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 BilbosNuts
4.07/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a nice garnet color with some dark orange and reddish/amber hues. There is no head, just a small white ring that sits on the top. It is on the clear side as you can see a good amount of floating particles and some scattered rising bubbles.

S: It starts off with a blast of flowery and herbal perfume-like hops with a bit of a roasted and caramel malt character. Citrus notes also make their way through. This is quite nice.

T: The taste is similar to the aroma with some great additions. There is still the nice blend of piney and floral hops with the roasted caramel malts. Grapefruit-like citrus is also noticeable. It takes a turn from the aroma here with a big tea flavor which quite tasty.

M: It has a medium body and is kind of on the watery side. There is no carbonation and feels kind of flat. It is very smooth though and easy to drink.

O: This is a great tasting beer that has a nice aroma to accompany. These aspects, in my opinion, are the most important when it comes to a beer, but with some work on the appearance and mouthfeel, this could be a great one. I will definitely be revisiting this.

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Photo of Cinderbike
4.17/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Ruby/copper colored, minimal off-white head and average lacing.

S - Citrus, pine, and toffee. A hint of tobacco.

T - Hoppy, caramel, a touch of roastyness. Everything I'd want in a red ale.

M - A bit thin, but okay because it's very drinkable.

O - A great red ale. Probably the best commercial one I've had.

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Photo of jman892
4.04/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Deep dark ruby color, minimal head, and some sediment floaties.

S - Citrus hops right up front, with some caramel malts leading to an inviting nose

T - Follows the nose, the citrus hops are a bit more subdued, and more piney hops come forward. The maltiness softens the bitterness leaving to a nice well balanced taste

M - Smooth, with medium carbonation.

O - Very good amber ale. First I have had from this brewery and will be happy to try more

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Photo of ummswimmin
4.42/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I haven't had a Bear Republic beer before. They come with a great reputation, and this is one that they are known for.

I specifically used a tulip glass to maximize the aroma coming off of the beer. I smell mango and floral from the top. The coloring is a beautiful, deep ruby.

This beer tastes great as well. I get a lot of citrus in each drink.

This is an exceptional beer. I look forward to getting another bottle.

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Photo of mdvatab
4.17/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought from Belmont Party Supply on a trip to Dayton, OH w/ Barfwin a couple months back. Has been waiting in the "refer" for the perfect moment ever since.
(No bottle date)

Aroma: Pungent grapefruit hops. Nice, deep, brown sugar note. Hops and malt blend extremely well in this one.

Appearance: Deep reddish-amber body with a fair amount of clarity. My view through the beer is a bit obstructed, though, by the "floaties". I've seen these in other hoppier brews, though, and am not concerned in the least. Head is off-white, and one finger in thickness. Eventually settles to a patch of tapioca-sized bubbles on the surface. (thanks to the wife for cooking with tapioca tonight and providing the above reference point...)

Flavor: Sweet tea up front, transitions to carmelly malt, more tea leaves, and then a pine + grapefruit hop flavor. A strong, Bear Republic, bitterness quickly appears, and grips on nicely through the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-low carbonation and medium body. The hops are a little drying, but not to the point of affecting my enjoyment of the brew.

Overall: I really enjoy a standard Irish Red, but this is an excellent hopped-up American version. I will be looking for again, and recommend that you do the same!

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Photo of GeorgeIV
4.43/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bought one bottle as part of a pick your own variety 6-pack from total wine based on BA ratings.

Poured dark brown with a nice head which left ample lacing on the side of the glass.

Taste is extremely smooth with a hop bitterness that does linger. Citris is prevalent at first but fades as you drift-off from utter beer bliss! Next thing I know is my glass is emty with me wanting more!

Warning: You will want more than one!

Fantastic Beer!

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Photo of jayhawk73
4.32/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown w/ a nice off white head which quickly disappears. Great lacing on the side of my snifter. Smell is fantastic. Caramel malt, hops, pine are the main characters. Really amazing nose! Taste is the same profile as the nose, and excellent for the style. Feel is really smooth, with a hop bitterness that lingers into the aftertaste. Excellent balance between the two. Overall, this is a great beer for the style. Another winner from Bear Republic.

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Photo of KickInTheChalice
4.33/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: This is much darker than I would normally expect an amber to be. The color is a full crimson ruby color with amber edges, with a modest eggshell cap that relents to a collar.

Smell: The nose is full of caramel malt first, toasted grains second, and a blend of pine and citrus hops third.

Taste: The strong toasted grain and sweet caramel malt cannot prevent a strong bitterness from entering the flavor up front. Sweet and bitter work together, with the hop flavor becoming more noticeable toward the end. Lots of prickly pine, with some juicy citrus as support. This beer is strong on every front.

Mouthfeel: The body is definitely on the fuller side for the style, with the carbonation coming in on the lighter side of medium, but it all works. There is a stickiness from the malts and a light resin from the hops.

Overall: Everything I have had from Bear Republic has been well done. It would be difficult to find an amber that I would prefer over this one.

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Photo of ahq514
4.17/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz bottle into shaker pint glass.

Pours a dark amber color beer, almost brown. About a one finger tan colored head. Appears to have low/medium carbonation. Nice sticky lacing.

Has a beautiful nose. Hops edge out the malt as far as dominance goes by a little bit. Nice big citrus hops, with a tad bit of floral hops in the background. A nice sweeter malt aroma balances out the hops quite well.

Malt comes through a little bit better in the taste than what I would have guessed from the aroma. Malt actually dominates up until the end when the hops come in and give a nice, but lighter bitter citrus bite, with a little bit of dry pine hops. Malt is on the dry side too, roastier than I would have guessed.

Has a nice medium body, light/medium carbonation. Very drinkable beer.

This is a solid beer. This is my 4th beer from Bear Republic and it solidifies their awesomeness. Like I said before, great balance between malt and hops. I could see this as being a staple in my fridge when I want something both malty and hoppy. Great job Bear Republic.

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Photo of uawildcat
4.28/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into an english pub glass. A wee bit dark for a red ale in my opinion. Poured with a 2 finger cream colored head that lasted the whole way through. Pretty darn impressive.

Smell of the beer is heavy on the citrusy hops and a nice cereal malt sweetness.

Taste is very similar to the smell. It almost tastes like an IPA, but with a darker malts and a more complex sweetness. The citrusy hops balance it out nicely. The beer is quite heavy, I guess it is following its "Scottish ale" description here. It is so creamy and goes down nicely. Almost perfect drinker.

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Photo of crzyc
4.39/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle into goblet

a: not much head, gone quickly no lacing. dark cherry body

s: hops, cherry

t: smokey cherry chocolate, hops, bitter, sweet.

m: super smooth mouth feel, a bit dry finish

o: i have never had a amber this hood, well done!

thanks to nikki's for featuring bear rep this past month.

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Photo of ely2000k
4.09/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber bottle into a pint glass.

A- Not much head, is gone extremely quick, but color is a dark wood brown, with some dark reds mixed in. Looks inviting and heavy, with some floating sediment, due to it's unfiltered nature, and some lacing that sticks on the sides.

S- Smells of piney hops, mixed with an earthy smell, and a slight toffeish smell.

T- Starts with a nice hoppy bitterness, but finishes sweeter, and satisfying. The sweetness at the end had a vague vanilla taste.

M- Carbonation works great for the beer. The mouthfeel is slightly thinner then I expected, but the beer is very drinkable, and it works well with it.

O- Satisfying, great mix between an IPA style ale, and a red ale.

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Photo of johnpmitchell
3.31/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz bomber into a pint glass

Appearance is amber with a little haziness. Good foamy head. Sticks to the side of the glass a bit. Quarter inch head never went away. Nice looking beer.

Malty and hoppy aroma gives way to fruit-cherry and apple.

Tastes hoppy for a red ale. Sticky mouthfeel results in a bit of aftertaste, but not a bad one.

Overall a nice beer, although I thought I liked it more the past few times I've tried it.

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

A - Pours a mostly clear deep red with one finger of off-white head. Head fades pretty quickly, but does leaves some lacing.

S - Pretty big aroma, with nice caramel malt and pine hops being represented equally.

T - Starts off with nice pine hops, with the sweet caramel malt becoming more apparent halfway through. Finishes with a subtle lingering bitterness. Very nice.

M - Medium mouthfeel with some resiny hops and a bit of creaminess as well.

O - I do tend to like hoppy ambers much more than traditional versions of the style, and this is no exception. Another quality beer from Bear Republic.

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Photo of blknikon
3.48/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Got it on a whim and throughly satisfied.

Appearance - A darker ruby color with a smaller head (less than a finger) and evidence of possible floaties.

Smell - Very sweet almost of berries or some other fruit. Also faint notes of a sweet tea-like smell which could very well be just me.

Taste - A sweeter introduction than I've come to expect with the style but closely followed by a fairly apparent and lingering hoppy flavor. If the taste had remained sweet I might have hated this beer but the transition makes it very drinkable in my opinion.

Mouthfeel - A lighter body with a smooth and sweet character. Much lighter on the carbonation.

Overall - A good beer to introduce people to amber/red ales with, and a great beer overall. Very drinkable and people friendly but for those looking for a hoppier amber/red ale you might wanna look elsewhere in my own opinion.

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Photo of PicoPapa
3.78/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle. Pours a medium brown color with lots of ruby hues and a half inch of head.Tons of lacing. Aroma is boozey and a bit sweet. Piney hop aroma. Taste is some more of that sweet malt flavor with some bitter pine towards the end. Tastes a bit like a scotch ale or even a barleywine. Surprising amount of boozey flavor for the beer that isn't all that high in the ABV department. Somewhat resinous. Dry mouthfeel. This one grew on me. The more I drank the more I liked it. Overall, a pretty solid hoppy red ale. Worth grabbing.

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Photo of jmarsh123
2.63/5  rDev -35.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a dark red almost brown with a generous light tan head and lots of lacing down the glass.

Smells of sweet malts with a little bit of citrus.

Good hop bite up front rounding into a brown sugar like sweetness on the back end. Almost a little astringent on the finish. Not sure if that is the right off flavor, but something definitely leaves my palate wincing at the end.

Mouthfeel is a light and carbonation is medium. Way too light for how dark the beer is.

Not nearly as good as the Hop Rod Rye. Not a total drainpour, but I dumped it after half so I could have a beer that was good.

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Photo of BYOFB
3.66/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A dense light tan head sits on a deep red/brown liquid. Aroma is malty with a hint of hops. Lacing all the way down the glass.

Taste hits with a nice resinous hop bitterness followed by caramel maltiness.

Medium mouthfeel and the resinous bitterness sticks around.

Interesting beer; not what you typically think of in a red. Could pass as a highly hopped, scotch ale variant.

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Photo of JDFish
4.7/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A very dark amber color with "floaties" as this brew is unfiltered. A nice ecru 1 finger head and lacing that will not quit. I mean my entire glass is covered with beautiful frothy rings. The smell is malty, imagine my suprise upon first gulp. I was ambushed with hops. A red with a hop wallop...ohhh, me likey. The finish is balanced with raisinette malt and I am left with a alcohol warming sensation as this sweet juice goes down. The best of both worlds here. The great flavor of a red, with ample hops, and crisp finish. This is, by far, the best amber ale I've ever had. Simply an amazing brew. Bear Republic can do no wrong in my eye. This beer, the Hop Rod Rye and Racer 5 are all top notch. I look forward to trying more from them in the future.

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Photo of dcook11
4.58/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a thick, soapy, two finger off white/tan head. Fades into pencil thin head. Great lacing. The beer itself is a blood red with no visible carbonation. Looks to be unfiltered as well. Yeast sediment at the bottom.

S- Hop forward. Very piney. Strong malt back bone (like a scotch ale). There is also a smokey quality to this beer as well. Touch of peppermint as it warms.

T- Like the smell, very hop forward. Piney. Drying. Bitter. Scotch ale-esque malt following the hop presence. Takes on a light, light peppermint quality as it finishes.

M- Medium bodied. Drying.

O- Great Amber ale. Seems to mesh several styles together (IPA, Scottish Ale, Red ale). Very well done and tasty.

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Photo of hodby
4.42/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Terrific beer. A dark colored red ale. Significant Cascade hops aroma, coupled with some deeply roasted malt character, makes for a rich, satisfying glass. Finishes clean, with a harmonious balance between sweetness and bitterness. Makes me forget about wanting NB's Fat Tire.

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Photo of Yagman3000
3.77/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served from a 22 oz bomber into an oversized classic pint glass.

The beer appears a deep Marioonish brown. There's a rather small yet creamy head resting on top.

Smells sweet and malty with a really nice hop presence. I'm excited to taste based on this smell.

Tastes pretty strongly from hop bitterness. Rather dry on the palate. Less sweet than I would have thought.

Mouthfeel isn't quite what I was expecting either. I thought this would be thicker and creamier based on it's appearance but it falls a bit short on texture.

Overall I'm disappointed in this. I feel like it's a bit hollow and never followed through based on it's decently appealing appearance and taste.

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Photo of StaveHooks
3.94/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Hazy rusty red brown with an off white head.

S - Thick toffee/caramel malt, sugary strawberries, citrus hops,

T - Citrus off the top before a slab of rich toffee/caramel malt flows in with descent amount of leafy hop bitterness behind it. Some fruit and marshmallow sweetness mixed in as well.

M - Medium to full body, smooth, low carbonation.

Great malt base, very flavorful and satisfying.

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Photo of iDrinknewglarus
4.17/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Deep reddish brown. Really murky, with visible chunks of what is probably hops or yeast. A lot of sediment settles to the bottom of the glass. Light tan head sticks around for a while and leaves good lacing.

S: This is one hop-forward red ale. Piney and citrus, just like their Racer 5, but this one has a higher malt scent. Some sweet caramel and toasted malts shine through. Smells great.

T: Quite a lot of hop flavor. Citrus (think lemon and grapefruit) and pine resin. Juicy, yet with a slightly dry finish, the hops dominate this red. The malt tries to balance the near IPA like hop wallop, but they fall short. I get a slightly spicy, rye-like characteristic. The hop bitterness and flavor aftertaste is long, long, long.

M: Medium-heavy and slightly sticky. The carbonation leaves a full, heavy feeling in your mouth without being intrusive.

Overall this is another good beer from Bear Republic. It's a hop lovers red that's for certain. Wish it was slightly maltier actually.

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Photo of Chaney
4.32/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm enjoying an entire bomber of this bad boy!

I poured the contents into a pint glass.... my Magic Hat one that was given to me by the bar owner of Fox and Parrot in Gatlinburg, TN. Rock on!

A: Dark red, with a good bit of head that died down and scraped the glass to the tenth power on the way by.

S: Hop bomb + red velvet cake. Extremely citrusy and then some.

T: Like a melted Astro Pop, with tons of hop bitterness... and even more hop bitterness. Despite that, this one was pretty balanced overall.

M: Tons of lacing left on the glass, with a VERY mild prickle from the carbonation.

O: I could almost see the surfboard in my periferal vision. California hops and then some... REALLY NICE!

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