Red Rocket Ale | Bear Republic Brewing Co.

Red Rocket AleRed Rocket Ale
2,607 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 iceball585
3.85/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Dark reddish black color, non-transparent, one finger thick tan color head that faded to a thin cover, some sediment floating near the bottom

S- Flowery hops, toasted malts, alcohol, hint of dark fruits

T- Dark malts, fruity, grains, earthy hops, sweet, hint of caramel, fairly bitter

M- Medium body, medium carbonation, smooth, creamy, oily hop finish, slight burn of alcohol

D- Worth buying again

This brew has a very interesting collection of flavors. It's not an instant favorite of mine but I'd buy this one again.

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Photo of JDV
4.06/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark rich maroon pour with a big lasting beige head that wouldn't die. Smell was rich sticky sweet malt, and almost rye like touches at times, and a nice vibrant hop blast. Taste was quite hoppy, but suitably backed by a unique maltiness. Mouthfeel was lightly carbonated and incredibly smooth going down. Alcohol is well hidden but pokes out ever so slightly. Nice lacing on the glass too, after the girlfriend and I downed the bomber. This one grew on me more and more as I drank it, and reminded me a bit of their Hop Rod Rye and I'm very glad we get these here in Austin now.

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

A: Poured from the bomber into a pint glass. Body is dark, reddish amber with a beige, 1/2-finger beige head. Very few bubbles rising. Some lace.

S: Juicy grapefruity hops with a hint of pine, but over some malty sweetness. Very nice nose -- not in-your-face, but just all around pleasant.

T: Definite c-hops at play here, as the dominant flavors are grapefruity, citrusy hops with a hint of pine or even spruce. Nicely balanced, however, with toasted malt and caramel malt sweetness. Slightly dry lemony bitterness lingers, cleaning the palate nicely and encouraging the next sip.

M: Despite the lack of visible carbonation, it's pretty active in the mouth. Lighter side of medium in heft.

D: Very good. Nicely balanced and nicely flavored, this is an excellent, quaffable bigger (at 6.8% ABV) Red Ale.

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Photo of saintwarrick
4.53/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bear republic is here in S.C. and we are the richer for it.

This brew pours a dark garnet, almost brown, with a foamy off-white head that sticks to the glass. Aroma is dark and thick, brown sugar and caramel with leafy, grassy hops in the background. Sweet and malty base in the taste, some fruitiness with raisins and others, but the hops are surprisingly bold and bitter in this brew, giving it almost a smoky flavor. Damn tasty.

Probably my favorite of the four BR beers we have here. Probably dethrones St. Rogue Red as my favorite in this style. Awesome brew.

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

Dark amber body with a nice small white head that fell and left nice lacing.

Bucuity malts and very pleasent hop aromas.

Hoppy taste once it hits your lips,with some nice sweet malts in there to help compliment the hops.

Very nice carbonation,real smooth and not harsh one bit.

One fine amber,its a toss up between this and the Nectar.This is the Nectar of the west coast.Great job BR.

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Photo of jwc215
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bomber:

Pours deep ruby amber with an off-white head that leaves some rings of lacing.

The smell is of citrus, pine and toffee. Robust.

The taste is as the nose indicates - hoppy - piney, citric - with a solid toffeeish/malty balance. Just a touch of alcohol is noticeable in the finish.

Medium-to-full-bodied and smooth, this is very drinkable. Very tasty, too - nice blend of hops and malt. Pretty intense while maintaining smoothness and drinkability. This is a good one, to say the least!

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Photo of SurlyDuff
4.38/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown/red body with Brick colored highlights when being held up to the light. A clingy tan head that dissolves into a nice lacing fairly quickly. Sticks to the side of my pint glass with vigor, though not as tough or sticky as an IPA or other resiny beer. Tiny yeast particles float about, making it a bit hazy, but not cloudy. A beautiful red ale.

Sweet malt, leafy grass, and toasted caramel comes to the nose at first. As it warms up, i got a bit of alcohol bite in there, which is interesting, since its only 6.8abv.

Smooth mouthfeel all the way though. A bitterness is present, but it is distributed evenly from the beginning to the finish. The bitterness is hoppy and fruity, though not necessarily citrus. I am really enjoying this a lot.

One of my favorite Reds. Big flavor and great drinkability.

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Photo of DoubleJ
4.38/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Let's just get to the beer:

Poured hard into a pint glass, the beer shines a deep copper color in the glass with a marvelous thick head. There's a good amount of hops in the aroma with some caramel tagging along. You like a bitter hoppy red ale? Then this would be a good pick. It's back and forth between the hops and the malt in this one. Hops are piney, malts bring caramel, burnt sugar, and faded biscuit notes. There's even a fruity note. This ale is medium-full bodied with a surprising drinkability.

What a great treat. I drank this at cellar temperature and was rewarded.

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Photo of EStreet20
4.51/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

BEAR REPUBLIC!!! Cheers for another great brewery hitting the Garden State.

22 ounce bomber, 20 ounce nonic.

A - This beer pours to a nice inviting look. Deep reddish brown glows red when held to light. Tan head occupies the space above the ridge in the nonic glass, and begins lacing as soon as the head begins to subside. The head only subsides slightly, and sticks around throughout the drink. Tons of lacing in rings around my pint glass.

S - Very nice sugary, caramelly malt smell with some hop aroma.

T - Where to start here. Hops are present initially, but give way to sweet caramel flavors. Tiny hints of roastiness (almost like a roasty brown) before a surge of hop bitterness. The brew finishes with a hop bitterness, and an aftertaste that leaves you wanting more.

M - A nice smooth, medium/full body.

D - A very interesting flavorful red.

Notes: This is a great brew for many reasons. Bottle calls it a bastardized Scottish Style Ale. This brew shows me the diversity of American Ambers, especially those one would call "Imperial Amber", perfectly. Case in point, lately I've been drinking Nugget Nectar. This brew is categorized the same, but showcases entirely different flavors. Still, the idea is the same; it's an aggresively hopped stronger American Amber/Red Ale. Where NN goes more toward the fruity flavors and citrus hops. This beer brings out the dark, caramel malts and hop bitterness. Very nice overall.

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

Pint poured on tap at bartender suggestion.

A: Crimson/brown with a thin khaki head that stayed short through the beer. Nice lacing.

S: Some malt and fruit but dominated by flavorful hop aroma.

T: Hops right up front, much more than I had expected. Terrific beer in terms of bitter taste, had more of a feel to me of an imperial red. A pleasure to drink.

M: Hop texture with some carbonation. No burn whatsoever.

D: Incredibly drinkable and the abv to match. Ive been nothing but impressed by Bear Republic and this one was right there with the others.

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

Subtle hoppy, malty aroma. Poured with a very thick light beige head that lingered a while. Deep reddish brown color that was dark, but translucent.

Roasted, caramel malt flavor offset by a restrained hoppiness. Pleasant aftertase was a good blend of the flavor characteristics.

Fairly rich, well-carbonated mouthfeel bordering on creamy due to the fine carbonation.

Overall, a very nice beer: a balanced and rich amped-up red ale.

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Photo of BeerSox
4.53/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber into nonic.

Deep slight hazy red hues that border almost on brown. A thick and dense tan head slowly settles to a thin cap, leaving behind a solid wall of lacing. As the head settles, it creates a pillowy pattern, like the top of benign cloud from above. Solid lacing down the glass.

The aroma consists of burnt caramel and a bit of mild raisin. There is a touch of citrusy hop aroma.

Very grainy and slightly burnt flavors, with a little bit of roasty coffee in there. Some sweet caramel offests this, as well as the slightly bitter hops flavor. Full bodied. The finish is a bit of lingering grain and bitter hops.

This one is on the darker side of the style, along with sweeter aromas and a little more complexity in the flavor compared to lighter beers in the style. This is a great beer to enjoy. Recommended.

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

22oz bomber poured into a pint

Crystal clear mahogany with tons of carbonation. A nice easy pour yielded a small off-white head with nice staying power and lacing.

A beautiful balance of hops and malts here. Smells of toasted caramel and clean, ripe grapefruit in perfect symmetry.

This is a really clean red ale. A bit on the hoppy side for the average person, but not for me. A nice rush of caramel followed by a wave of grapefruit bitterness that coats the mouth and lingers a bit.

Medium bodied and a bit on the creamy side, very easy going.

I would have thought this was a little easier to drink, being only 6.8%, but it drinks a lot heavier. It might be the hops catching up to me, I'm not sure.

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

22 oz bottle poured into pint glass

A: Ours a beautiful red mohagny with about 1 inch white head that recedes fairly quickly, but leaves behind a nice thick lacing.

S: Citrusy, fruity hops, grapefruit sent really comes through, also a bit of piney hops and the sweet caramel malt also comes through.

T: Bitter grapefruit and piney hops up front, but the sweet caramel malt provides a nice balance. Bit of toasty malt and breadyness from the yeast.

M: Medium body and carbonation, creamy and bit of hop oil in the mouthfeel.

D: Extremely tasty with a great balance. One of the best ambers i have. A little extra hops from what is typical, but is pulled off wonderfully.

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Photo of goindownsouth
4.47/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Consumed von Fass at Barley's Taproom in Greenville, South Carolina on 02.09.08...

Thick and pillowy head with amazingly sticky lace along the side of the glass. Brilliant red-brown hue that looks almost ruby in the light. Aromas of amazing citrusy hops and good malt balance come through quickly. Smooth and well-carbonated, the pleasant bitterness lingered for a good while on the palate while the toasty malt goodness played a good two-step. The alcohol was very well hidden, but still, as this one is so easily quaffable, it can sneak up on you and knock you in the chops.

While red ales are generally not my bag, this one makes me rethink that. Yet another stellar, stellar brew from Bear Republic!

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Photo of dsa7783
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

1 Pint, 6 fl oz bottle copped from Gary's in Madison for $4.99... Pours an attractive dark-brown, mahogany hue with a tan, reddish, frothy head that soon dissipated... Nice aroma full of hops, slight caramel, subtle vanilla... smell is persuasive and pleasing without being too cloying or overwhelming... taste strongly complements the nose, with a bittersweet, vanilla and slight caramel essence... this beer seems very well balanced with a combination of slight malts and nice hops... Very clean, clear, crisp, lucid taste... very pleasing, not overwhelming, and easily drinkable with the 6.8% ABV hardly noticable... My first brew from Bear Republic, and I must say that I was impressed with this sample... Recommended to me by an employee from Gary's, I was glad I took his advice to try this one... a very good depiction of the style... Logo sticker claims that, "Red Rocket Ale is a bastardized Scottish style red ale..."... Recommended...

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

The beer poured a dark red with a thick, smooth, creamy head into a pint glass. The smell was of fresh, piney hops. The initial flavor was of hops, and stayed all the way through the swallow - a wonderfully hoppy ale, with just enough malt sweetness to not be too overpowering in the bitterness department. The carbonation was good, and there was thick Brussel's lace down the glass at the end of the pint. I think I like this more than Racer 5.

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Photo of ccrida
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle poured into a nonic, Red Rocket is dark, hazy chestnut with a modest, olive tinged ivory head that leaves pretty heavy lace. Served at cellar temp.

Smell is on the softer side, earthy, spicy hops and a touch of brown sugar.

Taste is pretty nice, malty but not sweet, but with a firm noble hop spice, a bastardized scotch ale for sure. A slight touch of citrus on the spicy, lingering finish, the ABV is not to well hidden.

Mouthfeel is on the thinner side, but with medium-heavy body.

Drinkability is average. A bit different but nothing too exciting.

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Photo of explosivebeer
3.96/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This slightly creamy red ale has a great head that actually has persistent structure, almost like a head on a root beer float. Unfortunately, it blocks a lot of the aroma, at least until you drink it down. The color is a deep brownish red. This beer has an excellent balance of malts and hops, with lots of flavor and a nice smooth finish. This is the first beer I'd tried from Bear Republic but I'll be keeping my eye out for other offerings.

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Photo of dedrinker
4.19/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark brown with red tints. Aroma of roasted and caramel malts and hops. Flavor is caramel, dry roasted malt, and hop bitter more dominant than aroma or flavor. Juicy malt middle, and a chewy mouth feel lead to a hop-dominated malty finish. Sometimes on tap it is truly divine - perfect balance of west coast hops and chewy caramel malt.

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

There is a pretty sweet rocket design on the label, which also informs me that this is a bastardized and aggressively hopped scottish style red. This brew blasts off with a big, billowing, light oragne-wheat head atop the rasberry-amber colored brew. Patches of sticky lace dust the edges of my glass. The nose is the sweetest citrusy oranges blended with sweet, toasted, caramel malts. These carry straight through to the taste where an INCREDIBLE balance of sweet citrus and caramel, light toasted biscuits, and earthy-pine hop bitterness spark the taste buds. Mouthfeel is medium with just a touch of alcohol heaviness pulling it towards full. Big billowing carbonation keeps Red Rocket creamy and fresh. Dare I say out of this world? Okay, enough already. Corny review of a very good brew. Definitely one of the best of the style.

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

Got a nice think light tan and fluffy head that covered a dark amber unfiltered body filled with very little carbonation; its got some really good lacing too It has a very sweet and mildly citrusy aroma with some roasted malts and a mild hint of alcohol as well. Its pretty smooth with a good kick of hops and some malts, it has a slightly bitter aftertaste that just dwindles in your mouth for a bit, this is a very good beer to drink.

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

22oz bomber, served in a pint glass.

A - hazy, brown color with a fairly small tan head that quickly fell to a layer, leaving a good amount of lace on the glass.

S - mostly a citrus hop aroma, with a slight roasted malt smell.

T - sharp hop bites at first, malty flavor comes through only to finish dry and bitter. A bit heavy on the hop side, but malty balance is there. Good Beer!

M - medium bodied with light carbonation feel.

D - I could easily drink a few of these over the course of an evening.

Final Note: this is a good beer at a reasonable price, as are most Bear Republic brews.

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

Red Rocket Ale is a beautiful dark brown-red color with abundant head. The aroma is plentiful in maltiness and hops. The flavor is full and rich with abundant caramel malt. Hops are present from beginning to end. Finish and mouthfeel are strong. Red Rocket is beautifully balanced and flavorful. It's hard to imagine a better red ale than this one from Bear Republic.

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Photo of number1bum
4.57/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The bomber pours a dark reddisih copper color with a huge, rocky light beige head. Head retention is very good, leaving a thick lace and a good amount of stick.

Smells of very fresh, aromatic, and juicy fruity hops. Grapefruit and tangerine, and some pine for good measure. Yeah sure there's some malt there too...but who cares those hops smell fantastic.

Taste is also super juicy and fruity. It's just dripping of hop goodness...grapefruit flavor is awesome, and overall the hops are all flavor here with only minimal bitterness, which comes on at the end. There's a good level of malt sweetness there, and it provides a nice balance. It has a little toasty flavor to it, too. Mmm.

Good medium body, with an appropriate amount of carbonation. Nice creaminess to it, too.

Man this is a damn fine beer. So tasty I could drink it all night. I hope I see this on tap soon now that it's in PA.

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Red Rocket Ale from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.05 out of 5 with 2,607 ratings
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