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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Ratings: 179 |  Reviews: 30
Photo of Sammy
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of kjkinsey
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +6.4%

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 BEERchitect
3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
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 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 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 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 Kegatron
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of Rifugium
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

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 PA-Michigander
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of thatoneguymike
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of InspectorBob
3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tdm168
4.2/5  rDev +11.7%
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.

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Photo of imbibehour
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 VeganUndead
3.54/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of IPAchris
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of AngusOg
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

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

Photo of Axnjxn
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

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 2dogbrew
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

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