Tuesday, May 11, 2010

315. Bear Republic Red Rocket

We’ve had something like three of the beers from Bear Republic; the last two were Racer 5 IPA and Hop Rod Rye. Delicious. And now we’re on to this, which we had on tap at the Trolley Stop. Keep bringing in that beer, Jason. If it didn’t seem slightly creepy and weird, I’d call you pimp daddy mack.

Beware the disembodied hand yet again...

Red Rocket was served in a pint glass; it was a deep copper with red highlights and had a creamy eggshell head. The nose was a mix of evergreen and herbal hops aromas along with a slight caramel malt waft. Beginning with caramel sweetness and dry biscuit malt flavors, Red Rocket moves into an herbal hop flavor along with some bitterness and more of the biscuit malt flavor in the middle—the sweetness runs through the middle, giving way to biscuit and bitterness. The finish is mostly characterized by a bitterness that lingers a bit on the palate. Red Rocket has a medium body with a slightly chalky mouthfeel, possibly via the herbal hops. The carbonation is medium, with a bit of bite at the end. A good beer, but not very refreshing, as it is a bit heavy on the taste. They need to simplify the flavors—too much caramel and dryness across the profile, and without the reciprocal pay-off elsewhere in the beer.

From the Bear Republic website: “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.”

ABV: 6.8%
IBU: 67


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