops on the followthrough.

M: Medium bodied, slight carbonation, little sticky.

D: Very drinkable. I like the presence of the sweet roasted malts in the beginning and then the nice hit of the WC hop action. A great presentation of the style.

Recommended to both the malt heads as well as there arch rival those pesty hop heads, who are always wanting more...

Photo of Tone
3.65/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, dark amber color and appears a lighter amber along the edges. 1/2 inch head of a pale tan color. Decent retention and decent lacing. Smells of hops first, then some slight spice (all spice), and then some sweet malt. Fits the style of an American Amber/Red Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp. High carbonation level and a noticeable dryness. Tastes strongly of hops up front, then some spice (all spice?) come through, and finally some slight sweet malt in the finish. Overall, a very well blended brew.

Photo of skrib09
4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured out a really dark brown with a great forming dark eggshell head.

excellent blend of malt and hops in the smell. i would say the hops overwhelm the malt structure just a little bit.

taste is of dark malts with some sweetness played against by the citrus and pine of the addition of hops.

i get some astringency in the mouth, maybe from the hops, and a slight dryness towards the back of the palate.

drinkability is good because this beer is great.

Photo of GatorBeerNerd
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bomber purchased from Green's in Greenville, SC. Poured into a Sierra Nevada Hop Tulip glass.

A: Pours a nice mahogany color with a frothy tan colored head. It isn't a large head, but it has very good retention and a decent amount of lacing. Looks good.

S: A nice mix of caramel malts with some hop aromas coming along for the ride.

T: The malt is up front as you would expect for the style. A nice caramel malt flavor. The finish balances out the sweetness with a nice hop bitterness. I am not a big fan of the style, but this one is very tasty.

M: Nice and creamy due to an excellent in mouth carbonation level. The beer has a medium thickness.

D: It is not quite as drinkable as others in the style. The hops which give it a much better overall taste for the style, also cause the drinkability to be reduced.

Photo of farrago
3.13/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Thick, creamy head, more like suds than bubbles, light red-brown color to it, good deal of lacing. In the glass the liquid manages to appear more red than brown, about as dark as red gets, that said, remains mostly transparent. In the nose the malt scents of cocoa and brown sugar have trouble finding their footing, just about the same for the raisin, cherry, apricot fruit, the big blast of bitter hops, white pepper, straw, cut grass and tea leaves, doesn't integrate into a whole. Medium-bodied, similar experience in the mouth with kind of flat-footed carbonation not helping organize the gang in one direction. The hoppy bite creates rye, raw grains, pine cone, grapefruit and orange citrus flavors while likely at the same time contributing to its arch dryness and diminishing the enjoyment of the former. Caramel, cocoa and brown sugar can't sweeten things up much. At times it seems ego-driven, showing off for no real reason. Has the elements to be a superior quaff but without a real game plan it's just a workout to finish the glass.

Photo of WalterSobchak
3.48/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a deep amber/mahogany with a one finger head, no lacing.
Toasted malts and brown sugar are all I can get out of this.
Surprisingly bright malt flavors move quickly into a hops punch. Not much balance but very interesting flavors. I like this one for its spin on an red ale.
A bit oily on the palate and a linger hops in the back of the throat.
Good for a couple of glasses but it's a bit too rich in malts for my likes.

Photo of MrDerp
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Dark rich amber coloring
S - Slightly hoppy, but no real strong smell one way or the other
T - Taste is citrus/fruit ish, with a distinguished hop flavor in the background. The hop flavor is present, especially in the aftertaste but it isn't particularly aggressive. It's definitely not the first thing you taste.
M - Strong with a medium body

Overall, a fantastic American amber beer. The flavors aren't particularly strong or overpowering, but everything fits together into a very smooth light beer that is great anytime of the year from summer through winter. Highly recommended.

Photo of dfillius
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a pint glass
A: Moderate pour yields 2/3 finger of light tan head. Dark ruby red. Pretty with great head retention. I can't imagine improvement on looks.
S: Apple cider, apricot, bread, and something I can't place. Not strong in hops.
T: Bitter core with thin malt covering. Interesting, but not cohesive. A lot of hops make this better than an average red. Good but disparate flavors of malt and hop don't blend.
M: Thin for all the beauty and great smell. Fills out with warmth into a smooth malt specimen with a bitter bite.
D: This is an exercise in proper serving temperature. Drinkability and smell increased significantly with warming. This is a solid beer and a session ale all the way.

Photo of theghost3
4.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this into a mug. Color was cloudy rust with ruby notes. There was a 2-finger tan head that dissapated quickly leaving a ring & some lacing.

Scent was mainly toasted malts, dark fruits, yeast, & a hint of floral hops. The taste was strong of the toasted malt & sweet dark-skinned fruit, but then gave way to bitter hops. Mouthfeel was really smooth.

This is a very easy-drinking Red Ale. Interesting balance of burnt toasty malts, dark fruits & bitter hops.

Photo of bluemoonswoon
3.85/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured out into the New Belgium tulip.

A: Deep mahogany brown, rich with rusted copper tones, though topped with a less than impressive quarter inch of sandy, toffee-colored head. Mild retention.

S: Rich and roasty malts couple quite well with a nicely underscored hop earthyness.

T/MF: Quite roasty, caramel and deep (almost woody) earthy hopiness, almost a chocolty kind of sweeness here. Thick and chewy mouthfeel makes this beer seem much larger than it is and at 6.8 that is saying something.

D: A overall and all around good beer, if just a little ugly. Would like to get my hands on this beer straight from the tap at the brewery, as I'm sure it would be out of this world, this one seems to have lost a touch in the ways of hopiness for this bottle at least.

Photo of brewintheLou
4.4/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours very dark, but the amber color can seen on the sides of the glass. Thick foamy head sticks to the glass all the way down.

Smell is subtle fruitiness with slight hop.

Taste has a very nice blend of hop which is not overpowering and a silky smooth malt. Mouthfeel is full and slighly chewy. Just like the other Bear Republic beers this is a very drinkable and deliciuos brew.

Photo of animal69
4.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours a deep, slightly cloudy, ruby-red copperish color w/ a very thick, frothy white tinged with yellow head that stands a full 1+" or so above my goblet and never really settles before completly coating it with a thick lace : a strong piney hop aroma with some faint notes of dark fruits and phenols ; taste is also predominated by citrusy hop flavor, a strong initial hop bite that is balanced by only slightly by a rich bready, toasty malt base w/ a faint buttery/caramel undertone ; a med-full body made creamier by the abundant co2 levels ; a damn fine red ale, very drinkable once you get past the gargantuan everlasting head...

Photo of ritzkiss
4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber pours a dark amber, more reddish on the sides in the light. A finger of coppery head that sticks around and leaves good sticky lacing down the side. Pretty much how you want an amber to look.

Smell is strong hops off the top, hints of citrus and overall freshness/sweet summer air!

On the taste, again the hops comes right to the front, wasn't expecting it to be quite so hoppy! Again, some lemon, grapefruit, caramel to balance it out in the back. Refreshing! Great mouthfeel, good carbonation.

This could easily be my summer go-to beer, I am impressed. The hops is in-your-face but as you drink it's nicely, albeit subtly, matched with the malts. At 6.8% you drink a couple of these and be rockin' for the night!

Photo of waldoiverson
4.45/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz into US Pint

A: Slightly clouded dark caramel with redish tint, good head slightly offwhite head with moderately small bubbles

S: very mellow lemongrassy sort of hop with sweet middle, not overly potent but smooth

T: Hops that carry over that lemongrass flavor, with burst of dark caramel malt, and then well contained alcohol. Big bitterness throughout the experience

M: Smooth and creamy but the bitterness keeps dryness in the picture

D: I love this. It is simply delicious and i'll drink it any time of year.

Photo of jujubeast6000
3.1/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed 9/24/2007 (bottle):

Pours a dark brown reddish color, dark white head, average, diminishing. Very pine hoppy aroma, some alcohol. Sweet, slight grapefruity smell. Sweet taste, slightly syrupy. Taste of pine. Slightly heavy body, bubbly, good mouthfeel. Okay.

Photo of steadydose
3.85/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured half of the 22 oz in a goblet. Thick 1/2 inch of khaki head, w/ lively carbonation. Dark amber beer with lighter brown/red tinges when viewed from different angles. Sticky lace is left on the sides of the glass, as the beer slowly disappears.

The initial smell is piney, floral hops followed by a little sweetness that reminds me of toffee. I have never tried this beer and was suprised at how hoppy the smell was.

First sip and the taste was full of hoppiness. Piney, citrus like hops wich finished w/ a good amount of bitterness that sticks around for a couple of seconds. I drank the 22 oz in about a 90 min span, and the beer slowly gained a little more balance between the bitter and sweet of the hops and malt.

The mouthfeel was light to medium bodied with soft carbonation, which left a light coating of slickness in my mouth.

Overall a good beer. I will definetly drink again at some point.

Photo of SShelly
4.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured in a "fizzy yellow beer is for wussies." glass.

nice citrus aroma with a little bit of malt behind. crystal clear with a nice dark ruby color, 1/2" of thick head that sticks around for a minute.

Nice bitter burst at the beggining with some great citrus, nice caramel malt to back it up, leaves great citrus in the mouth, nice mouthfeel.

very drinkable, probably just behind evil dead red on my best west coast red list.

Photo of Minkybut
3.1/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I poured this beer into my tumbler at 50 degrees. I thought the beer looked really great at first with a nice black color and fine bubbles in the head. The taste was hoppy with a taste of caramel involved. The smelll was hoppy just like the taste. I would most likely try this one again though a little hoppy for me.

Red Rocket Ale from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 2,405 ratings.