Bear Republic Red Rocket Ale

bearrepublic_redrocket_aleBrewer: Bear Republic, Healdsburg, CA
Style: Scottish/American Amber Ale
Alc/Vol: 6.8%
IBU: 67

Description: In what is described as a “bastardized” version of the traditional Scottish Red, the Red Rocket is  an amber ale with West Coast twist. This comes in the form of a generous hopping, and which is unfiltered and bottle conditioned to boot.

Tasting Notes: The combination of influences and styles in this beer was something I genuinely approved of. The Scottish Red comes through in the rich malt and notes of peat moss and smoke, while the West Coast-style hopping brings a nice, citrusy kick to the mix that balances things out well. In many ways, I was reminded of 5 AM Saint by Brewdog, which is one of my all-time favorite amber ales.

Appearance: Dark brownish-red, very cloudy, good foam retention and carbonation
Nose: Strong, coarse malt nose, notes of peat moss and citrus
Taste: Rich, coarse malt, tang, brown sugar, smoke, citrus hops
Aftertaste: Lingering hop and malt bitterness
Overall: 9/10

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