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Bear Republic Brewing

Official Web Page 
345 Healdsburg Avenue Healdsburg, CA 95448 
Tel: 707-433-BEER   Fax: 707-433-2205

Located in Healdsburg, north of San Francisco the Bear Republic Brewing Company is a brewpub that certainly deserves a little attention. Established in 1991, the company is family-owned, the owner’s son is the brewmaster. Only two of their beers are offered year round, the Red Rocket and the IPA, with several seasonals.

Opened: 1991
Date Visited:

Beers Reviewed

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Red Rocket Ale Type: Scottish ABV: 6.8%
Attractive deep crimson-brown color, clear but slightly thick looking, slightly foamy with a thin beige creamy head. Nose has hints of nuttiness in a chocolate, toasty aroma. A fruity hopiness is the dominating aroma but does not do too much to disguise the malt. Palate is very smooth and creamy, and foams a little as you throw it around, some light carbonation, while the body is medium to full. Initial creamy malt flavor, with strong signs of caramel and chocolate mid-palate, followed by a pretty strong bitter finish that is fairly long in life. Overall a very enjoyable beer. The label speaks of “an aggressive hop character”. That’s certainly true reminiscent of an IPA in the finish, but the chocolate malt is pretty strong too. Excellent mix of well pronounced flavors, resulting in a beer that is extremely well-balanced and rounded.
Ratings: Appearance: 4/5 Aroma: 8/10 Palate: 4/5 Taste: 8/10 Overall: 15/20 Score: 3.9

Last Updated: 07/24/2001

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