Red Rocket Ale | Bear Republic Brewing Co.

2,605 Ratings
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 hiku7
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle in a tulip glass.

A - Dark reddish-brown, like pomegranate coffee. Slightly hazy, with a cream-color head. Decent lacing.

S - Wonderful piney hops come through up front, much more than in most amber ales. Latent toasty caramel malts follow the hops.

T - Toasted caramel malt followed by a strong hop presence, big for an amber, but hits the spot and is well integrated and balanced. Some ambers that are hoppy have distinct and separate hop and malt tastes that are almost like two separate beers, but in Red Rocket the flavor comes through together nicely.

M - Somewhat grainy and earthy in a good way, pretty decent carbonation.

D - I could easily have another and another.

Not sure why, but this is one of my favorite beers right now. The first time I bought a six pack at bev mo I broke one accidentally in the aisle and the hoppy smell was so perfect I wanted to lap it up right there. Since I had my son with me, I waited until I got home to enjoy one. And have continued to enjoy them since.

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Photo of Mosstrooper
4.27/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a 16oz Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass.

Appearance: Dark copper color with a small off-white head that dissipates quickly and leaves behind a thick ring of lace.

Smell: Biscuity aromas, some citrus and pine, but lots of caramel malt.

Taste: Begins with a slight spice and rounds out to biscuity and caramel flavors, and finishing with herbal hop flavors.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with balanced carbonation and a sticky finish.

Drinkability: A great example of it's style- a great showing of both the malts and the hops, everything falls into line great here. If I'm in the mood for a red ale, then I would very likely go for one of these.

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Photo of tapman
4.65/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Giant, tan head made up of small bubbles on the bottom and big, honkin, cool-whip consistency bubbles on top. Body is a dark sanguine, mahogany color. Beer is pretty clear, though there is yeast at the bottom of the bottom. This might be the most attractive red ale I have ever seen.

Molasses, olive, fruit roll-up (original flavor), dark cherries, a little sharp alcohol and blood orange juice aroma make the nose for me.

Dark chocolate and dried cherries with an aggressive bitterness and earthy pine undertones. Hints of a strong sangria as well. In the finish a creamy, caramel-like flavor comes through as well as a citrus/grass flavor the is experienced as you exhale.

Very full yet with a balanced carbonation. Bitterness is puckering in the finish.

Excellent! Bravo! This is the best American Red that I have ever had. (3/4/2011)

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Photo of EkimGram
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Poured from 22oz. bomber into Sam Adams "Perfect Pint". Pours a nice, bold amber-brown colour. Finger of a head that slowly fades leaving a nice hearty film on the glass.

Smell: Spicy malt up front with some hoppy notes. Almost a nutty smell.

Taste: Contrary to the smell, hops are dominant this time, followed up by sweet toasted malt and finishes with a bitter-fruity hop bite.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth, medium-full body, mild to light carbonation. Leaves the mouth sticky.

Drinkability: A very good beer. Barely any alcohol presence, very bold and full flavour, beautiful pour, nice strong but not overpowering aroma. Overall, this is a well-crafted brew.

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Photo of tbraun1
3.91/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

120z bottle to pint glass

A - Deep copper color with rich, creamy, two finger head that maintains itself for quite awhile. Superb lacing rings as the brew was enjoyed. This one begs to be tasted.

S - At first whiff, there was not much smell to this one. But as the beer warmed up, the hops started to jump out a bit. Toasted malts with a bit of hop assertion. Subdued, but there. Somewhat fruity hop profile.

T - Truly of the style with a bit higher hop ratio. Nice balance between the toasted malt flavor and hop bite. Very enjoyable and drinkable. Biscuity and bready as it warmed up a bit.

M - Heavier body with minimal carbonation; Very smooth with a nice, clean hop finish.

D - A very well balanced american amber / red ale. I would most certainly have another.

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Photo of DevilDogBeer
3.68/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: poured a deep red color and was a little cloudy do to the unfiltered bottle. Head was thin and ivory colored with medium bubbles

Smell: light caramel notes with a floral hoppy nose

Taste: initially sweet with hints of caramel and finishes with an easy floral bitterness

Mouthfeel: thin and average

Drinkability: abv may reduce overall quantity but the beer is not heavy or overly sweet

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Photo of nosurrender23
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Grade for the group = B.

"Good winter beer - too bitter for some."

The look was described as "if the red planet has river water, it looks like this" or dark, near opaque grade B maple syrup (dark brown) with little head.

The smell was described as bitter like an alien dog from the red planet aka negligible with a slight sweet smell.

The feel had a mixture of interpretations that ranged everything from "smooth as hell" to "medium body" to "vomiting." According to one, one could drink this beer all night long & could make several outlandish comments. But, overall, it was complex, not smoky and sweeter than expected.

Finally, the beer's taste "if around in the 1700's, it would have coerced our forefathers to put beer in the preamble of the constitution" with a bitter, nutty aftertaste left in their mouths.

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Photo of joshrosborne
4.27/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours dark, dark red. Can barely see through it. Head is about a finger of light tan.

S: A light scent of hops, malts are evident, too. Almost smells like a pale ale.

T: Not outstanding, but good tasting. Hops and malt are balanced well. Again, like a pale ale.

M: Medium carbonation, really creamy mouthfeel. I don't remember the last time I've had this smoothness in a hoppy beer.

D: Pretty darn good. Would be a good summer beer. Nice, smooth, and refreshing. Not particularly my favorite beer, but I wouldn't turn one down.

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Photo of harrymel
3.17/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured to NB globe.

A: Dark red, almost brown with minimal translucency. Single finger, tan head dissipates almost immediately. Surprising lacing which is cobweb in nature.

S: Plenty of caramel malts, some black malt, sweet and decent amount of hops here. Citrus and light in tone. Almost vanilla feel here. Anticipate a relatively creamy/velvety feel here.

T: More bitter than I had expected. Good warm and grainy flavors. Not impressive for a Red.

M: medium/heavy body with medium carbonation. Good feel. Slicks the tongue and also numbs a hare. Reminds me of an ESB.

D: Quite drinkable. Could have more than one. I imagine if the beer was fresher (assuming not fresh given that the bottle has no date on it), it would be much, much better. Too bad.

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Photo of Jesse13713
3.86/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Pours a crimson rich caramel brown. Weak lacing with little to no froth at the top. Slightly cloudy with transparent qualities.

Smell - Smells more like a hoppy brown ale. Smells of roasted malts and caramel. Smells a little sour and skunked. A slight lemon peel zest as well. Hints of darker fruits as well. Smells slightly bitter and piney.

Taste - A zigzag of citrus and dark fruit flavors. I get a strong cherry presence here. The Scottish part of the taste comes into play immediately and remains consistent over the cherry flavors. Very tart and sweet. Sugar-like. I got a slight cinnamon spice zing every once in awhile too.

Mouthfeel / Drinkability - A pretty delicious red ale. I've never had a combination red and Scottish ale before. Despite being bottle in August of 2009; it aged quite well and still tasted pretty fresh. You also can't beat the reasonable $6.99 price tag for all Bear Republic bombers.

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Photo of CampusCrew
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance: deep reddish garnet color in apprearnce, some lacing head

smell: sublte hop presence, pine

taste: some piney hop flavors that balance out a hefty caramel malt backbone.

mouthfeel: medium bodied

drinkability: wish I knew the date on this. add some hop power and this would be world class. nice hopped up amber ale

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Photo of womencantsail
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The pour is rather dark for an amber, approaching brown, with a couple of fingers of tan colored head.

S: Smells nice and hoppy with plenty of oily pine and grapefruit, particularly the rind. Quite a lot of caramel sweetness with a solid toffee and bread aroma. There's just a bit of a toasted character, too.

T: The flavor is also quite heavy on the pine. The beer is very bitter but it is also nicely well balanced with a big base of caramel and toffee. Just a bit of citrus to go with the toasted bread/maltiness of the beer.

M: This one is medium in body with a moderate level of carbonation and a bitter finish.

D: This was one of the first "craft beers" that I had back when I turned 21 and while I didn't love it back then, I think it's pretty solid now.

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Photo of aaron12
4.02/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

this is exactly the way a red ale should taste. sweet and hoppy up front with a dry bitter finish. this one in particular is very hoppy, not surprising being it's bear republic. the nose on this thing is awesome, one of the best smelling red ales ive ever had. over all it's worth it's high rating. i wish more red ales had the balls of this guy.

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Photo of beertunes
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into 10oz glass. Poured a clean, clear red/brown with about 1/4 inch of light khaki head that had OK retention and lacing.

The aroma was a balanced blend of malt and hops, although the hops were slightly more apparent. The flavors were pretty much the same, good malts and crisp hops.

The body was fairly typical, medium and crisp, with a clean finish. Drinkability was good as well, these guys go.down easy. I've enjoyed this brew before and was surprised to see that I'd yet to review it. Certainly worth your time when you see it.

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Photo of spree92
4.34/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A cloudy deep amber. Sediment can be seen floating around near the bottom of the glass. Leaves behind a really messy lace, but it looks awesome. Lots of hops on the front end and balanced out on the end by a nice subtle malt character. This isn't a heavy beer by any means (6.8%), but it weights in the stomach a lit much. Carbonation may be a bit to much, but this is a beer that won't be spoiled by it.
Like other Bear Republic brews I've had, this is right at the top of its class. Quickly moving its way up into my top 5 breweries.

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

Pours a dark translucent red, with plenty of foamy off-white head that laces a bit on top, but not much otherwise.

Aroma is intensely tropical, with loads of mango on the nose before anything else. Smells like mango lassi almost, with the mango augmented by the malty sugary sweetness.

Taste is a change of pace, as it initially is coarse and leafy hop-bitter, but then reverts back to the sugar-sweetened mango, which then fades to a clean, bitter, raw-leaf ending. Hop bill is very balanced here, and the finish is nice and smooth to add to the drinkability.

Mouthfeel is very coarse, with my enamel taking a beating right now, but it is good all the same. Drinkability is helped by the finish, but also by the light body and texture of this beer (which isn't to say it's thin - it isn't - but that it is very light for such a full bodied and flavorful brew). High marks to bear republic, they know how to make hoppy beers.

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Photo of JMad
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I poured a 22 oz bomber into a tall glass...

It was murky brown, sported a nice tan head that left some web-like lacing on the glass.

The beer smells of sweet grapefruit, sugar and lots of caramel malt.

I tasted pine and lots of citrus flavors with a sweet malty backbone.

This one is really smooth, it leaves the mouth nice and dry with a long lingering bitterness.

This beer is excellent, it smells like a caramel candy but the flavor is full of hops, very enjoyable.

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

On-tap at the Yard House in Denver, CO. Served in a shaker pint glass.

A: Deep red leaning copper with a robust cream cap. Head retention is excellent and a fair amount of lace is left behind.

S: Heavy on the citrus out front with lemon and grapefruit. Some toffee is in the background along with bits of toasted grain.

T: Starts out with bittersweet toffee flavors. Bitterness is strong, but not too crazy. It has a heavy citrus bent to it. Finishes with lingering citrus flavors and a bit of extra toffee.

M: The medium body is slightly dry and has the right level fizz.

D: This is a nice beer overall. I'm glad I grabbed it.

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

Pours a dark, murky, tea-colored body with a bubbly tan head. When I hold it up to the light, I get a little red hue, blending to make the body look almost dark orange. The head dissipates quickly and leaves only a little lacing.

Interesting aroma of muted hoppiness and sweet malitness. A little oak and caramel in the background.

Good sweet versus bitter flavors in the taste. Dark chocolate, and a woody oak flavor almost make me think it was aged in barrels. Nice tart hop finish.

Definitely unique for an amber/red ale. Good job, Bear Republic.

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

Poured from 12oz bottle to a snifter glass.

A- Dark mahogany red, with almost no head, nice carbonation through the dark red.

S- Nice malt and hop aroma, hints of nuts, coffee and chocolate.

T- Very aggressive malts and chocolate taste. Ends on a bitter hop note that leaves the mouth dry and wanting more.

M- A little sparkly in the mouth but sits well and leaves a great fore-taste and amazing after taste.

D- At 6. 8% makes this extremely drinkable. And is also extremely delicious.

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Photo of wolfinthemirror
4.23/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a tea color, and in certain lighting it looks blood red, enough so to make me feel like a vampire enjoying the chilled blood of a victim. a good inch worth of beige colored foam results.

smells sweet and earthy, like a forest. I'm picking up an oakiness, and pine, some tropical fruit, and a hint of alcohol. very nice.

The taste is very full flavored, sweet and sharp. Detecting some woodiness and pine, sweet malts, and a tangy red fruit of some kind, can't quite put my finger on it. The Red Rocket is a fairly complex tasting beer.

I would say mildly bodied, lower carbonation. It feels a lot like wine in the mouth after sipping on it for a while.

The drinkability is pretty good at 7%. I really enjoyed drinking this.

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Photo of bensamann
4.01/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This a very good beer. Held up to a light it has a nice ruby red hue. There was not much of a head to it after I poured it into a pint glass. Maybe a hint of citrus in its aroma but pleasant. Strong, but not too strong, hops presence and slightly malty, in my opinion. I normally do not like heavily hopped brews, but this had a nice balance to it. I definitely will buy this beer again.

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

Poured into a pint glass from a 12 oz bottle, with ABV on the label.
Clear dark brown color with a reddish hue. Excellent lacing all along the insides of the glass with very good carbonation.
One finger head that dissipates fairly quickly.
Aroma was full of hops initially, slowly to give way to a nice sweet biscuit/malt aroma with hints of citrus and pine.
Taste upfront is bitter hops/pine with a nice, oily to smooth finish.
The lingering bitter after-taste is just perfect, not too much and not too less.
In short, this is a damn good ale!
One ale that I can have anytime, anyplace. Another solid offering from Bear Republic.
Highly recommended.

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Photo of ToAzwethinkweizm
3.93/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Date: 22 January 2011
Glass: Standard 10oz snifter
Type: 12fl oz bottle

Part of a mixed beer box given to me by a loving family member at Christmas time.

Poured aggressively, 2-finger head reduces to large bubbly film, heaving lacing, color is crimson black. Aroma of oak and very creamy vanilla, likely from the fantastic malt profile. Taste of barely toasted malts, vanilla, and unfortunately slight diacetyl. This is a GREAT session red ale. Enough said.

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Photo of stonermouse
3.91/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard pint glass.

Pours a really nice-looking milk chocolate color, with an interesting haze that I was not expecting. Overall, it was darker and cloudier than I expected, but really pretty. The only failure was the head was weak and fast-fading, but the body looked so nice that it grades high.

Smell is mostly malty and a little chocolatey. Good, but one-note.

Taste is quite nice. It is a few hops short of a top-notch black IPA. Nice, mellow roasted malt flavor, with a rye-like bite. The hops add a good bitter bite, but the roasty malt complexity takes the day.

Mouthfeel is medium; fairly appropriate for this brew. If the hop profile was higher, mouthfeel would have gotten 5s. These malts could have used just a bit more density.

Drinkability is solid. The flavors are mild yet complex. This one would make a good sixer for a night of drinking.

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Red Rocket Ale from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
4.06 out of 5 based on 2,605 ratings.
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