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Bubblejack India Pale Ale - Rush River Brewing Company

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Reviews: 129
Hads: 231
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 12.91%
Wants: 3
Gots: 13 | 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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Photo of BigDaddyWarbuxx
3.59/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Great unfiltered look and a really strong citrus aroma. Definitely a citrus heavy IPA with a strong bitter aftertaste. Fine for what it is, but I've never been too big on citrus IPA's. (186 characters)

Photo of jzlyo
3.49/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Aroma is pine, spices/vegetables and a hint of citrus. The flavor is citrus, light grapefruit, fruit, spices, malts, mild EIPA qualities and a slightly bitter/tangy finish. (172 characters)

Photo of vette2006c5r
3.15/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Bubblejack pours a golden color, with lots of sediment and a small head. There is a skunkish earthy aroma. Taste has a big bitterness, crisp malty flavors. Overall, it is not the best, crisp and light flavors with a big bitterness. (234 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.49/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

to me this one was pretty mediocre. there is a ton of yeast in it when you pour it out, chunky floaters cruising around the glass, not how an ipa should look at all, although there is a pretty nice head on it. it smells like hops first, so thats a good sign, but i dont get much more than a generic bag of hop pellets, grassy and bitter, sharp, almost weed-like, but nothing really comes out of it in the flavor. not that that grain bill is big, its pretty standard, but the hops cant seem to get through it to take the lead in the flavor. it ends up tasting like the yeast does more than it should, and the hops are little else than bitter. its fine tasting beer, no off flavors, although the yeast is a little strange. it just seems sort of cobbled together, not particularly well thought out or executed. i did not see a lot of their beer on shelves when i was traveling there, so perhaps they are still trying to get it figured out. their other beers listed here look a little more compelling, this one was forgettable. (1,023 characters)

Photo of bsp77
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

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. (365 characters)

Photo of brewmudgeon
3.7/5  rDev +1.6%

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. (365 characters)

Photo of jmdrpi
3.57/5  rDev -1.9%
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. (256 characters)

Photo of pweis909
3.01/5  rDev -17.3%
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. (313 characters)

Photo of Weli
3.77/5  rDev +3.6%
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. (519 characters)

Photo of nickapalooza86
3.89/5  rDev +6.9%
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. (642 characters)

Photo of jimmah120
3.46/5  rDev -4.9%
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. (328 characters)

Photo of mwilbur
3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
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. (844 characters)

Photo of Onenote81
3.97/5  rDev +9.1%
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. (643 characters)

Photo of jlindros
3.66/5  rDev +0.5%
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. (1,097 characters)

Photo of homebrew311
2.5/5  rDev -31.3%
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. (572 characters)

Photo of null
3.71/5  rDev +1.9%
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. (1,529 characters)

Photo of irrgalaxy
3.43/5  rDev -5.8%
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. (354 characters)

Photo of NuclearDolphin
3.95/5  rDev +8.5%
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! (1,189 characters)

Photo of keethrax
3.8/5  rDev +4.4%
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. (764 characters)

Photo of doughanson78
2.73/5  rDev -25%
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. (772 characters)

Photo of inlimbo77
3.41/5  rDev -6.3%
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. (697 characters)

Photo of woosterbill
3.94/5  rDev +8.2%
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! (1,569 characters)

Photo of samie85
3.32/5  rDev -8.8%
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. (493 characters)

Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.14/5  rDev -13.7%
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. (1,246 characters)

Photo of richkrull
2.32/5  rDev -36.3%
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. (572 characters)

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Bubblejack India Pale Ale from Rush River Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 129 ratings.