Red Rocket Ale | Bear Republic Brewing Co.

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Red Rocket AleRed Rocket Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Bear Republic Brewing Co.
California, United States
bearrepublic.com

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#3,023
Reviews:
1,178
Ratings:
2,616
pDev:
10.86%
Bros Score:
4.34
 
 
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Photo of Blackop555
3.96/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a red brown thick, medium head fading slowly to lacing

Smells of citrus hops and malts

Taste is pretty balanced light malts with citrus as it warms malt profile increases slightly. Finishes moderately bitter and lingers for a while. Medium to thick body good carbonation

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Photo of dbauer
4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of lwcreasy
4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Reddish-brown and opaque with a light tan, creamy head. An inch of the stuff, and it hangs around beautifully, for the whole trip. Some suspended yeast. Great lacing.

Sweet, delicious toffee malt character with pungent, spicy, and slightly citrus-hinting hops. Mostly the light citrus notes recall lemon. Rich toffee, caramel, and ladyfingers. These malt aromas get bigger and more beautiful as we're sipping down. A little fruity ester character and perhaps some butterscotch as the beer gets warm.

Deep toffee impression, with toasty malt character on the back half of each sip. Mostly herbal hops throughout, with a little bit of lemon zest when the brew is still sprite. Some other interesting character starts to appear when the beer hits that optimum temp- apple, tobacco, and raisin. All these flavors and the persistent herbs mix well with the medium + bitterness. Compellingly, the sip see-saws from a fairly sweet start to a nice, refreshing bitter-leaning finish.

Medium body, but rich. Nice and creamy. Dry finish accentuates a nice bitterness.

Really a fantastic beer! Will have to make this a regular in the mini. One of the best Ambers I've had.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.66/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Somewhere between a scotch ale and a red ale comes this pour, its a dark brown I would say but without the viscous stout like appearance. Caramel, rye? and hops in the nose.

Taste is like a meld of styles from US and UK, you get the peat and earthiness with some tobacco notes, but there is plenty of c hops and bitterness like grapefruit. Full bodied.

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Photo of sd123
3.92/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

Photo of jmaskell33
4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Momon
3.99/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Tavo2311
3/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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

Photo of skrabbenhoft
4.27/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TheBrosy
4.45/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass from a 12oz bottle.

Appearance: Pours a deep amber red with a slight tan head. Great head retention. Somewhat hazy

Smell: Big sweet caramel aroma with nice piney hop aroma.

Taste: Outstanding. Nice malt profile of caramel and some chocolate comes through as well. Hop bitterness is pleasant at the beginning of the mouthful.

Mouthfeel: Lightly carbonated with a nice slick mouth feel.

One of the best American Ambers I've had. Really out standing beer. The taste profile is quite broad and the aroma is great as well.

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Photo of smithj4
4.06/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of nininik12
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SonictheBeerhog
4.29/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of AdmiralOzone
3.11/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of MattyG85
4.41/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a chalice.

Appearance: Pours a deep brownish amber red with a moderate amount of bubbles. About a finger of off white head which settles into a thin patchy layer.

Smell: A toasty and earthy aroma with a scent of caramel, pine, and citrus. Toasted barley malt with a scent of caramel, grains, and biscuit with yeast. Earthy hops with a scent of pine resin and grass. Citrus hop hints of grapefruit, orange peel, and lemon. A very good complex aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a toasty and earthy balanced taste with notes of caramel, pine, and citrus. Toasted barley malt with notes of caramel, biscuit, grains, and nuts along with yeast. Earthy hops with notes of pine resin and grass. Citrus hop notes of orange peel, grapefruit, and lemon. A very good taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Somewhat chewy with a drying finish.

Overall: A very good twist on a Red/Scottish Ale. Good red malt flavor with a bold hop presence.

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Photo of AdamSteve
3.93/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of SlightlyGrey
4.02/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, best before 10/28/2016. Pours slightly hazy dark ruby red color with a 2 finger dense and rocky light khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Dense soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, peach, mango, lemon/orange peel, light pine, caramel, brown sugar, toasted biscuit, light nuttiness, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of juicy citrus/tropical hops and dark/bready malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, peach, mango, lemon/orange peel, pine, caramel, brown sugar, toasted biscuit, light nuttiness, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Moderate pine/citrus peel/grassy bitterness; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, peach, mango, lemon/orange peel, pine, caramel, brown sugar, toasted biscuit, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of juicy citrus/tropical/pine hops and dark/bready malt flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance and minimal hop astringency after the finish. Light-moderate dryness from bitterness, that increases through the glass. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth moderately sticky/creamy/bready balanced mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an outstanding hoppy red ale. All around awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of juicy citrus/tropical/pine hops and dark/bready malt flavors; very smooth and easy to drink. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of IckyT2012
4.06/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of j0hnc2468
4.29/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bb-magic
4.04/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of aknalley
4.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of jakea
3.92/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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