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Patriot Pale Ale - RJ Rockers Brewing Company

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219 Ratings
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Ratings: 219
Reviews: 107
rAvg: 3.4
pDev: 14.41%
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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Photo of Jayli
3.45/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Acquired via beer of the month club
Served in a pint glass

A: This beer pours a hazy copper color with a 1/4 inch of white head. Head recedes immediately and leaves minor wispy lacing.

S: Nose is definitely a more malt forward pale - heavy on the caramel and breadiness, with minor citrus notes.

T: Taste starts with a good deal of caramel sweetness, quickly followed by a mixture of sweet breadiness and a hint of toasted malts. Finish is an oddly balanced citrus bite that still carries a touch of the sweetness.

M: Lighter side of medium body, medium carbonation, a bit of a thin feel to this.

D: Goes down already, somewhat tasty, not too filling, mild kick, ok representation of style. This wasn't a bad beer, could have been blended better, and I'd most likely opt for others of the style.

Jayli, Jan 26, 2011
Photo of bonkers
3.68/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this as part of a BOTMC. I poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a nonic, pale gold in color with a 2 finger white head. The smell is faint, bready. The flavor is light, bready, citrus notes. It has a nicely bitter finish. The body is medium, well carbonated. A solid APA, could have been hopped a bit more.

bonkers, Jan 24, 2011
Photo of greenmonstah
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into DFH snifter

A - Pours a light amber-orange, cloudy with a wispy half finger head that rapidly dissipates into a little trail of bubbles.

S - Malted barley. The smell of a cold brewery. Light hops, mostly citrus.

T - Pale malts and a crisp hop character. A bitter citrus and pine hop is present. Nothing too impressive. Clean and refreshing.

M - Light to medium body with nice active carbonation. Crisp and clean, maybe a bit wet.

D - A rather average APA without any standout characteristics. Easy to drink, but I wouldn't order it at the pub.

greenmonstah, Jan 24, 2011
Photo of NittanyBeerFan
2.2/5  rDev -35.3%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Another beer from the February BOTM subscription. Poured, again, into the Duvel tulip.

Crystal clear dirty straw color. The body is capped by a two-finger head with a down-the-middle pour. Lacing is prominent and slathers the sides of my glass in cobwebs.

The nose is pretty unimpressive. I pick up what crystal malt smells like while it mashes. There is a somewhat raw character to the aroma that I am not really a fan of. I don't get much in the way of hops--either in aroma or bitterness. The taste is similarly average. Caramel hints atop coarse malted grains. There is something unfinished and off-putting about how it tastes. I can't put my finger on it, as it isn't an off taste, just something that doesn't jive with me.

The feel and drinkability are both impeded by the taste of the mashing malts. Its feels unfinished and rough, and as a result, it is difficult to drink. I am not sure that I will be returning to this one very soon. I think the rest of these might be cooking beers.

NittanyBeerFan, Jan 22, 2011
Photo of BeerNemesis
2.55/5  rDev -25%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Patriot Pale

A- Sunset amber with a diminishing, white head.

S- Mild hops, pale malts, weird, musty fruits.

T- Very odd taste upfront. It's got an earthy base, with what taste like rotting fruit and caramel built on it. Quite hoppy and drying and bitter at the finish.

M- Nice full mouthfeel, whilst remaining light and refreshing. Could use more carbonation.

D- The flavor is a bit foul to me, like whatever's in there's been rotting for a while. Otherwise its ok.

BeerNemesis, Jan 18, 2011
Photo of metter98
3.63/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is hazy light amber in color and poured with a thin off white head that slowly faded into lacy patterns of bubbles. A very slight amount of carbonation is visible.
S: There are light aromas of caramel malts and citrus hops in the nose.
T: There are moderately strong flavors of caramel and toasted malts in the overall taste, which also has a very mild amount of bitterness and notes of citrus flavors.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
D: The beer goes down very easily and is quite sessionable. The flavor isn't very overpowering so it would definitely pair well with foods.

metter98, Dec 27, 2010
Photo of Tilley4
3.78/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Received from Case in a package, thanks bro!

Pours a hazy golden with lots of thick head and good lacing... Very hazy I must say.. No yeast or anything though...

Good blend of hops/malts in the aroma... Piney hops with a caramel toffee malt base... Very pleasant...

Ultra smooth and drinkable... Sweet toffee malts with a background of pine hops... Wish the hops were a tinge more prominent but I'm not really griping about that... Eminently smooth for sure and very drinkable. A perfect lawnmower brew...

Nice and easy drinking with some good balance to it. A good Pale Ale

Tilley4, Dec 22, 2010
Photo of jlindros
3.4/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A light fuzzy 1/2 finger head rises and quickly falls, over a clear but yeast chunks floating pale orange wheat yellow color.

Nose comes with light pale hops, light malts, a light fruit, light grassy hops. Very light nose.

Taste is kinda meh, some light malts little toasty, light pale hops, little grassy, some chewy oldr hops, little creamy, very light on malts and flavor overall. Light astringency. Finishes with a decent bitterness, lingering sticky feel and astrigency despite not having a whole lot of hop flavor.

The mouth is medium to lighter body with decent carbonation.

The drinkability is ok with lower abv and light taste, but a long bitter astringent taste and some sticky feel.

jlindros, Sep 23, 2010
Photo of feelmefoam
3.68/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Patriot Pale pours an unfiltered honey color with lighter orange highlights and a finger of fairly thick whitish head that has decent retention and leaves thin lacing down the glass as it dissipates.

The smell is pretty good... I've got a little cold so even though I can't smell as much I'm gonna put what I smell in 1.5x Cold Scalar Units to get my smell score. I like what I smell, though not a lot there because of the volumes of snot jammed into my damn sinuses, so I'm gonna assume there's a few more hops than I smell, which is good. Slightly musty, apple-ish aroma followed by a handful of caramel malt aroma. Definitely not the hoppiest Pale I've laid nose to, but that's alright because different ain't always a bad thing.

The taste has a sweet and toasty bread-like malt background which has those same musty hops and some new spicier hops thrown in on top. A little bitterness comes in after the intial flavor rush. With these kinds of hops, rather than the Sierra Nevada harsher pine and citrus bitterness, this is almost similar to an English pale ale. Still pretty tasty any way you look at it.

Nice mouthfeel. Smooth and creamy when it's on your tongue, keeping a steady medium body throughout the experience. Accentuated with some minor tongue-tickling carbonation.

I'm actually a little disappointed I haven't tried more R.J. Rockers beers. They're very local, but I've mostly stuck to Thomas Creek in the local market. I'm gonna have to give these boys some more attention in the future, as they seem to know what they're doing. All in all, this is a pretty good pale ale, maybe a little different from some West-Coast styled APA (stone and SNPA) but tasty all the same. And cheap, one of the benefits of being a local. Good beer, give it a shot if you see it around and support your local breweries!

feelmefoam, Sep 07, 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 goblue3509
3.05/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden yellowish orange color with a thick almost fist in size head that is frothy. The head gives way to a skin head and a decent lace up and down the glass. The aroma is pale malt with big citrus smells over the top. The taste was of a pale malt with a caramel malt backbone. There is a citrus and piney hop bite at the end. The mouthfeel is moderately carbonated. The drinkability is good it has a nice balance but its flavor isn't the best for the class.

goblue3509, Aug 18, 2010
Photo of DavoleBomb
2.93/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a pint glass.

4.5 A: Clear golden yellow color. First pour yielded about 6 fingers of creamy/frothy hybrid head with (unfortunately really good retention and lots of lacing.

3.0 S: Pretty neutral in all regards. Slight graininess and even slighter fruitiness. Hops are just about nonexistent. Not bad smelling, but not really good either.

3.0 T: Incredibly boring. Nothing with a side of breadiness. Hops are a bit more prominent than in the nose, but that's just because the malts are so weak.

2.5 M: Light body with too damn much carbonation. Reasonably creamy, but not smooth due to carb.

2.5 D: Glad I only have to drink this once. Really boring.

DavoleBomb, Aug 14, 2010
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
Photo of raztat
4.1/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Poured into my Guinness pint glass from a 12oz bottle.

A: An amberish color, when poured the head took uip over half the glass and kept growing, maybe I poured to fast.

S: A bready smell, grains, and just a hint of citrus.

T&M: Taste great with a malty goodness. Feels a bit fizzy in the mouth. I could drink this all day.

raztat, Aug 11, 2010
Photo of cdizinno
3.23/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Presentation: Poured into a pint glass from a 12oz brown bottle.

A: Hazy light amber color with a nice creamy, white 1 finger head.

S: All grains, maybe some underlying citrus too.

T&M: Medium bodied with a thick malt sweetness. Some mild hop flvors. Finishes semi-dry.

Nothing special but decent. Their Bell Ringer is way better.

cdizinno, Jul 18, 2010
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.68/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

"The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants."

--Thomas Jefferson

Bright kumquat orange with honey colored edges and little visible carbonation. That didn't stop the formation of several fingers of fluffy foam that is closer to ecru than ivory. Nice lace too.

The nose isn't hoppy enough for an APA, but it's still enjoyable. Smells like mostly pale malt with a mildly musky-fruity hoppiness. Challenger and Cascade are reasonable choices... if they deliver on the palate.

Patriot Pale is pretty good beer that probably won't make it all the way to solidly good beer by the bottom of the bottle. It's fairly hoppy-bitter, which makes up for a lack of cleanliness and brightness.

The malt has a slightly toasted-earthy edge that is more Munich than caramel, which is never my preference when it comes to this particular style. Challenger adds an English pale ale vibe that is more interesting than good (though it isn't bad). In the end, slight tweaks to the ingredients list would have improved this brew.

The mouthfeel is pretty impressive, which reflects well on the brewery in general. The liquid expands to a fluffy medium-fullness on contact and doesn't lose its mojo halfway through the mouthful.

Patriot Pale is my second RJ Rockers beer (Bell Ringer was the first). It's pretty solid all the way around, but doesn't do the little things needed to be truly memorable. It's too bad I wasn't home on July 4th to do this review.

BuckeyeNation, Jul 13, 2010
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 kegger22
3.43/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

R J Rockers Patriot Pale Ale poured an amber color with a half-inch, off-white head that displayed little retention.

The aroma was not very pronounced, but what there is, was citrus hops.

The taste was very much dominated by the citrus hops, just a bit of malty sweet that was not enough to provide needed balance.

The mouth feel was medium bodied with modest carbonation.

Sometimes I feel like a beer whore, because every one I drink seems quite drinkable.

kegger22, May 16, 2010
Photo of hosehead83
3.38/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass
Bright, clear gold in color with a moderate head of foam
Aroma-Biscuit and faint hop notes
Taste-Subtle hop and citrus notes, malt, biscuit-Tastes a bit more like an English pale ale or ESB
Overall, a nice,drinkable offering

hosehead83, May 10, 2010
Photo of al3
4.1/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - golden yellow, slight lacing, minimal retention

S - sweet with some citrus

T&M - similar to the aroma, sweet honey like flavor up front with a bitter citrus hop note. Medium feel with a DRY finish.

D - very much so..

Overall a very sessionable APA, nothing really stands out, but it is smooth and well balanced. No extreme hops so the heads might be disapointed, but worth checking out if you want an easy drinking one..

al3, May 07, 2010
Photo of EgadBananas
3.13/5  rDev -7.9%
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.

EgadBananas, Apr 24, 2010
Photo of OtherShoe2
3.35/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours coppery clear with a decent foamy white head. Some light lacing.

Some caramel and citric hop notes. Not horribly strong in the nose.

Some toasted malt, some yeastiness, like raw bread dough, bitter at the end with a citric bite. Flavors are a bit weak, but not horrible. This beer seems to be somewhat uneven, though. Some out of balance flavors make this a bit less enjoyable than I anticipated.

Overall, medium bodied with some decent carbonation.

Not terribly drinkable, but nothing I hated either. Just OK.

OtherShoe2, Feb 28, 2010
Photo of wnh
3.6/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a brown-ish tinted clear amber, somewhat dark for a pale ale, topped by a smallish cream colored head.

Aromas of grapefruit and pineapple up front, on top a solid malty backbone of toast and caramel. Pithy, lightly bitter citrus on the palate, turning to toasted multigrain bread mid-palate, before finishing with sweet caramel. Lingering dry bitterness. Light to medium bodied, somewhat firm.

A pretty decent little pale ale.

wnh, Jan 27, 2010
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 dickroop
3.78/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It was pale golden with pillowy beige head, slightly hazy, and with lots of small bubbles. A reasonably good looking brew. The nose was piney hops, bready malts, with slightly earthy notes.

As to taste, there was respectable hop bit well balanced with toasty malt. Certainly not a knockout for flavor, but true to style. The pleasantly lingering bitterness produces a memorable if not a clean finish. Mouthfeel was OK, but nothing great.

It's a drinkable brew, but I wouldn't go out of my way to buy more. An OK brew in a sea of many like it.

dickroop, Dec 25, 2009
Patriot Pale Ale from RJ Rockers Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 219 ratings.