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 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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Photo of kirok1999
3.68/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear mild gold with a persistent thin white lace. Doesn't smell too strong of anything. There's some malt, just a hint of sweetness as you first sniff it. Some bitter hops too but not overpowering.
Taste is nice but a little thin. There's the malt up front, just a hint of sweetness and caramel then the hops overpower and leave a lingering dry, bitter aftertaste. Not much citrus at all, mostly pine and grass from the hops.
Feels thick and rich with a nice carbonation level.
Easy to drink because it's so mellow. Not outstanding in any category but well done.

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Photo of athensbeermaster
3.43/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

It's nice to see a new brew from Abita here in GA. WE normally only get four selections! This one pours a good head with decent head retention.
The nose has a sweet caramel and hop spice to it.
The taste is very malt driven for an IPA, but still has plenty of hops to make this beer exciting. The mouthfeel is really big, hense the big malt presence. This new entry is a pleasant surprise from the first southern micro-brewery!

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Photo of kbnooshay
3.4/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This brewery seems to be joining the ipa bandwagon a little late (or am i missing something?).

This beer pours a pretty copper color with a nice white head. The smell is of a typical ipa. The taste is also moderately hoppy, citric, and even has a slight twinge of pine tree. The feel is slightly carbonated. I would try this again if it was on sale but there isn't much of a reason to come back to this one with all the spectacular ipa's out there these days. Fairly drinkable, but one is enough.

This is the best beer i have had by abita to date.

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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 msubulldog25
3.51/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

One of several Southern brews I brought back from a recent trip to Louisiana. A twist-capped 12 oz. (best by: 04/07/08), poured to an Abita pint glass...LOVE the 'Mardi Gras Indian' label...'Iko! Iko! Jockamo fee na nay'

A: Wow, that's a pretty IPA. Caramel/copper with just a faint haze, crowned with a great 2-finger crown of light ivory. A little crackly, a little spongy-looking, it clings with a lovely lace on all sides . Drops hesitantly to a creamy film, very little carbonation showing. Otherwise, perfection...

S: An appealing aroma of light citrus and sweet caramel. Not that strong, nor that stunning (especially coming from a NW over-the-top hop perspective...), but certainly a lovely sugary/grain aroma.

T: Good balance of caramel malts and light citrus/grain. A nice spritz of spice and a little candied evergreen. I like the balance; it's not too hoppy and has plenty of toasty malt.

M: A likable, yet utterly forgettable, mouthfeel. Pleasingly soft on the palate, with very little carbonation. It's smooth with just a bit of a spritzy tingle. Lasting bitter isn't abrasive at all, just a gentle hopping that keeps things in check.

D: Doesn't 'wow', but it's a flavorful and exceedingly drinkable brew, perhaps my favorite so far from Abita. Maybe more aptly categorized an English IPA vs. American; it's a nice effort by one of the better brewers in the Deep South. Worth a try, definitely.

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Photo of jwc215
3.57/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Best by 05/21/08, twist-off capped 12 oz. bottle:

Pours light copper/bright amber with a thin off-white head.

The smell is of citrus and pine with a caramelish, grainy background.

The taste doesn't quite live up to the promise of the aroma. Citrus and pine are there, as well as a leafy bitterness. But, the caramelish maltiness catches up, and almost overtakes it at times. The hop bitterness and sweet maltiness could mesh a bit more. All-in-all though, it maintains enough flavor throughout. The alcohol is well-covered.

The feel is a bit weak for an IPA. It holds together, and alc. is well-covered, but there is a thinness to it. A salty quality remains in the aftertaste.

Not bad overall for a milder IPA. It could be fuller and chewier.

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Photo of chefboy812
3.31/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into blue collar old fasioned beer glass

nice clear dark amber pour. nice foamy white head, a little over foam when poured normally. The head falls slowly to a thin full cream top that leaves nice sip marks.

The aroma mainly hinted to malt more than hops. cereal and caramel notes with a slight taint of minty pine. but I had to really work to find it.

Nice balanced beer. an IPA not so much, I would call it a solid pale ale. The first flavor I got was a raw grain flavor with a bit of caramel, puffed wheat cereal. the hops are minty; cedar comes on with a grapefruit pith later in the profile.

nice mouthfeel; not too sticky with all of the prevelent malts. pleasant chew lingers from the hops.

So mild and so balanced that it becomes boring( to me) after the second glass. not a bad beer, but not an IPA.

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

Abita- Jockamo IPA

A- A light reddish copper brown with a small foamy head.
S- Toffee and molasses malt with an earthy hop aroma.
T- Molasses malt with an earthy green hop/ pine hop flavor.
M- Sweet and creamy at first but slowly becoming chewy, almost cloying, with a bitter hop presence.

Overall- A decent, sessionable, IPA. Could use a bigger influx of hops.

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Photo of paulthebeerguru
3.27/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: poured into a straight pint. pours a beautiful, clean filtered orange amber with an off-white head that leads to decent lacing.

S: strong, citrus-y hop aroma off the bat. Very floral. Smells of either cascade or chinook to me, but I could be off.

T: very smooth IPA. I think more malts would do the trick for its balance, but nonetheless its a good IPA. Citrus flavor mentioned above in right up front, but drops out rather quickly.

M: good mouthfeel, but flavor tapers off too quickly for me. Tingles the palate for a short moment.

D: very drinkable and a good session IPA. This would be a great start for people who think the don't like IPA, to start liking them. Good gateway beer for magical heaven that is Hopland.

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

Poured a clear, light copper color with a huge pillowy off white head that was moderately lasting. A huge fresh citrusy aroma was detected along with some fresh pine needles and grassy notes. The initial flavor was fresh citrus and pine, dry, with a nice grassiness from the hops coming through in a nice british bready palate. The mouthful was light as well the carbonation, and a tad slick. The beer finished with a nice dry citrus and pine hopping. Overall not a lot to it complexity wise but makes for a decent session ipa in the local watering hole. Decently hopped enough to satisfy the typical hophead and nicely balanced with the malting. Definitely one of their better beers.

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Jockamo IPA from Abita Brewing Co.
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