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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Ratings: 1,672 |  Reviews: 558
Photo of Cheesemoose
3.55/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked a mix pack in NOLA a few weeks ago. Decided it was time to review this beer.

Poured into my standard snifter, expecting it to some justice to the style and be a bit more floral. Should have stuck with a pint glass.

Appearance is rather mediocre. No real head to speak of. Little lacing with a reddish-orange body that reminds of drunken mornings when I did not drink any water the night before. Blood orange?

Biscuit malts, sweetened orange peel. Hops are muted. I expected something more, but left disappointed. I had this a few years back and the hop presence was more, but this one has no spunk to it whatsoever.

Taste is leaving more as well. Refreshing, though not to the style. Hops are replaced by a sweetened, bready nature that is quite discerning. Enjoyable, but again, I want an IPA. Hops are more present, but add more balance to the malt than accentuate it.

Frankly, if you have to, do it for the sake of trying it. It's a decent bargain for what it is. Not to impressed, but I could see myself ordering it in a bar if I wanted something simple.

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Photo of Durge
4/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A yellowish copper color with a decent white head that fades to a fuzzy cover and lots of webbed lacing. The aroma is a fairly thick, almost perfumey pine-caramel. Pretty decent. The flavor is a somewhat peaty and nutty pine hop with a malty backbone. There’s a leafy bite along with the sweet caramel malt. A nice combination with the pine making it all work out quite nicely. It’s medium-light bodied with peppery carbonation and a mild, spritzy feel. Plenty drinkable and tasty. Recommended for any hop/beer fan.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.03/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

In a pint glass the beer was an amber color with a quickly dissipating white head. It had a little bit of lace.
Mostly floral hops aroma, a little bit of citrus. Sweet malt background. Not a very striking aroma.
Taste was similar to the aroma. Piney, resinous hops with just a tiny bit of orange. Faint biscuit. Again, not very striking.
A very meek beer. It was OK, but there are a lot of better IPAs out there.

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Photo of spree92
2.83/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This one pans me to review. I has hoping for so much more in this beer.
Clear, dirty orange color with an inch head that dissolved rather fast. Weird, I am picking up cinnamon and , even weirder, toast. A malt forward taste that is flat and shows nothing with any depth.

Sadly, not a very good IPA. Fortunately for the review, I feel like I just got a bad bottle as a craft IPA shouldn't be so off base.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Abita Jockamo

Pours copper/orange with a chill haze and off white, soapy head. Little to no lacing. Aroma of floral hops, fairly inviting. In the flavor, a nice pine/rind/orangepeel flavor with all due resinous notes. Caramel malt backing. Mouthfeel is on the light side of medium bodied with adequate carbonation. Overall, surprisingly decent.

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Photo of GreenJetta912
3.82/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Has a Amber color with decent head and lacing. Nothing cloudy.

The nose is great. Smells like hops (obviously,its an IPA) but more specifically it smells like toffee, caramel, or butterscotch.

Very drinkable IPA. Not as many hops as I like to be tasting but I love how it reveals some of the other flavors here. If it were too hoppy you would not be able to taste the sweetness that starts it out. Caramel notes. Hints of bluberry (very very subtle). There's a great group of flavors here that blend together great but are hard to describe.

The finish is where the hops are most obvious. Good bitter finish.

This beer impressed me. It managed to differentiate itself from other IPAs. The taste is truly unique and I would recommend seeking out this beer.

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Photo of kevanb
3.58/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into an oversized, stemless wineglass.

A: Very interesting color. Very honey like, beautiful amber color. Quite dark for an IPA, but its a really nice color. It's not very cloudy either. Nice head, little retention, minimal lacing.

S: Malty and piney. Smells nutty as well, but quite malty. Not very typical aromas for an IPA, but not unwelcome.

T: Malty. It's quite odd for an IPA again, not unwelcome, but very different from most IPAs. It's not a nice pine-like flavor, very savory. I typically like my IPAs to be lighter and citrusy to link the bitter flavors, but this quite different.

M: Nice and bubbly at first, but smooth going down. Feels nice, really drinkable. A bit of a sour feeling after its down, but overall quite nice.

O: Solid IPA, quite different from most in this style. Feels more like a lager really. I have a 6 pack of this and will be happy to finish it this week.

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Photo of budgood1
3.12/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

pours out of the 12 oz. stubby bottle a clear true amber colour with a thin fine off white head. bits of lace. citrus based hop aroma with a nice compliment of brown sugar based maltiness. smells nice. taste is a balance between herbal piney hops, a bit different than the smell...a shot of bitterness across the tonge bodes well to balance out the malt, although it never really seems too out of line. it's well attentuated, maybe a bit too much...and that lets the hop profile seem a bit more burly than it really is in actuality. all around tame, balanced, and easy going. sturdy body really, with a mouthfeel affected by the seemingly course hopping. there is just enough character to keep this IPA drinkable, but not enough to think that overall this is just another average at best offering from Abita.

bought this on by date of 5-4-11, so the $5 six packs seem reasonable for the product consumed.

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Photo of AmericanGothic
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass. Best by ?/1/11. Technology fail.

A: Pours a copper honey color, bit dark for an IPA. Not cloudy, light carbonation. One finger head with decent retention, not much lace.

S: Muted citrus and floral hops. Not bad, but a little tame. Sweet malt behind that.

T: Some piney/grapefruit hops, followed by faint malt. Flavors are true, but pretty tame. As the beer warms, pine notes assert themselves a little more on the finish.

M: Light body, a little creaminess. No flaws, but nothing special. A bit soda-like.

O: Not bad, but not too far above average. Can't say for sure whether it's past its prime, but I don't think that's the problem-- hops/malt are not stale/skunky, just understated. Would probably try again if I can find a bottle with all digits present in the freshness date, just to be sure. But to keep things in perspective-- still better than anything you'd expect from BigMegaCorp.

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Photo of Arithmeticus
4.09/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured in tall glass, chilled

A: caramel colored; little head, very nice carb streams; little bit of lacing
S: very fragrant, hoppy, grassy, meadow-y; lingers quite a while
T: very prominent hops, perhaps a hint of anise in the hops; not very sweet, and the alcohol doesn't show up much
M: good foaming

Really a solid IPA, distinctive flavor

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Photo of maleman
3.92/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. No freshness dating noted. thin, less than one-finger head with little retention. minimal lacing. deep, dark amber color.

S - nice bread-y aroma with heavy pine resin notes.

T - pepper and pine resin initially, more hoppy toward the end. some phenols are detected below the surface.

M - a bit watery. a little less than what I'd consider medium-bodied. tasted in the middle roof of my mouth.

O - one of the better offerings from Abita Brewery, IMO. I've had it on tap and like most beers I liked it better. Will continue to purchase this beer to have with friends.

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Photo of scottfrie
2.83/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into Duvel tulip. Thanks to my buddy mjyoung for bringing this back from New Orleans for me. Best by date August 2011.

A: Pours a clear reddish-amber with about a finger of off-white head that slowly faded into thick rings of lace.
S: Sweet notes of tangerine and orange hops with undertones of bitter hop resin and caramel malt.
T: Malty and sweet with lightly roasted notes of caramel and burnt grains. Bitterness is there but in a balancing way. Flavors are average and straightforward.
M: Medium body with a slick mouthfeel with a little heft to it. Carbonation is normal and even.
O: An average fairly drinkable IPA. There are much better out there but I’d drink this again. Thanks again Matt.

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Photo of Knapp85
2.8/5  rDev -16.2%
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 AdamBear
2.48/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

A-transparent amber with a lot of frothy light tan head

S-stale grassy hops...a bit buttery as well, medium strength

T-comes in with burnt buttery grains. this tastes like an IPA way past its "best by" date, but it says on the bottle this is good til June 2011. there's no bitterness and there's a substantial lack of hops. this IPA is an embarrassment to the style. the after-taste is grassy.

M-medium carbonation with a creamy finish...the only decent quality here

D-the site rules won't allow me to share my true feelings as they would include excessive profanity. this is a sucky attempt at an IPA. it lacks any good qualities for any style, except possibly an APA.

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Photo of b3shine
3.1/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle. A strange IPA. Goes down like it's filtered. Not sure if I got an old one or what, but it's not as good as I remembered. That being said, I've drank many an IPA since I was first exposed to Jockamo. Tastes like the alcohol content is higher than it is. And in a bad way, not a smooth-sipping way. If you want an Abita, stick to Purple Haze or Turbodog (if you like it).

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Photo of patreely12
3.83/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

reviewed from notes.

A - great looking beer. clear amber with a fiery orange tint. about an inch or so of fluffy, off-white head which maintains itself for most of the drink. nice lacing.

S - bready malts and earthy floral hops. nice combination of sweetness and bitterness. there's also some citrus and a slight buttery caramel aroma.

T/M - starts off almost watery in taste. the flavor takes a second to kick in. even balance of bready malts and mild floral hops. really nice sweetness notes including some citrus, caramel and some other fruity esters. there is also a hint of something woody, which i thought was unique to the style. very refreshing. finishes slightly bitter. light bodied and high in carbonation.

Overall I really enjoyed this. Jockamo is a great, quality IPA with good flavor and drinkability.

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Photo of Hoptometrist
2.92/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served from the bottle into a nonic glass.

A- Clear dark amber color with half a finger bright white head that dissipated almost instantly.

S- Mostly citrus

T- Yeasty, some spicy notes, and caramel sweetness. Very sweet for an IPA and almost no hop bitterness.

M- Thicker mouthfeel than expected for the style

O- As someone who loves American IPAs this one disappointed. This beer just does not fit the style and is just too sweet. I do not think I would get this again, but still a drinkable beer. There is nothing off putting about it other than the over sweetness, but also nothing special about it.

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Photo of Kelly88
3.59/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle that has a best by date of 5-10-11 into my cincy Beerfest pint glass. Fairly fresh I would assume.

A- beautiful beer. Dark orange to amber that is crystal clear. Very large eggshell head that is sticking around and leaving chunky lace on my glass. A little dark for an ipa but still a great looking beer.

S- has a toasted bread type smell. Some earthly floral hops are in the background of this bread fest. Smells like an amber to me.

T- nice interplay of earthy hops with toasted malt. Weird taste for an ipa. Just a Tad bitter on the finish but the malts are more pronounced

M- light and easy. A bit lacking in carbonation which is surprising.

D- I'm sure I could have multiple bottles of this. However the taste leaves alot to be desired. A good beer that I believe is mislabled.

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Photo of Wisconsinality
2.68/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into SA perfect pint.

A- Pours a decent copper with complete transparency along with some tiny bubbles coming from the bottom of the glass.

S- There really isn't much going on here besides the usual, the sweet malt and some hops in the background, this isn't a west coast IPA for everyone wondering.

T- The malt is pretty apparent off the get go and the hops kind of round it out. The hops are more bitter and citrus like than anything else. I wish there was a little more going on.

M- Medium bodied with decent carbonation. Mouthfeel can get a bit dragging with the more sips you take.

D- I would have to say this is a little below average for the style. The malts don't jump out at you nor do the hops. It is well balanced in the sense nothing really jumps out at you.

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Photo of Thanby
3.68/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear amber with a small layer of soapy off-white head. Not a lot of visible carbonation.

Nose is a blend of pale and amber malt topped by pine-y and citrusy hops. Some grapefruit notes and maybe a bit of fig as well. Simple and clean.

First taste is a fairly even vessel of the aforementioned hops and malt blend. The flavor spreads out at the end, leaving some grapefruit and coriander to linger into a fairly clean finish.

Light-medium body with an all-round balance, it's a fairly decent example of the style. Hoppy enough without being overboard for a more basic IPA. Easy to drink, and worth a try. It could possibly hook you.

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Photo of Franz4
3.11/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle best by 5/23/11

A- pours a clear copper with a nice off white head that reached 2 fingers before sliding down to a nice 1 finger foamy cap.

S- Herbal and citrus hops, citrus is lemon rind, very hop forward but a slight maltiness underlying the nose.

T- taste follows the nose, herbal, citrus, with the addition of pine resin. Also noting the mysterious underlying malt here, but it's very subtle. Finishes with more of a grapefruit aftertaste.

M- light bodied, not really a thirst quencher, high on the residual carbonation.

D- Not really feeling this one at the moment, there's just not a whole lot to it. Maybe I just prefer my DIPAs too much and this just seems a touch watered down and lacking.

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Photo of TheSarge
3.31/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Not a huge Abita fan, but Turbodog surprised me. Maybe this brew will too.

Poured into a .5L grand pilsner glass, and it produces about a three finger thick light tan head, and has a copper colored body with a minimal amount of chill haze.

The aroma is citrusy, with hints of perfume and pine.

Not a hop bomb at all. The maltiness really comes upfront at first, with a mild toffee and caramel approach. Then it kind of goes numb with a watery taste in the middle, but then hops do come through in the end and redeems this brew a bit.

This is lightly carbonated, with a little creaminess. There is a mild warmth in the end.

For a mild ABV level, this brew is kind of weak in taste.

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Photo of yesyouam
4.02/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Abita Jockamo IPA is a crystal clear amber ale with a thin, off-white head that fades to a film and leaves excellent lacing. It has a nice, grassy hop aroma, with notes of juniper and allspice. It's medium bodied, super smooth and a little foamy. The finish is clean and dry. There's a tiny bit of sweetness and decent bitterness. It tastes like it smells: grass and juniper... and a hint of some kind of berry. Lemon zest is in the finish. This is actually pretty complex. It's quite engaging and could serve as a session ale.

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
2.9/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Taken from notes dated 6/25/2009:

Appearance: A solid amber with a rocky white head. The head lasts for some time, slowly giving way to a lumpy lacing on the top of the beer and side of the glass.

Smell: Tons of biscuit malt and citrus hops. As my notes say, "This smells like hop biscuits." Some caramel malts sweeten things up, but it's pretty mellow on the IPA scale. Nicely balanced on the nose.

Taste: Biscuits. Some caramel malt at the start of each sip is quickly washed away by some citrusy hop notes and loads of biscuit malts. Mega biscuit.

Mouthfeel: Touch high on the carbonation, but the body is nice. It's a little slick, which I like in my IPAs, but also carries a slightly gritty quality, not something I like.

Drinkability: Highly drinkable, but not in any way to replace your standard highly drinkable IPA. It might be nice to throw a couple of these in to mix things up, but I wouldn't want it to be my only beer of the night.

Overall: Worth a shot, but falls short in the IPA category. It would probably be a solid training-wheels IPA.

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Photo of Linzabren
3.62/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I really like the way this beer smells. It makes me think of orange juice and honeysuckle. I noticed it seems really carbonated at first then falls flat very quickly, which is kind of strange. There is a very bitter aftertaste which I don't particularly enjoy. It is a little sweet. I think it would be better with a lower alcohol content. Overall a very interesting beer but not my favorite.

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Jockamo IPA from Abita Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.34 out of 5 with 1,672 ratings