lb4lb (2628) - Austin, Texas, USA - AUG 24, 2008
Pours a very light amber color. Smell is smooth and fruity and of mild hops. Taste is dusty, biscuity malt and hops are light and fruity. Some light yeast flavor is present too. Mild bitterness and a smooth, drinkable beer. Not bad. travita (5008) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAY 9, 2010
Bottle thanks to bman113vr. The smell is very caramel, sweet, honey, and malts. The look is clear, golden in color, and has a small off white head. The taste is malts, grains, some sweetness, and hops. RobertDale (6980) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - JUL 6, 2011
12 ounce bottle from variety pack. Pours a clear copper with a small off-white head. Aroma of malt, grain, citrus and piney hops. Taste is piney hops, yeast and caramel malt. Fairly well balanced. Easy to drink. danfosha (52) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - AUG 13, 2011
Pretty mild tasting pale ale. I taste the requisite hops, but on this tasting not much else. j12601 (13297) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - MAY 18, 2013
Bottle at James’s 4k/5k/10k tasting. Pours a clear golden tinged amber with a thin white head. Grain with a little hoppy background. Grainy with a bit of hops, earthy. Finishes lightly bitter.
kevinator (2860) - The Colony, Texas, USA - JUN 23, 2015
Aroma was faint but hoppy, which one would expect from a dry-hopped beer. Nice color and clarity. Medium weight with a crisp and clean finish. Mild pale malt background with a mild hop flavor. jeremyh70 (1115) - Missouri, USA - DEC 4, 2015
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. kmeves (1098) - Mount Pleasant, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 5, 2003
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. GarrettB (1690) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 18, 2007
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. bu11zeye (13239) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - APR 11, 2010
(12oz bottle, courtesy of BMan1113VR) Pours a hazy amber body with moderate off-white head. Aroma of caramel, herbs, resin, and grass. Flavor of caramel malt, grass, toffee, florals, and earth with mild bitterness on the finish.