1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Red Rocket Ale - Bear Republic Brewing Co.

Not Rated.
Red Rocket AleRed Rocket Ale

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.

2,405 Ratings

(view ratings)
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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | Likes | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Red Rocket Ale Alström Bros
Ratings: 2,405 | Reviews: 1,141 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of slaman992003
4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A : clear, with a nice head that declined over about 15 - 20 minutes.
S : This is what got me. I don't know what I was expecting, but there is a lot going on here. I sensed malt...and a hint of something like blueberries? Certainly a strong/pleasant fruity hop aroma.

T: I don't like the current trend of higher and higher alcohol beers, so 6.8% is probably pushing it for me. However, I did not get that "alcoholic" beer taste (bordering on barleywine). I spent 30 minutes savoring the beer and then popped a second one...

Mouthfeel : I thought it was medium carbonated and a nice balance between carbonation and cloying sweetness.

drinkability : See taste. This may be one of my favorite new beers. The sad thing is I found it in a specialty grocery store and this was the last 6 pack....bummer.

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

12 ounce bottle from BevMo, poured into a pint glass.

A: Dark burgundy color...pretty dark for an amber. Quite hazy. Very nice 2-3 finger tan head, major retention and heavy pitting, nice lacing as well.

S: Good malt up from with mild tropical esters and some brown-sugary sweetness, along with a really nice whiff of citrus hops.

T: A bit roasty actually...the opening malt bill is a bit like Fat Tire, but quickly gives way to the hops. Hops are citrus all the way, a nice grapefruit flavor that lingers for a while. The finish is hoppy but also has a bit of burnt flavor as well.

MF: Thin to medium bodied, and extremely carbonated, almost to the pale ale point. Seems much more carbonated than most ambers ales I've had.

D: Supremely drinkable...the alcohol gets you a nice buzz but nothing outrageous. Flavors are very nice and well balanced. This would be good any time of the year. I guess I wish it were a bit less bubbly, but I don't think it really detracts from the beer. One of the best in this style that I've had.

Photo of ph2001
3.48/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle in pint glass

pors a deep amber color and has two or so fingers of head. it smells of citrus and hops. there is a bitter hop taste and also a strange sweetness to it about halfway through the taste, it sort of reminded me of the sweetness in a pink lemonade. weird. the bite of the hops linger for a good while though. it's a pretty light body and pretty drinkable, a little odd though.

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

Grabbed this one over the summer and just cracked it open. Poured it into my pint glass...

A: Pours a gorgeous translucent dark copper red with the stickiest, ceramist khaki color head. The head is synonymous with glue - sticks incredibly to the side of the glass.

S: Tons of hop smells in the nose - both pine and citrus. Pine hops are a tad more prevalent with a nice grassy and grain scent.

T: The taste is extremely flavorful of fresh bittering hops. After the hops clear your palate, there are very nice caramel notes and Munich notes also. Some nice grapefruit flavors.

Overall, this is a medium bodied very hoppy and flavorful red ale. Bear Republic does not disappoint.

Photo of funkyspunk87
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From Bear Republic Brewing Co.

Red Rocket Ale
Bear Republic Brewing Co.
Style: American Amber / Red Ale
ABV: 6.80 %

Disclaimer: I am really not a big fan of Amber Ales, but out of all of them that I tried - this one is the best.

Smoother and more flavourful than most of the ambers I've had. If you don't like Fat Tire or American Ale, maybe you should give this one a shot before giving up on the Ambers.

Photo of tr4nc3d
3.63/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice light brownish color. Leaves a small head with nice lacing that attaches to your glass.

Smells toffe like, caramel, malty.

First thing to notice was a bitter taste to it, then a hint of caramel-toffe like taste that last on your tounge for a while. Nothing Impressing.

Mouthfeel was medium body, creamy, with kinda of overpowering alcohol taste even though its only 6.8%.

Overall my opinion was that this beer didn't do it for me. I mean it was an ok brew but thought it would be much better and it didn't live to my expectations.

Photo of morimech
3.98/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a reddish brown with a small head that never settles. Heavy lacing is left on the glass surface.

It has mostly a hop aroma. The malt is just hinted at through the nose.

It starts with a big, bitter hop flavor. Then it finishes with a caramel and slightly sweet malt flavor. Just a hint of alcohol is noted in the flavor. Definately on the hoppy, bitter side of balance.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. The texture is nothing special.

A big Red Ale and nice tasting. The heavier body and high ABV limits drinkability.

Photo of Chugmonkey
4.8/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Hmmm, a hoppy Scottish Ale? Sounds good in theory and totally rocks in reality.

Deep dark rich mahogony color with reddish highlights. Giant pillowy tannish head - just a bombshell looking beer that made my mouth water.

Aroma is intense toffee, caramel, and hoppy - wow.

Taste is pure yumminess - toffee, caramel, fuzz of chocolate, a strong pronounced bitterness in the finish. Super rich and satisfying, slight warming at finish, but plenty of bitterness to balance all the sweet flavors.

So much going on that your tastebuds are just wowed and stunned, but you still crave more cuz it's just that f'n good. I only had 1 12oz bottle and savored every sip, could have used a couple more.

This beer executes on all phases. One kick ass brew here - I will be hording some more on my next trip to the store.

Photo of doppelmeup
3.93/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: This ale poured a rich mahogony with a gorgeous, rich thick pillowy head. As I swirl the beer in my tulip glass, the head continues to refresh.

Aroma: I am a bit surprised that there is not a greater intensity. The beer smells fresh and green, but doesn't possess a huge aroma.

Taste: The first flavor I notice from this beer is a slightly bitter hop taste that lingers on the palate. The hops are definitely present, but it seems to be missing some malt presence. Some slight chocolate malt flavors make themselves felt, but the hoppiness dominates.

Mouthfeel: Lighter than expected. The hop oils linger on the palate long after the beer is gone.

Overall: This is a solid brew, but I have had other amber ales that I find better, most notably Terrapin's Big Hoppy Monster and Lagunitas' Lucky 13. This beer is more on the lines of Troegs Hopback Amber. A good beer, but not the best I've had of this style.

Photo of HomeRunBaker
3.65/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Red Rocket looked great in the glass, a really cool amber red color. I didn't pick up much in the smell. It had a somewhat hoppy taste, but the hops weren't too overpowering. I liked this one but wasn't crazy about it, which is likely due more to me not enjoying the style than to the beer itself.

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

poured from a 12oz bottle into a shaker pint.

a. rich, dark, and thick looking. The color (and almost consistency) of fresh motor oil with that beautiful roan amber showing through. Very dark body covered with a ferocious amber-cream head, leaving a garter-like lacing plastered at the top, with hefty creamy lacing following down the glass.

s. strong aroma for an amber. Rich malts take the forefront, with strong hops following closely with pine and light citrus notes. fermenting red apples, oranges, and under-ripe banana give an interesting, powerful, slightly alcoholic smell to the mix. The strong smell is almost intoxicating and very inviting.

t. strong malts with strong pine hop. The citrus and fruit on the nose disappear in the mouth, leaving a very pleasant malty bitterness from first taste to finish. A very strong, almost crunchy maltiness prevails and makes the bitter pine and juniper of the hops comforting and pleasing to the pallete.

m. Thick and creamy. Mouthfeel is almost stout-like, which stands up to the almost-overpowering flavor beautifully. rich carbonation adds some lightness to the viscosity. It's a true pleasure to drink. Despite its creaminess and pine sap character, there's no oily residue left on the tongue, which helps the carbonation accentuate the malts.

d. Strong for a sub 7% abv ale, with a very present alcohol taste. That being said, it's very enjoyable to actually drink - something a lot of strong amber ales just don't quite manage. The mouthfeel combined with the strong hops and malts make this a red ale excellent. Definitely worth experiencing.

Photo of timbro81
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poura a deep reddish brown, topped by a 1/4 off-white head. Carbonation is lively. Smell is of hops, dense caramel malts. Taste is fairly deep as well, more malts dominated by piney hops just keep coming. Also tastes like there might be some rye malts in there too. Very nice mouthfeel, somewhat silky. A very enjoyable Red Ale, as they seem to be few and far between.

Photo of philbe311
3.68/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Rich foamy off white head off a generic pour... Darker than expected... Brown with a slight red hue... Translucent, but teetering toward opaque... Medium carbonation is visible... Coats glass well, leaving nice circular lace...

S - Grapefruit / hops... Malts... Nutty... Well balanced, but mild aroma...

T - Quick hit of malt followed by bitter hoppiness... Caramel... Alcohol lingers...

M - Medium bodied and creamy... Lush... Bitter pucker on the finish...

D - Solid brew... Good, but not outstanding... Heavy alcohol taste for a beer that is < 7% ABV...

Bottle / Artwork - Simple crayon inspired red rocket and font on a cream colored centerpiece on an otherwise black label...

Photo of Monkeyknife
3.53/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle a dark clear ruby with two fingers of creamy tan head.

Aroma of grassy hops brown sugar, and rye bread.

Big tastes of bitter hops, and dark, toasted malts. A hint of spice crosses the tongue as well. Finish is quite bitter which lingers between sips.

Medium bodied, wet, and moderately carbonated.

A tad too much bitterness for my taste. Still a quality red ale and one to look for.

Photo of birchstick
3.98/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark ruby with a frothy head
S - Smells predominately of hops, with a little bit of pepper.
T - This is by far and away the hoppiest amber ale I have had, but that is not necessarily a bad thing. It tastes very similar to an IPA with a bit of pepper and sweet and burnt malts thrown in. As it warms, the hops become less dominant and allows for a nice balance, albeit the hops still are pretty dominant.
M - A little thin and watery; goes down smoothly
D - I finished the bomber without a problem and look forward to having some more from this brewery in the future.

Photo of scruffwhor
4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer looks almost red rust, red wine, and some kool-aid. Very spongey, airey head right ater the pour, but the dissipaton is swift before I even take a sip. The aroma is like pouring hop syrup over a just opened bag of rice, white bread, and fresh crushed mint. Mint and orange peel hit the palate first. They hang on tight throughout th whole sip while herbal tobacco and biscuit notes meld with the hop resins. Palate is chewy an has a long, slow lingering bitterness. Pleasantly bitter red ale. Would love to try this beer on tap.

Photo of MisterClean
3.85/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Bear Republic tasting at the Rubicon tonight.

A - Dark auburn-red, dissipates slow, the head sticks around and leaves the slightest lacing.

S - Honey, malts, caramel, and grassy hops.

T - Malty, honey, caramel, and with a slight earthiness.

M - No bitterness, great smooth tasting beer.

D - Good, really smooth, and easy to drink for a 6+ ABV.

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

Pours an opaque reddish-brown color, with a fluffy cream colored head that leaves a generous lace with each sip. The big aroma here is a bold floral hop, with sweet malt and maybe even a bit of apple as well. Upon first taste, the bold hop profile was the first thing that I noticed, with buttery and caramel malt flavors in the background, and a slight warming alcohol presence at the finish. This one is a bit heavy and sticky on the palate, but finishes easier then one might think. Not something you'd want to pound a 6'er of in one sitting, but a damn fine brew in it's own right. This one can stand toe-to-toe with Arrogant Bastard any day in my book.

Photo of tweeder263
3.8/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours out a highly carbonated red brew with 2 finger head. Smells of sweet malt smells mildly hopped.taste of sweet malt and fairly hopped up. I was surprised about the hop content. Mouthfeel is nothing special. This is a very drinkable beer will definitely buy again.

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

A dark, deep ruby red color, almost a brown color. A small light brown head forms on top, dissolving away to a film. A strong malty fragrance with a sweet fruity aroma. That is followed by a light grassy scent, blending to a mild citric aroma the end. A rich malty, caramel sweetness at the front of each taste. Then a grassy, tobacco flavor follows. It then blends to grapefruit bitterness at the end. A full to medium bodied feel, a rich to smooth feel, slightly slick midway, it leaves subtle dry finish at the back of the palate. his is a very good to great tasting beer, this is a solid beer all the way through.

Photo of FtownThrowDown
3.63/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a ruby red brown in color with a nice inch or so of off white head. Smell is caramel malt and some hops. Taste shows more of the hops, but there is enough malt to balance it out. I'm also getting a bit of spice. I'm really enjoying this beer. Bittering and non-cloying on the tongue.

Photo of wiseguy142
4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Appearance is a dark raisny plum color with a nice thick frothy tan head. Nice sticky lacing and there's always a decent head lying on the beer. Aroma is of sweet hops balanced with a nutty malt flavor. There's a very strong "deep" nutty malt aroma here that I'd expect from a Belgian or a complex sweet stout, which I really enjoy. Taste predominantly comes from the bittering hops- at first a bit overwhelming (I'm not a hophead..) but it goes well with the light rum and bready tones of the malt. Also a very strong hop aftertaste, both from the bittering and flavoring hops, with a slight dried prune taste. I'd say that the mouthfeel is dead on- smooth up front and in the back with a nice peak in acidity from the carbonation and hops in the middle. I'd say this might be a little more drinkable on draft and it gets more malty and bready as it gets warmer. Overall very nice.

Photo of ckeegan04
4.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Dark amber color with bright ruby red highlights when held up to light. Two finger light brown head. Head slowly fades and leaves great lacing.

S - Sweet aroma of dark fruits and spicy hops. Hints of caramel from the dark malts as well.

T - Very sweet dark malt taste. Caramel and dark fruits come to mind. A light piney hop bitterness comes through in the middle but not as strong as expected. Finishes with a bittersweet taste.

M/D - Full bodied and very creamy. Just enough carbonation to give it a little bight. Very drinkable.

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

First off, a big thanks to ncvbc for sending this one my way. Cheers!

A- This one pours a deep Mahogany color, head is 1/4", sticky and oily, and leaves a good bit of lacing down the sides of the glass. When held to light, it is nice and clear, and highlights of yellow pass through the body. Very nice looking brew!

S- Definitely rich caramel up front with chocolate malt nicely added to the mix. Further down, the hops come at you with florals and citrus tones then followed up nicely by some woodsy/smokiness.

T- Rich and oaky up front, touch of chocolate, rich caramel, herbal/root like tastes, earthy, good and bitter, maple syrup and brown sugar. Wow, a lot is going on here.

M- Medium to light in the mouth and nicely carbonated.

D- I usually do not like opening bombers by myself; I like sharing them with friends. I am very glad no one is around on this one; its all mine. I love this beer! Too bad I cannot get Bear Republic in GA yet. Hopefully it will come here someday soon!

Photo of CrellMoset
3.98/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from Whole Foods, Charlottesville, VA. Poured into a 22 oz. Terrapin snifter.

Appearance: Pours a surprisingly dark color, more brown than red, with a nice bubbly, rough-looking creamy tan head. Poured very thick, and the slowness with which the pinpoint-fine bubbles arc along the curvature of the glass and join the head confirm this is a fairly thick, sticky beer.

Aroma: Pleasant but muted. Toasty malts, caramel, lemon zest and hop vegetal notes.

Taste: A nice combination of toasted and roasted notes - caramel is prominent, but some darker, slightly smoky/burnt breadiness comes through as it warms, like a nice heavily toasted slice of wheat bread. A consistent lingering bitterness pervades the whole sip, providing a nice balance. A few leafy, floral hop notes with a slight citrus kick round everything out.

Mouthfeel: Medium-to-full bodied, and very smooth and creamy, with a great hop oil presence. Slick and milky - just kinda slides right down the throat.

Drinkability: One of the better ambers out there, this one's darker than usual, which makes for an interesting drink. Abv% is, of course, manageable and well hidden. A very well-made, drinkable, tasty, big red - recommended.

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