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Rocket Science IPA | Fullsteam Brewery

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Rocket Science IPARocket Science IPA

Brewed by:
Fullsteam Brewery
North Carolina, United States | website

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by atsprings on 07-06-2010

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Reviews: 23 | Ratings: 140
Photo of GJ40
3.08/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Sampled on tap at Tyler's in Apex.

I was excited to see a new, local IPA. I jumped at it because I saw "West Coast" in the description. Only later did I notice that it was distancing this beer from the West Coast style. But I enjoy all types of IPAs so I was still game.

I found the aroma and flavor very grassy. And this grassy hop flavor dominated everything. It was not balanced at all. The start was rough but my taste buds eventually adapted and the rest went OK. Maybe I just don't get this one but I wouldn't go back for more.

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Photo of wedge
3.45/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

@ Busy Bee

Clear orange pour with a minimal head, but loads of drippy lace. Lemony floral sweetness in the nose. Fresh, leafy, earthy hop bitterness. Highly floral and clean over a grainy base. Lively medium body goes down easy. I don't think I'm the biggest fan of Sorachi Ace - especially in an IPA. Not a bad East coast rendition though. I'm not one to advocate hopping the everliving crap out of IPAs to achieve a "good" example of the style...I can appreciate the somewhat mild hoppiness, but wish they would beef up the malt flavor a little for balance. This combination of hops just isn't quite right to keep me coming back very often.

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Photo of oberon
3.58/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the growler into a nonic a rich copper color with a tight formed one finger white head that settles pretty slowly.Aromas were a mix of caramel malt and more of a leafy/herbal hop presence,not in your face citrus and pine.A balanced ipa with the hops being somewhat subdued for the style,carame/biscuit and "green" hops are intertwined thru to the finish.Its not hop "heavy" but its a nice quaffable balanced ipa.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.58/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Tyler's Taproom in Durham. Served in a Fullsteam pint glass.

Color is a clear light copper with a single finger white head and some spotty lacing. The nose brings some faint hops and sole floral character, a bit spicy. Light breach malt. Flavor has mostly floral elements with a bit of citrus. Light body and a good bitter finish. Nice brew.

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Photo of NateDyk47
3.59/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this as part of a flight at Fullsteam Brewery.

Look: medium golden amber color with a small amount of white head
Smell: mostly citrus & hops here
Taste: medium bitterness grassy hops profile, orange/grapefruit, & a hint of malt in the aftertaste
Feel: medium bodied, moderate to heavy level of carbonation

Overall: this is a decent American IPA and I enjoyed it, but nothing memorable.

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Photo of daliandragon
3.63/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is my third growler from these new local brewers. I liked but didn't love their stout and porter. For this unseasonably warm weeked, this IPA seemed to make sense.

A faint but typical nose: foral herbs with a touch of citrus and pine. The handsome reddish golden color is crystal clear but doesn't keep its head or lace past a few minutes.

The taste, despite the hops used, lends more across the pond than the west coast. The lemon and pine are tempered and balanced. Some caramel and crystal malts provide some sweetness. Finish is also balanced. TRhe mouthfeel is a little thin and could use a touch more carbonation. This is a mellow, easy to drink IPA ideal for sessioning situations.

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Photo of BeerDawgs
3.64/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L - Golden color with clarity, 2 fingers of head

S - Citrus and pine notes.

T - Bitter, metallic,

F - Well carbonated, medium body

O - An average IPA

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Photo of BamaBeerBuff
3.65/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought a growler from a local beer store yesterday. It was filled 2 days ago, so presumably very fresh beer.

A: A pale orange color with a creamy tan head that settles relatively quickly. Solid layer of foam remains on top, but there's not much lacing.

S: Very delicate and well-balanced nose--this is an "east coast" style IPA for sure. Sweet sugar cookie malt, a hint of light citrus, and a big floral hop presence.

T&M: Floral hop flavor starts out before a dry malt comes in mid-palate. There's a white-pepper component here that reminds me of a Belgian-style IPA, interestingly enough. It doesn't bowl one over with intense flavor, but it's quite interesting and rather tasty. I'd say the flavor is definitely closer to an English IPA than American. Body is medium with a zesty carbonation.

D: A fine beer. I've now had the sweet potato lager and this IPA, and I'm anxious to try the rest of Fullsteam's lineup.

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Photo of Cavanaghty
3.69/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Amber color with a thick white head.

Smell: Sweet citrus with pine notes.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Smooth medium bodied. Taste of bitter hops and pine notes with a mild citrus after taste.

Overall: Good IPA, I would have this one again.

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Photo of metter98
3.71/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is clear amber yellow in color and has no visible carbonation. It poured with a short white head that quickly died down, leaving delicate lacing on the surface and a collar consisting of large bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of citrusy hops are present in the nose—oranges seem to stand out in particular—along with hints of caramel malts.
T: The taste is similar to the smell in that it is accentuated by flavors of orange citrus hops, which contribute a moderate amount of bitterness.
M: It feels nearly medium-bodied and crisp on the palate with a low to moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This is a hop-forward IPA but isn't that difficult to drink because it doesn't seem too heavily bodied.

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Photo of Omnium
3.73/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bomber > Bowtie Pint

A - Hazy orange amber with two fingers of creamy khaki head, little lacing.
S - Lots of dark earthy hop resin and spicy hop tones, caramel malt, a hint of belgian yeast, pine grapefruit, astringent.
T - Actually decently balanced for what it is worth, mildly sweet caramel malt, clashes against a spicy and citrusy hop bitterness.
M - Kinda thin, finishes a little watery, mild bitterness.
O - Decent IPA, I liked liked it, I would order it on tap, but thats about it, its not special, but I'm sure it'd pair well with some good cheese

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Photo of mothmanscott
3.74/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear pale amber producing 2+ fingers of white, frothy, somewhat lasting head that leaves streak & chunks of lace which is quite different from a number of the reviews I have read. The pour produces a long lasting stream of effervescence rising from the bottom of the goblet. Aromas is citrus (predominantly orange), floral & thin resinous pine hops balanced with caramel & pale malts. Taste is caramel malt with a hint of corn syrup sweetness & pie dough that is fairly balanced with citrus, tropical fruit, grass & a hint of pine hops with some floral in the finish, producing a thin malt, heavy hop, grapefruit aftertaste. Finishes variously hoppy & slightly spicy with a bitterness that intensifies & lingers long into the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation, juicy, oily & mildly astringent in the bitter aftertaste.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.77/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a crystal clear copper in color in color with light amounts of active visible carbonation slowly rising from the bottom of the glass and light amounts of golden yellow + amber highlights. The beer has a quarter finger tall sudsy foamy white head that reduces to a small medium thick patch and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of herbal + grassy hops over light aromas of caramel malts.

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of slightly sweet caramel malts. That is followed by moderate flavors of herbal and grassy hops which imparts a light to moderate amount of bitterness which lingers.

M: Just shy of medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Light amounts of dryness in the finish.

O: Pretty well balanced between the hops and malts/sweetness and bitterness with a well hidden alcohol which makes this beer easy to drink.

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Photo of callisbeers
3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at home. If you are looking for an over the top IPA that just knocks your socks off with hops, this isn't it. But if you are looking for a very good, drinkable session IPA, take this one. Hops and malt are very well balanced with just a slight bitterness at the end. My friends have very much enjoyed this one. We have mixed it with Grave Robber (Lonerider) and the resulting beer is awesome, Ebony & Ivory (I stole that one from Sean!)

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Photo of devilben02
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours with a deep golden yellow-orange color and a thick, foamy head that quickly dissipates. The aroma is a bit muted compared to a lot of IPAs on the market, but it is nicely earthy and herbal, with a nice balance from some underlying malt sweetness. Similarly, the flavor is more balanced rather than powerfully bitter, but the combination of earth, herbs, and a bit of pepper are certainly up front. Like many of Fullsteam's initial offerings, this one is not the most potently-flavored brew, but it is well-crafted, has a little bit of intrigue, and is highly drinkable. I will happily look for what this brewery can do going forward.

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Photo of Dave1999
3.99/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours orange Amber with a thin white head.

The smell is orange,spicey rye,Belgian yeast.

The taste is much like the smell this definitely tastes like it's made with rye and Belgian yeast. There's some malt sweetness on the finish.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation.

Overall it didn't taste as expected but was a welcome change to your usual IPA.

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Photo of mdfb79
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a growler into a tulip.

a - Pours a dark amber color with one inch of white head and light carbonation evident.

s - Smells of pine strongly, also some citrus hops.

t - Tastes of pine hops, citrus hops, and light fruity malts.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation.

d - A pretty good IPA. My favorite Fullsteam beer so far. Would have again.

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Photo of VncentLIFE
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at the brewpub while doing research fro my blog.

The one thing is that they usually overpour to try to reduce the head, when they dont need to. Pours a golden yellow with a white head.

The smell is the most complex IPA I have ever smelled. It took me a little while to really figure it out. Its Belgian or German Hefeweizen yeast. Mixed among the bittering noble hops, there are fruity esters everywhere.

The smell wasnt beguiling, its a Belgian IPA at heart. Those bittering hops fight every second with Belgian yeast. Somewhere in there is the Fullsteam malt bill that gives it more of a balance than I would have expected from a single IPA. Also, I really felt the alcohol about midway through.

Decent body, none of the flavors fade away too fast.

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Photo of blackie
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a: curved pint, sort of a medium copper-amber in color, tight little head that retains a ring and thin layer

s: clean biscuity malts and a nice level of caramelized sweetness, hops earthy - green pine and pithy citrus rind, firm enough to make this solidly "ipa" while not overpowering the supporting malts, like this

m: carbonation around moderate in level, with a body that rides the line between light and medium, giving a balanced mouthfeel

t: nice malt profile with a lighter note of caramel sugar and a general woody/biscuity flavor, well accented with a balancing of earthy pine and citrus hops, finishing clean and woody with a moderate bitter

d: really enjoy the balance here without much compromise in flavor, highly drinkable

growler from Sam's in Durham, shared in the 'Ville with a friend

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Photo of MADhombrewer
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- Nice dark straw color with a great white head with tight bubbles. Great frothy lacing.

Smell- Grassy hop aroma with some malty sweetness.

Taste- The taste is much like the smell. Grassy hops and a malt backbone that imparts a good amount of sweetness to it. Good bitterness after the taste.

Mouthfeel- Very good. Right down the middle of thin and thick. Has a little bit to chew on, but not enough at the same time.

Overall- I have to say this is a very good IPA. Very easy to drink. If Fullsteam was closer, I would drink this all the time. I will have to find out more about this brewery. Thanks goes to CBROS for sending me this growler.

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Photo of beer2day
4.18/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Flying Saucer in Raleigh.

Crisp Orange pour with fluffy two finger head. Thin retention and weak lace.

Very muted nose. Earthy hops with a touch of pine. Slight sense of honey.

Flavor is very intense. Initial hit is fairly thin, but the finish is very bold. Earthy hops with a touch of pine. Strange , but getting the hint of a coke midway through the glass. Lots of hop flavor here.

Body balances the flavor well.

I would get this again.

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Photo of tdm168
4.2/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewery on 3/3/12.

Pours a copper-amber with no head. The nose has a bright, citrusy aroma that features a little mango and some grapefruit. The flavor is a balance of light, bready malt and heavy citrusy hops. The flavor is simple but drinks well. There is a slight bitterness in the finish that lingers, but is smooth enough for you to want another sip immediately. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and very smooth and almost decent carbonation.

This is a nice, balanced, easy drinking IPA. It's not overly hoppy nor malty. The hops they chose for this one add great drinkability, flavor, and aroma. It's a great compliment to the malt character. I'll definitely have this one again.

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Photo of atsprings
4.55/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Rockfish Grill served in an 18oz tulip a crisp dark orange with a thin diminishing head that leaves slight lacing on the glass. Aroma is crisp citrus and pine hops in front of caramel malts. The taste is caramel malts in the initial that is quickly bombarded by piney citrus hops that leaves a great lingering bitterness that leaves you craving the next sip. The beer is quite light and refreshing, great for Summer. I'm looking forward to seeing this one in cans down the line.

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Rocket Science IPA from Fullsteam Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 23 ratings.