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 (899) - 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 (1846) - 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.
BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - JUN 2, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the Bristol Brewing Company. Amber color with mild citrus hop on the nose. Bitter dry hopped body with a faint citrus finish.
TuckahoeJoe (12) - Tuckahoe, New York, USA - FEB 2, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I had this one on tap at House of Brews in Manhattan. I really enjoyed this APA. It had a deep coppery color and an off white head with good legs. It had the appearance of a malty sweet ale but once your nose gets near it, you know itís well hopped. Strong floral scent and a not too bitter citricy flavor abounds. This is for hop lovers!. I donít understand some of the other ratings on this beer---must have had a flat/stale keg. I agree with another rater who said he could drink a case!
aracauna (2985) - Georgia, USA - DEC 21, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a copper body with a good head. Pithy, piney hop aroma fills out the aroma. A bit of pale malt flavor in there as well. Not bad. Will suffice in a hop jones.
Ratman197 (8867) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - OCT 16, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle poured a clear coppeer with a small lasting ivory head. Aromas of earthy hops, carmel light spice and a hint of pine. Palate was medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of carmel, grapefruit rind and light pine with a moderatly bitter finish.
WhiteSoxFan (152) - USA - SEP 26, 2006
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz. bottle from Morganís. Drank on 8/17/06. Very clear, solid copper. Not really much red about it. 1 cm. creamy off white head. Drops fairly quickly to a thin layer of foam. Aroma - dominant grainy, malty, cerealy aroma. Tiny bit of sweetness, not much hops. Flavor - moderate up front bitterness. Fairly balanced in the middle, but towards bitterness. After the swallow is a dominant grainy, cerealy malt flavor - no real hop flavor. Palate - pretty light, good carb. Overall - Itís OK, but not great. I enjoy it, but for an APA I donít get much hop character at all. Maybe more like an EPA or ESB. Good beer, just not hoppy enough for an APA. Could use a little more body too.