Jackalope IPA | Chama River Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Chama River Brewing Company
New Mexico, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Hops are literally leaping out of this aggressive and magical deep golden brew. The aroma of Columbus, Crystal and Centennial hop varieties strikes you first with notes of evergreen and grapefruit before evolving into a snappy and sharp hop flavor. The finish is very dry and calls you back for more. Yes, there is some malt here too, but mainly in a supporting role. This is one for the hopheads. Cheers!

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

User Reviews & Ratings
Reviews: 14 | Ratings: 30
Reviews by beagle75:
Photo of beagle75
4.27/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Draft service into a nonic glass at Chama River brewpub in Albuquerque.

7.2% abv according to the menu

A: Clear, light amber color with less than one finger of diminishing white foam head. Fine moderate lacing remains on the glass.

S: Tropical fruit is thick and ripe, suggesting premium hops. Floral qualities are also present, providing a more delicate understory layer. The hops define the smell but their intensity could be increased a bit.

T: Begins almost dry, with toasted malt and hop aromatics of sticky fruit (grapefruit flesh as well as the tropical array suggested by the smell), resinous pine, and herbal spice. Bitterness builds in the middle as most flavors recede, leaving some floral hops and a late acidic burst. The finish is totally dry and clean, moderately bitter, and gently herbaceous.

M: Thin to medium viscosity, slightly resinous and acidic on the palate, with moderate carbonation.

D/O: A compelling IPA that is hard to put down or criticize. Less sweet than Marble IPA, this IPA arguably stands a solid notch above that other beer. Most brewpubs should wish that their IPA was this solid.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of taospowder
3.92/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of buckyp
4/5  rDev 0%

Photo of ncfrey
3.45/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Transcribed from notes taken 25 July, 2010 at the brewpub.

a - clear copper gold, no head

s - oddly faint for being their flagship IPA. Mostly citrus. (note at time of transcription: I had this beer with a meal, which is unusual for me, and I'm also not sure, in retrospect, to what extent I was already inebriated when I had it)

t - fairly indistinct hop bitterness. Kinda citrusy, but not a strong flavor. My guess - large 1st addition, not much after that. faint caramel. Stronger flavor but less complex than Liberty pale (note at transcription: this is the Chama River Liberty Pale, which I'd just had beforehand)

m - light and crisp

d - fairly high for the bitterness, but it probably wouldn't hold my attention for long.

Certainly not a bad brew, but I've definitely had more enticing brews here at CRBC.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
4.12/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured on-tap at Chama River Brewing Co, the beer was served in a pint glass. The beer is a bright, clear, orange-yellow color with a sparse, light, white head of about an inch. Smells roll off of this one, and are heavy with cedar, hops, and fresh cut grass. My mouth is watering at this point. The flavors are extremely well balanced, with citrus/grapefruit, pepper, and hops. Very smooth and full bodied. A very heavily hopped aftertaste, with a lingering spice and hoppy finish. Extremely tasty!

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Photo of ZenAgnostic
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Clear bronze body. Offwhite head with no stick and decent to low retention.

Smell - Faint fruity pebbles. Grassy hop. Wet mulch.

Taste - Thin. Grassy hop. Excellent hop/malt balance.

Mouthfeel - Smooth. Bitey. Sparkling. Light bodied.

Overall Drinkability- Delicate, balaced, flavorful, light bodied. Excellent.

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Photo of andrew8626
3.79/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MFauver35
4/5  rDev 0%

Photo of Qdaddy76
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

Photo of shigg85
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of spoony
3.52/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Draft Station in Santa Fe, NM. Reviewed from notes dated June 21, 2015.

A-The beer looks the part with a short white head that leaves some good lacing on the glass as I drink. It is orange in color and nearly clear (just a chill haze). Some chunky carbonation supports the head for a while.

S-The aroma is pretty mundane. Some toasty malts, a vague bitterness and a little bit of orange and dried grass are all I can sniff.

T-The taste is a little more exciting with some caramel malt, toast, spruce and pine bitterness, light grapefruit, and orange zest happening. The beer is semi-sweet for the style and ABV.

M-The body is medium in heft with a moderate amount of fine, smooth carbonation.

O-This beer left me a bit underwhelmed. Perhaps the keg was old or the lines dirty or something, but I just couldn't sniff or taste much in the way of hops here. For a beer calling itself an IPA, I dunno...there are better options.

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Photo of acslatersbtb
3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

Photo of Belittle
4/5  rDev 0%

Photo of BcOneSeven
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

Photo of JsBeers
3.99/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of GoBeerGo
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of toronadotornado
3.94/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Draft Station - Santa Fe, NM - draft, flight of NM beers

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Photo of Determined_021
3.99/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of HardTarget
3.8/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Aroma: Pine and citric hop aromas dominate any malt presence. They smell fresh and juicy.

Appearance: Golden with a bone white head that laced gracefully.

Flavor: A bit of a hop assault with a good bite. Starts a touch sweet and then the acids really bum rushed me at the swallow then fade quickly.

Mouthfeel: Medium heavy body with a creamy texture and lasting finish.

Overall Impression: Good flavor, but it’s just a touch light on the hops for an IPA. That said, the flavor is really nice and the lower hops and moderate alcohol (for style) lend a very session-able quality.

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Photo of Beertracker
5/5  rDev +25%

Photo of sholland119
4.06/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewpub, 6/1/13.

A-Pour is a crystal clear golden amber with about an inch of foamy white head and some nice lacing.

S-Very nice aroma. Heavy on the citrus, mostly grapefruit with a bit of pineapple.

T-Quite a tasty beverage. Well balanced with a respectable malt base but still West Coast in style. A nice smooth lingering bitterness throughout, again heavy on the grapefruit.

M-Nicely carbonated, very pleasant.

O-First full beer of our vacation and started us off right. A very high quality IPA I would drink anytime.


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Photo of BretSikkink
3.9/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Coppery golden color with a nice looking head. Good retention, and some sticky rings that indicate careful brewing. Nose is strong with hops, foregoing citrics for an earthy, pine and floral combination. Quite New Mexican, really...

Hoping for more hops, I anticipated pretty much what I got. Nothing soapy or watery, but light of flavor and medium in body. Carbonation is pleasant and unobtrusive. Caramel malt is a hair more assertive than on the nose, lending a very balanced feel to Jack Rabbit.

Pushing no boundaries, this is still a well-crafted and drinkable IPA. Recommended.

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Photo of kdoc8
3.92/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at Chama River, Albuquerque. It's a 6.2%, but very similar to their golden in flavor. It had a good hops and flowery/fruity mix to the smell and taste, with a strong aftertaste of yeast. It reminded me of a pilsner. I poured deep golden-red with some head. I found it very light and refreshing and the higher alcohol content was well concealed.

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Photo of walshclimb
4.29/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served slightly cloudy, golden with 1/4" white head that leaves a spidery lace. Very nice hoppy smell with cedar, floral and a hint of citrus. Initial flavor is warm hops with bitter to floral overtones that gradually taper to medium lived herbal to grassy aftertaste. Very nice transition with a decent malt base throughout. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied and dry. This is a good IPA example. It is very tasty and drinkable. Try one! This has one of the smoothest transitions from initial flavor to aftertaste that I have ever experienced.

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Photo of ruleof72
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- medium golden color with nice head
S- citrus and grassy with distinct hops and toastiness
T- distinct hoppiness with a mildly sweet toasted malt
M- Medium bodied with good carbonation
D- Could drink this in multiples

I was impressed by this beer. It had the IPA hop flavor but not too strong. Good toasted/sweet flavor. Looked good in the glass and felt good in the mouth. Very good effort.

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Jackalope IPA from Chama River Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4 out of 5 with 30 ratings