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 AltBock
4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was able to try this Bear Republic brew on-tap at High Street Grill on 3/11/2008. They served it to me in an American Heavy Seas pint glass.

Red Rocket poured a beautiful crimson red that a long lasting white head of foam. The only time the head of foam receded was when I took a sip of beer and every time I did that, it left streak after streak of white lace. The aroma was heavy with pine, grapefruit, bitter citrus hops, citrus fruits and anything else that's related to citrus flavors. The taste was also heavy, but with dried citrus hops, citrus fruits, pine needles, grapefruit, and then all of these citrus flavors ended with a big taste of malted rye. The malted rye was a nice surprise. I was only expecting the taste to be filled with nothing but citrus flavors of all kinds. It was a medium to full bodied beer that had a refeshing dry aftertaste of citrus fruits, bitter citrus hops, and pine. I would be happy to drink this from a bottle. I sure it's just as good coming from a bottle. Another great beer from Bear Republic!

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

A: Poured a clear, dark cranberry red with a solid 1 finger creamy khaki head that was moderately lasting and faded to a sparse, bubbly layering and spotchy lacing. Visible carbonation was light-medium.

S: a light, but sweet toasted munich caramel with a nice dry flowery hoppiness of citrus.

T: The initial flavor was dry and citrusy with some dark toasted caramel. There was a noticeable carbonation bite in the middle of the palate before finishing with a dry, floral hop bite of citrus and pine. The hopping was dominate in the flavor and I wish I would of tasted more of the malt. There was a slight alcohol warming and a dry bitter finish.

M: medium bodied with a slight creaminess leaving a dry pine hop lacing behind.

D: A nice dry hopped red, clean, but lacked complexity sorry to say.

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

22 oz bomber poured into a pint glass.

A- Dark red/ruby color with a nice fluffy creamy head- peaks and valleys. Rings of lacing all around the glass, sticking throughout.

S- Aggressive and sweet citrus scent maybe some fruit in the nose.

T- Taste was bitter and bready yet balanced with a huge sweetness pop. I cant put my finger on the exact flavors from the sweet tastes. There is also an earthy grassy like flavor in there, but once again, balanced out by the malts.

M- Mouthfeel was rich and creamy- sticky and full bodied.

D- I loved this beer. Well balanced and enjoyable.

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Photo of Proteus93
4.45/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: A beautiful dark amber pour, with a nice puffy light tan head to go with it. A very nice looking amber pour.

S: A sweet and creamy malt with a citrusy fruit balance.

T: Quite a hoppy amber ale... a lot of citrus peel, and pine notes, with a nice malty balance. This has got a wonderful taste.

M: Juicy, with a nice body... full enough to compliment the flavour. A touch more carbonation would have made it almost perfect.

D: VERY drinkable. This is what I have found I like in an amber ale. The lip-smacking fruitiness that is almost like a fresh, organic grapefruit or something. Very clean and tasty, I'll most definitely be getting this again... and again.

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

Not sure why I waited so long to try this one out.

Pours a nice clear and dark ruby hues brown. Thick creme head. Nose is of piney hops. Flavor is citric, earthy, and has a noticeable zing to it. Calms down as it gets warmer. Smooth feel. Easily drinkable. I expect no less from Bear Republic. A nice one that's much better on the warmer side.

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

Pours a hazy deep reddish brown with a substantial rocky head. Also substantial is the lacing, pretty fine looking stuff.

Hops predominate in the nose, malt background.

Taste shows great hop content, grapefruit, again malt background.

Smooth and creamy mouthfeel, low level of carbonation gives it a full bodied feel.

Good drinkability, especially so with an easy to deal with ABV.

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Photo of charlzm
3.16/5  rDev -22%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Consumed 08/11/07.

Beers pours a deep amber with a clear, frothy white head. Very aromatic hops greet the nose with citrus notes. A big malt odor lurks behind the floral hoppiness with a slight metallic tinge the only negative. Oily hoppiness rolls onto the tongue with an orange peel flavor and medium bitterness. The thin malt flavor is overwhelmed by the hops but still detectable during the middle of a mouthful. But when the brew heads for the back of the mouth, a moderate astringency and stronger hop bitterness quickly drown out the malt. The metallic note in the nose becomes apparent to the palate on the aftertaste. I really didn't much care for this one.

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Photo of luvND
4.41/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

P-22oz bomber

A-beautiful ruby red, near perfect head, soft and foamy, great retention

S-caramel, biscuity, soft hops

T-biscuity up front, hops really pull through after the swallow and really linger

M-Nice and smooth, not too thick

D-I could easily knock down 2 or 3 of these

Notes: A really great amber/red from what is becoming one of my favorite breweries. Will definitely have this one again.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.6/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a frothy, three finger thick, lightly browned, tan colored head. The beer is a dark, concentrated plum, amber hued color that shows a brilliantly clear, cranberry hued color when held up to the light. This beer is quite hop focused, I don't get any malt at all upon first inspection of the aroma. Aromas of grapefruit, freshly zested lemon peel, bergamot, tangelo, orange zest and some light pine / herbal notes. The malt is here, it does in fact play an integral role here with aromas of richly caramelized malt and toasty browned biscuit notes.

This beer has a chewy body, that has a medium heft to it, yet it is not very sweet. The ample hop character and darker malt notes seem to inhibit the malt sweetness. Bracingly bitter from the get go, the biting hop character lingers on through to a long finish. The hop flavors here are influenced heavily by the lack of sweetness; the vibrant fruit notes of the aroma are fairly subtle here, instead flavors of pine, menthol, and a deep herbal note are what is most noticeable. There is some light notes of grapefruit, and perhaps a touch of orange towards the end where a touch of malt sweetness is able to come through. The finish has the hop bitterness as well as a sharp, herbal hop astringency and even a touch of toasted, darker grain note. The malt character, while clearly a supporting role, adds a nice dimension to this brew; toasty malt and bread-like flavors as well as a richly caramelized, yet not sweet malt character.

A pretty tasty brew, I wish that there was a bit more residual malt sweetness to this brew; a solid citrus hop character would have been really nice. This is actually slightly tart as a result of the lack of sweetness; this is not bone dry though, there is just not enough malt sweetness to stand up to the hops.

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