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Red Rocket Ale - Bear Republic Brewing Co.

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Red Rocket AleRed Rocket Ale

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2,347 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,347
Reviews: 1,138
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 111
Gots: 139 | 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 carln26
3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

carln26, Apr 07, 2006
Photo of IntriqKen
4.4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

IntriqKen, Apr 05, 2006
Photo of DaggerEyes
4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

DaggerEyes, Apr 02, 2006
Photo of ultralarry2006
2.5/5  rDev -38.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

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.

ultralarry2006, Mar 28, 2006
Photo of scottoale
4.4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 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 !

scottoale, Mar 21, 2006
Photo of germaniac
4.58/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

germaniac, Mar 16, 2006
Photo of wingnutter
4.4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

wingnutter, Mar 12, 2006
Photo of BeerBuilder
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

BeerBuilder, Mar 05, 2006
Photo of blitheringidiot
4.38/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

blitheringidiot, Mar 02, 2006
Photo of beveragecaptain
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

beveragecaptain, Feb 25, 2006
Photo of francisweizen
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From the bottle, in a hotel in new york city, from notes. Dark red amber with a nice frothy head of off-white. Aromas of piney resiny hops and fruit punch like juicy malts. Taste is a nice blend of the two, hoppy enough to kick your ass but malty enough to call an amber. Balanced as all get out with no hint of abv and a super refreshing mouthfeel. Not a show stopper for BR's line but damn if this isn't one great thirst quenching, refreshing, pizza companion beer. Another great beer.

francisweizen, Feb 24, 2006
Photo of bennetj17
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Very dark amber/brown color. Hold it up to the light and it glows red and has high clarity. The creamy head is almost two fingers thick with nice retention and fine lacing. Smell is lightly bready with strong hops. Taste starts out brightly hoppy, quite a mouthfull. The hops dominate the subtle malt flavors of caramel and bread. Quite bitter in the finish. Mouthfeel is great, good carbonation, medium thickness, lightly creamy as it coats well. Alcohol does not dominate and is at a good level. Drinkability is good but a higher balance of flavors would make it even more enjoyable...

bennetj17, Feb 15, 2006
Photo of supernaut
3.48/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - The rocket poured out a nice dark brown with a slightly smaller than desirable head that pretty much disappeared despite repeated coaxing and swirling. Nothing mindblowing here

S - Nice overall scent de Red Ale here, but again nothing earthshattering.

T - The actual taste was definitely dominated by hoppiness. I feel like I picked up on a smoky/peaty character somewhere in the mix, but I could have just been fantasizing based on the mention of the Scottish Ale relation on the bottle. Could perhaps be summarized by "earthy." The taste was one of quality, but really not something that inspired me to break out the thesaurus and go wild describing it.

M/D - Definitely more on the easygoing side of drinkability than the dessert beers I've been exploring lately. No real limiting ABV or syruppy feel to it that would stop you from drinking 3,4, or 5 of these guys if you wanted to.

Overall a solid and quality beer, but not a beer that I would write home about.

supernaut, Feb 12, 2006
Photo of Higravity
3.93/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer was one of the best smelling things ever. With my new nose, I quit smoking for good, this has a great hop presence. I am betting lots of cenntenial. After the smell the taste is kind of disappointing. It has a thinner body than I wanted and that cuts into the enjoyment of the malt and blands out some of the hop flavor. A good drinker, I will have some more.

Higravity, Feb 12, 2006
Photo of barknee
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

R.R.A. pours with a majestically massive whipped-chunky mocha colored head with extraordinary retention. Nose of hops and spruce combined with elements of clover honey make for superb aromatics. Color is a beautiful deep rusty red with light active carbonation lazily rising from the bottom center of the glass. The taste is well malted and well hopped; the balance of both are properly combined to elicit a moderately full bodied mouthfeel; a tad sticky and well rounded. The flavors last several minutes in the mouth. The alcohol is well disguised beneath the generous weight and flavors of this fine brew, which remind me of a "mini" Alpha King, with both beers having similar flavors and characteristics. This is my 1st Bear Republic product ever ingested, and unquestionably not my last! Highly recommended!!

barknee, Feb 10, 2006
Photo of nortmand
4.72/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Brilliant red pour, with a wisp of amber foam.

Very resin citrus hoppiness in the smell. Also, a nice caramel touch.

Nice straightforward malty sweetness up front. Very resiny hoppiness, extremely well balanced. Caramel sweet.

Smooth and rich mouthfeel, a very quaffable beverage.

nortmand, Feb 09, 2006
Photo of Matthew
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light brown to a rusty reddish color. Its sort of hazey. Nice big fluffy head and is really impressive. Great retention and nice lacing.
Big spiced hop aromas followed by sweet almost caramel and roasted type maltiness in the nose
NIce big hoppy bite with a faint caramel sweetness. There is a hint of fruitiness behind the nice hop and malt profile. Very smooth and all the flavors really compliment each other nicely.
Another great beer from bear republic. I've never been too big a fan of red ales but this is a very tastey beer.

Matthew, Feb 06, 2006
Photo of Ego
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

procurred @ DeCicco's Market, Pelham, NY

deep red, big and foamy head with all sorts of bubble sizes poppin up, lacing is ripe with tidal flow, very nice looking

spicy hops kick you in the face right off the bat, excellent. sweet malts are found underneath the bed of floral blast, it is hard getting past those hops but the malt is mouth watering on this one. this one, I would bet, drinks like it smells.. it just has that feel about it so far.. as I got down the glass the alcohol made more of an appearance...

taste etc...
well balanced for a "hopped up" brew. the carbonation elevates the feel here very well, the hops tend to dominate but their is a definite fruitiness here. the aftertaste is almost all hop oils.. yum. This is a big and bold tasting red that is balanced out by the malts.. some reds you can get sick of drinking, this one keeps it off kilter just enough to sustain you through a larger portion...

yes sir, I like it. I will definitely be picking this up again... funny, I look back at my ratings and can't believe it scored that high for me.. but it is just solid in all categories.. not outrageous in any of them, but totally soild (shrugs shoulders and continues with beer)

Ego, Feb 01, 2006
Photo of Prufrock
3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle poured into a pilsner.

pretty reddish amber with an inch of tan head. murkiness from the bottle conditioning and nice rings of lacing.

citrus rindy hops, some pine. a touch of caramelly malt lingers in the background, but the aroma is mostly hops.

more hops in the taste. not overpowering, but piney and bitter enough to dominate the touch of malt. prickly carbonation in the mouthfeel. dangerously drinkable; smooth, balanced, delicious. not as good as their IPA, but another solid beer from a great brewer.

Prufrock, Jan 23, 2006
Photo of Oxymoron
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a mostly clear darker amber with strong red hues. Darker then most red's, but then they don't have a rocket backing them up. Great foam and head retention as well as decent lacing.

A good aroma with noticeable hop and malt backing. The malt smells rich with some caramel but mostly basic malt backing. The hops are well hinted and consist mostly of pine and somewhat earthy smells.

The taste follows suits. A great malt baking that is more complex then the nose would indicate. Some grainy tastes that mixes with sweeter flavors and a brown sugar feel. The hops are well represented. Blended well but more prominent. A good bitterness that is rather tame, not a whole lot of bite, but well represented. Feels a little Cascadey. The flavoring hops are less noticeable but balance enough to finish the beer.

The mouthfeel is creamy and rich for texture. A smooth drink that hinds the ABV. Very easy to drink and enjoyable. I would have like to see more balance with the hops and a bit more flavor malt but still a excellent beer.

Oxymoron, Jan 22, 2006
Photo of Tupperwolf
4.38/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very clear but very dark scarlet, clear enough to se through but dark enough to soak up a lot of the light. Huge, huge! buttery tan head froths up out of control and sits there as if it were a solid object. It leaves frothy, thick lacing behind, and absolutely refuses to diminish to less than a full finger throughout the glass.

Tasty smell, equally malty and hoppy... I wish my palate were more refined, because this smells really good, but it smells so much like so many other beers I've had that I can't describe what makes it good or different at the moment.

Definitely a hopped up red ale, this tastes like a mild IPA, only darker in color and a bit richer from those darker malts. There are some honey and butterscotch sweetness notes, followed by a crisp, delicious finishing wash of hops and a lingering combination of sweet and tart.

I continue to be very impressed by Bear Republic. Every single one of their beers that I've tried stuns me with its presentation, flavor, and drinkability. Love 'em to death.

Tupperwolf, Jan 18, 2006
Photo of Litterbean
4.28/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Damn woman, this is tasty. Pours an amber color with a nice fluffy head. Smells of a perfectly blended mixture of malts and hops. I want to drink this beer upon the first sniff. As for how it tastes, well, it's one damn good brew. Smooth as all hell, the balance in this boy is as good as I've ever tasted. Each sip is dominated equally by the sweet, deep malt presence and backed up perfectly by the fruity hoppiness that balances. So smooth, very drinkable, and really, what more could you want?

Litterbean, Jan 12, 2006
Photo of SteveO1231
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark red with an amazing thick off white head and some awesome lacing.

Huge hoppy aroma, reminds me more of an IPA than an Amber ale. Very citrusy.

Roasted malty sweet with an awesome hop smack! Citrus and pine. Full bodied and balanced. The taste of bitter grapefruit rind hits me at first with a dry piny finish.

Very nice and balanced but it tasted more like an IPA than an amber.


SteveO1231, Jan 09, 2006
Photo of DrJay
4.4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Rich ruby-copper colour, quite clear, with a fluffy cream-coloured head. Lots of clumpy lace and great retention. Citrusy and leafy hop aroma balanced by significant malt that's just short of caramel in character. Caramel malt sweetness hits the palate first and carries through to the end. This is followed closely by citrus and a hint of pine that's strongest at the mid-point. Toffee kicks in at the end. The hop bitterness comes forward in the finish, which is balanced very nicely. Creamy texture aided by superb carbonation, this is a silky smooth beer with a dry finish. There's also just a bit of alcohol warmth that creeps in after a while, but it's very subdued. Overall, very enjoyable and easy to drink. Lots of flavour and great balance. I'd definitely seek this gem out again.

DrJay, Dec 31, 2005
Photo of Shultzerdugen
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. brown bomber.

Poured a hazed deep red with a straw colored, long lasting froth.

Assertive citric and coniferus hops blend with caramel tinged malts and a touch of alcohol in the nose.

Medium-full bodied with a nice creaminess and a bit of an oily mouth coating. Hops are bold again in the taste, but as the beer warms the sweet malts come out and help balance things out. A bread like taste comes out in the finish.

Way to go! I love big hops, even more so when the malts are there to back it up.

Shultzerdugen, Dec 26, 2005
Red Rocket Ale from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 2,347 ratings.