Red Rocket Ale | Bear Republic Brewing Co.

Red Rocket AleRed Rocket Ale
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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: 2,606 |  Reviews: 1,178
Photo of BrownNut
3.85/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - 4.0 - Clear dark amber close to ruby. Cream colored head, partly creamy, partly bigger bubbles, settles down toa film after a few minutes.

S - 4.0 - "Aggressively hoppy," as advertised. Piney hops transition to sweet orange to edge out a subdued sweet bready malt. Reminds me of a DIPA on the nose.

T - 3.75 - Having a hard time pinning down what I'm tasting. I get something almost herbal. There's almost a hollowness here due to the dryness, a hole, though it's interesting. Moderate bitter piney hops on the exhale.

M - 4.0 - For a second it wants to be medium, but it quickly goes powder dry, which makes it come across thinner. It's a neat effect.

O - 3.75 - Not a fan of reds/ambers in general but this takes it in a direction with some identity. It's an interesting beer if only because I can't quite figure it out. But mystery is nice.

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of Philousa
3.21/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear light brown/dark red with a creamy, dense head one finger thick. Great head retention, equally great lacing, leaving layers like rings on a tree. Semi sweet chocolate and toasted rye dominate the nose. Wheat bread is in there with some earthy hops. Semi sweet chocolate and toasted pumpernickel start the taste. Some sweetness come out and is broken by a grassy, dirt/copper bitterness. Balanced feel and finish.

This doesn't fit guidelines well, as it's a roasty but sweet beer. The former makes it an Amber, the latter a Scottish. I'm not much of a Scotch Ale guy, so I like the experiment but ultimately that's what it is. I feel the same way about this beer as a cool concept car: fun to think about and try, but impractical for real life use.

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4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

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5/5  rDev +23.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

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

22oz bomber to pint glass
Notes taken from 09/16/12

A: Red Rocket pours a deep amber color with some dark brown hues. Surprisingly nice clarity to it. Thick taupe head is practically static leaving splashes of squiggly lace down the glass.

S: Big pine and caramel malt aromas exert themselves. Bright with orange and citrus. Has an overall nutty caramel malt character with a bit of raisin and tart berry yeast esters.

T: Flavors express a deep caramel roasted malt base with a unique biscuit character and some complimenting nutty chocolates. Juiced with a classic combo of pine and citrus fruits this brew has a somewhat higher level of bitterness. There is a bit of raisin sweetness and some subtle alcohol notes . Finish brings forth hints of earthy mace-like spice. Overall a really nice balance that is rich with carmalized malts and bittered proper.

M: This beer is rather light in body despite the abundance of chewy caramel malts making it much more approachable. Medium body overall with a nice creamy consistency and bit of drying finish. There is a nice flourish of hoppy resins that wax the palate after.

D: One of the better American Amber’s available and always a quaffable favorite. Has a flavor profile not unlike SN Bigfoot only without the big ABV’s. Caramel malt with a nice bitter hop charge and rather clean yeast profile.

Red Rocket from a dog = bad.
Red Rocket from the Bear = good.

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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of kylehay2004
4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
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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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of weaselchew
4.11/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle, no date.

Appearance - dark coppery red, quite clear. A finger thick foamy tan head with decent retention and tons of lacing.

Smell - not overly dominant, but had a piney hop character with some caramel/toffee malt notes coming through as well.

Taste/Mouthfeel - Malt comes right in, caramel - even raisin/molasses like. The hops come into play with a mainly pine/earthy bitterness, just a hint of a citrus note. Alcohol is somewhat warming, but not overly so. Fairly carbonated but very smooth, even creamy body.

Overall - Definitely a good choice for a red ale. Plenty of flavor, well balanced and smooth to boot.

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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

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3.9/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a translucent deep ruby red color with a larger khaki head with good retention that leaves nice lacing.

Aromas begin with big blood orange, piney and grapefruit hops that are quite powerful and dominant with some underlying roasted and sweet caramel maltiness.

The taste begin and are entirely dominated by big grapefruit and piney hops. Only after the first couple sips can you detect the good toasted bready and caramel malt backbone.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation. Finish is initially slightly sweet but becomes increasingly resinous and bitter, maybe overly so in the end.

Overall this beer was a little over-the-top for my tastes. If you like big, overly bitter, caustic grapefruit hop forward beers from the west coast then this is probably going to be for you. If you like a more balanced offering as I do, look elsewhere.

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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

Red Rocket Ale from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 85.1% out of 100 with 2,606 ratings
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