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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Ratings: 2,618 |  Reviews: 1,179
Photo of cokes
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a brew conflicted against itself. Tradition is not found around here. A bit unsettling at first, yet most of the allure is in the broken molds.

Gorgeous deep ruby-copper with a lunar surface, cratered tan head.
Coniferous aromas of pine hops nearly entirely shield the earthen, smoky, peaty malt base.
Malt feebly asserts itself initially. Toffee, butterscotch, with underlying dirt and peat. Nearly immediately, the mouth is raided by the grapefruit-tinged, pine hop pirates as they loot and pillage the entire oral and sinus cavities. Exciting, but seemingly masking of many of the brew's complexities.
Suspended carbonation couples with the moderately heavy fluid. This beer is gratuitously over-hopped, yet strangely endearing. Though, I do believe that suppression of the hopping would make this a nicer all around beverage. The scotch aspects are lovely, just difficult to locate. The afterword is all brown sugar and marijuana resin.

An excellent, tweaked IPA, and a very fucked up Scotch Ale.

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Photo of aracauna
3.56/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cherry stained tea topped by pale tan head that is nicely creamy and lasting. The aroma is sweet and has a slight hop bite. Nicely malty flavor, toffee, smoky peat, really doughy character. Teh hops don't quite seem to match the malt though. Obviously not in the same class as Hop Rod Rye and Racer 5 but still a quality beer.

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

Ruby color, deep and clear. Nice looking pillowy head after pouring from the 22oz. bomber. Malty and bready with notes of caramel and peat/smoke in the aroma. Oily hops are noted as well. Rich and syrupy is the caramel and molasses flavor, anchored by a hefty roasted malty backbone. Uniquely hoppy for a beer of this style…but in this case style is loosely adhered to. Flavors freely shift from sweetish caramel and molasses to hoppy and dry. The label refers to this beer as a “bastardized Scotch ale.” Indeed an accurate assessment. As unique as it is delicious.

Thanks to Valleyboy for the sample through the Christmas beer exchange.

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

Carefully poured it's fairly clear with just a few specks of yeast sediment. I personally prefer it with the yeast - and give it a swirl - but it still remains just hazy (not cloudy). The body is a very deep copper and it's topped by a frothy ivory head that holds exceptionally well and leaves some very nice lace throughout the glass. The aroma offers some sweet, lightly smoky and caramel-tinged malt as well as some grassy and spicy hops (although it doesn't really become apparent until it warms). The full body is accentuated by a natural carbonation from bottle conditioning - restrained (@ 2.2 vol CO2) with very tiny bubbles - and it's quite creamy and smooth across the palate. Very nice! The rich grassy hops are the first thing that's noticed in the flavor, followed by some soft sweet malt and a touch of smokiness as it crosses the palate before finishing with a rousingly dry and bitter finish. Long lingering hop flavors and some residual smokiness keep it interesting and remind you that you have a beer in front of you! Very well done and quite enjoyable. Also very unique as well. Well worth trying!

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

Citric hop aroma hits you as soon as you open the bottle. Pours medium-brown in color, well-carbonated, with a half-finger head. Aroma remains quite hoppy as the beer sits, though caramel-like malt notes eventually begin to shine through. Big cascade hop flavor up front. So big, in fact, that I begin to wonder about the appropriateness of calling this a Scotch Ale. Good grainy malt body with some real depth -- caramel sweetness and some very light toasted notes. You need to enjoy it quick, though, because the hops don't let themselves be overpowered for long. Finish is very bitter and remains present in the aftertaste which is citric and fruity. Great beer -- reminds me more of a notched-up Sam Adams lager than a Scotch Ale, but if you're looking for a good bitter amber, this is a good way to go.

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Photo of Gusler
4.17/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer begins a nice limpid deep garnet color the head imposing and frothy in its texture, leaving a thick glutinous sheet of lace to seal off the glass. You are greeted by malt, and some light to middling floral tones from the hops, fresh and quite pleasing to the senses. Begins sweet, the top is middling in feel, the finish bitingly acidic, the hops spiteful in their spicy bite, and the aftertaste dry and what a “Hoot”, another winner from this most excellent brewery.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.09/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ricardo’s Red Rocket Ale, appropriately from a Bear Bomber. It positively leaped out of it's Bottle into my chosen drinking vessel for the night, a straight sided 2 Pinter.
First Surprise - it is not really Red. It’s described on the apparel as “… a bastardized Scottish style red ale…” So perhaps the Red is somewhat of a misnomer, and I am not so sure about the Scottish lineage either. Nevertheless, it has a lovely deep creamy head, in both texture and color. The tan head is a good ½” deep, smooth at the edges, with a pock-marked appearance in the centre, with high sustainability. Held up to the light it first appears a deep amber-brown color, but hold it closer to the light and there is a lovely burgundian aura about this beer. Appearance gets a big “thumbs up”, a real stunner in the straight sided Glass.
Fresh hops are evident in the nose, but aroma as a whole is pretty much light and somewhat lacking for me, as I have found with a few Bear Beers. The RRRA announces itself on the palate with a hoppiness that starts mild with a hint of sweet malt, coupled with a light mouthfeel. The sweetness fades, as the bitterness then develops and becomes quite aggressive towards the middle (which I love), and then lingers somewhat in the aftermath of the swallow. Tantalising.
The more I drank this, the more I realized I was wrong, it reminded me so much of a Real Ale I drank back home in England; Red MacGregor Ale (4%) from Orkney Brewery, erm… somewhere North of Scotland. Ooops!. Wrong again. My earlier cynicism was totally unfounded, and I apologized profusely to the Bottle for the earlier questioning of its parentage - even though it is "..bastardized..".
Overall it did not last long at all, my first of the evening and I found it be a very enjoyable refreshing beer with a “more-ish” finish that makes you wish you had bought more than just the 1 sampler. The aggressive hoppiness may not be to everybody’s taste though - but it is mine. Is this really 6.8%?! I have found all of the Bear Beers to be deceptive when it comes to strength and taste expectations. They are never overpowering, and always highly quaffable for their ABV. This is no exception.
If you get the chance I would suggest that you stick one of these on your Launch Pad and go for a couple laps of the Earth in GeoStationary Orbit. Rock-It!

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

Slightly hazy candy apple red color with a huge creamy tan head that leaves a great looking lace all the way down the glass. Huge sticky piney hoppiness with some subtle citrus fruit aromas as well. Light malt aroma that keeps the smell in check. Nice strong and sweet malty taste starts things off in this brew. Nice bittering hop finish that lingers nicely on the tongue. Excellent tangy hoppy characteristics in this brew make it very tasty. Nice and smooth brew that is rather tangy on the tongue but yet a nice sweetness as well. Great brew and this brewery is now two for two in my book. Excellent brews.

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

Interesting combination of flavors. American pine and citrus hop character dominates. Some complex malt flavors, but a little lost. A nice malt background, but a richer malt profile would have been nice since they call it scottish. A pretty good beer, and well balanced, but the stong american hop character seems at odds to the malt profile and low esters. Enjoyable nonetheless

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Photo of sinistersteve
4.4/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Another outstanding ale from Bear Republic. Deep, dark amber color. Piny scent. Great head, although there wasn't much lace to decorate the glass. Awsome hop flavor that explodes in your mouth. This one is definately a keeper. Although, I think most of Bear Republics are keepers.

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Photo of BeerManDan
3.06/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Just not my kind of beer. A little to bitter from first sip to last gulp. Nice redish hue in the apperance, but after that it is just another average beer, at least for me!

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Photo of Jordan
4.7/5  rDev +16%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Another grand slam by the folks at Bear Republic. Butterscotch, alchohalic esters, an interesting malt characteristic, and a slow and mellow hop profile. This is nothing less than a fabulous brew. Rich & complex. Heavy body, almost creamy texture. The 6.8% is deceiving, it feels much higher. Bear Republic, you have my admiration.

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Photo of marc77
4.49/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Ruby in hue, toped by a light tan persistant head. Dark caramel malt and a hint of roasted barley sharpness is accompanied by a piney hop nose. Rich, chewy malt backbone to satisfy my malt cravings, and an assertively bitter, citrusy hop profile to satisfy my hop addiction. Full bodied and satisfying all around. This is Scotch heavy / IPA hybrid and a unique and delicious brew. Just like Willy Shakes is the brew to have if you can't decide between a stout and an IPA, this is the brew to have if you can't decide between a Scotch heavy and an IPA. Have your cake and eat it too.

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Photo of beerluvr
4.62/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours with an excellent rocky head with long lasting Belgian lace over lighly hazy red nectar. Nose is biscuity malt and bready...very fresh! Taste is amazing, sweet malt notes balanced by a perfect amount of hopping, not enough to dominate but just enough to make the long finish nicely bitter and dry. This beer is wonderful to drink, a rich and warming red ale.

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

Chunky and hazy deep copper color. Big head that retains. Caramel and Malt tones in the aroma. Nice caramel maltiness in the taste. Good citrus hop tones accent nicely. A subdued bitterness that is very pleasant. Great brew.

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

It's red, it's hoppy, it's malty. What style is it? Who cares, it tastes pretty damn good. After enjoying Racer 5, this one's got me itching to try everything Bear Republic has put out. It has a nice tan head sitting on top of a pretty reddish-brown beer. Hops are more than noticeable in the smell and taste but nicely balanced by the malt. At close to 7% abv, it's dangerously drinkable. Force your macro-drinking friends to try it blindfolded. It might change their lives.

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Photo of gwfrankpsu
4.7/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is a wonderful, wonderful beer - Richardo has done a great job with this beer. Everyone should be able to enjoy this brew.

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Photo of mattmaples
4.24/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ok this is TOTALLY over hopped for a scottish. I hate to even call it a scottish but it is billed as a "basterdized Scottish","breaks all style molds" so since they were not trying to make a true Scottish I don't feel like they should be dinged on points for being out of style. Huge hop aroma, a nice scottish style malt presnece behind the agresive hop bitterenes. Enough malt to keep me happy and certainly enough hop to please the hopheads.

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Red Rocket Ale from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.05 out of 5 with 2,618 ratings