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Red Rocket Ale - Bristol Brewing Company

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Red Rocket AleRed Rocket Ale

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76 Ratings
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Ratings: 76
Reviews: 43
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 14.49%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
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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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LittleDon

Texas

4.33/5  rDev +23%
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.

Serving type: cask

10-05-2010 01:50:36 | More by LittleDon
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htomsirveaux

Texas

3.45/5  rDev -2%
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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Rayek

Colorado

3.6/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-02-2010 03:25:08 | More by Rayek
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twiggamortis420

Texas

3.25/5  rDev -7.7%
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 +8.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Kansas

4/5  rDev +13.6%
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 +7.4%
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 +0.9%
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 +7.4%
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 -13.9%
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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rye726

Colorado

3.13/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Color is a rich mahogany. Tan head has good retention. The nose has a biq bouquet of floral and piney hops and a subtle fruity malt base. Flavors of a big mixture of hops up front and through the finish. A firly complex malt structure. Good stuff. Medium body gives a good feel. A unique pale ale.

Serving type: on-tap

05-08-2008 06:15:30 | More by rye726
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Tolann

Colorado

3.73/5  rDev +6%
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 +6.5%
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%
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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Durge

Connecticut

3.95/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A nicely hazed amber colored brew with a decent off-white head and solid lacing. The aroma is heavily grapefruit with just a mild malt base, very much along the lines of the piney hops you might get from an IPA. The flavor is again quite hoppy as pale ales go, very tastey with a tangy carbonation and a bit of biscuit present. Despite the somewhat tart/bitter hops overtone it maintains a pleasant feel and drinkability. Finishes with a sort of dry pine sweetness, medium body. A rather bright and refreshing hoppy ale. Give it a try.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2007 04:54:35 | More by Durge
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ohoove

Connecticut

3.95/5  rDev +12.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2007 19:43:23 | More by ohoove
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beveritt

Ohio

4.13/5  rDev +17.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2007 00:30:27 | More by beveritt
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rowew

Colorado

4.15/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12 oz longneck bottle. Month and week bottled notched on the label.

Appearance: Pours orange with a very slight haze. Nice 2 finger head fades, but leaves a ton of lacing.

Smell: Piney hops and a bit of sweet malty aroma.

Taste: Very smooth mouthfeel - low carbonation level. Nice balance of malty sweetness and piney hops.

Overall impression: Well balanced, drinkable, and interesting enough to keep me coming back for more.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2006 20:45:43 | More by rowew
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russpowell

Oklahoma

4.9/5  rDev +39.2%
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!

Serving type: on-tap

05-13-2006 04:29:24 | More by russpowell
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dirtylou

Washington

3.85/5  rDev +9.4%
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

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2006 02:24:40 | More by dirtylou
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benito

Oregon

3/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This poured an opaque mandarin orange with good head and lacing. Floral aromas were distinct in the bouquet, with the predictable hints of citrus as well as a strong carmel overtones which were a nice surprise.

The maltiness and creaminess carry over to the taste and almost overwhelm the hops which seemed to linger well but were noticably underpresent during the first seconds on the palate. Over the course of a pint, I grew more accustomed to the balance between the sweetness (strong) and the hops (lingering, afterthought) and at one point I was reminded of an ESB more than an APA.

I'd give this another shot in a single or on-tap but would hesitate to buy a six-pack.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2005 17:35:44 | More by benito
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Elrod23

Colorado

4.22/5  rDev +19.9%
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...

Serving type: on-tap

11-01-2005 03:58:22 | More by Elrod23
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ChrisA

Florida

3.78/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2005 02:24:38 | More by ChrisA
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SkeeterHawk

Texas

4.03/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Very clear rich Amber color with a small head when aggressively poured. This head fell pretty quickly to a wisp around the glass.

Aroma: Some caramel mixed with some mild nutty notes. There is a bit of restrained esters that remind me of some more complex fruit like apricots or some such.

Taste: I am not too sensitive to Diacetyl, but I believe that there may be some present in this beer. I get some caramel that seems to mix with the butterscotch. There are some bold floral hops in here that are subtle in the beginning, but then fade in slowly for a decidedly bitter finish.

Opinion: I am not a huge fan of the one-sided pale ales that we see so often, but this beer has some malt to balance out the hops a bit. The hops are still the key player, but this beer doesn't seem one-sided. If I were going to make a constructive comment, it would be that the middle of the profile is lacking. It seems like we only have additions at bittering, and at knock-out. The hops could be more rounded without being more pronounced. It is still a very drinkable beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2005 07:24:04 | More by SkeeterHawk
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smcolw

Massachusetts

3.8/5  rDev +8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-07-2004 01:20:55 | More by smcolw
Red Rocket Ale from Bristol Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 76 ratings.