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Jockamo IPA - Abita Brewing Co.

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Jockamo IPAJockamo IPA

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Ratings: 1,441
Reviews: 543
rAvg: 3.34
pDev: 17.66%
Wants: 10
Gots: 79 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Abita Brewing Co. visit their website
Louisiana, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Jockamo I.P.A. is a traditional India Pale Ale made with the best pale and light crystal malts that give the beer a copper color and malty flavor. This full-flavored beer is hopped and dry hopped liberally with Willamette and Columbus hops from the Pacific Northwest and has a 6.5% A.B.V. The spicy aroma of the hops contrasts nicely with the pleasant sweetness of the malts. Jockamo has a flavor that entices and excites the palate.

52 IBU

(Beer added by: Beerbuddha on 10-30-2007)
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Reviews by stevenseg:
Photo of stevenseg
3.53/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I have recently been a bit disappointed by Abita's brews. I remember several years ago when I was sipping some Purple Haze, not knowing any better, thinking the beer was eclectic and grand. My palate has since evolved, and I haven't had an Abita since. I bought a party pack for $15.99 and thought I was getting a steal for some quality beers.

Jockamo IPA
Purple Haze Raspberry Wheat
Restoration Pale Ale
Turbodog Dark Brown Ale
Amber lager
Satsuma Harvest Wit

I have since discovered Abita is a very middle-of-the-road brewery, which no longer classifies as a microbrewery. In 1986, Abita originally produced 1,500 barrels of brew and has increased to over 80,000 barrels today, 65,000 barrels more than the 15,000-barrel threshold for a brewery to be classified as a microbrewery. Thus, my Jockamo experience is not going to be compared to Dark Horse's Crooked Tree Double IPA (Michigan) with over-the-top hops, which sets the bar for IPA's in my book, but rather that of a high-capacity small brewery. It seems the higher the production, the lower the quality...why expand, Abita?

Jockdandy actually poured very nicely. A moderately hazy golden color free of sediment and sporting a decent pinky-width head, which settled into a nice lacy covering after about 5 minutes. For an IPA of this caliber, I would say Abita decently represents.

When it comes to IPA's, there are subtle hops noses, as with well-done pale ales and tame IPA's, and there are hoppy blasts to the brain, as with over-the-top hoppy IPA's. Jockaroo is more toward the latter, and maybe even directly in the middle. Over-the-top IPA characteristics: a bitter-sweet grapefruit-like flavor, intense aroma of certain fresh unreasonably-illegal plants, and a very heavy body. Flowery is OK when it comes to IPA's, but equals less-than-over-the-top hops. This beer has a flowery nose, which indicates a better-than-bitter IPA. That's a good thing for a brewery like Abita.

The beer has a yeast presence that shines through and a bitter aftertaste, characteristic of dry-hopping. Jockdoodle has a great hop flavor up front, but it doesn't hit the back like I'd like it to. But then it's not fair to expect such things from a brewery that size. It's almost as if Abita came up with an IPA lager. It has that kind of yeasty presence.

I really prefer IPA's a little heavier. That would mean much higher quality ingredients and heavier malts though, which would put Jockstudly out of their target price range. Overall, its feel compares well to Sierra Nevada, and that's saying a lot for a brewery that size. I sound like a broken record, I know.

Rockamo could pass for a decent hoppy pale ale. It's carbonation profile is a little crisp for my liking. I like my IPA's syrupy, thick, and rich to the point where I can only drink one at a time without being overwhelmed, but that's not what Abita is going for. Its carbonation is pleasant, and its viscosity is that of a high-end session...and that's OK.

More sweet!!! As I said before, one-at-a-time suits me when an IPA blows me away. Jockcousteau is a semi-session beer, which is a great change-of-pace with the other sweeter wheat beers in the party pack. For a middle-of-the-road IPA, and with a decent 6.50% ABV, Abita did OK.

For the quality beer-drinker on a budget, Abita is still churning out some quality despite its increase in size. The party pack is a good way to experience it all.

stevenseg, Dec 25, 2009
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.8/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good to see Abita finally come around and brew a bottled IPA,poured into a standard pint glass a clear copper with one finger white head that had decent lasting power,big cascade citric/pine hop aroma hits at the onset with a lightly sweet caramel malt base as well.The flavors have kind of an English/American feel,Englixh biscuity malt intertwined with American hop pine resin hop,the malt has a sweet edge to it and holds true through to the finsish,the hops hit hard up front and kinda linger to the finish.A pretty good IPA and like I said its nice to see Abita take this route.

oberon, Dec 02, 2007
Photo of RoyalT
3.88/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - This poured a gorgeous orangish-brown in color with a firm off-white head and looks more like a double.

Smell - The dry-hopping gives this ale a nice, resiny nose but it falls short of the killer PacNW claim on the website. The Columbus isn't huge but is very clean. The malt though forms a nice backbone. It's lightly toasted and just the right level of sweetness to balance out the bouquet.

Taste - This gets serious at the taste. The malts lose some of their sweetness and the toasty aspect really comes out. The hops surprisingly hold their own and show a bit more spicing. All this come together making the flavor profile raw and a bit rough, which I like.

Mouthfeel - This is short of medium-bodied which is no surprise as our southern states like to keep their beers "wet". The feeling in between the cheeks is smooth but the flavors don't blend particularly well together. The carbs are right on though.

Drinkability - This is a big beer for that neck of the woods and they didn't make this one with kid's gloves. There's just enough drying though to keep one gulping.

RoyalT, Aug 09, 2010
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3.75/5  rDev +12.3%

Turbo, Jun 09, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +12.3%

Zakk, Jun 03, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

tohe9384, Sep 12, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +12.3%

tbryan5, Jan 27, 2013
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1.96/5  rDev -41.3%

GameOfBeers, Aug 18, 2014
Photo of lordofthewiens
3.03/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

In a pint glass the beer was an amber color with a quickly dissipating white head. It had a little bit of lace.
Mostly floral hops aroma, a little bit of citrus. Sweet malt background. Not a very striking aroma.
Taste was similar to the aroma. Piney, resinous hops with just a tiny bit of orange. Faint biscuit. Again, not very striking.
A very meek beer. It was OK, but there are a lot of better IPAs out there.

lordofthewiens, Jun 02, 2011
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2.5/5  rDev -25.1%

SmellsofMahagony, Apr 10, 2013
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4/5  rDev +19.8%

TimoP, Mar 03, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -2.7%

megamass, Jun 16, 2013
Photo of Billolick
3.8/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ouncer, twist off, w/o freshness info. Pours darker amber, kinda cloudy, under a medium tan head and leaves some splotchy lacing. Grainy hop nose, this one seems like an upgrade for Abita. Full bodied, medium but still respectable hop presence. Hops seem mostly grainy and softly citric/grapefruit like. Certainly not in the class of the finer (S.D. area) hoppy brews, but this is a clear upgrade from the other M.O.R. Abita offerings I have tried. Better then respectable hoppy sessioner. Worth a try.

Billolick, Mar 01, 2008
Photo of tigg924
2.8/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: copper, medium head, clear, with medium carbonation

Smell: grapefruit, melon, and some lemon, none of which are overpowering

Taste: I taste soap and some other hops--not much else

Mouthfeel: smooth, watery, slightly bitter aftertaste

Drinkability: It tastes like a light IPA, not bad-not great just OK...I will most likely not have this again, but would not turn it away if offered to me

tigg924, Feb 11, 2009
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3.75/5  rDev +12.3%

reitzbrewing, Nov 08, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -25.1%

Andrew_Rios122, Jul 03, 2014
Photo of Mora2000
3.58/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a slightly hazy amber color with an off-white head. The aroma is a mix of bready malt with some pine notes mixed in. The beer also has an iced tea aroma. The flavor is a mix of pine and orange citrus hops with some toffee notes. Low bitterness. Thin, slightly watery mouthfeel and low to medium carbonation.

Mora2000, Jun 23, 2011
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2/5  rDev -40.1%

Skye1024, Dec 27, 2011
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4/5  rDev +19.8%

livewire05, Jan 19, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -2.7%

SkinnyElvis, Jun 28, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +12.3%

jaminjohnson, Jul 13, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -2.7%

dankjohn, Aug 27, 2013
Photo of deebo
3.75/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I snuck 1 more $1 buck beer pint at huck Finns. This time will try the Abita ipa

A-a hazy dirty orange with a skimming of white head

S-hops are here but not in your face-citrus and definitely grassy. Plenty of malt here too-sweet,breast,toasty

T-the hops here are distinctively marmalade. Some caramel malt flavor to boot

M-low on the carbonation heavy on the malty mouthfeel. I'm digging it

O-a malt forward IPA. I like the balance

deebo, Oct 31, 2012
Photo of kingcrowing
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a chalice.

Pours a very nice mahogany red sadly with no head at all. Nose is real sweet and malty with a nice subtle hop bite.

Damn is this thing bitter! A real palate killer, very sharp and dry the hop bit lingers for a while. The malt is there but this is more of a west coast ipa so don't plan on drinking more than one or two!

kingcrowing, Mar 17, 2010
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2.75/5  rDev -17.7%

MicroBeerMan1980, Jul 10, 2014
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Jockamo IPA from Abita Brewing Co.
76 out of 100 based on 1,441 ratings.