rudolf (2353) - Buffalo, New York, USA - MAR 4, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
deep copper, light tan head. Nose is caramel, resin, fruity bubblegum. Flavor is caramel, piney & orange hops, brown sugar. Maybe a touch of rye in the finish.
joe1510 (501) - Illinois, USA - MAR 3, 2007
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Opened with a hefty pop. Havenít opened a bottle, that didnít have a cork on it, that sounded like that in a long while. Huge carbonation on the pour. Half my glass was head.
Red rocket has an unbelievably big rocky head. The head looked like a mountain with all kinds of peaks. Hazy dark red with tiny particles floating in it. The head reminds me of a root beer float. The lace sticks like huge chunks on the glass. I donít think I have ever seen a head this chunky on a beer before. Looks delicious. After finishing this beer theres still a quarter inch head on the bottom of the glass. Impressive!
This beer really smells interesting. Ripe melons come to mind and some kiwi. I dont know why but this beer smells really fruity and fresh. Thereís a caramel smell poking through the fruit. Very inviting. I cant wait to drink just to see what tastes will come through.
MMM....A solid caramel maltiness comes through at first and is quickly followed by a nice assertive hop bite with a mild lingering bitterness. Thereís the smallest amount of alcohol present. Thereís some other flavors I canít put my finger on.
The mouthfeel is excellent. Itís smooth and very creamy. Itís like velvet in my mouth.
Drinkability is good. I could very easily drink a lot of these. The more I drink the more filling it gets though. I would drink these till I filled up.
Overall Red Rocket is one of the best red ales Iíve had up to this point. It will be a hard one to beat.
rmussman (1702) - California, USA - FEB 28, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A nice brew. Aroma is hoppy. Pour is dark brown with just a little lacey head. Mouthfeel is exceptionally smooth. Flavor is packed but lacks any destinct taste. Certianly worth a try.
chimpscampee (566) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 24, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Unique citrus rye hoppiness with carmelm malt. The reference to a Scottish red ale puzzles me, perhaps since Iíve never had a scottish red but this seems nothing like scottish ales Iíve had.
STEPHENDR (478) - California, USA - FEB 17, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz. bottle- color of deep reddish brown , with a ok tan head - nose of spruce , hopps , resin , malt , and citrus Ė taste of hopps , malts , citrus , dirty , and dirty - body thick , sour and dirty Ė aftertaste of dirty resin , and spearmint
sheatripper (863) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - FEB 9, 2007
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bomber. Cloudy root beer color with a thick bumpy cream head. Left sheets of lacing. Aroma of dark toffee and cake, with hops seeping through. After a while in the glass some bubblegum scents come through. Hoppy brown sugar flavor. Bitter finish of burnt coffee, which I think may be more the result of the hops rather than the roast of the malt. Finished with a slightly harsh bitterness at first, though mellows out after a while. Full bodied with a slightly slippery mouthfeel. Everything seems a bit jagged. Needs more smoothing over.
BeerandBlues2 (11471) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 2, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22-oz. bottle obtained via trade with fordest. Pours brown and sparkling with a large lasting rocky off-white to light brown head and excellent lacing. Aroma is average malt (caramel, roasted), heavy hops (flowers, pine, perfume), average yeast (dough, sweat) with notes of alcohol and brown sugar. Full bodied, sticky texture, lively carbonation and a bitter finish. Average duration, light sweetness, heavy acidity and moderate bitterness.
shigadeyo (3461) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 1, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This bottle of Bear Republic Red Rocket Ale was sent to me by bitbucket from the first part of our multi-part trade. Thanks Bob! I have been really looking forward to trying this beer (especially after having a couple of the other Bear Republic brews)...
No matter how I pour this beer, a MASSIVE light brown colored whipped foam head is generated. However, it is really hypnotic to watch the bubbles stream down like sand in a hour glass as the liquid rises from the bottlom and the head and top shrinks. In the end, there is still a pretty think foamy head that has excellent retention and collapses unevenly. This creates interesting craters and ridges on top which look wrinkly as it condenses. The head never completely collapses, so the residual lacing is quite think and prolific. The color of the beer is medium to dark brown and somewhat cloudy. This beer is very aromatic and has lots of orange and citrus hops which rocket from the bottle as soon as the cap is popped off. There is also some sweet caramel maltiness that blends nicely with the hoppy aromas. This beer really does taste as good as and exactly like it smells! At first it has a nice caramel maltiness and mild hoppiness. Then more of the citrus hops flavor and bitterness comes out as it moves into and though the drier, rye-like finish. The bitterness is well controlled (moderate) and has a nice sweet, almost spicy, pine/citrus hop flavor. The body of this beer is medium/full and it is mildly carbonated. It is extremely smooth on the palate. This beer is amazingly full flavored and well balanced overall. I would love to drink this beer one right after the other. I donít think itís possible to grow tired of it. Plus, itís only 6.8% ABV which makes this a great beer to drink in quantity. Too bad I canít buy it here in Ohio (but that might be a good thing since I could almost take this stuff intravenously!). Bear Republic Red Rocket Ale is just as good, if not better than Stone Arrogant Bastard and Stone Double Bastard! Thanks again Bob! This one was really a treat!
TheKegergator (241) - California, USA - JAN 31, 2007
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Another home run for Beer republic. This pours a nice dark redish color. Another thick headed foam on top. Very easily drank. Almost a brown ale taste to it. This is just another great beer. One that I could easily sit and drink in a long long session.
Thaichile (599) - 10aFly, New Jersey, USA - JAN 27, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap. Pours a blackened red with a short, foamy head. Nose is sweetened hops. Flavor was caramel and vanilla with citrus and a bitter finish. When I first saw the pint, I thought it was much darker than the red/amber ale it was described as. However, it was a real nice brew.