Hop Quake | RJ Rockers Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
RJ Rockers Brewing Company
South Carolina, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
This IPA is a delightful balance of caramel maltiness and both hop bitterness and flavor. Five different malt varieties, and flaked oats, combine to provide a sturdy foundation for the Columbus, Cascade, and Centennial hops that are added at various times during the boil. Hop Quake has a slightly earthy bitterness that is met with a citrusy, floral hop flavor and powerful aroma that is certain to give the drinker a clean and enjoyable IPA experience.

Added by jaswilson2 on 12-20-2013

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Reviews: 15 | Ratings: 96
Photo of Weisenbeer
3.88/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

This decent brew is mistakenly named, as "Malt Quake" would be more appropriate. Looks and smells great, but a bit on the thin side and underwhelming given my expectations. Still solid, just not "amaze."

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Photo of CollinaTiger
3.17/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Brewery calls it an "Oatmeal IPA"; from the tap at the brewery. Copper/orange color; grainy/malty aroma. Flavor has hints of citrus and pine and a dry, bitter finish.

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Photo of AngryPenguinBrewCo
3.88/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Very malt forward, thin but silky mouthfeel and a disappointing lack of hop flavor. Based off the name, the description on the bottle and the hop combination i expected more citrus but was met with mostly dank musty flavors.

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Photo of hopflyer
3.54/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 10/20/15

Pours murky and hazy orange. Little head and leaves a firm collar throughout. 3.75

Smells like lemon juice and fresh cut grass with a hefty dose of cracker and bread. A little catty. 4.0

Taste is all subdued lemony flavors overtaken by bread and animal cracker malt flavors. Low bitterness initially. 3.75

Feel is fairly thin and even a bit watery. Leaves very little aftertatse. Medium carbonation. 3.0

This is not an on your face IPA exploding with citrus and pine. But it does have a decent hop profile, although it is really held back by the malts. Not necessarily a bad thing bit not something I expected with something called Hop Quake. The mouthfeel is the shortfall in this one but otherwise its ok. 3.5

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Photo of gmoneyproductions
3.24/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle dated 10.21.15 poured into a 5oz sample glass
pours gold /orange somewhat cloudy with a moderate white head that lasted a while and left some nice lacing on the glass
smell pine citrus malt oat caramel
taste caramel hops pine sweet and malty
feel smooth warming creamy
overall not bad but wouldnt seek it out
came in a beer of the month club gift

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Photo of pagriley
2.65/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Uugh. Drain pour.
Thick over carved with murky clouds of haze. Sharp on the nose with off notes of diacytl. Astringent on the palate with hints of pine and tons of abrasive turpentines.

Overall pretty poor

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Photo of squonk45
2.25/5  rDev -34.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 2

Had 2 more new beers to try this weekend chose the Hop quake because It was lower alcohol% than the teripan.. This the taste a hate the sam adams dirt taste... GONNA GUZZLE this one to get rid of it

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Photo of tillmac62
3.16/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

BOD 10/27/14. Cloudy amber pour with a high degree of suspended flocculants. Normal head volume, lacing and retention.

Light, but nice, nose of blended hops (citrus, floral and pine) over a caramel background.

Heavy medium body with a smooth texture that has creamy elements. Above normal carbonation with a bit of effervescence in the middle and a nice burst in the finish.

The flavor profile is intense, but lacks complexity and balance. It begins with a blend of pine and grapefruit hop flavor that flows into an average bitterness displaying the same flavors. The middle allows a shallow caramel sweetness to be detected, but comes no where near balancing. The finish is a lingering rind flavored bitterness.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.65/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Have I ever reviewed a beer from The Palmetto State? Regardless, I have one in front of me. Out of a 12 ounce bottle, on to the beer:

A short head forms on the pour, but despite that, spots of lace form along the walls of the glass. The beer has a muddy look, like muddy orange brown. The aroma is modest. A drive of grapefruit rind hits the nose, and not far behind is carmelized malt and vague grassy notes. At three months past its bottling date, this IPA still has hoppy tones.

Has a pleasing balance between the malt and the hops. My palate receives a gentle greeting toffee and bittersweet orange before a wave of bitter grapefruit, caramel, and honeysuckle arrive to put on an honest show. Hoppiness is in no shortage here unless you're experiencing a lupulin threshold shift. There's a unique sweetness that this beer has, which cuts much of the bitterness and keeps this beer going down. The beer is medium bodied, but feels a wee lighter, and leaves a modest bitterness in the aftertaste.

It's hard to believe that a beer with 6.2% ABV (per bottle label) would have been illegal to sell in South Carolina just ten years ago. Hop Quake is just one of the many benefits of popping that cap.

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Photo of Immortale25
4/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Haw River Farmhouse Ales teku glass. Label says bottled on 11 01 14.

A- Pours a dark amber color with a 1/2 inch beige head that retains well before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a full sheet of sheer surface foam. Not-so-resilient lacing leaves small clots behind.

S- Sweet cereal grain malt aroma leads me to believe this beer either didn't ferment out fully or the mash was at a higher than average temperature. The hops that are there are earthy.

T- This isn't a hop quake, it's a malt quake. More cereal grain malt sweetness with a moderate hop bite and minimal actual hop flavor. Very drinkable, though the booze does show after multiple sips.

M- Slightly slick with medium carbonation and a body leaning toward the fuller side.

O- I believe my suspicions were correct about this being mashed at a higher temperature. Either that or they used a less-attenuative yeast. Without all the brewer talk, it's sweeter than it is hoppy so, if you like that sort of thing like I do, it's a decent beer.

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Photo of metter98
3.57/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is quite hazy orange amber in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high beige head that quickly died down, leaving specks of bubbles on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of floral, piney and spicy hops are present in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the overall taste is mostly dominated by the hops, but it’s a moderate amount of bitterness that really shines through in front of the piney and spicy flavors. Hints of underlying caramel malts are also present.
M: It feels medium-bodied and rather crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. The bitterness from the hops is very prickly on your tongue.
O: This beer is extremely bitter and it seems that the bitterness intensifies as you continue to drink it.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of businesstime
2/5  rDev -41.5%

A bready, doughy, caramel malt bomb with some assertive bitterness to counter residual sweetness. No detectable hop flavors and no hop aroma whatsoever. I'm not sure what this beer was trying to be, but it certainly isn't an American IPA. The giant hop leaf on the front, along with the title Hop Quake, has really mislead me. It's grain bill says English ESB, it's yeast profile says American, but it's hoppiness says English IPA at best.

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Photo of chinchill
3.46/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

On tap at the brewery and revisited with a bottle in August 2015.
Medium amber with a good head. Looks like a typical IPA.
Aroma has both medium roasted malts and hops. Flavor is a way more hoppy and has notably more earthy/herbal flavor. Overly bitter despite the other hop flavors.

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Photo of rramsey
1.94/5  rDev -43.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

If this is what it's supposed to taste like, they should got back to the drawing board. I had to pour it like a stout to get any head. Almost totally flat.

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Photo of cjgiant
3.59/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: quite clear amber-yellow, but with almost no head and no lacing
S: reminds me of an English IPA/bitter with a caramel-like, slightly yeasty or bready bitterness
T: follows the nose well, adding some tobacco tastes, but lacking any smokiness to move it to cigarette-like.
M: not much, maybe a slightly oily very light pine-in-nature standard ESB feel
O: nothing bad, but far from anything exceptional. If not obvious, think more English IPA than American before ordering.

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Hop Quake from RJ Rockers Brewing Company
3.42 out of 5 based on 96 ratings.
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