Jockamo IPA | Abita Brewing Co.

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Jockamo IPAJockamo IPA

Brewed by:
Abita Brewing Co.
Louisiana, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Jockamo I.P.A. is a traditional India Pale Ale made with the best pale and light crystal malts that give the beer a copper color and malty flavor. This full-flavored beer is hopped and dry hopped liberally with Willamette and Columbus hops from the Pacific Northwest and has a 6.5% A.B.V. The spicy aroma of the hops contrasts nicely with the pleasant sweetness of the malts. Jockamo has a flavor that entices and excites the palate.

52 IBU

Added by Beerbuddha on 10-30-2007

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Reviews: 558 | Ratings: 1,666
Photo of Sammy
3.55/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours peachy with foaming head that dissapears. A bit of hop aroma. Some fruity citrus hop taste at first, and then watered down. Not too sweet though malt is there. Drinkable stuff. Serviceable IPA.Recently found at Premiere Gourmet. Strong carbonation.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.53/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: single finger head on a crimson and amber clear body.

S: session beer sweet citrus hop aroma with a grassy note as well.

T: fairly malty with musty hops and grassy, earthy notes. The hop profile and strong malt presence make this one dull and not too sweet.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: a slightly above average IPA which is sort of the motto of this brewery. not very memorable but worth trying.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.2/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a slightly hazy dark orange with a foamy beige head that settles to a thin cap on top of the beer. Small patches of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus zest, and some herbal hop aromas. Taste is much the same with a slight onion flavor on the finish. There is a mild hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty average beer that has a somewhat unappealing hop flavor to me.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.56/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

ya know, we don't really need another overly sweet, super sticky full bodied ipa out there do we? I mean, this one is all fine and good, but compared to the field, it barely beats average. the pour is redder, copper maybe, dirty old penny color, but clear, with quite an active white head. off to a good start. the nose is residual sugar and generic high alpha hops, sweeter than it should be with some caramel leftovers. the flavor is the same, more sugary than it should be for the style, and the hops just aren't standout to me in any way. there a lot of oil, and a lot of body to this. itd be better as a bread base or as a pork shoulder marinade than as a drinker, for me at least. long lasting finish with equal parts hop oil and damp grains. nice feel though, good bubbles and thickness, I like the body in this one, but it is a little heavy going. overall too much sugar left in it, but its not a bad beer. maybe a better fit in the American pale category, but it wont be a chore to finish off the other four bottles of this in my fridge. B level.

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Photo of Knapp85
2.8/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This IPA isn't too bad but it's not the greatest either. The pour was a nice golden copper tone colored body, with a tan head. The aroma gives off some of the hop aroma that this beer has along with some of the malts in the background. The malts come first in the flavor of this beer and then the aftertaste gives you a little taste of the hops. I think the hops could be a little more pronounced in this brew just because it is an IPA. I wouldn't go too far to seek this one out again.

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Photo of metter98
3.48/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is clear amber in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a two finger high beige head that has good retention properties and consistently left a thin head covering the surface and a thick coating of bubbles down the sides of the glass.
S: There are aromas of grapefruit and tangerine from the hops in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the taste has citrusy flavors along notes of spiciness and a light to moderate amount of bitterness.
M: It feels a little shy of medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation along with a bit of crispness.
O: This beer is easy to drink and has some nice citrus aromas and flavors but probably won’t please hopheads because it lacks much in the way of bitterness and crispness from the hops.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.6/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Typical of most Abita beers; very clean and well brewed, enough flavor and character to find intriguing, but lacks depth and richness, falling a little on the lackluster side. Aromas are a delicate balance of barley malt (amber) and citrus / pine hops. Light fermentation aromas give an extra little variety, but overall pretty simple. The look is a sparkling golden / amber color with solid head formation and retention. Light lacing on the glass. Tastes balanced, but under-hopped for an IPA. Even at that, the timid malt additions slide into the grainy side of things. Bitterness is light, but still stands above the conservative malt base. A firm hop resin flavor extends well into the finish. Fairly thin and dry; but makes the beer very easy to drink. Certainly unoffensive, but I could become easily bored with this beer. But I will tip my hat to Abita, they've made another very clean and refreshing beer.

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Photo of brentk56
3.68/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a hazy amber color with a rocky head that retains fairly well and leaves a few splashes of lace

Smell: Understated aromatics, with hints of caramel, juicy fruit gum and a touch of bitterness, slightly floral

Taste: Opens with a biscuity flavor that moves in a citrusy bitter direction by mid-palate; after the swallow, the flavors tend to fade but the juicy fruit gum element emerges

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Not a spectacular IPA by any stretch, but this is very drinkable; a nice beer to introduce a newbie to the world of bitter beer

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Photo of LXIXME
3.58/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very clear golden amber color with a decent sized off white to light brown head.

The head fades away into a decent lacing giving off the aroma of some hops mixed with a light roasted caramel smell.

Light roasted caramel is evenly blended with the hops to give a nice well blended taste. IPA's have become more hops dominant with blends of many types/kinds of hops used to produce a beer, this IPA seems to use more malt with the hops to produce the Jockamo. This beer seems to be more of what pale ales or amber mixes are like now.

There are light amber notes in the dry hops aftertaste which I kinda liked. If your a hop head this beer is a little or maybe even a ton on the weak side but it's a decent beer within itself when/if you compare it to the flood of beers and styles out there on the market.

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Photo of zeff80
3.42/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Review from notes. Purchased at Nespor's in Manhattan, KS...hopefully a site that will soon be on BeerFly.

A - Poured out a cloudy, orange/red color with a soapy, white, one-finger head that left trails of lace.

S - It smelled of hops and grasses.

T - It starts with a good dose of hoppy bitterness and then some smooth, creamy maltiness.

M - It was crisp and smooth. A medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a pretty good IPA. It might be the best Abita product that I've tried.

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Photo of oline73
3.18/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had this in the clubhouse during a golf trip. Poured from the bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours an amber color with a layer of off white head that fades to a ring around the glass.

Smell: Sweet and malty up front. Just a bit fruity with some slightly herbal hops. There is some dark fruit in the malty note.

Taste: As there was in the smell, I'm getting a lot more malt than I expected. There are some dark fruit and brown sugar notes. I'm getting some citrus peel hops behind the malt, but the malt wins which is weird for an IPA. The finish is slightly bitter.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with not quite enough carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: This IPA is way too malt forward. It needs some more bitterness or less sweetness to balance things out. I don't need any more.

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Photo of oberon
3.83/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good to see Abita finally come around and brew a bottled IPA,poured into a standard pint glass a clear copper with one finger white head that had decent lasting power,big cascade citric/pine hop aroma hits at the onset with a lightly sweet caramel malt base as well.The flavors have kind of an English/American feel,Englixh biscuity malt intertwined with American hop pine resin hop,the malt has a sweet edge to it and holds true through to the finsish,the hops hit hard up front and kinda linger to the finish.A pretty good IPA and like I said its nice to see Abita take this route.

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Photo of chinchill
3.68/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle served in standard pint glass

S - floral & citrusy (orange) hops

T - sweet balance for an IPA, with easily noticeable but mild hop bitterness on finish. Some caramel malt detectable. Surprised to see IBU=52; seems lower.

A - nearly clear reddish amber with nice off-white head.

M - neither thin nor full, with good carbonation.

Very drinkable IPA; drinks and tastes like a pale ale as much as an IPA.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.63/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a clear gold amber with a finger width of off-white (almost tan) colored head that retains into a pleasant looking creamy layer of retention that leaves sticky lacing behind. The aroma is light notes of floral hops and citrus with the scent of sweet malt behind it.

The taste is mix of slightly piney hop bitterness and citrus flavors that are balanced out by a smooth caramel smoothness. Finishes with a light bitterness that lingers on the palette. The mouthfeel has a light medium body with a slick feel going down.

Decent IPA from Abita. A little more substance in the aroma and taste would have gone a long way but this is still one pretty tasty, easy drinking affair.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.57/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Acquired via trade from deepsouth, so a big Thank You goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light orange/gold color, with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is fruity and hoppy along with some caramelized malt.

T: The taste is fruity and sweet with flavors of grapefruit, tangerine and caramel. There's a complimentary hops presence that's not as bitter as most and seems a little weak for the style. The malt character is on the thin side as well. The after-taste is sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easy, not filling at all, decent kick, decent representation of style. It's certainly a poundable beer, but that's mostly from what seems like a lack of substance. Overall, it's worth drinking but wouldn't be my first choice.

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Photo of mactrail
3.18/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Quite handsome orangey amber color with lots of suds in the Orval chalice. Head retention is average. Plenty of prickly carbonation in the mouth. This would be a refreshing jolt if you were really thirsty.

There is just a puff of hop aromatics at first. Some crackery malt with a touch of sweetness. Some resiny notes and rather tangy overall. There is an odd flavor that reminds me of the aftertaste of fish. A mineral touch and slight bitter aftertaste.

As a Pale Ale this is quite drinkable and smooth, but I wouldn't look to this for much hop flavor. Abita is one of the breweries I totally ignore, but someone brought this over so I had to try it. From the 12 oz bottle.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.23/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

First had: on tap at Casey's, Newtown Square, PA

Served in a nondescript pint glass, this beer poured a clear golden brown color with a small creamy cap of white head that retained fairly well. Aroma of grains, pale malts, caramel, and some floral hop qualities. Taste followed the aroma pretty closely, with a good balance of caramel malts and floral hops, pretty smooth and not too bitter, with a little buttery flavor happening in the background...not sure if this was an off taste or not. Hints of fruit juice and citrus zest. Medium body, smooth, fairly drinkable, but nothing too special going on.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.57/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear amber body with a foamy, short-lived white head.

Smell: Light caramel maltiness with notes of citrus zests and resinous pine.

Taste: Mildly sweet caramel malts with a dry honey flavor. Citrusy hop flavors of grapefruit and orange peel. Spicy pine. Medium bitterness. Citric finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Decent enough for an IPA, though it is nice to see Abita doing some new stuff.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.48/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a mostly clear dark copper in color to amber with some light amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a two finger tall foamy beige head that reduces to a thick film covering the entire surface of the beer with a couple of small thick patches and a medium-thick ring at the edges of the glass. Very significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of citrus hops with notes of grapefruit, orange, and tangerine.

T: There are light to moderate flavors of caramel malt sweetness underneath some stronger flavors of citrus (orange/tangerine) and spicy hop flavors. Light to moderate amounts of bitterness in the finish that lingers.

M: Just shy of medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Just a hint of crispness but slightly thin.

O: In a style where there are some many great offerings, this beer just does not stand up - it is not a bad beer just pales in comparison to others. There are decent hop flavors but not the intensity or bitterness that I enjoy.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.41/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bronzed orange peel with a few slow bubble streams. I love the full creaminess with which the beer splashed into the glass and I love the full creaminess of the pastel orange crown. Plenty of thick lace is beginning to stick and should be around for the duration.

The aroma isn't pungent enough for an American IPA. It smells like an orange creamsicle and is faintly metallic. Things can only improve with warming. Actually, they could go the other direction too.

Although Jockamo IPA tastes better than it smells, it still isn't a tremendous version of the style. Plenty of bitterness suggests a fairly fresh bottle, but I'm not overjoyed with the flavor profile or the malt support.

The pale and light crystal malts need to be added with a slightly heavier hand. A fraction more sweetness and a bigger mouthfeel is exactly what this beer needs. The Willamette and Columbus (Tomahawk) hops unleash their alpha acids at a rate that should appeal to most hopheads. Too bad their flavor isn't better utilized.

The flavor profile was easy to predict once the ingredients were known. We have lots of white grapefruit pith (and bitter orange) on a toasted bready, steely caramel backbone. Jockamo also has a Burton-on-Trent, hard water vibe that isn't necessarily a negative.

The mouthfeel barely earns an above average score. Although it isn't as full as it should be, it isn't thin and watery either. It's also much more firm than it is creamy. Sometimes that whole 'sound of beer entering the glass' thing doesn't pan out.

Jockamo IPA is (no better than) decent beer from a (no better than) decent craft brewery. It's good that Louisiana hopheads are able to get their alpha acid fix, but there have to be better IPAs in the Crescent City. On the other hand, supporting the local craft brewery is almost always a good thing. Too bad Abita's best beer (20th Anniversary Pilsner) isn't a regular release.

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Photo of mdaschaf
3.07/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Review from notes

A: Pours a light orange color with a 1.5 finger, beige colored head on top. Decent retention and spotty lacing left behind.

S: On the fruity side with some orange, orange peel, and some pineapple. There is a slight piney aroma and some light caramel malt.

T: Again, fruity and sweet, a little too much for my liking. The flavors are rather strong initially, but the back end is rather bland, almost as if the entire flavor profile disappears. More orange, pineapple, and a bit of tangerine/nectarine.

M: Medium bodied with light to medium carbonation. Flavor practically disappears before the finish.

O:Starts off pretty good, but finished weak. Had some nice flavor up front and looked inviting. Would pass on it in the future.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Grabbed one of these the other day and sat down to drink it for lunch today. Poured a nice solid amber color with a good amount of haze to it. A nice two finger high pillow of white foam graced the top of it and settled down to a thin layer after a little while and left some decent side glass lace as well.

The aroma was very floral, with really nice notes of orange and tangerine coming forward with a nice grassy component as well. The flavor was solid resin filled IPA all the way with a nice welcoming barage of orange and grapefruit, that mellowed with some sugary malts as it passed through. Nice long dry finish left some great bitter notes as it passed back. Nice smooth feel and good carbonation capped off a very sessionable IPA.

Overall this was pretty damn good and a nice selection for ABita. I would have no issues with drinking this any day of the week. Very nice overall and definitly worth the price of admission.

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Photo of russpowell
3.63/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Purchased at Plaza liquors, Tucson, review based on notes

Pours an effervescent amber/caramel with 1 finger of cream colored head. Above average head retention & lacing

S: Some citrus hops

T: Sweet biscuitty malt, citrus hops & faint fruittyness, plus dryness up front. More citrus hops & caramel as this warms. Finishes with piney & citrussy hops, plus some malt sweetness

MF: Medium bodied with good balance, but over carbonated

This would do in a pinch, but just a so-so AIPA that drinks so-so. I would've never guessed 6.5% abv, was thinking about 5.0...

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Photo of Slatetank
4/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured cool into the Saison Dupont glass at 50degrees from a brown 12oz w/out freshness date.

A - A light amber with copper accents beneath about an inch of very light tan that caps the ale. The lace is moderately high w/ very good sticking qualities on the glass

S - Very citrusy, hoppy and mildly grapefruit but sort of one dimensional w/out much malt in the aroma.

M - A mildly bitter feel w/ plenty of sweetness and a skosh sharp in the finish w/ a grassy acidity w/ a slight fruit sweetness in the finish and light dry texture.

T - A mildly acidic citrus hop flavor w/ a sweetness that grows as it becomes warmer w/ more of a woody spiced hoppiness and crystal malt flavor. As the beer warms it is slightly grassy w/ a sharper bite. The beer has a more nutty malt w/ restrained fruit also and sweetness. The warming boozy flavor is subtle w/ malt accepting a more prominent role and giving the taste a sort of balance when warmer.

D - A very nice effort for Abita, a standout in their lineup for me. An easy drinking Ipa that is drinkable, thirst quenching but seems to lack any complexity. It has the basics - hoppy sweet ale flavors that makes an ale fan smile. This is mellow for those who prefer a less over the top Ipa.

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Photo of smcolw
3.34/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Impressive nearly white head which leaves spotty lace on the glass. The brew is light amber/dark gold in color and clear.

Mild aroma for an IPA--surprisingly there's nearly no hop smell.

The hop does show up in the flavor--great aftertaste. Decent malt base--creamy body.

This is an easily drinkable strong PA or light IPA.

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