Bear Republic Red Rocket Ale

Style and Glass: American Strong Ale, Trappist; Snifter
ABV, Volume & Calories: 6.8 % in 22 fl oz. estimated at 300 C
Purchased at: Canal’s Lawrenceville for $1.66 ($19.99 for a 12 bomber case on special)

Aroma: nice, cocoa, heather, hay, flowers, leaves, musty, musk, dark roast malts.

Visuals: exciting packaging, like a lighter flavored chocolate stout, brown to black, fully opaque, staying rocky tan head, sticky intricate lace.

Taste: chocolate malts, more towards malt than hops, focyus on aromatic hops, some bittering hops finish, delicious.

Palate: milky, peppery carbonation, wash, surf, medium finish.

Overall: Amazing for the special price. I’ll have it about 11 more times at least. I’d like to pair it with something like pizza, broccoli, garlic chicken, soy, beans, lots of possibilities there.

Ratebeer ratings for current selections

This is what I have on the docket for the foreseeable future.

Weyerbacher Muse 45
Rock art IPA II 72
Left hand Rye Bock 89
Eel River Triple Exultation 90
St Bernardus Pater 6 91
Green Flash Barleywine 94
Bear Republic Red Rocket Ale 96
St Bernardus Tripel 96
St Bernarus Prior 8 98
Arrogant Bastard 98
Stone Ruination 99
St Bernardus ABT 12 100

Bear Republic Big Bear Black Stout

Style and Glass: Imperial Stout, Snifter
ABV, Volume & Calories: 8.1 % in 22 fl oz. estimated at 400 C
Purchased at:Canal’s Lawrenceville, NJ  for $4.89

Aroma: hefty, hay, corn, marshmallow, syrup, very nice.

Visuals: beautiful packaging, fort knox, black, opaque, thin tan head, intricate lace.

Taste: well balanced, low malt, high hops, medium strength.

Palate: high quality, smooth texture, longer finish.

Overall: Hard to tell what this even tastes like after the Mikkeller Black, but the quality shines through. A repeat, could even be a favorite. high value. Medium high craft.

Bear Republic Hop Rod Rye Specialty Ale

Bear Republic Hop Rod Rye Specialty Ale
ABV: 8%
Calories: 350-400 easy per container
Volume: 1pt 6 fl oz (22 fl oz)
Glass: tulip
Purchased at: Shop Rite Liquors in Hamilton, NJ
Consumed on/at: Sunday, March 9th, 2008

sensory first impression: Smells wonderful, malty. Illustration is a little overdone for me, but fun. Amber pour with a tan head. Hop sentiment note on bottle does not disappoint – a beautiful beer, and aroma intensifies. Head is thick and natural and firm. Quite a fetching ale. Angry red haze – with hops to match – what a great biting flavor. So very bitter, but sweetly balanced. Dark flavor. Not nearly the whimsical identity of its label. Lacing is nice already. Foam is rocky and bulbous. This is a high scorer. Attention spreads over the back top of the mouth and the very front of the tongue.

Malt flavor is: caramel, black coffee, nuts, and rye.
Hop flavor is: basil, celery, and rye.
Yeast flavor is: earthy, dusty.
Other flavors include: Grapefruit. Pine. Very fine.

Color is: pale, angry red, with hints of deeper brown.
Liquid is: hazy and cloudy. Sandblasted.
Head and lace are: bumpy, reducing over time to a thinner film, light tan

Maltiness or Sweetness level is: high medium
Hoppiness or Bitterness level is: heavy
Sour level is: light, and very nice.

Body or Mouthfeel is: high medium
Texture is: creamy, sticky, crisp
Carbonation is: quiet, but crisp
Finish is: very long, and quite enjoyable.

Overall experience: Reminds me of Victory hopped up ales quite a bit. Beautiful. I love this beer – as a special treat, it’s very nice. It might as well be imported, being from Cali, but it’s delicious and it’s special. If you like hops, you can’t go wrong here – it’s in my top 5, for sure.

Bear Republic Racer 5 India Pale Ale
05/10/2008, 2:45 AM
Filed under: Bear Republic, IPA (shaker, tulip) | Tags: , , , ,

ABV: 7%
RateBeer rating: 98
Calories: estimated at C
Volume: 22 fl oz
Glass: tulip
Purchased at: West Trenton Wine and Liquor, West Trenton, NJ
Price: $4.75
Consumed at: home

First Impression: Aroma is quite hoppy, floral, grapefruit, olive oil, herbal, welcoming. Visuals include a fluffy white head on a surprisingly deep amber hazy body. Lacing is very nice. Taste is rich and bitter with grapefruit, with a satisfying long acrid aftertaste. Palate is crisp, dusty, and top and back of the tongue is active. Second Impression: a very well crafted beer. Interesting visually, and in aroma. Tastes very good – not the best IPA out there, but very high on the list for me. Well worth another taste.

Aroma: 8 out of 10

Visuals: 4 out of 5

Taste: 9 out of 10

Palate: 5 out of 5

Overall: 18 out of 20. I liked the aroma, taste, palate, and visuals.