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Jacobus RPA - Jopen Bier BV Haarlem

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26 Ratings
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Ratings: 26
Reviews: 11
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 8.24%
Wants: 2
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Jopen Bier BV Haarlem visit their website

Style | ABV
Rye Beer |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: doopiedoopiedoo on 01-29-2012)
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Reviews by Aethien:
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4.05/5  rDev +7.7%

The beer pours a nice orange brown colour with a small cream coloured head.

It smells like an American style IPA over rye bread with some lovely tropical fruits and pine smells supported by a good solid backbone of rye and herbal notes.

Flavours follow the nose with rye all around but not dominating the taste but more accommodating and supporting the fresher, lighter fruity tastes. Herbs and pine come through a little later with a dry pine and rye finish. absolutely lovely and perfectly balanced.

Mouthfeel is a little aggressively carbonated at first but smoothing out along the way and finishing on the dry side, it feels a little thin at times though which is my biggest complaint about this beer.

I've added some points on the overall because this beer is refreshing, solid, easily drinkable and just all around balanced and good. I could definitely see myself going back to this all year round. This is a beer that makes me happy and that makes me want to get another one and then maybe another one.

06-20-2012 19:39:52 | More by Aethien
More User Reviews:
Photo of chinchill

South Carolina

4.01/5  rDev +6.6%

From bottle at 2014 Atlanta Winter Beer Carnival.

Excellent appearance with great clarity very durable head, and a tan foam that leaves a well coated glass.
Great balance with a spicy front end and finish.
Crisp, medium body. Lively.

O: Strong recommendation for fans of rye ales.

04-09-2014 03:26:16 | More by chinchill
Photo of schuim


4.2/5  rDev +11.7%

The aroma of this beer is fruity from the used USA hops with just some rye braking through.

The beer is unfiltered and is therefore slight hazy, the color is amber.

the taste is fruity and bitter with a dry finish and then a slight hoppy fruitiness returns. The rye also gives it some spicy and oily taste, in wine you would call it petrol like, but i have not seen that by beer reviews?

06-25-2013 15:48:34 | More by schuim
Photo of sfprint


3.85/5  rDev +2.4%

A: medium brown, almost no visible rising carbonation,
S: Very much like an unsweet fruit punch. slight IPA pineyness.
T: Slightly tart, fairly smooth, nothing offensive. slightly bitter.
M: Feels more carbonated than it is, creating a sort of foam quality,
O: Quite good, model of a rye pale ale.

10-15-2013 22:46:30 | More by sfprint
Photo of Keith_R


3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

03-29-2014 19:54:47 | More by Keith_R
Photo of metter98

New York

3.95/5  rDev +5.1%

On-tap at Jopenkerk, Haarlem, Netherlands

A: The beer is very dark yellowish brown in color and somewhat resembles apple cider. It poured with a quarter finger high off white head that died down but consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light aromas of subdued citrusy hops are present in the nose - oranges and grapefruit seem to stand out in particular.
T: Te taste is very much similar to the smell and is citrusy and only has a faint hint of bitterness and slight hints of spices from the rye.
M: It feels nearly medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is really enjoyable - it's like drinking a maltier version of an Americn West Coast IPA without any of the bitterness.

04-18-2013 19:59:37 | More by metter98
Photo of Canada_Dan


3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

06-09-2014 14:50:54 | More by Canada_Dan
Photo of doopiedoopiedoo


3.93/5  rDev +4.5%

Bought from the local Mitra.

12.oz bottle into a snifter.

A honey orange color with a large fluffy white head. A bit hazy and little bit of carbonation.

Spicey smells of honeydew-melon, a bit of pine on what's clearly a rye base. American West Coast IPA Hop Aroma.

Flavors are right on par with nose. They Rye is the big backbone of this and the hops stay nicely in the background. And the herbal/ spice flavors are surprisingly well done.

Mouthfeel is light to medium with a dry bitter finish.

Finally a rye beer readily available to me. I really enjoyed drinking a few of these. Makes for a great all night session beer.

01-29-2012 08:41:47 | More by doopiedoopiedoo
Photo of BeerDocT


3.74/5  rDev -0.5%

Big thanks to my friend Bill F. for this beer.

Appearance 4.0: Poured out a beautiful dark caramel color, like the color of walnut wood. Nice 1/2" white head faded away to zero very fast. Slight swirls on top. Nice lacing.

Smell 3.5: Very subdued bouquet. I detect some spiciness from the rye and a general smell of hops.

Taste 3.75: Front is dry with a pleasant and unexpected taste of prickly hops. Middle is where the rye taste comes in and is very pleasant. This mid-level rye is balanced by some very nice citrusy hops. Finish is dry with a slight caramel taste and a balanced and satisfying hit if alkaline hoppiness. Aftertaste is remarkably long, given the dryness present in the other taste levels, and focuses on the rye/hop mingling.

Mouthfeel 4.0: Very refreshing and full mouthfeel on this beer. This goes a long way to making a dry beer very palatable.

Overall 3.75: Dry, but balanced and thoroughly refreshing. Light body with a low ABV makes this beer an excellent sessioner or a perfect companion to food. Not a big, over-the-top beer like several American versions, this brew is an excellent introduction to the Rye style.

03-14-2014 05:02:23 | More by BeerDocT
Photo of Absumaster


3.98/5  rDev +5.9%

A dark copper beer with a settling head.

Smell of citric hops with notes of red fruit, mango, grapefruit. A nice hoppy smell backed up by a full malty smell which is a bit dextrinous.

Taste is balanced between the hops and malt. The bitterness is not too high, but enough to balance the beer. The hops offer red fruit, grapefruit, mango and give the beer a nice citric hoppy taste. The rye adds a slightly nutty and fullness to the beer.

12-30-2012 14:31:21 | More by Absumaster
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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

02-22-2013 16:46:26 | More by safaricook
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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

03-06-2014 21:03:15 | More by rpopescu
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

02-21-2014 15:53:37 | More by vermilcj
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3/5  rDev -20.2%

06-25-2014 00:30:30 | More by khargro2
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

10-16-2013 20:39:41 | More by Zach136
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

09-03-2012 08:28:40 | More by supermeniscus
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New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

04-19-2013 19:55:50 | More by Bandi
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4.25/5  rDev +13%

01-19-2014 20:52:55 | More by Saind
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

06-15-2013 15:55:47 | More by Humorum
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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

11-10-2013 21:53:26 | More by ajdemma
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3.68/5  rDev -2.1%

Maybe it's the subtle scent of rye that floats from a nice half pint, but Jacobus RPA is a beer that takes me biking through the Dutch country side-- even if the countryside is filled with nothing but canals, cows, and sheep (and no rye). There's a nice country aroma here.

It pours a nice acorn brown color, not too dark, not too light, with a short foamy head.

True to its name, this beer tastes of rye, but not aggressively so. It's just enough. I'd compare it to a nice Sierra Nevada Pale Ale with a rye kick.

Overall, this beer kicks ass. It's totally accessible. Nice to have on a early afternoon but equally pleasant on a late night out. I've had it on tap at the Jopenkerk. It goes down smooth every time.

06-30-2013 19:41:16 | More by DropKickCharlie
Photo of StonedTrippin


3.59/5  rDev -4.5%

a real tasty rye beer here, a little bit bland in the context of some american rye beers, which are getting enormous and very intense. this is more of a subtle use of rye here, just a portion of the grain bill to give it a little character. pale copper in color, tall off white head with great staying power. the nose and taste are moderately forward on the rye, not spicy like some can be, but more of a dense bready thing, an earthen property, and extremely fresh. well hopped too, especially for a euro brew, which usually dont have much hops at all. this one has a distinct bitterness and pungent C varietal character. what i like about this is how well balanced it is, its not too much rye, not in your face, but distinct at the same time. also one of the more hop forward european ales ive come across, very much american in use of hops for flavoring. nice carbonation, fuller body, yet quite refreshing for what it is. if it were available regularly here, im sure i would buy it from time to time. its very well made.

05-16-2014 17:26:46 | More by StonedTrippin
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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

11-05-2013 16:40:05 | More by dcmchew
Photo of stcules


3.35/5  rDev -10.9%

Dark amber color, beuatiful beige foam.
The smell is cereals and malty, with some lightly spiced note.
Easy in the mouth, malty start, then the light spicy notes of rye. Not bad.
Light, but pleasant, notes of hop.
Light body, very drinkable, short aftertaste.
Easily drinkable.

02-11-2013 20:49:24 | More by stcules
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4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

03-22-2012 18:22:00 | More by rekel
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Jacobus RPA from Jopen Bier BV Haarlem
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