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Red Rocket Ale - Bristol Brewing Company

Red Rocket AleRed Rocket Ale

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BA SCORE
81
good

70 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 70
Reviews: 43
rAvg: 3.53
pDev: 13.88%


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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: marcobrau on 09-27-2003)
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minterro

Colorado

3.35/5  rDev -5.1%
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).

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2014 02:21:34 | More by minterro
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MighHighBrewer

Colorado

3.18/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Tasted from a bottle poured into a tulip on 4/9. Bottle was bottled the first week of January so I'm hoping this isn't too old.

A: Red Rocket pours quite hazy for a Pale Ale. Mine had visible sediment in the glass. That's not necessarily a negative, just different from other pale ales. Otherwise, the beer pours a distinctive amber color with a hint of orange. Darker than I would've expected - it definitely appears as more of an Amber Ale instead of a Pale Ale. Moderate head that retains quite well even after the initial pour. Overall, looks pretty good.

S: I think my bottle was too old because the nose on this beer is very muddled. Nothing really comes through or pops in the nose. Rather, it's an muddled combination of caramel and malt with a slight hint of citrus and floral from the hops. Definitely not something to write home about.

T: Initial sip: light and very balanced. Like the smell, nothing really "pops", except I get a pronounced honey flavor on the back-end. That's interesting for a Pale Ale. The maltiness is more caramely than robust, while the hop profile is citrus with a slight tinge of floral. It's definitely not an overpowering hoppy beer though. Overall, this beer tastes more like an Amber than a Pale Ale.

M: More effervescent than expected. It's a well-carbed beer - perhaps slightly too much. It's also very dry, which is characteristic of a Pale Ale.

O: I dont know how to rate this beer. It has certain aspects that definitely qualify it as an Amber: it's hazy look, subdued hoppiness, and caramel malt flavor. It also has certain qualities of a Pale Ale: namely its dry character. If youre looking for a pure Amber or a pure Pale, I'd definitely pick another beer. But as a combination of the two, it doesn't do too badly. It's very well balanced, easy drinking, and has a quality that makes you want to go back for another sip. It's not my favorite Bristol brew - nor my favorite APA - but it's a solid offering.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2013 01:39:54 | More by MighHighBrewer
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tkail


3.15/5  rDev -10.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2013 22:48:11 | More by tkail
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Fatehunter

Oregon

2.63/5  rDev -25.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2012 02:36:12 | More by Fatehunter
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kojevergas

Texas

2.7/5  rDev -23.5%
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-

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2012 01:50:18 | More by kojevergas
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IPA1978

Missouri

4.05/5  rDev +14.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2012 20:15:07 | More by IPA1978
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stampfler07

Colorado

4.15/5  rDev +17.6%
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

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2012 03:45:43 | More by stampfler07
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

3.3/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

pours a crystal clear orange color with a nice thick sudsy head that leaves chunky lacing all down the glass. smells malty and thin, more of an english vibe here and an american one, minimal hops in the nose. taste a bit more hoppy, but malts are still the prime movers here, especially for an american pale ale, it lacks a hop kick ive come to expect for the style. the aftertaste evolves to a bit of hop bitter, but its too little too late. mouthfeel is very very light, almost watered down. decent carbonation, but its just too uneventful for me. maybe the first bristol beer ive had that was thin like this. overall a drinkable pale ale in the english style, but not a homerun by any stretch

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2012 02:20:30 | More by StonedTrippin
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tbern007

Colorado

3.75/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a honey/amber color. Medium thick head that does not last long but lacing is good.
Smell is piney, citrusy but there's something sweet here too.
Tastes a little malty and sweet initially and then bursts into raw, bold, pine/citrus hops. There's a slight sweet/honey flavor in the background at the end but is overpowered by the hops.
Sweet to start, ends very dry. Overcarbonated for sure.
The taste is interesting. Good but not great. The overcarbonation and short last head, along with the sweetness and weaker scent knock it down a bit. Not bad but there are lots of better ones.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2012 23:03:07 | More by tbern007
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mactrail

California

4.2/5  rDev +19%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2011 04:33:00 | More by mactrail
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SamN

Colorado

3.1/5  rDev -12.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2011 02:21:40 | More by SamN
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cyrock1

Colorado

3.68/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pale amber with a bright white 1/2" head.

Smell: Good malt with light hop aroma. Sweet malt in the background.

Taste: Fresh hop flavors without much malt at first sip, but it builds on the second and third.

Mouthfeel: Not too spritzy but the hop bitterness makes up for that.

Overall: The beer seemed a litttle backwards at first but I warmed up to it pretty quickly.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2011 03:49:57 | More by cyrock1
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evanlarkin

District of Columbia

2.53/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance:
A pale orange color with a slight haze. Bubbles rise quickly and constantly to the surface, but there is still no significant head.

Smell:
The smell of the glass itself seems stronger than the beer, unless the beer smells like glass. Slightly dry with a subtle bitterness. Nothing notable in terms of fruity or piney smells. Malt seems to dominate.

Taste:
Dry and bitter. Malt dominates, with only (slightly lemony) bitterness giving any indication that hops were used at all. The finish is almost entirely pale malt flavor. Kind of like what you'd expect from a bottle if it were just labeled "Beer."

Mouthfeel:
Medium body, but possibly just very very carbonated. Prickly in a way.

Drinkability:
About average. It won't kick your tastebuds much, but it could be good with a burger or something. If you're only drinking beer, you'll probably get bored of the flavor unless it's being used primarily as a social lubricant.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2011 23:19:05 | More by evanlarkin
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mikereaser

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured into my New Belgium globe on 1/16/10.

A - Pours a dirty orangish brown with very little foam at all
S - slightly malty sweet with some light citrus aromas
T - bitter lemon with a faint malty backbone, there isn't alot else going on with this one. Its like the taste never reaches the back of my tongue
M/D - slightly watered down, light to med. bodied with ok carbonation, i'm just not enjoying this one very much. Maybe its been sitting around too long.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2011 06:17:39 | More by mikereaser
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htomsirveaux

Texas

3.45/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle tried 13 May 2010.

Served in a Twisted Pine shaker pint. Medium sized orange colored head. Light carbonation. Clear toffee brown color. Aroma is light, little bit of resin and soapiness. Lots of nutty caramel sweetness to start, finish is lightly hopped. Medium body, mild ethanol.

Easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2010 15:30:09 | More by htomsirveaux
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twiggamortis420

Texas

3.25/5  rDev -7.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2010 17:26:56 | More by twiggamortis420
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allforbetterbeer

Colorado

3.83/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2009 02:21:02 | More by allforbetterbeer
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Birmingham

Kansas

4/5  rDev +13.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2009 00:56:26 | More by Birmingham
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

3.78/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pretty hazed amber brown. Nose is a cherry wood toned kind of thing. Pungent. Flavor is pungent as well. Fairly acidic. Has a thick earthiness to it. Slight fruit tones too. Leafy and biting overall. Feel has a slightly attacking carbonation as well. Feel is pretty thick on the body. This one is a hearty. A bit too intense to make it a session ale and comes off a lot like an amber ale, but it works well enough.

Thanks to ArrogantB for yet another local brew to be able to try.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2009 18:25:56 | More by RblWthACoz
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Haybeerman

Colorado

3.55/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Orange/amber color with a very lighr (protien?) haze. Poured a 1 finger offf-white head with fair retention (though thin. Laced inconsistently. Lightly decanted continuously.

S: Surprised with the nose on this one. Plenty of flaral hops. Sweet malts in the foundation and a nice citrus zest to freshen it up.

T: Biscuity malts that weren't very sweet up front left it a little flat (maybe just a let-down from the smell). Taste overall just not very big. Light bitter in the finish balanced it nicely.

M: Medium body. May have needed a bit more carbonation. Very smooth and mellow beer.

D: Enjoyed the beer and very easy to drink. One of the milder APA's out there - not overdone in any aspect.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2009 15:33:52 | More by Haybeerman
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Beefeater57

Colorado

3.78/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Nice honey color, slighty dark gold. Thin head, low retention.

S: The spiciness of the hops hit me immediately. Kinda a salty smell, some slight citrus.

T: Some malt up front, get the citrus there with grapefruit, some lemon. Spicy hop flavor develops, and then some bitterness left at the end. The hop flavor is pretty good, kinda nutty and earthy.

M: Decent body, not too thin. Carbonation is perfect.

D: Overall, not bad. It gets better with each sip - the hop flavors are pleasant and just slighty off balance the malt sweetness. Pretty good pale ale...

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2009 00:27:54 | More by Beefeater57
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hopdog

Pennsylvania

3.03/5  rDev -14.2%
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

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2009 18:31:37 | More by hopdog
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Tolann

Colorado

3.73/5  rDev +5.7%
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

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2008 02:43:27 | More by Tolann
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boblog

Oklahoma

3.75/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Last week I had the pleasure of skiing at Wolf Creek and besides the wonderfull skiing I truly enjoyed sampling the local Colorado brews, of the ones I had never tried beforehand this was my favorite sans the 90 shilling.

The apperance is pretty standard pale ale, copper, slight haze small head, no lacing. Smell is also predictable with hops at the forefront, and sweet malt following. Taste is also fairly standard fair for a pale ale, with hops being the main offering. Mouthfeel is also nothing to write home about. light bodied, and a fair amount of carbonation.

The strength of this beer is an adherence to the classic american pale ale style. It wont change your perception of pale ales nor will it introduce you to a new world of taste, but it would reinforce a positive opinon of this style of beer.

Overall I would recomend buying a six pack of this beer as it would be great for a social gathering, but if you are looking for something extraordinary look else where. Still this a good beer, a prefect representation of this style of beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2008 09:47:20 | More by boblog
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woemad

Washington

2.78/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle purchased by a friend who just came back from a visit to Colorado Springs. According to the label, this was bottled at the end of August, but no year is given.

From the looks of it, this was yet another Bristol beer that had been sitting out in the open for a long time, probably since August of 2006. This poured a copper color, with the merest whiff of white foam and very slight spotty lace. Very few bubbles could be seen racing upwards in the glass.

This has the best nose of any of the Bristol beers I've cracked open. Piney hops can be discerned, but they're not too strong. There's also a mild, bready maltiness.

This tastes like what a growler of a hoppy pale ale or an ipa tastes like about 4 days after the growler was opened. There's a pine flavor that hits first, then a matching maltiness that more or less balances it out. While there's none of the OTT diacetyl flavor that marred the other Bristol beers I've tried, this still suffers from it's very un-fresh condition, causing the flavors to come across as pretty anemic. It's too bad, as this tastes like it was once a very tasty hoppy pale ale.

The mouthfeel is flat and lifeless, and underscores the fact that this must have been sitting around for a long time.

Probably a very nice, quaffable beer when fresh, but this example is lightyears from fresh. My friend bought this and other Bristol beers at a local Co Springs liquor store that has obviously been sitting on them over a year. Bristol needs to stop selling beers to that place if they want their beers to give a good accounting of themselves.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2007 23:53:52 | More by woemad
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