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Patriot Pale Ale - RJ Rockers Brewing Company

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Patriot Pale AlePatriot Pale Ale

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Ratings: 220
Reviews: 107
rAvg: 3.4
pDev: 13.82%
Wants: 2
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
RJ Rockers Brewing Company visit their website
South Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Our American pale ale is aggressively hopped with Challenger and Cascade and has a sweet caramel finish. The flavor that launched RJ Rockers – and brewer Mark Johnsen’s personal fave.

(Beer added by: brentk56 on 03-26-2005)
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Reviews by ZAP:
Photo of ZAP
1.4/5  rDev -58.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Don't care for the mouthfeel....charged up....spritzy...lacks malt backing but not real bitter either...just not a lot of flavor...if anything a bit of green apples on the nose and a slight sourish twang on the taste...actually more than a slight twang...definitely pronounced...but still does not strike me as old....just a poorly made beer...the hops do emerge a little but they don't add much but some bitterness..

Not good....not impressed at all. Not sure if this bottle is indicative of the beer but it is what I have...and this bottle rates this low...seriously this would have to be 4 years old for most beers to taste this bad and I know it is not...only code reads 3122....a little internet research seems to suggest this was brewed in January but wtf knows with this backward ass codes....

ZAP, Jul 12, 2012
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.25/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I have seen this brewery at beer fests here in NC but this is the first time I have tried their stuff,poured a light golden with a fluffy white head that settles pretty quickly.Not much that will make u think aroma wise here mainly toasted malt a touch of caramel but where are the hops?Likewise the taste of this beer is muted toasted malt steals the show not much of a hop profile a touch of herb but its underneath the toaste grain and caramel no real balance here.Now its a sociable pub ale I think as it goes down very easiyt no complexities make it boring and one or two would be enough for me.

oberon, Dec 17, 2005
Photo of brownbeer
3.35/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours pale amber with a pillowy off-white head.

Some grassy and piney hops with a hint of grapefruit initially. The more it warms the less aroma it has.

Taste is similar with some doughy malts and a somewhat sharp, bitter finish. It has kind of a yeasty homebrew taste that isn't so pleasant and the aftertaste isn't great.

The more I taste it the less I like it. It becomes bitter without much flavor in the end.

brownbeer, Jan 22, 2010
Photo of meatballj626j
2.75/5  rDev -19.1%

meatballj626j, Mar 29, 2013
Photo of SmellsofMahagony
3/5  rDev -11.8%

SmellsofMahagony, Apr 24, 2013
Photo of TheFunGuy
2.88/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 1.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Purchased in a 6-pack because the Peach beer is so respected.

It is very over carbonated, to the extent that attempting to open at cellar temp results in a large foam over. When poured cold the head is very excessive and the beer clearly has too much CO2.

The smell is malt and piney hops, the taste is the malt with the hop, and very little of caramel described by the makers. The fact there is too much CO2 spoils the mouthfeel and the beer overall.

I emailed the brewers to tell them it is very over carbonated, with the lot number, 4350. They emailed to say the beer was about 6 months out from bottling when consumed, and they suspect too much yeast was in the bottles causing carbonation in the bottle while in the warehouse.

TheFunGuy, May 21, 2014
Photo of DubleAs
2.25/5  rDev -33.8%

DubleAs, Jun 22, 2012
Photo of juicebox
3/5  rDev -11.8%

juicebox, Sep 15, 2013
Photo of briandaube
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

briandaube, Jun 02, 2012
Photo of chinchill
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle served in pint glass. Production(?) date of 10/13/2010. Small amount of sediment added mid-tasting.

A - hazy light amber/gold with limited and short-lived white head that leaves little lacing despite carbonation level (medium/medium-high)

S - pleasant piney hops with citrus notes and detectable caramel malt.

T - good hop hit for an APA. Malt provides significant sweet balance for hops' bitterness.

Downgraded for feel and for the flavor of the aftertaste.

chinchill, Feb 14, 2011
Photo of glid02
3.58/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle purchased at Hop City in Atlanta.

Pours a hazy copper color with a one-finger off-white head. The head recedes into a patchy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of sweet caramel malts with hints of earthy hops. As it warms the hop aromas intensify just a bit.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Light aramel malt flavors up front with hints of earthy and lightly floral hop flavors midway through the sip. The ending is equally sweet and bitter.

Mouthfeel is good. It has a solid thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is alright. I finished the bottle without a problem but I'm not so sure about another.

Overall I thought this was closer to an English IPA than an APA - too much malt, not enough hops. Not a terrible beer by any stretch but not worth seeking out.

glid02, Oct 01, 2009
Photo of Brenden
3.98/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This review's been a long time coming, but I wanted to make sure I gave a fair shot to a new brewery.

This one pours a coppery color with a slight haze. A soft white head forms, last for a decent length of time, and leaves spotty lacing.
The smell is solid if not basic and a little light. The nose is a balance of caramel and biscuity malt and hops with light herbal and grains notes.
Hops take over in the flavor without losing the balance of sweetness from the malts. There's also a light spicy hint in here. Plenty of fresh grapefruit flavor comes out in the hops and is firm all the way through, and there's a slight metallic tinge in a lingering finish.
This is a solidly medium-bodied brew with a moderate carbonation and a balance of crisp and smooth on the palate.
This one's got a very basic APA character to it, but it's well made. A solid beer with plenty of sessionability.

Brenden, May 28, 2010
Photo of Stigs
3.33/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

from a few 12oz bottles, served in standard pint glasses

A - poured a solid inch of frothy, just off-white foam...eventually settled around a quarter inch but stuck to the glass nicely. the beer was clear, bright gold in color.

S - somewhat muddled citrusy hops, sweet bready and grainy malt - smells like an ESB.

T - bready malts hoisting up some delicate yet present citrus malts, picking up some apricot and grapefruit.

M - light to medium body for the style, carbonation was about average. finishes a bit dry with lingering bready sweetness.

D - a couple of these went down easily, but any more couldnt hold our attention. drinkable only in the sense that they go down easy due to being so simple. move on.

Stigs, Aug 23, 2010
Photo of Metalmonk
3.7/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

[Hails to jabocu for the trade]

Yellow/orange body is made to look like a ginger ale only because of the soda-type bubbles clinging to the side and rushing to the head elsewhere. The head is a soapy 1/4" thick one. Good-looking sticky lace as the glass emptied.

Smells are not out front at all, but the sour grapefruit aroma tells me I'm gonna get some hops in the taste. Some other citrus tweaks too, but everything's pretty laidback in the nose.

The taste is various citrus elements, followed by a mellow hops bitterness. There's a unique, odd aftertaste that's hard to place, but for some reason makes me associate with it charred veggies on the grill. Go figure. I dig the flavor here. It's not a hop-bomb but it's not supposed to be.

Really easy, enjoyable drinking. A bit plain but certainly a step above most American macros. Unfortunately it's let down by the mouthfeel, which is like watery 7-Up or something. Other than that, pretty good stuff.

Metalmonk, Apr 19, 2006
Photo of KenC
3.75/5  rDev +10.3%

KenC, May 28, 2012
Photo of NeroFiddled
3.88/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Patriot Pale is a pretty basic, straightforward, English-style amber ale that balances its gently caramelish malt with a spicy and leafy hop character.

It looks good in the glass, and the frothy/creamy white head holds well and leaves some nice lacing. The body is slightly hazy... hmmm, I wonder how old this beer is? There's no freshness date. I don't pick up any oxidative notes though.

The aroma expresses biscuity malt backed by leafy and spicy hops.

The flavor follows suit, and it's pretty cut and dried here. There's not a lot of complexity to it, but there is a good deal of flavor - it's very English in nature! The gently sweet malt is caramelish and gently toasty, and balanced by a firm bitterness and a good deal of spicy and leafy hops. A thread of fruitiness runs through it as well, and helps to tie it all together. I get some apple, a bit of tangerine, and some mild citrus.

Best when enjoyed at cellar temperature, this is a firm and flavorful ale that would pair well with lots of different foods. Greasy braised pork chops with buttery mashed potatoes and a dollop of apple sauce immediately comes to mind, but there are so many other possibilities I can't even imagine them. It's easy drinking and satisfying.

Ahhh, an add-on here: I see that this is supposed to be an American pale ale, and that it's "aggressively hopped with Challenger and Cascade...". I get the Challenger to be sure, and I can see the influence of the Cascade in the minor notes of citrus, but I wouldn't call it an "American" pale ale by any stretch. I'll leave it at that, and leave my review as it is. English or American in style, it's still a tasty brew and that's all I care about.

NeroFiddled, Jul 11, 2009
Photo of socon67
4/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this in a Box of Rocks sampler.

A - Pours amber with a solid white clingy foam. Some carbonation and there is nice lacing. This looks like a really nice beer.

S - Aroma of cascade hops. Has a fresh wheat smell also.

T - A bit of caramel flavor, but mostly a fresh tasting beer that has a refined hoppy finish.

M - Crisp, medium bodied, and a raspy hop finish.

O - Pretty impressive. A good APA that is just solid in every aspect.

socon67, Oct 09, 2011
Photo of norinco
4.25/5  rDev +25%

norinco, May 28, 2014
Photo of Damian74Shensky
2.75/5  rDev -19.1%

Damian74Shensky, Dec 07, 2012
Photo of tempest
3.68/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a variety 12-pack of RJ Rockers from State Line Liquors in MD. Appears a clear golden amber with a tall white head and lacing. The aroma is a mix of dry cracker and toast that reminds me of DFH 60 Min's malt profile. Not enough hops here though. It could easily pass for a hoppier amber. The flavor starts out with the same malts, but then dull grassy and pepper hops slowly roll in with a hit of pine and grapefruit - nothing big, but enough for a classic American pale ale. I really can't complain, all in all this is a clean session ale with a complex enough profile.

tempest, Jun 28, 2009
Photo of russpowell
3.93/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from notes, consumed about a 5 weeks ago. Date Code of 11 5 10, uh-oh..

Pours amber with 2 fingers of cream colored head. Great lacing & head retention

S: Grassy & citrus hops in decent amounts

T: Follows the nose up front, much grassyness & biscuitty malt. Dryness as this warms, some caramel sweetness too, a bit of butterscotch sweetness with lemons & orange peel. Finishes strong, nice earthy bitterness, slight sulphury notes & slight caramel sweetness

MF: Medium bodied, firm carbonation

Not a bad PA, fairly drinkable. I don't this was a year old, this beer seemed fresh to me...

russpowell, Jan 14, 2012
Photo of nookiebrown
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

nookiebrown, Aug 10, 2013
Photo of 40ontarget
3.25/5  rDev -4.4%

40ontarget, Aug 25, 2014
Photo of bashiba
2.7/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured a slightly hazy bright orange with a thin white head.

The smell is lightly hopped with grassy noble hop qualities and a touch of crackery malt.

The flavor has a very dull coppery flavor with light grassy hop flavors and a lingering tinny bitterness.

The mouthfeel is light and dry.

A pretty boring and flawed pale.

bashiba, Apr 09, 2012
Photo of thagr81us
3.68/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from tap into RJ Rockers shaker at The Tap Room at RJ Rockers. Pours golden yellow with a one finger white head. Maintains excellent lacing throughout. The aroma was comprised of malt, grain, and wheat. The flavor was of malt, grain, and a nutty note. It was light on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was not too bad. Had a nice appearance, aroma, and flavor. I usually don't enjoy the nutty aspect to some brews, but this one was very subtle and not intrusive to the other flavors. In my opinion it might could use a little more malt, but other than that, not too bad.

thagr81us, Aug 12, 2010
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Patriot Pale Ale from RJ Rockers Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 220 ratings.