Bear Republic


“Located in the heart of Wine Country, on the corner of Healdsburg’s historic downtown square, Bear Republic Brewing Company offers award-winning food and world class, handcrafted ales. Established in 1995 by third and fourth generation Sonoma County residents, the Norgrove family invites you to come and discover their diverse menu, family friendly atmosphere and more than 14 freshly brewed beers on tap.”



Nicely Balanced

Nicely Balanced

Brewer’s Description: “Red Rocket Ale is a bastardized Scottish style red ale that traces its origins to our homebrew roots. This full bodied and hoppy brew finishes on the palate with sweet, caramel malt flavors.”

My Description: This is a robust ale with delicious flavors and a bold hop presence. It begins with a large and dense, light beige colored head that holds the whole way leaving behind a wall of lacing. The aroma is inviting with notes of toasted malt, light caramel notes, citrus hops, and tropical notes like mangoes. There is also the faintest note of dark fruits in the aroma as the beer warms up a bit. Red Rocket Ale is medium bodied with a moderate carbonation level and a dry finish. The flavor profile follows the nose nicely with a deep malt backbone providing tasty notes of caramel malt and biscuit malt. Citrus hops and woodsy hops compliment these notes cleanly without ever dominating the flavor profile. The aftertaste is moderately high in bitterness and slightly sharp with lingering woodsy hop and malt notes. Overall, this beer showcases a great blend of flavors that delight the senses. It is best served around 50°F and pairs nicely with Gouda cheese, braised deer, or baked duck.

ABV: 6.8%  Color: Dark Amber  Sweetness: 2.5/10  Bitterness: 6/10