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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 kosmoraios
4.8/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Reviewing this ale for the style as best I can. Third offering I've had from Bear Republic, and by far the best. I've got to give this one high marks.

Bottle has 01/07 imprinted on the glass. I believe this is the best-by date, so I think this one has been "aged" properly.

A - Pours a gorgeous mahogany color with a 1-finger high, off-white, thick, bumpy head that lingers for a good while and leaves thick lines of lacing. Carbonation bubbles are visible, as are very small chunks of yeast.

S - Sweet caramel, cashew-nutty yeast, piney and citrussy hops. Enticing aroma.

T - Amazing. For an American Amber ale, this is the best I've ever tried. There's spicy, piney hops. Perfect citrus (grapefruit, tangelo) flavor on top of a subtly sweet caramel and red apple. A tiny hint of toastiness in the malt flavor. A light macadamia or cashew nutty undertone from the yeast used in bottle-conditioning. Amazingly complex - as it warms, myriad flavors emerge.

M - Good mouthfeel. A wee bit oily and ever-so-slightly undercarbonated, but the aftertaste is pleasant and stays on the tongue.

D - An excellently drinkable beer! Wonderful for sessions. Good in the summer or the winter.

Major kudos to Bear Republic. I'll be sure to try more of their offerings.

Photo of Biscuit033
4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Mahogany With dense one finger light cream head with moderate lacing.

S: Heavy nose of citus mainly grapefruit, grass, and some metallic hints. Also some red fruits and maybe a bit of strawberry.

T: Bitter grapefruit and sweet strawberry. You can feel a bit of maltiness but the bitterness quickly wipes it out.

M: Fizzy bubbles that become a bit creamy and a crisp bitter finish.

D: If you are a hop head this is a red ale for you. It is not too hard to drink for something that is this aggressively hopped and at this ABV. I would have like it to have more malts to back up the hops but very good none the less.

Photo of BeerDetective
3.93/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I found this to be a nice Amber Ale, the appearance was a nice caramel color, very well balanced aroma of malt and hops. I really liked the taste, it had for me at least, a nice caramel backbone to balance out the other flavors typical of this style. I did find the mouth feel a little heavy for me though. All in all, a nice beer I plan to have again!

Photo of russpowell
4.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours caramel/brown with 1 finger of sand colored head. Insane head retention & great lacing

S: Caramel, piney hops & a bit of leafy hops as this warms

T: Caramel & piney notes up front. A bit of brown sugar as this warms, along with grapefruit hops, rich caramel & some boozey warmth. Finishes dry with boozey warmth, piney & herbal hops & a bit of cakeyness

MF: Chewy with low carbonation & near perfect balance

Drinks a little slow, due the heft of this beer. A solid red/amber, was looking for a little more hop profile. Having said that, I'd put this in my rotation if it were available here. Bear Republic, please come back to CO!

Photo of irishkyle21
4.65/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours with a thick light brown head. Holds up extremely well, great lacing and a deep reddish brown color. The head looks like a mountainous terrain as it begins to settle.

Smells sweet, caramel malt, fruits and citric American hops.

This is flawless on the palate (IMO). Notes of smoke, wood, lots of citric hops and sweet caramel malt. Great beer for Christmas.

Photo of roan22
4.72/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Red Rocket Ale is a dark mahogany red with a nice layer of creamy off-white head. This beer is an aggressively hopped west-coast IPA. Its very bitter, yet very easy on the palate...its one of the few IPAs out there I would call 'well-balanced.' Not sure about the specific hop types but its citrus and pine flavors from start to finish. Truly a great beer from a great California brewery which has mastered the IPA [also try BR Racer 5, Extra Pale Ale, and Hop Rod Rye].

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

Bear Republic- Red Rocket

A HUGE thanks to Pimpp for this 1.

A- Dark reby reddish brown with a thick chunky lacing head.
S- Oily pine hops and caramel malt.
T- Delicious strong oily pine hops evenly blended with a sweet creamy caramel malt.
M- Slighty bitter up front with a chewy, slighty buttery, finish. Big flavors throughout.

Overall- By far the best Amber I've ever had! To me its an Amber/ West Coast IPA blend! I honestly think this is a perfect beer!!

Photo of jasonjlewis
4.53/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Torn between 4.5 and 5.0 in several categories.

Pours a nice amber color with a great head and awesome retention.

I love big amber ale smells. Smells of toasted and caramel malts. Citrusy/piney hop balance on the smell. Slight apple fruitiness on the nose.

Toasted and caramel malts. Nice citrusy and piney hops. Such a good balance in this beer makes it a damn fine ale. Bear Republic has earned a reputation as a fine brewery in my book.

Full mouthfeel, slightly crisp. Alcohol and alpha acid dryness and astringency is well balanced out.

One hell of a brew. Big red ales that are done nicely kick ass.

Photo of jdhilt
3.1/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours with a light brown, three-finger head that goes slowly to a thin layer, leaving a good lace. Light carbonation and medium bodied. Cloudy amber color. Nose is hoppy. Flavor is smooth, slight sweetness then a balanced to a hoppy finish. Lingering bitter aftertaste. $4.55 for a 22oz bottle from Colonial Spirits, Acton, MA.

Photo of CVC
4.43/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Came in a 22 oz. bomber; served in a pint glass.

Pours a beautiful deep, blood red/mahogany color with a thick, bubbly head. Covers my glass with sticky lace from top to bottom. Smells of hops; piney, and alcoholic. Tastes grassy, and there hints of fruit there, too. The alcoholic taste is masked well behind all of the flavors. It finishes somewhat bitter, and totally cleans the palate; goes down so smooth.

I've always loved the Bear Republic Brewing Company (gotta support Northern California brews!), and this is one of their better beers, in my opinion. A totally drinkable brew; doesn't taste like a 6.8% ABV beer. Highly recommended. I'll have another!

Photo of RickSawyer
4.53/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Revisited: 7/12/08

Pours oaky burnt carmel colour with a tan head that rises and falls rather quickly. Smell is caramel, pine resin, maple, wheat bread, and earthy hints of orange zest. Taste is dominated by a very balanced hopped caramel. Sweet, rich overly ripe pear, dates, resinous piney hops, wonderful. Mouthfeel could us just a BIT more carbonation in my opinion but is more than sufficient. This is so drinkable its not even funny!

Local grocery started carrying Bear Republic!!! Score, kudos to Bear Republic!

Pours a nice, deep oak ruby color with a milk chocolate head that remains afloat. Smell is HOPS! So much hops upon first smell that if I were blindfolded and smelled this beer I would swear up and down it were a DIPA. Sweet, pine cone smashed against grapefruit zest punching your nostrils hopped.... Nice, hearty mouthfeel. Thick and sticky, similar mouthfeel to a good american stout. First flavors of sweet fruit cake, raisins and burnt buiscut. Finished hopped, citrus zests clean the palate clear of all sweetness. Leaves a nice tingle inside the mouth... Saison-esque carbonation.

Wait, this is an amber? Noway, this is way to fun to be an amber! Whatever it is, this is a cool beer!

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

A: Deep ruby/garnet hue that lets in a little light. Over three fingers of dense, bubbly head that leaves much laces on the sides of the glass as it slowly dissipates.

S: A piney, grassy hop character in the nose, and a bit spicy as well. Malty backbone is there to add a touch of balance and sweetness that smells pretty good.

T: A good intro with the malt base that sets up the middle for a hop presence that's assertive, but not aggressive, which is a plus. While it styles itself as a "bastardized" Scottish Red, it really just tastes like an American interpretation, which isn't such a bad thing in this case.

M: Carbonation is generous, with a fluffy texture with a bit of hop oil in the mouthfeel.

D: Quite tasty with great balance, fitting for a red ale. However, the extra hop kick makes for a different take on the style, and while it could go overboard, it's actually executed quite well.

Photo of jaxon53
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served slightly chilled in a pint glass, from a twenty two ounce brown bottle. Poured a beautiful deep ruby copper color that had a bit of sediment in it. Two fingers of thick, creamy off-white head formed with a somewhat vigorous pour. Head seemed to last forever, and left tons of thick lace behind on the glass. A sweet malt yet hoppy and fruity aroma permeated from the glass. Taste was just as good but richer. Thick hoppy notes hit the tongue first with a bit of citrus fruit. Tons of sweet malt balanced this beer out and smoothed out the finish. Very little noticeable alcohol. A nice smooth, full mouthfeel. Very drinkable.

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

Deep copper orange as it pours from the bottle, deep brown orange in the glass and beautiful red against backlighting. The head is fluffy and lasts for several minutes. The smell is nutty, sweet, and hoppy. The hops are definitely present and balance the malt without overwhelming it. There is a nice toasty, nutty flavor that comes through along with a mild sweetness. This beer is well-balanced in every direction. I like it a lot.

Photo of HardTarget
3.85/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bear Republic Red Rocket Ale
Bottle Inspection: 6.8% abv., bottle conditioned, serving temperature suggestion (45-50 F), and described as a “Bastardized Scottish”.

Aroma: Slightly worty nose, plenty of pine scented hops, mild hint of peat smoke earthiness.

Appearance: Dark, dark red, really more of a brown glass, fair clarity, thin tan head doesn’t look like it will last, but gives up some fair lace.

Flavor: Akin to an Arrogant Bastard. Same West Coast hop profile, plenty of C hops, but the bitter is kept in check. Again with the slight smoky peat aspect, but very sedate.

Mouthfeel: Oily texture, medium heavy body and relatively low carbonation triggers a chew.

Overall Impression: Really can’t get over the Arrogant Bastard comparison. I’m going to have to try these side by side, but this is lighter and less intense, but still full of flavor and enjoyable. I really like the hops.
Worth at least a shot, probably more.

Photo of joedon
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer was on the chalk board at "Dog and Pony" in Renton so I gave it a try.
Kind of hard to describe; sort of like a red IPA. Bright red-garnet color with a thin lacy head. Big hop and malt aromas; much like a double IPA. Taste is very impressive. Lots of malt up front followed by big hop bitterness and flavors. I got English hops as well as Centennial/Cascade/Chinook and the big western hops.
Very heavy mouthfeel; lots of dextrins in this beer. Not overly sweet but definite big body.
I like this beer but marked down the drinkability because it is such a heavy brew.

Photo of JayQue
4.6/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I couldn't imagine a Red Ale any better than this. This beer is very well balanced, but "over the top balanced". Both the hops and malt are in your face but beautifully coordinated and very tasty. Pours a reddish amber with a good sized ivory head. Sweet malts and resiny hops are both in the aroma. The head holds up well and this beer leaves thick sheets of lacing on the glass. The taste is really great. Bitter hops up front, followed by a caramel tasting malt flavor. Finishes with suggestions of both hops and malts. Mouthfeel is very good.The hops are strong, piney, resinous up front, but civilized enough for the full strength and just-right sweetness of the malts. This is a thick, rich, luxurious mothfeel. Drinkability is very good. Not just for hopheads. At 6.8, you have to respect the power of this beer, but I would have no problem drinking a bomber of this myself on other occasions.

Photo of srandycarter
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Into the tulip..

YEAH! Red Rocket now in 12 oz - I only found bombers previously.

A - Dark reddish brown color, small head and lots of lacing.

S - Very light. As it warms up, more pronounced. Light hops and some deep malt aroma.

T - Powerful on the tongue. Creamy and carbonated. Slight sweetness, malty, some hops at end.

M - Like the fullness in mouth, esp the creaminess. Finish is well balanced.

D - It's a winner. I could do a few without getting tired.

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

Pours very dark amber with some russet tones in the background. Dusting of a head and some sticky lace. The nose starts out dominated by bright pink grapefruit. That soons blows off, with the remaining notes composed of minty hops, peanut malts and a whisky-like waft of alcohol. On the palate, Red Rocket starts off smooth and sweet, but following a wall of carbonation things get nutty and bitter, with some pronounced tea-leaf flavors. Things taper off toward the finish, with one more blip of juicy hop bitterness, and then the beer kind of lingers on the palate for a while. Overall, this is an interesting beer. Good, worth trying again and all that. Just a solid west coast-style amber.

Photo of sfoley333
3.88/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into pint glass. Poured a murky brownish red color with a thick foamy head. Smell hints at pine but not so strong. Taste malty bitter pine and almost a little candi flavor with a little citrus bite. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy. I enjoy this beer its a well crafted beer that is balanced but still in your face.

Photo of MrHungryMonkey
4.28/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Tangy hops and sweet, sugary malt. Smells very nice.

Reddish amber hue, good clarity, great creamy head and lacing.

Rich malt character and deep sweetness accompanied by fresh hop and well-infused in a vibrant, viscous medium. Dark roast flavors hint at bittersweet chocolate and a particular sharp woodiness. Deep caramel/sugary sweetness, like brown sugar. Oily, resinous hop with twist of citrus and pine as well as loads of subtle grassy/earthy flavors. Hop bitterness matures about halfway through to attain its humbly assertive (and welcomed) oral equivalent to a ringing in one’s ear. Rocks me up then leaves me wanting more.

Style-wise, this would make one of the tastiest amber ales I’ve ever had. The label proclaims Scottish roots – that would explain the beefy malt, body, and sweetness – but I can’t detect any of the smokiness I’ve come to expect in my Scottish ambers. It doesn’t hold itself to be of a particular traditional style, it’s a happy beermutt – and mutts are almost always more interesting than the related purebreds.

Photo of Rainintheface
3.88/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber poured into my SA glass.

A: amber with a reddish hue, foamy head and medium carbonation

S: light citrus, grapefruit, piney notes. possibly a little caramel in the background

T:piney hops, strong but not abusive. there is also a little sweetness

M: medium body and carbonation, creamy

D:very nice. no problem finishing this.

Bear Republic makes another tasty brew.

Photo of barrelman
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured at Pacific Standard on Fourth Ave. Keep it up guys!

Beers pours with little head and later on, little lacing. deep caramel tones pretty dark. Looks like there are some dark malts in here (chocolate malt or special B?), which I love in a red.

Aroma is sweet with pine hints.

Taste's robust malt cut with ample hops. Very balanced. The coldest tasting beer I had last night (Thanks Coors!). Magnificent!

In my opinion, mouthfeel would benefit from more carbonation. It wants to be a hoppier beer and the gas would make them pop a little more.

I'd easily have two in a sitting, even with a dozen or so different taps to try. Great beer.

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

Its hard for me to justify drinking a red ale. ever. I've just never been a fan of the apparent sweetness and maltiness. This was an exception and I would likely order it again if I ended up in Sonoma county again. The mouthfeel was even, nothing too thick or thin, I could have handled a little bit more in the hop category, though this isn't typical of the style. Not my favorite Bear Republic offering, but nice nonetheless.

Photo of westweasel
3.98/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to PSYCOHOPS for a chance at this great beer!

The appearance of this beer was a clear amber with a dark red hue. This beer had a tall beige head that rose above the lip of my Sam Adams tasting glass.

This beer had an aroma filled with biscuits, lemons, and grapefruit. The taste was buttered biscuits and toffee with a bitter lemon finish.

The moutfeel was on the thin-side of medium. This is an extremely drinkable and interesting beer.

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