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
Ratings:
2,602
Reviews:
1,178
Avg:
4.06
pDev:
10.84%
 
 
Wants:
177
Gots:
272
For Trade:
4
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Ratings: 2,602 |  Reviews: 1,178
Photo of clalalive
4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of dtumminelliob
4.19/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is a pretty great red ale. The pour is a beautiful red-brown, though it could afford a little more head/lacing. The smell is malty-hoppy. The taste and feel are smooth with the deep malty backbone, but the hops mask any sweetness. The hop profile is more piney than bitter. Overall, really well balanced red ale.

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Photo of JJKBeerLvr
3.97/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16oz bottle into pint glass in February 2016. No date on the bottle.

Appearance: Dark amber with light tan head. Beer color is clear, and a little cloudy. Head and lacing are thick. It leaves a thick film on the glass long after the head disappeared.

Smell: Aroma dominated by hops, and citrus. There is some pine aroma as well, but it is dominated by the citrus.

Taste: The taste is also dominated by the bite from the hops. There is also citrus fruit flavors, and a little sweetness from the malts. The aftertaste has with a bite from the hops, but it is very balanced.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium alcohol, which confirms the 6.8% on the bottle.

This is a very smooth medium-bodied ale. Good drinking, and reminds me of a good IPA or APA, but smoother and with less pronounced hops that many IPAs. I will buy this again.

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Photo of fakedeadgirlfriend
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of marieli
3.81/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 12oz bottle. Looks great, deep amber. Smell the hops--I'm not the biggest fan. Taste is good, and pretty well balanced, but for my taste hops could still step back a little. Decent bitterness. Good mouthfeel.

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Photo of Bosazga
3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sorry I'm just gettin back into this reviewing thing...

L- My favorite color of beer - like weak coffee or really good cream soda

S- Cedar, asphalt, or tannins in general - it smells way maltier than it tastes, but none of it hurts the experience

T- Not what I expected in a red ale (which is what the name implies)... Red's are tough to define, but they are one of those beers I go to if I'm just not sure of the other selections... It's surprisingly bitter, I taste tobacco, maybe some cloves..., but i'm ok with it for a short-term engagement

F- It's been 2-3 minutes since my last sip, but I still feel carbonation on my tongue - definitely bordering on bitter, but not offensive in any way... definitely a re-visit that will neutralize anything I've had that evening...

This is an interesting brew.. I'd say it's a great transition to the next selection (which I now get to enjoy), but not one I'd look forward to....

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Photo of Andrewharemza
3.8/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From Bottle. Pours a dark cloudy amber with off-white head. Aroma is caramel, vanilla, fruity malts. Taste big hops there, citrus, grapefruit and with a caramel malt. Very nice.

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Photo of ChivoPepe
4.06/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jmills3
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of PierceTheElder
4.16/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Dirt286
3.79/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of wisegreensoul
4.19/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Rbodacious
4.37/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of LoudRed
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of let8it8grow
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dandaugherty1221
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Totalpackage411
5/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

One of the best ales I've ever had, I was surprised how good this was. Kind of s fruity/citrus taste almost like an IPA but with an ale flavor.

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Photo of Lingenbrau
4.24/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Viaduck
3.68/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A dirty looking body with a modest head, modest hoppy aroma. Not bitter but it's flavor is a single note: hops. It does get bitter now. Good.

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Photo of chefhatt
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of nuebs
3.87/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of StevenMilligan
4.38/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

L: Deep dark, hazy red/brown. Half an inch head that fades; yet there remained a weird dab of red, almost like like food coloring or a paint splat. Weird! It must be yeast.

S: HOPS! Then sweet caramel notes are left dancing with some cherry. A little bit of plum. Very sweet smelling after the initial smell of citrusy hops.

T: Raisin bran, dark pitted plum. More caramel malt here. The specialty malts really shine. Some hop bitterness in the finish to balance that fruit in the foreground. Very complex, yet balanced. A touch of spicy hops in the finish as well.

F: Pretty thick for a red, but with a taste that like it's ok. It's easy to tell this beer is jam-packed with flavor and a lighter mouthfeel would just not be feasible.

O: I am weird. I am usually put off by unfiltered beers full of swimming dregs. But, you cannot deny the complexity and balance of this brew. You get that everything but the kitchen sink flavor (bastardized), but they all align well together. It's hoppy, it's sweet, it's somewhat refreshing and it works! A nice surprise, I had saved this for last thinking I would not enjoy it.

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Photo of 81tillinfinity
4.23/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bastardizied Scottish ale is what it says on bottle and they're right, but it a good way. Citrus on the nose lending more toward an ipa. Taste is a bitter hop punch on initial sip with a sweet malty finish. Missing the sweeter more malt forward mouthfeel of a Scottish ale richness replaced by a dry finish. Typical grapefruit ipa flavor shines through. Something for the hop heads to drink when you need a change.

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Photo of andrewvent
4.46/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of halo3one
3.52/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Red Rocket Ale from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
4.06 out of 5 based on 2,602 ratings.
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