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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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Photo of Anthony1
3.83/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours a reddish amber with a large tan head that reduces to a fine lacing with a good deal of sticking. Has a very hoppy aroma. but also a strong sweet caramel malt aroma. Taste is a well balanced blend of caramel malt and fruity hop bitterness, delicious and packed with flavor, over a very drinkable medium body. The aftertaste is wonderful, sweet maltiness with the the most pleasant of hops bite.
Another great brew from Bear Republic, well done and balanced.

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

Bomber to pint glass.

Super dark amber. Almost black in the middle with amber hues near the edges. Cream/tan one finger head. Resides to a layer of foam on top. Very nice lacing left behind.

Smells of pine and citrus (lemon) hops mostly. A slight caramel fragrance. Decently pungent.

Taste is of bitter dank, resin, and piney hops. Citrusy lemon and a bit of grapefruit. Some caramel and toffee. Bread and barley yeast.

Mouthfeel is on the high end of medium bodied. Pretty well carbonated which helps smooth out this beer. A nice hop bite at the end with some hop oiliness.

Good drinkability. I could knock back a couple bombers of this easy.

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Photo of CBlack85
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a pint glass

Pours a really nice, deep, ruby red color with a big rocky tan head. Good head retention, and leaves lots of lacing. Very appealing

The hops are definately the main attraction in the nose. Lots of grassy, piney hop aromas. I do get some citrusy hop aromas. Once you get past the hops you can get some caramel and sweet malty hints as well.

While the hops are definately present, the caramel malty flavors seem to be more dominant on the tounge than they are in the nose. I am getting a kind of smokiness that seems a bit overdone, but not overwhelmingly so. The hops are spicy and slightly sharp, they seem to balance the maltyness very well. Medium, creamy body and moderately carbonated. The alcohol seems to become more noticable as the beer warms, but never to the point of being boozy...

Really a terrific beer. This is the first offering that I have tried from Bear Republic, and it definately leaves me wanting to try some other offerings. Good stuff

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Photo of abrand
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass.

The Red Rocket Ale pours an amber color with a nice frothy tan head. Good clarity and the edges seem to shine in the light. Not much retention is seen. Aromas are sweet with lots of brown sugar. Some caramelized malts are present as well. Taste is much hoppier than the nose. Plums and toffee flavors also flare up. A very well balanced and smooth drinking beer. Mouthfeel is well carbonated and thin bodied. Drinkability is quite high in my opinion. Taste is very smooth and enjoyable.

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4.52/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a pint glass.

A: The color of the body is a cross between dark ruby and blood orange, basically clear with maybe a little chill haze. The draft pour produces a small off white head with short retention and becomes a thin sparse film and collar. Very few slow rising bubbles. Lacing lays down with proficiency.

S & T: The aroma is hoppy first, malty second but the malts linger longer. Caramel, sweet bread, rendered brown sugar, all toasted. The hops are a smooth wave of orangey citrus and pine, well blended and ample enough certainly, but I'd love for the hops to be turned up just a notch or two. (The bottled version comes across much hoppier. Also, the "Scottish Style Red Ale" descriptor is much more apparent from the bottle.)

M: Extremely well carbonated, with very balanced flavor and mouthfeel all the way through. This brew finishes crisply even though the flavor endures. Semi sweet (hardly) front to mid palate with a semi dry finish. Small prickly bite on the tongue. Stylistically, the mouthfeel leaves nothing left to be desired.

D: A well made Amber is a thing of beauty, and this is one of the best, most complete examples I've ever had. While not an outrageously exciting beer, the Red Rocket Ale is extremely well crafted and comes with high scores and high recommendations. Bear Republic is one solid-ass brewery.

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Photo of PintOHops
4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Glass - Pint

A - Hazy dark red/copper color with a dense 2-finger head. Retention was decent, darker for an amber/red. A nice foamy ring stuck around the top for entire consumption, and left some splashy lacing.

S - Mild hop aroma's upfront, fruity pineapple, grapefruit, a little dry. Without swirling a got the malts, nice caramel, biscuit, rye bread, toast. Very very nice aroma, very inviting. Well balanced. Malts really come out more as it warms.

T - Extremely well balanced & hard to pull out what's dominate at first. Hop flavors dominate to me, pineapple/raisin/plum come first but are sorta intertwined with the malts. I got mild graininess, rye bread, mild wheat and soft caramel. Finishes with cloying sweetness, some alcohol & sticky hop juice flavors. Bitterness is way up there for the style but not overwhelming. More malts here as it warms.

M - Oily and very smooth, thick, hardy & chewy. The first full bodied Amber/Red Ive had. Different in a way.

D - Not extremely drinkable for the style, with it's 6.8% ABV, but very delicious. I could easily drink 2-3 pints of this regardless of the higher ABV, I definitely recommend this beer, also I suggest letting the beer warm up a bit to release more of the aroma/flavors. Very very good, my first from this brewery and I can't wait to try there IPA. Cheers!

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Photo of u2carew
3.77/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

20oz bomber.
A) Pours with a one finger head tan in color and creamy. The body is hazy with visible sediment. Amber to ruby in color.
S) Robust notes of hops and caramel malts. Citrus tones- orange, grapefruit.
T) Hop blast up front with subtle malts hanging out on the background. This mix remains to the finish. In the aftertaste a residual hop spike. Prominent flavors: orange, subtle grapefrut, black pepper and caramel.
M) Crisp. Medium body. Slight tannin feel.
D) A good brew. Pour me another.

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Photo of OlRasputin989
4.27/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint...

A: a dark mahogany brew with a 1 finger tan head of thick foam. fades slowly and leaves a decent amount of very thick lacing

S: I'm instantly hit with rich aromas of sweet caramel malt, buttery toffee and dark fruit. Also, grapefruit and piney hop aromas. Great balance.

T: Upfront a blend of caramel malt and grapefruit. finishes with a sharp grapefruit peel, earthy and grassy hops, toffee, plum, and citrus.

M: smooth entry to a medium-full body. the hops help it to a dry, resiny finish.

Overall, alot different than I expected stylewise, and more flavorful than expected. The scotch ale character makes this one very unique, but the unforgivable hoppiness doesn't allow it to steal the show. I could blast off with a red rocket ale anyday.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: A rich mahagony in color. Huge off-white head and lacing.

Smell: Lightly malty, floral hops.

Taste: Good pine notes give way to some Scottish style malt. Perhaps the beer was served too cold, since it was very hop forward with OK balance. Citrus notes with nutty malt. Nice tasting brew.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied, carbonation is quite adequete.

Drinkability: I really like this one. The beer has the right amount of hops and I really liked the aspects of a Scottish ale. Take Belhaven and mix in an IPA and there you have it. Beer with character.

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Photo of bump8628
4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours deep red with a creamy mat of light tan head. Some yeast makes into the glass giving it some cloudiness.

Red Rocket is a hop-forward, big American Red Ale. Hops are coarse, herbal, and leafy. Lots of malt makes it an almost even balance with dark caramelized sugars, some toffee, and a little nuttiness. Finish is semi-dry with a punchy, lingering bitterness. Great smoothness on the palate with the bottle conditioning and hop oils.

Another great beer from one of America's best breweries.

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

Scottish style red ales are usually not my favorite, but this one was great.

The first part of the taste was pure Scottish ale, but it finished with a nice burst of hops. A nice piney, citrus flavor really comes through.

If you aren't a big fan of strong flavored IPA's, but still want to taste some hops, I'd recommend trying this one. I enjoyed this one so much I had another two!

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Photo of GarrisWH
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a deep, brownish amber with an off-white, creamy head. The head is somewhat small, but retains well and leaves some nice lacing behind.

S - Piney, citric hops noticeable at first, balanced by some toasty, caramel malt. I generally prefer red ales on the hoppier side, and this one has a nice, bold hop character.

T - Rich, toasty caramel malts come through up front, leading into bold piney, grassy, and slightly citric hop flavors. The hops add a decent bit of bitterness to this brew, but the ample malt keeps it feeling very balanced overall. Finish lends some more bitterness with a nice blend of the toasty malts and pine lingering into the aftertaste.

M - Medium-bordering on full-bodied with a very smooth feel. The carbonation is well done on this one.

D - A very tasty red ale with BIG flavor. I really like how this one manages to combine big hop flavor with great balance. Another very solid offering from Bear Republic.

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Photo of endincolorado
4.62/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy, chestnut-brown with a tan head that settles slowly and a ton of sediment. Good lace.

Aroma is very inviting. Caramel, molasses, and sweet hazelnut.

I love this beer. Sweet and malty like a scotch ale with dark fruit and molasses and some nice, bitter hoppiness in back to balance.

Medium body, good carbonation, slightly creamy.

I will buy this again soon- delicious and very drinkable.

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Photo of JunkYardJake
4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle pored into pint glass.
Nice deep brown in color with amber hues. A finger of head with a strong pour. Excellent smell of toasted malt, raisins and a light booze aroma. Palate is a malt and hop balanced melody with an underlining of alcohol. Nice toasted, bready malt comes first with a warm, bitter follow up. Very nice mouthfeel that soothes and warms. Drinkability is good but one is quite satisfying. Absolutley worth a try.

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Photo of tone77
3.23/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a dark amber color with a small head. Smell is mostly of hops, some notes of citrus. Taste is a hop bomb, all hops, little else, finishes bitter. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and has average drinkability. Overall not a bad beer, but just a bit to much hops for me.

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

12oz. bottle served in a shaker pint. Poured a hazy reddish brown with a finger of off white head. Big citrus hop aroma with some malt sweetness. Solid medium body. Good malt base with a nice hop presence. Some bready and caramely malt. Very drinkable. I usually stay away from amber ales, but this is a top notch example.

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

A - A nice dark golden orange with a nice burntness to the middle that let's you know it's an amber ale; real big sticky head that laces to the glass with a gluey stickiness. Pretty exceptional.

S - Delicious...Electric citrus fruits with some malt and hoppiness... the whole deal. Got a little of everything.

T - Great and well-crafted. Full and as electric as the smells. It overtakes you almost. The hops on this beer make it great. Bitter on the end.

M - Great. Medium fullness with great carbonation. Exciting.

D - Drinkable. A beer I wish were more sessionable. This stuff's real good and I'd get it again.

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

A: Dark red and cloudy with a creamy head and good lacing

S: Great complex hop character with woody, earthy, piney notes. there is some citrus and floral here as well. There is a subtly malty sweetness here as well

T: There is an initial hop bitterness followed by very piney hop flavors. The flavors then move to a malty sweetness that is filled with real strong, dark fruits (raison, plum, fig, touch of roast)

M: medium body with a very smooth texture. The beer finishes pretty sweet

D: Good beer a pint at a time, it finishes pretty sweet and then the hops kinda show back up on the palate. Not the easiest drinker in terms of "session" beers but definately a good beer. If you were going in terms of style this beer would suck, but you need to understand what "west coast" amber ales are all about and this is a pretty good example (says the guy from ohio)

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Photo of Chico1985
3.79/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yet another 'R' beer. Pours very dark red, can't even see through it until held up to the light. Hazy sediment visible. Head is thick and creamy and leans more towards beige than off-white. Leaves nice lacing. Not picking up much for smells, very faint malty smell with maybe some grapefruit. Definitely getting the Scottish ale feel here. Malty bread, booze, aggressive hops, pine. Mouthfeel is smooth, carbonation is spiky on the tongue at times. Nice tasty finish on this one. An interesting take on a red ale.

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

Poured into an oversized pub glass..

Chunky white head that leaves great lacing. The brew is a deep amber.

Smells of mild malts and earthy hops...

Tastes of big earthy hops and caramel malt. Dark fruits with bready yeasts and a mild alcohol finish.

Creamy medium mouthfeel

A great beer for any occasion where great beers will be appreciated. This is one
to be savored and not wasted.

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

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass.

Pours a nice, deep amber color. The head is creamy, disappears rather quickly, and has some nice lacing. It smells sweeter than I expected. I pickup the caramel right off the bat with a hint of vanilla and then start to smell the citrus of the hops. Upon tasting, it starts with hops and finishes with a slightly sweet malt character. It didn't taste as sweet as it smelled. The hops aren't too bitter but the taste lingers for a while. It seems to be carbonated well for it's style. All in all, it was a tasty beer that I'd try again.

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Photo of jzeilinger
3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice clear deep amber red color with medium carbonation and a creamy head that disappears quite quickly.

The aroma is pretty mild, not strong by any means. Picking up rye, caramel sweet malt, some floral pine.

The taste is roasted caramel malt with a nice amount of rye, almost medicinal in character. Mild floral hoppiness, small traces of citrus in the background with the malt being present throughout the entire sip which blends superbly with the rye. Has sweetness up front, finishes bittersweet and mildly hoppy. Sounds crazy, but I'm detecting a little bit of apple in the taste, very, very subdued.

Mouthfeel is mildly prickly which soon gives way to a very smooth finish with a medium body. Drinkability runs very high with this beer.

Bear Republic is a great brewery and I do enjoy many of their beers. O.K., this is a Red Ale, but it doesn't taste like a typical red ale. The malts don't dominate and the rye and hops really helps to keep the malty sweetness at bay. Worth checking out.

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Photo of Gyle41386
3.76/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a mug.

Reddish-brown pour. One finger of light tan foam retains well and leaves behind sheets of lacing.

Aroma is both sweet and bitter. Toasted malts and bitter, slightly earthy, herbal hops. Dark caramel. Reminds me a bit of the Yakima Twilight I had not long ago in the dark/hoppy aspect.

Toasted malt, caramel, and earthy, resinous hops dominate the flavor. Not much of a citric character. I was even tasting the slightest hint of chocolate in there.

Medium-heavy body. Soft carbonation. Very smooth, creamy drinker. This really struck me as like a junior version of a Yakima Twilight or Arrogant Bastard. Easy drinker.

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

Poured into a pint glass, it has a nice dark rust red color and thick head. Strong hop smell along with some sweetness from the malts.

This is probably my new go to beer. It is well balanced and tastes amazing. Great hop presence and bitterness. I could drink this everyday.

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

Poured into a shaker pint glass. A beautiful deep, deep red that's almost brown. Rich, thick head that's orange tan. Very pretty beer. Fantastic lacing.

Aroma is as rich as it's appearance -- first bright citrus hops balanced by plumy caramel sweetness that follows. Amazingly appetizing.

A very balanced beer. Some (but not too strong) hop flavor at the start, followed by the malt & caramel (which isn't quite as sweet as it smells), that is finished with a bitterness that doesn't seem that potent at first but really really lingers assertively. After drinking it, balance really is the best descriptor -- it's got lots of hop flavor & bitterness but they are balanced by the strong malt presence. Also, good carbonation, fairly full mouthfeel (but not too full).

Really great beer. If I lived where it were available, I would try to always have some of this in my beer fridge.

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