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Red Rocket Ale - Bear Republic Brewing Co.

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Red Rocket AleRed Rocket Ale

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2,389 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,389
Reviews: 1,140
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 11.11%
Wants: 114
Gots: 153 | 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 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.

HardTarget, Nov 01, 2007
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.

joedon, Oct 29, 2007
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.

JayQue, Oct 27, 2007
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.

srandycarter, Oct 27, 2007
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.

geexploitation, Oct 25, 2007
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.

sfoley333, Oct 19, 2007
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.

MrHungryMonkey, Oct 19, 2007
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.

Rainintheface, Oct 18, 2007
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.

barrelman, Oct 17, 2007
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.

gmuller, Oct 12, 2007
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.

westweasel, Oct 03, 2007
Photo of TexIndy
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 650ml bottle with no dating info into a pint glass. It was a deep brownish amber. It had a huge beige head that whittled down to a constant thin foam. Lots of lacing. The smell was hoppy and piney with some malt in the back. The taste was pretty good but not as good as Nugget Nectar which is still the class of the style for me. Good solid mouthfeel. Overall, a good beer that I recommend trying. For me, it's worth a repeat taste every once in awhile. (4, LR, T, Y)

TexIndy, Oct 03, 2007
Photo of timtim
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

reddish brown (more red than brown) with a tan head that fades and leaves pretty good lace. heavy citrusy/piney smell with a malt backbone that smells like burnt toffee and coffee just a little bit. i like. taste is dominated by piney hops that ride on that same strong malt backbone and provide just a little bitter kick in the end. creamy, but on the lighter side of medium-full. i'll happily drink one of these any day.

timtim, Oct 03, 2007
Photo of goochpunch
3.1/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours out a rusted ruby with lively bubbles and a tanned head that clings tightly to the glass. Aroma is loaded with citrus and pine hops with some toasty malts. I get some dusty cocoa and mild booze. Malt flavors bring on caramel and a touch of molasses with a cocoa undertone. A bit toasty. There are some fruity esters that are much in line with the Bear Republic house yeast character. Hops bring a lot of grapefruit and a touch of aspirin in the finish. Mouthfeel is rather light, slick, and a bit too mellowed out on the carbonation. Drinkability is decent, but there are some things that grate on me in the time it takes to finish the bomber. Impressed by some things, but overall not Bear Republic's strongest offering.

goochpunch, Sep 25, 2007
Photo of Trueant1
4.6/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A. Poured a thick 2.5 inch billowing head that stuck around forever. The color was deep amber red. Man, this looked good!
S. First smell was a weak malt sweetness then a weak hop smell. After that, a pine forest abounded.
T. Wow! First:... carmel, then toffy, coffie, and a strong hop flavor followed by hop bitterness as it swollowed. Second sip...
Thought I was drinking a homemade cherry cola! Cherries! YUM!!!
When I drink a Lindamens chard...I ALWAYS taste a jolly rancher watermellon candy in it! I will remember this beer as a cherry cola!
M. Medium carbonation, so smooth! Sweet with a bitter aftertaste that does not linger long.
D. Loved this beer! So, so many layers! To me, a masterpiece!

Trueant1, Sep 24, 2007
Photo of Beerbuddha
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance -Nice inch to two inch brown head. Great amber coloring.

Smell- The smell was a strong pine smell with hint of malts.

Taste-Strong hop taste with hints of malts and citrus(grapefruit)

Mouthfeel -Medium mouthfeel with medium carbonation.

Drinkability-Really enjoyed this one! Gonna go pick up another.

Beerbuddha, Sep 23, 2007
Photo of jackorain
4.4/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-big two inch tan head crowns over the glass. Asir starts to recede (a long time btw), it turns to a sea foam appearance that leaves a sea foam on the sand type of lace all over the glass.

S-green and pine hops, lots of caramel malts

T-caramel malts abound, toffee, hint of coffee, mollasses. Hops hint second but are by no means shy. Green, pine and citrus. Great bitterness. nice malty and

M-moderate carbonation reveals medim body and oily hop resins. Malts continue to fill out te body on this one right to the end.

Overall-Another bear republic homerun I love this brewery.

jackorain, Sep 20, 2007
Photo of barefootbrewer
4.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a hazy brown color with a thick, tan, rocky head. The aroma is strong of malt and caramel. Hops are noted after the beer warms. The taste is malty and caramel with bitterness from the hops quite noticeable. The mouthfeel is full and seems appropriate for the beer. Overall, this is hearty, well balanced brew.

barefootbrewer, Sep 18, 2007
Photo of SilentSabre
2.03/5  rDev -49.9%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

What a colossal disappointment this thing was. A Scotch Ale? This? No...no it isn't. Over-hopped West Coast Red Ale of some sort? Yes. This is quite possibly the worst example of this style I have ever had...ever. It poured up a dark bronze red with a nice, pillowy head that lasted for several minutes. It looked good. The smell was almost all grapefruit and pine resin with a tiny bit of sweet malt hiding in the back. The taste, too, was nearly all big hops. Mouthfeel was a bit thin for the style, I thought. Overall, it isn't a bad beer, it just strays way outside of what this style should be. This is like handing someone a beer blindfolded and telling them you gave them a pint of smoked porter and really there's gueuze in the glass. That guy is about to be in for a shock, eh? Well, so was I. Not a bad beer, terrible representation of the style.

SilentSabre, Sep 16, 2007
Photo of Floydster
4.33/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pint at Hollingshead's in Orange for $4.50

Poured a deep reddish brown which is unusual for this style of beer

Head was thick, about an inch in heighth

Smell was sour, but the taste was sweet and very hoppy for a scotch

Could drink a lot of these too, another fantastic beer from Bear Republic

Floydster, Sep 14, 2007
Photo of bboven
4.28/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Brownish/rd appearance, good had retention.

Smells of bitter hops and toasty cereal.

Tastes sweet in th beginning with the hop bitterness in the middle and the end.

Very full and slightly creamy mouthfeel. My favorite part of this beer.

It's a little too bitter to drink a whole lot of, but pretty enjoyable.

bboven, Sep 10, 2007
Photo of unclederby
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a pint glass from a 12 oz. bottle. Color is dark amber/mahogany and the pour yields little head. A bit of lite lacing clings to the glass.

My sense of smell has been a bit stymied lately so i get no discernable odors, save for a bit of something sugary sweet and a maybe some pine from the hops.

Caramel malt backbone.

I taste and i like. Nicely balanced with a bit of caramel, perhaps a hint of raisin, rye, and finshed by a equalizing encounter of piney/spicy hops. Not as sweet as i would have expected and in fact it finishes on the dry side and could be labeled as refreshing. It's hop character tends to linger too...

Mouthfeel is medium, a little oily and perfectly carbonated.

Nothing gets in the way here, and this is just an enjoyable little diddy, made for everyday drinking and i'd think quite a nice complement to BBQ or grilled meats in general.

unclederby, Sep 03, 2007
Photo of Halcyondays
3.88/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bomber, bought at the corner liquor store,

A: Pours a dark brown, with a great tan head, excellent retention and lacing, almost looks like a nitro-tap out of the bottle, the head lasts for so long.

S: A hop bomb when first opened, the smell evolves into a refined malt and alcohol scent as the beer warms.

T: Very hoppy, the hoppiest Scotch ale that I have ever had, it sure shows its American influence. Lots of pine and earth flavours; it takes a long time for the malt to come out, but it is there, about an hour into the beer, with a hint of ethanol solvent character.

M: Good, very resiny from the hops, quite chewy, not particularly sweet, as most Wee Heavies can be when warm.

D: A good Wee Heavy, definitely an American take on the subject, tastes like a Scotch Ale mixed with an IPA, easily drinkable and sessionable, but the high ABV can catch up with you in a hurry, so be careful. All and all, another great brew from Bear Republic to add to my drinking repertoire.

Halcyondays, Aug 30, 2007
Photo of Onslow
3.48/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a medium grade brown ... Assertive firm head ... Has a nice bold hop profile ... lacing is B+ ... Rust, Pine, Caramel - Aroma ... Does contain a appealing blend of flavours, i'd change a few things but a solid offering.. "Baie dankie"

Onslow, Aug 25, 2007
Photo of Atron67
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a dirty brown dark ale with a two finger foamy tan head that left some pretty strong lacing

S- sweet and malty scents predominate, but they are pretty balanced with a nice hop scented finish as well

T- as the smell would suggest, it starts off with a strong malty flavor that turns into a pretty bitter (for the style) balanced finish

M- strong carbonation after heavy pour, medium body,

D- solid scotch ale

Atron67, Aug 22, 2007
Red Rocket Ale from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 2,389 ratings.