GarrettB (1375) - 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.
potbeerjob (1343) - Denver, Colorado, USA - AUG 1, 2009
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottled. Thin body. Deep clouded amber red, with ever thinning small off-white head. smells of floral notes and sweeter caramel maltiness. to malty and sweet of a flavor for an IPA. Tastes caramel and citrus but unpredictably light on bold hop flavor.
kyzr (1316) - Belgrade, Montana, USA - MAY 20, 2003
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Good bottle pour with thick copper color and a off white head. Good solid hops to the nose on the aroma. Nice hop bitterness to start with a good balace in the middle. A little watery finish, but still a good solid pale ale.
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.
UncleKorm (1176) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - SEP 13, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle pours Orange w/ medium particles & white head excellent lacing and mostly lasting. Hay aroma. Light sweet with a bitter punch, it really pushes the upper end of the IBU for most Pale Ales. A complex beer with both malty & hoppy flavors coming through.
talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JAN 7, 2009
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: JAN 16, 2009 Pours sparkling amber with a moderate, white, pillowy head which leaves a very small layer and minimal lace. Nose is typical of poor APAís with sweat, grass, faint cookie, and light citrus. Flavor is much of the same; sweat, wet grass, a little herbal, and faint pine with some sweet bread notes. Palate is lively, light to medium, and watery. Finishes quickly with wet grass and faint sweet breads. Bitterness is moderately light in this boring APA. Nothing too remarkable here.
kmeves (1098) - Mount Pleasant, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 5, 2003
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Ahh, I love the smell of Cascade's after a hard days work. Well carbonated amber pour produced a slowly dissipating tan head. Very light bodied for the style. Nice bitterness. Somewhat grassy finish. Decent brew, awesome aroma.
jeremyh70 (1025) - Missouri, USA - DEC 4, 2015
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured a slightly hazy amber with a small white head. Aroma of sweet malts and a decent crisp hoppiness. A solid sweet malt backbone in the taste, with a good balance of floral hops, citrusy. Mild and drinkable, with a light-medium body. Not bad.
Ringo (963) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - JUN 20, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
I donít know about a malt-inspired body, it tasted mostly of hops. But it is a decent and inoffensive brew in and of itself. Looks nice, with a proper head and nice foamy lace. I could see this beer being popular with a wide range of beer drinkers.
kambei70 (919) - - DEC 1, 2015
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
2015 bottle. Poured a deeper and cloudy amber color with an averaged sized off white head. Lots of small floaters. Aromas of some flowers, light caramel, and cookie dough. Tastes of cookie dough, caramel, oranges and some citrus. Thin body.
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