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Rocket Science IPA | Fullsteam Brewery

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Rocket Science IPARocket Science IPA
BA SCORE
3.72/5
Good
183 Ratings
Rocket Science IPARocket Science IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Fullsteam Brewery
North Carolina, United States
fullsteam.ag

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by atsprings on 07-06-2010

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#26,427
Reviews:
32
Ratings:
183
pDev:
9.14%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
49
Trade:
0
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Photo of ManWithNoName
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MonDak_Joe1953
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'.
Can notes: "CITRUSY. FLORAL. REFRESHING. BOLD IN ITS SIMPLICITY."
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.

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Photo of MMOSNN
3.44/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Gavage
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.

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Photo of Amb3do
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of neil2me
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mike22ne
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of PA-Michigander
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BEERchitect
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.

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Photo of PrestonJEdge
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of rachel_and_alex
3.8/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Shafaegalo
2.93/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of imbibehour
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.

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Photo of cgrunin
3.67/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Wrigfen
4.22/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of nater919
4.03/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of AD17
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JohnBradSC
3.9/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of curtisjoseph
3.81/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of John_Beeryman
3.54/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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

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

Photo of MattXT
3.81/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of nbrowni2
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Rocket Science IPA from Fullsteam Brewery
Beer rating: 3.72 out of 5 with 183 ratings
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