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Red Rocket Ale - Bear Republic Brewing Co.

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Red Rocket AleRed Rocket Ale

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2,457 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,457
Reviews: 1,152
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 10.86%
Wants: 126
Gots: 185 | 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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Ratings: 2,457 | Reviews: 1,152
Photo of PhageLab
3.93/5  rDev -3%
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
4.12/5  rDev +1.7%
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
3.98/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

Photo of jkane101
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bomber into a standard pint glass.

Pours a brownish red with a cream white head...very very nice lacing! The smell tells you right away that they have hopped up this Amber ale. Initial taste brings a good hop bite balanced by a malty middle...finishes with a nice subtle bitterness. Medium bodied, fair amount of carbonation....this is a very nice brew indeed.

Bear Republic has yet to disappoint... recommended.

Photo of Pencible
3.47/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A Scottish style red ale, this poured with plenty of head and lots of sediment. (I think this is the first beer I've ever had with sediment, which as I understand should be left in rather than being filtered out prior to drinking.)

It had a moderate amount of pine hops up front with even more malt flavoring behind that. Nothing but hops lingering in the aftertaste, but it wasn't too strong. The texture wasn't quite as dark or heavy as any other red I've had, and it was somewhat smooth. But overall it nothing spectacular.

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

So, it is kinda sad that I never got the chance to try this one before this weekend, but then again, I think it is a good thing as I got to try it for the first time on tap, which is what it is all about right. So I ordered this as my last of the evening down at Barleys as I was looking for something a little tame to seal off the night. This comes out to me as a deep dark red, lots of ruby tones mixed in with a thick brown base. Really nice color here. Great clarity that you could see right though to the carbonation that was rippling up toward the service. A very nice head of foam formed on the top of this one, maybe a height of two inches would be about right, and this kinda of sat there for a little while before dropping down to a nice thin pillow that covered the rest of the top of it. Great side glass presentation capped it off nicely and what you have here is a fine looking red ale.

The aroma was as malty as I was expecting. Deep tones of bready malts coming through almost immediately, with a deep underlying earthy and grainy taste to it, kind of musky and very nice and typical of the style. Lots of caramelized sugar here sweeten it up and I started to detect just the slightest bit of hoppiness in the finish. Everything pointing to a very nice experience here. The flavor was spot on for the style. Rich medium bodied ale that was more then well carbonated, and had a good bit of life in it as well. Great malt flavor coming though here, very bready with a good amount of a hop kick in the finish. Lots of sweet caramel and sugar flavors and a nice touch of fresh grass ringing through on the finish. Very nice example here. The finish was great, super smooth and a touch dry, just enough to make you come back and get a bit more from it. This was a classic for me and exactly what I was looking for at the time.

Overall, this was a great session ale. I was not looking for anything over the top, so I was glad it was the way it was. Nothing special, just an all around solid amber here. Could always be a good call and a great one to just kick back and watch the game with. Would definitely recommend this one.

Photo of pwoods
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz. brown bomber, purchased at Jungle Jim's, poured into a pint. No dating.

A: Pours a blood tinted shoe leather that's only a few shades off opaque. 1 finger of slightly off white creamy head struggles to form a bit but holds nicely. Great lacing throughout.

S: Very subtle. Some light hops; floral and acidic. Malts are light and crisp with a caramel sweetness and maybe some ghost like peat.

T/M: Nice Red ale backbone. Sweet and malty with a light pepper bite. This one is pleasantly hoppy but certainly not over done. Would actually be interested in seeing more hops... but when am I not >:) Body is a bit above full and very creamy.

D: Tasty and very drinkable. Bomber wasn't too expensive either.

Photo of illidurit
3.83/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice shade of red, somewhere between garnet and mahogany. An inch of tan head caps this beer, leaving streaks of sticky lace as it reduces to a halo.

Aroma is quite hoppy. Lots of tangy citrus and toasty sweetness in about a (respective) 65-35 proportion.

The hops are a little more toned down in the flavor. The balance is nearly perfect between the citrus and the toasty caramel. The hop bitterness comes through in the finish.

Lively carbonation, medium body, sticky and long finish. Easily drinkable.

Photo of eberkman
3.19/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This was one gorgeous-looking beer -- deep garnet color with a creamy off-white head that almost looked like it came from a cask or a nitro can.

The smell was overwhelmingly powerful hops. Strong floral notes, perhaps some pine resin and grapefruit. Almost no malt in the nose to speak of.

The taste was like the smell -- hops, hops and more hops. This is one aggressively hopped beer. Unfortunately this is also one seriously unbalanced beer. I had a lot of trouble detecting more than the most subtle malt presence. None of the toasty notes or caramel flavors I've come to expect in an amber ale. I consider myself to be a hophead -- I liked the bitterness -- but I considered the hops to be aggressive here to the point of harshness, and I want something more to go along with that.

Good mouthfeel -- very crisp and snappy. But not balanced enough to be drinkable. You have to work way to hard to find the complexities in here beyond different hop sensations.

Kind of reminiscent of some of the Anderson Valley selections where they're so overhopped you can't tell that anything else is there.

Photo of InandOutBeerGuys
5/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This could very well be my favorite beer, period. I cant imagine a way to improve on this beer. Sticky sweet caramel notes an awesome mouthfeel, big citrusy smack of hops, beautiful aroma & a clean finish and not too much ABV to keep you from more than one. I just stare...at the ruby brown hues... mmm a perfect beer. I think I just talked myself into another case.

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

They say on the label this is a "bastardized" Scottish style red ale....I say, its good.
Beer poured a dark,red with a big head. The lacing was incredible, maybe the finist ever seen.
Very distinctive in flavor, malty, sweet like cotton candy..then very balanced with a huge aroma and flavor of the hops. Big in both faavor and aroma.
Mouthfeel was excellent.

Photo of ZimZamZoom
3.97/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice dark brown color, clear and a bit of tan head.

Aroma of roasted malt, caramel and some nice big earthy fruity hops. Good balance here. Taste is big on hops, fruity and full, with caramel and dark malt intermingled. Finishes nice and bitter but does not linger in the mouth for long.

Nice body and good carbonation level. Pretty easily drinkable for sure. It's pushing its way up toward and Imperial version of the style but yet not quite getting there I think. I have no problem with that at all. Nice beer!

Photo of biggmike
4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a very attractive reddish/brown color with fluffy white head that hung around for a while. Aroma was citrusy hops with a bit of alcohol coming through. Flavor was citrusy and floral hoppiness. Malt flavor is also there but is dominated by the hops. Mouthfeel is great and this left nice lacing on the glass. Drinkability is good. This is one fine ale.

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

I got this in a trade with goaliepride. Thanks Michael!

It pours a hazy(that turns cloudy after the first pour) reddish brown with a good 2 finger head of foam. A couple of minutes into the session and there's a lot of shrinkage but there's still a solid layer in my glass and there's some good lacing.

The smell is nice and hoppy(citrus) and has a faint roasted malt nose.

The taste on first sip and I'm getting a lot hoppy goodness...citrus and pine dominate. A few more sips in and I start to notice the malt, both roasted and caramel, and it brings some nice balance to this Red Ale. Tasty stuff here.
It has a pretty full mouthfeel to it for a Red, the carbonation is medium light, and it finishes slightly bitter with some bready tones. Very easy to drink and really satisfying. A top notch example of the style, me thinks. I'm glad I have another bottle but I know it won't be long before I pop the cap on *that* one.

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

22 oz. bomber poured into an imperial pint glass. Big, thick, creamy head that lasts all day; heavy lacing. Color is amber-caramel, very clear. Lots of nice hop aroma - piney and citrusy. Initial flavor of caramel followed by tart grapefruit bite. Finishes dry and smooth. Medium bodied mouthfeel and great drinkability on this one. Very much in the west coast style.

Photo of AltBock
4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was able to try this Bear Republic brew on-tap at High Street Grill on 3/11/2008. They served it to me in an American Heavy Seas pint glass.

Red Rocket poured a beautiful crimson red that a long lasting white head of foam. The only time the head of foam receded was when I took a sip of beer and every time I did that, it left streak after streak of white lace. The aroma was heavy with pine, grapefruit, bitter citrus hops, citrus fruits and anything else that's related to citrus flavors. The taste was also heavy, but with dried citrus hops, citrus fruits, pine needles, grapefruit, and then all of these citrus flavors ended with a big taste of malted rye. The malted rye was a nice surprise. I was only expecting the taste to be filled with nothing but citrus flavors of all kinds. It was a medium to full bodied beer that had a refeshing dry aftertaste of citrus fruits, bitter citrus hops, and pine. I would be happy to drink this from a bottle. I sure it's just as good coming from a bottle. Another great beer from Bear Republic!

Photo of beerthulhu
3.9/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a clear, dark cranberry red with a solid 1 finger creamy khaki head that was moderately lasting and faded to a sparse, bubbly layering and spotchy lacing. Visible carbonation was light-medium.

S: a light, but sweet toasted munich caramel with a nice dry flowery hoppiness of citrus.

T: The initial flavor was dry and citrusy with some dark toasted caramel. There was a noticeable carbonation bite in the middle of the palate before finishing with a dry, floral hop bite of citrus and pine. The hopping was dominate in the flavor and I wish I would of tasted more of the malt. There was a slight alcohol warming and a dry bitter finish.

M: medium bodied with a slight creaminess leaving a dry pine hop lacing behind.

D: A nice dry hopped red, clean, but lacked complexity sorry to say.

Photo of DavidSeanNJ
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber poured into a pint glass.

A- Dark red/ruby color with a nice fluffy creamy head- peaks and valleys. Rings of lacing all around the glass, sticking throughout.

S- Aggressive and sweet citrus scent maybe some fruit in the nose.

T- Taste was bitter and bready yet balanced with a huge sweetness pop. I cant put my finger on the exact flavors from the sweet tastes. There is also an earthy grassy like flavor in there, but once again, balanced out by the malts.

M- Mouthfeel was rich and creamy- sticky and full bodied.

D- I loved this beer. Well balanced and enjoyable.

Photo of Proteus93
4.45/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: A beautiful dark amber pour, with a nice puffy light tan head to go with it. A very nice looking amber pour.

S: A sweet and creamy malt with a citrusy fruit balance.

T: Quite a hoppy amber ale... a lot of citrus peel, and pine notes, with a nice malty balance. This has got a wonderful taste.

M: Juicy, with a nice body... full enough to compliment the flavour. A touch more carbonation would have made it almost perfect.

D: VERY drinkable. This is what I have found I like in an amber ale. The lip-smacking fruitiness that is almost like a fresh, organic grapefruit or something. Very clean and tasty, I'll most definitely be getting this again... and again.

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

Not sure why I waited so long to try this one out.

Pours a nice clear and dark ruby hues brown. Thick creme head. Nose is of piney hops. Flavor is citric, earthy, and has a noticeable zing to it. Calms down as it gets warmer. Smooth feel. Easily drinkable. I expect no less from Bear Republic. A nice one that's much better on the warmer side.

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

Pours a hazy deep reddish brown with a substantial rocky head. Also substantial is the lacing, pretty fine looking stuff.

Hops predominate in the nose, malt background.

Taste shows great hop content, grapefruit, again malt background.

Smooth and creamy mouthfeel, low level of carbonation gives it a full bodied feel.

Good drinkability, especially so with an easy to deal with ABV.

Photo of charlzm
3.16/5  rDev -22%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Consumed 08/11/07.

Beers pours a deep amber with a clear, frothy white head. Very aromatic hops greet the nose with citrus notes. A big malt odor lurks behind the floral hoppiness with a slight metallic tinge the only negative. Oily hoppiness rolls onto the tongue with an orange peel flavor and medium bitterness. The thin malt flavor is overwhelmed by the hops but still detectable during the middle of a mouthful. But when the brew heads for the back of the mouth, a moderate astringency and stronger hop bitterness quickly drown out the malt. The metallic note in the nose becomes apparent to the palate on the aftertaste. I really didn't much care for this one.

Photo of luvND
4.41/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

P-22oz bomber

A-beautiful ruby red, near perfect head, soft and foamy, great retention

S-caramel, biscuity, soft hops

T-biscuity up front, hops really pull through after the swallow and really linger

M-Nice and smooth, not too thick

D-I could easily knock down 2 or 3 of these

Notes: A really great amber/red from what is becoming one of my favorite breweries. Will definitely have this one again.

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.6/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a frothy, three finger thick, lightly browned, tan colored head. The beer is a dark, concentrated plum, amber hued color that shows a brilliantly clear, cranberry hued color when held up to the light. This beer is quite hop focused, I don't get any malt at all upon first inspection of the aroma. Aromas of grapefruit, freshly zested lemon peel, bergamot, tangelo, orange zest and some light pine / herbal notes. The malt is here, it does in fact play an integral role here with aromas of richly caramelized malt and toasty browned biscuit notes.

This beer has a chewy body, that has a medium heft to it, yet it is not very sweet. The ample hop character and darker malt notes seem to inhibit the malt sweetness. Bracingly bitter from the get go, the biting hop character lingers on through to a long finish. The hop flavors here are influenced heavily by the lack of sweetness; the vibrant fruit notes of the aroma are fairly subtle here, instead flavors of pine, menthol, and a deep herbal note are what is most noticeable. There is some light notes of grapefruit, and perhaps a touch of orange towards the end where a touch of malt sweetness is able to come through. The finish has the hop bitterness as well as a sharp, herbal hop astringency and even a touch of toasted, darker grain note. The malt character, while clearly a supporting role, adds a nice dimension to this brew; toasty malt and bread-like flavors as well as a richly caramelized, yet not sweet malt character.

A pretty tasty brew, I wish that there was a bit more residual malt sweetness to this brew; a solid citrus hop character would have been really nice. This is actually slightly tart as a result of the lack of sweetness; this is not bone dry though, there is just not enough malt sweetness to stand up to the hops.

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Red Rocket Ale from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 2,457 ratings.