Red Rocket Ale | Bear Republic Brewing Co.

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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: 2,616 |  Reviews: 1,178
Photo of birchstick
3.98/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark ruby with a frothy head
S - Smells predominately of hops, with a little bit of pepper.
T - This is by far and away the hoppiest amber ale I have had, but that is not necessarily a bad thing. It tastes very similar to an IPA with a bit of pepper and sweet and burnt malts thrown in. As it warms, the hops become less dominant and allows for a nice balance, albeit the hops still are pretty dominant.
M - A little thin and watery; goes down smoothly
D - I finished the bomber without a problem and look forward to having some more from this brewery in the future.

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Photo of scruffwhor
4.29/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer looks almost red rust, red wine, and some kool-aid. Very spongey, airey head right ater the pour, but the dissipaton is swift before I even take a sip. The aroma is like pouring hop syrup over a just opened bag of rice, white bread, and fresh crushed mint. Mint and orange peel hit the palate first. They hang on tight throughout th whole sip while herbal tobacco and biscuit notes meld with the hop resins. Palate is chewy an has a long, slow lingering bitterness. Pleasantly bitter red ale. Would love to try this beer on tap.

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Photo of MisterClean
3.88/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Bear Republic tasting at the Rubicon tonight.

A - Dark auburn-red, dissipates slow, the head sticks around and leaves the slightest lacing.

S - Honey, malts, caramel, and grassy hops.

T - Malty, honey, caramel, and with a slight earthiness.

M - No bitterness, great smooth tasting beer.

D - Good, really smooth, and easy to drink for a 6+ ABV.

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

Pours an opaque reddish-brown color, with a fluffy cream colored head that leaves a generous lace with each sip. The big aroma here is a bold floral hop, with sweet malt and maybe even a bit of apple as well. Upon first taste, the bold hop profile was the first thing that I noticed, with buttery and caramel malt flavors in the background, and a slight warming alcohol presence at the finish. This one is a bit heavy and sticky on the palate, but finishes easier then one might think. Not something you'd want to pound a 6'er of in one sitting, but a damn fine brew in it's own right. This one can stand toe-to-toe with Arrogant Bastard any day in my book.

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Photo of tweeder263
3.78/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours out a highly carbonated red brew with 2 finger head. Smells of sweet malt smells mildly hopped.taste of sweet malt and fairly hopped up. I was surprised about the hop content. Mouthfeel is nothing special. This is a very drinkable beer will definitely buy again.

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Photo of cameraman
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A dark, deep ruby red color, almost a brown color. A small light brown head forms on top, dissolving away to a film. A strong malty fragrance with a sweet fruity aroma. That is followed by a light grassy scent, blending to a mild citric aroma the end. A rich malty, caramel sweetness at the front of each taste. Then a grassy, tobacco flavor follows. It then blends to grapefruit bitterness at the end. A full to medium bodied feel, a rich to smooth feel, slightly slick midway, it leaves subtle dry finish at the back of the palate. his is a very good to great tasting beer, this is a solid beer all the way through.

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Photo of FtownThrowDown
3.58/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a ruby red brown in color with a nice inch or so of off white head. Smell is caramel malt and some hops. Taste shows more of the hops, but there is enough malt to balance it out. I'm also getting a bit of spice. I'm really enjoying this beer. Bittering and non-cloying on the tongue.

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Photo of wiseguy142
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Appearance is a dark raisny plum color with a nice thick frothy tan head. Nice sticky lacing and there's always a decent head lying on the beer. Aroma is of sweet hops balanced with a nutty malt flavor. There's a very strong "deep" nutty malt aroma here that I'd expect from a Belgian or a complex sweet stout, which I really enjoy. Taste predominantly comes from the bittering hops- at first a bit overwhelming (I'm not a hophead..) but it goes well with the light rum and bready tones of the malt. Also a very strong hop aftertaste, both from the bittering and flavoring hops, with a slight dried prune taste. I'd say that the mouthfeel is dead on- smooth up front and in the back with a nice peak in acidity from the carbonation and hops in the middle. I'd say this might be a little more drinkable on draft and it gets more malty and bready as it gets warmer. Overall very nice.

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Photo of ckeegan04
4.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Dark amber color with bright ruby red highlights when held up to light. Two finger light brown head. Head slowly fades and leaves great lacing.

S - Sweet aroma of dark fruits and spicy hops. Hints of caramel from the dark malts as well.

T - Very sweet dark malt taste. Caramel and dark fruits come to mind. A light piney hop bitterness comes through in the middle but not as strong as expected. Finishes with a bittersweet taste.

M/D - Full bodied and very creamy. Just enough carbonation to give it a little bight. Very drinkable.

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

First off, a big thanks to ncvbc for sending this one my way. Cheers!

A- This one pours a deep Mahogany color, head is 1/4", sticky and oily, and leaves a good bit of lacing down the sides of the glass. When held to light, it is nice and clear, and highlights of yellow pass through the body. Very nice looking brew!

S- Definitely rich caramel up front with chocolate malt nicely added to the mix. Further down, the hops come at you with florals and citrus tones then followed up nicely by some woodsy/smokiness.

T- Rich and oaky up front, touch of chocolate, rich caramel, herbal/root like tastes, earthy, good and bitter, maple syrup and brown sugar. Wow, a lot is going on here.

M- Medium to light in the mouth and nicely carbonated.

D- I usually do not like opening bombers by myself; I like sharing them with friends. I am very glad no one is around on this one; its all mine. I love this beer! Too bad I cannot get Bear Republic in GA yet. Hopefully it will come here someday soon!

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Photo of CrellMoset
3.96/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from Whole Foods, Charlottesville, VA. Poured into a 22 oz. Terrapin snifter.

Appearance: Pours a surprisingly dark color, more brown than red, with a nice bubbly, rough-looking creamy tan head. Poured very thick, and the slowness with which the pinpoint-fine bubbles arc along the curvature of the glass and join the head confirm this is a fairly thick, sticky beer.

Aroma: Pleasant but muted. Toasty malts, caramel, lemon zest and hop vegetal notes.

Taste: A nice combination of toasted and roasted notes - caramel is prominent, but some darker, slightly smoky/burnt breadiness comes through as it warms, like a nice heavily toasted slice of wheat bread. A consistent lingering bitterness pervades the whole sip, providing a nice balance. A few leafy, floral hop notes with a slight citrus kick round everything out.

Mouthfeel: Medium-to-full bodied, and very smooth and creamy, with a great hop oil presence. Slick and milky - just kinda slides right down the throat.

Drinkability: One of the better ambers out there, this one's darker than usual, which makes for an interesting drink. Abv% is, of course, manageable and well hidden. A very well-made, drinkable, tasty, big red - recommended.

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

A: Beer is a browisn read head is a light brown. Head does not dissolve very fast stays around awhile. A lot of lacing nice.

S: Hops, Toasted Malt, Lemon Citrus, very pleasant.

T: Nice and bitter with a carmel flavor with a bit of fruitness.

M: Medium carbonation full body.

D: One or two pints is very nice. Very rich satisfying beer.

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Photo of bkilpatr
3.38/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a mug. 09/08/08.

Pours a dark ruby-copper color with about two fingers of soft beige head. The head stuck around for awhile but didn't leave any lacing on its way down. Aroma is dominated by sweet caramel malts, with a bit of piny hop as well.

Taste is more dominated by the piny hops, with a good caramel malt backbone. Some biscuit and bread-like malt sweetness. A bit of grapefruit as well. The finish is pretty bitter from the hops. It's a fair bit hoppier and more bitter than I like for an amber ale.

Feel is pretty good - thick with a medium-full body. Plenty of carbonation but it's still creamy smooth. Drinkability is decent. It's kinda heavy, and the bitterness gets to me after awhile.

Decent, but too much hops for me.

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Photo of woemad
3.97/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, purchased at Bottles in Millwood, WA for $1.79, and consumed after getting off work and trying to assuage the frustrating end-of-the-game losses of EWU and UW to teams that were expected to kill them, and the far-earlier-than-the-end-of-the-game loss by the Seahawks, which could said to have been lost probably when Bobby Engram was injured in the preseason, and certainly when Mo Morris and Nate Burleson went down during the game.

Who, me, venting?

No freshness date billed as such, but visible on the upc symbol is a stamp stating "022608x." Best by? Bottled on? Randon numbers? Who knows.

Poured a dark cola color, that took on a more ruby-ish shade when held up to the light. Half an inch of off-white foam - not terribly impressive, but it clung to life for a surprising length of time. Spotty lace.

Piney in the nose, initially. As time went on a caramel-like malty sweetness also became evident, but the hops are the stars of this show.

Like in the nose, the taste is dominated by the hops, but the malts quickly kick in, and while they remain subordinate, they make a decent junior partner.

Medium-bodied, with a similar level of carbonation. Slightly oily mouthfeel.

A tasty, hoppy version of the venerable red/amber ale. I like this style when it's got a bit of a hop bite, so I'll be coming back to this one.

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

12oz single during the nfl opener


appearance: poured into a pint glass, pretty dark garnet-mahogany body, noteworthy tan cream cap with strong retention

smell: big time hops covered in a thick-sticky caramel malt shell, pine, a touch woody

taste: thick caramel malts, pine and grapefruit hops, mild levels of booze found even at only 6.8%, toasted rye - similarities could be drawn at a high level to the hop rod rye...nice beer

mouthfeel: fairly smooth, fairly strong bitterness level

drinkability: nice

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

A - Poured a dark amber color with an off white head that leaves lacing

S - Is of piney hops and some sweet malt

T - Starts of with the hop then it gets balanced out with the sweet malt

M - This beer has a fuller body to it with medium carbonation to it

D - I love the hoppy reds you get the best of both world hops and sweet malt that come together to make one fine beer worth trying

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Photo of rajendra82
4.28/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer was picked up at Green's in Greenville, South Carolina recently, and the pour looked a lovely shade of burgundy, and was capped by a dense but smallish head. The smell was citric hoppy, with undertones of red apples. The taste was tart, bitter, slightly peaty, and very hearty. The flavors were strong, but beautifully complimentary, and it was hard to put it down for typing this review. The mouthfeel was creamy and soft, and the aftertaste showcased the flavors ina slow fade. A beautifully crafted symphony, this was a very enjoyable experience while is lasted.

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Photo of glid02
4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Split a bomber of this with my boy YankChef at Mellow Mushroom in downtown Charleston.

Pours a nice dark amber color with a one-finger slightly off-white head. Head dissipates into a thin layer of bubbles on top and a thick ring around the glass. Lacing is pretty good.

Smells mostly of hop aromas - lots of floral scents with a little citrus thrown in there as well. There's also a good bit of bready malt aroma.

Tastes maltier than it smells. A robust bready malt flavor followed by a sweet malt flavor followed by some light hop taste followed by a mild bitterness. Very solid, and consistent throughout the glass.

Mouthfeel is very good. It's got a great thickness, and the carbonation is just right. Goes down very easily.

Drinkability is good. I could drink this on a regular basis - it's not too heavy even though the bready malt is the strongest taste.

Overall I was pretty impressed with my first Bear Republic tasting. I would certainly drink this again.

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Photo of champ103
3.35/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a very dark red, almost brown color. A good two finger head but leaves very little lace.
S: Toasted caramel malt up front with a good floral hop balance.
T: Follows the nose. Kind of a cooked verggie flavor as well
M/D: Full body that is thick and creamy. The somewhat high ABV for the style shows a bit. This is not really a session red ale for me.

A nice and enjoyable beer. Not my favorite of the style, but it will defiantly work.

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Photo of jordoo
4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poored into a pint glass.

Its a very nice dark copper body with lots of red hues. The head is a large dirty tan rocky lace monster that does a great job leaving loads of art work on the glass. Smell is piney and citrus hops in a carmal malt bomb. Also get some light floral and grassy notes. The taste is a good bitter hop hit up front riding a very forward carmal/toasted malt flavor with some nice pine and rind flavors coming through. This one is more full bodied than medium and realy has a luxurious feel to its slightly chuncky body. Its a big beer but drinkable, however 22oz in one sitting is plenty for me at least. Overall another very very good beer from Bear Republic.

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

Picked up on a recent trip to SC...not available in NC. :(

Poured deep amber/red with a excellent and lasting head, actually got distracted and 10 minutes later the head was still there.

Taste and smell was dominated by malt but well balanced with plenty of hops. Overall a good beer with good drinkability, could have another any day.

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Photo of cjgator3
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A- Pours a very dark reddish brown color with a light tan colored head.

S- The aroma is sweet malt filled with a good dose of caramel and hops.

T- The taste is pretty balanced with a nice malt backbone along with a lot of citrusy hops in the finish.

M- The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

D- A pretty solid west coast hopped amber, but I don't think I would want to drink more than a single bottle in a sitting.

Overall, Bear Republic Red Rocket Ale is another solid brew from Bear Republic that is worth a shot.

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Photo of brentk56
4.11/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours with a stout-like latte head on top of a dark amber colored liquid; great retention and lacing

Smell: Piney hops and caramel malt

Taste: Opens with a rich caramel malt backbone that is joined by bitter piney hops at mid-palate; after the swallow, the malt returns to more than balance out the hoppy flavors; nevertheless, there are plenty of hops in this beer

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied and creamy; moderate carbonation

Drinkability: I held off tasting this beer as I never get very excited by Ambers; in this case, I was mistaken

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Photo of philipquarles
3.7/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep, clear, copper red with huge dark beige head that lasts. Smells of biscuity malt and generous amounts of C hops. Light hints of coffee. Plenty of sweet, roasty malt in the taste, juxtaposed by quite a bit of resinous hop bitterness. The sweet/bitter thing works better here than in many other west coast brews, but they still don't really 'balance' each other as intended--it's just quite sweet and quite bitter at the same time. Very slight warming alcohol. Medium body with good carbonation. Not a bad beer, though it's not exactly refined.

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Photo of cswhitehorse
3.8/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The Red Rocket poured a dark reddish brown with less than a finger foam head with not much lacing. There was much in the way of retention.

The smell was of deep roasted malt with caramel and a nice hoppy aroma. The taste was malty, smooth and brown sugar like. It left a good hop linger in the mouth and was semi chewy. Overall I found it to be a great ale and would buy again.

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Red Rocket Ale from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.05 out of 5 with 2,616 ratings