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Red Rocket Ale - Bristol Brewing Company

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Red Rocket AleRed Rocket Ale

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BA SCORE
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89 Ratings
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Ratings: 89
Reviews: 44
rAvg: 3.49
pDev: 14.61%
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: marcobrau on 09-27-2003)
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Photo of woemad
2.78/5  rDev -20.3%
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.

woemad, Oct 04, 2007
Photo of Durge
3.95/5  rDev +13.2%
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.

Durge, Oct 03, 2007
Photo of ohoove
3.95/5  rDev +13.2%
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.

ohoove, Sep 28, 2007
Photo of beveritt
4.13/5  rDev +18.3%
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.

beveritt, May 16, 2007
Photo of rowew
4.15/5  rDev +18.9%
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.

rowew, Jul 18, 2006
Photo of russpowell
4.9/5  rDev +40.4%
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!

russpowell, May 13, 2006
Photo of dirtylou
3.85/5  rDev +10.3%
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

dirtylou, Jan 30, 2006
Photo of benito
3/5  rDev -14%
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.

benito, Nov 01, 2005
Photo of Elrod23
4.22/5  rDev +20.9%
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...

Elrod23, Nov 01, 2005
Photo of ChrisA
3.78/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

ChrisA, Aug 10, 2005
Photo of SkeeterHawk
4.03/5  rDev +15.5%
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.

SkeeterHawk, Jul 21, 2005
Photo of smcolw
3.8/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

smcolw, Jun 07, 2004
Photo of marcobrau
3.68/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Amber colored pale ale with a hoppy and fruity aroma. Solid body and mouthfeel with a good balance between the malt and spicy hops. A bit of fruitiness comes out as the beer warms up. The finish is too short and too sweet. A drinkable ale that starts out strong and ends a bit weak.

marcobrau, Sep 28, 2003
Photo of Klebe
3.25/5  rDev -6.9%

Cooler cold on a hot day? Serviceable.

Klebe, Sep 05, 2014
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Red Rocket Ale from Bristol Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 89 ratings.