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Red Rocket Ale - Bear Republic Brewing Co.

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Red Rocket AleRed Rocket Ale

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2,403 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,403
Reviews: 1,140
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 11.11%
Wants: 116
Gots: 155 | 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 giblet
4.28/5  rDev +5.7%
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
3.85/5  rDev -4.9%
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!!

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

One of the few Amber Ales done right. The approach is that of a serious IPA, but with the malt profile found in Irish Reds. It turns out beautiful. A dark mohogany look with a shy, creamy, tan head formation, retention, and lacing. Aromas are a blend of sorgum / barley with a sharp blend of pine, citrus, and herbs. Very clean from the apprearance, through the flavors and aromas, and on into the textures. Bready as if done via decoction mash, but softly sweetened by barley, syrups, and candied fruits. Equally soft in the texture. Though not a Cask Ale, the beer exhibits the constant soft carbonation and creamy mouthfeel better than most from the bottle. A light mint joins the frey in the finish, along with a long, lingering pine / confectionate blend. Very nice Amber Pale, even if a little bite-ey in the end.

Photo of USCTrojanBrian
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured at Victoria Gastro Pub (MD)

A - Two finger, pockety/cavity filled foamy head. Rich red pour, some caramel. The head retains itself well, with medium bubbles percolating to the top.

S - IPA rich aroma. Friendly hops instead of overbearing hops aroma.

T - Rough estimate, 2:1 malt to hop ratio in terms of flavor on the initial hit and several subsequent sips. Warms and mellows quickly, particularly with some yeast added late from the bottle.

M/D - Light carbonation, nothing too unsettling.

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

Brown color with plenty of orange. Beautifully toasted looking head with good thickness, nice pitting, and a fair amount of lace.

Lots of caramel malt, as per style, but the hop bill is remarkable, lots of capital Cs.

Extremely good balance, certainly not too much hopping but a firm hand was applied. Here there are some floral and citric qualities that lend an excellent depth to the toasted biscuit-caramel sweet malt.

A little sugary toward the back end I felt - while the hops hold their own initially, the finish seems a bit thick. Mouthfeel is generally strong, about medium for style, and nicely handled with the amount of bitterness involved.

Big hops and big beers, that's the B.R. way. Thanks for another nailed style.

Photo of Dubbercody
3.05/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dark, dark red with a nice fluffy light brown head that leaves intricate lacing on the side of the glass. Smells like hops and some malty caramel.

Nicely hoppy beer that brings the hops but doesn't obliterate your mouth with them. Defiantly more hop than malt flavor coming out in this red ale. Nice beer, a bit of thick stickiness does bring the hops down a bit, but this is a hop laden fool.

Good beer overall, on the 'lighter" side for an American Strong Ale. Nice once it cools down after a hot day. Not my favorite style, but a nice beer.

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

Pours hazy brown with a head that sticks around and leaves some nice lacing. Smells very slightly hot and richly malty with some citrusy hops as well. Tastes great. Deep flavors of malt without being too sweet, lots more citrusy hops, and a tiny bit coppery. Very smooth and extremely drinkable with a nice little spicy hope bite at the end but smooth caramel malts as well.

Photo of OKCNittany
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

Photo of trackstar1043
4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

Photo of ffejherb
3.98/5  rDev -1.7%
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!

Photo of seaoflament
4.13/5  rDev +2%
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.

Photo of Surefire
2.4/5  rDev -40.7%
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.

Photo of Offa
4.13/5  rDev +2%
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.

Photo of botham
4.13/5  rDev +2%
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!

Photo of johnnieoz
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

Photo of barleywinefiend
4/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

Photo of maddogruss
3.65/5  rDev -9.9%
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.

Photo of Metalmonk
3.68/5  rDev -9.1%
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?

Photo of Drewcifer
4.4/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

Photo of PhageLab
3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

Photo of avalon07
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

Photo of MiguelMandingo
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Photo of jdoncbus
4/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

Red Rocket Ale from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 2,403 ratings.