Red Rocket Ale - Bear Republic Brewing Co.

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Red Rocket AleRed Rocket Ale

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Ratings: 2,407
Reviews: 1,141
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 11.11%
Wants: 119
Gots: 157 | 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 grub
4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

got this one in a recent trade with BigLove. thanks travis!

pours a lovely red colour with a thick, dense tan head. the head drops very slowly and leaves tons of lace.

aroma is great. tons of malt. crackers and biscuits. bit of caramel. bit of alcohol. actually reminds me of a barleywine that's had a couple years to mellow.

taste is great. bit of roasty character. moderate bitterness. lots of malt. cracker and biscuit again. caramel too, and maybe some toffee. bit of bittersweet chocolate. alcohol is fairly noticeable, which i'd expect from the lower hop presence.

mouthfeel is good. nice moderate carbonation level. bigger body than i expected.

drinkability is pretty good. loving the malt in it, but the alcohol comes through fairly strong, especially for 6.8%abv. it's sort of like a slimmed-down old ale. more for the malt-head than the hop-head, and i can appreciate both crowns so it's still very tasty.

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

True to its name, this beer has a dark red body and a pillowy white head. Crisp hoppy smell, slightly citric. Caramel malts followed by earthy/piney hops; nicely balanced, but with fuller hop flavors and a dry finish. Medium-bodied, crisp, and very drinkable. Another great beer from Bear Republic.

Photo of crzyd12
3.48/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer claims to be a "bastardized Scottish style red ale" with "aggressive hop character" and it does not dissappoint. The beer holds a thick head which lasts several minutes after pouring. The smells are slightly sweet with hop covering the aroma. Hops continue upon tasting the beer, stronger than most Scottish ales, but then again aggressive hops were the brewmasters goal. The malts are neither lacking nor overbearing and compliment the overall feel of the beer. The mouthfeel is crisp and clean with only the slightest linger of flavor that makes you crave more. This craving is quenched over and over again but never quite overcome making this a very drinkable brew.

Photo of rousee
3.78/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The obligatory American amber ale by Bear Republic. Like most everything this brewery does, its quite good.

Pours a dark amber brown color. You can see through it but it is still alittle murky. Nice rings of lace remain on the sides of the glass.

Smell is a woody cedar like smell. There are some hints of maltiness like caramel or toffey but its very subtle.
Taste is a good dose of malt up front with a nice hop kick to it. Reminds me almost more of a pale ale than an amber because it is hoppier than most versions of amber I have had.

Good mouthfeel and quite smooth and easy to drink. I like it for an amber but there are other Bear Republic offerings that I prefer.

Photo of Viggo
3.7/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy red/brown, thick off white head, nice lacing, great retention, certainly looks good. Smell is toffee, grains, citrus and floral hops, roast, bit of metallic aroma, Bear Republic signature aroma. Taste is caramelized, earthy, lots of citrus/floral hoppiness, metallic again, bit weak in the finish. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied, medium carbonation, bit of a gusher. Not bad, I liked their other offerings more, maybe I need to try a fresher bottle.

Photo of velo343
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Poured into a pint glass from a 22oz bomber. A beautiful deep crimson with a large, porous head of a light tan color.

Smell - A fresh citrus, grapefruity hop aroma. A smell of cherry pie is slightly hidden beneath the hops.

Taste - A caramelly malt flavor, somewhat bready. The freshness of the hops gives way to a strong bitterness that at first matches the maltiness but then takes over at the end.

Mouthfeel - This beer is fairly thick and malty and it really coats the mouth. The hops give it some dryness to counteract that, however, leaving a warm, pleasant feeling.

Drinkability - This red ale is definitely stands apart from the rest of the red ales I've had. It's very hoppy, but it's really well balanced by the strong malt character. Each flavor seems to have its counterpart elsewhere in the beer, the result being a very drinkable treat.

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

22 oz bottle. Poured a nice darkredish brown with very fat and long lasting head. Left beautiful rings of lacing in the glass as it slowly settled. Nice nose of complex malts with subtle hops. Very easy to drink. Great taste with all the malts and hops coming together for a perfectly balanced combination Smooth on the palate with a slighty oily touch, and good to the last drop. A very nice ale. Beer Advocate has this listed as an American Amber/Red Ale. I would classify it as an American Strong Ale, but whatever you choose type it as it is still outstanding.

Photo of mrasskicktastic
3.13/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A - Gigantic frothy head that is the color of latte foam. The lacing is everywhere and forms delicate patterns all down the glass. The head lingers for an eternity and leaves a mountain of foam in the middle after it has dissipated to constant level. The beer itself is a clear deep garnet color. Top notch look for a red.

S - Hops. Pine aroma mostly. A bit of peppery alcohol.

T - A bit of caramel and smoky malt, but mostly a potent pine with a bit of white pepper. The aftertaste is a potent pine bitterness with the lingering white pepper everywhere, a bit of smoky malt everywhere. The peppery maltis a bit excessive for my tastes, but pretty good overall.

M - Harsh from carbonation, thin and a bit refreshing.

D - Alright. No difficulty finishing it. The alcohol, though not boozy and well obfuscated, makes too much of an appearance. It is an enjoyable brew though. Not great with food. A bit strong to session, lacks some of the qualities in mouthfeel and taste that a more sessionable beer would have. I don't think I will have it again. Nothing awful, but nothing great. Looks good though.

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

Picked up a bomber of this in Boston for about $5, not bad at all for a beer thats made its was across the country.

A- Hazy brown with some tint of red hues on the edges of the glass. Even with an aggresive pour little head is visible with some brown highlights.

S- Coffee, alcohol, some roastedness, reminds mind of a dopplebock

T- Just like smell I find this to closely resemble a Celebrator with not so much roastedness. Alcohol in the nose is not detectable on the palate.
Malts dominate the flavor with a bit of a hoppy finish

M- Creamy smooth with no carbonation.

D- A bomber is a great size for this one.

I would definetly buy again, not as strong as their IPAs but for a red its pretty damn good.

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

Appearance: Pours a clear crimson bronze with a huge mountainous rocky tan head that settles to a rocky one finger for the duration of the beer. The walls of my glass are absolutely plastered with ring after ring of lacing just a beautiful sheet left in place, remembrance, of the beer now gone to a better place, (my belly;-).

Smell: Carmel malts, peaty malts, dark fruits, Pine hops, citrus hops, mmm mm mmm m mmm.

Taste: Toasty and sweet. It is like candy and it is addictive. I want more more. Like a smoker finally getting that cigarette after hours and hours of craving; the beautiful grassy pine hops and smoky malty sweet candy center satiate like no other WOW! That hit the spot.

Mouthfeel: Exceptionally smooth and buttery with just the perfect amount of fluff feel but not overboard. Solid medium body with a strong malt backbone. Well done.

Drinkability: I don't know what to say. This beer is a winner from start to finish. The difference from the Stone Levitation Ale, I had earlier this evening, though I love how easy it is to drink the high ABA does put a limit on the sessionability though a bomber was no problem and I could probably even handle 2 bomber of this beer (and then pass out) but what a nice treat.

Hope this is helpful.

Photo of brushpig
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Found a 22 oz bottle at Sams wines and liquors in Chicago.

Dark red amber appeaerance with a small head that dimminished
rather quickly. Light to no carbination noticable.

Aroma of citrus and roasted malts some spices.

Very tasty ale, very smooth. Sweet hops caramel, and light fruits-citrus, light bitter finish very well balenced beer.

Not many reds are this flavorful..get one.

Photo of jpagewatts
3.93/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber picked up at an exxon station of all places.

pretty uninspiring appearance. average. the smell has a wonderful biscuit caramel body to it. the taste lacks the necessary hop character to balance out what seems like a big alcohol presence. i was surprised at the 6.8% abv. it's a great beer to pair with food.

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance - Pours with a large, thick, rocky, and light-tan head. It has excellent retention and holds for a long time before slowly dissipating. Excellent, chunky, and full lacing is left as your drink and as the head diminishes. The beer is a very deep reddish amber color that is quite clear. Little carbonation activity is visible.

Smell - Sweet fruitiness and lots of Amarillo hops right away. There are also some strong citrus notes, including orange and lemon/lime. Rich malty background aromas with some slight spice throughout are also present. There is moderate alcohol warmnth on the nose.

Taste - Some earthy flavors and lots of hops up front. Sweet fruits such as peach and tart apple, and the usual citrus mentioned above: orange and lemon mainly. Has a rich, malty flavor, but overall it is generally a background note to the beer's overall character. This character is somewhat bready/doughy. Mild spices throughout the beer once again, with quite the earthy/dry finish.

Mouthfeel - Suprisingly smooth and viscous. The mouthfeel reminds me of some rye beers, which are some of the smoothest I have had. This of course isn't as smooth, but has the same smooth character to it. It also has a very wet mouthfeel up until the finish/aftertaste, then it dries up almost completely.

Drinkability - Hopefully you like Amarillo hops, because this beer has a decent amount of flavor from them. Overall, the flavors are of moderate intensity. The earthiness may, depening on taste, steer some people away, but it didn't really bother me.

This is quite a good red ale, probably the best I've had in a while. Most of them come off as being just too sweet and/or too bland in their flavor. This beer surpasses most in its style with a wonderfully hearty and smooth mouthfeel, and an excellent array of flavors. Highly recommended ale here.

Photo of Jredner
4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber from Liquorama.

Intense hop aroma is defined by pine, but is lightly citric. The malt component while not in command has more range featuring, toast, caramel, fruit cake and a touch of brown sugar.

The body of this beer is a dark opaque brown with very faint orange hues to it. The head is creamy, firm, a thumb thick and lasting. Nice looking brew.

The fore is heavily hopped and that first sip is very creamy. Toasted caramel malt, burnt brown sugar and even a good dose of chocolate follow the hoppy first blast. It has a nice balance of malt to hop and both are very heady. This kind of has a Christmas beer feel to it, though hoppier than most would be. I really like the base malt flavors here. Very nice brew.

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

Poured from 22oz bomber into traditional pint glass

A - Dark and opaque ruby brown with a good 2 inch head that becomes very rocky and awesome as time passes. Lacing is sticky and incredibly lasting.

S - Dry toasted malt sweetness with a nice fullness and a pleasant hop balance. Almost reminds me of my recent tasting of Hop Rod Rye in its dry malt scent. Scent is almost chewy.

T - Big toasted malt character accented by hop bitterness with a great dryness. Caramel notes and a mostly biscuity fullness. Tasty and different.

M - Begins richly with a mild carbonation effect that coats the palate. Aftertaste has a pleasant caramel drying effect that adds sweetness to the normal hop bitterness.

D - A very interesting beer that defies category in most ways. Quite drinkable and at 6.8% ABV it won't kill you after a bomber.

Photo of miskatonic
3.3/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I don't know, this is a very odd beer. Pours a very dark ruby red color, with no head at all. The smell is an overpowering malty sweetness with a distinct hop aroma that I can't place for the life of me. Taste is just odd, it's not at all displeasing, but this beer is so sweet, so over the top with malt sugars and malt roastiness. The hop bitterness is greatly subdued by the sugary sweetness of the heavey malt - definitely a red ale, no doubts there in the flavor, just BIG. I usually find big red's like this (Saint Rogue, Santa's Private, CascaZilla) to be more approachable and this beer is definitely something that requires thought before drinking a bomber of. I had never tried it before, so I didn't know what to expect and what I got was a big malty red super sweet, slightly bitter red. I'm kind of tempted to suggest that if the bitterness were more pronounced that this beer would be much more balanced and more enjoyable. I mean it's certainly not a bad beer, and if I were to see it on tap somewhere I might grab a pint, but I think this will not grace my fridge again any time soon, I just can't imagine being in the mood for this when I'm at home relaxing.

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

This beer comes my way from jgaston as part of BC-2. The beer was served in a imperial pint glass.

Appearance: The beer pours a red nearing crimson body in my glass. The carbonation positively boils to the surface of the glass. Major league chunkies and floaties settle to the bottom of the glass. The head is about 2 fingers high biege coloration and last forever. Thick sheets of lacing remain behind on my glass.

Smell: This beer explodes with a spicy citrus and subdued pine hoppyness. A bit of grassyness accompanies the toasted caramel maltyness.

Taste: The hops hit me as a combination of citrus grapefruit, pine and grassy flavors. The beer has a bit of a peppery after bite. In short I like it.

Mouthfeel/ Drinkability: The beer has a slightly bigger than medium body. The beer is very creamy inspite of boiling prickly carbonation. This beer is dam tasty and I wish it came to Cincinnati.

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

Easy on the eyes. Beautiful warm red/honey color, very persistent lacing.

Some citrus in the nose, along with hops and a little touch of eucalyptus.

Forward sweet malt, with some bitter hops to keep it honest. White chocolate in the finish.

Very comfortable amount of carbonation, incredibly rich and creamy in the mouth.

A mighty fine quaff that lends itself to a great many occasions.

Photo of Cresant
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured this undated 22 oz. brown bottle into a nonic. Body was a clear dark amber color. Obly an off white collar appeared after the first pour (around 48-50 F). The second pour was much more productive with big puffy bubbles comprising the head (warmed further). Splotchy lace remained.

Smell was spicy. Wheat bread crust and floral hops.

Taste was also spicy. Malty up front with a pleasant hops bitter aftertaste. The beer tasted sweeter on the second pour. Faint hints of bittersweet chocolate. Alcohol was well hidden.

Mouthfeel was zesty with a medium body. The second pour was smoother. This was an amber ale that I really enjoyed. Generally I don't really appreciate amber ales but I greatly prefer IPAs. This beer seemed to be a combonation of these two styles.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.53/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of Hogtownharry: Poured a dark brown color ale with a big dirty brown color head wit good retention. Aroma of big citrusy hops is quite powerful and dominant with some roasted sweet caramel malt also noticeable. Taste is almost entirely dominated by big citrus hops with a good caramel malt backbone. Body is about average and carbonation is slightly above average. If you like big citrus flavour beer from the west coast then this is probably going got be for you.

Photo of Enola
3.3/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle obtained in a trade, I think from Grumpy. Or maybe Robertdoesbeer.

This beer is a nice burgundy color with a small head and minimal lacing. There is a smell to this beer that is strongly of peppers. This is also reflected in the taste, although not as strong. The hops are also evident in the taste as this is a fairly bitter beer. The mouthfeel is sorta sharp and this hurts the drinkability just a tad. Overall, a fair beer but not the brewers best.

Photo of wcudwight
3.4/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a dark burgandy color with some red hues. Thin cream colored head and some light, wet, lacing.
Smells of caramel, piney hops and some peppery spice.
Wierd mixture of caramel sweetness with some smoked chocolate(if such a thing exist). Fine citrus and piney hop flavors and Pepperjack Cheese. A bit of alcohol warming in the finish.
Mouthfeel is fuller than I expected but I don't think it adds or subtracts to the overall quality of the beer.
Overall a drinkable, sessionable red ale that I will probably try again but would not be willing to out of my way for.
Thanks to Enola for sharing the bottle.

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

Pours a lovely reddish-amber with a full-bodied, fluffy head. Hops aroma nearly leaps out of the bottle and into the glass, along with citrus, a bit of spice and some grassy undertones.

Mouthfeel is full without being too heavy, with a nice amount of carbonation.

Aroma translates nicely to the bold and spicy flavor, with just the right amount of malty sweetness to balance the aggressiveness of the hops.

Easily on of my favorites, quite drinkable, and one I will enjoy again and again.

Photo of Drew966
4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Red Rocket Ale pours a copper color with a thick white head from a brown twenty two ounce bottle. The aroma is hoppy. Taste is very hoppy, with a nice amount of malt to balance it out. One of the more tasty red ales I've had, the alcohol is slightly noticeable, and this beer does pack a punch. The mouthfeel is creamy. Recommended.

Photo of Morris729
4.38/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark bronze color with thick and creamy tan head that fades into a heavy lace that coats the walls of the glass with a sticky lace as you drink. Nose is apparent as soon as the bottle is opened with aromas of floral hops and citrusy fruit. Taste begins with toasty caramel malts followed by a bit of an earthy charcoal smokiness, however the fruity hops seem to dominate throughout the taste. Not that that’s a bad thing, mind you. In fact, even the label proclaims that this beer is a “bastardized red ale with an aggressive hop character.”

Red Rocket Ale from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 2,407 ratings.