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Red Rocket Ale | Bear Republic Brewing Co.

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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

Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-05-2001

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Ratings: 2,610 |  Reviews: 1,178
Photo of rfgetz
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of sgregory
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Nunya
3.92/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of haines710
4.19/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

After having enjoyed a few of Bear Republic's IPAs, I was excited to see this beer show up at my local grocery. Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Very dark brownish coloring. A thin head but heavy lacing as I enjoy this very drinkable beer. The smell is faint citrus and you get that same on the initial taste but then it is replaced with a heavy brown sugar and caramel flavor. This is not an IPA. It is heavier and definitely has more of a Scottish ale feel and taste. This is a quality beer.

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Photo of doktorhops
3.85/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sorry Bear Republic I’ve got to get this out, this is some weird catharsis for me: “And the red rocket ale, the beers bursting in kegs, gave proof through the night that our stein was still there; O say does that half barrel still provide more ale, O the land of the cream [ale] and the home of the IPAaaaa!” Play ball. So yeah, now that that is out of the way, lately I’ve been reviewing Red Ale/IPAs (they’re pretty indivisible styles so I lump them into 1) and I noticed that one of the biggest of US Red Ales recently popped into my local, so here we are: Bear Republic Red Rocket Ale. It’s about time I got my grubby [actually I just cleaned them] hands on this essential Red Ale... bottoms up?!

Poured from a 355ml bottle into a nonic pint.

A: Deep brown/amber body (think Mahogany - like my leather bound books) with a disappointing thin tan sea foam head. The body is a suitably impressive colour, but that weak sea foam head is doing it no favours. 7/10.

S: Brown sugar, dark fruits, molasses forward on the nose - yes this has travelled far to reach me, not expecting a Pulitzer prize list of hops here but something would be good. Hints of caramel as well... Something floral/lightly citrus in there as well, Mr. Hops I presume? 7/10.

T: Malty: burnt caramel/molasses/brown sugar... you get the picture. Behind all that malt there is a light floral/earthy/citric hop character that helps even everything out. Aftertaste has a bit of astringency and a medium bitterness. If you think of it as a straight Scottish Red Ale with an American spin (i.e. the hops) as stated on the label then it definitely fits the brief - though the hops are lacking from some of the Australian Red Ales I’ve tried recently. Still pretty damn tasty though. 8/10.

M: Mid to heavy bodied with a thin but burpy, err, dense carbonation. 8/10.

D: Overall nice but not as exciting as at least 3 Aussie Red Ales I can think of off the top of my head. That said this was one of the first American Red Ales out there and a trailblazer in that class, so credit where credit is due... in this case: here and now. Will I ever drink it again having access to some great Red Ales here in Oz? Well, no, probably not, unless I was staying in California and could get this fresh on tap. I guess that’s the problem with trailblazer beers like this - they blaze the trail but then they’re stuck and can’t change (lest they piss off a great many of their fans - like the singer who has to keep singing the same song over and over). 8/10.

Food match: Beefy and stewy and BBQy is the meal ticket here.

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Photo of cliff1066
4.16/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of sjdevel
4.19/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look: 4.25
Deep dark reddish brown/copper color. Decent head – 2-3 fingers. Nice retention and interesting lacing and suds left over after it recedes.

Smell: 4
Not very aromatic. Smells a bit tart and a slight hint of vinegar. Some malt and caramel come through. Hops are very apparent… a little bit of citrus and pine.

Taste: 4.25
It’s a huge battle between bittering hops and very sweet caramel malt. Some earthy and savory flavors show up for a brief visit. You can’t quite tell if this is a hoppy IPA-like beer or a rich and thick Scottish Ale.

Feel: 4.25
Medium to Full bodied. Heavier than I expected. Stays quite foamy throughout.

Overall: 4.25
This is a good Red Ale / Scottish Ale / IPA style beer. It is a bit confusing as to what direction it heads towards, but there seems to be a pretty decent balance between the rich Red Ale, the Dark Roasted Scottish Ale, and the extra hoppiness that is borderline IPA. I bought a 6 pack of this one (normally I don’t because I tend to buy mixed 6’s) and I will definitely drink them all. It is pretty interesting.

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Photo of lovindahops
3.9/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Gemini6
3.69/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Blackop555
3.96/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a red brown thick, medium head fading slowly to lacing

Smells of citrus hops and malts

Taste is pretty balanced light malts with citrus as it warms malt profile increases slightly. Finishes moderately bitter and lingers for a while. Medium to thick body good carbonation

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Photo of dbauer
4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of lwcreasy
4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Reddish-brown and opaque with a light tan, creamy head. An inch of the stuff, and it hangs around beautifully, for the whole trip. Some suspended yeast. Great lacing.

Sweet, delicious toffee malt character with pungent, spicy, and slightly citrus-hinting hops. Mostly the light citrus notes recall lemon. Rich toffee, caramel, and ladyfingers. These malt aromas get bigger and more beautiful as we're sipping down. A little fruity ester character and perhaps some butterscotch as the beer gets warm.

Deep toffee impression, with toasty malt character on the back half of each sip. Mostly herbal hops throughout, with a little bit of lemon zest when the brew is still sprite. Some other interesting character starts to appear when the beer hits that optimum temp- apple, tobacco, and raisin. All these flavors and the persistent herbs mix well with the medium + bitterness. Compellingly, the sip see-saws from a fairly sweet start to a nice, refreshing bitter-leaning finish.

Medium body, but rich. Nice and creamy. Dry finish accentuates a nice bitterness.

Really a fantastic beer! Will have to make this a regular in the mini. One of the best Ambers I've had.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.66/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Somewhere between a scotch ale and a red ale comes this pour, its a dark brown I would say but without the viscous stout like appearance. Caramel, rye? and hops in the nose.

Taste is like a meld of styles from US and UK, you get the peat and earthiness with some tobacco notes, but there is plenty of c hops and bitterness like grapefruit. Full bodied.

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Photo of sd123
3.92/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of jeffthepony
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jmaskell33
4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Momon
3.99/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Tavo2311
3/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Marvicsin
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of skrabbenhoft
4.27/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TheBrosy
4.45/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass from a 12oz bottle.

Appearance: Pours a deep amber red with a slight tan head. Great head retention. Somewhat hazy

Smell: Big sweet caramel aroma with nice piney hop aroma.

Taste: Outstanding. Nice malt profile of caramel and some chocolate comes through as well. Hop bitterness is pleasant at the beginning of the mouthful.

Mouthfeel: Lightly carbonated with a nice slick mouth feel.

One of the best American Ambers I've had. Really out standing beer. The taste profile is quite broad and the aroma is great as well.

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Photo of smithj4
4.06/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of nininik12
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SonictheBeerhog
4.29/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of AdmiralOzone
3.11/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Red Rocket Ale from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.05 out of 5 with 2,610 ratings
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