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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Photo of whynot44
3.58/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bright clear coppery amber color with a foamy off-white head that retains fairly well and produces some nice lacing on the way down.

The aroma is suprisingly malty, hints of biscuits and caramel with honey and citrus hops.

The taste is also a bit malty for an IPA, with toffee, caramel and honey notes before the piney, citrus hops kick in. Slightly sweet up front but dry at the finish with lingering but not overpowering pine resin aftertaste. Altogether nicely balanced with enough hops for the hop lovers but not over the top.

Medium bodied, smooth and easy to drink. Worth a try.

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

Just got done watching The Princess and the Frog with my daughter... time for a N'Orleans brew.

Served from a 12 oz. shorty bottle at between fridge and cellar temperature in my SABL glass.

A - Bright, glowing orange amber with chartreuse glints during the pour. Medium bodied off-white head with fair retention and great sticky, ringy lacing.

S - Vibrant hoppiness. Sweet, floral and citrusy but with no hint of acidity. Honeylike maltiness, but subdued.

T - Supre light honeyed malt sweetness along with a bland water-cracker bread character, followed by a powdery, pungent American hop showcase. Quick move through the middle straight to the semi-dry swallow. Pleasant aftertaste of hops and honey. Bitterness lingers, but isn't overdone.

M - Slight viscosity and a nice, sharp tingle without an overly carbonated body. Mouth filling and sudsy. Satisfying swallow.

D - This is definitely one of the tamer APAs I've had, but that comes as a good thing in a style that's too easy to overdo with a heavy hand in the hops. Excellent for general consumption when you don't want to abuse your palette but are still looking for nice, crisp bittering and the ability to enjoy more than one. One of the better offerings in the Abita stable.

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Photo of hawks10
3.28/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a tulip...

Pours a nice bright copper, pretty clear with three fingers of fluffy beige head which sticks around for a while and leaves some lacing...

Aromas of sweet malt, caramel and toffee. A slight earthy hopping, but the nose mostly leans to the malt...

Slightly bitter with a more modest malt presence than expected. Sweet caramel and bready crystal malts...not much hop presence, pretty lopsided for an IPA...

Medium bodied and highly carbed...

Not really digging this one, no fresh hoppy aroma or flavor, very mediocre...

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Photo of beersheppard
2.72/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Appearance: copper, white head, finger and a half after a hard pour, some good lacing, not very carbonated.

Smell: malts, lacking in hoppy freshness.

Taste: all malt and very little hops, it has that all-malt-unripe-mango taste characteristic of a heavy malt IPA. Hop in the finish, a little citrus and pineapple.

Mouthfeel: substantial, good on the tongue.

Drinkability: I think they missed the mark here. The flavor is good, but it is not well representative of the style. More hops, please.

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Photo of MrHassellYaHurd
3.39/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours into a pint glass a deep crystal-clear and slightly red-tinged orange. Thick off-white foam settles only after a few minutes. Tons of visual carbonation.

The smell is slightly piney, mostly citrusy hops though they aren't so in your face as other AIPAs tend to be. Malty sweetness.

Tastes of some darker crystal malts. The roastiness really comes through, as well as a little residual sweetness and a fantastic biscuity taste. Mild hop bitterness isn't quite what I would like (maybe its the lack of aroma, or perhaps the particular variety of hop), but it does balance fairly well with the grain.

Maybe a little thin on the mouthfeel for a AIPA, but it's not far off. Medium-bodied, with a slick and viscous mouthfeel- the carbonation is right on the money here.

Drinkability is about average IMO.

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Photo of Ryan011235
2.59/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a snifter on 3/24/10

Best by 7/18/10

Jockamo is amber-hued with good sharpness & clarity. It poured nearly two fingers of bubbly foam. The head gets pretty thin after a few minutes. Retention is thin, but lacing is impressive throughout.

When I first popped the cap I was greeted with a pleasant aroma of dense citrus hoppiness. Now that the beer is in the glass, the prominence of the hops seems stifled in lieu of a fairly dominant malt bill. Sure there are floral wisps & a stray hint of citrus, but they aren't the focal point. The malt bill is apparent by way of notes of caramel, biscuit & baked bread, the latter of which smells a bit too yeasty most of the time.

Thankfully the hops taste more noticeable than they smell. Just a little, anyway. Something of a piney, pointed bitterness hits upfront ultimately working its way to the end. Such a feat would be impressive save for the brevity of flavor - there's a quick burst of flavor, after which it basically vanishes despite beer remaining in the mouth. Very weird. Also present in droves are notes of toasted bread (which at times seems almost burnt) & notions of caramel.

Medium bodied but still rather watery & thin. Carbonation is pretty low which results in a disappointing mouthfeel. Some dry bitterness lingers on the finish but doesn't do much to redeem the apparent problems.

Quite honestly, Jockamo seems less like an IPA & more like a DIPA that is sorely lacking hops & resiny grit. Either the malts need to be reeled in or the hops need to be cranked up & a few other tweaks done to make this a solid drinking beer. While it isn't loathsome, it's basically forgettable.

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Photo of veachster
3.68/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - It poors a nice golden/copperish color with a nice thick frothy white head. Head retention is very good with good signs of carbonation. Head retention is good.

S - Hops hits my nose with maybe some pineapple. It smells very good.

T - I was expecting it to be a bit more hoppy. The hops is there, but it seems maybe a bit light for an IPA. The hops and bitterness is there, but not as expected.

M - Sits medium soft bodied on the tongue and goes down quite smooth. The hoppyness arrives in the aftertaste.

D - I would consider this a social IPA. I would feel fine handing a buddy a few of these to drink while playing cards or sitting at a fire. I like it.

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Photo of bamadog
2.74/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had a bottle of this at the Knotty Pine on the Bayou in Wilder, KY. Poured from the bottle to a pint glass and the review is from notes taken on 3/30/2010.

Appearance: Pours a standard copper color and starts with a modest 1/2 finger slightly off-white head that fades rather quickly to a thin and uneven skim; body is clear and shows minimal carbonation; loose spotty washes of lacing, but it's minimal as well.

Smell: Pretty weak in the nose; more malty than antyhing else with a bit of a tall, wet grainy following; no hops in the nose at all.

Taste: Again, more malts than anything else and that tall wet graininess; hops are minimal and provide a very base level of citric bitterness.

Mouthfeel: More lively than I thought it would be and the carbonation is what I would like and expect; body is crisp and not heavy at all and finishes very clean and moist.

Drinkability: I wouldn't seek it out, but with hot/spicy food on a warm day, it will definitely do the trick and it's still going to best any BMC products out there.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.34/5  rDev +29.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Not as hazy as most IPA's I have sampled. Creamy foam hugs the tulip glass but with very little head
S - Smells like a traditional IPA full of citrus and earthy hops
T - Really falls short in one would expect in an IPA. Hops replaced by malts. Not disgusting but not a good IPA
M - Not dry but enjoyable. Creamy.
D - Well this one is weird. I want to hate it but in a way I kind of hate IPA's all together, but this one just didn't have the bite one would expect. Would look to other IPA's to get hoppy beer face.

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Photo of hunthearin
3.65/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

P: 12oz Brown Bottle, Label is Orange with a Mardi Gras Tribe Chief on the front. "Jockamo IPA" is a play on "Fockamo Fee Nané," a popular expression among Louisiana locals
A - Dark red color, very little head
S - Pretty citrusy from the start
T - Mild IPA flavor, very yeasty and bitter
M - Full
D - I could kick back a few of these in a sitting

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Photo of mklinger
1.94/5  rDev -41.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Picked this up in the Quarter in NOLA on a recent visit.

It looks OK for an IPA, but for me that's where the IPA character ended.

No real traditional hop aroma. Bit of fruitiness but more like yeast fruitiness than hop fruit character. Very disappointing. Taste was equally or more poor. Not much bitterness at all. Nothing like what you'd expect for an IPA. Bit of malt character with some breadiness, not much crystal sweetness. But probably the worst IPA I've had in years.

I found this beer to be overcarbonated like all the Abita beers I've had. Mouthfeel was also a bit thin like other Abita beers I've had. Overall, a disappointing beer.

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Photo of NStLincoln
2.04/5  rDev -38.9%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

The nose on the Abita IPA displayed alot more fruit character than I expect from your typical IPA. It wasn't off-putting, but not the norm. The taste wasn't anything to write home about, but I guess I'm reviewing it. I didn't mind it at first, but the finish was more sour, almost like a hefeweizen. All in all, I generally love pales and IPAs especially, Abita's was one that I didn't care for at all. It was off, from beginning (lemony smell) to end (super odd sour finish). Sorry Emeril, this IPA pretty much sucked.

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Photo of kingcrowing
3.49/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a chalice.

Pours a very nice mahogany red sadly with no head at all. Nose is real sweet and malty with a nice subtle hop bite.

Damn is this thing bitter! A real palate killer, very sharp and dry the hop bit lingers for a while. The malt is there but this is more of a west coast ipa so don't plan on drinking more than one or two!

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Photo of CaptainIPA
4.12/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

P: Presented in a 12 oz., brown stubby bottle with label depicting a "Mardi Gras Indian" in full-beaded-and-feather regalia.

A: Pours a medium-hued copper color with a thick and frothy head that quickly dissipates. Leaves moderate lacing behind on glass.

S: Plenty of citrus hops with prominent pineapple and grapefruit aromas. Hints of mint and brown sugar. Mmmm...

T: Yum! Bold, bitter and hoppy throughout. Well balanced taste profile with a malt smack that attacks mid-beer. Finishes with a bitter, tongue-numbing twang.

M: Creamy smooth goodness.

D: A flavorfully accessible IPA that "stomps and shouts." Drink up.

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Photo of JordanEllwanger
3.41/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a transparent dark amber hue. A full sticky off white caramel toned head leaves its laces pattering around the glass. Smell is initially hops with a staple malt undertone. It is a very malty ipa. Not bad for being past its expiration date. I'll have to try this again when it is fresher.

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Photo of wolfinthemirror
3.59/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beautiful appearance, no cloudiness whatsoever, just a clear honey color. perfect carbonation for this style of beer, and nice lacing.

Smell is pretty underwhelming. Some bready notes and hops is what i'm getting, but it's really not strong in the nose.

Taste is pretty good, lost a bit of flavor towards the end, but overall I was pretty impressed. nothing too complex, just a very dignified and refeshing IPA.

I could definitely keep drinking these if they were in front of me, and i'd probably add it to another mixed six pack.

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Photo of sitarist
3.75/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear orange color with two fingers of off white head, the head falls to a coating and ring, there is quite a bit of lacing.

The aroma is orange, lemon, herbal, hints of candy(lemonheads), nice balance between sweet and sour.

Has flavors of orange and lemon peel, grassy, with hints of biscuits. Kind of lacking for the style.

The mouthfeel is kind of thin with a dry finish. Quite a bit of carbonation at first.

Very refreshing. I could pound several.

Not bad at all, but its more of an Amber Ale than an IPA.

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Photo of OlRasputin989
3.43/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into nonic pint...

A: pours a clear, red-orange with a big off-white 2 finger head that leaves a small layer of foam. forms arches of lacing here and there.

S: biscuity lemon and orange peel, with alot of sweet and sugary malt aroma. the two actually blend together fairly well. Its not purely hopped up as most AIPAs, and could be seen as an amber ale, but style aside, it is unique and enjoyable.

T: upfront, sweet caramel and lemon with a biscuity background. Then the hops come through, grassy and peppery, with orange peel. Finishes with a metallic taste, citrus and biscuity, with the same sweet caramel.

M: medium body that is grainy and resinous upon entry. finishes dry

Overall, this beer isn't too shabby. I remember it being much better on tap.

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Photo of MisterTiat
2.76/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Copper with a tan/white head, good retention and lace.

S: This does not smell like an IPA. There is a very subdued pine and citrus hop aroma smothered by malt caramel smell.

T: Caramel taste with restrained earthy hop flavor. This does not taste like an IPA, I gave some to my buddy and he said "They call this an IPA?" I would maybe call this a hoppy amber or an EPA or ESB.

M: Fine carbonation, pleasantly rolls around the mouth.

D: Drinkability is fine, nothing special, you could certainly stick to this all night.

I would not call this an IPA, at least certainly not what IPA has become to Americans. Perhaps this could be considered what English people called IPA back in the day when it was invented, but this does not stack up to what IPAs have become. Not that this beer is good in its own right, but if you are looking for an IPA, dont reach for this one. Like I said, more of an ESB/Amber.

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

Jockamo IPA pours a very coppery orange with a tiny cap.

smells indistinct; slight sweetness, very little hops.

malts are toasty, bready, doughy. hop flavors have pine and floral notes but are lost beneath the strong caramel malts. very slight citrus notes stick out as well.

mouthfeel okay i guess, highly carbonated.

- while neither the malt or hops profile is particularly strong, there isn't nearly enough hops for this to be considered an 'IPA'. maybe a strong pale ale or an amber/red, but this is no fun as an IPA.

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Photo of zadams1
4/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It was worth trying this Louisiana beer in the spirit of Mardi Gras but its hardly the best IPA you'll find. It pours a little darker than your average IPA and not surprisingly the malt character takes center stage but its heavier on citrus notes than the cracker (both of which are there). With a lighter taste and mouthfeel this is a good drinker and might work as a good IPA for those who like a more widely accessible hop taste.

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Photo of Mistofminn
3.3/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Best buy date "07/10/10"

Pours an orange copper color, darker for an IPA. Two fingers of white head are produced on the pour with ok retention but lacking in lacing.

I assumed this was a somewhat fresh bottle, but I'm not getting much hop characters here. Light hop characters with low bitterness, and a ton of sweet malts is about all I get.

Just like the nose, I get light hops, and stronger malts. Not really what I was expecting from a semi-fresh bottle. Maybe their best by dates are a year after bottling?

Light to medium body, with a low bitterness and high carbonation. Drinkability is ok, but I just didn't enjoy it very much.

Overall, not an IPA I would seek out again. It was fun to try, but I wouldn't recommend this.

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Photo of KrisPaulk77
3.68/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Jockamo was poured into a Lazy Magnolia pint glass, and was a deep orange color with a slight haze to it, and a big old foamy off-white head. Minimal lacing noticed.
The aroma seemed muted for an American IPA. A citrus and pine aroma was there, but it actually played second to the caramels of the malts. Sweetness and light fruity esters noted.
The taste was crisp and clean, with a good, but not overwhelming bitterness to help balance the sweetness of the malts. Notes of citrus, pine, sweet caramels, bitterness, and a faint yeasty tone.
The feel of the beer was good, with a moderate carbonation level.
Jockamo is a good entry level IPA, or a step up to an increased bitterness in beers for someone not used to hops. I quite enjoy a pint of Jockamo every now and then and will continue drinking it.

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

12 oz bottle with no obvious date. Pours a hazy amber/orange color with a medium off-white head. Nice lacing.
Smells like a brewery "wort" smell. Hints of citrus and leather.
Cracker like malt finishes with grapefruit pith & herb hoppy finish.
Medium body with slightly creamy texture. Moderate carbonation.
I rather enjoy that "wort" smell. Very different than most IPA's. The cracker flavors remind me of an English Pale Ale. There are a lot of good IPA's that have grapefruit flavor but I normally I like the peel/juice flavors more than the "pith".
NOTES: BBCSD-0912-GeoffV

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

Poured an orange-copper color with a decent cream colored head following a medium pour. Very few bubbles from carbonation in this beer leading one to believe that it may have a low carbonation level which is fine by me. Some decent head retention here.

Smell is somewhat earthy. Nice mix of hops and malts.

Taste is more of the same. Very much on the earthy side of Ipa's. In the same vein as Titan Ipa or Balast Point Big Eye. However, the taste is little more tame and the carbonation is indeed lower.

Mouthfeel is medium with a nice hop bitterness.

This would be a good session beer due to the low carbonation.

Morey's Bottom Line: A good Ipa for sure. I had it on tap recently and it tasted a little more fresh on tap, but this bottle is still pretty tasty. The best beer I've tried from Abita to date.

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Jockamo IPA from Abita Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.34 out of 5 with 1,677 ratings