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Jacobus RPA - Jopen Bier BV Haarlem

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BA SCORE
85
very good

32 Ratings
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Ratings: 32
Reviews: 13
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 7.71%
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 -20.2%

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3.35/5  rDev -10.9%
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.

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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.59/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

Photo of DropKickCharlie
3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

Photo of BeerDocT
3.74/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

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.

Photo of sfprint
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

Photo of doopiedoopiedoo
3.93/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

Photo of metter98
3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

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3.98/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

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Jacobus RPA from Jopen Bier BV Haarlem
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