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RATINGS: 1489   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73/5   IBU: 67   EST. CALORIES: 204   ABV: 6.8%
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Red Rocket Ale is a bastardized Scottish style red ale that traces it’s 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 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
billdrinksbeer (18) - Washington DC, USA - NOV 1, 2009
Bottle from Rodman’s. Pours a dark red/crimson with a fluffy white head that has quite a bit of retention and lacing. Tons of yeast and other bits floating around. Unfiltered, indeed. Smells sweet, some resinous pine and some prune/plum/cherry action. Watery front, not the kind of malt backbone that I look for in a red ale. Lots of hoppy pine notes though. Lots of carbonation I’d have it again, but I think I prefer Green Flash’s Hop Head Red.


3.4
rob19a (349) - - JUN 22, 2017
15/20 reminds me of the founders dirty bastard, not quite as chocolatey, but an ale that’s a good mix of malt, bitterness and chocolate. Very good

3.7
mezr (136) - California, USA - MAY 27, 2017
Poured from a bottle. Cloudy reddish-brown with a creamy tan head that leaves a fine lacing on the glass. Aroma is malty caramel. A light sweetness quickly followed by hoppy bitter with moderately long finish. Medium body and a little thick and creamy on the palate.

3.6
jjsint (3093) - Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - MAY 17, 2017
Bottle from Beers of Europe, drunk in the comfort of my own dwelling. It’s a deep brownish amber, clear with a magnificent off-white head. Lovely aroma: cherries, a touch of cinnamon, some glorious resinous esters. Sweet taste at first but the hoppy bitterness creates a barrier of dryness. Chocolate berry notes with an almost patchouli note in the aftertaste. Carbonation is extremely high. A magnificent creation.

3
alteregoo (1442) - Kalisz, POLAND - MAR 23, 2017
Piana obfita, średnio trwała. Barwa herbaciano brązowa, klarowna. W aromacie karmel, orzechy, masło, herbata i dojrzałe owoce tropikalne. W smaku dokładnie to samo, półsłodkie, z ziołowym finiszem. Goryczka średnia, tytoniowo przyprawowa. Średnie wysycenie, lekko pikantne i mdłe w odbiorze.
Średnie piwo, nie wiem skąd tyle nagród i wysokich ocen. Ewidentnie jest tu diacetyl, z tym tylko, że to chyba zamierzone (coś jak czeskie pilsy?). Niemniej mi to nie odpowiada i na pewno nie poprawia pijalności.

4
commonshawn (1257) - Minnesota, USA - MAR 17, 2017
12oz bottle from eden prairie liquor with commonmac during March madness. Murky red brown with off white head. Sugar and hop nose. Thicker sticky body. Resin hop, malt, rich, some bubble gum, and very slight biscuit cracker. Some grapefruit as well. Very bitter, but in a good way. Definitely a better way to do a red ale. Don’t have to be a rocket scientist to know this is a good beer.

4
commonmac (1245) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAR 17, 2017
Bottle acquired at Eden Prairie Liquors and consumed during Day 2 of March Madness with commonshawn. Assertive hop aroma from the onset with resin, grapefruit, and other citrus notes. Attractive darker amber color with a light tan head (roughly a quarter finger). Taste is an interesting combination of seemingly multiple styles. There is an overarching bitter hop note presence but malty, caramel, toffee qualities act as much more than supporting actors as the sip progresses. Almost a background bourbon barrel characteristic that probably goes along with the alcohol bite coming through. Citrus rind bitterness and pine resin sticks around and dominates the aftertaste. Hard to classify this one as an amber ale...much more like a red IPA. I don’t like space but I like this rocket fueled effort.

3.7
TeijoA (67) - Turku, FINLAND - MAR 9, 2017
33,5 cl bottle. Big off-white head on an opaque dark red beer. Aromas of malts, cookie and caramel contrasting with citrus and some slight menthol. Taste more or less follows, some grapefuit as well. Don’t remember the menthol from earlier, brings down the taste a bit. Nice bitterness on the palate in the finish, fairly smooth for medium body and carbonation, maybe a little overcarbonated. Still longing for slightly less hoppiness, and just a bit more malt character, but nevertheless one of the best red/amber ales I’ve had.

4.1
kapusil (1432) - Budapest, HUNGARY - MAR 9, 2017
0.355l bottle. Hazy dark orange body with a thick beige head. Aroma of caramel, grapefruit, pine, rose hips and toast. Taste of toast, caramel, grapefruit and pine. Light medium bodied with average carbonation. The grapefruit-like bitterbess stays for a long time after the sip. Very nice beer.

4.1
graham_murphy (678) - - MAR 5, 2017
Exactly the kind of red that I love. Plenty of hoppy freshness - citrus, grapefruit and some pine - against a sweet caramel and biscuit malt. Goes down very easily. Could be dangerous.

3.5
brigg (679) - Washington DC, USA - FEB 24, 2017
(Bottle) Foggy brown-red body with big tan head. Aroma of roasted caramel malt and dark fruit; cherry, prune. Medium body. Alcohol is up front; malty caramel, some pine; a little smoke.


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