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Red Rocket Ale - Bristol Brewing Company

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Red Rocket AleRed Rocket Ale

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80 Ratings
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Ratings: 80
Reviews: 43
rAvg: 3.5
pDev: 14.57%
Wants: 0
Gots: 2 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: marcobrau on 09-27-2003)
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Photo of SamN


3.1/5  rDev -11.4%

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.

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


3.68/5  rDev +5.1%

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.

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

District of Columbia

2.53/5  rDev -27.7%

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.

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


3/5  rDev -14.3%

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.

01-16-2011 06:17:39 | More by mikereaser
Photo of LittleDon


4.33/5  rDev +23.7%

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.

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


3.45/5  rDev -1.4%

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.

06-05-2010 15:30:09 | More by htomsirveaux
Photo of Rayek


3.6/5  rDev +2.9%

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.

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


3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

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.

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


3.83/5  rDev +9.4%

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.

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


4/5  rDev +14.3%

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.

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


3.78/5  rDev +8%

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.

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


3.55/5  rDev +1.4%

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.

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


3.78/5  rDev +8%

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...

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


3.03/5  rDev -13.4%

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

01-07-2009 18:31:37 | More by hopdog
Photo of rye726


3.13/5  rDev -10.6%

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.

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


3.73/5  rDev +6.6%

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

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


3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

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.

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


2.78/5  rDev -20.6%

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.

10-03-2007 23:53:52 | More by woemad
Photo of Durge


3.95/5  rDev +12.9%

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.

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


3.95/5  rDev +12.9%

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.

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


4.13/5  rDev +18%

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.

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


4.15/5  rDev +18.6%

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.

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


4.9/5  rDev +40%

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

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!

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


3.85/5  rDev +10%

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

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


3/5  rDev -14.3%

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.

11-01-2005 17:35:44 | More by benito
Red Rocket Ale from Bristol Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 80 ratings.