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Jockamo IPA - Abita Brewing Co.

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Jockamo IPAJockamo IPA

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Ratings: 1,512
Reviews: 550
rAvg: 3.35
pDev: 17.61%
Wants: 12
Gots: 97 | 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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Photo of stevenseg
3.53/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

Photo of olympuszymurgus
3.75/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

was introduced to this guy yesterday after having heard a bit about it from a friend in baton rouge. upon opening the bottle, i was greeted with a citrusy and floral aroma that was lovely. poured coppery looking, decent looking, yeah, i'd lay it. hop aromas really popping out, but the first sip is not quite where the nose is. great aroma, not great hop flavor, a little wobbly overall on flavor. tastes a little thin and quick. like a sprinter, but altogether very drinkable. a worthwhile adventure.

Photo of Skitowneric
2.95/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured 12oz bottle into chilled pint glass. 1-1.5 finger solid foamy head. Dark orange color. Immediate smells of citrus and almost banana. There is a little bit of an awkward forward sweetness. There is a bitter balance in the finish. Not the best tasting IPA I have had in a while.

Photo of matjack85
3.45/5  rDev +3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I tried this 12oz brown bottle at Shanahan's Pub in Forest Park, IL. It wasn't on tap, but it was the only Abita offering I hadn't tried yet, so I forked over the $4.50 per bottle charge and tried it with a spicy chicken sandwich. There was no freshness date on the bottle, only a story on the back label that tells you who"Jockamo" is.

The beer poured a hazy copper color that made only a ½ finger white head that dissipated in less than a minute and left no lacing whatsoever.

The beer had only a faint smell of spicy and piny hops. No giant hop aroma like you get with some IPA's. It was pleasant, but not very powerful.

The taste was a bit of a surprise. It was a lot sweeter and maltier than most IPA's. Make no mistake, it is still a hoppy beer at 52 IBU's, but a bit sweeter than I am used to for this style. Mostly the hops were of the spicy variety, but there was also some piny bitterness in there as well.

The beer had a light to medium body to it with lower carbonation than I like in an IPA, but it was easy to drink and the taste was OK. There are much better IPA's out there but I'm still glad I tried this one once.

Photo of Mavajo
3.8/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a fairly light-orange golden color with a fluffy white head. Nose and taste were a bit of a suprise - you have your hops and bitterness, although they're fairly subdued for the style...and there's also a very fruity appearance. Citrus, sure, but also some sweet melon/berry notes. Almost candy-like. Body is thin to medium with appropriately mild carbonation. Fairly drinkable.

This is a decent brew, but if you're craving an IPA, this won't scratch that itch.

Photo of GordonQuid
3.7/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard pint glass.

Golden amber with a nice one inch head that dissapates to a wispy foam and moderate lace.

Smells of basswood honey and centenial and galena hops. Earthy undertones and cara-munich malts.

Taste is a pleasant blend of centenial hops and honey dew mellon. There is an earthy quality that i like very much. I would classify this more of an APA than IPA. Not sure if the IBU's match the class with this one. But never-the-less one of Abita's best offerings. Many of there beers fall a bit short. This one falls short of a good IPA but a rather refreshing APA.

Very drinkable and enjoyable. This is a good brew for the price.

Photo of ImusBeer
3.05/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Came with about a finger of light tan head, a dark orange/amber color.

A yeasty-doughy smell with possibly some citrus. The taste was slightly metallic and citrus.

Mouthfeel was light with some slight bitterness a weak IPA in my book, about 1/2 the IBUs of a typical American like Sierra Nevada. I've always thought of Abita's beers being a bit on the weak side and this one is no exception. It's like they don't want to offend anyone.

Photo of slk22
3.78/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours amber with a redish hue and a cream colored head that dissipated quickly. Lacing was minimal. Emanation of aroma was mild to moderate consisting of mild orange and crystal malt sweetness. Pleasantly surprised, the taste of this one is much more impressive than the aroma. Flavor is sweet up front with orange and peach on a sweet malt backbone. This is followed by a citrus hop bitterness that lingers just a bit into a dry finish. Very well balanced and refreshing. Mouthfeel is moderately smooth with a light to medium body and moderate carbonation. Although this is a bit sweeter than I would expect of this style I found it to be quite refreshing.

Photo of Duhast500
3.65/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a pint glass.

The color is a hazy amber with particles floating in the beer. (hoping they're hops) A finger of some nice white head, no lacing.

The smell is a little sugary but is to too strong in the nose. A slight malt sweetness.

The taste is hoppy but not to the extreme like expected. It does have some spicy citrus flavor and is pretty sweet.

The feel is pretty light which was another thing that was unexpected. Is really drinkable and is quite enjoyable.

Photo of feelmefoam
3.48/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice opaque brown with orange highlights. Nice foamy head that rises about a finger high before dying down and leaving decent lacing around the glass.

Not too aromatic, smells a bit citrusy, but its muted. A little mustiness in the nose too, not something I'm too familiar with in the nose of most IPAs. Still, it doesn't smell bad.

Not spectacular in the flavor department, but certainly not bad. Tastes primarily of citrus hops, then followed by some more muted malt flavor. Needs a bit more to get a higher score.

Nice medium body with a pretty nice amount of carbonation; feels zesty on the tongue.

Overall, not one of my favorite IPAs, but it is still a decently hopped IPA that isn't too bad. Don't think I'll buy again, but only because I have better options out there.

Photo of donkeyrunner
2.55/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dark amber with some floaties. As this isn't bottle conditioned (as far as I know) I'm assuming those are bits of hop leaf? White head with fair retention.

I read a review by plinythethirsty that said this beer smells like pina colada. That about hits the nail on the head. I do like a good pina colada though.

Holy crystal malt! Caramel and toffee and, and, and...hops? 52 IBU? Really, where? This may be the first malt-centric IPA I've ever had.

Photo of plinythethirsty
3.53/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The price of a six-pack of this IPA was enticing. It has a mild, sweet, pina colada-like smell. It's penny colored with an average-sized head that laces the glass in spots, but is generally pretty runny. I taste lots of malt, a pinch of vanilla and butterscotch, then some bitterness on the finish. The taste is pleasant, but a bit thin. There's no big hop payoff here. Nor will you find the richness and complexities of premium IPA's. I guess you get what you pay for.

Photo of natelocc787
3.08/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Very nice amber appearance with a big fluffy beige head that contained large cola-like bubbles. The smell was somewhat mild in hops but pineapple cake was present which I appreciated. Taste was very watery, bitter from hops but not enough bubbles to complement the style. No fruit really noticed in the taste aside from mandarin orange in light sugar syrup. Drinkability was reduced do to a watery feel and lack of flavor.

Photo of theboozecruise
4/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

12 oz. bottle poured into a (appropriately enough, Abita) pint glass. Clear amber color with a minimal white head. Not much lacing at all.

Nice smell to it... a little sweet sugar blended with the hops. I'm surprised by how sweet the smell is.

The taste is more of the same... hops up front with a sweetness to it that's unexpected. The aftertaste is even more sweet, I like it. A little watered down like most Abita beers seem to be.

The real hop-heads out there aren't going to like this one I'm afraid, but for someone looking to get into a hoppier beer, this might be a great choice.

Photo of drabmuh
3.83/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a conic pint glass. Beer is copper / amber and forms a thick white head made up of tiny bubbles that falls away leaving lacing on the glass. Carbonation is low and the head separates as it falls, clinging to the edges of the glass. The beer is mostly clear but has a slight haze about it.

Congratulations you have an IPA, at least by the smell. There is a strong citrus hop aroma that it immediately evident from the moment I began to pour. The aroma falls away with the head, there isn't enough carbonation to push the aroma out of the glass, and this is unfortunate. But since the hop bite disappears partly, more subtle pine and malt aromas become present. Smells great.

This beer is not as hoppy as I was expecting. The malt is very dominant in this beer. The back end bitterness is lower than I expected by a lot. Some front of the palate sweetness and a nice finish. There is some bitterness that builds as you drink but there is nothing that really resembles the type of bitterness that is associated with American IPAs. It is not unpleasant maybe just an except to rule, or on the outside of standards. I do enjoy the flavor but it makes me think ESB rather than IPA, but perhaps I'm way off base.

The mouth on this beer is really nice. It is full bodied. Some IPA you can stand a fork in them and it wouldn't fall over, this does a nice job being full but not chewy. This may be related to the apparently low hop content of this beer, but who knows. I think its dead on for an IPA.

Drinkability overall is high. I do enjoy this beer. I think I could put it away in a few minutes if need be. I do recommend it especially as an introductory IPA.

Photo of tai4ji2x
3.05/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle w twist-off cap. best by date of 7/23/09. tasted in late may/early june 2009.

gorgeous coppery amber, clear and gemstone quality. huge 3-finger off-white head, almost creamy. barely ever fades. great lacing.

aroma: malts and caramel, almost savory, with sweet esters of apple juice concentrate. but hey, where's the hops?! there's just a touch of grassiness, and just a slight hint of pine or citrus.

taste: flavor is the same - where's the hops? mild bitterness, with very weak hopping. it's a nice ale. but a horrible IPA, even if we go by so-called "east coast" standards.

feel is smooth and the ale is quite drinkable, but this is just totally unacceptable as an IPA.

Photo of Norfawkers
3.25/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

An OK beer but not as hoppy or bitter as an IPA should be

Appearance: Clear, deep golden

Smell: Malty, some hops

Taste: Sweet malt; grains; very faint hops and bitterness

Mouthfeel: front loaded CO2 with a lingering malty finish

Drinkability: Nothing special here

Photo of tone77
2.73/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has an amber color with a 1 inch head. Smell is predominatly of hops. Taste is nothing but hops. Feels light in the mouth. Drinkability is not that good, this beer is just way to hoppy. Overall there is nothing special about this one.

Photo of crossovert
3.4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Comes in a Lousiana themed stubby 12 ounce bottle. Brewed with spring water. No sign of a freshness date.

Pours a classic amber with an one finger off white head.

Smell leans more towards hops. They are lemony, herbally, and medicinal. Average scent for an IPA.

The flavor is a bit on the light side, malty, with some citrus hops. It is weak and isn't helped by the larger amount of carbonation. I like the mouthfeel but it doesn't work as well with the weaker flavors in this beer. The hop bitterness doesn't really bite in this one either.

Overall it is a passable middle of the road IPA. Good if you are in a southern area without a big selection I guess.

Photo of thesyko56
2.8/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Dark yellow almost orange color with a one finger heard.

S: Caramel and citrus dominate the smell.

T: Very unique taste but it is not an IPA. It is way to malty.

M: Moderate to heavy with adequate carbonation.

D: Not a typical IPA which makes the beer less appealing. It is almost like false advertising.

Photo of dirtylou
3.83/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

on-tap, somewhere in Dallas - don't recall the name but it was a refuge from the rain

appearance: served in a standard Abita pint, hazy copper body with a nice froth

smell: a little grainy, light zesty citrus

taste: exceeded by Abita expectations - pretty refreshing. It's not a hopbomb but there is a nice crisp orange-tangerine hop presence that works well

mouthfeel: lighter and refreshing

drinkability: good

Photo of Squelch
3.45/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Copper colored. Crystal clear. Off white head with little retention.

Smell: Malty. Fruity hops

Taste: Interesting malt backbone. I believe they may have used too much wheat or feremented a little high temp because I'm getting some esters which shouldn't be here. The hops need to shine through. Even still, this is a decent IPA.

Mouthfeel: Best part of this beer. Perfect to style. A tiny bit of heat, and a tiny bit of carb ting.

Drinkability: an ok beer.

Photo of GPHarris
4/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a - poured a one finger thick off-white head into a snifter that left a thin ring throughout. the body was a nice bright amber color.
s - aroma of grapefruit yet balanced as there are hints of caramel as well. very balanced and this is the best feature of this brew.
t - bready and caramel with a light hop kick.
m - a little thin for my tastes.
d - solid brew, will go back again.

Photo of JordonHoltzman
3.1/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

exp date on sixpack.
mardi gras indian on the label.

this Ipa pours a brilliant amber color thats a little hazy with a foamy white head which lasts a decent time, lacing is good.
sweet floral hop aroma, with caramel malt there too.
something is up with the taste that i'm not a fan of. its bitter, dry, something about the bite that just isnt smooth for me. that goes for the taste and mouthfeel.
its light tasting and doesnt have as much of a flavor punch that i like in an IPA.

living in new orleans, abita brews are everywhere and they arent expensive. i love amber and turbodog, and perhaps i'd pick up another sixer of jockamo eventually, but this disappointed me a bit.

Photo of bboven
2.58/5  rDev -23%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Medium muddy brown color, very cloudy. Very thin head, a few spots of lacing.

Very sweet malt aroma and faint citrus hops. This is much too malty for an American IPA.

Immediate sharp metallic flavor,

very off-putting. Once you get past that, there is hop bitterness throughout, but that's all; no flavor hop profile.

Good carbonation but thin body.

Not worth getting again. Not terrible, but there are some significant flaws here. With all the IPAs one can choose from, I don't see this one being a repeat at all.

Jockamo IPA from Abita Brewing Co.
77 out of 100 based on 1,512 ratings.