Double Rocket | Bear Republic Brewing Co.

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

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.20%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Red Rocket taken to the limit and pushed on through the other side, this Imperial Red Ale boasts caramel and roasty malt character and distinct hop flavor and aroma.

Added by SurlyDuff on 08-06-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 22 |  Reviews: 16
Reviews by SurlyDuff:
Photo of SurlyDuff
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A Limited Edition (10oz pour, and more expensive than a 22oz 'schooner') brew at the public house in Healdsburg.

A crazy sticky hop bomb of a beer. Poured amber with a slight haze. Apparently a double batch of Red Rocket, according to the beer menu.
Mouthfeel was slick and syrupy viscous. IBU and abv were not available, but i'd say the abv wasn't killer, perhaps 8%. The hops were through the roof, as was the malt bill. Hops were more sticky and heavy than juicy. Just a big ole american iipa without much distinction or character. I can't imagine this one being bottled, at least not without being tweaked a bit.

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Photo of Sammy
3.61/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed on tap at Cole's. Georgeous black colour, with good soapy white head, and leaving lots of lace. Good bitterness, dark malts, a little roasted malts, some grape taste. Very nice, although a pint is much. Above average mouthfeel, a meal in itself.

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Photo of Gregaroo
4.21/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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Photo of berkey
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass at The Hopyard San Ramon.

This beer is dark brown with a hint of red at the edges and a sturdy, medium sized, tan-colored head. It resembles an American Barleywine much more than the DIPA it's classified as. Leaves a thick sheet of lacing as it goes, really a great looking beer.

Sharp pine and floral hop aromas are at the forefront while a hefty malt backbone pushes it's way through shortly thereafter.

While still intensely hoppy on the palate, it's more pungently bitter and floral with slightly less pine than on the nose. While not offensively hot, this beer isn't exactly shy about showing it's ABV either. It mostly works in my opinion but I can imagine it turning off some.

This is not quite as quaffable as I'd like (most places actually pour it in a smaller glass than the pint I was served tonight and I think that's probably the right call) but there's enough going on to keep me engaged for the most part.

Overall a fun beer that I occasionally revisit when I see it. Good for a change of pace but not quite up to snuff with the standard Red Rocket or a number of other solid Bear Republic brews.

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Photo of weeare138
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on tap at Mugs Ale House...
Appears a dense dark mahogany toned brown with a light tan head that slowly fades into a tiny cap. Scattered bits of lacing are left around the entire interior of the glass.
Smell is of pine, caramel, and bitter grapefruit.
Taste is of bitter hops, freshly cracked grains, ripe fruit, and freshly baked bread.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, bitter of hops, and lip smacking, grainy sweetness.

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Photo of jneiswender
3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had this beer as part of a flight of samples at the Healdsburg, California restaurant. From tap and in 3oz sample glasses.

A-dark amber body with a thick beige head

S-smoky with a sweet malt smell as well, alcohol is very present here too

T-smoke, sweet malt with some medicinal hop flavor at the end, very alcoholic


D-An alcoholic version of Red Rocket (which I thought was okay too). I think that the smoky malt throws me off. Otherwise this is a really good beer.

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Photo of Reidrover
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was awesome, served from tap a Venti's basement bar. 115 IBUs..but though the bitterness is obvious then copious malt bill equals it. for $4 a pint this is fantastic stuff indeed. Beautiful beer everything i always wanted in a strong ale.
Drinkability,taste and character.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Bear Republic in August 2009.

Poured a dark amber/crimson with a nice tan head. Slight haziness to it. Strong aroma of grapefruit, floral notes, caramelized sugar, a bit of dark fruits, and a tiny bit of alcohol. Strong tasting, though not overpowering, with heavy grapefruit notes alongside some caramel notes and a bit of amber malt. A bit of a spicy character to it. Fairly thick mouthfeel for the style. Overall, very delicious.

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Photo of notchucknorris
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Interesting appearance. Jet black in the middle with brownish highlights on top and ruby highlights at the bottom.

S: Caramel malt, piny hops and something a little tropical that I thought might be lychee.

T: Pretty hard hit of citrus hops upfront along with a ton of malt. Finish is very bitter with grapefruit pith and aspirin. There was something that tasted very "British" about this one. It was good, but not nearly as good as some of the others that Bear Republic Makes.

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Photo of litheum94
5/5  rDev +30.5%

Photo of GClarkage
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of jzeilinger
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark cherry mahogany color with a thin and sticky tan colored head.

S - Toasted caramel malt, rye, earthy, with light chocolate and citrus notes.

T - Toasted caramel malt, earthy, citrus, and a noticeable alcohol burn as it goes down the hatch. There's also some pine bitterness notes to this beer as well.

M - Slippery and smooth, big medium body, and leaves a coating of citrus bitterness in the mouth that lingers as long as the alcohol burn.

O - Worth trying, especially if you like the "regular" Red Rocket.

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Photo of illidurit
3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at 515 in Santa Cruz. Pours a deep amber color with a tan head that fades to a ring that leaves some nice concentric rings of lacing. Aroma is citrusy with big toffee and caramel notes. Flavor is toffee-based with hop resin and citrus on top. A little tangy but not really that bitter. Doesn't live up to the claimed 115 IBUs. Mouthfeel is pretty smooth and the drinkability is very solid.

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Photo of Arbitrator
3.2/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at the R&C. From notes.

A: Pours a clear, dark chestnut brown body. Billowing head (light tan in color) that rises to 2 fingers in height. Retention is mild, with no lacing.

S: Piney and earthy on the nose. Toffee and possibly chocolate (?). Reminds me of Double Bastard.

T: Lots of pine hops, earthy bitterness. Crystal malt flavors of toffee and caramel shine through, but the earthiness mixed with them suggests chocolate or roast to me. It's interesting. Not necessarily great.

M: This isn't hot, but there is some warmth to it. Medium-plus bodied.

O: This is heavy, and tough to get down. A sipper for sure. Not one of my favorites from them.

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Photo of olympuszymurgus
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a glorious pint size redhead sits in front of me with a cream colored top. piny hops and fresh bread but not too much else. fairly hoppy, a pretty clean bitterness, bit of the pine, the malt is really solid, full with a little caramel to its finish. it's tasty but i'm not blown away. maybe the hops were a lot bigger a few months ago assuming this is from that same batch. if that's the case i would've loved to try it then, as it is, the malt covers up the hops pretty well. still, the alcohol hides well behind the red curtains, would not have guessed the strength.

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Photo of DMcGirr
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dudecandle
3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Gingerman, NYC into imperial pint:

A: Very dark near-black body with subtle ruby highlights. Dark, mocha head, which wasn't too firm, but left substantial lacing and cap.

S/T: Intense smoky-sweetness is the defining characteristic here. Caramel malts are complemented well by a substantial smoke presence and some vanilla. Not much to show in terms of hops. Yeast spice was noticeable. This is not an IPA. It seems more like a doppelbock, if not an imperial porter.

M: Moderate at the front, but a very long and sticky finish. One sip is enough to keep your mouth occupied for a couple minutes at least.

D: Extremely pleasant up front, but it never really opens up, and toward the end of an imperial pint, it gets somewhat boring. The high ABV, supposedly around 9%, is unnoticed. A solid offering, nonetheless, from Bear Republic.

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Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of kylehay2004
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of capra12
3.28/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Reviewed solo at The Gingerman NYC on 8/5/09 with notes taken during that session.

Appearance: Deep mohagundy and clear with little head retention.

Smell: There is not much that I can smell other than hops.

Taste: this opens with an earthy and burnt oak. There are hops, and roasted malts that come through from the middle to the end leaving a nice hoppy after taste.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied at most with minimal carbonation.

Drinkability: For me this was on the simple side and I would have another if it were the best draft at the bar.

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Photo of Offa
3.16/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Cask-conditioned at Toad in the Hole, this is a fairly good beer with plenty of flavour, but a but rough, tiresome, one-dimensional, and very standard in the nature of its character.

It is good looking, very dark red-brown, slightly hazy, with a smallish but long-lasting, essentially permanent, creamy orangish-tan head that leaves nice lacing.

The aroma is srong grapefruit, burnt/caramelized/candied grapefruit, some dark raisiny, alcoholic element. Ultimately, it is very standard West Coast in character.

The taste is very similar, being largely grapefruit, burnt/caramelized/candied grapefruit, candied citrus in general, some burnt, cooked prune and strong, raisiny alcohol. It is fairly sweet with strong, hot spiciness and light bitterness, but the latter two linger. It's quite alcoholic and ultimately very spicey in this sense. These few flavours are strong, but otherwise it lacks any range or complexity. The flavours it has are too simple and too strong and brutish. The feel is fairly good, slightly oily with light frothy texture yet not too heavy. It's ok but I don't plan on having it again.

It was fairly oily, thick and heavy in feel as in taste.

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Photo of ffejherb
4.32/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Bear Republic on 7/17/09.

A - Deep, burn caramel/toasted brown coloration with a reddish tint and slim, creamy beige head that diminished into a patchy film but left ornate lace around the glass.

S - Pungent pine and citrus hop nose with an equally substantial malt character featuring a smack of hefty burnt caramel and chocolate malt, as well as a hint of toffee. A slight waft of alcohol was also apparent.

T - The hop onslaught continued with abundant sticky pine and bittersweet citrus fruit. However, the hop bitterness is kept (somewhat) at bay by the huge malt backbone of caramel, burnt sugars and toffee. Lots of grapefruit, pine and resin throughout. Mmmmm. Finishes with a toasted grainy character and plenty of chocolate notes. Rich, sweet and hoppy.

M - Mouthfeel is quite sticky, sweet and rich with a syrupy texture, moderate carbonation and plenty of alcohol warmth. Finishes with an aggressive hop bitterness on the palate.

D - Double Rocket indeed. This is one hopped-up rocket, yet it maintains a fairly balanced flavor throughout, thanks to the big and rich malt backbone. This almost drinks like an American Barleywine, kind of similar to Troegs Flying Mouflan. This also remained quite drinkable despite its 9.8% ABV.

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Double Rocket from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.83 out of 5 with 22 ratings