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Red Rocket Ale - Bear Republic Brewing Co.

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Red Rocket AleRed Rocket Ale

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2,218 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,218
Reviews: 1,126
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 10.84%
Wants: 93
Gots: 104 | 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

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-05-2001)
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Photo of isaac


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

12 oz. to chalice.

this beer pours a dark, bloody red with a small, cream-colored, frothy head, sinking quite quickly wiht minimal lace. the nose is unbelievably hoppy - sweet citrus, mint, earthiness, etc. - yet well ballanced with some caramel malts. taste is much like the smell, only way more bitter, more of citrus-rind than sweetness, but it isn't overly off-balance and the nutty and smooth malts make their presence known. finish is a little harsh as a sort of syrup develops in the back of the throat. carbonation is a bit on the high side, but a solid medium body. a nice little beer, but definitely my least favorite offering from bear republic

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2007 09:36:29 | More by isaac
Photo of Beerzebub


4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep red color. An inch of egg nog colored head that reduces to a sticky quarter inch. Chunky splotches of lace.

Smells of citrusy and earthy hops, and malt - caramel, honey, grape nuts, coffee. Good.

Tastes of hops - grapefruit, orange rind, earth - with singed toast, caramel, honey, coffee. Very well balanced - the rich malt has a discernible but very carefully restrained sweetness, enveloped by the hops, and the mild roastiness manages not to clash with the big hops. Fairly long finish, both hoppy and malty.

Sticky hoppy mouthfeel, with fine carbonation. Can fizz up too much, but several vigorous swirls renders it decadently creamy and not quite fizzy. Reasonably drinkable.

As the label indicates, a Scottish ale unabashedly bastardized by a load of West coast hops. It really works. Great and original beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2007 08:18:09 | More by Beerzebub
Photo of Tyrawlings


3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. Bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Deep, dark amber in color. Soft off white head pours one finger thick and hangs around for most of the sample. Thin sticky lacing clings to the sides of the glass.

S: Caramel malts. Earthy hops. Fresh baked bread. Medicine.

T: Rich sweet caramel malts are followed by a wet earthy hop presence that leaves a bitter bite on the tongue. Herbal wave is taken over by toasted malts and biscut flavor. Touch of mint leaf and menthol for the finish.

M: Smooth and creamy. Moderate carbonation. Slightly dry.

D: A damn good red ale that packs some punch. This beer was very similar in taste with Three Floyd's Brian Boru red ale. Both of which are two of the better red ales that I have sampled. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2007 01:40:24 | More by Tyrawlings
Photo of williamherbert

New York

4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Excellent deep brownish red color, with a colossal pillowy head; cloud-like. Hard for light to shine through, but is probably relatively clear. Major icy lace. Quite enticing.

Appears to have a nice balance of strong hops and strong malt. The malt smells sharp and red, and serves as a bitter match to the hops.

Very nice flavor with a great balance of dueling bitters; both hops and sharp malt. Complex malt with a nutty, roasted second wave. Deep and rich flavor. Two hits o'bitter. (Reminds me if Cascazilla, for comparison.)

Thick and fully body. Feels almost like a porter, believe it or not. Fits the deep flavor. A slight bit bubbly. A very fin, solid beer. Quite bitter; very bitter. And good. And STRONG!

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2007 02:49:27 | More by williamherbert
Photo of MiScusi


4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a weizen-type glass. Poured a dark brownish color but but crystal clear ruby red when held up to light, with an off-white-tan frothy head that has pretty good retention and then dissipates into some frothy clumps. Smell was of sweet sugar combined with hops.

Taste is very malty- caramel and maybe a little toasted, but hops make a very nice appearance in the aftertaste so it's not malt overload. A late transient bitterness as well. One of the better scottish style ales I've had... I guess the amount of hops makes it more of a red ale. The flavor does not get tiring throughout the bottle.

Medium and smooth body. Nothing really wrong here.

I don't think Bear Republic could make a bad beer if they tried.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2007 00:47:47 | More by MiScusi
Photo of BradBLR


4.43/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a slightly hazy brown with hints of red. The head was super thick with a tan color. There was a ton of lacing and there was a nice chunk of foam left after the beer was gone.... AWESOME! The smell was a slightly sweet smell with a nice floral accompaniment.

The taste was a really hoppy flavor with a nice balance of sweet toasted malt. A very balanced beer that is very smooth with lots of hops. The mouthfeel was good with the CO2 being perfect and the thickness being nice and thick.

Another great beer from Bear Republic. A little different than anything else I have had, and definitely worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2007 19:35:56 | More by BradBLR
Photo of Gatch


4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - A very deep red/amber w/ a thin tan head. Lace sticks like crazy.
S - Hops, summer fruits, spicy malt.
T - Figs, hops, light ripe fruits, & a slight alcohol presence. As it warms, more flavors come out. Brown sugar & the spicy malt shine through as well.
M - The hops oils cling to the palate & feel fresh while the alcohol keeps you involved.
D - Smooth & not too heavy. None of the flavors are overwhelming, which creates a balance that urges you for another mouthful. I love this style and Bear Republic has again brewed a great example. Their Red Ale seems to go beyond the style and create even more character to a great style. With the Racer 5, Hop Rod, Red Rocket, and Black Bear, Bear Republic is one of my favorite breweries.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2007 06:54:14 | More by Gatch
Photo of mmmbeer


4.47/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bottle. An unfiltered, bottle-conditioned, "bastardized Scottish red ale" brewed with Hugh Baird, Crystal, and Caravienne malts; Centennial and Cascade hops used for bitterness and aroma. It pours a deep, deep amber/red with low carbonation and a two finger, tan head that leave huge sheets of lace. Smells of tropical hops at first, with Simcoe-esque passionfruit, mango, and grapefruit, along with woody (cedar?), piney, perhaps floral notes and a caramelly, almost smoky malt backing. The taste follows through almost exactly, with smooth carbonation (due to conditioning) on top of a medium body that provides coating, lingering hop oils. Overall a delicious red ale, nicely hopped, with a touch of Scottish malts for ballast.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2007 00:34:45 | More by mmmbeer
Photo of bradybeer


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

Pours dark red brown with good head that lasts-inital aroma is spicy hops.
Aroma is of resin and light malt.
Taste is nice with a slight alchohol and light hop bite. Mouthfeel is meaty and the drinkabiliy is high-this is the third Red Ale I have tried over the past three days and it maybe my favorite

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2007 03:25:45 | More by bradybeer
Photo of stephendr


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

12 oz. glass bottle- color of deep reddish brown , with a good tan head - nose of spruce , hopps , resin , malt , and citrus – taste of hopps , malts , citrus , dirty , and dirty - body thick , sour and dirty – aftertaste of dirty resin , and spearmint

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2007 01:55:33 | More by stephendr
Photo of hellsing3


3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: This beer poured a cherry wood color with amber hues and about a inch of thick off white colored head minimal lacing. Beatiful looking beer very deep color.

S: It has a grassy spiced smell in the nose, with faint notes of malts, citrus, and towards the end i get a good amount of apricot.

T: Smooth semi-sweet and malty until the balance shifts to bitter hoppyness with a small bit of spice, and ends with a slight apricot flavor.

M: Smooth oily start, smooth hoppy finish. Not to heavy, light to medium body.

D: This beer is very drinkable. I was ready for another 22oz. but i had only one. Bear Republic calls this a" Bastardized Scottish Style Red Ale" if you like Scottish Style or Red Ale and have a open mind you should try this one, Great California Beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2007 16:44:55 | More by hellsing3
Photo of grub

Ontario (Canada)

4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

got this one in a recent trade with BigLove. thanks travis!

pours a lovely red colour with a thick, dense tan head. the head drops very slowly and leaves tons of lace.

aroma is great. tons of malt. crackers and biscuits. bit of caramel. bit of alcohol. actually reminds me of a barleywine that's had a couple years to mellow.

taste is great. bit of roasty character. moderate bitterness. lots of malt. cracker and biscuit again. caramel too, and maybe some toffee. bit of bittersweet chocolate. alcohol is fairly noticeable, which i'd expect from the lower hop presence.

mouthfeel is good. nice moderate carbonation level. bigger body than i expected.

drinkability is pretty good. loving the malt in it, but the alcohol comes through fairly strong, especially for 6.8%abv. it's sort of like a slimmed-down old ale. more for the malt-head than the hop-head, and i can appreciate both crowns so it's still very tasty.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2007 01:26:51 | More by grub
Photo of largadeer


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

True to its name, this beer has a dark red body and a pillowy white head. Crisp hoppy smell, slightly citric. Caramel malts followed by earthy/piney hops; nicely balanced, but with fuller hop flavors and a dry finish. Medium-bodied, crisp, and very drinkable. Another great beer from Bear Republic.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2007 01:14:58 | More by largadeer
Photo of crzyd12


3.48/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer claims to be a "bastardized Scottish style red ale" with "aggressive hop character" and it does not dissappoint. The beer holds a thick head which lasts several minutes after pouring. The smells are slightly sweet with hop covering the aroma. Hops continue upon tasting the beer, stronger than most Scottish ales, but then again aggressive hops were the brewmasters goal. The malts are neither lacking nor overbearing and compliment the overall feel of the beer. The mouthfeel is crisp and clean with only the slightest linger of flavor that makes you crave more. This craving is quenched over and over again but never quite overcome making this a very drinkable brew.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2007 02:30:46 | More by crzyd12
Photo of rousee


3.78/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The obligatory American amber ale by Bear Republic. Like most everything this brewery does, its quite good.

Pours a dark amber brown color. You can see through it but it is still alittle murky. Nice rings of lace remain on the sides of the glass.

Smell is a woody cedar like smell. There are some hints of maltiness like caramel or toffey but its very subtle.
Taste is a good dose of malt up front with a nice hop kick to it. Reminds me almost more of a pale ale than an amber because it is hoppier than most versions of amber I have had.

Good mouthfeel and quite smooth and easy to drink. I like it for an amber but there are other Bear Republic offerings that I prefer.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2007 01:11:19 | More by rousee
Photo of Viggo

Ontario (Canada)

3.7/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy red/brown, thick off white head, nice lacing, great retention, certainly looks good. Smell is toffee, grains, citrus and floral hops, roast, bit of metallic aroma, Bear Republic signature aroma. Taste is caramelized, earthy, lots of citrus/floral hoppiness, metallic again, bit weak in the finish. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied, medium carbonation, bit of a gusher. Not bad, I liked their other offerings more, maybe I need to try a fresher bottle.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2007 20:28:20 | More by Viggo
Photo of velo343


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

Appearance - Poured into a pint glass from a 22oz bomber. A beautiful deep crimson with a large, porous head of a light tan color.

Smell - A fresh citrus, grapefruity hop aroma. A smell of cherry pie is slightly hidden beneath the hops.

Taste - A caramelly malt flavor, somewhat bready. The freshness of the hops gives way to a strong bitterness that at first matches the maltiness but then takes over at the end.

Mouthfeel - This beer is fairly thick and malty and it really coats the mouth. The hops give it some dryness to counteract that, however, leaving a warm, pleasant feeling.

Drinkability - This red ale is definitely stands apart from the rest of the red ales I've had. It's very hoppy, but it's really well balanced by the strong malt character. Each flavor seems to have its counterpart elsewhere in the beer, the result being a very drinkable treat.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2007 02:57:39 | More by velo343
Photo of rkuhnel


4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle. Poured a nice darkredish brown with very fat and long lasting head. Left beautiful rings of lacing in the glass as it slowly settled. Nice nose of complex malts with subtle hops. Very easy to drink. Great taste with all the malts and hops coming together for a perfectly balanced combination Smooth on the palate with a slighty oily touch, and good to the last drop. A very nice ale. Beer Advocate has this listed as an American Amber/Red Ale. I would classify it as an American Strong Ale, but whatever you choose type it as it is still outstanding.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2007 02:41:34 | More by rkuhnel
Photo of mrasskicktastic

New Jersey

3.13/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A - Gigantic frothy head that is the color of latte foam. The lacing is everywhere and forms delicate patterns all down the glass. The head lingers for an eternity and leaves a mountain of foam in the middle after it has dissipated to constant level. The beer itself is a clear deep garnet color. Top notch look for a red.

S - Hops. Pine aroma mostly. A bit of peppery alcohol.

T - A bit of caramel and smoky malt, but mostly a potent pine with a bit of white pepper. The aftertaste is a potent pine bitterness with the lingering white pepper everywhere, a bit of smoky malt everywhere. The peppery maltis a bit excessive for my tastes, but pretty good overall.

M - Harsh from carbonation, thin and a bit refreshing.

D - Alright. No difficulty finishing it. The alcohol, though not boozy and well obfuscated, makes too much of an appearance. It is an enjoyable brew though. Not great with food. A bit strong to session, lacks some of the qualities in mouthfeel and taste that a more sessionable beer would have. I don't think I will have it again. Nothing awful, but nothing great. Looks good though.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2007 00:37:26 | More by mrasskicktastic
Photo of WeymouthMike


3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a bomber of this in Boston for about $5, not bad at all for a beer thats made its was across the country.

A- Hazy brown with some tint of red hues on the edges of the glass. Even with an aggresive pour little head is visible with some brown highlights.

S- Coffee, alcohol, some roastedness, reminds mind of a dopplebock

T- Just like smell I find this to closely resemble a Celebrator with not so much roastedness. Alcohol in the nose is not detectable on the palate.
Malts dominate the flavor with a bit of a hoppy finish

M- Creamy smooth with no carbonation.

D- A bomber is a great size for this one.

I would definetly buy again, not as strong as their IPAs but for a red its pretty damn good.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2007 02:49:15 | More by WeymouthMike
Photo of Phatz


4.43/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a clear crimson bronze with a huge mountainous rocky tan head that settles to a rocky one finger for the duration of the beer. The walls of my glass are absolutely plastered with ring after ring of lacing just a beautiful sheet left in place, remembrance, of the beer now gone to a better place, (my belly;-).

Smell: Carmel malts, peaty malts, dark fruits, Pine hops, citrus hops, mmm mm mmm m mmm.

Taste: Toasty and sweet. It is like candy and it is addictive. I want more more. Like a smoker finally getting that cigarette after hours and hours of craving; the beautiful grassy pine hops and smoky malty sweet candy center satiate like no other WOW! That hit the spot.

Mouthfeel: Exceptionally smooth and buttery with just the perfect amount of fluff feel but not overboard. Solid medium body with a strong malt backbone. Well done.

Drinkability: I don't know what to say. This beer is a winner from start to finish. The difference from the Stone Levitation Ale, I had earlier this evening, though I love how easy it is to drink the high ABA does put a limit on the sessionability though a bomber was no problem and I could probably even handle 2 bomber of this beer (and then pass out) but what a nice treat.

Hope this is helpful.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2007 09:18:37 | More by Phatz
Photo of brushpig


4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Found a 22 oz bottle at Sams wines and liquors in Chicago.

Dark red amber appeaerance with a small head that dimminished
rather quickly. Light to no carbination noticable.

Aroma of citrus and roasted malts some spices.

Very tasty ale, very smooth. Sweet hops caramel, and light fruits-citrus, light bitter finish very well balenced beer.

Not many reds are this flavorful..get one.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2007 20:09:16 | More by brushpig
Photo of jpagewatts

New York

3.93/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber picked up at an exxon station of all places.

pretty uninspiring appearance. average. the smell has a wonderful biscuit caramel body to it. the taste lacks the necessary hop character to balance out what seems like a big alcohol presence. i was surprised at the 6.8% abv. it's a great beer to pair with food.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2007 02:50:24 | More by jpagewatts
Photo of dblinkhorn


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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance - Pours with a large, thick, rocky, and light-tan head. It has excellent retention and holds for a long time before slowly dissipating. Excellent, chunky, and full lacing is left as your drink and as the head diminishes. The beer is a very deep reddish amber color that is quite clear. Little carbonation activity is visible.

Smell - Sweet fruitiness and lots of Amarillo hops right away. There are also some strong citrus notes, including orange and lemon/lime. Rich malty background aromas with some slight spice throughout are also present. There is moderate alcohol warmnth on the nose.

Taste - Some earthy flavors and lots of hops up front. Sweet fruits such as peach and tart apple, and the usual citrus mentioned above: orange and lemon mainly. Has a rich, malty flavor, but overall it is generally a background note to the beer's overall character. This character is somewhat bready/doughy. Mild spices throughout the beer once again, with quite the earthy/dry finish.

Mouthfeel - Suprisingly smooth and viscous. The mouthfeel reminds me of some rye beers, which are some of the smoothest I have had. This of course isn't as smooth, but has the same smooth character to it. It also has a very wet mouthfeel up until the finish/aftertaste, then it dries up almost completely.

Drinkability - Hopefully you like Amarillo hops, because this beer has a decent amount of flavor from them. Overall, the flavors are of moderate intensity. The earthiness may, depening on taste, steer some people away, but it didn't really bother me.

This is quite a good red ale, probably the best I've had in a while. Most of them come off as being just too sweet and/or too bland in their flavor. This beer surpasses most in its style with a wonderfully hearty and smooth mouthfeel, and an excellent array of flavors. Highly recommended ale here.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2006 03:50:54 | More by dblinkhorn
Photo of Jredner


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

Bomber from Liquorama.

Intense hop aroma is defined by pine, but is lightly citric. The malt component while not in command has more range featuring, toast, caramel, fruit cake and a touch of brown sugar.

The body of this beer is a dark opaque brown with very faint orange hues to it. The head is creamy, firm, a thumb thick and lasting. Nice looking brew.

The fore is heavily hopped and that first sip is very creamy. Toasted caramel malt, burnt brown sugar and even a good dose of chocolate follow the hoppy first blast. It has a nice balance of malt to hop and both are very heady. This kind of has a Christmas beer feel to it, though hoppier than most would be. I really like the base malt flavors here. Very nice brew.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2006 16:15:38 | More by Jredner
Red Rocket Ale from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 2,218 ratings.