Beardface (1517) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - OCT 26, 2008
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
This along with the Laughing Lab was easily the best brew that I had on my visit to Colorado Springs several years back. A very light and smooth session beer with not a ton of flavor to it, but just enough to get the job done. Solid effort by these guys.
jcr (2286) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - AUG 28, 2008
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draft at brewery. Small, off-white head atop a medium amber body. The aroma has notes of cookie, grapefruit and resin. Some pine in the background. The flavor is moderately sweet and lightly bitter. The finish turns moderately bitter. Medium body with a watery texture. Ample carbonation. OK. And just OK, yet easy to drink. Why not go for one of Bristol’s IPA’s instead of this?
lb4lb (2570) - Austin, Texas, USA - AUG 24, 2008
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a very light amber color. Smell is smooth and fruity and of mild hops. Taste is dusty, biscuity malt and hops are light and fruity. Some light yeast flavor is present too. Mild bitterness and a smooth, drinkable beer. Not bad.
beerheart (237) - Erie, Colorado, USA - MAR 2, 2008
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Poured with no head and little carbonation. Iím wondering if I got a bad bottle. This tasted very metallic on the front end and had a lingering, roasted malt aftertaste, with little hop flavor at all. I had expected a big hop flavor, because many of the Colorado brewers are extreme-hopping even their pales. Iím fine that there wasnít a lot of hop to this--itís more in keeping with the pale ale style. But itís the watery, metallic taste that is ultimately dissatisfying.
AmEricanbrew (6211) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - FEB 8, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear copper color with a 1 finger head. Mild aroma of cascade hops and bready malts. Nice taste of caramel sweet malts with a nicely bitter pine hop taste to finish. 101606
jmcguire1969 (161) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - OCT 19, 2007
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
This is a good APA but tasted much better at the brewery than it does in the bottle. The hop character is aggresive for a pale ale but itís to my liking.
GarrettB (1178) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 18, 2007
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: OCT 27, 2012 Bristol Brewery, in an sweeping act of magnamity, has traditionally and generously provided Colorado College with vast volumes of beer for special occasions. Their brews have been available at class events, sporting events, even bagel events. Usually the fare is two or three of their more widely distributed beers like the Laughing Lab or Beehive. But on a recent class event the Bristol staff came forth bearing a keg of their Red Rocket. In the last two years at this college, where I had invested considerable time and money into the enjoyment of beer, I had consistently rejected the Red Rocket, putting it to forebearance to wait. Bristol would always offer something better, something seasonal and something riveting. Red Rocket somehow seemed prosaic and parochial, locked into production either by marketing gurus or by meeting minimum sales. But as long as there was a plastic cup freely filled with it I was more than willing to give it a try. Coupled with a hotdog and a dry patch of grass I made the best of it. Thanks to the generously wide brim of the plastic collegiate drinking cup the aroma vent rapidly approached my nose, boasting of caramel sweetness, hops and well toasted grains. The roasted sugar bolsters the gaseuous charge with a cool and mellow orchard aroma, keeping the drinker well aware of the beer in hand. The meandering colossus of roasty, caramel sugar invades the flavor too, painting the tongue with a thin layer of dark and mellow sugar. It then quickly subsides leaving the whole grain flavor to regale the tongue with its hackneyed and well worn tales. The hops, rye and wheat are indeed common flavors, but show a curious strength in Red Rocketís aftertase. Lightly they rest on the tongue where, after couching themselves in the taste buds, begin to grow in intensity and strength. Long, long after the beer has taken a direct route to the stomach, the grain medley occupies both the drinkerís mouth and mind with its poignant presence. Then all at once it sloughs off, like too much frosting on cake, leaving behind an airy and wheaty vaccuum. With its bold and monomaniac flavor the Red Rocket seems eerily similiar to the Laughing Lab, but it is important to remember that they still occupy two very different flavor spheres. Laughing Lab is deeper, with added emphasis on its Scottish flavors. Meanwhile, the Red Rocket is a candidly simple single and sipid flavor which will pair well with a meal. And matched with a hot dog, for free, itís a darn good deal.
March 27th, 2011 - Tasting notes update. Rusty and red in color. Not as bitter expected, pretty good hop punch in flavor, simple but not too hoppy. Maybe my taste buds are changing? Nahhhhh.
RSRIZZO (1881) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - SEP 23, 2007
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Had this beer on 2/24/1999. Color is a nice nut brown with low carbonation and very little head. Aroma has light malt tones and good hop scents in it. Taste good but a bit flat. It starts with a medium body that seems a bit heavier than it is because of the carbonation being low. Goes down smooth with the hop flavor coming out right away. The finish is a light malt flavor with strong hop flavorings and a mild hop bitterness.
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - SEP 8, 2007
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draft, Brew at the Zoo Benefit in Denver. Poured a clear orange color. Couldnít muster any more than a filmy off white head. No lace was left behind. Aroma was of flowery hops and fresh cut grass. Dry on the tongue up front with delicate malty caramel sweetness at the end which lingers.
luckygirl (1223) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - AUG 16, 2007
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottled. Beer is clear, medium amber brown. Head is small, off-white, frothy, mostly diminishing but lasting.<P>The aroma is malty with moderate notes of husky toasted grain, biscuit; Hoppy with a moderate note of sourish resin/pine, light herbal; Yeasty with light notes of dough and basement; Light miscellaneous note of vanilla, trace of pepper.<P>The flavor is lightly sweet, trace acidic, trace/lightly bitter with a long, lightly bitter, lightly acidic, trace sweet finish.<P>The body is light, the texture is watery and the carbonation is lively.<P>Not very clean or interesting.