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 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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Photo of Vancer
3.39/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to deepsouth for the Jockster!

Clear, amber orange pour with a foamer head of ivory. Sticky laces too. Very, very subtle aroma notes of pine and citrus. Curious quaff of a malty, not hoppy, brew. This baby really needs an infusion of pine hops to make it a true IPA, for me. Meets more of the amber ale style. No hint of alcohol, one could put down a sixer and not notice the 6.5% - till you stand up.

Tasty brew, with no real faults except needing a hop kick.

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

Pours an orange gold color with a slight haze. A small white head fades quickly and laces minimally. It smells moderately of floral and orange citrus hops. The taste is slightly sweet of fresh citrus fruits along with some grainy malts and earthy bitterness. Mouthfeel is an unspectacular medium with modest carbonation. This beer is a very average offering of the style.

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Photo of Gavage
3.98/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: pours an orange color with a 1" head that lasts a while. Nice lacing paints the glass.

Smell: mildly fruity and some pine comes through the nose.

Taste: mildy grainy malt profile with some soft grapefruit and orange citrus, mild pine, and some ripe fruit sweetness. Well balanced and not in your face like some IPAs. A hint of dryness arrives late.

Mouthfeel: crisp througohut. Medium bodied beer. Aftertaste is short lived.

Drinkability: a super session IPA when you don't want an overhopped and high alcohol beer. Nice balanced flavors are softer than most other IPAs but still enjoyable.

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

Pours a slightly hazy orange amber color with a huge foamy off white head that resists fading and leaves a good amount of lacing in its wake. There is an interesting piny hop character with a tang to it mixed with semi-toasted malt note. The combination isn't sweet enough to call fruity. Adequately carbonated with a notable hop tingle, the mouth feel is on the lighter side. It has a full toasted malt flavor to go along with the hop. Not your everyday interpretation. A reasonable drinker. Give it a try.

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Photo of Risser09
3.59/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle with a twist off cap poured into a crystal pilsner - 2007 bottling - Fridge temp

Appearance: Pours a transparent golden orange color with a two inch ivory head. Lots and lots of spongy lace that sticks to the sides of the glass. Head retention is incredible.

Smell: Hop aroma that is floral. Spiciness. Grapefruit and lemon peel round out the aromas.

Taste: A distinct piney and resinous flavor. Not too much sugar. There is a malt base that is present. Bitterness is intact but not cloying.

Mouthfeel: Pretty tame for an IPA these days. Smooth with a little bitterness. Alcohol is warming in the stomach, but not too niticable in the mouth. Carbonation is well rounded.

Drinkability: This is an IPA. Nothing more, nothing less. It's lingering pine flavor is not my cup of...well, beer. It lacks complexity but is solid.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.91/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours beautifully. Foggy orange copper with a smaller creme head. Hope it tastes as good as it looks. Nose is a bit mild, but decently hoppy with a citric tone to it. Seems a bit unbalanced. Flavor is nice. Smooth hoppy edge with noticeable citrus. Feel has a decent liquid thing going on and the carbonation is a bit low, but smooth and feels good. Overall I have to say this is the most interesting thing I have had from Abita to date. I think this is the first time I have felt they have attempted at pushing the envelope.

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Photo of biggmike
3.85/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured an attractive orangey/copper color with nice white head that stayed for a while. Aroma is hoppy without much maltiness coming through. Taste is also hoppy with some maltiness coming through on the finish. This is a really sessionable IPA. Lacing was kind of poor. Mouthfeel was good. Drinkability is good. Not great by any stretch, I had Bear Republic Racer 5 today also so anything would pale in comparison, but this is a very decent IPA.

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Photo of goochpunch
3.09/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a still orange with a thin ring of head. Smells of candied orange peel, toasty malts, and big minerals. Tastes of citrus hops, a touch of pine, vague malt sweetness, and some general ale fruitiness. Decent. Mouthfeel is a little slick and syrupy with some prickly carbonation to cut through the body. This is OK all around. Nothing is offensive, but there is also nothing to this that would encourage me to buy it again.

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Photo of atsprings
3.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy pale orange with a thin head that diminishes to a ring and leaves spotty lacing. Aroma is citrus hops with a hint of caramel. Taste is a little on the bland side, some standard hops and malts, but not much. The beer is medium bodied with slight alcohol stickiness. This is a truly mediocre IPA at best, only slightly better than Longhammer.

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Photo of joe1510
4/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz Stubby
$6.49 6-Pack
Binny's Plainfield

I haven't drank anything from Abita in a long long time. Abita's Jockamo IPA enters the glass copper with a very faint haziness. Moderate carbonation rises up the sides of the glass to the two finger fluffy white head. The head eventually falls to a finger while leaving some chunky lines on it's way down.

There's some pale malts in there but they're rather subtle.
The hop profile in this IPA smells more of candied fruit than the usual bitterness. Strong candied orange and even some lemon drops. I like the candy like hop presence, it's something a little different.

Flavor is spot on with the aroma. Those pale malts are swimming around in the background but the hops are most pronounced with the candied orange and lemon drops. This "candied" sensation I'm picking up is like crystalized sugar wthout being too sweet or sticky.

As this beer enters the mouth it feels like it could be slightly viscous but moves fast enough to stay away from being too sticky. Slightly coating with a mild hop bitterness.

Jockamo goes down easy enough for a mini session. Even though the abv is fairly high for an IPA the alcohol is not at all noticeable.

I haven't drank a beer from Abita in a few years. This was a good beer to sample after such a long hiatus. Not in the top of any IPA list but enjoyable and a great deal.

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

Pours a clear copper color with smaller tanish head that falls fast to a ring not much lace left behind.

Aroma is nice malty bready like some underlying hops light grapefruit some earthy herbals notes as well. Over all more malty have to try to hind the hops, not really IPA like.

Taste is not bad good malt base bread like more so then caramel. So there are some hops here grapefruit, pink lemonade with some herbal notes that linger in the finish. Flavor is decent for an English IPA good malt decent hop flavors light bitterness. An enjoyable enough session like brew in flavor.

Mouthfeel is almost medium, decent level of carbonation. Lightly peppy just enough to enhance the hops.

Drinkability is ok for flavor but the nose on this is lacking, like my IPA's to smell like IPA's. Then again the flavor is pretty decent. Worth a try maybe a retry even thought there are much better IPA's out there.

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Photo of Backer2004
3.62/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Ray from the Carolina Brewmasters that had us all try this one with some nice white cheddar cheese. Not overly hoppy like some of these 6.5% ipa's out there. Nic ebalance with the cheese as well. Easy to consume but nothing too exciting. Worth getting abottle and trying befor epicking up a sixer.

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Photo of RustyDiamond
4.1/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Brought back by Cleatus, who purchased from Lighthouse in Wrightsville Beach, NC. Not sure why GA got skipped in the distribution...

Poured a bright clear orangish into a standard pint glass. 2 fingers of mega-frothy white head.

I picked up aromas of pink grapefruit & sweet cornbread.

Quite hoppy on the nose, with that pink grapefruit dominating. Great lacing in the glass. A smooth malt backbone peeked out in the middle of the strong citrus, ending with a spicy hoppy finish. Sharp hop taste in the mouth, and I definitely felt it on my teeth.

Really impressed by this offering by Abita! I'd drink this often, if only I could get it locally.

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Photo of scruffwhor
4.15/5  rDev +21%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very nice copper color with a strong film of foam and very light bubbling. Great stinky hop aroma that melds well with a hint of caramel malts. The taste is filled with sticky hop citruss and amalt caraml and walnutty goodnes. Smooth and sticky palate and flavors stay very well on the tongue. One of Abita's best beers thus far.

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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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Jockamo IPA from Abita Brewing Co.
3.43 out of 5 based on 1,666 ratings.
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