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Red Rocket Ale - Bear Republic Brewing Co.

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Red Rocket AleRed Rocket Ale

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2,289 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,289
Reviews: 1,131
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 10.84%
Wants: 105
Gots: 121 | 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

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Photo of udubdawg


4.28/5  rDev +5.4%

I burst out laughing in the middle of the store the first time I saw this beer on a shelf...I really need to watch less South Park. (If you don't know what I'm laughing about, you're really better off.) Anyway, I bought the beer despite the grossout-cartoon.

12 oz bottle - pours an amber/brown color, with a pretty big tan head and lots of lacing. Aroma isn't my favorite aspect, but isn't bad - quite a bit of citrusy hops here along with ample caramel malt. A touch spicy, though some of that may be the alcohol I'm sniffin'

Really tasty beer. Orange peel and general bitterness abound, with lots of sweet biscuity and caramel malt showing again. A bit drying with hops again showing themselves in the finish. Body is pretty full, with lively carbonation. No complaints here, and I think I'll have another sometime, uh, very soon...

does it fit the style? Oh, I dunno, probably not...now quit worrying about that and drink it.

08-14-2007 00:03:41 | More by udubdawg
Photo of jjayjaye

New York

4.33/5  rDev +6.7%

Pours a dark tea color with deep red hues, a tad lighter than mahogany, with a big light tan head that resists fading. Visible effervescence keeps the head a live and surface pools of tiny bubbles are generated. A nice amount of lacing observed. The smell comes out a lot more as it warns significantly. The aroma is semi-sweet caramel maltiness. Full bodied, the mouth feel is well carbonated enough to make up for a classically less bitter hop character. Full flavored, the taste is malty, without being real sweet and a deep caramel from a very (very) light roasted nature. Very drinkable, the 6.8% ABV is hidden, but beyond the definition of session-able.

08-13-2007 21:57:03 | More by jjayjaye
Photo of yourunclewalt

New York

3.53/5  rDev -13.1%

A - Drank from the bottle, no glass on hand.

S - Sharp, bitter hops with a quasi-Belgian candy maltiness lurking in the background. Butterscotch.

T - Caramel leads off, butterscotch, an array of floral hops that open into a somewhat phenolic burn near the end

M - Thin yet creamy, a good balance overall.

D - This gets huge marks for drinkability. It's a solidly built beer at an even more solidly built price; I paid about 3.99 for my bomber.

08-09-2007 17:39:25 | More by yourunclewalt
Photo of ericj551

Alberta (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

I've been sitting on this beer since a trip to Southern California in January, little did I know I can now get it locally. The beer pours a clear deep amber, with an almost purple hue to it in this light. Aroma is sweet caramel malts, with just a hint of almost metallic hops. Taste is more of the same caramel, with some dark fruit as well. There is a nice slightly roasty flavor with hints of chocolate malt. The finish is dry, and there is no hint of a alcohol. This beer has held up very well and I wouldn't hesitate to age it for a year or so.

07-19-2007 00:42:58 | More by ericj551
Photo of Bierguy5


4.03/5  rDev -0.7%

22 oz. bottle, 6.8% ABV. Very dark amber color, with some ruby tones. Tan creamy head. Great head retention, very appealing. Great patches of lace at the end.

Bold caramel malt and citrusy hop aroma. Smells a bit toasty. As it warms, a bit of alcohol present in the nose.

Caramel and toffee malt character, very robust. Good amount of citrusy bitterness, while still being well balanced.

Good body, and carbonation. Unique, but quite good.

07-14-2007 13:25:23 | More by Bierguy5
Photo of allengarvin


4.1/5  rDev +1%

This beer is a deep reddish-mahongy color with a modest layer of foam on top. Nose is sweetly malty overlayed with a big citrusy hop aroma. Taste has a nice strong malt profile: not complex, but rich sweet malt with a caramel slant. Bitterness is way too high for a real Scottish ale, but I guess this is supposed to be a hybrid of some sort. There's plenty of grassy, citrusy hop taste as well. Finishes with lingering bitterness. Soft textured but full-bodied.

Doesn't match the style well but a very tasty, drinkable moderately strong beer.

07-13-2007 02:19:18 | More by allengarvin
Photo of BeerZack

North Carolina

4.47/5  rDev +10.1%

22oz bottle
Deep reddish brown with a big fluffy tan head that clumps and lines the glass.

Sweet roasted malt, some pine and citrus hops.

Very nice "amber" beer flavor- caramalts come off nice and roasty not burnt. Hops balance out the sweet malt completely, although it does finish with some clinging bitterness.

Nice and creamy, non-aggressive mouthfeel. A very sessionable beer for its 6.8% standing. I'll go for this when I want a completely dry beer without a hop-blast. Reminds me of a milder, creamier Rogue Am. Amber.

07-11-2007 15:35:55 | More by BeerZack
Photo of Lothore


3.93/5  rDev -3.2%

This brew poured a dark redish brown. I feel like making a paragraph devoted solely to the head. The head was completely out of control (in a good way). It was massive and refused to back down. The smell was of grain, hints of coffee and had a very hopped up smell in general. The taste was also very hopped up. Slighty bitter from begining to end. The mouthfeel was fairly thick with a good amount of carbonation. It coated the inside of my mouth and stuck around for a while. This beer was fairly drinkable, definitely one to sip on but all in all a good brew.

07-05-2007 01:21:43 | More by Lothore
Photo of Tizzod


4.03/5  rDev -0.7%

As soon as I began to pour it into my glass, it developed a huge, thick white head that settled down some but was present throughout. The beer itself was a beautiful deep red, with lots of active carbonation.
The smell was a bit muted, but there were elements of fruit and malt, with some hop goodness in there as well.
The initial taste is very rich, full of cherry flavors and rich maltiness, with a wonderfully astringent finish, thanks to the hops.
Mouthfeel is incredibly creamy and sublime. Carbonation is light and the bubbles are silky. Yum.
Overall, a very drinkable beer, although I have a feeling it may be a little rich to drink everyday.

06-21-2007 03:09:46 | More by Tizzod
Photo of Wildman


4.13/5  rDev +1.7%

This beer poured a very dark red color and formed a nice foamy light tan head that reminded me a bit of a float. It coated the glass with latticed lace as is slowly subsided. A smalll amount of carbonation is present. An aroma of malt and hops, Centennial and maybe Cascade. Mostly light caramel elements with a hint of pepper. The flavor was of malt, caramel and hint of the hops as well. The body was medium light and the finish with a touch of bittnerness.

06-21-2007 02:31:48 | More by Wildman
Photo of bosco7


4.03/5  rDev -0.7%

Poured from a 22oz. bottle into a nonic.

Beautiful redish copper color with perfect clarity and topped off with a huge rocky offwhite head. Stunning to look at.

Lots of caramel in the nose backed by floral, citrusy, and spicey hop aromas. Inviting.

Lots of sweet caramel flavors upfront; really hefty malt backbone. Some orange pulp, lemon zest, fresh baked bread, and pine flavors. Nice clean bitterness. The malt and hops both struggle for dominance. Hops eventually shine.

Mouthfeel is slick from hop oils with a low to medium carbonation.

Very tasty big ass American Red. Hop foward but a hefty malt presence keeps hops in check. This is a great beer that I plan on enjoying in the future.

06-18-2007 06:33:56 | More by bosco7
Photo of willjschmidt


4.22/5  rDev +3.9%

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a pint glass.

A: Pours a dark amber with a substantial red undertone. A healthy light-tan head forms on top. On the way down it leaves a lot of lacing and leaves a 1/4" head on top throughout.

S: Quite a bit of piney hops with a dark roasted malt aroma showing through as well.

T: The hop bitterness is up front. The middle is dominated by the malts in the delicious form of toasted malts and a little bit of sweet caramel. The interesting thing is that the hops are always there, lurking in the background and occasionally coming out front to show their assertive presence. The aftertaste is more bitter hops.

M: Medium bodied, nice amount of carbonation. A very smooth and well balanced brew.

D: Good drinkability due to the excellent and well balanced flavors. I really enjoy this beer, yet another great brew from Bear Republic.

06-16-2007 04:35:59 | More by willjschmidt
Photo of Reidrover


3.73/5  rDev -8.1%

Nice ,handsome ale,brown with red tinges, topped by a gorgeous thick frothy tan head. Good balanced aromas, you first pick up the piney hops but soon a nice caramel malt aroma joins in. Smooth mostly malty flavour at first with the hops appearing much later in the mouthful, mainlly citric in intensity. Though nice on the tongue, this is just a tad too thin for style. Over all a nice amber ale.

06-04-2007 13:24:11 | More by Reidrover
Photo of mjgardner


4.1/5  rDev +1%

Drank with bross242 and dannosparks. One of 31 beers in a great day of beer drinking. We did 5 Bear Republic, unfortunately the XP was spoiled.

Aged a year.

Appearance - Dark amber with a one finger tan head that retained fairly well. Good lacing.

Smell - Huge caramel malt aroma, with a slight alcohol twang at the end. I didn't expect to pick up any alcohol at 6.8%, but alas I did.

Taste - Caramel roasted malt, peaty moss, with a bit of alcohol at the end.

Mouthfeel - Suprisingly lighter bodied with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability - This is a very good Scottish Style Red Ale. Definitely one of the highlights in a long day of beer drinking.

05-29-2007 00:08:09 | More by mjgardner
Photo of armedgardener


4.65/5  rDev +14.5%

This is my first ever review.This is my favorite beer! This has been my favorite beer for about three years.I have enjoyed many many great beers over the years and Bear Republic is certainly one of my top five breweries and their Red Rocket ale is my favorite Bear Republic offering.I'm a strong ale fan and this is definitely a strong ale but with more spicy notes than other examples I've tried.The spicy malt is intense as are the the hops and they are in perfect harmony and balance for me in this brew.You MUST try it if you haven't already.No,it's not a session beer at all but for me it is a frequent special treat when I really want to treat myself to the best.

05-23-2007 00:34:46 | More by armedgardener
Photo of umustdrink


4.33/5  rDev +6.7%

22 oz. bottle - $4

A - Hazy dark mahogany color, mostly opaque. Head is offwhite and rocky, fades to about a quarter inch. Lots of lacing.

S - Lightly spicy malts with a juicy citrus hop, the whole result smells very earthy.

T - Tastes very much like it smells but the malts come through with more caramel character. Finish is an oily, sweet hoppy bitterness.

M - Consistency is oily and actually pretty thick, which is very nice. Carbonation is minimal as well, which I also like.

D - Ah what a refreshing treat, and such a bargain at 4 bucks a bomber. Good taste, excellent mouthfeel and definitely high drinkability.
Bear Republic is an excellent brewery and I've liked (a lot) everything I tasted of theirs, including this one.

05-18-2007 02:29:33 | More by umustdrink
Photo of flexabull


4.4/5  rDev +8.4%

I think the last bottle I reviewed was bad... so here goes.

This is from the nice convenient sized 12 oz bottle.

Pours a deep dark amber color, with a nice sturdy white head.

Aromas are a nice mixture of hops and malt. There is a definite signature Bear Republic hop nose, but there is also a sweet caramel maltiness noted as well.

Taste is mostly the standard amber ale, but bumped up quite a few notches. There is an underlying sweet and nutty maltiness. The finish hit well with a nice bitter pine like hop flavor. A well balanced beer.

Mouthfeel is pretty good. A decent and rounded feel to this one.

Drinkability? Oh yeah! Yet another excellent Bear Republic beer.

05-10-2007 05:12:02 | More by flexabull
Photo of bruachan

District of Columbia

3.48/5  rDev -14.3%

the head on this guy is grand. i stored it too warm, but it's still huge

the color is really more of a brown, like a scottish ale

cascade aromas with a dusting of rich malts

the flavor is quite rich at first and ends with a faint chocolate suggestion. i can see the scottish ale in the nascent stages of this brew, but it's diverged from that path. cascade seems to be the hop of choice

this seems to be halfway between an amber and a brown. closer to a brown, even

05-07-2007 03:09:49 | More by bruachan
Photo of prototypic


4.38/5  rDev +7.9%

Apperance: It's a gorgeous deep red color. Head is about one a half fingers and it stuck around for a while. Light coat of lace lined the mug.

Smell: This is a great smelling beer. Very complex. It's citrusy sweet (orange, mango, and grapefruit). It has a floral hop aroma, which is mixed very well with caramel malts. It has a bit of a yeasty smell to it and a touch of dark fruit in there as well.

Taste: Wow! The caramel malt taste is very good. It is sweet, but not like I was expecting from the smell. Citrus flavors are certainly there. It's hoppy, but in a floral sense. Very smooth and crisp.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It's light bodied and goes down so easy. I really think I'd like to session this beer. It's that easy to drink. Carbonation and abv are just right.. Overall, excellent offering from Bear Republic. I'm thoroughly impressed with these beers.

05-04-2007 01:23:12 | More by prototypic
Photo of Duster72


3.98/5  rDev -2%

This may have been an old bottle and I do not believe it was stored properly at the liquor store where it was purchased, but here goes.

Pours a really dark red with a huge pillowy head that takes a few minutes to dissipate. Aroma is sugary malts and floral hops, very pleasing. Taste is hops, carmel malts, some fruits and a little roastiness. Taste is slightly cardboard which makes me think this bottle had been on the shelf a little too long. Slightly off tasting aftertaste hurt drinkability a little. Seems like a very good beer. I will adjust this review as soon as I can find some fresher product.

05-01-2007 21:35:56 | More by Duster72
Photo of cichief


4.08/5  rDev +0.5%

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a tulip glass.

A- Very cloudy deep red-amber, with a creamy reddish-brown head.

S- Very hoppy, flowery, with a sweetness of fresh bread added.

T- Hoppy, yet malty. the hops id more aromatic and flavorful, not bittering. Good balance.

M- Smooth, very well carbonated, not too thick, nor cloying on the tongue.

D- Very good, a beer for all occassions.

Had his with a good Stilton cheese, very nice.

04-25-2007 01:51:53 | More by cichief
Photo of isaac


4.1/5  rDev +1%

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

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


4.2/5  rDev +3.4%

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.

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


3.9/5  rDev -3.9%

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.

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

New York

4.08/5  rDev +0.5%

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!

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