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Red Rocket Ale - Bear Republic Brewing Co.

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Red Rocket AleRed Rocket Ale

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2,287 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,287
Reviews: 1,131
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 10.84%
Wants: 105
Gots: 119 | 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 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
Photo of carln26


3.88/5  rDev -4.4%

I had this over lunch at the source in Healdsburg, CA. Dark amber with orange highlights. Creamy off white head with a wonderful waterfall effect. Aroma of dark toffee and dates. Just a touch of grapefruit rind. The taste has caramel up front followed quickly by a light bitterness. Just a bit of blackberry. Rich creamy mouth feel, very drinkable. I never thought I would write creamy in a description of a beer with this amount of hops. Great on cask.

04-07-2006 14:18:51 | More by carln26
Photo of IntriqKen


4.4/5  rDev +8.4%

This is one big ass red!
Poured a beatiful dark amber with a giant head that holds a long, long time. Bear Republic beers have the biggest, stiffest heads I've seen in a beer...seriously (no jokes, please).
Aroma is sweetly hops, more hops, and a little bit citrus.
Taste is big hops with just a little malt sweetness that manages a BIG balance in flavor, followed with a dry grapefuit bitterness.
Aftertaste is drying citrus and hop bitterness.
This is the biggest red I've ever had...very close to a rich IPA...I love it and can drink these all night.

04-05-2006 01:44:37 | More by IntriqKen
Photo of DaggerEyes

New York

4.22/5  rDev +3.9%

22 oz bottle poured a semi-opaque reddish brownwith a one finger thick head that disappated into some spotty lacing.

The malts hit first on the nose, smelling sweet and carmelesque, balanced out by some faint hoppy bitterness and buttery qualities. Scents of chocolate and coffee are also faintly present.

Buttery,and sweet like caramel or candied fruit (with hints of butter on the entrance, Red Rocket Ale finishes with a grapefruit hoppy kick and has a coffee or chocolate like after taste. A bit nutty at times and everyonce in a while I get a strong toffee like taste from this. A very complex taste with distinctly different flavors in the different areas of your mouth. It has a medium body with a fair amount of carbonation. Really gives your tongue a work out up from but gets more smooth by the time the hops kick in.

A rich hearty and very complex ale.

04-02-2006 20:54:35 | More by DaggerEyes
Photo of ultralarry2006


2.5/5  rDev -38.4%

From a 22 oz bomber, this poured a deep reddish brown with an inch head that subsided into 1/4 inch that remained all the way down leaving solid lacing all the way. Aroma - hop citrus, with roasted malt. Taste - yikes!-diacetyl right off that almost put me off the beer immediately, but I stayed with it to the end, and found a decent roasted malt without acridness from over-roasting, and noticed some citrus-(hops), before, but mostly after. Medium mouthfeel with a little too much carbonation. Drinkability- the diacetyl ruined this for me.

03-28-2006 22:19:06 | More by ultralarry2006
Photo of scottoale


4.4/5  rDev +8.4%

From the big ol 22oz. bomber pours a beautiful dark copper-mahogany liquid with a frothy, creamy off-white head that's an inch thick. Tons of thick, intricate lacing with this one as well.

Fresh green piney hops greet the nose with heaps of dark, rich roasted malt, chocolate and tobacco filling my sense of smell. Man, this stuff smells insanely delicious, a hop bomb with tons of flavor to balance and satisfy.

Oh the taste, fresh pine, citrus hop tamed with caramel roasted malt into chocolate and tobacco with an orange-pekoe black tea finish. This is an amaziningly complex ale and one of my top 10 favorites for sure.

Fairly full bodied with a nice amount of carbonation gives this a velvety mouthfeel with a warming of alcohol as it goes down. It's wonderfully easy to drink because of the awesome taste, but one must be careful as it does pack some punch. I highly recommend this one...Cheers !

03-21-2006 05:14:32 | More by scottoale
Photo of germaniac


4.58/5  rDev +12.8%

One of my favorite beers, now conveniently available in 6 packs of 12oz bottles. Makes it nice and easy to swap out a couple of Racer 5's on the sly for a hop throwdown.

Red Rocket pours a deep, dark crimson, almost brown in it's depths. A big ole pillow of whipped, creamy head caps it off. It's hopped like an IPA, full of piney, citrus infused bitterness. But there's a whole lot of caramel malt sweetness down in there to provide some backbone and mellow things out nicely. Never shows it's almost 7 percent abv. Drinkable to a fault, this one never loses it's charm. Pizza, Chinese, Mexican. There's not much this brew doesn't pair up with.

03-16-2006 01:57:45 | More by germaniac
Photo of wingnutter


4.4/5  rDev +8.4%

Pours a deep ruby red with a big head. Beautiful. Moderate lacing. Aromas of citrus, floral hops, and malt.

This beer is rediculously good. And smooth - it goes down effortlessly. Lots of hops, caramel, toffee, a bit of floral notes....Wow. Simply delicious. Bear Republic now has 2 of my top 10 beers - Racer 5, and now Red Rocket Ale. As it warms, it gets even smoother. Its like an IPA with an extra shot of malt. I could drink this every day and not get sick of it. Heaven in a bottle.

Another slam dunk from Bear Republic. God how I wish I could get them in Florida.

03-12-2006 07:00:52 | More by wingnutter
Photo of BeerBuilder


4.1/5  rDev +1%

Pours to a brownish color with an off-white head that leaves spotty lacing. The aroma is of malty sweetness, brown sugars and juicey, citrusy hops.

The flavor is malty, and citrus....fruity citrus and caramel malts...damn well-balanced.

A medium-full bodied brew, that is nice drinking....thanks Wally Paulnuts.

03-05-2006 23:18:53 | More by BeerBuilder
Photo of blitheringidiot


4.38/5  rDev +7.9%

Big ole double duecer pours out with a dark yet clear copper auburn hue topped with a thick packed khaki bubbly cap including a few small carbonation bubbles.

Amazing scents of grassy fresh delicious juicy citrus hops. An aromatic treat to the olfactory!. Some sweeness and caramel in the nose as well.

First swigs: Caramel and lolipop malts meets a big balance of hops. Just a bunch of orange peel meets carrot cake. This is a blend of many flavors that finds its way home. Some cocoa and cherry soda. Wow!

Feel is uber-smooth. Soft carbonation and just a creamy awesome smooth feel.

Last swigs: Qualifies as a MUST TRY! How surprised was I when I noticed that I never reviewed this? I've had a few bottles in my day, knew I really dug it and never reviewed it.

03-02-2006 01:43:28 | More by blitheringidiot
Photo of beveragecaptain

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

22 ounce bottle. Red Rocket Ale pours out a reddish brown color with a huge head that refuses to die. Big aroma with butterscotch, toasted malt, and spuce hops. The flavor starts off malty with a burnt caramel sweetness. But just when you start to think this is some sort of malty beer, the hops come in. The huge hop flavor isn't overly bitter, but it is very flavorful. Some citrus, but mainly piney flavors from the hops. The mouthfeel is full for the style. Pretty good drinkability. This is a delicious West Coast style hoppy red ale.

02-25-2006 02:05:27 | More by beveragecaptain
Red Rocket Ale from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 2,287 ratings.