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Rocket Science IPA - Fullsteam Brewery

Rocket Science IPA
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Ratings: 46
Reviews: 15
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 11.76%

Brewed by:
Fullsteam Brewery visit their website
North Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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(Beer added by: atsprings on 07-06-2010)
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Photo of Thorpe429


3.58/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-21-2011 17:12:46 | More by Thorpe429
Photo of oberon

North Carolina

3.58/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

Serving type: growler

07-16-2011 23:15:30 | More by oberon
Photo of mdfb79

New York

4/5  rDev +7%
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.

Serving type: growler

10-24-2010 04:33:36 | More by mdfb79
Photo of blackie


4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
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

Serving type: growler

01-05-2011 04:01:45 | More by blackie
Photo of tdm168

North Carolina

4.23/5  rDev +13.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-06-2012 02:11:33 | More by tdm168
Photo of atsprings

North Carolina

4.6/5  rDev +23%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-04-2010 00:28:47 | More by atsprings
Photo of wedge

North Carolina

3.45/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-13-2011 15:24:39 | More by wedge
Photo of daliandragon

North Carolina

3.63/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

Serving type: growler

02-13-2011 23:55:58 | More by daliandragon
Photo of beer2day

North Carolina

4.22/5  rDev +12.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-09-2010 02:11:03 | More by beer2day
Photo of GJ40

North Carolina

3.08/5  rDev -17.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-30-2011 16:36:31 | More by GJ40
Photo of VncentLIFE

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-12-2011 02:04:12 | More by VncentLIFE
Photo of BamaBeerBuff

North Carolina

3.65/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

Serving type: growler

10-23-2010 19:12:00 | More by BamaBeerBuff
Photo of devilben02

North Carolina

3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

Serving type: growler

08-26-2010 03:20:13 | More by devilben02
Photo of MADhombrewer


4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

Serving type: growler

04-01-2011 00:58:54 | More by MADhombrewer
Photo of callisbeers

North Carolina

3.75/5  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!)

Serving type: on-tap

11-15-2010 21:43:25 | More by callisbeers
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