Rocket Science IPA
Fullsteam Brewery

Rocket Science IPARocket Science IPA
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IPA - American
Ranked #6,144
Ranked #37,047
3.72 | pDev: 8.87%
Fullsteam Brewery
North Carolina, United States
Rocket Science IPARocket Science IPA
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JohnnyK from North Carolina

2.75/5  rDev -26.1%

Apr 25, 2014
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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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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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Sammy from Canada (ON)

3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Aug 16, 2014
WOLFGANG from South Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

Aug 01, 2013
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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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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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thundersnow from North Carolina

3.52/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

May 24, 2015
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blackie from Oregon

4.1/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a: curved pint, sort of a medium copper-amber in color, tight little head that retains a ring and thin layer

s: clean biscuity malts and a nice level of caramelized sweetness, hops earthy - green pine and pithy citrus rind, firm enough to make this solidly "ipa" while not overpowering the supporting malts, like this

m: carbonation around moderate in level, with a body that rides the line between light and medium, giving a balanced mouthfeel

t: nice malt profile with a lighter note of caramel sugar and a general woody/biscuity flavor, well accented with a balancing of earthy pine and citrus hops, finishing clean and woody with a moderate bitter

d: really enjoy the balance here without much compromise in flavor, highly drinkable

growler from Sam's in Durham, shared in the 'Ville with a friend

Jan 05, 2011
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daliandragon from Maryland

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

This is my third growler from these new local brewers. I liked but didn't love their stout and porter. For this unseasonably warm weeked, this IPA seemed to make sense.

A faint but typical nose: foral herbs with a touch of citrus and pine. The handsome reddish golden color is crystal clear but doesn't keep its head or lace past a few minutes.

The taste, despite the hops used, lends more across the pond than the west coast. The lemon and pine are tempered and balanced. Some caramel and crystal malts provide some sweetness. Finish is also balanced. TRhe mouthfeel is a little thin and could use a touch more carbonation. This is a mellow, easy to drink IPA ideal for sessioning situations.

Feb 13, 2011
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thufflife from Missouri

3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Aug 11, 2014
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jak from North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

May 03, 2014
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razorsdescent from Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

May 27, 2016
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Budlum from Maryland

3.76/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Jul 20, 2018
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atsprings from North Carolina

4.55/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Rockfish Grill served in an 18oz tulip a crisp dark orange with a thin diminishing head that leaves slight lacing on the glass. Aroma is crisp citrus and pine hops in front of caramel malts. The taste is caramel malts in the initial that is quickly bombarded by piney citrus hops that leaves a great lingering bitterness that leaves you craving the next sip. The beer is quite light and refreshing, great for Summer. I'm looking forward to seeing this one in cans down the line.

Aug 04, 2010
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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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jaymo18 from Virginia

3.7/5  rDev -0.5%

Dec 14, 2014
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Kegatron from Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Feb 23, 2014
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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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papat444 from Canada (QC)

3.52/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice looking IPA but has a sourish overripe fruit ressembling pineapple. Bit of cat pee which isn't my thing for the style.

Jul 13, 2016
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jtbone from Pennsylvania

3.72/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Jun 24, 2015
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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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GJ40 from North Carolina

3.08/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Sampled on tap at Tyler's in Apex.

I was excited to see a new, local IPA. I jumped at it because I saw "West Coast" in the description. Only later did I notice that it was distancing this beer from the West Coast style. But I enjoy all types of IPAs so I was still game.

I found the aroma and flavor very grassy. And this grassy hop flavor dominated everything. It was not balanced at all. The start was rough but my taste buds eventually adapted and the rest went OK. Maybe I just don't get this one but I wouldn't go back for more.

Jan 30, 2011
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nmann08 from Virginia

4/5  rDev +7.5%

Nov 18, 2011
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beer2day from North Carolina

4.18/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Flying Saucer in Raleigh.

Crisp Orange pour with fluffy two finger head. Thin retention and weak lace.

Very muted nose. Earthy hops with a touch of pine. Slight sense of honey.

Flavor is very intense. Initial hit is fairly thin, but the finish is very bold. Earthy hops with a touch of pine. Strange , but getting the hint of a coke midway through the glass. Lots of hop flavor here.

Body balances the flavor well.

I would get this again.

Oct 09, 2010
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