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RATINGS: 1479   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73/5   IBU: 67   EST. CALORIES: 204   ABV: 6.8%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Red Rocket Ale is a bastardized Scottish style red ale that traces its 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

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3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bockyhorsey (2628) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - AUG 14, 2005
Sweet hop aroma. Pub was dark so body looked black with a decent head and some lacing. Sweet hop flavor that was really a thirst quencher. Good Beer.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Zeswaft (1725) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 5, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 18, 2006 Absolutely fabulous. Dark ruby color with fluffy head. Big citrusy hop notes and a dominant malt sweetness. A turbo charged amber ale. awesome.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
5000 (6862) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - AUG 5, 2005
Bottle: Deep reddish copper, large foamy sand colored head, good head retention, fantastic lacing, sediment floating about... looks very nice. Sweet hoppy aroma, slightly floral or herbish. WOW! Sweet bitterness right up front, not too sharp, very well balanced.   Never had a Strong Ale like this one.. Big body, mouthfeel thats fairly moderate. Clean finish, subtle bitterness lingers, with an underlying sweet maltiness thats very smooth. Good stuff... wish I had more of this. Highly recommended.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
brentfeesh (1208) - Mansfield, Ohio, USA - AUG 4, 2005
Brownish brick red color in my glass. Hazy. I can smell it across the room as soon as I open the bottle and it becomes more intense as I pour. This is fridge temp as I start to enjoy on the night of my secret Santa delivery (8/05). The aroma is BIG. Strong heavy sweet malt with molasses and pine hops (some spice and sour notes as it warms, perhaps some tobacco). The flavor, however, is more of a quick hit between many flavors (sadly not as deep as I expected). Syrupy molasses hits you first and moves into stand alone pine hops. Very in your face for a moment in the middle, but mellows into a conglomeration (well blended) of malt and hop mix (again, mostly pine and molasses). As it warms the flavors mellow into a more agreeable combination. Similar flavors, just better blended. Some smokiness in there also as it warms. There is also some chalkish/charcoal mouth feel at the end (this moves to more creamy as we warm up here). Overall the aroma is the champ in this one. The flavor is good and the body really starts to open up and hold up as it warms. While not my fav. Still very enjoyable.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
pobenohne (504) - Northern Liberties, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 2, 2005
Draft at the brew pub. Same pine sap hop bouquet as Racer 5 and Hot Rod, a bit sweeter and maltier, gorgeous lacing, great session ale.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
0o9i (439) - Reno, Nevada, USA - JUL 23, 2005
UPDATED: APR 3, 2006 Bottled. Rich and better balanced than before. Pine is more of a back-seat flavor, with g-fruit in the fore. Warmth didnt make the beer as harsh as before. Overall, more pleasant, better lacing...kind of simple, but good: enjoyed to the last. Also, second glass laced fine this time. 7-23-2005 Bottled. Mostly opaque, dark reddish brown liquid topped by a small, sand colored head that laces in wonderful sheets and rings (on the first glass). Body is medium-light(light for the beer). Carbonation is soft and foamy, filling the mouth--very well done. Finish is lightly wet, then dry and mouthwatering. Aroma is malt laden and honeyed with caramel, but with a strong hop presence as well. Strikingly floral, noticably citrus and grapefruit rind at that; however, the citrus smells incredibly sweet, like sweet orange meat...yet its grapefruit. Sugared grapefruit it is. Flavor is lightly malty and dominated by hops. Hone, sugar, grapefruit, orange, pine(dominant hop flavor, but pleasantly so), wet grains and yeast that hasnt been spent in something that I bet would "bottle condition" into something...quite balanced and malty. Could use a few months in the cellar--pine becomes a bit "over the top" after a while; but really not a big deal...it would simply be more user friendly after 3-6mos. Some toasty flavor in the finish: I wasnt sure at first, but its fairly pronounced by the second glass. Tasty, relaxing and even a bit refreshing. Bodys a bit light, but carb is well done. Surely enjoyed.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
JMFG (1587) - Florida, USA - JUL 22, 2005
22 oz. bottle. Hmmmm. Interesting concept here, but it didnt quite pay off for me. Hopping everything to hell pays off well in general and Bear Republic goes that route here. Poured a very interesting tan-brown-some-red color with a white head. Taste has a smooth start and ends with very hoppy twist. Tastes like a strong, highly-hopped bitter. This was my first Bear Republic and Ive had more styles and they were much better. Good, but I certainly prefer their other stuff.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hayduke (5062) - Eureka, California, USA - JUL 17, 2005
22 oz bottle. Poured a nice darkredish brown with medium, long lasting head. Nice nose of malts with subtle hops. Very easy to drink. Smooth on the palate and good to the last drop. A very nice ale that is well balanced.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
cvillebeer (134) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - JUL 5, 2005
This has that nice, quality character too it. Nice frothy head, rich sumptuous aroma of hops and caramel malt. The hops are citric and spicy- blending wonderfully with the malt. The only drawback for me is the sweetness in the finish, although appropriate somehwhat for a Scottish ale, I find to sweet. Very good overall however.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - JUN 28, 2005
Bottle courtesy of BuckNaked. Pours dark ruby/brown with decent beige head that fades to film. Initial aroma is all malty caramel, with some hops in the background, maybe even some rye? Flavor much the same. caramel, toffee, light chocolate, with pine and citrus hops in a huge bitter finish. Very well done.


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