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Jacobus RPA - Jopen Bier BV Haarlem

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BA SCORE
84
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28 Ratings
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Ratings: 28
Reviews: 12
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 8%
Wants: 3
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Jopen Bier BV Haarlem visit their website
Netherlands

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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3/5  rDev -20%

khargro2, Jun 25, 2014
Photo of stcules
3.35/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

stcules, Feb 11, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Canada_Dan, Jun 09, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

bostonryan, Aug 23, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

safaricook, Feb 22, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

rpopescu, Mar 06, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Bandi, Apr 19, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

ajdemma, Nov 10, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

dcmchew, Nov 05, 2013
Photo of StonedTrippin
3.59/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

StonedTrippin, May 16, 2014
Photo of DropKickCharlie
3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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.

DropKickCharlie, Jun 30, 2013
Photo of BeerDocT
3.74/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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.

BeerDocT, Mar 14, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev 0%

Keith_R, Mar 29, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev 0%

Zach136, Oct 16, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev 0%

supermeniscus, Sep 03, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev 0%

Humorum, Jun 15, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev 0%

ChrisDragon, Mar 17, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev 0%

11.2 ounce bottle - Bullock's Wine & Spirits in Marietta, Georgia.

Appearance: A darkish, tan-colored beer with a slim, scant, ivory-hued head.

Smell: A scent of moderately toasted bread crust and flaked rye with a thin edge of sweet-scented caramel to it. Hops give a little orange, a little grapefruit as well as some spice.

Taste: Sufficiently sweetish, caramel glazed maltiness, predominately toasty with a subtle undertone of rye and vague, mild nuttiness. Citrusy, spicy, minutely resiny hops with ample bitterness to balance things out. The carbonation is livelier than expected, but it only serves to keep things moving nicely and give a little bump to the beers overall spiciness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-plus carbonation.

Overall: Subtle but rather enjoyable.

ChainGangGuy, Aug 25, 2014
Photo of sfprint
3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 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.

sfprint, Oct 15, 2013
Photo of doopiedoopiedoo
3.93/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

doopiedoopiedoo, Jan 29, 2012
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3.95/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

metter98, Apr 18, 2013
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3.98/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Absumaster, Dec 30, 2012
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4/5  rDev +6.7%

vermilcj, Feb 21, 2014
Photo of chinchill
4.01/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

chinchill, Apr 09, 2014
Photo of Aethien
4.05/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Aethien, Jun 20, 2012
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Jacobus RPA from Jopen Bier BV Haarlem
84 out of 100 based on 28 ratings.