Bear Republic's Red Rocket Ale gives you a two-for-one punch when it comes to tailgate beers. You have a caramel-malt backbone to match the caramelized flavors of a burger, and there's enough hop bite to cut through spice. The beer falls under the Amber Ale style, and it's a difficult one to get just right: If the brewer uses too much caramel malt, the beer ends up being cloyingly sweet, and if it uses too many hops, it takes the spotlight away from the style's malt profile.
Bear Republic definitely tilts the scale to the hoppier side, but when it's this good, who could complain? If you can't find a Bear Republic Red Rocket in your local stores, then look for the Rogue brand, which manages a similar feat with St. Rogue Red Ale.