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Rockhopper IPA - RJ Rockers Brewing Company

Rockhopper IPARockhopper IPA

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BA SCORE
81
good

77 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 77
Reviews: 47
rAvg: 3.53
pDev: 16.15%


Brewed by:
RJ Rockers Brewing Company visit their website
South Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
This ninety-minute west coast-style IPA has nine hope additions of Warrior and Amarillo and comes in at a whopping 90 IBUs. A tongue-twisting treat for the hophead in all of us!

(Beer added by: mikesgroove on 02-28-2010)
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pkalix

California

3.75/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

really? the last review on this brew was SIX MONTHS AGO ? ? how does THAT happen?
apple cider in appearance. completely apple cider. nothing to speak of for head (until the next, much more vigorous, pour) and it smells more like candy than an IPA. slightly bitter on first sip, and very sweet, much like the other RJ brews I remember having. sweet caramel versus a hoppy bitterness is about what this one comes down to. light on the palate, hardly any carbonation. overall, it's pretty good for a single beer. I wouldn't try too many of these in a row, and I know i'm a gonna gag finishing this 22 oz'er, but it's still very tasty. just a little too sweet and a little too amateurish, if you know what I mean.
subsequent sips have given me 1) a slight ammonia odor, although not over-powering or totally offensive, 2) a "locker-room Rush" aroma, if any of you remember that stuff from our high school days in the late 70's - early 80's, and 3) a bready, dough-y, carnival-type pastry aroma like the funnel cake (?)... overall, it's of consistent quality, though.
one additional note as I finish this bottle: I DID NOT expect the hazy, sediment-like froth that poured out as I tipped the bottle up. odd for an IPA, no?

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2014 22:23:58 | More by pkalix
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

3.53/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This is definitely heavily hopped. I don't think that it's a bad beer, but it certainly is off balance. Lots of pine, with some salt in there and a heavy malt aftertaste, it seems. Feel is super sticky and tacky. It's consistent, I'll give it that. But it lacks the balance and character needed to compete with the other big ipas out there.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2013 03:09:07 | More by RblWthACoz
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csparace

Illinois

3.86/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Smell (4.00) – Yeasty and sweet. Heavy on grapefruit and chocolates. Makes me think it is going to be a dark beer. Fruit is prevalent. Attractive smell.

Appearance (4.00) – From a bomber into a Matilda glass. Pours with a frothy one finger head that is leaving quickly. Loads of carbonation coming to the top. Glows a peachy orange amber. Couldn't ask for much more in the lacing – actually as I get further down its surprisingly nice.

Taste (3.75) – First thing that comes to mind is a roasted presence. The hop crunch isn't quite as heavy as I would have thought for the advertised 90 IBUs. You get a decent malt presence as well. The finish is quite long and leaves you with quite a large amount of hops considering the smaller than average hop content in the body.

Mouthfeel (3.75) – Good carbonation level. Pretty smooth. The bitterness is pretty satisfying, all things considered, and leaves my thirst quenched.

Overall (4.00) – I'm pretty satisfied by this IPA. Is definitely outstanding but it does the job. The appearance is surprisingly good, especially the lacing. This is a beer that doesn't kill your wallet nor your faith in humanity. I'm a happy camper.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2013 02:24:22 | More by csparace
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brentk56

North Carolina

3.68/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a relatively clear amber color with a very nice head

Smell: Caramel, mint and pine

Taste: Caramel, up front, with a developing minty/piney flavor; by mid-palate, an assertive bitterness extends the hop profile and, while the caramel lingers underneath, this remains a relatively bitter IPA

Mouthfeel: Medium body and moderate carbonation

Overall: It looks like this beer has had some problems in the past and the recipe may have been re-formulated; in any event, it is a decent IPA in its present state, if just a tad too malty for my palate

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2012 22:39:56 | More by brentk56
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Goblinmunkey7

Massachusetts

3.53/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Clear orange/copper. Head is white and drops to a wispy cap and chunky collar almost instantly. Moderate carbonation on the pour. Beer glows when held to light.

Smell: Orange pith. Grapefruit. Some minor pine. Big caramel and biscuity malts. Dough. Orange flesh. Oily citrus. Marmalade and a faint earthiness. Floral.

Taste: Flower petals and marmalade spread on a biscuit. Caramel malts. Biscuity with a roasted edge. Some toasted notes. Bready. Pith and orange flesh with a ghost of pine resin. Grapefruit juice punches through.Lingering herbal spiciness. Well balanced.

Mouthfeel: Moderate body, moderate carbonation. Nice creamy edge. Touch dry on the finish.

Overall: A solid drinking IPA. Nice price point at under $5/bottle. Solid fresh, I'd be afraid of it with any age.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2012 20:15:41 | More by Goblinmunkey7
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turnerk3

South Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours light amber hue that is accompanied by an exceptional true white head. The head is not only prominent in appearance, but it also does well to lace the glass.

S: A citrusy hop aroma is the first noticeable essence that is followed by a slight floral characteristic.

T: The hops flow over from the smell to the taste contributing a pleasant citrus, floral combination. The sweetness of the malt is absent in the taste, but it does alleviate the bitterness from the hops on the palate.

M: Perfect carbonation distributes the flavors splendidly. There is pseudo dryness, but the genuine texture is slightly resiny. The combination makes a highly easy to drink beer.

O: RJ Rockers is a relatively local brewery, and this just happened to be one of their recently brewed batches. There is a noticeable difference from last years brew, and that difference is definitely a favorable one.

Serving type: growler

08-13-2012 00:40:16 | More by turnerk3
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ummswimmin

New Jersey

3.38/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass to have with Italian food. The beer is an off yellow, very cloudy. There were a lot of floaters near the end. Not a great way to get my fiber daily.

This smells like a decent IPA. Nothing to blow you away. Just some citrus, kind of mellow.

The flavor is pretty good. I enjoy how it did with the spicy Italian food.

This beer was good, but these days we have an embarassment of riches when it comes to good IPA's. I wish I could say that there was something that sets this beer apart... except for the label, there really wasn't anything.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2011 01:47:03 | More by ummswimmin
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coldriver

Texas

2.8/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22 oz bomber poured into Sam Adams glass. Pours a deep amber with adequate head and lacing. Aroma is primarily malt with some pear and berries. Taste is peppery and grassy hops and malt, doesn't seem very complex. Wet finish, aftertaste is awful. Wow, $10 a bomber for this?!?

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2011 03:08:52 | More by coldriver
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ChrisSimpson1968

North Carolina

2.95/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a lightly hazy, honey-amber color with a small, fleeting head of light beige froth. Settling quickly to a thin patch with a bubbly rim, the foam leaves tiny spots of lacing behind. The aroma is, quite honestly, off-putting, showing a cardboard overtone and hints of metal amidst a malty base of stale bread and spent toffee. Hops are weak, hinting at grass and citrus but failing to truly pop. Flavor are equally disappointing, again primarily stale and bready, with faded orange and dry grass bitterness. Eh...not good.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2011 20:27:54 | More by ChrisSimpson1968
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gatorbreath

Fiji

2.42/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Not impressed...

About the only expectation met was the app. Golden hue with slightly white/frothy head...other than that, not a real IPA as far as im concerned. Actually thought I got a bad sample bottle...

Taste is mostly malt and whatnot, not at all what I expected..or enjoy for that matter..Mouthfeel is consistent with IPA if my tastebuds were broken... Overall, not impressed and won't be sampling another bottle.

Must have put the wrong label on this bottle or something..

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2011 18:09:29 | More by gatorbreath
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MayLattimore

North Carolina

3/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Ugggh! Another tasteless example of an RJ Rookers brew. Hey, for all those out there trying to figure out how to rate RJ Rookers and not pay for it, follow my example: ask for a sample.

That way you don't have to pay for an entire pint. Appearance: average. Smell: No hops. Taste: East coast attempt at an IPA. Okay, it's all just an average attempt to cash in on the IPA craze -- poorly.

Overall, this is a commercial, accountant's version of an IPA. All malt and no hops. The brewmaster should be embarrassed to put this out. A malty pale ale wanting sooo, soooo much to be an all-growns-up IPA.

Serving type: on-tap

07-08-2011 00:09:40 | More by MayLattimore
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swierczt

Connecticut

3.98/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured part of 22oz. bomber into a goblet. Nice deep orange in color and hazy in its appearance (seems to be unfiltered?). Off white head about 1 finger thick dissapates quickly.

S - Fresh cut grass, pineapple citrus fruits, some caramel sweetness and biscuit like yeasts.

T - A fair amount of hops on the palate, pine resin, some pineapple/pear. A touch of bready yeast. Hops linger a bit in the finish, but they are not overwhelming.

M - Medium carbonation. A bit slick and oily on the palate.

O - This is the best offering yet that I've tried from RJ Rockers. Liked it better than the Black Pearle and Son of A Peach. A solid IPA, but I didn't get the hops bite that I was expecting for 90 IBUs. I'd try it again.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2011 02:00:48 | More by swierczt
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EJ6759

South Carolina

3/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Amber pour with a thin off white head. Aroma is bready, grains and tropical fruit. Grainy flavor, yeasty, buttery. The off flavors actually take away from the hops. Bitter and dry but, im not sure if its just astringent or another flaw. There is something about their beers that so far doesn't appeal to me.

Serving type: on-tap

06-20-2011 23:14:19 | More by EJ6759
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zeff80

Missouri

3.53/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a clear, copper color with a very small, thin tan head of foam. It left minimal lacing.

S - It smelled of pine, fresh cut grass and some caramel maltiness.

T - It tasted of burnt toast maltiness with sweet caramel notes. There was a sharp citrusy, piney hop bite of bitterness.

M - It was crisp, snappy and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

O - This is an okay IPA. Not impressive looking and didn't have a big IPA flavor.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2011 03:42:08 | More by zeff80
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PatLarsen

South Carolina

3.23/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Had this on-tap poured into a pint glass. It had an amber appearance with a thin head and not much lacing. It had an okay smell. Can't place the hops. Has more a malt backbone than an actually hoppy taste. I would classify this as a typical east coast IPA. The mouthfeel was full and had good carbonation. Overall, I would list this in the also-rans. If it's on-tap and another IPA is available you might want to go that way.

Serving type: on-tap

05-07-2011 21:16:00 | More by PatLarsen
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BeerForMuscle

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Cloudy orange-blond body with a nitro-like offwhite head, sticking heavily to the glass.

S - A strong dose of hops and citrus in the nose.

T - A very nice sweet, robust hop taste. Not much hop spice, but sweet mellow hops splashing around. Mild citrus tang but alot of sugar sweetness in here. The hops seem toned down by the sweet sugar.

M - Slightly bitter grainy mouth. Pretty balanced but sweet on the palate and in the aftertaste.

O - This beers sweetness could be toned back as I was looking for a deeper and more pronounced hop character. Still a pretty nice IPA.

Serving type: on-tap

04-23-2011 00:37:31 | More by BeerForMuscle
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oberon

North Carolina

3.18/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A new offering from RJ Rockers in my area.Poured into an imperial pint glass a chill hazed burnt orange with clingy one finger slight off white head,good definition and stickiness.The aromas were honestly not anywhere to be found except for mild citri and earthy hops,I was really letdown in this aspect of the beer.There is some harshness in the palate,the hops are very bitter (in a bad way)in the finish,bitter and earthy with just a hint of biscuit malt undernereath.Iam a hophead and I like bitter but this seems to miss the mark,maybe being a little to brash.Just my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2011 20:39:31 | More by oberon
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jsprain1

Minnesota

3.95/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Noticably darker than many in the style. Caramel colored. An aggressive pour yields little for head retention. Minimal lacing. Noticable particulate in there as well.
S- Earthy with some citrus notes in there. Enough malt in there as well.
T- Buttery malt with some caramel notes. Hops are earthy with a bit of citrus in there as well. Finishes more citrusy than aroma or initial tasting would suggest. Definite improvement of hop quality as it warms. Well balanced.
M- Smooth carbonation. Decent enough body. About as dry of a finish as you'll find.
O- A solid Ipa. The appearance is a bit of a downer, but otherwise a pretty impressive balanced IPA.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2011 02:21:14 | More by jsprain1
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russpowell

Oklahoma

3.23/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours caramel with a finger of cream colored head. Murks up a bit as the bottle is drained, sheets of lacing & above average head retention

S: Fruittyness, not much else

T: Woody & herbal hops, caramel sweetness up front, some tea & tannin notes. Herbal & woody hop bitterness dominate, caramel & pears are also there as it warms, along with dryness. Finishes with oaky dryness, some caramel & leafy hops & orchard fruittyness

MF: Medium bodied, sticky, fairly aggressive carbonation. decent balance

This IPA just doesn't quite pull together for me, the hop mix isn't for me. Not bad, but not one I will buy again

This may not be superfresh. Since there is no dating on the bottle, DOOM on JR Rockers...

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2011 03:17:29 | More by russpowell
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GSmithBeer

North Carolina

3.15/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: it looked good. had the ipa appearance.
S: couldn't really smell all that much in the hops. after smelling so many really good ipas, i felt this one was just kind of average.
T: bland. it had all the ingredients. but didn't really come together in terms of something really good.
M: had good mouthfeel however. creamy. the people at the event didn't really know all that much about it so i can't really comment on that.
O: like i said, having tasted so many great ipas at the event, i would rank this one an average ipa. nothing really stood out.

Serving type: on-tap

03-22-2011 22:23:17 | More by GSmithBeer
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OakedCanuck

Washington

3.15/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle into pint

Pours a nice deeper yellow with nice white head. Decent lacing
Smells slightly of citrus (lemon, orange, grapefruit), it almost smells too acidic. Taste is not in line with the smell. The dry hops come across as pine, as expected, but the have an 'old' taste too them, but this is a fresh bottle as far as I know. Decent caramel malt backbone. Mouthfeel is drying and a touch over carbonated. Easy enough to drink but a bit messy.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2011 01:58:16 | More by OakedCanuck
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ChristianBlack

North Carolina

3.68/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a 22oz bottle last night and it poured a slightly orange color with a thin white head clinging to the edges and sides of the glass.

The aroma was citrusy with a malty sweetness.

The taste is grapefruit with a moderate dry bitterness in the finish. The malt flavors are highlighted with sweet, slight caramel flavor overall. It slightly overwhelms the hop character I look for.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is pretty good. The flavors mixed together pretty nicely. Pretty good beer overall, it wasn't exceptional but solid.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2011 12:25:58 | More by ChristianBlack
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BeerAdvocate

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #43 (Aug 2010):

Nine hop additions in a 90-minute boil produced 90 IBUs--geekin' out. Fine-bubbled lacing tells the story, while the deep amber color offers some mystery. Tangerine, ripe pears, a hint of spice from the hops and sweetness from the malt all make themselves present in the nose. This beer is smooth, with hops that quickly pull on the palate with an herbal, pungent bitterness. Caramel sweetness makes a quick showing, then is covered with hops. There is a layer of estery alcohol within. It is also a bit fruity, but the hops pretty much mute that with each sip taken. This is kind of a hardcore IPA--brash, in your face and perhaps off the wall, but it works.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2011 03:50:14 | More by BeerAdvocate
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Gambrinus1184

Connecticut

3.65/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22-ounce bomber into a Spaten Oktoberfest pint glass.

A: Hazy, orange-amber in color with a bubbly, frothy, two-finger head of white foam which was a tad creamy and held on with some decent lace. Relatively muddled clarity with some chill haze and some sediment floating amongst the yeast.

S: Candied tropical fruits, pineapple, orange and some herbal, spicy notes blend with grassy, floral and bitter hops.

T: Pretty malt-forward at first, with a sweet and sticky caramel malt and tobacco leaf flavor backed quickly by somewhat musty, candied fruits and a bitter, citrus fruit hop finish. A little sticky sweet and the bitterness doesn't linger in the right way, but it's okay.

M: Full-bodied and a bit heavy handed with the low carbonation and sweet, caramel malt base.

D: Not as hoppy of an IPA as I'd have hoped for, but the malt profile took me by surprise. It has a nice combo of sweet, heavy, almost syrupy malts combined with a decent amount of bitter, herbal, nosy hops that don't impact the overall perception all that much. The 7.5% ABV puts it near DIPA categories for me, and that's just fine, I say.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2010 07:07:58 | More by Gambrinus1184
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Tilley4

Tennessee

1.68/5  rDev -52.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Picked this bomber up for a little over 3 bucks today.. Brand new to the area so I grabbed a bottle while its as fresh as its ever gonna be...

Not much hop aroma really coming off of this one at all... Some sweet maltiness with a tinge of grassiness to it but with a "90 minute boil and 90 ibus" I'd expect a bit more...hmmm...

Flat seemingly lifeless stale maltiness with a bit of faded hop to it but that's about it for this one.. Two sips and down the drain for me...

Pretty disappointing but for 3 bucks a bomber I didn't have extremy high hopes..

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2010 01:08:57 | More by Tilley4
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Rockhopper IPA from RJ Rockers Brewing Company
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