Red Rocket Ale | Bear Republic Brewing Co.

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Red Rocket AleRed Rocket Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Bear Republic Brewing Co.
California, United States
bearrepublic.com

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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

Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-05-2001

BEER STATS
Ratings:
2,606
Reviews:
1,178
Avg:
4.06
pDev:
10.84%
 
 
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179
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Photo of Sammy
4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hoppy amber. Lots of hops, both bitter and aggressive and dry aftertaste and great with meat dinner. Full bodied. Reminds me of a Samuel Smith. Tan head, sprucy hops, toasted taste, some malt. Even a hint of smoke. Alcohol masked in above taste.
Unusual and required drinking!

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Photo of Texasfan549
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of kylehay2004
4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Half finger head on a clear amber body with some lacing. Aroma is very hoppy with grapefruit and orange peel. The flavor has a great caramel malt backbone with citrus light pine and earthy hops. Medium body and moderate carbonation. This one is very flavorful and even more drinkable. Excited to see these beers in Florida.

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Photo of jaydoc
4.34/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of GRG1313
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.59/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy amber with a 1 inch khaki head that settles to a film on the top of the beer. Random patches of lace form around the glass on the drink down. There is a good amount of sediment seen floating in the beer after the pour. Smell is of malt, caramel, and some herbal hop aromas. Taste is of caramel malt and herbal hops on the finish. There is a pretty assertive and almost medicinal bitterness that sticks around after each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but nothing special in my opinion.

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Photo of spycow
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.86/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

i cant believe its taken me so long to review this one. its one of the more common bear republic beers, its been around forever, and i have enjoyed it on numerous occasions. nice to have a bottle again today, this really is a classic. its somewhat of a scotch ale meets an american amber, with a real interesting and deep grain bill, and plenty of hops coming through it too, way ahead of its time when it came out. my bottle today was pretty yeasty, lots of floaties that i dont remember being there in the past, maybe it was old or something, but it didnt hurt my enjoyment of the beer one bit. smells malty in an earthy way rather than sweet, and it has notes of raisin and dried apples to it, kind of cool in the fall. the hops are much less detectable in the nose than in the flavor, where they are pretty darn bold. a good mix of strains, lots of bitterness to balance the grain weight, but also some oily west coast flavors. complex and layered, i know these guys get a lot of love, but this is one more of those beers that just belongs in that spectrum of illustrative american craft beers. this cuts its own path, and i was happy to walk it again today. love this stuff.

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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of Knapp85
3.7/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This brew poured out as a nice looking clear red color with a white fizzy head on top. The lacing doesn't stick too much but it holds a decent retention. The smell of the beer is hoppy, there is a sweet malt backbone to the beer also. The taste of the beer is much like the nose, it's hoppy and sweet all at the same time. The mouthfeel gives off some bitterness and a dry feeling after the swallow. Overall this brew is pretty good, I would drink it again if I was in the mood.

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of nmann08
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of oriolesfan4
4.4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

One of my favorite styles and one of the highest rated ones in the country at that... had to get it in MA while there for job training.

Pours a a nice deep copper, red color. Thin tannish head to it, nice light, but prevalent, lacing on the glass. Aroma is very hop filled, oh joy. Taste is amazing... a nice chewiness to it and great mouthfeel. Very drinkable, especially for the pretty high ABV. A nice citrus taste to the hops as well, along with some caramel malts. Ranks right up there with Ithaca's Cascazilla and Troegs Hopback Amber Ale... not sure if it's better than those two but it's close.

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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of metter98
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is slightly hazy deep red in color and has a moderate amount of carbonation. It poured with a finger high beige head that has good retention properties and never completely faded away.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of citrus hops in the nose.
T: The taste has a good balance between flavors of citrus hops and caramel malts. It is accompanied by a light to moderate amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and somewhat smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is very easy to drink and goes down smoothly; I would consider it to be sessionable except that its alcohol content is a bit too high.

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4.28/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

One of the few Amber Ales done right. The approach is that of a serious IPA, but with the malt profile found in Irish Reds. It turns out beautiful. A dark mohogany look with a shy, creamy, tan head formation, retention, and lacing. Aromas are a blend of sorgum / barley with a sharp blend of pine, citrus, and herbs. Very clean from the apprearance, through the flavors and aromas, and on into the textures. Bready as if done via decoction mash, but softly sweetened by barley, syrups, and candied fruits. Equally soft in the texture. Though not a Cask Ale, the beer exhibits the constant soft carbonation and creamy mouthfeel better than most from the bottle. A light mint joins the frey in the finish, along with a long, lingering pine / confectionate blend. Very nice Amber Pale, even if a little bite-ey in the end.

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Photo of biboergosum
4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a clear, dark reddish amber hue, with two fingers of creamy, rocky beige head, which leaves a broken, sloppy covering of lace around the glass in its wake. Its smells of caramel/toffee malt, a bit of nougat, and leafy, citrusy hops. The taste upfront is juicy, citrus, earthy hops, followed by the base toffee malt, and then some strong herbal hops, and mild booziness. The carbonation is moderate, the body full, smooth, and creamy. It finishes off-dry, but drying by the second, the considerable malt still capitulating a fair bit to the substantial herbal citrus hoppiness.

A (fat) bastardized amber ale, with a hop tumour that got a wee bit out of control. For a self-styled hophead such as yours truly, this is not a bad thing. Good, good stuff.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.16/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

6.8% ABV. Expectations are extremely high; the more I try from this brewery the more impressed I get with it. 12 fl oz brown glass bottle with interesting fun label art and a branded silver pressure/pry-off cap acquired at a local SoCal beer store and served into an Oskar Blues pilsner glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Bottled 01/18/13; 6 months of age on this one, but it's been refrigerated constantly and it's a "bastardized Scottish style red ale." Reviewed as such (not as an American amber as currently listed). I trust the brewery over whatever clod added the beer.

*Note: I emailed Bear Republic on the day of this review and received a response on 06.18.13. According to Clay: "Red Rocket has a shelf life of 6 months. If refrigerated you should get up to 9 months, but I have tasted darn good bottles past that." So there you have it.

http://bearrepublic.com/beer/red-rocket-ale/#.UbvW8OcXLK0

Served cold, straight from the fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a 1.5 finger khaki colour head. Decent cream and nice thickness. Lovely frothiness; quite attractive in that sense. Seems to have no cling on the outer edges; lacing is nonexistent here and the head thins towards the edges. Retention is well above average; about 4 minutes I'd say. Maybe a bit longer. No "legs" on this one.

Body colour is a rather dark amber. Definitely appears unfiltered, but it isn't quite hazy. Certainly nontransparent, though. Some glowing semitranslucence. Floating yeast particles are plainly visible, varying in size. She definitely looks alive. Understated and somewhat rich, but I wouldn't call it vibrant.

No bubble show.

Overall, it's looking pretty good for the style it identifies as. I'm intrigued, but not quite impressed. Certainly has the character of a Scottish ale.

Sm: Lovely toffee notes with accompanying grainy malts. Distinct malty sweetness outs it as a Scottish ale - albeit with a higher hop content than most examples of the style. The label describes it as "aggressive hop character"; I'd agree with that sentiment based on the aroma. Caramelized malt is evident. Mild intensity floral and herbal hops. Malty character is the focus here, quite typical of a Scottish ale. Some bready malts; maybe some biscuit malt. I dig the malt profile here and the hops seem well married to the malts. Not detecting any yeast or alcohol. Solid for the style. Mild in strength. Appealing.

T: Scottish influenced malty sweetness provides the full grainy and bready body, with toffee lending some added character. It does clash somewhat with the perhaps overzealous floral, herbal, and lightly piney hop character. I don't know that the hop choices here were ideal, but then this bottle is a biteen old (though I do want to emphasize that a Scottish ale - at least a traditional one - should last 6 months without issue). But make no mistake, this is not a traditional Scottish ale, though I'm sure it'd make a fine one without the unique hop addition. Caramelized, but not as much so as traditional examples of the style. A biteen of cream comes through.

Not getting any yeast character or alcohol from the taste. I want far more toasted malt than it delivers; I think its emphasis on the hops is misplaced and far from ideal. It's an interesting experiment with the style, but I don't know that it's better for it.

Problematic balance, but interesting complexity. Not much subtlety, unfortunately. Overall I do like it, but I did expect more from Bear Republic. Flavour intensity is average; flavour duration is typical.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Wouldn't call it oily. Good full body. Nice presence on the palate. A bit creamy. Somewhat soft. Perhaps a bit too thick for the lack of flavour depth. Quite filling, a characteristic amplified by the bready notes. Suits the flavour profile generally well, but doesn't feel custom-tailored to it. Facilitates delivery of the flavours pretty well.

Dr: I plan on revisiting this one as fresh as possible; I have a feeling I'm not getting the best experience of it in spite of the core style. Perhaps the aggressive hopping is more naturally integrated and carefully balanced when the beer is a bit newer. It seems like it could be a solid brew from Bear Republic, but based on this experience I can't quite make that claim. Has some interesting elements and it's certainly drinkable. The alcohol does poke through a bit as it warms, especially on the finish. I'll plan to get another and report back if results are different. As it stands, it's a decent effort but ultimately there are far better offerings in the style at around the same price range.

C+

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Photo of brentk56
4.11/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours with a stout-like latte head on top of a dark amber colored liquid; great retention and lacing

Smell: Piney hops and caramel malt

Taste: Opens with a rich caramel malt backbone that is joined by bitter piney hops at mid-palate; after the swallow, the malt returns to more than balance out the hoppy flavors; nevertheless, there are plenty of hops in this beer

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied and creamy; moderate carbonation

Drinkability: I held off tasting this beer as I never get very excited by Ambers; in this case, I was mistaken

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Photo of oline73
3.84/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a standard glass.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy reddish amber with a layer of off white head. The head fades to a ring around the edge of the glass.

Smell: Sweet malt backbone. Mild brown sugar and perhaps some dark fruit. Bready with some citrus peel hops.

Taste: Citrus peel hops with some rye like spice. There is a good amount of malt to balance out the hops. The finish is quite dry.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with tingly carbonation and a finish that is a bit chalky.

Overall: This is a solid hoppy amber. Good balance and a nice hop profile.

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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.53/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of Hogtownharry: Poured a dark brown color ale with a big dirty brown color head wit good retention. Aroma of big citrusy hops is quite powerful and dominant with some roasted sweet caramel malt also noticeable. Taste is almost entirely dominated by big citrus hops with a good caramel malt backbone. Body is about average and carbonation is slightly above average. If you like big citrus flavour beer from the west coast then this is probably going got be for you.

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Photo of zeff80
4.42/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a burgundy color with golden highlights. It had a very foamy, tan, two finger head that left some narrow rings of lace.

S - It smelled very floral and grassy with a good roasted malt aroma.

T - It tasted very hoppy and spicy. There was a great roasted malt/burnt toast flavor to compliment the hops.

M - It was very crisp and sharp. A medium-bodied beer.

D - This is great; one of the hoppiest amber ales that I've ever had.

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Photo of dmorgan310
4/5  rDev -1.5%

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Red Rocket Ale from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
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