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Rockhopper IPA - RJ Rockers Brewing Company

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Rockhopper IPARockhopper IPA

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BA SCORE
81
good

86 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 86
Reviews: 49
rAvg: 3.54
pDev: 15.82%
Wants: 6
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
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:
Beer added by: mikesgroove on 02-28-2010

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!
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Ratings: 86 | Reviews: 49
Photo of tlema1
3.35/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Had a bitter finish, which took away from its overall drinkability

Photo of DoctorZombies
3.63/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep auburn draft pour with off white head. Hops, but slightly medicinal smell. Semi sweet malt to start, hops and a slightly fruity finish. Dry body, medium lite mouthfeel. Ok.

Photo of pkalix
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%
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?

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.54/5  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.

Photo of csparace
3.88/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

Photo of brentk56
3.7/5  rDev +4.5%
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

Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.53/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Photo of turnerk3
4.23/5  rDev +19.5%
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.

Photo of ummswimmin
3.36/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

Photo of coldriver
2.83/5  rDev -20.1%
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?!?

Photo of ChrisSimpson1968
2.93/5  rDev -17.2%
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.

Photo of gatorbreath
2.43/5  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..

Photo of MayLattimore
3/5  rDev -15.3%
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.

Photo of swierczt
3.98/5  rDev +12.4%
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.

Photo of EJ6759
3/5  rDev -15.3%
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.

Photo of zeff80
3.52/5  rDev -0.6%
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.

Photo of PatLarsen
3.25/5  rDev -8.2%
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.

Photo of BeerForMuscle
4/5  rDev +13%
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.

Photo of oberon
3.19/5  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.

Photo of jsprain1
3.93/5  rDev +11%
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.

Photo of russpowell
3.19/5  rDev -9.9%
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...

Photo of GSmithBeer
3.16/5  rDev -10.7%
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.

Photo of OakedCanuck
3.16/5  rDev -10.7%
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.

Photo of ChristianBlack
3.68/5  rDev +4%
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.

Photo of BeerAdvocate
4/5  rDev +13%
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.

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Rockhopper IPA from RJ Rockers Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 86 ratings.