Rocket Science IPA
Fullsteam Brewery

Rocket Science IPARocket Science IPA
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Fullsteam Brewery
North Carolina, United States
American IPA
Ranked #3,317
Ranked #24,030
3.71 | pDev: 9.16%
Jan 21, 2023
Jul 06, 2010
Rocket Science IPARocket Science IPA
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Reviewed by MacMalt from New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Poured from 12 oz. can into a shaker glass. No evident canning date. It pours a slightly hazy, bright golden-orange color with a finger of fluffy, bright white head and thick, clinging lacing. A rather subdued, malty nose with notes of pine, lemon, and grapefruit. The taste follows. It's a classic southern-style IPA with a fairly sweet base of barley and local North Carolina grains balanced with strong hop bitterness (85 IBU). The Centennial and Magnum hop influence is strong with abundant pine and peppery spice. The Mosaic and Amarillo hops contribute a slight tropical sweetness on the tip of the tongue. This ale is crisp with fairly lively carbonation and the 6.8% ABV allows for easy drinking. Overall, Rocket Science is a good, basic American IPA that bridges the gap between true West Coast and the southeastern style. It's well worth a try.
Jan 21, 2023
Rated: 3.85 by blevinsaj from Ohio

Oct 28, 2022
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Rated by TasteforQuality

5/5  rDev +34.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
I love IPAs. Especially when they are dominantly bitter vs malty. This beer is so crisp and high quality. It really upped the bar for me.
Aug 28, 2022
Rated: 3 by David19457 from New Jersey

Jan 12, 2021
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Reviewed by NiceTaps from New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
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
Rated: 3.67 by rangerred from Tennessee

Jul 26, 2020
Rated: 3.83 by RAFH from Michigan

Jun 29, 2020
Rated: 3.52 by Cpmitchno1 from Virginia

Jan 28, 2020
Rated: 3.47 by Bwag from New York

Jan 18, 2020
Rated: 4 by RBorsato from Virginia

Jan 09, 2020
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Reviewed by Obnoxious_IPA_Freak

3.41/5  rDev -8.1%
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
Rated: 3.78 by Mikemcgrath4 from North Carolina

Oct 19, 2019
Rated: 3.8 by newcastlemike from Connecticut

Sep 20, 2019
Rated: 3.52 by Skabiski from Maryland

Jul 22, 2019
Rated: 3.43 by DVMin98 from North Carolina

Apr 11, 2019
Rated: 3.75 by Stengelfoot from California

Mar 07, 2019
Rated: 3.83 by Jcarriglio from Florida

Dec 18, 2018
Rated: 3.5 by McBraniel from Virginia

Nov 12, 2018
Rated: 3.44 by Zazzi82 from Tennessee

Oct 15, 2018
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Reviewed by Roby923 from Canada (AB)

3.96/5  rDev +6.7%
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
Rated: 3.56 by CollinaTiger from South Carolina

Aug 05, 2018
Rated: 3.99 by florisj135 from Virginia

Jul 28, 2018
Rated: 3.76 by Budlum from Maryland

Jul 20, 2018
Rated: 3.1 by TheBigBoy from Pennsylvania

Jul 16, 2018
Rated: 3.75 by npdevil27 from Massachusetts

Jun 06, 2018
Rated: 3.91 by weareallfalafel from Virginia

Mar 27, 2018
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Rated by nick_perry from North Carolina

2.85/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75
Some dry hops, not too hoppy though. Botanical notes. Wouldn’t really call this an IPA, more of just a plain pale ale.
Feb 10, 2018
Rated: 4.25 by ManWithNoName from South Carolina

Dec 03, 2017
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Reviewed by MonDak_Joe1953 from Minnesota

3.63/5  rDev -2.2%
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
Rated: 3.44 by MMOSNN from North Carolina

Oct 15, 2017
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Reviewed by Gavage from Nevada

4.06/5  rDev +9.4%
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
Rated: 3.75 by Amb3do from Mississippi

Aug 13, 2017
Rated: 3.75 by neil2me from Connecticut

Aug 03, 2017
Rated: 4 by mike22ne from Massachusetts

Aug 01, 2017
Rated: 3.5 by PA-Michigander from Pennsylvania

Jul 23, 2017
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Reviewed by BEERchitect from Kentucky

3.83/5  rDev +3.2%
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
Rated: 4.25 by PrestonJEdge from Ohio

Jul 02, 2017
Rated: 3.8 by rachel_and_alex from California

May 27, 2017
Rated: 3.75 by nstygles from Pennsylvania

Apr 17, 2017
Rated: 2.93 by Shafaegalo from Texas

Mar 12, 2017
Rocket Science IPA from Fullsteam Brewery
Beer rating: 84 out of 100 with 210 ratings