Bear Republic

Beer Review – Bear Republic Ricardo’s Red Rocket Ale

On a trip to Kress Liquors, I had picked up a couple of big bottles. So, when the G-LO Jrs had my boys over, I just couldn’t show up empty handed (I was raised right). As the boys played and the dutiful fathers supervised (well sort of), we cracked open the first bottle, the Ricardo’s Red Rocket Ale from Bear Republic. For this special beer, G-LO dug deep in the superhero glass closet in an effort to find the right combination of heroes to neutralize the rocket invasion from the bear republic.

From the Bear Republic site:

“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.

We found the Red Rocker Ale to have the following characteristics:

  • Appearance: Reddish brown with a mild foam and lacing.
  • Aroma: Mild with a little malt.
  • Taste: Sweet, hoppy, a little flat with a bitter finish.
  • ABV: 6.8%

Ultimately, our heroes were able to contain the invasion. (Of course, I am a little concerned as G-LO is now color coordinating his beer glasses with his beer labels.) As for the Red Rocket, unfortunately, G-LO was not sure if he liked the Red Rocket. I found that the Red Rocket grew on me like a fungus and while initially a little blah at take-off, it made a nice recovery in the second stage which lead to a smooth finish at the splashdown.

7 replies »

  1. Thanks for the review. The semi-flatness and slightly bitter ending doesn’t sound like something I’d go for. Reds are really hit-or-miss for me.


  2. With regards to the glassware pairing, here was my thought process…

    Ricardo = Ricky Ricardo = Cuban
    Red Rocket = Communist (Red) Plot Against the USA = Cuban Missile Crisis
    Cuba Attacks the US = Superheroes Save The Day = Batman + Superman

    With regards to the beer, I do remember liking it more as I got closer to the end, but to be completely honest, I don’t remember much about this beer. All I know is that we followed it up with the Lagunitas Hop Stoopid. Now THAT was a fabulous beer!

    One last thing I remember from our conversation that night regarding Ricky Ricardo…


  3. Believe it or not, I have something to say about this beer, those glasses, and G-LO’s glass pairing logic. It is; however, with great regret that I have neither the time nor the focus to depress the keys in an order appropriate to the constraints of grammatical rules, political sensitivities or subject matter relevance.

    You would be wise to unspool your massive stores of duct tape to ensure its structural integrity…

    I shall return in about 2 hrs with great fanfare, calm purpose and a fund of inspirational lines from A Scanner Darkly.



  4. Well, so much for a great plan. I couldn’t watch A Scanner Darkly after all because they didn’t have a copy in either BetaMax or Video Disc. What the hell? I carted the machines all over the place in hopes of finding a comfy tree stump in Washington Square from which to view the animated masterpiece.

    So here I type, all alone……….

    First of all (or maybe fourth), Red Rocket is a great brew. It was one of the near iconic California breed of beers that opened the door to aggressively hopped craft beer outside of the more traditional IPAs and west coast pales. Green Flash’s Hop Head Red is another. Your initial impressions of RR are probably similar to many. It’s got a big opening punch – more malty than most expect and for some, it’s hard to get past. I think it’s actually very well balanced but not in a linear way. It’s more of a “see-saw” balance with hops and roasted malt/molassess taking turns at the top of the tastum pole. There’s very little from Bear Republic that I haven’t been impressed with. Their Racer 5 is one of my Top 5 draft IPAs of all time and Racer X is another fantastic weapon in their arsenal.

    Now, to those outstanding vessels……..

    They’re mildly less offensive that the pilsener glasses than once graced the center of my monitor when looking at your Ansel Adams beer pictures but only MILDLY. If you insist on pouring ctraft beer into pint glasses emblazoned with the countenancii of persons rather than brewery images and slogans (i.e. “You Are Not Worthy” of Stone infamy) then you should consider perhaps a bust of Giada DeLaurentis, a profile of Dexter or an extreme close up of Vector.

    So now we move to the logic which gave rise to the selection of those particular superheroes. It’s actually pretty good although O would substitute North Korea as the origin of the Red rockets. As for superheroes who might more appropriately be called upon to save our shores from an onslaught by Kim Il Jong, I’d probably go with the duo of The Green Hornet and Richie Rich simply because the North Koreans are easily confounded by random and arbitrary duos (that’s why our attempts to put political pressure on them through the Captain & Tennile never got very far)

    That’ll about do it for now. Enjoy the rest of the show.



  5. I love the term “grew on me like a fungus” – nice! I also love, love, love those superhero glasses! I need to search Ebay and yard sales for some, as I’m sure they’re too rare (and awesome) to actually find in any regular ole’ store!


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