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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 Rainintheface
3.85/5  rDev -4.9%
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
4.12/5  rDev +1.7%
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
4.33/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

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)

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.

Photo of goochpunch
3.15/5  rDev -22.2%
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.

Photo of Trueant1
4.54/5  rDev +12.1%
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!

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.

Photo of jackorain
4.38/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

Photo of barefootbrewer
4.12/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

Photo of SilentSabre
2.05/5  rDev -49.4%
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.

Photo of Floydster
4.32/5  rDev +6.7%
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

Photo of bboven
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

Photo of unclederby
3.98/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

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.

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"

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

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

I burst out laughing in the middle of the store the first time I saw this beer on a shelf...I really need to watch less South Park. (If you don't know what I'm laughing about, you're really better off.) Anyway, I bought the beer despite the grossout-cartoon.

12 oz bottle - pours an amber/brown color, with a pretty big tan head and lots of lacing. Aroma isn't my favorite aspect, but isn't bad - quite a bit of citrusy hops here along with ample caramel malt. A touch spicy, though some of that may be the alcohol I'm sniffin'

Really tasty beer. Orange peel and general bitterness abound, with lots of sweet biscuity and caramel malt showing again. A bit drying with hops again showing themselves in the finish. Body is pretty full, with lively carbonation. No complaints here, and I think I'll have another sometime, uh, very soon...

does it fit the style? Oh, I dunno, probably not...now quit worrying about that and drink it.

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

Pours a dark tea color with deep red hues, a tad lighter than mahogany, with a big light tan head that resists fading. Visible effervescence keeps the head a live and surface pools of tiny bubbles are generated. A nice amount of lacing observed. The smell comes out a lot more as it warns significantly. The aroma is semi-sweet caramel maltiness. Full bodied, the mouth feel is well carbonated enough to make up for a classically less bitter hop character. Full flavored, the taste is malty, without being real sweet and a deep caramel from a very (very) light roasted nature. Very drinkable, the 6.8% ABV is hidden, but beyond the definition of session-able.

Photo of yourunclewalt
3.52/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Drank from the bottle, no glass on hand.

S - Sharp, bitter hops with a quasi-Belgian candy maltiness lurking in the background. Butterscotch.

T - Caramel leads off, butterscotch, an array of floral hops that open into a somewhat phenolic burn near the end

M - Thin yet creamy, a good balance overall.

D - This gets huge marks for drinkability. It's a solidly built beer at an even more solidly built price; I paid about 3.99 for my bomber.

Photo of ericj551
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've been sitting on this beer since a trip to Southern California in January, little did I know I can now get it locally. The beer pours a clear deep amber, with an almost purple hue to it in this light. Aroma is sweet caramel malts, with just a hint of almost metallic hops. Taste is more of the same caramel, with some dark fruit as well. There is a nice slightly roasty flavor with hints of chocolate malt. The finish is dry, and there is no hint of a alcohol. This beer has held up very well and I wouldn't hesitate to age it for a year or so.

Photo of Bierguy5
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle, 6.8% ABV. Very dark amber color, with some ruby tones. Tan creamy head. Great head retention, very appealing. Great patches of lace at the end.

Bold caramel malt and citrusy hop aroma. Smells a bit toasty. As it warms, a bit of alcohol present in the nose.

Caramel and toffee malt character, very robust. Good amount of citrusy bitterness, while still being well balanced.

Good body, and carbonation. Unique, but quite good.

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

This beer is a deep reddish-mahongy color with a modest layer of foam on top. Nose is sweetly malty overlayed with a big citrusy hop aroma. Taste has a nice strong malt profile: not complex, but rich sweet malt with a caramel slant. Bitterness is way too high for a real Scottish ale, but I guess this is supposed to be a hybrid of some sort. There's plenty of grassy, citrusy hop taste as well. Finishes with lingering bitterness. Soft textured but full-bodied.

Doesn't match the style well but a very tasty, drinkable moderately strong beer.

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

22oz bottle
Deep reddish brown with a big fluffy tan head that clumps and lines the glass.

Sweet roasted malt, some pine and citrus hops.

Very nice "amber" beer flavor- caramalts come off nice and roasty not burnt. Hops balance out the sweet malt completely, although it does finish with some clinging bitterness.

Nice and creamy, non-aggressive mouthfeel. A very sessionable beer for its 6.8% standing. I'll go for this when I want a completely dry beer without a hop-blast. Reminds me of a milder, creamier Rogue Am. Amber.

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Red Rocket Ale from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
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