Rocket Science IPA | Fullsteam Brewery

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Rocket Science IPARocket Science IPA

Brewed by:
Fullsteam Brewery
North Carolina, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.80%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of GJ40
3.08/5  rDev -18.1%
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.

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Photo of Immortale25
3.3/5  rDev -12.2%
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.

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Photo of wedge
3.45/5  rDev -8.2%
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.

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Photo of cjgiant
3.53/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

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Photo of oberon
3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

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Photo of NateDyk47
3.59/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

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Photo of daliandragon
3.63/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

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Photo of BeerDawgs
3.64/5  rDev -3.2%
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

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Photo of twage04
3.65/5  rDev -2.9%
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,

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Photo of BamaBeerBuff
3.65/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought a growler from a local beer store yesterday. It was filled 2 days ago, so presumably very fresh beer.

A: A pale orange color with a creamy tan head that settles relatively quickly. Solid layer of foam remains on top, but there's not much lacing.

S: Very delicate and well-balanced nose--this is an "east coast" style IPA for sure. Sweet sugar cookie malt, a hint of light citrus, and a big floral hop presence.

T&M: Floral hop flavor starts out before a dry malt comes in mid-palate. There's a white-pepper component here that reminds me of a Belgian-style IPA, interestingly enough. It doesn't bowl one over with intense flavor, but it's quite interesting and rather tasty. I'd say the flavor is definitely closer to an English IPA than American. Body is medium with a zesty carbonation.

D: A fine beer. I've now had the sweet potato lager and this IPA, and I'm anxious to try the rest of Fullsteam's lineup.

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Photo of Cavanaghty
3.69/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

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Photo of metter98
3.71/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

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Photo of tlema1
3.71/5  rDev -1.3%
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

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Photo of Omnium
3.73/5  rDev -0.8%
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

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Photo of kgammell1
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.

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Photo of mothmanscott
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.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.77/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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Photo of callisbeers
3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at home. If you are looking for an over the top IPA that just knocks your socks off with hops, this isn't it. But if you are looking for a very good, drinkable session IPA, take this one. Hops and malt are very well balanced with just a slight bitterness at the end. My friends have very much enjoyed this one. We have mixed it with Grave Robber (Lonerider) and the resulting beer is awesome, Ebony & Ivory (I stole that one from Sean!)

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Photo of smakawhat
3.82/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

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Photo of devilben02
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours with a deep golden yellow-orange color and a thick, foamy head that quickly dissipates. The aroma is a bit muted compared to a lot of IPAs on the market, but it is nicely earthy and herbal, with a nice balance from some underlying malt sweetness. Similarly, the flavor is more balanced rather than powerfully bitter, but the combination of earth, herbs, and a bit of pepper are certainly up front. Like many of Fullsteam's initial offerings, this one is not the most potently-flavored brew, but it is well-crafted, has a little bit of intrigue, and is highly drinkable. I will happily look for what this brewery can do going forward.

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Photo of Dave1999
3.99/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

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Photo of mdfb79
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a growler into a tulip.

a - Pours a dark amber color with one inch of white head and light carbonation evident.

s - Smells of pine strongly, also some citrus hops.

t - Tastes of pine hops, citrus hops, and light fruity malts.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation.

d - A pretty good IPA. My favorite Fullsteam beer so far. Would have again.

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Photo of VncentLIFE
4/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

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Photo of blackie
4.1/5  rDev +9%
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

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