Bear Republic Red Rocket Ale

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.

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