Rocket Science IPA
Fullsteam Brewery

Rocket Science IPARocket Science IPA
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IPA - American
Ranked #6,240
Ranked #37,592
3.72 | pDev: 8.87%
Fullsteam Brewery
North Carolina, United States
Rocket Science IPARocket Science IPA
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NiceTaps from New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap in a pint glass.

Golden orange colored clean liquid with a very thin white cap. Heavy lacing.

Part English IPA with a bit of citrus and floral hop aromas.

Malt forward with following hop flavors, caramel, orange, and floral.

Medium bodied, easy drinking, modest bitterness. Dry.

Regular old IPA that works well. I'll have it again.

Sep 11, 2020
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3.41/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I was enjoying this IPA, but the date code is NEVER legible on Rocket Science IPA. I have had to throw out so many that went sour because I don't know which ones are 2-3 wks old and which ones are 12-14 wks old. When I buy them at the store my (naive) hope is that they are no more than 30 days canned, but I am finding out that is not the case. If the store is not rotating stock, then I pick up much older ones and then have to dump it or drive back to the store. Please invest in better date coding equipment. Until then, I have moved to Trophy Wife whose dates codes I can see.

Dec 09, 2019
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Roby923 from Canada (AB)

3.96/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A well-rounded IPA from the “Beautiful South.” Amarillo, Centennial, and Magnum hops help build some great tasting notes but not all that different from other IPAs. Higher 7% ABV. Canned from Trader Joe's in Raleigh.

Sep 29, 2018
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MonDak_Joe1953 from Minnesota

3.63/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz can into glass. Canned on date is '6/7/17'.
Slightly hazy golden body, clearing as it settles. Two finger white head settles to thick cap. Moderate lacing.
Grassy, earthy aroma, very slight citrus.
Taste is soapy citrus, caramel. Very little bitterness.
Thin to medium mouth feel.
An alright IPA, somewhat refreshing.

Oct 27, 2017
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Gavage from Nevada

4.06/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: clear orange in color with a one finger head that slowly recedes. Thick lace paints the glass during the session.

Smell: orange citrus and some floral hops are detectable.

Taste: caramel, orange, pineapple, and a floral hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Lightly crisp throughout.

Overall: this is a good drinking beer and mildly refreshing.

Aug 20, 2017
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BEERchitect from Kentucky

3.83/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

With all the "west coast" this, and "new england" that, its good to see an IPA of balance, complexity and ease much in the way the earlier IPA- English inspired IPA.

Rocket Science isn't exactly rocket science. Its a comforting ale that starts with a common light amber, golden appearance. Hazy, frothy and lacy, the beer soon leads into a hop bouquet of citrus, pine and spice. Hints of caramel swoon with the hop presence and then graces the early palate with biscuit, granola and graham cracker.

As the ale develops, its sweetness relaxes but remains malty in texture and its breadiness. Meanwhile, the hops grow into a full and citrus inspired taste. White grapefruit, fresh orange zest and a hint of herbal lemon leaf quickly overtake the malts and take the beer into a hop dominant territory. Finishing pleasantly grassy and bitter, the taste finally rests with freshly muddled pine needles, sassafras an a hint of summer sun tea.

Medium bodied but registering light because of resinous hop dryness and the thinning nature of alcohol, the beer resonates long and lean with citrus peels and sappy pine, and spicy with mulled grasses and botanicals.

Jul 19, 2017
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Smakawhat from Maryland

3.82/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the can into a Spiegelau IPA glass.

Crystal clear and very dark bodied color, sort of chestnut brown amber, with hues of red and orange. Fluffy topped three finger tall head, off white in color with good retention and lots of pill and ring like lacing. Very different and nice than your average bear, in the looks department.

Interesting mix on the nose. Sticky caramel and a bit of floral and pine like heat. Quite a bit of boozy sweetness is coming off this as well, but tolerable. Seems more headed into Imperial realm with this aroma, or at least borderline.

Nice simple palate. Almost chewy caramel, but with a nice leafy and herbal hop presence. Good mid palate tea aromatics, and the sweetness is much less than anticipated. Flirts with light session body feel but not quite, hints of treacle and brown sugar but considerably lighter in quality. Good herbal mint hop aromatics as well on the finish.

A pretty nice take on an IPA, and definitely stays away from sugary sweetness, but hints far larger on the nose.

Feb 14, 2017
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twage04 from North Carolina

3.65/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a light gold, yellow. Smell is herbal hops. Taste is much of the same, not much malt to speak of. Some resin and lots of herbal hops, but not much else going on. As far as IPA's go this one is middling at best,

Aug 01, 2016
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cjgiant from District of Columbia

3.53/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Can dated 6/7:
A nice looking beer - slightly yellow gold, moderate haziness. Head is nice and white, and holds a rim.

Nose is pretty one-note, mainly grassy. Maybe there's a hint of malt in there, and maybe a hint of grapefruit pith.

Taste is similar to the nose. Takes a little warmth to smooth some rough edges. The result is a fairly grapefruit pith and grass moderately bitter IPA. Would like a slightly lighter feel, but it's actually a decent feel.

This is one of those that grew on me to be something I could grab once in a while, but I'd likely find a better alternative in most cases.

Jul 15, 2016
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TonyLema1 from South Carolina

3.71/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L: cloudy, gold color with a thin white lacing head
S: not much hop nose, kinda earthy
T: some citrus, and other fruits
F: great mouthfeel, dry, slightly bitter finish
O: a nice flavorful, easy drinking IPA

Jul 10, 2016
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kgammell1 from Maryland

3.74/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L - Dark gold body with thin white head. Interesting lighter shade for today's IPAs.

S - Vegetal. Not an adjective I always use. Some faint citrus but not as much as I would think. I really wish I knew which hops they used. Herbal and floral more than anything else. Different but fine.

T - Slight bitterness, noticeable but not stinging alcohol. Subdued hops and malts. Best part about it is that the relatively lackluster taste really lingers nicely in your mouth. Very flowery and delicate.

F - Drinks like a session beer. Thin body that finishes fairly dry. The body hides the alcohol and there is no real cloying sweetness. Easy to drink.

O - It is not a bad beer. Very easy to drink but at 7.0% it could sneak up on you. If you are trying to expand your palate and really identify that "floral" quality in a non-English beer, this is a good one.

Jun 29, 2016
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Immortale25 from North Carolina

3.3/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a Creature Comforts nonic pint. Bottom of can says 06/07/16.

A- Pours a medium amber color with a 1/2 inch off-white head that retains well before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a full sheet of sheer surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves large clots behind.

S- Sweet aroma of cereal grain malt and mild piney hops. Somewhat vegetal.

T- The vegetal quality carries through in the flavor with more piney hops and a sharp bitterness that's not very pleasant. Also has this minty thing going on and I question the quality of the water this was brewed with. Overall, limp and uninviting.

M- As mentioned before, sharp, and not in a good way. Medium carbonation and a watery body.

O- Certainly some off flavors occurring here. Not undrinkable but certainly not up to today's standards of an exemplary American IPA. Glad I only bought a single.

Jun 20, 2016
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Cavanaghty from Maine

3.69/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Amber color with a thick white head.

Smell: Sweet citrus with pine notes.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Smooth medium bodied. Taste of bitter hops and pine notes with a mild citrus after taste.

Overall: Good IPA, I would have this one again.

May 12, 2016
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NateDyk47 from Michigan

3.59/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this as part of a flight at Fullsteam Brewery.

Look: medium golden amber color with a small amount of white head
Smell: mostly citrus & hops here
Taste: medium bitterness grassy hops profile, orange/grapefruit, & a hint of malt in the aftertaste
Feel: medium bodied, moderate to heavy level of carbonation

Overall: this is a decent American IPA and I enjoyed it, but nothing memorable.

Feb 13, 2016
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mothmanscott from Georgia

3.74/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear pale amber producing 2+ fingers of white, frothy, somewhat lasting head that leaves streak & chunks of lace which is quite different from a number of the reviews I have read. The pour produces a long lasting stream of effervescence rising from the bottom of the goblet. Aromas is citrus (predominantly orange), floral & thin resinous pine hops balanced with caramel & pale malts. Taste is caramel malt with a hint of corn syrup sweetness & pie dough that is fairly balanced with citrus, tropical fruit, grass & a hint of pine hops with some floral in the finish, producing a thin malt, heavy hop, grapefruit aftertaste. Finishes variously hoppy & slightly spicy with a bitterness that intensifies & lingers long into the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation, juicy, oily & mildly astringent in the bitter aftertaste.

Sep 13, 2015
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Dave1999 from North Carolina

3.99/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours orange Amber with a thin white head.

The smell is orange,spicey rye,Belgian yeast.

The taste is much like the smell this definitely tastes like it's made with rye and Belgian yeast. There's some malt sweetness on the finish.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation.

Overall it didn't taste as expected but was a welcome change to your usual IPA.

Aug 05, 2015
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BeerDawgs from Georgia

3.64/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L - Golden color with clarity, 2 fingers of head

S - Citrus and pine notes.

T - Bitter, metallic,

F - Well carbonated, medium body

O - An average IPA

Jun 27, 2015
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Omnium from Pennsylvania

3.73/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bomber > Bowtie Pint

A - Hazy orange amber with two fingers of creamy khaki head, little lacing.
S - Lots of dark earthy hop resin and spicy hop tones, caramel malt, a hint of belgian yeast, pine grapefruit, astringent.
T - Actually decently balanced for what it is worth, mildly sweet caramel malt, clashes against a spicy and citrusy hop bitterness.
M - Kinda thin, finishes a little watery, mild bitterness.
O - Decent IPA, I liked liked it, I would order it on tap, but thats about it, its not special, but I'm sure it'd pair well with some good cheese

Nov 13, 2014
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metter98 from New York

3.71/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is clear amber yellow in color and has no visible carbonation. It poured with a short white head that quickly died down, leaving delicate lacing on the surface and a collar consisting of large bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of citrusy hops are present in the nose—oranges seem to stand out in particular—along with hints of caramel malts.
T: The taste is similar to the smell in that it is accentuated by flavors of orange citrus hops, which contribute a moderate amount of bitterness.
M: It feels nearly medium-bodied and crisp on the palate with a low to moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This is a hop-forward IPA but isn't that difficult to drink because it doesn't seem too heavily bodied.

May 17, 2014
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dbrauneis from North Carolina

3.77/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a crystal clear copper in color in color with light amounts of active visible carbonation slowly rising from the bottom of the glass and light amounts of golden yellow + amber highlights. The beer has a quarter finger tall sudsy foamy white head that reduces to a small medium thick patch and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of herbal + grassy hops over light aromas of caramel malts.

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of slightly sweet caramel malts. That is followed by moderate flavors of herbal and grassy hops which imparts a light to moderate amount of bitterness which lingers.

M: Just shy of medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Light amounts of dryness in the finish.

O: Pretty well balanced between the hops and malts/sweetness and bitterness with a well hidden alcohol which makes this beer easy to drink.

May 17, 2014
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tdm168 from Pennsylvania

4.2/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewery on 3/3/12.

Pours a copper-amber with no head. The nose has a bright, citrusy aroma that features a little mango and some grapefruit. The flavor is a balance of light, bready malt and heavy citrusy hops. The flavor is simple but drinks well. There is a slight bitterness in the finish that lingers, but is smooth enough for you to want another sip immediately. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and very smooth and almost decent carbonation.

This is a nice, balanced, easy drinking IPA. It's not overly hoppy nor malty. The hops they chose for this one add great drinkability, flavor, and aroma. It's a great compliment to the malt character. I'll definitely have this one again.

Mar 06, 2012
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VncentLIFE from North Carolina

4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at the brewpub while doing research fro my blog.

The one thing is that they usually overpour to try to reduce the head, when they dont need to. Pours a golden yellow with a white head.

The smell is the most complex IPA I have ever smelled. It took me a little while to really figure it out. Its Belgian or German Hefeweizen yeast. Mixed among the bittering noble hops, there are fruity esters everywhere.

The smell wasnt beguiling, its a Belgian IPA at heart. Those bittering hops fight every second with Belgian yeast. Somewhere in there is the Fullsteam malt bill that gives it more of a balance than I would have expected from a single IPA. Also, I really felt the alcohol about midway through.

Decent body, none of the flavors fade away too fast.

Nov 12, 2011
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Thorpe429 from Illinois

3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Tyler's Taproom in Durham. Served in a Fullsteam pint glass.

Color is a clear light copper with a single finger white head and some spotty lacing. The nose brings some faint hops and sole floral character, a bit spicy. Light breach malt. Flavor has mostly floral elements with a bit of citrus. Light body and a good bitter finish. Nice brew.

Jul 21, 2011
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oberon from North Carolina

3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the growler into a nonic a rich copper color with a tight formed one finger white head that settles pretty slowly.Aromas were a mix of caramel malt and more of a leafy/herbal hop presence,not in your face citrus and pine.A balanced ipa with the hops being somewhat subdued for the style,carame/biscuit and "green" hops are intertwined thru to the finish.Its not hop "heavy" but its a nice quaffable balanced ipa.

Jul 17, 2011
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wedge from North Carolina

3.45/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

@ Busy Bee

Clear orange pour with a minimal head, but loads of drippy lace. Lemony floral sweetness in the nose. Fresh, leafy, earthy hop bitterness. Highly floral and clean over a grainy base. Lively medium body goes down easy. I don't think I'm the biggest fan of Sorachi Ace - especially in an IPA. Not a bad East coast rendition though. I'm not one to advocate hopping the everliving crap out of IPAs to achieve a "good" example of the style...I can appreciate the somewhat mild hoppiness, but wish they would beef up the malt flavor a little for balance. This combination of hops just isn't quite right to keep me coming back very often.

Jun 13, 2011
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