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Red Rocket Ale - Bristol Brewing Company

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Red Rocket AleRed Rocket Ale

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BA SCORE
80
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95 Ratings
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Ratings: 95
Reviews: 45
rAvg: 3.51
pDev: 14.25%
Wants: 0
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Bristol Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: marcobrau on 09-27-2003

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Ratings: 95 | Reviews: 45
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Photo of dirtylou
3.83/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz single from Brennan's, bottled in the 3rd week of august apparently

appearance: a hazy apricot-amber, mysterious cloudy body, a mild foamy beige head tops it off, bubbly lacing throughout

smell: pretty faint aromas, lightly sweetened caramel malt, some grapefruity hop aroma, mildy floral bouquet

taste: rather enjoyable, super fruity...passion fruit, sour grapefruit, slight lemon zest....slightly chalky, floral american amber like flavours...nice flavours, not very juicy though...hops are dry and subdued

mouthfeel: medium body, chalky, smooth

drinkability: pretty good session, a nice little apa

Photo of Fatehunter
2.63/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pint glass, half finger of head. Cloudy, copper colored body.
Smell is malty, wet grain in a barnyard. Not great.
Taste is sour with mild bitterness. It's a bit disjointed.
Smooth texture, moderate carbonation and medium body.
Not too impressed with this. Not horrible, but missing the mark.

Photo of russpowell
4.89/5  rDev +39.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Went by the brewery today for a swift pint & didn't find anything big that struck my fancy, so I gave this a shot, I don't remember this tasting this good before, but this my 1st review for this so it gets a break

Poured amber/red with a 1.5: white head. Head retention was average and lacing was good

Smell: Huge "in your face" piney and floral hop aroma, blew me away. Some malt fruittyness snuck through

Taste: Big piney and citrussy hops folowed by fat maltiness and fruittyness. Finished hoppy and quenching (fruitty)

MF: Perfect balance and good carbonation, maybe slightly
overdone

I could drink this in draft form all day. Will have to try again to see how it fares. I find this to be a good not great beer in the bottle. But still worth a try in that form as well

follow up 5 may 2007, purchased a keg for a party & stand by my original raiting!

Photo of beveritt
4.16/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into a standard pint glass. Label depicts a beer holding man ridign a rocket around the world. Freshness date indicates this was brewed in mid-March.

Appearance: Pours with 1/2 inch of light tan head. This settles into a few islands of foam and some lacing. The beer itself is orange/amber and has a slight chill haze.

Smell: Very strong aroma of pine, amazingly strong and fresh. Slight hint of malt backbone.

Taste: Smooth malt upfront, followed by spicy and bitter hops. Not as strong as I would have expected from the amazing aroma. Nice and long, lingering finish.

Mouthfeel: Average carbonation level. Body is good.

Drinkability: Wow, this beer looks good, smells freat, and tastes pretty good. My secodn beer form Bristol and I am looking forward to my third.

Photo of marcobrau
3.7/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Amber colored pale ale with a hoppy and fruity aroma. Solid body and mouthfeel with a good balance between the malt and spicy hops. A bit of fruitiness comes out as the beer warms up. The finish is too short and too sweet. A drinkable ale that starts out strong and ends a bit weak.

Photo of stampfler07
4.12/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a clear amber with a thick finger of white head

S- Good hop nose with citrus and juniper notes

T- Citrus hop to begin, light bitterness throughout, crisp golden malt to balance, slightly bitter aftertaste

M- On the light side of medium body, moderate carbonation

O- Well balanced and refreshing, could definitely be sessionable, solid pale ale that I'll be getting some more of for sure

Photo of Birmingham
4/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma: Citrus floral aroma with matly notes.

Appearance: Deep copper (orange high lights), off white head, slight haze

Flavor: Balanced towards the hop (bitterness), strong malt back bone with hop flavoring

Mouth feel: Medium body, a tingling effervescence on the side of the tongue.

Overall Impression: Refreshing and hoppy with strong malt support system.

Photo of minterro
3.36/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A&S: White fluffy head that pours about a half a finger and retains as specks on top. Leaves tiny bits of lacing. Beer is a semi-lively full orange color. The aroma consists of sparse citrus hops and a heavy malt component, and some mild sweetness.

T&M: Little too malty. Lacking in the hop department. A little heavy on the palate due to its high malt content. Pretty bland. On the light side of medium body, on the low side of medium carbonation.

Overall: Not super drinkable. It wasn't like this beer is awful, I just wouldn't seek it out again and wouldn't recommend for the style (much better options out there).

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.29/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle with bottled on notches showing it being brewed in late Dec. 2009. Pours a medium copper color with a pretty significant amount of haze. Head is fairly small and large-bubbled. Not much in the way of retention or lacing.

The nose on this beer is pretty nice. Caramel, toffee maltiness and piney, grassy hops are both very noticeable. Smells very much like a freshly opened bag of cascade hop pellets. Fresh and clean.

Piney hops are in the forefront on the tastebuds with a fairly lifeless malt background. Low carbonation does not help and in fact tastes a bit better straight out of the bottle. It has a watery mouthfeel despite some caramel and toasty malt in evidence. Hops do carry nicely from the front of the beer all the way to a moderately bitter finish. This APA is ok, but all the components do not seem to come together just right for me and the low carbonation is kind of a bummer. In all fairness though, I remember having it on tap at the brewery and enjoying it much more.

Photo of infinitebruner
3.91/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

January 16, 2015

12 oz bottle, mug

A – Medium to deep amber, mostly clear. White bubbly foam of about an inch, moderate retention.

S – Browned, toasty bready malt. Light caramel sweetness. Some spicy hop aroma, also lightly floral.

T – Caramel malts and toasted bread. Spicy and floral hops providing a firm backbone. Moderate bitterness from hops.

M – Fairly sudsy, moderate to high carbonation. Malts are flavorful without being too sweet. Bitterness and spice are moderate and provide great balance.

O – My first Bristol brew! A very nice red ale, very good balanced flavor, an easy drinker with just a bit of a bite.

Photo of Klebe
3.25/5  rDev -7.4%

Cooler cold on a hot day? Serviceable.

Photo of Rifugium
3.38/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at their brewpub / tasting room

Poured a slightly hazy amber with a small white head. Simple enough aroma; sweet malts and a decent crisp hoppiness. A solid sweet malt backbone in the taste, with a good balance of floral hops, citrusy, organic. Mild and drinkable, with a light-medium body. Not bad.

Photo of hopdog
3.03/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle.

Poured a deeper and cloudy amber color with an averaged sized off white head. Lots of small floaters. Aromas of some floralness, light caramel, and cookie dough. Tastes of cookie dough, caramel, oranges and some citrus.

Notes from: 3/22/06

Photo of bmwats
3.7/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

pulled from a tap into an imperial pint

a: light amber hue. pours a frothy, off-white head. craters slowly leaving a persistent beer ring. substantial lacing.

s: malt, lots o' hops, basil, clove, and a little citrus.

t: Italian bread, sharp hops, and just a touch of Italian spice and maybe even a smaller touch of some indistinct sweetness.

m: light body, and a little shallow. a bitter pungency lingers throughout.

d: bitter finish dictates this is more of a sipping. variety.

atmosphere is solid. great color, nice frothy head, and plenty o' lacing. nose has a lot going on with some grains, Italian spice, and citrus. flavor is bitter and hoppy with those same spices prominently featured. overall, this is a really nice quaff.

Photo of allforbetterbeer
3.82/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Half opaque light copper, generous head that lasts with some lacing.

Smell: Fruity, sweet, slightly hoppy. A pleasing smell.

Taste: Sweet hits the tongue first, followed by mild hops, slight fruit and caramel, fading into a light hoppy aftertaste. Almost no malts.

Mouthfeel: Fairly thin, light body.

Drinkability: Good for a pale ale. Very refreshing, not heavy or heady.

This particular bottle was much fruitier and sweet than I remember, a much lighter beer than I expected. If you love lots of strong hops, this isn't going to be your favorite pale ale. If you like the extra sweetness, you will like this beer.

Photo of smcolw
3.78/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A light amber colored beer; clear. The head is slightly off white that leaves a sticky lace.

The aroma is more malt than hop. Interestingly, this beer was served ice cold. Flavor wise, it starts with a touch of malt than quickly bursts into a strong raw, green hop bite. This surprised me considering the smell. Medium body, high carbonation with a long dry hop aftertaste.

Decent flavoring but the aroma knocks this one down a few levels.

Photo of IPA1978
4.07/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Great little brewery in Colorado Springs. They always have something new at the brewery and you can buy beer from the brewery, not so in Missouri.

A- Hazy copper with light lacing.

S- This beer smells fantastic. Piney hops, light citrus hops, herbal and lightly roasted sweet malt.

T- Nice cascade hop flavor that lingers but not powerful followed by light caramel malt sweetness... delicious and refreshing.

M- light to medium body with some resiny hop oil, but does make for an easy drink.

O- This is a fantastic session brew lots of great aroma and flavors. Definitely one of my favorite pale ales, just wish I could get this stuff in MO. Though it doesn't keep for long periods of time, I have brought a bunch back from CO and its hoppiness starts to fade after a few months.

(update Sept. 13) I go to the Colorado Springs area yearly and always load up on this stuff. But this year the beer is not the same. The hops are muted and replaced with a biscuity caramel malt profile. They have moved to a new location recently so hopefully they work out some kinks.

Photo of Elrod23
4.18/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A clear amber color with a thin head served almost ice cold in a pint glass. Very good taste.

Microbrews are still fairly new to me, but this is already one of my favorites.

I picked up a jug to go and was pleased to find it in bottles at my local liquor store. 75 miles is a long way to go for a jug refill, but if I'm already headed that way...

Photo of Tolann
3.75/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Orange in color and hazy. Not much head. Some carbonation easily seen buzzing up to the top of the beer.

S - Kind of big nose. Lots of floral hops. Very fresh smelling

T - Flatter than anticipated after hitting the nose. Real easy going taste. A little bitter aftertaste. Not overly sweet.

M - Medium mouthfeel. Not too carbonated. Smooth feel

D - Easy to drink. I think it's more complex than it's making me believe it to be. An enjoyable drink

Photo of kojevergas
2.73/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a Guinness nonical pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are average.

A: Pours a two finger head of beige colour, pretty decent cream, nice thickness, and above average retention. Colour is a semitransparent copper. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Lacing is decent.

Sm: Sweet malts, caramelization, English style hopping, and some toasted malt. A moderate strength aroma. Somewhat appealing, though a bit aggressive for the style.

T: Pleasant cream is a highlight here. The sweet malts and English hops add little except some predictable sweetness. It's pretty boring and bland all around, but the cream is a redeeming feature. The caramel is poorly handled. A very simple beer; it's not complex or subtle at all.

Mf: Some creamy quality. Smooth and wet. Carbonation is adequate. Should be more coarse. Thickness is okay.

Dr: Drinkable but forgettable. Why brew this? An uninspired pale ale. I wouldn't get it again unless it was the least crappy beer in a bar. Another disappointment from Bristol.

C-

Photo of mactrail
4.22/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Surprisingly good beer from a brewery that has been bottling the same stuff year after year. A very nice aroma of flowery hops joins the flavor of fruity hop flavors with just enough bitterness. Supposed to be dry-hopped with Cascades, which gives it a familiar and lively flavor.

Classic amber in the glass, better than average carbonation and head retention. Clean and well made. Just a little of the earthy flavors, along with a sharp finish. Light body, plelasantly bitter aftertaste.

I usually avoid this brewery for their lack of interesting beers, but this is one of the best Pale Ales I've had. This would be the thirst-quenching lighter beer to look for. From the mixed 12-pack on sale in Denver now, six different beers.

Photo of SamN
3.12/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a sort of bland amber color. Small streams of carbonation make their way to the dirty light tan head. Head is pretty reserved, thins to less than 1/2 finger width in just a few moments, despite a more aggressive pour. I can see some sheeting from the head forming already. Smell is sweetly with hoppy with a solid amber malt bill providing the background. Slightly nutty or doughy. Nicely done hops nose, striking a good balance between floral and citrus. Some digging reveals just a slightly vegetably character deep in there, but overall it has the pleasant nose of a APA. Taste is initially semi-fruity with green apples and tangerines and a noticeable sweetness, mid-palette is a swelling malt profile of doughy nuttiness and slight caramel, and the finish strikes a good balance between the two, ending ever so slightly bitter. Not very complex, straight forward and totally acceptable, just doesn't have any "pop" to it to make it stand out among the countless other APA available. Feel is a tad rough, carbonated. Just medium bodied, with a slight carbonation burn on the tongue.

Overall a perfectly acceptable APA from Bristol, just sort of bland and faceless. Blends in with the scenery too much to really be recommended above others.

Photo of ohoove
3.92/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another Bristol Brewing Co. selection smuggled into CT via CO. Light amber ,burnt orange color with an average head and blotchy lacing.

Smell leaned more of an IPA with distinctive pine and lighy citrus.

Taste was exceptional, a pale ale with a robust edge.

Mouthfeel was pretty average , nothing special.

In my opinion , great drinkability ,one of the better APA's i've had, just enough hops to excite the palate then finishes with a nice sweet malt flavor- great balance.

This is one of my favorite APA's, along with Flying Dop Pale Ale.

Photo of tkail
3.14/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Nothing special. Label on bottle almost has a retro look - kinda ugly. Cloudy and foam was gone right away - slight lacing left on glass. Bit of a grassy smell. Hoppy taste with mild carbonation....not bad - fairly smooth and would be a decent session beer.

Photo of ChrisA
3.8/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep copper color. Poured a thin head. Grapefruit aroma. Strong initial hop profile, piney. Good bitterness followed by a caramel maltiness and floral accents. Crisp finish. Could balance a bit better, but it is very drinkable. As far as Pale Ales go this is a solid beer.

This was one of the first micros that I began drinking regularly. Although I now prefer IPA's, I still find it to be an excellent session brew.

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Red Rocket Ale from Bristol Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 95 ratings.