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RATINGS: 1404   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73   IBU: 67   EST. CALORIES: 204   ABV: 6.8%
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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


3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jake Barnes (456) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAR 13, 2003
Dark ruby. Very hoppy aroma. Flavor has more character than the aroma would suggest. Some smoke. Good stuff.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
roacheater (43) - Alabama, USA - MAR 9, 2003
UPDATED: FEB 6, 2004 -Bear Republic comes in with another heavyweight. This time they've taken a rightfully obscure style, Scottish Ale, and turned it into a mandatory periodic purchase. The hops blast is a fantastic counterpunch to the rich malt profile. It's a malt profile that stands by itself... which is so unlike the malt profiles of other Scottish Ales that tend to get lost in the "smokiness" of the style and ultimately come across as thin. Not the Red Rocket, there is a concerted effort by the hops, malt, and alcohol in attacking the smokiness. Ultimately, the forces of good (hops, malt, and alcohol) win out over the forces of evil (uninspired thinness of character typical of the style). The result is a full-spectrum completeness that has been begging for years from this style. ........................ Mixing notes: With Red Rocket the hops do a fine job of wiping the smoke off the palate, like ginger at a sushi bar. If you're looking to linger over the smoke as it usually carries over between sips of Scottish Ale then forget about it. However, since the beer has a very resinous (but not oily or slick) character it can be used to some advantage when exploring the malt profiles of other beers... maibocks, in particular. My favorite combo is a 22oz Rocket followed by a bottle of Ayinger Maibock. I'm not sure what it is but the malt flavor that comes out of the Ayinger after drinking a Rocket is nothing short of fantastic. And the effect lasts throughout the whole bottle of maibock... such is the "lingering" nature of the Rocket (what do you know, it's a Scottish Ale after all). Finally, both of these dogs clock in at 6.8% ABV and after the first round your mental acuity becomes inversely related to the volume of your voice.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fraternie (820) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 3, 2003
Hoppy aroma. Very smoky malt flavor. Hoppy finish but well balanced. Burnt malt flavor gives this beer some character.

3.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - FEB 13, 2003
Beautiful dark reddish brown color. It's clear, w/ a tan head. Nice hoppiness, but not to the degree of über-IPA's on the West Coast. Leaves you w/ a warm glow.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
CaptainCougar (7132) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - FEB 11, 2003
Fresh hoppy aroma and a deep copper color. Good malt backbone, but overpowered by a sticky bitter finish. The bottle calls it a "Bastardized Scottish red ale." I guess in some respects, this is true, but I still found it to be too hoppy. There is a recognizable faint smokiness about ten seconds after the swallow, but that's about it as far as Scottish ale goes.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jskendzel (602) - Washington DC, USA - FEB 11, 2003
Nice malt aroma with a subdued West Coast hoppiness. A fair amount, maybe too much (N'western varities) for the style. Smoked, peat whiskey malt. Very drinkable.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Tom Servo (424) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - FEB 7, 2003
Very dark, red coloring. Has a medium head, and left quite a bit of lace on the glass. Hoppy, which is nice, but also had some malty overtones to it. Kind of a hybrid between an IPA and a red ale. Aroma is nice, not too sweet.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Kasteelfreak (341) - Fallbrook, California, USA - JAN 31, 2003
Deep red, clear mahogony. Nice rich head. More bitter than expected. Malty sweet with a dry finish. Different and complex. Kind of like an IPA meets red. Very enjoyable. Perhaps just a bit flat and bland in the finish.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
aracauna (3084) - Georgia, USA - JAN 31, 2003
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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
VA Homebrewer (525) - Portsmouth, Virginia, USA - JAN 30, 2003
Red-amber color with a medium head. Earthy hop nose with doughy malt to balance. Thick mouthfeel with a nice hopd profile throughout. Meaty malts with bread dough and toffee showing nicely. Bitter, clean finish. Very nice.


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