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 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 mikesgroove
4.13/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thrilled to see the new offering from RJ Rockers make it into Greenville. Grabbed a pint of this at Barleys last night. Consumed on 02/27/2010.

The pour was dark, almost caramel colored amber with a nice two finger head of pure white on top. Great retention as it coated the insides of the glass with a thick, spider like lacing. Aroma is deep grapefruit and citrus coming out right away. Warming brings a hint of a light buttery malt that lies underneath. Clean, crisp medium body starts out the tasting. Smooth, would be the best word to describe this as it very well balanced. Clean and sharp hop notes, fresh with tons of oily, resiny goodness are coming through now. I sit back and relax with it as it unfolds with a smooth, buttery goodness and a nice dry, and very clean finish that begs you to come back for another sip.

Overall I am very, very impressed here. This may be the best I have had from RJ Rockers to date. A very solid IPA that I would guess is going to be very warmly recieved.

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 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 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 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 Mora2000
3.68/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours an orange color with a white head. The aroma is resiny hops and earthy hops with a bit of toffee. The flavor is a lot of toffee and caramel with some earthy hops, resiny hops and pine hops. While there is quite a bit of hop flavor, there is very little bitterness, making this a very malty IPA. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Photo of mdaschaf
2.65/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a DFH snifter glass

A: Poured a dark amber with a small head with decent retention. Nice lacing down the glass, but I had a lot of floaties in the glass which concerned me.

S: Very little IPA aroma here, mostly biscuits and malt. Expected a lot more here.

T: Again, very little hop flavor, but it is there. Get a lot of caramel and malt.

D/M: Light to medium bodied. Not sure what's going on here. If I had tasted it blind, would not have guessed IPA, so I hope that it has just been sitting too long. No bottling date that I could find, but hasn't been on the shelves around here very long.

Photo of billab914
3.68/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into my Southern Tier tulip glass. It poured poured a slightly orange, darker amber color with a thin white head clinging to the edges and sides of the glass. The lacing continued as I drank it and left a nice trail on the glass as I drank it.

The aroma has a grapefruit citrusness to it with a bit of pine coming through in the hoppiness. A moderate malty sweetness comes through as well.

The taste shows more of the grapefruit hoppiness to it with a moderate dry bitterness in the finish. The malt flavors really come through as well and add a nice, sweet, slight caramel flavor overall. It provides a nice base for the hoppiness.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is pretty good, it had some nice hoppy and malty flavors to it overall. The flavors mixed together pretty nicely and created a nice sweet hoppiness overall. Pretty good beer overall, it wasn't exceptional but was pretty solid and an easy drinker.

Photo of liamt07
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of 67couple, 22oz bomber into a couple tulips. Thanks again Jon.

Pours an opaque maroon, with a finger or so of white head. Thick lace but almost no head retention. Aroma is overwhelmingly grapefruit with some background orange and other citrus, sweet toffee malt base as always. Quite nice, but not outstanding. A touch of sweetness and the bready, toffee malt are more prominent in the flavour, with some citrus and pine bitterness and a relatively long lingering aftertaste. Not a ton of complexity here. Mouthfeel is a bit thin, but the drinkability on this ain't too bad given the strength. Relatively run of the mill in terms of the style.

Photo of aasher
3.88/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was lucky enough to get a 22oz bottle from thagr81us as one of his extras in a trade when I went down to Spartanburg. It poured a rich and cloudy medium brown/amber collaboration. The light cream head dissipated quickly and laced the glass. It looked like the prototype IPA. The smell on the other hand was average. It was just mildly hoppy. I desire more from an IPA. The taste was good but nothing spectacular. It was a smooth hoppy. The mouthfeel was light and hoppy, yet not overly. I would've liked a little more. It was very drinkable. The alcohol wasn't present and it was pretty light and smooth. It's definitely worth a try.

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 avalon07
3.7/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had an orange color and a cloudy texture. There was an inch of foamy, long-lasting head and OK lacing.

S: A nice aroma of hops, malt, and some citrus.

T: Tasted of hops and citrus mainly with a malty backbone. There's also a grassy quality that doesn't do the flavor any favors. That being said, it gets easier to drink as you go along.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a dry finish. Medium-bodied.

D: While this beer has its flaws, for the most part it's drinkable.

Photo of thagr81us
3.82/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap into a standard RJ Rockers pint. The appearance of this beer was orange with only a small amount of head present. The aroma had a very nice hop note to it (as would be expected). While this beer was advertised to have 90 IBUs, all 90 did not show up to the party. It did however have a nice flavor with medium bitterness that was light on the palate. Overall this is probably one of the nicest beers I've tried from RJ Rockers. However, it is quite hard to find as they do not bottle it that I have ever seen. Might be worth a shot to track down for a true hop-head.

UPDATE: It is now bottled and available.

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.

Photo of argock
4.15/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz brown bomber into a Duvel tulip. No freshness date. Purchased at Beer Run (Charlottesville, VA) for $5.69.

A: Very hazy true amber with sticky 2-finger vanilla ice cream-colored head with good retention and fine spots and other assorted smudges of lace.

S: While this brew has a buttery, toffee hops presence, the hops provide an earthy, resiny quality that mixes well with the malt character. Pine and herbal aromas are there too but only support the resin quality.

T: Caramel, toffee malt hits first but is blasted away with heavy resin hoppiness with citrus, pine, and earthy-herbal tones. THe bitterness is most in the back end, but it will make you wobbly -- it takes no prisoners. Aftertaste is a bit of papery malt with more resin. An excellent example of a no-holds-barred East Coast IPA.

M: Body is slightly lacking but it is sticky and has a pretty good mouthfilling, coating quality. Carbonation is prickly in a good way.

D: I am really impressed with this brew -- it lays down the law with strong hops bitterness. I wish more plain pale malts had been used to prop up the body a bit more, but, all in all, this is a really good beer and one of RJR's best offerings to date. A great brew for lovers of the East Coast IPA loadedf with resiny bitterness.

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 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 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 far333
2.89/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Hazed amber orange with chunks of particulate matter moving in and out and all about. An agressive pour throws up a minimal head that drops quickly.

Muted smell of cinnamon, light brown sugar and overripe fruit. Initial flavor of grainy honey malt, dull hops, notes of grape juice, some pine sap.

Slick mouthfeel, low carbonation. Did I get a bad bottle or is this really what this is all about?

Photo of Gambrinus1184
3.67/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

Photo of PicoPapa
3.62/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber. Pours a cloudy medium brown color. Not much of a head on this one but lots of lacing. Aromas of piney hops, slight citrus, and somewhat floral. Taste bitter hops and not a whole lot else. A bit of a grapefruit aftertaste, but not much. I've never seen this brewery before and thats why I picked it up. Judging by the small amounts of reviews it is relatively new. This is an alright IPA but there are a bunch of other ones I'd grab before getting this one again.

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 DeanMoriarty
3.37/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Picked up a 22oz bomber in a trade with Dawson's Liquor in Severna Park, MD and poured it into a stemmed Bitburger Pilsner glass - thanks fellas!

A: Pours a hazy copper hue with a thin head and not much in the way of lacing.

S: Some bitter hop but way too much sweet malt - reminds me too much of a European take on an IPA.

T: Some earthy/mossy hop flavor that immediately gets overwhelmed and dominated by the massive amounts of sweet malt - there's some resiny hop flavor at the end, but the sweet malt blast is so strong that it never really lets the hop establish itself in the overall flavor.

M: Medium-bodied, good amount of carbonation, somewhat syrupy with a bitter mouthfeel at the end from the hop.

D: Not my kind of IPA - too heavy, sweet and over-malted. Glad I tried it, but don't need to revisit.

Photo of Tilley4
1.71/5  rDev -51.7%
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..

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Rockhopper IPA from RJ Rockers Brewing Company
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