Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUN 27, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark orange, thin head. Nutty, roasted malt aroma. Nice overall hop presence. Balanced.
DocJitsu (1688) - Pensacola, Florida, USA - AUG 18, 2014
2.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Pours a clear dark golden color with a creamy white head. Sweet citrus nose. Mouthfeel is a bit powdery. Ample bitterness. The malt character is not adequate. And there is a stale flavor that underlies the other characteristics.
bleeng (1668) - Houston nowhere near Beersel, Texas, USA - AUG 20, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft. Pours hazy orange with a small white head. Light lemony malty nose. Taste is light hops some citrus and a nice malt body. Decent beer.
jb43 (1650) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - APR 30, 2009
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(bottle). Pours a copper color. Small off white head. Grassy hop aroma. Grass/hop taste with slight bitterness. Smooth finish. Moderate carbonation.
kathouse (1626) - Nevada, USA - NOV 26, 2014
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Good looking beer. Medium red with a decent froth. Some citrus hop and light caramel. Unfortunately, no hop flavor. Body was medium with plenty of malt, but only some bitterness left behind. Not my favorite.
Danyel (1606) - Colorado, USA - NOV 23, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Tap. Orange with white head. Smells caramelly. Tastes piney, caramel, long bitter finish. Pretty good.
brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 28, 2005
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Light orange amber color, slight citrus aroma, sweet maly up front, little bit of bitterness in back,mild but fits the style nicely
igneous1 (1532) - Davenport, Iowa, USA - MAR 15, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
i wish i’d read Aubrey’s rating before i poured this...still has a nice deep copper color. i didnt get as much out of the aroma, but i picked up on a definite butter flavor....good pale
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.
GarrettB (1460) - 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 Rocket’s 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 drinker’s 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, it’s 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.