Rocco Red Ale
Bootlegger's Brewery

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American Amber / Red Ale
Ranked #221
Ranked #29,291
3.76 | pDev: 12.5%
Bootlegger's Brewery
California, United States
Reviews: 13 | Ratings: 80
Photo of JakeDoesAmerica
4.22/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

I almost always love reds, so no surprise that I like this one.

However, the first time I tried it, it was in a glass from the tap. It seemed better to me than this time, drinking it from a bottle. Probably because the flavors got stirred up before and the fact that I had fries.. Definitely recommend with fries!

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Photo of stortore
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 ounce bottle into a tulip snifter. Bottled maybe 7/2016, had 6/11/17.

Pours a cloudy reddish orange, with a three inch creamy, lasting head and lots of foamy lacing. Aromas of some citrus and herbal hops, yeast, toffee, a little wheaty. The taste is malt, resiny hops, caramel, grapefruit, a little bready. Fair amount of hop bitterness up front. Smooth, a bit dry, a decent medium body, well carbonated on the high side.

Surprisingly fresh, if it’s as old as I think. Nothing unique. But a good amber/red and enjoyable.

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Photo of IvoryFoxhole
3.92/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Date suggests 12 oz bottle is late July 2016. Oh boy. Poured into Teku glass.

L: Shockingly, beer is mostly clear red/amber. 2F head, good retention, nice lacing and ring.

S: Roasty malts, some citrus still hanging about, some yeast. Earthy. Not bad for age.

T: Best I can say is it tastes like a nice crisp autumn day. Malts are a bit forward, pretty earthy. Solid, but unspectacular. A little bit of ABV heat at the end.

F: Light bodied, medium carbonation. Balance is OK, construction is close. It's not a crusher with the higher ABV. Probably would be best if that was a few notches down.

O: Decent, if a little boozy red ale.

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Photo of M_C_Hampton
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: poured from a 22 oz bottle into an imperial pint glass, red copper colored with a short yellow white head that lingers leaving some lacing, clear

S: light C hops, grapefruit, grain

T: grapefruit peel, caramel malt sweetness, pine, nice balance between hop bitterness and malt sweetness

M: medium body, medium carbonation, leaves a hoppy film aftertaste

O: ok representation of the style, not much complexity but good balance of flavors

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Photo of jdaddy
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

On draft at Bootleggers. It may be homerism coming into play however overall Nugget Nectar seems to be on a different level when compared to Rocco Red. Simply found no "wow" here. Absolutely nothing wrong with this very nice beer however it just didn't cause me to pause and wonder how this happened.

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Photo of pkalix
4.16/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

7.1%, according to the website...
dark(er) color than expected for the smell i was getting.... thin foam....
smell is hop-py, for certain, with the amber color.
taste is light hops, some malt in the mix, some bitterness but easy to drink.
overall, decent, semi-sessionable.... nothing overly impressive....

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Photo of Murrhey
2.82/5  rDev -25%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Poured on-tap in a pint glass at the pint house in Fullerton, CA.

A- Half a finger white head. Medium retention. Deep orange-brown color and some watery lacing.

S- Darker malts. Medium bodied hops.

T- Bitter hops and dark malts. Finishes surprisingly watery and bitter.

M- Unfortunately watery and kind of unappealing.

O- Suffers from watery feel and flavor. Wouldn't do again.

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Photo of corby112
3.43/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Draft at the brewery.

Pours a hazy, golden apricot color with a half finger white head that immediately settles into a thin ring. Minimal spots of lace.

Earthy hop aroma with lots of malt sweetness. Hints of caramel, toffee, hazelnut and subtle fruit countered by floral, piney hops.

Medium bodied with a blast of dry, bitter hops that linger over the sweeter malt notes into a dry finish.  Much hoppier than the nose suggests with lots of dank pine needle flavor that's countered by caramel, toffee, nut and light fruit. Finishes dry. A bit thin but easy to drink and flavorful.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.91/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Tony's Darts Away in Burbank, CA.

Pours a clear amber color with a 1 inch beige head that settles to a film on the top of the beer. A very nice foamy lattice of lace forms on the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt and some herbal and citrus zest hops. Taste is of sweet malt and herbal and citrus zest hops. The aftertaste has some slight tropical fruit. A mild bitterness lingers on the palate after each sip. This beer has a crisp level of carbonation and a somewhat dry mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is easy drinking.

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Photo of Vanlingleipa
3.73/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

It's interesting how some beers are a work in progress. Rather than dropping them, the brewer sees some kind of potential and keeps working with the recipe until the beer matures into its full taste potential.

At first drink, Rocco Red didn't impress. Don't remember much about that first meeting, likely because I tend not to remember non-tasty beers. Scratch pad memory, y'know.

One day, a couple of Bootleggers employees sat around drinking after shift. Polite curiosity, I asked the name of the suds being consumed. When he replied 'Rocco Red,' I mentioned that RR didn't spark up my mouth the first time around. 'Ah,' the employee, 'this beer has evolved since then.'

It sure did. Strong smell and taste of hops now right up front, far stronger than I remembered, yet very smooth and drinkable. Then Rocco turned maltier, which complemented the faint, unidentifiable fruit essences. What was once a blah experience has turned into a tasty beer in my regular rotation at Bootleggers.

Low to medium head, middling carbonation, a dark cherry color poured into the glass.

Here's to Rocco making it into the bottle someday so I can enjoy this fine beverage at home.

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Photo of Cavery
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap with Klym @ the brewery when we picked up our Knuckle Sandwich! review from notes 7-18-11

poured into a bootleggers jar (?.. not a fan)

A: Iced citrus tea with everything but a lemon in it. Sugary small egg shell bubbles cover the top. The jar shows no lacing. The jars fault I think. Light toffee reds like you'd expect, transparent candy apples.

S: Persimmon orange cranberry tea. Super soft and light. A very light fruity floral hop that smells soaked in tea juice. This has a very candy gummy like sweetness. Grape-nuts sit quietly in the background.

T: A very interestingly balanced brew, featuring the integration of toffees and nougat. The middle is truly dripping with candy flavors. Floral hops point you in the direction of the maple sugar candy store. Malt sweetness throughout, but not painfully sweet either.

M: Medium light body with a very mellowed carbonation. Very blanket like textures that sooth rather than cause friction. There's no spike in the feeling at any point. This does a good job of paralleling the experience of the flavor.

O: Quite good. Clean flavor with a strong parade of hard and soft candies. The sweetness is in check, and allusions to all types of candies are solid. A malty treat with flavor to spare. I'd take this as a good early-session offering. You'd never believe hard candies to be so drinkable.

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Photo of Klym
3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had on-tap at the brewery... out of a jar (I get it matches their image but maybe a headless jar pour isn't the best way to appreciate a well-crafted beer.. up to them, though).

A: Pours a translucent brownish red with little head (more due to the pour than the beer I think) but some decent lacing anyway.

S: Definitely hops! Reminiscent of the knuckle sandwich to me with its equal concentration on juicy fruits. Tangerine and orange stick out to me with some banana.

T: Starts with a nice and dispersed hop hit which dies off, leaving a small period of taste-pause then the fruits of the nose and malt kick in. The taste dies out and reveals remnants of hop bitterness.

M: Some hop heat concentrates itself in the top of the mouth and there's a tingle to the after feel of this beer. Body is medium-light.

O: This was really a good red. I've found myself greatly enjoying hoppy reds and this is a delicious one to be sure. I wish the hop flavor gave me more notes (hops seemed a little bland), though, or that they upped the fruits in the middle and mid-late flavor. Anyway, definitely worth trying this if you stop by the brewery. Check it out!

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Photo of womencantsail
3.7/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Bootlegger's

This is the first batch of what will become a new production beer of theirs. They didn't have a catchy name for it yet, so at this point it's just "Red Ale".

A: The pour lives up to the expectations of the style. Amber in color with a finger of khaki colored head.

S: Starts off with a nice citrus hop note of grapefruit and tangerine. The hops quickly segue to the malt aromas of toast and bread. A mild toffee aroma and some red fruit flavors.

T: A similar story on the palate. Grapefruit and tangerine hops and just a subtle pine bitterness. Toasted bread, toffee, and a slight caramel sweetness. There are some red berry type flavors in there as well.

M: Medium in body and carbonation.

O: Looking to see what kind of tweaks that will be made to this beer as they continue to brew it.

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Rocco Red Ale from Bootlegger's Brewery
Beer rating: 84 out of 100 with 80 ratings