A little maltier than it’s cousins, the Red Rocket Ale is another winner from Bear Republic Brewing. This pours a dark amber, almost mahogany, and the hops aromas are up front, with bitter grapefruit and pine the most prominent. The malts give a nice caramel sweetness to the flavor, and there is a touch of spiciness to round it out. This beer walks a thin line between being a hoppy bomber and a malty amber ale, and if it strays too far in either direction it would not work, but Bear Republic gets the balance right. I preferred the Racer 5 and the Hop Rod Rye over this one, but only by a little, 7/10.