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Red Rocket Ale - Bear Republic Brewing Co.

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Red Rocket AleRed Rocket Ale

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2,424 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,424
Reviews: 1,143
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 10.86%
Wants: 122
Gots: 166 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-05-2001

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 dreadnatty08
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy dark amber color with a half inch of tan head and large soapy bubbles. A touch dark for style, but otherwise an attractive beer. Aromas off this beer are dominated by hops, lots of piney Chinook and citrusy Cascades. Following are notes of caramel, toasted bread, and some diacetyl. On the palate, this is a substantial amber with lots of hop flavor (not exceptionally fresh), malt depth and plenty of bitterness in the finish. Carbonation is medium, body medium high. Alcohol is quite noticeable, almost a bit hot as it's a very dry beer. Overall, it's a solid beer, but it leaves me wanting in the malt department.

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

Now this West Coast amber ale has a big profile worth bragging about! A good two finger head that shows decent lacing. The nose has a caramel apple scent with just a hint of pine resin.
The taste is amazing stewed apples and a light fig flavor with very god carbonation that wakes your palate up from the dead. This amber ale has so much going on, it almost taste like a scottish ale that Bert Grant use to make. Another great beer from Bear Republic. I'm glad you can get this ale in six packs here!!

Photo of wide3345
3.34/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Picked this up at Hucklebee's in Spokane, Washington while on vacation. I love Bear Republic...

Appearance - Dark red to brown, off-white head clings to glass. Cloudy

Smell - Malt sweetness dominates with some slight caramel noted. Hop aromas were actually quite subdued which surprised me for a left coast beer.

Taste - Bitterness dominates, supported by a strong malt backbone. Hop flavor is earthy but dificult to find behind the bitterness and malt flavors. Some oxidation noted.

Mouthfeel - Medium body, bitterness dominates the finish

Drinkability - Clocks in at 6.8% so I wouldn't want more than a single bottle but is fairly drinkable. I fear my bottle has lost a bit of its intended hop flavor as evidenced by the perceived oxidation so I suspect other reviews may have gotten a fresher bottle. Despite the bottle issues, it's still a good beer if you enjoy high alcohol, bitter reds.

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

A - a very dark red amber body with a think white head

S - sweet malty and roasty aroma with a serious citrus hop presence

T - initial bitter/citrusy hop flavors with a great malt backbone. Leaves an enjoyable bitter aftertaste

M - medium bodied with really good carbonation. Feels great in the mouth and going down.

D - super! Really hoppy red with an excellent maltiness holding everything together. Great mouthfeel. Would definitely have another one and look forward to finishing the bottle. It seems like Bear Republic can do no wrong

Photo of bbothen
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bomber. Into a The WHO pint glass. Giddy up. Bear Republic excites me. I Can't Explain.

Reddish brown color with a bubbly tan colored head. At least to The Naked Eye.

Nice toasted malt, caramel scent with a distinct hop presence. Smells delicious. I no longer have the Young Mans Blues after smelling this.

Tastes of sweet caramel, slight toffee, and a nice dose of earthy hops Join Together. Alot of flavor going here & it's fantastic. Lingering taste of the afformentioned deliciousness is quite nice. Love Reign O'er Me.

No put on. It's an Eminence Front of smooth. frothy, chewy goodness.

This is big ass tasty Squeeze Box of a delicious brew I can drink at any time. And will. Lots of flavors Gettin In Tune here.

Bear Republic make some fine products. At least to My Generation. The Kids Are Alright. I will be The Seeker trying to find more Red Rocket.

Red Rocket in The Blue, Red, & Grey.

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

22oz bottle served into 2 types of glasses. 8 oz into 16oz tumbler & 6 oz into Grand Marnier snifter.
Very nice appearance burnt red color, strong pour into each glass leaves a very tiny head in both glasses which rapidly disappears. Smell is somewhat faint,a little caramely maltiness combined with mild orangy notes and finishing off with a slight maple syrup aroma towards the end.
This beer is a great interpretation of the style,Nice Malty sweet balance gives off great flavors of dried fruits and a faint touch of brown sugar to go with an extreme hop rush which is slightly toned down at first but really delivers a great spicy bitterness at the end.
The mouthfeel on this beer is tremendous, Nice long hoppy bitterness with great carbonation is perfect.
Drinkibility is quite good, Due to the nice sweet malty flavors and good hop balance, Even at 6.8 % abv I could most likely drink a couple bombers of this.

All in all this is a great beer. This was my second offering from Bear Republic (1st was Racer 5 which rocks!) And I was really impressed. I would buy this all the time if it was available in RI.

Photo of johannasclimacus
4.37/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A great offering from Bear Republic. The first taste I get is very piney. After that it is kind of like a hop explosion in your mouth, which is very tasty for hop lovers. The finish is pretty dry, and in the finish I pick up a lot of the toasted flavor that is also broadcasted by the hazy reddish color that the beer pours.

Each taste seemed multi-layered and complex. I will soon have to pick up the bomber that this comes in to compare between the tapped version I had, and also just to get more of this awesome beer!

Photo of brandoneast
4.65/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Red Rocket takes off into the glass with explosive carbonation and portrays a garnet color and tan cushiony foam leaving plenty lacing. Aroma initially opens with sweet hops then settles down with some fruit, burnt sugars, and roasted malt. Wonderful flavors of balanced hops, brown sugar, and roasted malt. No other red ale exemplifies the style so well while incorporating hops into every interaction in the brew to the bitter end - love it. Another amazing beer from Bear Republic - also try their Hop Rod Rye.

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

Pours dark red with a thick, creamy light brown head. Very good head retention, nice lacing.

Aroma of hops and roasted malts.

Taste is hops, caramel malts, chocolate in the background. Even a hint of coffee.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, very dry and smooth.

Overall, very drinkable. Delicious.

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

An excellent product from a top brewery. Bites back atcha letting you know you've got a real beer. A lot of everything goes into this American Scottish Red. I just love breweries that don't mess around. Thanks Bear Republic

Lordy, lordy
What do we have here?
It's a Scottish Red Rocket
Coming in for a beer

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

A dence creamy head lays atop a the nicely deep red liquid.

On the nose it picks up citrus, brown sugar and grassy fruity hops. The tounge caresses the caramel sweetness before the heavy handed bitterness grabs ahold. Fruityness plays up well but over takes any hop flavor.

Plays nice with the tastebuds. Slightly creamy and very drinkable. Fits nicly with the rest of the BR offerings.

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

A dark cloudy red/brown/black with a tan cream head, beautiful lacing and retention.

Smells of floral hops and malts.

A roasted malt flavor is soon dominated with a crispy hop finish. Very hoppy in the end.

THis is a somewhat heavy beer that leaves the mouth a little dry.

If I wasn't so buzzed, I wouldn't be opposed to having another.

Photo of UA8
4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Rich dark red in color, nice tan head of about 1 finger which mellows into a nice foam

S - Very hoppy on the nose with a light malt scent, Smell is so fresh reminds me of the outdoors camping and the woods

T- Strong flavors abound in this beer its starts with characteristics of an amber or english ale but then the super hoppy character rolls across your tongue. Finishes on the back of your palate with with a grassy hop flavor. In short wonderful!

M - Very full mouth feel. From what I'm getting it has medium to medium high carbonation. It rolls from the front to the back of your mouth.

D - I could deffinitely drink this beer all night... well maybe since it is 6.8 abv. Wither way if you in the mood for a english or scottish ale with a hint of ipa this is the ticket

Photo of Seanibus
4.68/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is simply the definitive hoppy amber ale - all others should be measured against this one.

Pours a deep cherry red with a large lively head that leaves extensive lacing. The smell is slight, but slightly sweet and malty with a cherry-ish character. And this beer even tastes red, whatever that may mean. It is sweet, malty, slightly woody and cherry-like, with a delicious bitterness on the back end. The mouthfeel is assertive - it grabs the tongue and soothes the throat as it goes down and has a lovely sting of carbonation.

An excellent offering from an excellent brewery.

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

A: Pours a deep crimson with some orange highlights. Large ecru head that falls slowly to a creamy cap and leaves tons of thick lacing all over the glass.

S: Sugary caramel malts and some rich grapefruit hop aromas. A potent, powerful, and pleasant nose.

T&M: Some upfront herbal and piney hop bitterness mixed in with sweet brown sugar and caramel that gives way to a finish with toasted sweet caramel malts. Rather hoppy for a red, but there's still enough balance for a red. A solid flavor and exemplar for the style. Body is medium with some light carbonation and a faint resiny feel in the finish. Finish is drying and roasty and the same time--and interesting phenomenon.

D: A very drinkable red ale. I really enjoy the overall quality of this brew. Both the malt and hop aspects are both top-notch, yet still balanced together enough as to be enjoyable.

Photo of JBogan
3.61/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown with a hint of amber. Not much of a head, and minimal lacing. I wasn't impressed with the looks of this beer.

Smelled of pine and hops with a hint of caramel.

Tasted somewhat sweet and smokey, with the hops present and a bit of the pine also showing up.

Mouthfeel was alright. Somewhat on the thick side, although a bit flat.

I was expecting a bit more from this beer, especially considering the other BR offerings I'd tried previously. Nothing about the Red Rocket was bad, yet nothing really jumped out at me as being great. Overall I felt this was a slightly better than average beer for it's type, but nothing more.

Photo of paco1029384756
4.47/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Deep reddish brown appearance, minimal white head, good lacing. Nice hoppy aroma with strong roasted malts with some raspberry and sugars. Very nice hoppiness and great malts with a bit of caramel rounding out the sweetness. Mouthfeel is tight and oily, a bit different from the norm, but very welcome. Drinkability is high, damn high, luckily the abv isn't too high.

Special thanks to FlyFisher2782 for the bottle. Another damn good Bear Republic beer, I'm loving this brewery more and more

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

A - Pours a clear dark red, with a fairly thick, creamy head.

S - Aroma is quite fruity, with some metallic and earthy notes, molasses and burnt sugars. A hint of citric hops follows.

T - Surprisingly bitter right from the start. Quite fruity and caramelly, and sweet as well. Detecting some apple and pear, a touch of lemon and grapefruit. Hop flavour is somewhat muted

M - Soft, but substantial body - almost to the point of being creamy. Also a nice surprise.

D - Very drinkable, malt-leaning ale. Lots of flavour and sweetness in this might get cloying after a while though.

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

Poured from a 22 ouncer into my Imperial size waisted Guinness pint.

I've had red beers that look redder than this, but it's definitely more crimson than your average bitter/amber. A good head that leaves plenty of lacing on the glass.

Plenty of roasted malt in the nose, plus something very pleasing that I can't put my finger on. Nice balance of malt and hops with a lean towards the malt until the brew slides down the throat, which is when the hops really make themselves felt. Very pleasant. A little under-carbonated I think, which detracts a bit from the body and mouthfeel, but that's a very small quibble in this instance. All in all a particularly good beer that I'd buy again, no question.

Photo of ballewblake
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into a Duvel tulip. Dark brown with a one finger off-white head. Piney floral hops on the nose with mild malts, slight hint of smoke. Head is slow to reside, lacing splotches on glass and stays in place. Getting some smokey malts on the palette with some mild hops on the finish. Low carbonation on this one, thinking it could use some more. Milky finish on this one too. Good brew, expected it to be red. :)

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

Bomber bottle brought home from Greenville SC Green's (no it's not in GA. yet.

Appearance-ruby amber red. Head sticks to sides of glass nicely, with an off white amber color.

Smell-malty nose, good hop background (English-style west-coast hops), some caramel and yeast fruitiness.

Taste-big, sticky brown ale. Balanced without too much big hop flavoring. Starts mostly biscuity malt and hop bitterness, not as huge hop flavor, and then settles nicely to a big finish.

Mouthfeel-stays with you for a long time, with a big body.

Drinkability-staggers along the line between "session" and "what was I thinking?"

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

had this dandy a coouple of times. nice bomber bottle that poured nice and smooth. nice carbonation and head - about one inch. nice rich smell. tasted good with rich malt flavors that are well balanced with hops. medium reddish brown in color. quite nice lacing down my glass. i liked this beer and pick one up once in a while to re-enjoy.

suckem up and movem out.


Photo of Murchmac
3.28/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this beer a long time ago, but saw a cheap bomber and couldnt resist. The baby is asleep so I drink.

Pours a cloudy ruby red with a big head and lacing that follows down the glass.

Has a cut grass, malty semi sweet smell.

Taste is a bit subdued. I was expecting something bigger. Still sweet and spicy, like crab ragoon.

Not a bad aftertaste. Good warm feeling in your mouth.

Cheap and easy, just like me.

Photo of gford217
3.88/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bomber courtesy of deepsouth poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a deep mahogany with a nice, dense head that lingers quite a while leaving very good lacing. This is a seriously nice looking beer.

S: Smell is a nice balance of sweet caramel malts and subtle floral and citrus hop aroma with oranges, grapefruit and a touch of grass. Also a bit of dark fruit in the background, maybe raisins.

T: Taste starts with a big bready malt flavor, smooth and sweet and thick with caramel malts. The hops are right behind the malt though with more pine present than I get on the smell along with the grapefruit of the citrus hops leaving a crisp and slightly bitter finish.

M: Mouthfeel is medium to heavy bodied with strong carbonation. Crisp but smooth.

D: Drinkability is good on this one but the hop bitterness and heavy body would keep me from drinking too many of these in a sitting.

Photo of Lenny2884
4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep red/mahogany color with a slightly off-white 2 finger billowy head. Decent lacing that fades as the foam dries out.

Smells of citrus hops with a nice toasted malt background. Nice balance, could even use a little more hop aroma but then again I can't get enough of big hoppy brews. Smells a lot like Rogue American Amber, one of my favorites.

I had to check the label to make sure this was Bear Republic and not Rogue :) Nice toasted malt character balances out the citrus hop flavor nicely. Very smooth and poundable. Stands right up there with the American Amber, however I enjoy the hop profile of the AA more so than this. Ends dry.

Overall, another super good beer from Bear Republic. My local brew store just started getting these in so they're all new and I dig em! I can't think of a beer drinker that wouldn't enjoy this one. Cheers!!

Red Rocket Ale from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 2,424 ratings.