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Bubblejack India Pale Ale - Rush River Brewing Company

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Ratings: 224
Reviews: 125
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 13.22%
Wants: 3
Gots: 12 | FT: 0
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Rush River Brewing Company visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: feloniousmonk on 03-17-2005

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Ratings: 224 | Reviews: 125
Photo of bsp77
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into IPA glass.

Appearance: Looks like cloudy orange juice with a white, sticky head.

Smell: Mostly oranges with spicy notes.

Taste: Oranges again, somewhat sweet, with some light tropical notes. Spicy, bitter finish.

Feel: Moderate carbonation, medium body, mostly dry finish.

Overall: Decent IPA, but too much sweet orange.

Photo of brewmudgeon
3.7/5  rDev +1.9%

head is white and meranguey; beer is golden yellow, cloudy, and terrifyingly chunky. some of the chunks are larger than my last pet fish. aroma is of grapefruit, pineapple, and sweet guava–along with, amazingly, 7-up. braving the chunks rewards the drinker with a rather pleasant citrusy ipa that ends with rind but seems a little lighter bodied than expected.

Photo of jmdrpi
3.57/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served from the tap

Appears a pale straw golden color, little white head. A soft floral hop aroma, not overly aggressive. Malt tastes like just base malt, neutral. Hop flavor is pleasant, again flowery and a bit of citrus. Lingering aftertaste, thin body.

Photo of pweis909
3.01/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Something is not to my liking here.

Looks good.
Smell is faintly hoppy, but doesn't ANNOUNCE pale ale.
Taste is where I have problems -- hops taste like celery seed or something vegetal. Light malt sweetness.
It feels like there is something a little oily in there that becomes thin and astringent in the finish.

Photo of Weli
3.77/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

A- Pale straw color with fine white head

S-Slightly grassy, floral, some toasted malt character, actually smells a lot like pilsner malt. Low hop aroma relative to style

T-Crisp bitterness up front, a touch malty (again pilsner malt?) Slight citrus and pine hop character, could be much hoppier

M-Medium bodied, medium carbonation, dry finish

O- An IPA that really lacks enough hop oomph to fit the style. Pleasant and very refreshing but tastes more like an APA than an IPA, also the malt character is interesting.

Photo of nickapalooza86
3.89/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Picked up a 6 randomally, I had it when I first got into craft and remembered it being a decent IPA to me then, decided to see how it fares now a days.

Bottled 2nd week of December 2012 so about a month old.

Pours a straw yellow, not quite adjunct but close, slight hop haze.

Smell is like a half Hefe half IPA, Banana, Pine, Bread and a sweet Honey

Taste is the exact same as the smell, yeasty, banana, pine finishes bitter sweet if that makes any sense to you.

Mouthfeel is rather slick and oily with a nice dry finish, definetaly the best aspect of this beer!

Give it a go if you have never had it, good unique IPA at a decent price.

Photo of jimmah120
3.46/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle labeled only 'week 4'

drank it out the bottle, so I can't comment on the look. smell is of bread, banana, and very strong musty underarm. taste is bready and spicy, some oak and orange marmalade show up at the finish. feel is slightly astringent but otherwise silky.

average ipa with a weird nose and a great feel.

Photo of mwilbur
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz bottle into shaker pint (true review date is 11/29/12).
A: Pours a clear slightly golden yellow with high carbonation producing a large 3+ inch frothy white head. Excellent retention. Whitish sediment floats about in the bubbles.
S: Subdued citrus and pine hops. Pleasant...nothing too crazy or harsh...but pretty straight-forward.
T: Spicy citrus and pine hops. Hops are more present here than in the aroma, which is a good thing.
M: I don't think I've ever commented on the mouthfeel of the head before, but here we go. It is very meringue-like...light, but with definition and structure. Nice pleasant surprise. The beer itself is light bodied, smooth, with moderate hop bite (especially in the finish).
D: A nice and refreshing brew. A solid example of style. Nothing to seek out though. Would be best enjoyed with a meal.

Photo of Onenote81
3.97/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle with no date on the bottle, so I'm not sure how old this is. Picked it up on a recent trip to the 'sconsin. Poured into a pint glass.

Pours a clear pale orange with a moderately thick white head on top. Big citrusy nose that is inviting me to partake. Orange, lemon, floral tones - nice refreshing nose. The mouth is crisp, yet creamy. A little sharp, but smooth on the back end. Nice big citrus flavors greet me with sweet tangerine, orange rind, lemon zest. Bitterness is moderate and accessible. This is a great IPA for novices and geeks alike. I wasn't expecting a lot, but this surprised me. I would grab this again for sure.

Photo of jlindros
3.66/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

From April, so a few months old, but at least another to try from the brewery thanks to bunkrock (Reddit).

Pours a nice looking big fluffy head that rises to almost 2 fingers before fading at a med pace, plenty of lacing, over hazy straw orange pale colored beer.

Nose has nice hops, a bit of pine, light citrus, a little grassy, hint of candied orange peel, a light malty base, hint of a yeast like bready aroma (probably from being a few months old), touch of tangerine.

Taste starts with some earthy hops, light grassy and grainy tasting, with a bit of pine and just a touch of candied orange peel and citrus. Fair amount of bitterness cuts through the big fluffy malt base, with a mild sweetness. Finish is drier, quite bitter, light lingering spicy like hops with light earthy, grassy, and mild pine hops lingering.

Mouth is med to fuller bodied, good carb.

Overall fairly decent. Not a great IPA, but tasty. Decent hop flavors and aromas, nice malty base, fairly bitter, nothing really wrong. So out of the 4 beers I've had from them they're all pretty decent, middle ground but decent.

Photo of homebrew311
2.5/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into nonic pint glass. Appearance is a hazy unfiltered yellow with thin layer of white head, heavy lace left behind. The aroma features mild hop character with lemon notes, a bit of herbal quality, and a touch of sourdough bread. The taste starts off mild and somewhat bland as grass and hay come through. The finish is quite bitter, not really digging the hop profile. The body is light with very high carbonation. Overall, this is a subpar IPA, the hops that shine through don't work for me and the carbonation is too high. I would pass on this one in the future.

Photo of null
3.71/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a Duvel tulip.

Appearance: Hazy with a curiously light golden straw color. I'm inclined to agree with other reviewers in saying that Bubblejack's color certainly doesn't strike you as your typical darker IPA hues. Good lacing, but somewhat short-lived head retention. I'm very fond of unfiltered IPAs, and this beer is an awesome cloudy haze with thin, dancing, streams of tiny bubbles rising.

Smell: Very pleasant, delicate aromas that are happy to reassure the drinker that, despite the light color, this is most definitely an IPA that you're about to sip.

Taste: Definitely a hop-forward beer, but very smooth, crisp, and a tad dry. Doesn't have the lingering resinous flavors that are very present in heavier IPAs. This brew's taste profile feels straightforward and to the point—some nice citrusy, slightly floral and piney hops up front, balanced with some light bready notes and a crisp bittersweet finish.

Mouthfeel: I feel that the initial impressions, based on color, is indicative of this beer's mouthfeel; it's light-bodied for an IPA, but is still nicely balanced. Feel is highly enjoyable, albeit a bit brief. Lightly carbonated

Overall: The overall "ride" this beer takes you on is rather addictive due to being a bit shorter than heavier more complex IPAS. Each sip is crisp, refreshing (for an IPA), gets straight to the point with some delicate, but quite punchy, hops leading into the somewhat sharp and dry finish that has a tendency to get you a bit excited for your next sip.

Photo of irrgalaxy
3.43/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pint glass from the tap at the Blue Door Pub.

A: color of apple juice; cloudier and yellower than a typical IPA. I would have taken it for a wheat beer on appearance alone.

S: hoppy, crisp

T: hoppy, with citrus notes

M: strong aftertaste, with small bubbles on the lighter side

O: standard IPA, but with some excellent notes later on in the taste.

Photo of NuclearDolphin
3.95/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a 12oz Tumbler Pint Glass

Appearance - Surprisingly Bright for an IPA; very hazy wet Golden Straw color with a yellowish border around the sides of the glass. Pours a foamy 1 finger head that stays around and leaves behind some sticky lacing.

Smell - Very Sweet Floral & subtle piney Hops paired with a very rich citrus aroma with some fruity notes. Grapefruit flavors are surprisingly subdued. I can also smell some malts in there as well.

Taste - Surprisngly strong piney hops with some bittersweet citrus notes and the grapefruit flavor is also fairly subdued in the flavor was well. Leaves behind a bittersweet piney hop taste.

Mouthfeel - It's pretty light bodied for an IPA. The piney hops give it a very intense mouthfeel and the carbonation is pretty light. IPA's are usually not what you'd call easy to drink, and this one is no exception. Those familiar with the IPA mouthfeel style will feel right at home.

Overall - It's a pretty good IPA that masks it's powerful piney hop flavor very well. It's nice to see that someone else in my area besides Surly can make an excellent IPA. Anyone in the Minneapolis/Wisconsin area should definitely give this one a try!

Photo of keethrax
3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Light straw colored with a fair amount of sediment clouding. Decent head volume. Almost but not quite pure white. Lots of retention and good lacing.

Smell: Not super strong. Floral and piney hops with a bit of herbal hops and malt backing it up. Very pleasantly letting you know there's a decent hop level without the beating about the head that is sometimes present in IPA.

Taste: Less hoppy than even the aroma would indicate, but still hops are the primary contributor. Citrusy hops to go with the others that were already there in the aroma. A bit bready, and with the expected bitterness. Solid, but not spectacular.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, decently fizzy. About what you'd expect.

To steal from my taste section: Solid, but not spectacular.

Photo of doughanson78
2.73/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Thanks to storminspank for this.

A: Light straw yellow. Hazy with lots of sediment. Half finger head with decent retention and lacing.

S: Definitely a different IPA aroma on this. Kind of a skunky Belgian quality. Light citrus and pine aromas. With pineapple and lemon leading the way. Some malts coming through.

T: Some light malts upfront. Then some citrusy hops come through with a big lemon zest. Lots of Belgian yeast flavors which don't go well in an American IPA. It don't taste bad just not right for the style.

M: Light to medium body. Medium carbonation. Little bit crisp. Pretty dry.

O: Not a totally bad beer, but definitely not good according to style. Much more of a Belgian IPA. Disappointing for an American IPA.

Photo of inlimbo77
3.41/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Rush River Brewing Co.
IPA
Best by notch: third week Sept.
Victory snifter
(different label then shown above)

A: Pours a really light orange color. Hazy profile. 1/2 finger bright white head. Carbonation streaming off bottom of glass. Good lacing.

S: I don't know what it is but not getting much floral or piney hops. I am getting a malt bomb I guess. Smells really bready.

T: Taste is much different from nose. It isn't bad. You get a little hop character in the front of the mouth. You do get the bread notes in the mid-mouth region. Some piney stuff going on there. Close is lackluster.

M: Light to medium bodied. No real mouth coat.

O: It's not terrible but it's not great. Just blah ipa.

Photo of woosterbill
3.94/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a Duvel tulip. I should have checked the date code before buying, as this particular bottle appears to be about 6 months old. Oh, well.

A: Oh, man, this is not going well – I wasn’t anticipating a bottle-conditioned IPA, and my carelessness has resulted in a disgusting kaleidoscope of chunks throughout the cloudy light-amber body. The head, however, is a thing of beauty: 2 inches of light, frothy, creamy white foam. Great retention, lots of lace. It’s a bit of a trade-off, I suppose, since if I’d poured less enthusiastically there wouldn’t be so much sediment, but there wouldn’t be such a gorgeous head, either. The body’s a 1, the head’s a 5, I’ll split the difference and give it a 3.

S: I can tell it’s not the freshest of IPAs, but it still smells quite nice: pine and cannabis hoppiness on top of clean pale malt. Nothing special, but for how well it’s held up I’ve got to say I’m impressed.

T: Cleanly bitter IPA, with pine and floral hops dominating. There’s some definite malt presence, as well as a touch of soft fruitiness. Long, crisp bitter finish. Pretty darn tasty.

M: Soft medium body with equally soft, moderate carbonation. Very pleasant.

O: Since New Glarus has discontinued Hop Hearty (or was it Hearty Hop? I could never tell from that label…), I’d have to say that this is my favorite Wisconsin-brewed single IPA. Even at 6 months old it’s easily better than Glacier Trail, Bitter Woman, and whatever O’so’s IPA is called. Good stuff – just be sure to pour with caution!

Cheers!

Photo of samie85
3.32/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A-Pours a hazy pale amber color with two and a half fingers of white head.

S-Smells of sweet caramel malt, some hoppy pineapple, and some honey.

T-Very light bitter pineapple with a big dose of sweet caramel and some pine on the finish.

M-Very smooth and medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation.

D-Not a bad beer by any means, but the hop bitterness and flavor levels on this one are a little too mild for my taste. not sure the age on this one, so freshness could be an issue.

Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.14/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada imperial pint.
Apr. Wk2 notched on the label, no info.

A - Strong carbonation pushes the chunky sediment around through the hazy golden yellow beer. A four-finger white head is just as stunning as it's retention and immaculate lacing on the glass.

S - Notes of minty spruce and pine needle with gooey hop resin assert themselves right away. Light lemongrass citrus/earthiness follows up and finishes off with a yeasty aroma reminiscent of their amber. Pale malt stays clear and just provides balance. I wish the hops were forwards a bit more. Lose the yeast nose.

T - While not bad-tasting, the yeast follows through into the flavor and distracts from the hops constantly. Pine and citrus are at the forefront with some nice resin quality. Once again, malt, save for balance, is absent here. Buttery-like finish makes me question diactyl involvement.

M - Medium-light-bodied and a bit oily-slick on the palette, but the sharply bitter and dry finish is nice and spot-on. Well-carbonated.

O - Good qualities like hop balance, flavor, and bitterness are more than present in this brew but are continuously plagued by the yeasty flavor/aroma. A good effort but changes are needed in the brewing process.

Photo of richkrull
2.32/5  rDev -36.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured a cloudy golden color with lots of fluffy white head on it. Small amount of lacing on it.

Smell is slightly skunky, not sure what's causing that. Some hope aroma coming through, but not as much as you'd expect.

Taste is pretty decent although doesn't really taste like a classic IPA. This beer seems more like a lager throughout. It doesn't really have a bitter hop flavor like I expected.

Mouthfeel is light and bubbley. Seems like there may be too much carbonation.

Overall not a great IPA in my opinion. Seems like they kind of missed the mark on this one.

Photo of ccrida
4.38/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my Schell's shaker pint, Bubblejack is a spritzy yellow with a clingy white head that leaves sticky lace. Big fan of pale IPAs.

Smell initially has a skunky sulfur quality that reminds me a LOT of St. Pauli Girl, but there's some fresh dusty hop resins wafting there as well, grounding it in the appropriate style.

Taste is pretty good, light malt, fruity hops, minimal bitterness, a little spice. Well played, I'm really digging it, the fruitiness is a bit reminiscent of Belgian pales, with a punch of cannabis.

Mouthfeel is very light, on the dry side, a little dusty, like hop kief.

Drinkability is high, I could suck back a lot of these, really on my wave length. Purchased in Minneapolis at a bottle shop, label stamped the '3rd week of march', it's about 3 weeks old, which is pretty fresh, although I'm sure cold from the source would be that much more num.

Photo of AleWatcher
1.51/5  rDev -58.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Grabbed a single on my recent roadtrip...

Poured into a pint glass. "December" and "week 1" notched in the side of label. I'm assuming this is the bottled on date, so I figure this is about 5-6 weeks old.

A light, milky, hazy, golden color. White 2 finger head is frothy and strong-- but the retention fades a bit too quickly. The lacing is quite impressive.

Why does this smell like Belgian yeast? This is an American ipa, right?
Lemon zest and citrusy notes are at the forefront, with a spicy and floral (think noble hops) note at the finish. Very odd.

The taste is the same as the nose... Light malt is almost unnoticeable... The lemony citrus hops are great-- but the finish has a an odd yeast note that is crisp and clean like a lager, but somehow still reminds me of a Belgian strain... Odd? Yep.

I'll be honest, I don't like this. There are esters coming through that don't belong at all. A fruitiness becomes prevalent as this warms-- I want to bail on the review and drain pour this thing.

The body is way too light and bubbly. It is like seltzer water. Yowza.

I am so glad I only bought a single. This beer is absolutely a disappointment.

Excuse me while I dump this thing out.

Photo of chicagoabbot
3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Out of a bottle into a pint glass at Shooter's in River Falls. Surprisingly good, definitely better than their amber ale. Good hoppy aroma, not big like some West Coast IPAs but solidly hoppy. Color is appropriate for the style. Taste is nice and hoppy, with a crisp finish. Have had many better IPAs, but didn't have any objection to making this my session beer for the night.

Photo of Estocker
4.07/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to DeschutesNut for throwing this in as an extra.

Poured into my SN tulip. Unfiltered. Looks a cloudy light, golden-orange.

Smells different from most IPAs I drink. It doesn't have a very bright hop-nose, it seems a bready, yeasty aroma is more prevalent in the nose than the hops. Perhaps it is earthy hops I'm getting, but I think it's the yeast. Although, I do get some slight citrus and grassy notes. Lemon seems to be the most pronounced as far as hops go.

Taste is almost exactly like the nose. After the first sip it reminds me of a pale-wheat ale, it definitely has a wheat flavor to it which is what I might have been picking up from the nose. I'm getting mostly lemon in the taste, perhaps some other fruits like grapefruit and apricot, but very subtle. Tastes very earthy, bready, malty, wheaty with a slight kiss of lemon. Not very hoppy for an IPA. Maybe it's not very fresh, but it definitely doesn't taste like an IPA that has gone downhill. I would say it's more of a wheat pale-ale.

Mouthfeel and drinkability are great, as this one is very light and very easy to drink for the style.

A solid beer, and something refreshingly different for the style.

-edit- I took off .5 points from mouthfeel category because it lost carbonation for the last few sips even though I didn't swirl it.

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Bubblejack India Pale Ale from Rush River Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 224 ratings.