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 juju7
3.86/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Solid consistent head all the way to the end-excellent lacing. Dark mahogany. Nice ripe tropical hop aromas balanced well with a hint of toffee malt. Smooth with evident bitterness that doesn't dominate. Not much to dislike here. Perhaps a little astringent on the finish but it's all good. Nice beer worth revisiting.

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Photo of bigdeuce
4.12/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is an instant classic. Pours a ruby red with a nice white, pillowy head. Lots of lacing down the glass. Scents of grapefruit and cherry, just fantastic scent. Tastes like a top notch imperial red ale. Fruity and crisp hoppiness on the backend. palate bursts with flavors. An excellent brew I will seek out more often.

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Photo of jlandis
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful deep chocolaty hazy amber with huge fluffy tan head.

Sweet malt mixed with bright citrusy American hops.

Initial sweet toasty lightly roasted malt then a transition into a bitter American IPA. Then on the back end I'm picking up a chocolaty roast again. This is a fantastic blend of flavors.

Moderate mouth feel with light carbonation.

This is a beautiful beer with so many different elements meshing together. The roasty malts and citrusy hops remind me a bit of a black IPA, but the roast and hops are so well proportionate that neither one is overwhelming. This is a great beer, and I need to go pick up more quickly.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.21/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Mader's 0.5L glass boot.

Thanks to taiyed for this bottle!

The boot action continues. Into it, this brew pours a clear deep ruby-garnet topped by a finger of light ecru foam. The nose comprises menthol, pine, greens, and toffee. The taste holds notes of pine, caramel, and that pesky menthol again. The body is a light medium, with a very light moderate carbonation and a dry, kinda sticky finish. Overall, I'm not too big a fan o' this brew. Whatever caused that menthol character really ruined things. Had that not been there, this probably would've been a lot better.

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

A random treat at an Ontario beer tasting night - a damned fine Californian red ale. Fortunately two of the guests are from San Diego and brought us some wonderful brews, this one being among my favorites of the night.

Poured into a wine glass. Ruby red-copper, brilliant hue. Good patchy head left behind a thick ring and lots of lacing flecks.

Nose was a lovely blend of caramel, bread, sherry, red wine, citrus hops.

A very flavorful ale, rich in west coast hops, but well-balanced with malty, caramel and sherry notes. Medium bodied, great carbonation, a pleasure to sip. A red ale with some chest hair!

A perfect melding of Scottish red ale and West Coast pale ale styles. My first brew from Bear Republic, sure won't be my last. Would that I could get this stuff in Ontario more often...

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Photo of Vdubb86
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Sam Adam's Perfect Pint Glass

Thanks to taiyed for bringing this sixer over.

This beer looks a deep mahogany with a beige foam. There is a caramel smell with some certain hop varieties mixed within. There are oranges and caramel with some pine mixed in. The aroma is caramel and brown sugar with some raisin mixed in. The slight hoppy flavor works well. The mouthfeel is good and it drinks well. I like this beer.

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Photo of thekoz
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this beer on tap at the Brick and Bottle in Corte Madre.

It was deep mahogany-red color and was fairly opaque. Had a quarter inch sandy tan colored head which dissipated fairly quickly.

It had a strong floral, fruity hoppy aroma.

The mouthfeel was good. Light dusty carbonation. Not too harsh for the hoopy level of the beer.

Taste was big. Definitely a lot of hoppy bitterness and hop flavor (mostly fruity). Some malt character, but mainly hops. Finish fairly dry and drinkable, could have had a few of these.

Certainly a big, hoppy west coast style amber.

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Photo of wvsabbath
4.12/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance - Dark amber, brownish red, Nice 1 inch creamy head

Smell - Rye, hops, fruits, spices, malts, some yeast. Alot going on

Taste - Very hoppy and malty at first. Someone described this as hop rods little brother. Its not as strong, and has more of a malt backbone. The citrus mixed with the yeast give it a bitter kick.

Mouthfeel - Its bitter, so dampins the palette nicely, and covers mouth with malts and hops. After lasts awhile, and is a little dry.

Drinkabilty - At 6.8% its borderline drinking more then 2-3 at a time. I drink this beer with its famiular tastes, it made me want a hop rod ale. One of the best red ales, and more drinkable then most, another great beer from bear republic

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Photo of tigg924
3.53/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: 1/3 inch head, clear, red/brown in color, moderate carbonation

Smell: citrus and pine hops, and some caramel malt

Taste: big citrus hops, a dose of pine hops, chocolate and caramel malt

Mouthfeel: light bodied, medium carbonation, sweet start with a big bitter middle that lasts to the end

Drinkability: Very bitter for an imperial red, however I doi like the touch of chocolate I can detect. I would get a 12 ouncer as a change of pace beer, but probably would not look for regularly.

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Photo of krausenman
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-The beer pours a very clear garnet color and is capped with a rocky tan head that when finally dies down leaves lacy tan-colored foam on the inside of my glass.

S-There is a malty grainy aroma with has some biscut like toasted notes that you can pick up on initially. I can detect some sort of grape-like ester aroma (maybe from the yeast). There was little to no hop aroma in my beer.

T-I can taste malty/caramel type flavors first which transitions to a distinct bitterness after a moment. The beer has a smooth viscous quality that is tasty while the hops provide an interesting counterpoint with there astringent bitterness.

M-The beer has a low level of carbonation that enhances the medium mouthfeel.

D-While I don't think that I'll drink a lot of this beer I have to say that it's balanced and enjoyable. The hops provide a relief for the malty sweetness that makes the beer quaffable.

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Photo of DNICE555
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at The Dirty Truth

Amber brown color with a nice head. I love me a good red/amber ale. Looks downright erotic. Can't wait to take a sip. Smells of fresh hops and a pleasant fruit aroma. Tastes of that good citrus hoppiness that I have grown to love. Bitterness isn't overwhelming. Carbonation is pretty much right where it should be. No nuggest nectar but a sild red ale from BR. I could have a couple of these.

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Photo of vandemonian
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Red Rocket Ale has an amber brown colour and a good head. The smell is of sweet hops and some fruitiness. The first thing you taste is hops into sweet citrus. There is some bitterness. This beer has a medium amount of carbonation. This is a very nice amber/red ale.

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Photo of Gambrinus1184
4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22-ounce bomber into an Adirondack brewpub pint glass. Thanks Onenote81!

A: Deep, caramel-colored, orange amber with a thick, frothy head of tan foam which formed a nice ring and left some good, webby lacing.

S: Fruity ale malt aroma with a very present citrus and herbal hop scent. Dried tobacco and lush fruits make up the nose.

T: Very nice, creamy malt flavor with doses of caramel and a hint of molasses. Fruity and bitter malt profile combines with a sweet, citrusy bitterness that finishes full-flavored, sweet and creamy. Hop bitterness lingers on well into the aftertaste, but not the palate-killer I was expecting.

M: Full-bodied, creamy and clean ale with a good, spocy and bitter hop finish.

D: Very flavorful and balanced, yet complex, strong red ale. I really wish I had another. The 6.8% ABV doesn't really go noticed amongst the strong, fruity ale character and hop profile. Interesting and enjoyable from beginning to finish.

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

I had this in a bottle poured into a belhaven pint glass. Poured a nice thick lacy head. Aroma was toffee, malty, and a nice hoppyness best described as a malty IPA.

Taste was excellent a nice hoppy red ale that resembles a lighter version of an Arrogant bastard or closely resembles an Indian brown ale. Mouthfeel was a little high on carbonation which I think worked perfectly with this brew.

Lets just say drinkability is very high another great brew from Bear Republic!

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Photo of Ralphus
3.69/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is a fairly hoppy ale and although it's a few shades darker, it sure tastes like an IPA to me.

Pours a dark brownish amber. The offwhite head is full of large bubbles and its stickiness coats well to the glass. The cap itself is fairly small though.

Smell is light, hoppy with a touch of fruit.

The taste is pleasant mix of sweeter malts, earthiness, bitter hops and a quick burst of fruit flavour. Well balanced and very good.

Mouthfeel is nice as well, light but suiting the flavour profile. Its a touch dry though. Drinkability is good.

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

A: Pours a deep mahogany color with a light tan head about 1 finger high which pillows around for a while before dissipating to a nice lacing around the outside of the glass.

S: Well, there's definitely some piney hops present. A very light earthy tone is present in the background, but masked by the hops. The hops are not an overwhelming aroma, but do dominate the nose.

T: Again, hops seem to be the dominating taste though there are some slightly metallic notes, almost like a mineral water or something. A light bit of malt is present on the finish.

M: Medium bodied with a light amount of carbonation. Feels a little thicker than most beers but by no means creamy, just feels a little thick.

D: Quite drinkable, first beer from Bear Republic that I've had, so with this good experience, I'll be heading back for more.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.84/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark mahogany with a large dissipating head.
Nose shows lashings of piney resin and fruity confectionery followed by caramel and fruitcake. Very nice.
Flavours follow along the same lines with lots of rich malt providing dried fruit and nutty characters, after which the piney hops enter. The bitterness is a bit sharp and domineering.
Carbonation is a bit high but without it the rich malt could be cloying.

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Photo of Franz4
3.78/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Poured with a finger of thick foamy head after an aggressive pour. Head settled after a short time leaving a thin layer on top with some slight lacing. Lots of lacing as you drink the beer. Poured darker than most ambers, almost chestnut.

S- lots of pine hops with just a slight minerally/metallic note in there as well.

T- toasted hoppiness up front, balanced with a touch of malt. Finish is a touch more hoppy.

M- medium bodied with just a touch too much carbonation.

D- pretty drinkable, it's growing on me as I make my way through the glass, so I'm thinking several could be worked through without a problem.

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Photo of diamondc
4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottled on .. who knows? There's some random numbers on the bottle almost rubbed off. The bottle does have a "10" etching on it, so that's a relief.

A: Dark and murky russet brown. Some scattered lacing, and a thin cap of foam.

S: Nutty & roasted porter/stout aromas mingle with the light pine citrus hop aromas. Very nice.

T: Brown sugar, caramel, dark chocolate, slight tobacco, & heavy pine/herbal bitterness rounding things out. A good balance of sweet malts and resinous hops.

M/D: Could have been more sweeter or the hop flavor toned down. Tastes like an IPA / amber / porter / scotch ale hybrid. A beer I can recommend.

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Photo of brendan13
3.68/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a fairly clear dark copper colour with a dense 3cm off white head that hangs around for a fair while.
S - Floral & grapefruit hop aroma. Rich caramel maltiness.
T - Much like the smell; floral & grapefruit like hops with big caramel maltiness.
M - Medium bodied, lower side of medium carbonation. Subtle balancing bitterness.
Sort of reminds me of a lower body, lower alcohol Barleywine.
D - A very nice beer indeed. Perhaps a bit too rich maltiness to drink much.

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Photo of Briken
4.6/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Dark burnt sienna with medium brown foamy/frothy head, okay retention and spotty lacing. Caramel malty tea aroma. Caramel sweetness with herbal tea balance leading to a moderate hop bittering of finish with good linger and light citrus taste. Fairly chewy consistency with moderate carbonation.

A plethora of flavor in this red. When most breweries are content to make an easy drinking red/amber, this one is taken to another level. Easy balanced drinking but wonderful flavors make this one of my favorite reds so far.

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Photo of zhanson88
3.88/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a very deep amber color with about two fingers of off white head, which reduces to decent lacing.

Smell: Some malts in there, as well as a bit of brown sugar, followed by some piney and floral hops. A bit of a metallic bite as well, but not enough to make the smell unpleasant.

Taste: Caramel malts and a bit of dark fruits, with some pine and hops at the end. This is a really nice, balanced beer that showcases both malts and hops.

Mouthfeel/Dinkability: This beer has a medium mouthfeel and is pretty smooth and creamy. Drinkability is pretty high with the balance of flavors and pleasant mouthfeel. Very solid beer overall.

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Photo of kreeper
4.23/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wasn't anything like I expected but completely satisfied none the less. Was expecting a Red Ale but this is more like a cross between a Red Ale and A Porter. Poured thick with a beautiful fluffy head and thick lacing around the glass as I drank it. In fact, I was really impessed by the thickness of the lacing and the beautiful almost mountain-like head. Tasted real nice with a great balance of hops (just enough to provide some fragrance and bitterness) and malt which was of a toasty smoky Stout like roast

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Photo of xnicknj
4.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

on tap at POPE in philly.

Pours a dark amber with brownish and burnt cherry hues, as a thin head fades to lightly retained film. Some spotty lacing dots the glass while drinking.

Juicy hops, toasted malt, sweet caramel and a hint of fruit populate the nose.

Bitter hops burst out immediately in the flavors, but with a redeeming, pleasantly juicy quality. A sweeter malt shell leaves caramel and a bit of warmth in the middle. Continues on with some piny hops before finishing somewhat dry but still very refreshing.

Medium body with a bit of chewyness. Definitely easy drinking with plenty of tasty flavors and the alcohol is masked well.

One of the more solid amber ales out there for sure, as BR hits the nail on the head once again.

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Photo of Yesac
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reveived on trade from BucketBoy - Thanks!

A- pours brown and appears very dark transparent ruby. Tan foamy head last a bit before settling down to a small still generous layer.

S- Classic red ale smell, potent wet hops, rich caramel base and slight alcohol. Similar to a barely wine aroma.

T- Strong caramel and toasty malts up front, calm wet hop bitter middle and finish.some earthy tones, slight alcohol. The balance here is great, very barely wine like without the high alcohol.

M- Medium, slightly sticky on the palate.

D- Decent stab at this style. Easy drinking, just nothing sticking out as anything unusual. Good balance and great flavor.

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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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