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Red Rocket Ale - Bear Republic Brewing Co.

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Red Rocket AleRed Rocket Ale

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2,297 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,297
Reviews: 1,131
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 10.84%
Wants: 105
Gots: 123 | 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 alexwag

New York

4.08/5  rDev +0.5%

A: Beautiful red-hued amber; big frothy, creamy head; good retention. Very nice lacing. Excited.

S: Yeasty, toasted malts, twang of starchy hops. Still interested.

T: Great balance. Toasted/roasted malts, tinge of coffee, light hop punch to offset. Bit of sugar. Finishes very smoothly. Hops emerge as it warms.

M: Creamy yet carbonated enough to mix well. Mellows nicely.

D: Very nice offering from BR here -- I prefer it before the hops really kick in, but no doubt a fine beer.

09-02-2006 23:26:28 | More by alexwag
Photo of smcolw


4.28/5  rDev +5.4%

A very nice looking beer. Dark ruby red in color, cloudy. Short lasting head, but a thin layer of bubbles remain. Excellent lace.

Dark malt with fresh hop aroma. A touch of yeast, too.

Full bodied flavorful ale. The beginning is a dry malt. This gives way to a hop bouquet that lasts through the swallow and remains in the aftertaste. Absolutely delicious.

08-27-2006 21:47:53 | More by smcolw
Photo of Westsidethreat


4.03/5  rDev -0.7%

A: A light amberish rootbeer color. Full sized head. Light oatmeal color made up of semi tight bubbles. Scores of tiny bubbles travel up the sides of the glass, escaping to freedom at the top.

S: Fruity maltiness; strawberries, melon and currants. Backdrop of slight caramel with a touch of citrus and a good amount of pine.

T: Tastes just like it smells. Begins with a solid malt base dominated by fruityness. Loads of hop syrup, grapefruity and delicious. Moves towards a more rounded front, sort of reminds me of sweet caramel-carrot juice actually. Finishes with a solid bitter wash.

M: Medium to full bodied, thick and real with a smooth carbonation

D: Love these full flavored reds with a huge bitter backbone. What a great example.

08-18-2006 04:32:55 | More by Westsidethreat
Photo of TheBungyo


3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

Pouris just a half step away from being 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. Not the best tasting but still pretty good. Mouth is just better than adequate. This is good but does not push you to buy more. Maybe I'm just not a big fan of Red Ales.

08-05-2006 06:45:05 | More by TheBungyo
Photo of dbalsock


3.8/5  rDev -6.4%

Appearance: Very dark amber, with a one finger vanilla head on the first glass. The second glass made it to about two fingers. It also looks a little murky/hazy, like it's unfiltered... oh, it is unfiltered, wonderful.

Smell: Sweet and fruity with a very malty presence. Some molasses seem to be present, and a little bit of alcohol on the nose. I find the nose to be very present, without a lot of sniffing needed for an experience.

Taste: Pink grapefruit from the hops combine with what taste like a hint of roasted malts. I find it taste like a very hopped wee heavy. As it warms a buttery yeast quality comes out a little. I'm a pretty big fan of diacetyl, so I think I will let this warm longer next time I have it.

Mouthfeel: This hit the palate dry and light bodied, but with a noticeable feel of alcohol. I found it considerably more bitter than the red ales I'm used to from the east coast.

Drinkability: This was fairly intense and deep for a red ale. I found a bomber enjoyable for a night time tasting, but lost my appetite for more beer once it was done.

08-01-2006 17:42:07 | More by dbalsock
Photo of Mdog


3.05/5  rDev -24.9%

Appearance: Brownish red with a large head.

Smell: Sweet malt and citrusy hops.

Taste: Malty, earthy, a little bitterness at the end, some metallic bite.

Mouthfeel: More metallic as it warms up.

Drinkability: Not my favorite.

Ambers/reds have always been hit or miss with me. I was hoping this would be a hit, but unfortunately not. For some reason I get a lot of metal flavors with many reds and this one is not immune to this weird effect. It's not too bad but not my favorite. Bear Republic's IPA's are tasty though!

07-23-2006 18:21:13 | More by Mdog
Photo of msubulldog25


4.13/5  rDev +1.7%

poured from a 22 oz. bottle to a pint glass:

A: A warm, beautiful amber/garnet with a frothy 1 1/2 finger head - it's ivory & creamy & lasts forever. Great lace, too

S: Floral & citrusy hops come bursting from this one initially, then a wonderful sweet maltiness, with some currants & cherries and a hint of alcohol.

T: Like the smell, taste begins with a sharp bitterness from the hops - mostly citrus flavor. Nicely develops into a malty sweetness with some of the semi-tart fruitiness.

M: Quite smooth, medium-bodied. Well-balanced hops & malt leave surprisingly little bitter aftertaste.

D: Pretty special beer - a great example of a strong red ale. It's delicious and enjoyable, nice in the summer. The malty balance makes it creamy yet refreshing; I concur with others who recommend this as an alternative to the more hop-heavy IPA choices.

07-21-2006 19:53:47 | More by msubulldog25
Photo of crwills

Ontario (Canada)

4.7/5  rDev +15.8%

I took my only bomber of this up to the trailer on the Canada Day weekend... glad I did, it was fantastic!

Poured the bomber (in two pourings) into a wide-mouthed wine goblet. A deep, reddish brown with a fluffy head that stays almost constant throughout the drinking.

The aroma is actually quite malty, with notes of dark fruit and mild citrus.

Taste is amazing. Malty but with a huge hop kick after the first second or two. Mostly orangey citrus flavours. Dark fruits are still there, with some damp earth and faint roasted flavours. Mouthfeel is generally nice, but there's a bit of harshness to it that detracts a bit.

Nevertheless, I loved this, and can't wait to grab more whenever I see it.

07-15-2006 20:20:21 | More by crwills
Photo of akorsak


4/5  rDev -1.5%

This is a 22 oz bomber of Red Rocket Ale served in a Chimay goblet. The ale has warmed to near room temperature over the past hour or so.

Appearance: The ale has a deep amber red color with auburn hints. There is a nice ring of head that has laced around the glass.

Smell: The ale has an incredible hop aroma. The hops are US varietals, giving the beer a floral nose.

Taste: The beer's floral smell continues into the taste. The flavors are citrusy and vibrant, providing a strong kick that excites the tastebuds. There is a bit of malt for balancing purposes only, as this beer does not cross into the too-bitter realm.

Mouthfeel: The hops are a real treat, giving a great kick and a firm bold taste.

Drinkability: The ale's abv and intense hop flavor can do you in over time, but a bomber is doable.

07-14-2006 02:26:20 | More by akorsak
Photo of vtfan77


4.13/5  rDev +1.7%

A- Lives up to its name with a deep orange-red hue and a big off-white head. Too big (note to self: cut back on the vigorous pours). Decent lacing. Anyway, it's very nice.

S- Lots of malt, with nice notes of caramel and some toastiness in the smell. Hops are almost equally present (almost), adding their citrus flavors with sweet oranges and even some grapelike aromas.

T- Malt flavors take center stage, starting out with a nice caramel flavor. Middle is sweet, sweet malt. Finish is bitter hoppiness accented by a pleasant toastiness.

M- Pleasantly smooth, not a whole lot of carbonation despite the head.

D- Excellent drinkability, a good quaffer. The only thing keeping this from a 5 is the slightly high 6.8% ABV.

Overall a very nice beer, I'm glad I tried it. Red ales like this one are nice for when you're looking for a hoppy beer that's a little more balanced than an IPA, which this one certainly is. I enjoyed it quite a bit. Recommended.

07-09-2006 22:35:59 | More by vtfan77
Photo of orfeu

New Mexico

4.35/5  rDev +7.1%

Bronzed red with undulating, meringued ecru head. Several chunks of hops float before settling to the bottom of the glass. Big c-hop aromas cover over a sweetish caramel malt presence. Smells peachy-fruity, like one of their IPAs. Big caramelly malt flavors up front, beefy and sweet (but certainly not cloying) before bitter grapefruit rind hops rush in near the finish, which is all brown sugar and apricots. Medium body and juicy mouthfeel. Damn drinkable red ale, especially for the price. Great choice when one wants a hoppy beer but isn't quite in the mood for an IPA.

07-09-2006 03:48:02 | More by orfeu
Photo of yelterdow

New Jersey

3.53/5  rDev -13.1%

22 oz. bomber served just over fridge temperature in an imperial pint glass. $3.49 at Cable Beverage, NY.

Appearance- An exceptionally enormous head graces this clear, glowing red beer. It pours with substantial weight and grace, and the cling here is unbelievable. More than five minutes after serving, the crown still stands three fingers high. Fantastic, and without question the best I've ever seen for the style.

Smell- At the outset, we have strong notes of phenols and metal... like the undercarriage of an old Matchbox car from the 70's... which unfortunately masks most of what's going on here. Buried beneath, we locate a strong hop profile that's backed with some malt sweetness. Too metallic for real enjoyment, though.

Taste- After pouring the yeast in with the remainder of this beer, the taste and overall textures improve dramatically. The hot phenolic edge is replaced with smooth transitions of hops and malts, with much better balance than before. Although the alcohol is still noticable, it is quieter now. Add the yeast faster than I did!

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Wow... I've never experienced a beer's mouthfeel improve so fast with the sediment addition. This began as a mediocre, deadened texture at the outset, and now it's great. Full, foamy, and very enjoyable. I can't fully endorse sessioning this one... it's quite a handful from start to finish. Glad to have sampled this, it was an adventure.

06-18-2006 02:11:22 | More by yelterdow
Photo of tonistruth


4.68/5  rDev +15.3%

A- copper color with red hues. Features a huge head that never, ever, ever , ever completely goes away. Lacing as well

S- strong aromas of toasted malts, toffee, and hops. All those wrapped in a sweet scent. Slight hint of alcohol also.

T- sweet, spicy flavor. Grainy hop flavors, caramel as well. A sweet and sour toasted maltly finish.

M- smooth with just a hint of a drying tingling sensation.

D- Fanastic. So much flavor throughout the whole experience. What a treat.

06-14-2006 02:49:58 | More by tonistruth
Photo of OStrungT


4.03/5  rDev -0.7%

This beer pours an amber mohogany color with a light brown head. The head is thick and fluffy, and it fades slowly, leaving many thick laces.

This beer smells rather hoppy for a red ale. It has a sweet piney aroma. It also has a subtle grassy aroma. A slight caramle malt aroma is present, but mostly, the beer smells like an IPA.

This beer is not as hoppy as the aroma led me to believe, but it is still more hoppy that most beers I have had in this style. Piney and grassy hop flavors dominate. A subtle caramel flavor is present also. It has a very slight nutty flavor to it.

This beer is full bodied. It leaves a piney hop aftertaste. It might be just a little overcarbonated.

This beer might be a good session beer. It is not to strong in alcohol, so that wouldnt be a problem. Also, the flavor is quite plesent. This is a good beer, but I think it might be just a little more IPA like than Red Ale. Call it what you will, I will call it good.

05-29-2006 22:57:06 | More by OStrungT
Photo of Wasatch


4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

A - Pours a slightly cloudy dark amber color, nice carbonation, nice foamy tan head, nice lacing afterwards.

S - Scents of hops, malts, and caramel.

T - The taste is of sweet malts, and caramel. A nice dry finish.

M - Medium body.

D - Very drinkable. This is an awesome amber ale, very tasty and well balanced, some difference's from most other amber's.

05-29-2006 20:34:36 | More by Wasatch
Photo of fisherman34

Manitoba (Canada)

3.13/5  rDev -22.9%

Dark red in colour with high carbonation. Strong caramel aromas with some minor grapefruit and floral notes. The caramel fades in the flavor, and roasted elements start to dominate. There’s a bit of sourness there too, along with a harsh, spent-hops-like bitterness. Medium bodied. An ok beer, but a real disappointment from a usually excellent brewery.

05-24-2006 14:43:46 | More by fisherman34
Photo of SethB2


4.15/5  rDev +2.2%

Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass. Pours a deep brown with a redish tinge when held to the light. Also has Bear Republics characteristic thick head that lasts for a heck of a long time, leaving tons of lacing. I honestly don't know how this beer could look better. Smell is of citrisy hops and toasted malt grain. Taste is much the same. The hops hit up front but a nice sweetness carries it down well. Finishes bitter again, but not dry. Mouthfeel is good. Carbonation is about right and is an easy drinker. Bear Republic continues to impress.

05-24-2006 01:37:28 | More by SethB2
Photo of TurdFurgison


4.1/5  rDev +1%

I had this beer on tap at the Yardhouse in Long Beach. It was poured into a tumbler and had a reddish-brown color with a sticky tan (light tan) head.

The taste was a little hoppier than what I associate with an American amber ale, kind of closer to an IPA. But very drinkable, it went down quickly.

I think this is available in bottles too. I recommend it, especially as a deck beer for the summer.

05-21-2006 22:14:33 | More by TurdFurgison
Photo of mynie


4.35/5  rDev +7.1%

Pours from its bomber into an imperial pint glass the color of old insect blood, sucked from a human or dog and processed and squished and dried. Atop there sits one of the largest and most retentive heads I have ever seen, hanging two inches above the lip of the glass like icecream over a cone.

Smells like the color red. Sweetly alcoholic, bitter with earthy hops. Bits of flowers and grain.

Tastes very much like it smells, like some kind of goddamn preIndustrial attempt towards gaudiness. The rich exhuberance of nature, pale in comparison to the synthetic splendor of our age, but brilliant on an altogether different plane. The hops do you kick you, the malt does not linger like a kiss. Instead, you get a wonderfully balanced dry hop start, floral middle, and caramel finish. All lead to an immensely drinkable, very tasty brew.

05-11-2006 06:46:13 | More by mynie
Photo of VoodooBrew

South Carolina

4.4/5  rDev +8.4%

Another great big beer from Bear Republic. Pours a deep brown with ruby highlights and an off-white head; good lacings. The aromas are of spice, hops, generous malt, and some dark fruit esters. Bitterness is up-front, followed by some light resinous flavors, then generous malt, notably caramel and some roast on the finish. The bitterness, which never really went away, is back in prominence for the aftertaste, serving to dry out what is otherwise a solidly malty beer.

Bear Republic says "this started out as a Scottish Red Ale but has taken on flavors of its own." I'd say it shows characteristics of a Wee Heavy and an Old Ale, for starters, only with more of an emphasis on hops than those styles tend to display.

At any rate, here's another great one from Bear Republic.

05-10-2006 01:10:25 | More by VoodooBrew
Photo of AaronHomoya


3.55/5  rDev -12.6%

Brown bomber bottle poured into a tall weizen-style glass.

Appearance was a beautiful dark red, ruby color with a big, impressive head.

Smell was a nice and hoppy with a bit of malt and alcohol.

Taste was surprisingly not very pleasing to me. Rather hoppy but in a harsh way with too much alcohol flavor. I wanted to like it more from the aroma and elements of the taste, but it just wasn't quite right.

Mouthfeel was pretty good, medium and slightly oily.

Drinkability suffered for me due to the taste issues I had with it, I drank it all but didn't enjoy it as much as I usually do a good beer and it seemed stronger to me than the ABV suggests.

05-06-2006 16:21:53 | More by AaronHomoya
Photo of rhoadsrage


4.3/5  rDev +5.9%

(served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer has a warm mahogany brown body with a hint of red tint to it. The light tan head is thick and last and last with a gentle carbonation of tiny bubbles rising through the clear but dense liquid.

S- The slightly sweet toasted malt smell has an almost spice quality to it with some fresh juicy green hops in the finish.

T- The smooth malty flavor has a nice dry toasted malt complexity with some soft biscuit note to it. There is a green slightly citrus hop finish that gets a nice boost with some slight carbonic bite.

M- This beer has a medium-full mouthfeel with a nice fizz texture in the finish. No alcohol warmth or astringency.

D- This beer has good complexity with a unique toasted malt flavor that really balances nicely with the green fresh hops. The fizz in the mouthfeel really compliments the hops to give them that extra kick.

04-28-2006 03:06:20 | More by rhoadsrage
Photo of frazbri


4.3/5  rDev +5.9%

Bear Republic's Red Rocket Ale poured a deep red with a tall cream head. Lacing was outstanding. Aromas of grapefruit and pine were powerful. I tasted carmel, grapefruit and apricots, with bitterness upfront and lasting. Body was medium with moderate carbonation.

Hops are the main feature in this west coast red, but there is a solid malt foundation as well. A tasty beverage.

04-25-2006 00:07:05 | More by frazbri
Photo of Blakaeris


4/5  rDev -1.5%

Pours opaque red brown with a huge tan head that leaves plenty of lacing. Lots of yeasty floaties swirling around in the bottom of the glass.

Smell is strong hop character and grainy rye.

Taste is sweet malt and hops battling it out. Neither is overpowering. Lots of roasted dark grain and light fruit flavors. This a very unusual brew. Finish is mildly dry with lingering yeasty sourness.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with generous carbonation.

This brew is interesting and unusual. A great change of pace. I would definitely seek it out again. The ABV is concealed beneath the bready grainy flavor.

04-24-2006 00:31:38 | More by Blakaeris
Photo of bashiba


4.13/5  rDev +1.7%

Poured a dark creamy red with a huge tootbeer float like head that lasted forever.

Smell was full of fresh Baking Rye and Sourdough Bread odors.

Taste was also reminded me of a fresh loaf of Sourdough. With just a enough sourness mixing in with the yeast and toasty malt flavors. A nice bit of earthy hops finishes off a tasty beer.

Mouthfeel was very creamy.

Overall a tasty drinkable beer that was very different from anything I have come accross before.

04-24-2006 00:14:46 | More by bashiba
Red Rocket Ale from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
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