Red Rocket Ale | Bear Republic Brewing Co.

2,602 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

Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-05-2001

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
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 +7.1%
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 -1.5%
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 +4.7%
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 +13.8%
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 -0.2%
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 -20.4%
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%
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 -3.9%
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 -5.2%
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 -6.7%
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 +3.4%
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 +1.7%
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 -2.7%
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 -7.4%
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 +6.4%
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 +5.9%
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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Photo of Vonerichs
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The body is a beautiful slightly hazy cherry wood, thick white head, and good lacing.

The nose is toasty and sweet malt, with a pine resin and citrus kick.

This is a wonderfully hoppy red ale, but also well balanced. Hops are pine and citrus, and there's a firm malty sweetness to lay the foundation.

Medium bodied and moderately carbonated. Finish is slightly bitter, but kept in check with some lingering sweetness.

Very drinkable beer and easy to have a few in a sitting.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.42/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice brown-red, bordering on mahogany. A nice white head and plenty of lacing. The nose has plenty of citrus and piney hops along with some nice dark amber malt and accompanying sweetness. The taste is similar, with a lovely bitterness as well as nice herbal, citrus, and caramel flavors. Moderate body with excellent drinkability.

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

pours a deep ruby amber with copper tones. light cream colored head. nice retention and light lacing

sweet candy malts, fresh floral hops, light citrus, and pine

up front the malts start with a quick kick of pine bitterness. a little sweetness from the malts bring down the hop tone a notch. lots of citrus throughout. finish has nice hints of ruby red grapefruit.

nice lightly moderate carbonation and a full body

a perfect example of a west coast amber. tons of hop flavor but a sweet malty amber ale. i love and want to drink many of them.

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Photo of runner72
4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle

A - brownish/red, nice 2 finger head, laces the glass

S - Malt with a little hops. Very nice

T - Malty, very nice taste. smooth. Not to strong. you can taste the hops in the aftertaste but not bitter

M - Nice carbonation. good mouthfeel

D - Very tasty. smooth and malty. Excellent red ale.

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Photo of TheJollyHop
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown with an off white head that fades semi-slowly leaving behind ample lacing.

Prominent toasty caramel malt sweetness with distinct citrus and pine hop aroma.

Citrus fruit (grapefruits) and pine flavor follow up the initial burnt sugar, toasted grain, and molasses malt sweetness surge. Bitterness bursts and gives way to a rather sweet finish. Well balanced and quite tasty.

Medium body, medium carbonated with some nice weight on the tongue.

Highly drinkable because of its great balance and pleasant mouthfeel.

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Photo of popery
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A satisfying, hoppy red ale. Whatever the style origins, this is a nice beer with a lot of flavor. It's aggressively hopped, a sweet blend of citric, floral and spruce notes. The malt brings some deeper caramel flavors, toasty sweet bread and burnt sugars. There's a good yeast flavor that dries out the finish beyond the already dry tone of the beer. The mouthfeel is creamy and a bit oily with hops. The beer looks great, carmine liquid with a thick layer of off-white foam. Bear Republic makes good beer.

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Photo of dasenebler
4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber. Pours a sultry copper, featuring a rich tan head with great retention and nice lacing. Bear Republic sure makes beautiful looking beer.

Aroma is at first piney, spicy, and hoppy, but then toasty and malty. Not overpowering, but nice.

Flavor exhibits the well-balanced character of the aroma, but on a much deeper level. For a hoppy beer, the malts are very present. Darkly sweet and caramel-like, toasty and malty. A very savory, harmonious brew. Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth, with fine carbonation. Drinks like liquid candy.

Bear Republic makes some buxom, bodacious brews, and Red Rocket is no exception. Well-proportioned ale here.

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

Poured into a Perfect Pint glass. Formed a large, fizzy, 3 finger butterscotch head. Slow dissipation that left behind foamy tufts on the sides of the glass. Caramel/brown body with a dense center and lighter yeasts floating about...

Two part nose...hops (citrus and pine) and a malty caramel body.

The taste is similar to the nose. Hops up front that are followed by the malted caramel flavors. Hops finish off the sip, making for excellent balance.

The mouth feel is medium with good carbonation.

Very drinkable, well balanced beer.

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Red Rocket Ale from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
4.06 out of 5 based on 2,602 ratings.
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