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Red Rocket Ale - Bristol Brewing Company

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79
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85 Ratings
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Ratings: 85
Reviews: 44
rAvg: 3.47
pDev: 14.7%
Wants: 0
Gots: 3 | 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:
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(Beer added by: marcobrau on 09-27-2003)
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pmverheij, Jul 12, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

crobinso, Jul 05, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -28%

MeisterMayhem, Apr 15, 2013
Photo of MighHighBrewer
3.18/5  rDev -8.4%
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.

MighHighBrewer, Apr 10, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +22.5%

RudnicsMEB, Feb 21, 2013
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3.15/5  rDev -9.2%
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.

tkail, Jan 12, 2013
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2.63/5  rDev -24.2%
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.

Fatehunter, Dec 16, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

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Ispeakforthetrees, Sep 27, 2012
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3/5  rDev -13.5%

chernozem, Aug 22, 2012
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2.25/5  rDev -35.2%

envinoveri, Jul 28, 2012
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2.7/5  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-

kojevergas, Jul 26, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

poppyjohn, Jun 19, 2012
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4.05/5  rDev +16.7%
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.

IPA1978, Jun 09, 2012
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4.15/5  rDev +19.6%
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

stampfler07, Apr 24, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

schoon, Mar 19, 2012
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3/5  rDev -13.5%

kchannel9, Mar 15, 2012
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3/5  rDev -13.5%

40ontarget, Feb 07, 2012
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3.3/5  rDev -4.9%
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

StonedTrippin, Feb 02, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

tbern007, Jan 07, 2012
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4.2/5  rDev +21%
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.

mactrail, Dec 18, 2011
Red Rocket Ale from Bristol Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 85 ratings.