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!

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Ratings: 30 |  Reviews: 14
Photo of ncfrey
3.45/5  rDev -13.3%
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 LXIXME
3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

Photo of acslatersbtb
3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

Photo of spoony
3.52/5  rDev -11.6%
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 andrew8626
3.79/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of HardTarget
3.8/5  rDev -4.5%
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 itÂ’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 BretSikkink
3.9/5  rDev -2%
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 -1.5%
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 taospowder
3.92/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of toronadotornado
3.94/5  rDev -1%
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 +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JsBeers
3.99/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MFauver35
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of omegaman
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of Thorpe429
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes. On tap at the brewpub in August 2009.

Pours a copper golden color with a nice white head and a pretty good amount of lacing. the nose is some light pine and grassy hops. A bit of floral character. The taste is mildly malty with a bit of caramel and then some good hopping in the background. Pretty good bitterness and some nice drinkability.

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Photo of buckyp
4/5  rDev +0.5%

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of GoBeerGo
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Reagan1984
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pint came with a scant finger of white head that settled quickly. The beer is a bright/clear light copper color with excellent clarity. No visible carbonation.

Aroma is fresh and light. Grapefruit, light biscuity malts. Fresh light citrus.

Flavor is rather balanced and also very fresh. Bright grapefruit, light bread. Slight green hop flavor.

Fairly light body. Effervescent carbonation brings flavor to life.

Very nice ipa.

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Photo of ruleof72
4/5  rDev +0.5%
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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Photo of sleazo
4.01/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A_medium copper with tons of concentric lace circles.

S_slight graininess. Floral and piney hops

T_good blend of mildly sweet caramel malt with a good dose of piney hops. Slight peppery kick at the end.

M_slightly above average. Mild carbonation is nice here as well.

D_very impressed with this one. Nicely balanced and a very good example of the style.

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Photo of sholland119
4.06/5  rDev +2%
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 ZenAgnostic
4.1/5  rDev +3%
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 GarthDanielson
4.12/5  rDev +3.5%
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 Qdaddy76
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

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Jackalope IPA from Chama River Brewing Company
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