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Red Rocket Ale - Bear Republic Brewing Co.

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Red Rocket AleRed Rocket Ale

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1,163 Reviews

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Reviews: 1,163
Hads: 2,540
Avg: 4.06
pDev: 16.01%
Wants: 149
Gots: 229 | 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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Reviews: 1,163 | Hads: 2,540
Photo of JamieDuncan
4.37/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

The malt flavor of this beer is awesome, lip smacking good and tasty. But it gets overwhelmed by the bitter. What would have been an extremely high beer fell down under 4 because the bitter was to much, took away from the tasty. If you are a hop head, this one should be right in your wheel house.

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Photo of buzzarooski
4.23/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

LOOK: Dark Amber to Reddish Brown in Color, Thick Beige Head that Maintains and Leaves Abundant Lacing.

SMELL: Plentiful Sweet Carmel and Malty Aromas. Pine and Hoppy Scents are Plentiful

TASTE: Crisp and Full Bodied Red Ale with Mild Bitterness on the Sip which gradually Increases and then Finally Peaks Seconds After the Swallow. The Above Average Alcohol Content (6.8% ABV) is Evident in the Taste but NEVER Overwhelming.

FEEL: Perfect Carbonation Balance, Leaves the Pallet Dry for Several Moments After the Swallow.

OVERALL: What's NOT to LOVE? Great Look, Great Taste...I would HIGHLY Recommend this Delicious and Full-bodied Red Ale!

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Photo of WortHound
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Deep copper
Light sweet malt nose
Medium bodied, soft mouth feel. Well balanced with hops and sweet caramel.
Finishes evenly with slight lingering bitterness.

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Photo of pat61
4.75/5  rDev +17%

Citrusy, grassy, piney, resiny nose over malt notes
Pours brilliant deep amber brown under a lightly tan tinted 1/2" white foam cap.
The palate reveals an excellent balance between the malt and the hops , starting with a burst of malt stirring up fruit, citrus and a hint of anise, suggestions of chocolate and a little alcohol. Inspired by Scotch ales the brewer gives it an American twist with a bigger hop presence.
A big chewy beer supported by medium low carbonation.

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Photo of SensorySupernova
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Appearance: Dark, cloudy amber with plenty of off-white lacing.

Smell: Clear hoppy aroma - piney and floral.

Taste: Strong hop bitterness up front, then slightly sweet malt, finally a more ashen bitterness that lingers for a few moments after finishing.

Mouthfeel: Moderate carbonation and body.

Overall: Good. Like a strong IPA but a bit sweeter. I prefer more malt backbone.

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Photo of lwillitz
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12-oz bottle into New Belgium globe

A - deep ruby/brown body under a finger of khaki head, moderate visible carbonation

S - pleasant bouquet of herbal, pine, and citrus hops, bready malt, hint of alcohol

T - herbs, citrus, pine, and a touch of spice from the hops; caramel sweetness and bready malt put up a fight, but the hops dominate

M - chewy full body, smooth and creamy, moderate carbonation

O - Excellent! Smooth, thick body. Big flavor.

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Photo of slym
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a great, and slightly-Americanised, red ale. Bear Republic claims it is "a bastardized Scottish red." It's a bit hoppier than what I think of in a red ale, but not disturbingly so - I find the balance to be pretty spot-on, myself.

This unfiltered red pours nicely, leaving a mountain of creamy head that slowly dissipated and left great lacing. Nose was of malty biscuit, bread-yeast, and some spicy hops. The taste was the "punch in the mouth" I expect from a good red ale, fiery and spicy. The mouthfeel is great, as the unfiltered ale makes for a nice thick texture and nicely carbonated.

I really like this and would have no probelm recommending it! 4's across the board!

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Photo of slusk
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a deep red with a prodigious light tan head. Great retention and lacing.

S: Floral, piney and mild spicy hop aroma with a sweet malt backbone. Abundant raisin and caramel come through nicely with a slight peppery note. Nice breadiness.

T: The first taste is sweet caramel with a slight orange citrus background. The hops quickly come into play with a floral and pine flavor but not overwhelming. Ever-so-slight acidic bite with a nice lingering mild bitterness and bread crust flavor. Caramel and pine linger on the palate in a semi dry finish.

M: Medium body brew with a slight velvety texture. Almost no tannins. Good medium carbonation.

O: Very nice beer. Very complex and very well balanced. Leans a slight bit to the bitter side but barely. Multiple layers of flavor play across the palate as you drink this beer. I like the subtle drying finish. This is a beer I would recommend to someone who likes hop flavor but not the bitter bite of an IPA. It is one of the best examples of the style I've had, without a doubt.

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Photo of RyanK252
4.48/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into BarrelHouse Brewing pint glass

A: Pours a gorgeous deep ruby red, slightly hazy, with a moderate amount of fluffy tan head that laces very nicely.

S: Sweet malt mixed with citrus and floral hop notes, and a little spice note of some kind that reminds me of some Scottish ales I've tried before.

T: Wonderful big citrus and floral hop punch off the bat, a nice toasted malt sweetness behind it, and a little bit of a grapefruit and pine bitterness on the finish.

M: Medium body, moderate carbonation

O: Given the bottle description and name I was expecting a little milder maltier brew. That being said, I'm not a bit disappointed. This is right in my wheelhouse. Love it!

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Photo of Dsimenson
4.4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Tizley's in Poulsbo, WA. Poured into a pint pilsner. Clear deep red-brown color, nice one-finger head, then moderate lacing. Aroma is deep and inviting--malt, caramel, fruity, with mild floral hops. Flavor starts with malt and caramel, some toffee, nicely balanced, with moderate citrus hops finish. Mouthfeel is medium thin. Overall this is a really outstanding red ale, I really like it!

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Photo of hophugger
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

A great beer and one of my top 20 probably. Pours a beautiful brownish-red color with good bubbles and a decent head. Aroma is malty with a touch of citrus. Flavor has some pine, malt and a touch of citrus. I wanted more hop flavor but thats ok. This beer is full flavored

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Photo of Immortale25
4.31/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had on-tap at Westville Pub Asheville. Served in a Southern Tier pint glass.

A- Pours a reddish light brown color with a 1/4 inch light tan head that retains decently before becoming a thin ring around the edge of the glass and a mostly full sheet of surface foam. Resilient sheet of lacing clings to the glass.

S- Sweet smelling malt with a grassy hop fume that's so inviting.

T- Big assertive hop flavor with a somewhat sweet red ale malt profile. Hits the spot. Lingering piney bitterness. Alcohol shows itself just enough. Notes of caramel and brown sugar.

M- Dry and sharp with medium carbonation and a fullish body.

O- One of my favorite red ales and probably my favorite Bear Republic beer to be completely honest (I have not had Apex).

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Photo of Zilaniz
4.49/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap in a 16 ounce pint glass. Poured a deep rich amber color, almost like liquid mahogany. With about a 1/3 inch head. Earthy hoppy and malty smells up front. Reminded me of nugget nectar in the looks and smell department.

Taste was just like the smell, juicy and piney hops with a powerful malt backbone, was simply delicious and very drinkable. Had another one it was so good and could easily put a few of these back.

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Photo of justintcoons
3.63/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle poured into a shaker pint.

Reddish-copper with 1-2 fingers of tight, creamy head. Good clarity and retention with some light yeast sediment floating around. Moderate carbonation.

Caramel, lemon, grapefruit, and touches of smoke.

Caramel maltiness with notes of burnt toast and smoke. Medium hop bitterness comprised of lemon pith, grapefruit zest, dried pine needles, and onion.

Medium bodied, moderately bitter, juicy, and semi-dry.

A moderately hopped up and smoke Red Ale. I'm sure the freshness is hindering my opinion (11-16-13, seven months past bottling) , but it's just okay.

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Photo of curasowa
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Ruby, chill hazed color with one finger of off-white head that fades slowly with nice lacing.

Aroma: Sweet, toasted caramel malt, nice and malty with a hint of spiciness, nutty, and a little yeast cake.

Taste: Toasted malt and a fair amount of bitterness start this one off. Medium body, moderate carbonation, earthy bitterness throughout. Finishes fairly quick with some lingering nuttiness.

The Rest: I echo some of the other reviews, nothing in my review would indicate that this is a special beer, but damn it was good.

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Photo of MikeWard
3.91/5  rDev -3.7%

12oz bottle into a goblet. What I assume is a BD of 11/27/13. Closing in on a year.

Hazy dark red body with some small floaties. (Bottle conditioned beer) Thin off white head, which maintains well. light carbonation.

Aroma of hard candy.

Sweetish taste, with some sour notes here and there. No hop note of course. Kind of feels like a not so strong arrogant bastard. Not unplesant tasting at all. I've had it in the past and enjoyed, but emmory does not serve me well in this beer's case.

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Photo of TempeBeerMan
4.29/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a nonic pint.

A - A mostly clear dark copper with ruby highlights, and a one-finger off white head which dissipated quickly. Minimal lacing.

S - Mild aroma of bready malts with just a hint of dextrin, some pome fruit, and a hint of spicy hop. Not a terribly complex aroma.

T - Bready toasted caramel malts forward but quickly blasted out of the way by some aggressive pine and mint from the hops. Some fruity notes (apple, pear) in the finish. The malt and hop bills match each other perfectly. Surprisingly delicious.

M - Good medium body with medium carbonation. Dry finish. While all that certainly doesn't sound like anything special, it doesn't have to be; the mouth feel is pretty much perfect for this beer.

O - Some may say this is more of a red IPA than an amber/red but to me THIS is what I want a red ale to taste like. So much tastier and more interesting than most. My favorite of the style so far.

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Photo of da_beers
3.72/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Gainesville House of Beer - on-tap

A - pours deep dark reddish brown. Thin head that just covers the top. Dissipated quickly. Too dark to see carbonation.

S - has an initial sweet malty nose. Some deeper notes of earthyness come through after that. Not a whole lot here, the regular pint glass isn't helping it.

T - Huge maltiness on this. Malt forward all the way. Some hops come in here at the end, but only slightly.

M - medium to full body. You know you're drinking a beer with this one. Fairly drinkable. Nice carbonation level going down.

O - not blown away but it is solid. Would recommend for amber lovers.

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Photo of ssteakley
4.37/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I wanted to expand my experience to red ales so I checked BA and this one had a good rating so I bought it. This is a great full bodied Ale that could easily become a favorite. It has just enough hoppyness and not to much, the finish is very smooth. The enjoyment is increased if you get your nose in it as you drink. What a great beer to share with friends that have never heard of it!

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Photo of Jnashed
3.79/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Served from a bottle into a Sam Smith pint glass.

A : red orange pour. Lots of yellow head with mod retention. Cloudy reddish/ orange

S: slight fruit, muted malts and slight sweetness little bit of pine but slight.

T: nice hop. IPA like taste that you'd not get from smell. Piney resin, almost dank. Decent malt balance too. A lot more hops than I felt would be there.

M: good full feel. Mod crisp and mod carbs

O: good beer solid effort. But smell hides it true colors of essentially an IPA or APA . Scottish style is a little of a stretch. So it is good but not actually the style listed, if that is a fault. Of course on the label it says it breaks " all style molds". Agree. So to be a red IPA.

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Photo of ZoomanCru
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Red Rocket – Amber Ale (6.8%) - Bear Republic (California)

App: Pours a slightly hazy amber brown with a big three finger tan head that retains really well and leaves a lot of lacing up the sides as it settles. No bubble stream.

Smell: Nose is mostly fruity hops aroma with a slight buttery malt character that is sweet and assertive. Hints of pine and grapefruit. Tiniest bit of alcohol.

Taste: Very sweet, somewhat toasted malt profile on the foretaste, progressing to a balanced true taste that showcases pleasant hops bitterness balanced agains some light toffee flavors. After taste is considerably more bitter, with a slight astringency due to the resinous nature of the hops. Flavors really open up as beer warms, with sweetness coming more to the front and making for a very drinkable hoppy amber with notes of toffee, pine and citrus.

Mouth: (Notes Missing)

Home tasting, 12oz bottle into Tulip. 2/21/14.

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Photo of beerbart
4.29/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

It's a lucky almost-Oriental red that meets your eye. Only a little lacy, smooth. Smells like teen spirit, I think. Tasty: Herbaceous -- nearly grassy, yet not that, and good for the balance maintained on that line. Bitterness of hops with a sweet finish. Bright, brilliant, like an herb that's good for you and is also yummy. This is my favorite, I can live with this one. Even if it has to be "living in sin." I know you understand.

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Photo of FLima
4.16/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dark Amber reddish color with a thick one finger caramel head with decent retention and leaving some laces.
Nice aroma of American yeast, toasted and smoked malts, lots of caramels, pine and hints of red fruits
Quite hoppy and malty flavor, notes of resin, pine, earthy hops, grapefruit, tangerines, caramels, toasted and roasted malt, peat, wood, American yeast and spices. Dry with a long lasting bitter aftertaste.
Surprisingly full body with low carbonation and a sticky feel. Alcohol of 6.8% abv is not felt.
Excellent beer, tasty and bold, definitely not shy on hops, malty and spiced. It felt to me as a mix of and American Red Ale and a Scottish Ale, especially as it warms up with a climbing complexity. Another great offering from BR.

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Photo of BierJager89
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark purple with a tan head.

S; Orange, pineapple, and spicy notes, peat, grass and dark fruits in the nose.

T: Peat, grass, orange, dark fruit notes and a touch of alcohol. Very interesting.

M: Medium bodied and smoothish.

O: I'd recommend giving this a try, though I wouldn't say it's one of their better beers. It's not super interesting.

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Photo of lochef81
3.96/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one pours a very dark mahogany color with a small tan head that gives way to a very slight lacing. The aroma is very roasty malty. There are some notes of hops but mostly sweet roasted malt. The flavor is deep n balanced. Very smooth and enjoyable. There is alot of malt but it is offset by some very nice hops. This is quite a smooth beer. Maybe even sessionable.

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Red Rocket Ale from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 1,163 ratings.