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Red Rocket Ale - Bristol Brewing Company

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Red Rocket AleRed Rocket Ale

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45 Reviews
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Reviews: 45
Hads: 98
Avg: 3.55
pDev: 20.56%
Wants: 2
Gots: 11 | 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

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Beer added by: marcobrau on 09-27-2003

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Reviews: 45 | Hads: 98
Photo of JCBears
2.97/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A; hearty but pale orange red. S: hoppy with some fruity notes. T: sweet while being hoppy not bad. M: bit weak and watery. O: not a bad beer for the moderate hop head.

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Photo of infinitebruner
3.91/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

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Photo of minterro
3.36/5  rDev -5.4%
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).

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Photo of MighHighBrewer
3.13/5  rDev -11.8%
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.

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Photo of tkail
3.14/5  rDev -11.5%
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.

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Photo of Fatehunter
2.63/5  rDev -25.9%
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.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.73/5  rDev -23.1%
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.


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Photo of IPA1978
4.07/5  rDev +14.6%
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.

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Photo of stampfler07
4.12/5  rDev +16.1%
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

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.3/5  rDev -7%
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

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Photo of tbern007
3.73/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

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Photo of mactrail
4.22/5  rDev +18.9%
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.

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Photo of bmwats
3.7/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

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Photo of MsRif
3.08/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had on-tap at their brewery. Poured an amber color that wasn't totally clear, yet not really what I'd call "hazy." Small white head that receded quickly, leaving spotty lacing. Aroma of sweet malts, earthy hops and citrus. Tasted like it smelled...very earthy with a light hop flavor and touch of sweet malts.

Light to medium in body...light carbonation. Drinkable. Average brew that is worth trying once for the experience.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.38/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

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Photo of SamN
3.12/5  rDev -12.1%
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.

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Photo of cyrock1
3.68/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

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Photo of evanlarkin
2.51/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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

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.

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."

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

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.

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Photo of mikereaser
3.02/5  rDev -14.9%
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.

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Photo of LittleDon
4.3/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A pint served at the Bristol Brewery taproom.

Dirty dishwater, redish yellow and very murky. Decent head for cask. It quickly fades and can't be recreated. Soft up front. Subtle caramel. Pine comes next, but with some malt balance. Dull bitter back end. Medium mouthfeel. Served nearly room temperature (~60 degrees) and with no carbonation. Perfect for cask. Drinks more like an IPA.

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Photo of htomsirveaux
3.43/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

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Photo of Rayek
3.6/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap and served into a shaker pint glass.

A: The orange amber color is quite hazy. A cream colored head is dense and has very good retention. Leaves nice spots of lace.

S: Lemon and grapefruit Citrus with a touch of grass and toasted bread.

T: Malt has toasted quality with a hint of caramel sweetness. Hops dominate the flavor, with grapefruit and lemon. Bitterness level; however, is moderate. Finishes relatively dry with a lingering bitterness and a touch of straw.

M: Medium light body is a little grainy. Carbonation level is right.

D: This is a pretty straightforward APA. It makes for a good social beer.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.29/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

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Photo of allforbetterbeer
3.82/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

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Photo of Birmingham
4/5  rDev +12.7%
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.

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Red Rocket Ale from Bristol Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 45 ratings.