Red Rocket Ale | Bear Republic Brewing Co.

1,178 Reviews
Red Rocket AleRed Rocket Ale

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

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

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Photo of dtumminelliob
4.19/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is a pretty great red ale. The pour is a beautiful red-brown, though it could afford a little more head/lacing. The smell is malty-hoppy. The taste and feel are smooth with the deep malty backbone, but the hops mask any sweetness. The hop profile is more piney than bitter. Overall, really well balanced red ale.

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Photo of JJKBeerLvr
3.97/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16oz bottle into pint glass in February 2016. No date on the bottle.

Appearance: Dark amber with light tan head. Beer color is clear, and a little cloudy. Head and lacing are thick. It leaves a thick film on the glass long after the head disappeared.

Smell: Aroma dominated by hops, and citrus. There is some pine aroma as well, but it is dominated by the citrus.

Taste: The taste is also dominated by the bite from the hops. There is also citrus fruit flavors, and a little sweetness from the malts. The aftertaste has with a bite from the hops, but it is very balanced.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium alcohol, which confirms the 6.8% on the bottle.

This is a very smooth medium-bodied ale. Good drinking, and reminds me of a good IPA or APA, but smoother and with less pronounced hops that many IPAs. I will buy this again.

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Photo of marieli
3.81/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 12oz bottle. Looks great, deep amber. Smell the hops--I'm not the biggest fan. Taste is good, and pretty well balanced, but for my taste hops could still step back a little. Decent bitterness. Good mouthfeel.

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Photo of Bosazga
3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sorry I'm just gettin back into this reviewing thing...

L- My favorite color of beer - like weak coffee or really good cream soda

S- Cedar, asphalt, or tannins in general - it smells way maltier than it tastes, but none of it hurts the experience

T- Not what I expected in a red ale (which is what the name implies)... Red's are tough to define, but they are one of those beers I go to if I'm just not sure of the other selections... It's surprisingly bitter, I taste tobacco, maybe some cloves..., but i'm ok with it for a short-term engagement

F- It's been 2-3 minutes since my last sip, but I still feel carbonation on my tongue - definitely bordering on bitter, but not offensive in any way... definitely a re-visit that will neutralize anything I've had that evening...

This is an interesting brew.. I'd say it's a great transition to the next selection (which I now get to enjoy), but not one I'd look forward to....

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Photo of Andrewharemza
3.8/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From Bottle. Pours a dark cloudy amber with off-white head. Aroma is caramel, vanilla, fruity malts. Taste big hops there, citrus, grapefruit and with a caramel malt. Very nice.

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Photo of StevenMilligan
4.38/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

L: Deep dark, hazy red/brown. Half an inch head that fades; yet there remained a weird dab of red, almost like like food coloring or a paint splat. Weird! It must be yeast.

S: HOPS! Then sweet caramel notes are left dancing with some cherry. A little bit of plum. Very sweet smelling after the initial smell of citrusy hops.

T: Raisin bran, dark pitted plum. More caramel malt here. The specialty malts really shine. Some hop bitterness in the finish to balance that fruit in the foreground. Very complex, yet balanced. A touch of spicy hops in the finish as well.

F: Pretty thick for a red, but with a taste that like it's ok. It's easy to tell this beer is jam-packed with flavor and a lighter mouthfeel would just not be feasible.

O: I am weird. I am usually put off by unfiltered beers full of swimming dregs. But, you cannot deny the complexity and balance of this brew. You get that everything but the kitchen sink flavor (bastardized), but they all align well together. It's hoppy, it's sweet, it's somewhat refreshing and it works! A nice surprise, I had saved this for last thinking I would not enjoy it.

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Photo of 81tillinfinity
4.23/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bastardizied Scottish ale is what it says on bottle and they're right, but it a good way. Citrus on the nose lending more toward an ipa. Taste is a bitter hop punch on initial sip with a sweet malty finish. Missing the sweeter more malt forward mouthfeel of a Scottish ale richness replaced by a dry finish. Typical grapefruit ipa flavor shines through. Something for the hop heads to drink when you need a change.

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Photo of thepenguin
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed 5/21/12

L: The deepest, darkest possible red. Hazy.

S: Very nice tropical, floral, citrusy hops upfront. Some crystal malts behind it. Smells very fresh.

T: Delicious, complex hop blast upfront. It’s citrusy and tropical off the bat and while the specialty malts shine through a bit, it’s a fairly dry beer with a dry bitter finish.

F: Full bodied and luscious. Slightly less than medium carbonation—perfect. Some heat in the post-sip.

Overall: This beer is truly a delight when you can find it fresh, which in my state is tragically seldom.

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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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Photo of Wiffler27
4.47/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

pours a dark brown amber, red/brown with a thick cream colored head.

smells like roasted malt, almost stout-ly.

the taste of this unique. definitely a red ale and not an amber ale.

it has a light beer taste, in a good way! it's a light and airy beer, not a thick syrupy mess. i think of amber ales, Troegs Hopback is one of my favorites, as more heavy and full bodied. this red ale is lighter and it's nice. has a nice hop bite as well.

a unique kind of beer, a bastardized red ale as they say! good full taste but is still light enough to drink a few of these.

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

Pours a dark Garnett red, minimal head. Smells of fruity hops, sweet malts. Taste is sweet malts balanced by fruity and herbal hops, pretty yummy. Goes down smooth with a little residual bitterness.

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Photo of puck1225
4.19/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a beautiful dark brownish red with a creamy head which leaves nice lacing. A great carmel, malty taste. Slightly sweet and dark fruits. Almost reminds you of cherry pop! Maybe not something for everyday, but a great beer that I will certainly drink again.

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Photo of LisaMessy
4.45/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

One of the best reds I've ever had. Berry aroma with maltiness up front. Caramel burnt taste. Smooth and complex. Wonderful red. Not too heavy. Can have a few at a sitting. More bitter than some reds for sure.

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Photo of Barracudas
4.75/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A great beer! On tap at the brewpub. A very well done beer with complex flavor and nice aroma. Will seek this one out if available at the bottle shop. Highly recommended!

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

A-Kept it in the bottle so I cannot comment
S-I get a nice hop aroma with a toasted and roasted note as well
M-Medium body of this beer feels rich, and the carbonation cuts right through that
T-Nice roasted notes from the red and a hop balance with sweetness
O-A very nice red ale

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Photo of Phillip13
4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A very good red ale from Bear Republic. Has a rich and smooth carmel flavor almost coffee like with a wonderful hoppy and slightly bitter aftertaste. As good as any Scottish style beer on the market right now.

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Photo of MUTINY
3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle into a mason jar-style glass,

A: pours a clear deep amber with 2/3" tan head that sits down immediately. Retention & lacing are both stellar.

S: Sweetish crackery malt tones dominate the nose. Hints of pitted fruit. Slightly roasty.

T: Subtle but enjoyable off-sweet malt character leads in. Mid palate is pleasantly bitter with undertones of candied fruit & brown sugar. Finish is more purely bitter with almost a clove note. Quite nice.

M: Moderate carb, slightly creamy & surprisingly dry & crisp.

O: Impressive hoppy red.

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Photo of zac16125
3.85/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into a mug
no bottling dates

A: Pours a very hazy, essentially opaque, dark brownish amber with just under 2 fingers width of tan colored head. Head has very good retention and leaves lots of lacing. 4.25

S: Very malty, lots of sweetness, caramel, some herbaceous notes. Hops are very subtle with only faint floral and pine notes. 3.5

T: Hop characters are strongly in the taste than on the aroma, which gives it more balance, and consists mostly of piney bitterness and some floral notes. Lots of malt to balance, but not as sweet as the aroma implied. Some boozy notes as well which are surprising given the relatively low ABV, but I think add to the overall palate profile nicely. 4

M/D: Medium body, carbonation on the lower end a bit undercharged IMO but acceptable, as I said above a bit boozy for the ABV, but drinkability is good. 3.5

O: Nothing spectacular but a well above average beer. Worth checking out for sure, but likely not something I would do to frequently. 4

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Photo of JOldewurtel
4.54/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Another great offering from Bear Republic. Living in MD, I don't have the opportunity to have Bear Republic on a regular basis. Nugget Nectar is probably the only Amber/Red I've had that is better than this.

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Photo of Sludgeman
3.87/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a shaker pint at the La Guardia Biergarten

A – Dark Amber reddish brown, nice off white head, average lacing
S -
T – Malty, caramel, slightly sweet
MF – Med body, medium dry but a little residual sweetness
O – A very nice beer

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Photo of Gajo74
4.17/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a red brown color. Toasted malts in the aroma and taste. A bold hops taste and finish balances it out and gives it more of a punch as compared to other Amber ales. A bitter hops finish leaves an aftertaste. A solid brew overall that I enjoyed.

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Photo of SFNC
4.24/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a nice, deep amber with a 1/2 inch butter cream head. Nice lacing throughout.

Smells of both caramel and spicy hops. Sweet, but not cloying.

The taste is rich malt, sweet caramel, then a jolt of piney hops, A lingering fruity, but not citrusy/caramel taste on the back end.

Thick and chewy with a minimal sense of carbonation.

A winner, this brings forth the good charecteristics of both an IPA and a Scotch Ale. A pleasant drink on a rainy Spring evening. Yet another strong ale from the Bear Republic folks.

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Photo of leaddog
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - Pours a garnet red with three fingers of foamy beige head.

Smell - citrus and leafy hops, bready caramalts, orange, hint of tropical fruits.

Taste - Starts off with a nice punch from the hops and malts followed by the orange and tropical fruits. The flavours are nicely balanced.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Finishes with a pleasant lingering bitterness from the hops.

Overall - A spot on red. Nice balance from the hops and malts. Worth a go if you stumble across this one.

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Photo of drdiesel9483
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look - cloudy auburn color with a good head and lacing
Smell - sweet malty smell with some piney hops.
Taste - very similar to the smell with a toasted biscuit taste. Good amount of bitterness with slight sweetness.
Feel - sharp smooth with medium light carb
Overall - fantastic mix between a Scotch and a red

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Photo of Lemke10
3.69/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This pours a dark amber color with a foamy beige head. The aroma is sweet and malty. The flavor is complex with lots of bitterness to compliment the malty aroma. Bold, flavorful, and interesting.

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Red Rocket Ale from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
4.06 out of 5 based on 2,600 ratings.
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