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Red Rocket Ale - Bear Republic Brewing Co.

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Red Rocket AleRed Rocket Ale

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2,405 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,405
Reviews: 1,141
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 11.11%
Wants: 116
Gots: 156 | 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 Gaisgeil
3.98/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a fine brew, very well balanced and highly drinkable.

Pours a gorgeous red in color, probably one of the prettiest beers I've laid eyes on. Had a nice thick and frothy light tan head that stuck around for the whole pint, tons of lacing as well. Tons of floaties in this one, are those hopleaf remnants? Smell is delectable, very citrusy and a bit piney, like overripe grapefruit. This is a nice hoppy but flavorful beer, a decent malt backbone to even out the affair nicely. Someone compared this to arrogant bastard, I don't think there is much of a comparison, this is a much better beer, balanced and flavorful.

Definatly worth a try. If I'm in the mood for hops, I'll be looking for this one.


Photo of scooter231
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Mmmm. Good beer. Dark amber color with lots of gorgeous, thick, foamy, tan head and tons of lacing- just a gorgeous pour. Smells of coffee and roasted scents, some caramel- deep but a bit lacking for me.

Taste is amazing- same as the smells, with an added bitterness, some floral and sour balance, and some sweet malts. Attacking and bold. Good. Mouthfeel is full and bubbly, just a tad not chewy enough for me.

Overall, I'd say this is a milder Arrogant Bastard- which I like better- but this is certainly a tasty brew. It's good bang for your buck.

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

Pours out a deep caramel/amber color with a brownish-white head that leaves a huge amount of lacing and lingers very well. Even at the end of the bottle, there was still a healthy little head on top. All of the Bear Republic beers seem to have these wonderful head-retention abilities.

Smell is big caramel malts with a light West Coast hoppiness that manifests itself mainly as pine scents. Quite a huge smell that you can pick up at arm's length.

Taste is big caramel malts, almost malty enoughh to be out of control, but the aforementioned hops balance things out nicely and put a nice piney, bitter bite in the finish. Thick, chewy mouthfeel.

Overall: Another winner from BR, and a great value at around $3.50 a bomber. One that I'll definitely start keeping around.

Photo of tgbljb
3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured a deep red- brown color with tannish head that started off chunky but fell to a light coating on top of beer and on sides of glass. Smell is mainly of hops with some toasted malt present. Taste is extremely smooth with initial sweet maltiness giving way to a great hop bitterness. Finishes with nice hop dryness and bitterness. A superb brew.

Photo of gimmehead
4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: ruby infused walnut brown with a 2 finger creamy beige head that lingers forever

Smell: mostly sweet caramel malts, somewhat buttery, with a little citric bitterness to help balance; very malty and sweet

Taste: lots of bitter roasted caramel malt flavor, not nearly as sweet as the nose; also much more hop presence in the flavor as is evident in the aroma, citric and piney, a little spicy; the flavor is almost totally different than the nose

Mouthfeel: feels pretty thin and not very lively

Drinkability: made for a nice pint, but it's not as exciting as the name would lead you to believe

Photo of mntlover
4.4/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful clear deep red with some brownish hints a nice big tan head that falls slowly to a cap that leaves lots of sticky lace.

Aroma is nice malty combination toasted malt and caramel that mingle with fruity esters lightly sweet. Almost smells like iced raisin bread with floral/citrus hop hints.

Taste is wow lots of toasted malt hints of caramel also. The lingering toasted flavors last thru the finish. Hops kick up there heels soon floral flowers blend into bitter grapefruit rind sprinkled with pine sap. Over all a rich deep earthy hoppy amber ale. More hops show up more in flavor then were evident in the nose.

Mouthfeel is a solid medium good feel nice carbonation lots of lingering toasted malts in this one.

Drinkability is nice big and malty but also loads of hops. Like a amber ale on steriods. Definitely on the short list of great amber ales.

Photo of mentor
3.78/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bomber obtained from Liquor Mart (Boulder, CO) and consumed later that same evening. Pours a three-finger tan or light-caramel colored head with some bubbles cascading briefly after the pour. The beer is crystal clear with a nice dark copper color possessing strong redish qualities. The head is clingy and appears to be compacting, rather than settling. Smells potently citrus hoppy. Oranges at first, but grapefruit pith dominates. Searching for malt or caramel revealed, instead, more grapefruit and some dried grass. Tastes potently hoppy with a barely noticable supporting sweet. From the start, hop bitter and hop flavor dominates. Flavor is; smooth pine, oranges, tangerines, and pineapple. Caramel is present (barely) beneath the hops, actually more like caramelized table sugar than caramel candy. There is no let-up in the hops, all the way to the aftertaste. During the swallow there is a gentle sting that's remniscent of fusel alcohols, but I think it's actually hop bitter combined with a fine carbonation sting. The aftertaste has a sour hop character and a strong hop aromatic presence penetrating my entire mouth. Himmmm...despite all the hops, this beer leaves my mouth wet sweet. WTF? It may be the thick and creamy liquid seeping between my tastebuds, solidifying, and refusing to let go.Carbonation is mild, but sharp. It leaves a gentle sting on my tongue that could be mistaken as alcohol. Really amazing lacing on the inside of the glass, BTW.

It's killing me to give this beer such low smell and tastes scores. This is quite an amazing beer, but it just doesn't fit the style of American Amber. Imperial American Amber...that, I would believe...spot on.

Edit: Okay, I just poured the last of it into my glass and that cascading is really cool. HTF they did it, I would really like to know. Perhaps it has something to do with multi-branched sugars in the thick liquid. Appearance changed from 4.5 to 5.0

Photo of DogFood11
4.43/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What a great purchase. Big Red Beer that comes across smooth.

Color is dark Brown/Red. Frothy tan Head that coats the glass nicely. The taste was malty up front and hoppy at the end a gloriously crafted red beer that is so frickin smooth that the drinkability is mind boggling for a strong beer. Could hardly taste the alcohol but just enough to warm it up a bit. I'm really starting to see what a fine brewery Bear Republic is.

Photo of RidiculedDisplay
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deserving of its high rating. Pours a very, very dark amber, with hints of "red" only visible upon holding it up to a light. Head is about a third of an inch thick, somewhat lacey and indicative of its style. Aroma is tremendous - very hoppy, some citrusy notes as well. Taste is slightly less appealing than the aroma, but that's not saying anything tremendously deprecating because the aroma was, as I said, tremendous. Toasted malts hit you first, lasting about halfway through its absorption on the tongue until the hoppiness shines through and kicks the tastebuds lightly but firmly as swallowed. Mouthfeel struck me as almost oily, but pleasant. Overall a very good beer.

Photo of ALESwhatCURESya
3.68/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Deep chestnut, amber body poured out of a 22oz bomber. A rocky, mammoth beige head topped off this brew with serious vengance. The aroma is just like sticking your head into a sack of freshly dried whole leaf hops. A piney kick in the hops (maybe Simcoe dry-hopping?). This will be a welcome to any hop head. The taste is nicely hopped right at the start and the carmel malt shows midway through. The bittering hops slap you in the face after the sweetness resides. I love a hop bite, but this may have been a little too much for this beer. It seems a bit unbalanced. Those who fear hops and love typical ambers will be easily turned away from this one. Bear Republic has never been afraid of hops (god bless them!), but this may be a bit harsh for some. Overall, nice brew, but again the intense bite seems a bit out of place.

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

Pours a nice amber with a tan head. Really sticky big head that retains well.

Toasty sweet caramel aroma, followed by grapefruit and citrus rind.

Good firm malt presence meets citrusy hops right in the middle. Incredibly smooth bitterness and a very good hop flavor and aroma. Overall very similar to Sierra Nevada, however, with more caramel and toasted malts.

Medium to heavier bodied with a comfortable amount of carbonation. I enjoyed this one thoroughly.

Photo of TastyTaste
4.7/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Very dark maroon color, way darker than almost every red I've encountered (this is almost as dark as some "porters"), Head isn't huge, but does have nice lacing. Tons of juicy hops aroma in the nose, just ridiculous. Also slightly caramel sweetness. Taste is as solid as you can get. Huge hops flavor and bitterness. Taste is also balanced, malt-wise, just excellent drinking. Creamy mouthfeel, great. My first bear republic, and definitely not the last. My second favorite Red Ale ever (Sanata's Private Reserve).

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

Appearance: A deep, deep copper, almost bordering on red. Furious carbonation produces a dense, off-white head with about the retention you might expect. No lace, but a collar throughout.

Smell: In the words of Uma Thurman in the classic "Pulp Fiction":

Goddamn say GODDAMN!

A lumberyard worth of pine bitch-slaps your nostrils silly, with his good friends Mr. Malt and Peat right there to back him up if you want to go for round two. As hoppy as any IPA, as malty as a wee heavy, fruity like an old ale, with a nice chunk of chocolate waiting for dessert -- whoa.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Please refer to smell. A Scotch IPA, perhaps? Holy crap, is this a mouthful; smoky, chocolate malts meet pine resin West Coast hops in a no-holds-barred cage match. Pour a Skullsplitter into a Ruination, and you'll get the idea; the hops kick your ass while the malt steals your bookbag and laughs at you -- this beer is a bully. Wha? Huh? Oh yeah, mouthfeel. Medium bodied, smooth and creamy; I guess this is this beer's feminine side.

Drinkability: Not. Subtle. It's hard to believe they could get this much out of a beer that's less than 7% ABV. That said, if you want a beer you can TASTE, wrestle with this bad boy. Just know what you're getting into -- forewarned is forearmed.

Wow, I've blown off this beer for years because it's "just another amber ale." Trust me, this is NOT just another amber ale -- this is THE amber ale. Superb.

Photo of troutmask96
3.68/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very nice red ale here. Pours a deep mahogany with lasting head. Smell is of cloves and alcohol. Very smooth-tasting brew, but a bit of a bitter aftertaste that struck me. Nice, low carbonation, making this a very drinkable beer. Another winner from Bear Republic. Recommended...

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

It's tempting to leave it at that but for the sake of other beer drinkers I will elaborate.
From a 22 ounce bottle into a chalice; pours a lovely crimson with an off white head. Laces the glass quite nicely.
Smells kinda smokey. The flavor profile is like that of a porter and an IPA; the label on the bottle says "This unfiltered, bottle-conditioned, amber colored ale, breaks all style molds." It's hard to argue with that... except for the part about the color. Has a solid hops bitterness, smokey textures on the tongue. This guy has lots of character.
Reminds me quite a bit of Arrogant Bastard, except smoother. I certainly prefer this to AB.
Ballsy stuff. Go try it.

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

Poured out a deep ruby color with a nice white head which left some lacing afterwards. Smell consisted of hops, some citrus aromas, but also some toasted malts showed up and at some point took over the hop aroma. Taste was quite good. Hops along with a citrus and piney undertones start out and gives away to a solid malt base. The citrus flavors hang around in the aftertaste. Mouthfeel was medium with lively carbonation. One of the better amber red's out there. This reminded me a little of Newport Storm's Maelstorm IPA. Hoppy but a big malt backbone. Good stuff.

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

A very dark red ale, borderline brown. Smell had a stronger malt aspect that hid a potent hop flavor that this red ale is full of. A definitive Pacific Northwest taste. A very tasty ale with a citrus hop emphasis but it hits hard with 6.8% ABV. A great beer, even better fresh out of a keg.

Photo of weeare138
4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appears a deep red brown with a huge milkshake chunky tan head that refuses to settle. Smells of light caramel cream and roasted malts with vanilla. Tastes of all the scents listed above with a slight cocoa bitterness in the middle of the tongue. Comes up just short of being a great taste because it needs a deeper, more rich taste but this is pretty good as it stands. Mouthfeel is creamy upfront leading to a full bodied taste tantalizing the mouth and tastebuds. Drinkability is pretty decent. It could lean more towards a porter if I had it my way but this is a good solid brew nonetheless.

Finger licking good!

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

Pours a deep brownish red with a thick foamy beige head. Nose reminds me of a forest--smelling both of pine and nuts, with a hops scent dominating everything. Taste on this is supremely balanced, with a huge hops presence for a red ale which is perfectly balanced by a rich malty taste. Mouthfeel is very smooth with a nice level of carbonation and a lingering hops bitterness. This is an all around great beer---like an IPA with a stronger malt presense and better balance.

Photo of fizzyfred
4.55/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The appearance is a murky golden brown with a nice, and suprisingly lasting, head. The smell was mostly of the citrus/floral hop aroma. Well balanced flavor of floral and spicy hops with a woody/bready malt character. This is a full bodied beer with medium carbonation that coats your mouth. Just a little too much lingering bitternes in the aftertaste. This is a wonderful beer that would pair perfectly with a good meal, but has a balanced complexity to enjoy on its own.

Photo of WanderingFool
3.65/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I bought a bottle of Bear Republic Red Rocket over a year ago and added it to my cellar. I didn't intend to age it that long, but was pleasantly surprised by how smooth this beer turned out after all that time.

Red Rocket poured a slightly hazy dark amber color with a creamy tan head on top. The foam dissolved quickly to a thin ring around the surface of the beer which lasted until the bottom of the glass. A few spots and lines of lace coated the sides.

The aroma is an earthy combination of caramel malt, nuts and oak. A faint citrus hop presence is also detected. Each sip of this smooth medium bodied beer begins with a sweet malty flavor. Some nuts and fig notes move it at the middle and it finishes with a mild hop bitterness. A dry palate with a malt presence is left behind.

I thought this beer was well balanced and very drinkable. I think the aging mellowed out the hop flavor a bit.

Photo of cracker
3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Wow this is one hoppy red ale. Pours an dark amber brown color with decent head and good lace along the glass. Smell is of roasted nuts and citrusy pacific NW hops. Taste is smack in your face full of bittering hops with a strong lingering aftertaste. Has more of a malty backbone than the hop rod rye but very similar hop characteristics. A nice beer for hop-heads but lacks the purported malty presence and could benefit from being a bit more 'balanced'.

Photo of canucklehead
4.47/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Supercharged Amber with more hops and more everything. Red brown colour with a very nice malty nose this beer is a very cutting edge take on the style. Like Hop Rod Rye this is a deep beer with many levels and great drinkability. A sipper in a style that is usually a session beer. I need to get my hands on more of these fellows for further tasting.

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

04/08/05- Leftover bottle from my beer tasting party last Saturday.

Presentation- 22oz bottle with no dates. Poured into my Dead Guy Ale pint glass.

Appearance- A dark brown, reddish color with a fairly foamy head and adequate lacing.

Smell- Lots of hops and an equal amount of dark malt.

Taste- A tale of two tastes. I first had half a pint and came up with a nice hoppy and malty beer, then I made the mistake of putting a cork in the bottle and forgetting about it until last night. No carbonation in the second half pint, but the flavor was totally different, duh! But in a good way. Much more maltier and maybe even syrupy with a nice sweet and dark taste. Quite yummy both ways.

Mouthfeel- Fair to heavy carbonation.

Drinkability- Either way, this is a pretty good brew that I will be sure to pick up sometime again in the future. Very tasty.

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

This disturbingly named beer is still quite good regardless! Pours a brownish-red color, smells hoppy. Head is light, but surprisingly persistent. Taste is quite good, earthen-like flavors initially, but almost as hoppy as an IPA. Somewhat sweet with a spicy finish. Very drinkable, I could drink this one all day. A good starter beer for beer newbies, perhaps? A good show.

Red Rocket Ale from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 2,405 ratings.