Red Rocket Ale
Bear Republic Brewing Co.

Red Rocket AleRed Rocket Ale
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Bear Republic Brewing Co.
California, United States
Red Ale - American Amber / Red
Ranked #7
Ranked #8,441
4.05 | pDev: 10.86%
Mar 20, 2021
Oct 05, 2001
Red Rocket AleRed Rocket Ale
Notes: Red Rocket Ale is a bastardized Scottish style red ale that traces it's origins to our homebrew roots. This full bodied and hoppy brew finishes on the palate with sweet, caramel malt flavors.

2009 California State Fair - SILVER
1999 Great American Beer Festival® Other Strong Ales or Lagers - SILVER
1998 Great American Beer Festival® Other Strong Ales - SILVER
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4.17/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by Sigmund from Norway

Bottle, 6.8% ABV, RBNAG 2009 in Vatlandsvåg. Beautiful reddish brown colour, low off-white head. Excellent aroma and flavour with vinous and oaky notes, also strong notes of American hops. Very good! ("Beer of the Gathering" for me.)

Mar 20, 2021
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4.31/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by woodychandler from Pennsylvania

OMFG! How have I not reviewed this beer until now?!? If you are late to my party, I have a redhead fetish as a fellow redhead (excepting getting cheated on my hair). I have had more than my share of redheaded girlfriends & I still swear that the Navy cost me Linda Lou. A few more months with her & I might have finally won her over. Sadly, our 7-month deployment to PR in 1993 allowed her to wriggle off of the hook. 8=( I had a wonderful classmate at Pitt who went on to have a great post-grad experience at my urging at UWisco & is now a published poet ( ). Her nickname, not conferred by me, was "The Red Rocket" & I have drank this beer SO many times with her … Gifts as graduating seniors, at her wedding, as a wedding gift, ad nauseum. This was a purchase at the Friendly Greek long ago.

From the (admittedly ancient) Bottle: "Red Rocket Ale is a bastardized Scottish style red ale packed with distinctive flavors and an aggressive hop character rivaled by none. This unfiltered, bottle-conditioned [!] amber colored ale breaks all style molds."; "Brew Master Notes[:] Keep refrigerated, beer is perishable, real ale is alive, yeast is good, serve at 45 - 50 F".

Bottle-conditioned, eh?!? Vindication is mine! It's had ample time to mature so upon the
Pop!ping of the cap, a slow, gentle C-Line pour was the order of the day. It didn't generate much foam, but I did get a wee, tiny finger of foamy, soapy, rocky, tawny head for my efforts. It sank into a cap of wisps, leaving me wistful in its limited wake. Color was not "Red", but instead, Dark Brown to Very Dark Brown (SRM = > 27, < 34) with NE-quality clarity & mahogany highlights! 8=O Nose was predominantly malty, suggesting that the hops had fallen away, but with a trace of pine. Remember, this was "bottle-conditioned". Mouthfeel was medium-to-full, not quite creamy, but on the approach. Taste was malty, but do not take that to mean "sweet" in this instance. The yeast had dried it nicely to impart a warm nuttiness, like roasted chestnuts, or pecans and even almonds. Mmm. Carrie lights up every time that I present her with a bottle & now, I begin to understand why. If it is always bottle-conditioned, then do yourself a favor & set one aside. This was like a cross between a throwback-Amber of the early days of microbrewing (too sweet) to the modern micro-Ambers (very hop forward). It was no Luscious Struggle to drink this one. My aging had smoothed it nicely, leaving it semi-dry to dry. Again, I urge aging, if possible. YMMV.

Apr 14, 2020
3.33 by Gagnonsux from Texas on Oct 16, 2019
4.1 by Eyedoc27 from Illinois on Jun 26, 2019
4.02 by thegreatnicoli from Texas on Jun 11, 2019
4 by ian_graf from Minnesota on Jun 09, 2019
3.75 by bdlusa from Texas on Jun 02, 2019
4.18 by Oh_Dark_Star from Washington on Apr 30, 2019
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3.6/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
by ajm5108 from Pennsylvania

More malt forward - caramel malt, not super bready, could use a little more hops to add some extra dimensions. Found it a little too washed out and bland

Jan 23, 2019
4.06 by heymikew from California on Jan 20, 2019
4.44 by MonkeyPilates from Minnesota on Jan 15, 2019
4.06 by uncleotis from Illinois on Dec 24, 2018
4.25 by FLBeerGuy from Florida on Dec 07, 2018
4.04 by KMcGrath from Massachusetts on Dec 04, 2018
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2.57/5  rDev -36.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75
by Nass from Florida

Some mild dark fruits, some hops. It's decent but nothing special. Cheers! C

Nov 12, 2018
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4.14/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
by HellsRanger from Pennsylvania

Revisited on Jan. 6th 2019 and had to update my smell and taste rating...which upped overall.
This has gotten much nicer in aroma and better in taste with the hops coming thru nicely. The feel is still a little on the dry side, but everything else makes up for it.

My bad on my first rating...never say "no again" to any brew. That is alcohol abuse. Hahaha!

This pours a nice dark redish tint with heavy foam, and if poured heavy into pilsner or pint it reacts like a nitro tap ... it sits and sinks.
As for aroma it has a very complex/odd aroma to me. It is kinda fruity, but yet has a slight burnt chocolate/coffee to it...none of which is bad, just different and complex.
The taste is not as complex, but kinda, it has a snappy bite with that scotish flair to it, but can taste the semi fruityness the burnt something or other along with the scotish ale to it, but a very nice adventure to this brew.
The feel I think is full on scotish ale...bite, edge, and fullness.
All in all a very adventurous brew, and a must try!!!!

Nov 09, 2018
2 by jeschaefer from Texas on Sep 30, 2018
3.88 by Delt768 from Indiana on Sep 27, 2018
3.94 by dsippel from Illinois on Sep 27, 2018
4 by soundaurora from Pennsylvania on Sep 25, 2018
3.5 by smartassboiler from Illinois on Sep 24, 2018
3 by DoctorRobert1969 from California on Jul 30, 2018
3.5 by archero from Texas on Jul 17, 2018
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3.99/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by mushroomcloud from Texas

12oz bottle - no visible packaged on/enjoy by date on the bottle.
1/4" off white head retains as a cap, glowing red, good clarity but inundated with floaters suspended in it. Patchy lacing.
Caramel, sweet malts, brown bread, faint pine.
Pine, spicy hop notes. Bread crust. Burnt caramel sugar. Faint smoky note.
Medium body, low to medium carbonation. Long finish and well balanced.
Good stuff, been a minute since I brought any BR home. Would like to see a very visible date of some kind. And no floaters.

Jul 08, 2018
4 by mwvman from Indiana on May 21, 2018
4.22 by mmmbeer89 from New Mexico on Feb 08, 2018
4 by TheIPAHunter from Pennsylvania on Jan 30, 2018
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3.53/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by Huhzubendah from District of Columbia

Draft at Foster’s Grille in Waldorf, MD.

Nov 02, 2017
4.25 by steverx8 from England on Oct 27, 2017
4 by akk14 from Illinois on Oct 12, 2017
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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by Beerucee from Texas

Mostly ipa. On golden gate.

Jul 02, 2017
4.06 by dt_gbpackersfan from Missouri on Jun 05, 2017
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Red Rocket Ale from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
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