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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: 1,663
Photo of feloniousmonk
3.68/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gorgeous hazed crimson coloring, big, creamy off-white head.

Generous hop aromatics, with a candy-ish sweetness to match the citric bitter smack. Grapefruit meets candy apple and Jolly Rancher.

Drinkin'...juicy. fruity. You could name a gum after it, I guess. Hops hang high, then drop off. Not too bitter, but fairly ordinary for an IPA. A trifle watery and light. I keep looking for a bigger hop smack, but it's not happening here.

Hop bitterness stay on the palate through a long finish, lay long in the mouth, but it ultimately fails to thrill. I could make my way through a 6-pack, but it just doesn't do it for me.

Talkin bout ... hey now, hey now...

Iko! Iko! an de'

Jackomo fe no an e' , Jackomo fe nan e'

actually, further into the glass, I'm liking it more...points go up.

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Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.52/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to RustyDiamond for this extra!

Pours a clear golden/amber color with a good head and a little lacing.

Smell is controlled by a citrus and pine hop aroma, stronger hop aroma than I anticipated from this IPA.

Taste initially seems watery, no hop kick at the beginning, instead it starts to develop in the aftertaste, decent bitter aftertaste but can't get over how dull the beginning is, if not for the decent aftertaste it would be much worse.

Taste is a big letdown over how strong it smells, not sure what's going on with this beer.

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Photo of argock
3.66/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into a short pilsner glass. No freshness date.

A: Great-looking orange-yellow hue with 1-2 fingers of sticky, rocky off-white head with ample lacing and retention.

S: A bit muted with citrusy hops and semisweet malty aromas, especially noticeable after some warming occurs.

T: I haven't loved many of Abita's offerings, but this beer tastes really good, although I think it really belongs in the APA category. A strong malt backbone with a touch of toastiness meshes smoothly with citrusy and mildly floral hops flavors.

M: Very smooth and nicely carbonated to prickliness without fizz. Aftertaste is malty more than hoppy.

D: An excellent session beer but really fits the APA style a bit better. The best Abita beer I've had.

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Photo of drpimento
3.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured with a nice foamy head and lots of lace. Good rich amber color. Good hoppy malty nose. Flavor is very tasty and not fruity. Very nice body. Drinkable beer. Decent carbonation. Kind of a strange flat finish though. Would have rated it better except for that.

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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 dsa7783
3.78/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First-ever beer from this brewery, located down in Louisiana...
Copped a single, 12 oz bottle from Super Saver in Somerville for less than two bucks...
Very impressive pour, yielding a light-copper, slightly auburn color with a gigantic foamy and frothy head that left a copious amount of lacing...
Nice, hoppy, fresh IPA smell, bursting with florals, and a tinge of vanilla...
Taste was laid-back and slightly subdued for an IPA with a 6.5% ABV... was kind of expecting more, but was somewhat surpised at the lack of complexity and mediocore flavors dominating this one...
Decent mouthfeel, but slightly watered down and non-descript...
Drinkability was easy though, due to the fact that no alcohol was detected in the taste...
Not the best depiction of the style I've encountered, but worth a shot...

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Photo of tmitch75
3/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Slightly hazy orange with puffy 2-finger head.

General hoppy smell but not much here.

Malt is lacking, taste is a little watery to start. Tastes pretty good after that, with a more grapefruity hop taste.

Mouthfeel is way too light, especially for the style.

It's a pretty drinkable beer despite the above comments. I just don't see myself seeking it out again.

Tasted on 3/31/08.

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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 BeerSox
3.03/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into nonic.

Crystal clear amber hue with one finger light tan head that settles to a thin cap. Spotty lacing along the glass.

Malts don't make much of an appearance in this one, as the hops take the show, which are peppery and sweet. Maybe a mild touch of light fruit in there as well.

Grainy malts with a sharp but not overpowering hop flavor. There is a little bit of a hard candy taste in there too. Medium bodied with good carbonation. The finish somewhat clean, with only the light candy taste lingering.

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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 iceball585
3.08/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Yellowish amber color, semi-clear, very thin white ring of head, lots of rising carbonation bubbles

S- Grains, citrus, pine, tea leaves, earthy hops

T- Flowery hops, grassy, grains, pine, some spices, citrus, hint of sweet malts

M- Medium body, medium carbonation, very bitter, fairly oily finish

D- Nothing too special

If you're a hop head then you'll probably like it. On the other hand, I really wasnt a big fan of this one. Tastes kind of line you're munching on a bunch of hop leaves.

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Photo of Lothore
3.53/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- Pours a clear readdish orange hue with a nice 1.5 finger head.

S- Smells hoppy, mostly grapefruit and citrusey notes.

T- Taste starts out bitter and citrusey and goes downhill from there. Pretty one dimensional. The middle and the end are fairly bland.

M- Fairly thin with lots of carbonation.

D- Decently drinkable. I could session this but after one I wasn't incredibly impressed. Not bad at all however nothing really stuck out to me.

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

Pours with a frothy, ample three-finger thick, pale tan colored head that leaves a fair amount of lacing on the sides of my tulip glass. The beer is a brilliantly clear, cranberry stained, amber color that shows a bright, reddish copper hue when held up to the light. The aroma is a mix of earthy, herbal notes and sweet citrus aromatics; I get notes of orange peel, tangelo, light lychee, slightly green herbal notes that are recently pulled from the moist earth, a touch of peppery aromatics, currants, . A supporting malt backdrop provides touches of dusty, crushed malt, biscuit notes and a touch of caramelized bread crust.

A herbal hop bitterness greets my mouth from the start and lingers on throughout the flavor profile. Perhaps a bit light bodied for an IPA, this helps to keep this beer nice and drinkable. A malt sweetness (lightly caramelized) provides a counterpoint to the hop character that leans towards grassy, almost hay like notes; perhaps a touch of pine; an earthy, almost savory herbal character; and some soft sweet citrus zest (bergamot) and berry notes. Despite not being over the top, this is fairly lightly malt influenced, it really just plays a supporting role here (which is as it should be in anything with IPA on the label); lightly toasty, biscuit-accented, slight bread crust and some touches of toffee are noticeable more towards the finish than anywhere else.

A decent, if not good, beer to be drinking a couple of for an evening. It is perhaps a bit on the soft side for an American made IPA, but it is still full flavored and enjoyable. Basically this is quite an enjoyable beer, even if it is not mind-blowing in any way.

Purchased: Plaza Liquors, Tucson AZ

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Photo of Billolick
3.78/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ouncer, twist off, w/o freshness info. Pours darker amber, kinda cloudy, under a medium tan head and leaves some splotchy lacing. Grainy hop nose, this one seems like an upgrade for Abita. Full bodied, medium but still respectable hop presence. Hops seem mostly grainy and softly citric/grapefruit like. Certainly not in the class of the finer (S.D. area) hoppy brews, but this is a clear upgrade from the other M.O.R. Abita offerings I have tried. Better then respectable hoppy sessioner. Worth a try.

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

A-(In cognac snifter) pours a rich orange copper w/nice 1-finger head of pale orange foam, and leaves slight lacing.

S-Hops, pine, fresh sun tea, lightly roasted malt (most apparent aroma), hint of citrus, caramel.

T-There is something I find strangely satisfying about this IPA in spite of my unmet expectations. It is different, and the bold malty caramel is stronger than the hops, balancing out the bitterness w/sweet. This makes for a softer midpalate, and a smoother, fruitier, creamier finish. It almost reminds me of lightly sweetened iced tea.

M-Well-balanced throughout. It's not too dry, and the carbonation level is good.

D-I could down this stuff all summer afternoon.

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Photo of pacothrash
3.65/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a amber to orange color with a decent head. Nice piney smell with some citrus scent. Taste was similar to smell with mostly piney hops and the malt came through with some caramel flavor and even a nutty finish. Overall a nice balanced beer but not as hoppy as most IPA's. Very nice offering from Abita.

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Photo of ryrust5301
4.62/5  rDev +34.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured out of a 12 oz. bottle with a mardi gras indian on the logo. Blue Cap 2008 date.

Apperance - Pours a redish orange with a half finger dark white head. Lite lacing against the glass as you tilt.

Smell - Hops, a piney orange, and a smooth maltness in the aroma.

Taste & Mouthfeel - Citrusy with a touch of orange. The hops definitely come through, with a smooth maltiness in the middle. Bitter on the back of the tounge in the end.

Drinkability - Wasn't expecting much as most of Abita's beers are average, but this one was damn good. My Favoite Abita brew yet. I could pound this one back all night long. Will make sure to keep this in my fridge as an everyday session beer.

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

Pours an amber/red color. A couple inch head is light tan, decent retention.
Nose is a bit subdued for style.
Smooth entry - sweet maltiness well balanced by hop flavors and medium bittering. Hop flavors are of citrus fruits and has a spiced complexity.

A smooth and easy drinking ipa. Finish is also a bit subdued for style. A decent beer, a quaffer, not a standout.

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Photo of pwoods
3.51/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz. stubby brown bottle, purchased at Party Source, poured into an IPA flute. No dating.

A: Pours a dark amber with a bit of cloudiness. 1 1/2 fingers of off white head forms decently tight and holds on. Some decent lacing.

S: Very floral and earthy hops with some earthy must. Smells of English hops. Sweet, grainy malts in the back.

T/M: Hops are lightly bitter with a natural, earthy hop leaf taste. Light on citrus but with a little bit of zesty spice snap. Malts are similar to the Furious Scottish(or what is Scotch) malts and I'm guessing that's why these look so close. Finishes with a raw pepper bitterness that isn't so pleasant. Body is a bit too light.

D: I like the malt base and I'd like to see more like it. Too bad the hops weren't where I'd like them. Easy to drink but there are many better out there.

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Photo of MaltFrazier
3.47/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: 3.0 . Average appearance for this IPA. A dark copper, dark golden and transparent in appearance. Finger length head, better than average lacing. I prefer a darker color for my IPA, but this does look flavorful. However, If you don't have that swing, it don't mean a thing!

Smell: 3.5. Faint but quite piney. I can smell apricot in the mixture in this fixture as well. Not a very existential smell, but nonetheless a inticing invitation to taste.

Taste: 3.5. A complex taste , piney and fruitatious. Taste of alcohol is present but pleasant. The taste moves and grooves from piney to apricot and floral hops to a sweet and faint bitter taste.

Mouthfeel: 3.5. It's a light and watery mouthfeel. The hops or carbonation is tingling and mingling in my palette. Pleasurable, but not very measurable.

Drinkability: 3.5 . An average IPA. I feel comfortable with this beer...not bounding and astounding, but a rather profound and intriguing combinaiton of smooth and groove. Malt Frazier does not recommend this IPA, and a better beer I suppose is for another day.

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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 brantadid
3.36/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a golden amber with a solid two finger white head. Average head retention with some lacing.

Some grapefruit rind notes in the nose. Not much malt. Some banana aromas...believe it or not.

Tasted like an average IPA. Some floral qualities and citrus rind. Picked up some faint srawberry flavors. As the beer warmed it tasted less like an IPA and more like an ESB.

Nice creamy mouthfeel that is cut by a fairly high carbonation. Nice fizziness to this beer, and although it isn't the best IPA I have had, it is very drinkable.

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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 jph424
4.32/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

This is one great session beer (even though it is 6.5%). Extremely drinkable and balanced with a great hop character. The appearance and mouthfeel are a little thin but the taste is exceptional. A very good, smooth, sessionable IPA that I am glad to see in Atlanta.

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Photo of burnstar
4.03/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice gold with a medium sized very peristant head. Nice lacing on the sides. Aroma is citrusy hops with underlying sweetness. Taste is big citrusy hops. Just enough malt to provide some balance. A rather coarse bitterness throughout. Medium to full bodied. Pleasant overall. A solid IPA.

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Jockamo IPA from Abita Brewing Co.
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