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Red Rocket Ale - Bear Republic Brewing Co.

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1,158 Reviews

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Reviews: 1,158
Hads: 2,525
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 9.34%
Wants: 141
Gots: 214 | 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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Photo of Franziskaner
3.87/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Dark brown in color. I see a fair amount of sediment floating about within. Head is almost nonexistent. I smell lots of dark malt with a bit of smoked peat. Mouthfeel is a bit warm,sticky, and chewy with all of that dark malt. A bit of toffee and caramel in the flavor. (269 characters)

Photo of mfnmbvp
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, with no apparent bottled on date present. Picked this up at the local beer store as part of a mixed six pack. I haven't had anything from Bear Republic in a while, but my expectations are high.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter.

A - Pours a dark ruby colored body with lots of dark sediment floating in the glass. One finger of khaki froth than thins to a ring. Nice sticky scattered lacing. Looks pretty nice.

S - The hop aromas have faded considerably from some time in the bottle, but they have turned more earthy, with green apple skin sweetness. Creamy caramel. Musty yeast presence. I think it smells rather nice.

T - Taste is of creamy caramel malts, dirty earthiness, woodiness, some pine, sticky green apple, & some sugary tea leaf sweetness.

M - Feel is sticky with caramel & green apple, and bitter with herbal resinous pine hops. Medium bodied with good carbonation.

Overall, a nice drinking beer from Bear Republic. This is exactly how the ideal American style red ale would taste to me. Good balance between hops and malts, and a nice 6.80% abv, I would have it again.

Bear Republic Red Rock Ale ---4/5. (1,141 characters)

Photo of soju6
3.87/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Pours a dark mahogany color with a decent head that fades to bits of lacing. Aroma is a bit on the mild side with roasted malt, some dark fruit, bit of caramel and spice. Taste of roasted malt, bit of caramel sweetness and fruit, with a trace of spice in the background. Mild bitterness and a clean finish with a bit of hops tart lingering. Moderate body, smooth and creamy with the 6.8 ABV well hidden. The hops give the beer a bit of character missing from most Amber Ales. Enjoyable beer well worth checking out. (515 characters)

Photo of Flounder57
4.21/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Served in a pint glass at Estelle's in the South End.

Appearance: This beer poured a one finger head that reduced yo a thin layer. It is an amber brown color with little clarity, but bubbles can be seen coming up through the glass. Super awesome lacing all the way down the glass.

Smell: Tangerine, grapefruit, citrus, caramel, biscuit, and floral.

Taste: Tangerine, grapefruit, orange perl, caramel, toffee, biscuit, fruity, and a little creamy.

Mouthfeel: Creamy smooth, mild hop bitterness, low to medium carbonation, medium to full bodied, and drinkable.

Overall: Pretty solid amber/red ale. Hoppy, drinkable, and balanced. Thought I had this one before, but it just got lost with all the other awesome stiff they do. Add this one to the list folks. (758 characters)

Photo of SteadySippin
4.32/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured into chilled glass from a bottle.

A - Dark amber/ reddish brown color with a half inch off white head. Considerable lacing on the glasss.

S - I mainly pick up roasted malt with a slight hop presence as well. It smells somewhat sweet.

T - At first I taste malt, then bitterness from the hops lightly comes in enough to be noticeable but not overpowering. The hops give off a piney/grapefruit taste which is pleasant. The malt side of things tastes like brown sugar or caramel.

M - Bitterness covers the pallet immediately. Carbonation is on point and the beer feels slightly heavy but it is smooth and easy to drink.

O - I will be buying more of this for sure. Its a really good ale! It was recommended to me and I am quite happy with it. The balance between the malt and hop is almost perfect in my opinion. The beers appearance is great too. (858 characters)

Photo of macrosmatic
3.85/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Reviewed from notes. Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Cigar City pint glass.

A: Pours a dark amber to reddish-brown, hazy but not opaque. Forms a finger's worth of dense tan foamy head with retention of only about 60 seconds. Average levels of visible carbonation.

S: Sweet toffee up front, with pine, citrus pith, and grassy hops and a backbone of bready brown malts. Hints underneath of alcohol and toasted caramel.

T: Malty at first (toffee, toasted bready, and a hint of caramel), the a nice punch of citrus hops (grapefruit and orange) and resin - but the citrus retains a more pulpy fruity flavor rather than only the pith. But the beer still packs some bitter punch near the swallow, just as the sweeter caramel and toffee flavors increase. The hang is citrus pith hop bitterness on the back and sides of the tongue while a thick biscuity sweetness stays in the middle of the tongue.

M: A bit heavy-bodied for style, but not distractingly so. The alcohol is more noticeable than expected for this ABV, but not obnoxious. Medium carbonation sensation.

O: Red ales aren't always my favorite, and this started pretty malty, tempering my expectations. But in the end, it was quite drinkable and fairly tasty. Overall though, it doesn't do anything to make me want to seek out another one. (1,296 characters)

Photo of Mantooth
3.9/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into an American pint glass @ Duckworth's in Huntersville.

Deep amber caramel colered brew with a milkshake thick head and crazy-glue sticky lacing. Great looking brew.

Malty caramel piney nose that comes alive as the beer warms, it was served a bit too cold, which Duckworth's typically doesn't do... so, hall pass.

The taste follows the nose... lots of pine-bitter from the hops, caramel too.

Lightly carbonated and dry mouthfeel.

I've heard good things about this beer, can't believe I haven't tried it before now. Very solid brew that I'd recommend to anyone. (575 characters)

Photo of jngrizzaffi
4.7/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours dark amber/red color with finger width foamy head. Head retention and lacing are fair. Yeasty, almost tropical fruit aroma. Slightly piney, floral accents. There is a hint of booziness to it. Either way, it is awesome. Smooth, creamy, malty taste with a mild hoppy bitterness towards the end. Hint of caramel. It does leave a mildly bitter, piney, citric aftertaste. Awesome beer. One of my favorites for sure. (426 characters)

Photo of BeerImmediately
3.93/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Can't believe I've never reviewed this one before...

Bottle(s) into nonic pint glass at about 45 degrees.

Pours with a very short, cream-colored head over the deepest, darkest amber body I've ever seen. No lacing.

Aromas are huge on the hops! Deep spruce / pine quality is the first thing you notice. Touch of pink grapefruit, too. But lots of sweet malty presence takes care of the middle and finish. Butterscotch, marshmallow, and honey ham are the sweets I'm picking up.

Thick on the palate. Very smokey for the style. Flavors have a more lingering hop quality than the aromas. Scotch-Ale-like indeed. What a cool mix of styles. Rich, sweet, and cloying... yet sharp and hoppy - the thick sweetness does tend to take over.

Not a beer that I could have all night, but it's a fun and different take on a couple of my favorite styles. (844 characters)

Photo of keithmurray
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - dark crimson/mahogany color with beige head

Smell - grapefruit, pine, caramel

Taste - caramel, pine, grapefruit

Mouthfeel - slightly sweet, medium bodied, light on the carbonation, hoppy/bitter on the finish

Overall - good representer of the style

Price Point - $2.40/ 12 oz. single (300 characters)

Photo of scotorum
3.84/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the 22 oz. bottle into an Innis & Gunn flute.

A deep translucent red/amber, a finger thick off white head receded rather quickly to a surface foam film and heavy even lacing.

s: Mild aromas of dark fruit.

t: Raisins balanced by considerable hop bitterness, fireplace ash finish reminiscent of drinking by a low fire late at night. Tastes better than it may sound.

m; Moderate, the combination of dark fruit taste and hops bitterness hold your attention.

o: The sweet/bitter balance is pleasing. They call this a "bastardized Scottish style red ale packed with distinctive flavors and an aggressive hop character." Drinking some "bears" that out. (663 characters)

Photo of c_bellingham
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

The appearance was a dark amber just a hint too strong when compared to amber maple syrup, but still really good. It has a pleasant, fate smell of something fruity.The taste was not bitter much, and only a bit in the aftertaste. It only went down smooth, and felt fruity and roasted nuts.It has a pleasant mouthfeel, did not turn to foamy with swishing, however the roasted flavor becomes more prominent. (404 characters)

Photo of ISmith87
4.65/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 22 oz bomber to a clear plastic cup (unfortunately). I was excited to try it because I haven't had very many red IPAs. (From notes):

A - 4.50 - This beer has a beautiful deep red mahogany color that is crystal clear when you look at the edges. The off white tan head is two fingers at first and then dies down to one finger of thick frothy foam.

S - 4.50 - Caramel malt is most prevalent. Some spicy hops.

T - 4.75 - The hops are very forward and spicy/pine/grapefruit flavored. There's some caramel malt flavors prevalent and some brown sugar. Overall this is a great tasting beer set apart by the spiciness of the hops, on a level that I've only seen in Pliny the Elder.

M - 4.50 - Spicy, bitter, medium carbonation, aftertaste is bitter, alcohol well hidden, strong hop bite.

O - 4.75 - I think this is a great beer. The best red IPA that I've had. Compared to Green Flash Hop Head Red and Oskar Blues G'knight there's a spiciness that's just not there with the others. It's almost like if someone mixed one of these two beers and Pliny. I was very surprised at how good this was, especially at 4.50 a bomber. (1,136 characters)

Photo of 57md
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance is a reddish-brown (more brown than red) with a finger of beige head that left thick lace rings in its wake. Malt notes are present in the nose, but the hoppiness is the standout feature here. A spicy malt note that is almost rye-like takes center stage in the flavor profile. The hops, especially on the finish are quite pronounced for a basic red. This is an impressive offering from a really solid brewery. (420 characters)

Photo of delta490
4.69/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A- a deep red with a thick lighter tan head that lasts a while a leaves nice lacing.

S- Deep and robust malt aroma with a nice hoppy aroma in the background.

T- A vibrant malt backbone balances the strong, but well-balanced hops. There is also a subtle pepper-y flavor that is imparted by the rye. Certainly not overwhelming but noticeable and enjoyable.

M- Smooth. No carbonation noted. Not too heavy or thin but just right.

O- An excellent ale. I've had it bottled, as well, and while that is very good, this beer shines on tap. (534 characters)

Photo of CookstLiquor
3.94/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 650ml bottle. Pours a reddish chestnut colour. The nose is somewhat subdued for a Bear Republic brew which typically feature a lot of aromatic hops. There are aromas of caramel and a bit of bright pine/citrus. It's an easy-drinker for nearly 7% ABV and there are sweet notes of Fruit Loops and caramel with a very bitter finish. Medium bodied and nicely balanced. (377 characters)

Photo of T100Mark
3.77/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22 ounce Bomber poured into a cheap water glass.

Appearance - Reddish brown (or brownish red). Big, lumpy, tan head. Good stickage.

Smell - Hops. Herbal. Black liqourice.

Taste - Hoppy. Malty. Angostura Bitters. Molasses. There's a lot going on here!

Mouth - Tangy. Fizzy. There's a lot going on here!

Overall - Imagine a malty red ale and a California hop bomb stuffed into the same bottle. This beer is similar to Mendocino Brewing's Red Tale Ale (which also tries to pass itself off as just an Amber Ale). Not bad but, also, not was I was hoping for. (559 characters)

Photo of dbrauneis
3.99/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at JP Looney's Sports Bar & Grill in Kernersville, NC

A: Pours a very slightly hazy deep reddish amber in color with moderate to significant amounts of visible carbonation and some garnet red highlights. The beer has a finger tall foamy beige head that slowly reduces to a thin film covering the majority of the surface of the beer with a couple of small slightly thicker patches and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of citrus/grapefruit pith hops over the top of toasted malts.

T: Upfront there are moderate flavors of toasted malts with some caramel sweetness. That is followed by light to moderate flavors of citrus/grapefruit pith hops. Light to moderate amounts of lingering bitterness.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Relatively smooth.

O: Smooth and enjoyable while being easy to drink because of the well hidden alcohol. (949 characters)

Photo of alaimoa
3.7/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured this from a 12oz bottle picked up in New York.
Nice amber color with a 1 inch head
Smells of caramel, brown sugar
Tastes similar to smell, hoppy with a malt backbone that lingers for a while. sticky
Overall good, Killians on steroids comes to mind (255 characters)

Photo of dar482
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The beer comes in a darker amber brown color.

The aroma has lots of caramel malt, with some tea notes. Then there's tons of grapefruit, pine, tangerine.

The flavor follows with a bit of grapefruit, but mostly tons of pine and resin. There's some caramel malt body to it, but it's mostly taken over by soil, black tea, woodiness, resin. It's a strong lingering bitterness.

The beer reminds me a bit of Hop Red from Green Flash.

In the end, it's a good pine bomb, but the bitterness is a bit overpowering. (508 characters)

Photo of falloutsnow
3.8/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From: Common Ground Co-op, Urbana, IL
Date: None, "017 A-1 0845" stamped on bottom of bottle
Glass: New Belgium globe glass

An aggressively hoppy US amber ale with a modest attempt to incorporate the sweet, caramel-like flavors from the malts used to color the beer. Complexity is enough to give this some interest to try again, though the beer is also something of a palate-destroyer with the hop intensity and style used, thus limiting its use during a multiple-beer evening. If you're looking for balance, this is not it: another US hop bomb that has some redeeming qualities.

Pours a 1cm tall head of beige-colored foam, made up of small bubbles, densely packed, creating a frothy-looking mass. Retention is about average at one to one-and-a-half minutes, fading to a thick ring around the perimeter of the glass and a small island resting atop the body of the beer. Lacing is good, not excellent, some fairly substantial foam clinging to the sides of the glass. Body is a dark amber-brown color, with light bringing out brighter reddish-brown highlights in the semi-transparent (40-50% opaque) beer. Carbonation is visible, moderate in number and intensity.

Aroma of rich caramel malt sweetness, heavy and thick, a bit toasty, tea-like, and slightly like potting soil, with medium-intensity woodsiness from the hops, along with grapefruit, tangerine, and pine-like scents arising later from the back. Complex and enjoyable.

Overall flavor is of piney, resinous, and grapefruit-like hops over a sweet and fairly heavy caramel malt body, some complexity adding to the enjoyment. Front palate picks up caramelized malt sugar sweetness, modest toasted bread, and a woodsy/soil/leaf matter character imparted by the hops. Mid-palate features strong bitterness with substantial, resinous and pine-like hops with grapefruit and soil characters, black tea, along with a slight base sweetness from caramelized malt sugars. Back of palate finds strong, assertive bitterness with notable pine resin characters, sharp grapefruit, and an occasional emergence of caramelized malt sugar sweetness. Aftertaste of strong, lingering bitterness with pine and grapefruit notes, the malt sweetness largely being obliterated, but becoming slightly perceptible from time to time.

Beer is medium-bodied, with carbonation of medium intensity, leading to a lightly foamy and smooth mouthfeel that fits the style and this beer well. Closes quite dry, with substantial lingering stickiness on the palate and lips. (2,495 characters)

Photo of barczar
4.02/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber with a dense, frothy khaki head that slowly dissipates, leaving sheets of lacing.

Deeply toasted, caramel, bready malt, slightly fruity, and floral hops dominate the initial aroma. Citrusy notes of grapefruit and tangerine add complexity.

Slightly sweet, toasted caramel malt forms the backbone, becoming dry and a touch bitter at the finish. Malt character is rich. Grapefruit hits initially, with an almost chocolatey note surfacing as it warms, along with floral hops. Fairly balanced in extremes.

Body is fairly full, with moderate carbonation and slight alcohol warmth.

Very full flavored beer. Malt character is rich, but the hops balance it well. A little too bitter and earthy at the finish for my liking. (738 characters)

Photo of BethanyB
4.52/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: A cloudy, dark amber with red-orange highlights. Lots of bubbles, and a frothy, beige head. Leaves lacing rings like a redwood tree on the glass as it's drunk. Fascinating. But that's just the beginning.

Smell: In the bottle, I smelled moss and pine trees above all else. Completely boggled, I poured the beer into the glass and was greeted by an earthy, milk chocolate smell complimented by what I can only describe as green tea leaves. Also noticeable were floral hops. Curiouser and curiouser!

Taste: "Peppermint tea" was the first thing I thought upon taking my first taste. This may sound unappealing as far as beer is concerned, but trust me when I say the "tea" was both rounded and complicated by dark roasted malt, powdered cocoa, and a good helping of herbal hops. Delicious. The flavors mixed together to create a complex, zingy taste whose every aspect lingered into the finish, particularly the chocolate.

Mouthfeel: Medium-high mouthfeel and medium-high carbonation made this beer both refreshing and fulfilling. A slightly dry finish that left my taste buds dancing.

Overall: So sorry to finish this! If only I'd bought more than one bottle! I can't really judge this in terms of style, because its complexity puts it in a category of its own. It's a fascinating journey of a drink. Certainly enjoyable. I might have to be "in the mood for it" next time, considering all that minty earthiness, but I applaud Bear Republic for making such a creative, kooky, yet somehow well-balanced ale. I'd love to get my hands on that recipe! (1,561 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
3.16/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

6.8% ABV. Expectations are extremely high; the more I try from this brewery the more impressed I get with it. 12 fl oz brown glass bottle with interesting fun label art and a branded silver pressure/pry-off cap acquired at a local SoCal beer store and served into an Oskar Blues pilsner glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Bottled 01/18/13; 6 months of age on this one, but it's been refrigerated constantly and it's a "bastardized Scottish style red ale." Reviewed as such (not as an American amber as currently listed). I trust the brewery over whatever clod added the beer.

*Note: I emailed Bear Republic on the day of this review and received a response on 06.18.13. According to Clay: "Red Rocket has a shelf life of 6 months. If refrigerated you should get up to 9 months, but I have tasted darn good bottles past that." So there you have it.


Served cold, straight from the fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a 1.5 finger khaki colour head. Decent cream and nice thickness. Lovely frothiness; quite attractive in that sense. Seems to have no cling on the outer edges; lacing is nonexistent here and the head thins towards the edges. Retention is well above average; about 4 minutes I'd say. Maybe a bit longer. No "legs" on this one.

Body colour is a rather dark amber. Definitely appears unfiltered, but it isn't quite hazy. Certainly nontransparent, though. Some glowing semitranslucence. Floating yeast particles are plainly visible, varying in size. She definitely looks alive. Understated and somewhat rich, but I wouldn't call it vibrant.

No bubble show.

Overall, it's looking pretty good for the style it identifies as. I'm intrigued, but not quite impressed. Certainly has the character of a Scottish ale.

Sm: Lovely toffee notes with accompanying grainy malts. Distinct malty sweetness outs it as a Scottish ale - albeit with a higher hop content than most examples of the style. The label describes it as "aggressive hop character"; I'd agree with that sentiment based on the aroma. Caramelized malt is evident. Mild intensity floral and herbal hops. Malty character is the focus here, quite typical of a Scottish ale. Some bready malts; maybe some biscuit malt. I dig the malt profile here and the hops seem well married to the malts. Not detecting any yeast or alcohol. Solid for the style. Mild in strength. Appealing.

T: Scottish influenced malty sweetness provides the full grainy and bready body, with toffee lending some added character. It does clash somewhat with the perhaps overzealous floral, herbal, and lightly piney hop character. I don't know that the hop choices here were ideal, but then this bottle is a biteen old (though I do want to emphasize that a Scottish ale - at least a traditional one - should last 6 months without issue). But make no mistake, this is not a traditional Scottish ale, though I'm sure it'd make a fine one without the unique hop addition. Caramelized, but not as much so as traditional examples of the style. A biteen of cream comes through.

Not getting any yeast character or alcohol from the taste. I want far more toasted malt than it delivers; I think its emphasis on the hops is misplaced and far from ideal. It's an interesting experiment with the style, but I don't know that it's better for it.

Problematic balance, but interesting complexity. Not much subtlety, unfortunately. Overall I do like it, but I did expect more from Bear Republic. Flavour intensity is average; flavour duration is typical.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Wouldn't call it oily. Good full body. Nice presence on the palate. A bit creamy. Somewhat soft. Perhaps a bit too thick for the lack of flavour depth. Quite filling, a characteristic amplified by the bready notes. Suits the flavour profile generally well, but doesn't feel custom-tailored to it. Facilitates delivery of the flavours pretty well.

Dr: I plan on revisiting this one as fresh as possible; I have a feeling I'm not getting the best experience of it in spite of the core style. Perhaps the aggressive hopping is more naturally integrated and carefully balanced when the beer is a bit newer. It seems like it could be a solid brew from Bear Republic, but based on this experience I can't quite make that claim. Has some interesting elements and it's certainly drinkable. The alcohol does poke through a bit as it warms, especially on the finish. I'll plan to get another and report back if results are different. As it stands, it's a decent effort but ultimately there are far better offerings in the style at around the same price range.

C+ (4,731 characters)

Photo of archyquaffer
4.12/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 ounce bomber into a Shaker pint glass. A moderate to aggressive pour produces about 3/4 inch of tan colored head that puffs up over the rim of the glass and quickly recedes. The beer leaves lots of attractive lacing, with little islands of foam hugging the sides and frosted over pools in the center. The beer is a fairly dark reddish-brown. Against an unlit background, you can see perhaps half way through the glass.

I have a poor sense of smell, but even I can detect a rather strong aroma of leafy hops and caramel malt. I still get nice whiffs even as my nose and tongue get accustomed to it. The flavor is a taste sensation- I think this will be my benchmark for caramel malt taste. The label on the bottle claims an "aggressive hop character rivaled by none" but it doesn't taste excessively hoppy to me (good!), and there's plenty of balance and complexity, including tones of caramel, toffee, hazel nut (?) and maybe a touch of fine tobacco, with piney and citrusy highlights from the hops.

This beer is quite flavorful, with a nice balance of malt and hops. The hops don't overpower, as can be the case with some west coast brews. I recall many a beer where I dwelled longingly on the rich malty goodness that I could see and feel but could not taste, due to excessive hop happiness. This beer doesn't do that. (1,341 characters)

Red Rocket Ale from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 1,158 ratings.