Patriot Pale Ale - RJ Rockers Brewing Company

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Patriot Pale AlePatriot Pale Ale

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Ratings: 231
Reviews: 109
rAvg: 3.4
pDev: 14.12%
Wants: 1
Gots: 10 | 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:
Beer added by: brentk56 on 03-26-2005

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.
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Reviews by swid:
Photo of swid
3.63/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A big thanks to mikesgroove for sending me some beers from South Carolina.

Patriot Pale pours a dark golden color into my pint glass. A 1/2" off-white head appears and then collapses after 5-10 minutes. Moderate lacing. The aroma is fairly restrained; citrus and grapefruit smells appear first, then a yeasty bread aroma and even a small hint of alcohol.

The taste is very much in line with the smell: balanced and restrained. The initial grapefruit and pine bitterness of the hops gives way to a biscuity malt flavor. The mouthfeel is thin, with a slight alcoholic warmth. It finishes moderately bitter, with a strong grapefruit aftertaste.

Overall, a solid, nicely balanced American pale ale. If I lived in South Carolina, this would likely be an everyday beer of mine.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.26/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

Photo of brownbeer
3.38/5  rDev -0.6%
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.

Photo of TheFunGuy
2.85/5  rDev -16.2%
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.

Photo of chinchill
3.51/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

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.

Photo of Brenden
3.95/5  rDev +16.2%
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.

Photo of Stigs
3.31/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

Photo of Metalmonk
3.67/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.85/5  rDev +13.2%
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.

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.

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.

Photo of russpowell
3.91/5  rDev +15%
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...

Photo of bashiba
2.73/5  rDev -19.7%
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.

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.

Photo of KTCamm
3.59/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Pours hazy copper orange with 1/4 inch white foam. Opaque. Bready malt nose. Some fruit too. Firm hop flavor, and chewy malt. Layer of caramel beneath. Firm carbonation lends balance. Good pale.

Overall a good beer, not outstanding, but worth drinking.

Photo of philipquarles
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle. Pours cloudy gold with a small white head. The foam lasts pretty well and leaves nice lacing. Very nice fruity aroma that hints at pear, along with pleasant caramel malt character. Tastes quite hoppy, with a very straightforward resinous bitterness. This is somewhat offset by a bit of lightly roasted caramel malt. Dry, watery finish. Body is medium-full and well-suited to the style. After nearly finishing this, it seems to be a bit one-sided and simple, focusing on the bitterness. Certainly better than expected, though.

Photo of aepb1
3.33/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Part of a tasting hosted by vapodge, many thanks my friend!

A- Yellow straw, golden edged body with an airy white head

S- Bready malts, not a whole lot else

T- Caramel malts up front moves into a bready malt, no real hop presence in here

M- Light body, good carbonation level

D- Very easy to drink, decent example of the style. Nothing outstanding but nothing the least bit offensive

Photo of Hoptopher
2.85/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Doing this review off memory, wich is quite hard considering its not that memorable of a beverage. I believe the main reason I put reviews up on BA is to help me remember what impression I got from that particular beer at that particular time. My memory has never been that good so this does help me to log my own opinions for my own use, but if my review of any beer I post helps some else in some way then great. But don't let my opinion sway you one way or another about trying a beer. I say if you have a chance to try any beer of any style regardless of what you think of that style give it a shot, you know what they say,don't knock it and so on.
I about forgot what I was posting about, oh yeah, RJ pale ale. No thanks.

Photo of theghost3
3.48/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a lighter copper color with some carbonation bubbles. 1-finger white head with minimal lacing.

The scent is very subtle--citrus & floral hops with a surprising bit of roasted malts. The taste is mainly citrusy/grassy hops up front, and a surprising bit of roasted barley, but it's all rather subdued with the exception of the up-front bitterness. Mouthfeel is crisp but quickly flattens out.

Overall, this is a fairly sessionable APA, but it's nothing to get excited about.

Photo of BeerSox
2.79/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into nonic.

Slightly hazy honey color with a one finger off white head which slowly settles to a thin cap. Strong and webbed lacing on the glass.

Somewhat of a light and slightly dull hop aroma, mostly consisting of herbal tea.

Biscuity malts are met by tame hops again. A little bit of citrus and spice, and a little more herbal flavor, but not much is there. Full bodied.

Simply just a bland pale ale. I'm not sure if there was a lack of bittering hops or what, but it just wasn't that aggressive.

Photo of u2carew
3.26/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle.
A) Pours with a tight two finger head. Creamy. Lacing is not sticky. Slight bit of haze. Upward carbonation. Bronze in color.
S) Not very aromatic. Light citrus notes. Some Caramel notes.
T) Malt and hops are very balanced. But overall taste is mellow and some what bland. In the mix citrus sweetness - orange and grapefruit. Caramel.
M) Gritty. Medium bodied. Light tannin feel.
D) Just a decent PA. Not much of a standout.

Photo of EgadBananas
3.2/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Hazy copper color with a fluffy eggshell tinted head. Takes a bit to dissipate. Laces well.

Smells rather good, nice and woodsy with slight citrus and forward hops at the end.

Taste kind of fell flat. Just wasn't there. Had a more stale hop taste, and bit of sweetness, but too bitter in the end. Fairly different from the nice smell. Kinda disappointed.

Run of the mill light to medium body.

It's not a super good pale, but its drinkable none the less.

Photo of wedge
3.01/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A thin, soapy white heads crowns a hazy gold liquid. Decent lacing. The aroma is hoppy, but balanced with a definite malt presence. Floral, spiced orange, and earthy leafiness over toasted caramel...not the smoothest combination of elements however. Sweet tea and caramel with a peppery citrus hop bitterness. Earthy pine...sweet and toasty. Not bad overall, but it's not impressing me much. Smooth, almost creamy medium body. Just not the right flavors for me to recommend this one. I don't think Challenger hops are right for an APA.

Photo of mikesgroove
3.95/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Believe it or not had this one on tap at Hooters tonight! They are finally deciding to bring in some of the local breweries. Was really thrilled to see Rockers getting some more distro in the area. The more they get the better they will become. So I hopped aboard with a Patriot Pale.

A - Poured a clear golden yellow with a decent one inch head. This quickly faded to leave just a small thin layer of lace on the top. A moderate side glass lace was present. Lots of visible carbonation throughout.

S - Quite hoppy actually. A lot of fresh cut grass with a mix of cereal grains and a touch of citrus hoppiness. Very crisp aroma. Clean. Only fault here was a little bit light, could have offered more of a punch.

T - Wow, really impressed here. It was a quick, clean crisp bite of hoppiness straight from the start. A nice orange peel hit me in the beginning and started to meld into an earthy grass flavor. Nice bittersweet malt back that melded wonderfully into the rest. But overall a very hoppy pale ale for sure.

M - Super crisp and smooth. Great carbonation throughout. Went down with ease, sort of tickling the throat on the way.

D - Great. I could pound this all night long. It was perfect with the hot wings as it was very quenching and at the same time had enough of a taste to really let it blow through, very nice.

Overall again I was quite impressed with this one. It was alot more then your typical pale ale produced in these parts. I would love to seem ore of this kinda stuff come out of brewers. The y seem to be getting quite inventive with their brews, and this is a very good thing.

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Patriot Pale Ale from RJ Rockers Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 231 ratings.