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Jockamo IPA - Abita Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 1,531
Reviews: 552
rAvg: 3.35
pDev: 17.61%
Wants: 12
Gots: 107 | 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:
Beer added by: Beerbuddha on 10-30-2007

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
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Photo of Mistofminn
3.28/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Best buy date "07/10/10"

Pours an orange copper color, darker for an IPA. Two fingers of white head are produced on the pour with ok retention but lacking in lacing.

I assumed this was a somewhat fresh bottle, but I'm not getting much hop characters here. Light hop characters with low bitterness, and a ton of sweet malts is about all I get.

Just like the nose, I get light hops, and stronger malts. Not really what I was expecting from a semi-fresh bottle. Maybe their best by dates are a year after bottling?

Light to medium body, with a low bitterness and high carbonation. Drinkability is ok, but I just didn't enjoy it very much.

Overall, not an IPA I would seek out again. It was fun to try, but I wouldn't recommend this.

Photo of KrisPaulk77
3.73/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Jockamo was poured into a Lazy Magnolia pint glass, and was a deep orange color with a slight haze to it, and a big old foamy off-white head. Minimal lacing noticed.
The aroma seemed muted for an American IPA. A citrus and pine aroma was there, but it actually played second to the caramels of the malts. Sweetness and light fruity esters noted.
The taste was crisp and clean, with a good, but not overwhelming bitterness to help balance the sweetness of the malts. Notes of citrus, pine, sweet caramels, bitterness, and a faint yeasty tone.
The feel of the beer was good, with a moderate carbonation level.
Jockamo is a good entry level IPA, or a step up to an increased bitterness in beers for someone not used to hops. I quite enjoy a pint of Jockamo every now and then and will continue drinking it.

Photo of seanbhudson
3.58/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

APPEARANCE:
12 oz bottle with no obvious date. Pours a hazy amber/orange color with a medium off-white head. Nice lacing.
AROMA:
Smells like a brewery "wort" smell. Hints of citrus and leather.
FLAVOR:
Cracker like malt finishes with grapefruit pith & herb hoppy finish.
MOUTHFEEL:
Medium body with slightly creamy texture. Moderate carbonation.
DRINKABILITY:
I rather enjoy that "wort" smell. Very different than most IPA's. The cracker flavors remind me of an English Pale Ale. There are a lot of good IPA's that have grapefruit flavor but I normally I like the peel/juice flavors more than the "pith".
NOTES: BBCSD-0912-GeoffV

Photo of Morey
3.68/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured an orange-copper color with a decent cream colored head following a medium pour. Very few bubbles from carbonation in this beer leading one to believe that it may have a low carbonation level which is fine by me. Some decent head retention here.

Smell is somewhat earthy. Nice mix of hops and malts.

Taste is more of the same. Very much on the earthy side of Ipa's. In the same vein as Titan Ipa or Balast Point Big Eye. However, the taste is little more tame and the carbonation is indeed lower.

Mouthfeel is medium with a nice hop bitterness.

This would be a good session beer due to the low carbonation.

Morey's Bottom Line: A good Ipa for sure. I had it on tap recently and it tasted a little more fresh on tap, but this bottle is still pretty tasty. The best beer I've tried from Abita to date.

Photo of mynie
4.33/5  rDev +29.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark for an IPA, but not unappealing Dark rusty red with a big white head.

Smells heavy, medium hoppy, straight-up east coast. Fruitier than a midwest or west coast pale, and the fruitiness comes from the malt, not the hops.

Tastes grand. Really, unexpectedly good and unique. Medium-strength (for an IPA) hop profile starts things off, moving quickly into an excellently fruity middle that's like Magic Hat's #9, it's so goddamn fruity. Big nodes of apricots and pears, and the strange part is it doesnt taste synthetic, it's like this is some magic attribute of the malt. The big fruitiness is drug violently but pleasantly into the pit of the deep, bitterdry hop.

I got no idea how they do it, but damn they do it well.

Photo of mgbickel
3.65/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Perfect pint glass. Formed a thick, two finger ivory head that slowly dissipation down to a single finger and stayed there! Great retention! The body is a clear, burnt sienna color with orange and yellow hues.

Citrus hops on the front of the nose with a caramel background. You can also pick up malty undertones on grainy backbone.

The flavors do not smack you in the face like a DIPA does, but this is still somewhat complex. Starts off with some floral hops that fade into a malty middle. The finish goes back to hops (more piney and bitter though). The aftertaste is sweet and caramel like.

The mouth feel is medium, oily and slightly creamy with a moderate amount of carbonation.

Drinkable for sure...you can toss back a number of these with no problem. None of the flavors jump out at you, so this should appeal to a variety of drinkers.

Photo of Ricochet
3.7/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Starts orange, mildly cloudy, pretty decent head that left little lace. Smells a little on the Juicy Fruit side, with a touch of grapefruit, but mostly average. Mouth is slight with watery wash and a Jujyfruit remainder.

Flavor surprises! Licorice, fruity hops make up most of the flavor. Grapefruit in the back, orange rind towards the front. Alcohol is muted as the flavor takes center stage.

This is a refreshing IPA? Yep. I said it. Not heavy, and very fruity hops but not overly bitter. Makes it a drinker in my book. I almost see this as an early warm evening on the porch IPA.

Photo of Lerxst
2.6/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

12 oz. bottle, no "best by" or bottling date.

A- Pours copper in color with a thin off white head that fades quick and leaves little lacing.

S-This is an IPA? Where are the hops? Its all malt.

T-I keep checking the bottle...Yup, its an IPA. So where are the hops? A tinge of piney hops there, but malt is clearly the front runner here.

M-A bit thin. Average would be an apt description.

D-Why drink an IPA where the hops are non-existent?

I won't waste my time on this one again.

Photo of hosehead83
3.3/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a twelve ounce bottle into a standard pint glass
Golden/amber in color with a nice, gererous two-inch head of foam
Aroma-A big whiff of surprising malt and some subtle citrus notes
Taste-Again, big malt and some underlying citrus-The heavier lean to the malty side kind of throws me a bit-Flavor seems unbalanced for an IPA-However, it's easy to drink, and not terribly bad overall.

Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.13/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Abital Jockamo IPA has a thick, creamy off-white head and a deep amber color, with a somewhat cloudy aspect. Carbonation is relatively low. Aroma is of dough and caramel, but not particularly sweet. The taste is bitter and hoppy, and the bitterness could be more pronounced, which I'd prefer. The mouth feel is medium to heavy. Jockamo has a pretty high alcohol level, which makes it comforting to drink. Overall, this is an excellent beer, and I could enjoy drinking it often.

RJT

Photo of drizzam
3.83/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Iko! Iko! Jockamo fen an e!

A - Poured from the brown bottle into a clear pint glass. The body of this brew is a cloudy orange/amber color topped with a fluffy off-white head. Great head retention and nice lacing! Looks good so far...

S - Smells like sweet caramel malt infused with a citrus hop presence. Almost too much malt smell in the nose for an IPA in my opinion.

T & M - Like in the nose, this beer is supported by a sweet malty backbone. The hops aren't as bitter as I would have expected for an IPA...as a matter of fact, this is pretty mild in terms of an IPA. Tastes good though. Medium bodied with low to moderate carbonation. Finishes pretty clean.

D - This reminds me of a Summer IPA...almost a mild version of an IPA that would be easier for "non-hopheads" to indulge in. The malt and hop play well together, but those looking for a hop kick in the teeth may be disappointed. I, for one, have enjoyed it.

Photo of jdmcel
3.28/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I saw this six at I M Gan and didn't want to dive right in....but the next time I stopped in they had it available for the mix-a-six. Poured in a pint glass.

A: Copper color with an 1/4 inch of off white head and a little retention.

S: Not an overwhelming hop aroma. The hop smell is offset by the sweet malts.

T: A nice bitter hop taste up front followed by a spice aftertaste which intensifies as it warms.

M: A Medium bodied IPA with good carbonation.

D: Overall it is a decent IPA. I would try it again, but not something I would drink all night.

Photo of hermesch
4.25/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice copper, red-hued and not hazy in the least. About half an inch of head dissipates somewhat quickly, though some fine lacing is left behind and sticks around. A good piney nose, hops abound though don't linger all that long. Very satisfied with the taste--a nice shot of hops with sharp citrus bite, and then it's gone, which helps the drinkability factor. Medium bodied in the mouth, this beer was kind of like a Harpoon IPA with a little more character. Would drink several again, for sure.

Photo of scooter231
2.88/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a pretty bland deep yellow with a little bit of poofy head that promptly disappears. Slightly hazy. Nose is hoppy and bitter, with a little fruity sweetness that lingers at the end. Kind of Becks reminiscent, actually.

Some hops and grassy notes at the forefront of the sip, a hint of sweet malts following, but nothing deep, nothing special. Mouthfeel is okayish, a bit chewy, but drying.

Overall this would be a nice hot day IPA, but in a category with Dogfish 60 minute, and Stone IPA? This beer pales, incredibly, in comparison.

Photo of NYCWheatFanSC
3.68/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - pours a deep, clear amber with a soft eggshell head that fades pretty quickly. No lacing, but a half collar of bubbles remains nonetheless

S - Pretty weak hop profile here, the nose is dominated by sweet maltiness and vegetation.

T - Very similar to the nose, but the hops are a bit upgraded: not fresh hoppy but rather only a tad bitter. More predominantly malt-forward. No hints of citrus to be found.

M - Pretty thin given the maltiness, but definitely an east coast style. Nice carbonation helps to thin it out.

D - Pretty good brew, a nice sessionable Southern IPA. I could see this being even better if it was a little hoppier, but alas, isn't that always the case?

Photo of FenwaySquid
3.13/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Presentation: 12 oz. brown bottle, no dating that I could find, poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a crystal clear pale oprange color, small carbonation bubbles rising inside. The head formed off-white, 1-2 fingers thick and faded into a thick layer with good retention.

Aroma: Kind of sweet, more malt than hops. The hops that did show up were floral.

Taste: Pale malt and piney hops up front, the sweetness comes through in the middle. The finish is mostly grapefruit hops, lingering for just a few seconds.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied, crisp and refreshing. For as light as this was, the carbonation should've been stronger.

Overall: More a pale ale than IPA, and lighter than I expected. It's decent, but nothing I'd seek out too often.

Photo of HalfFull
3.33/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Into a pint glass from a 12 oz. bottle, the Jockamo pours a clear orange golden in color, sporting an inch or so of lightly off white foam. A light carbonation just about keeps up as for head retention, holding a light surface film.

Spicy earthen hop nose with some more tenuous herbal/floral notes. Husky grain with a touch of sweetness. Light overall, more reminiscent of an APA.

Malts more prominent in the taste, with a light citrus flavor. Bitterness is light, and the texture is coarse and bready. Light to moderate malt structure, and complexity, for the style. Decent feel and drink as the carbonation, though light, does maintain for the pint and works well with the light malt structure. Decent brew with a bit of a roasted character on the finish. No drawbacks yet nothing too exciting, kind of like the girl next door.

Photo of BeerisfoodLLC
2.98/5  rDev -11%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had on tap at Blue Nile in New Orleans:

A -Cloudy orangish color, medium head that dissipates fast.

S - Sweet nose, surprising for an IPA. No strong hop aroma, more malty.

T - This was not as good as expected, light on the hops, light bodied...a bit unbalanced. I have had worse IPA's but this needs some work.

M - Light bodied and well carbonated.

D - I wouldn't recommend for having more than one.

Photo of dubinsky
2.7/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A friend told me to try this beer since i lean towards complex flavored IPA's. I don't think my friend and i have the same palate.

The beer poured a hazy amber with floating bits. A finger of some nice white head.

The smell is what killed it for me. It was too sweet tasking for an IPA. I was expecting something else, and perhaps that ruined it for me. I just couldn't get past the sweet, boozy, malty smell. Virtually no hop aroma.

The taste was a bit hoppy but not nearly what i had expected. It does have some spicy flavor and is very sweet imo.

Overall, the beer was pretty light, but since i wasn't enjoying it, not exactly smooth going down. I will give this one 1 last chance. Perhaps with some different expectations, this can be a good beer.

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.

Jockamo IPA from Abita Brewing Co.
77 out of 100 based on 1,531 ratings.