Patriot Pale Ale | RJ Rockers Brewing Company

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Patriot Pale AlePatriot Pale Ale

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

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Our American pale ale is aggressively hopped with Challenger and Cascade and has a sweet caramel finish. The flavor that launched RJ Rockers – and brewer Mark Johnsen’s personal fave.

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Reviews: 108 | Ratings: 235
Photo of seedyone
4.03/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

06/27/13 On tap at Rattle N Hum, NYC. Best feature here is the lacing which I hear is an indicator of a well made brew. For what it's worth this axiom holds true here. The body/mouth feel is excellent. The bitter notes are there, but not too rambunctious, so I think we'll get along just fine. I'm finding these Rocker guys are full of pleasant surprises.

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Photo of mvanaskie13
3.34/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a standard pint glass: color is amber and opaque, somewhat dense looking; head is off white and presents at 1 inch thick then dissipates to a solid top about 1/4 inch thick;

Aroma is pleasant, solid malt profile, with light caramel, hops are grassy and earthy; subtle sour off note is present.

Taste is a pleasant and malt forward, caramel is complimenting to the pale malts; hops are a touch fruity and the fermentation leaves a fruitier note.

Mouthfeel is a bit dry and biting on the tongue.

Overall, a solid pale ale with some possible fermentation issues, as all of the rockers beers had in this mix case.

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Photo of tmaury
3.23/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

I am not sure what is going on with this beer. I have had it twice, and though it is not horrible, the carbonation in it usually makes it over flow right out of the bottle.

It has a dark amber color and gives off a large amount of head that doesn't last long. Very dull piney taste and very little citrus as well. I can't really distinguish the caramel/malt taste. This one does not do it for me. I would like to see them drive home the malt taste a little better.

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Photo of TheFunGuy
2.85/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 1.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Purchased in a 6-pack because the Peach beer is so respected.

It is very over carbonated, to the extent that attempting to open at cellar temp results in a large foam over. When poured cold the head is very excessive and the beer clearly has too much CO2.

The smell is malt and piney hops, the taste is the malt with the hop, and very little of caramel described by the makers. The fact there is too much CO2 spoils the mouthfeel and the beer overall.

I emailed the brewers to tell them it is very over carbonated, with the lot number, 4350. They emailed to say the beer was about 6 months out from bottling when consumed, and they suspect too much yeast was in the bottles causing carbonation in the bottle while in the warehouse.

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Photo of stephenjmoore
3.73/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A- Pours as a deep golden color with an orange glow that settles into the glass with a slight haze. One of the largest, frothiest heads I have ever seen. Slightly off-white head that takes forever to settle.

S- Decent amount of hoppy aroma with hints of citrus and pine. Bready malt sneaks through to provide some grainy aromas.

T- Pretty balanced with the piney hops coming through the toasted malt. Hints of caramel malt and a sugar-sweet flavor sneaks in from time to time as well.

M- Not sure if there are carbonation issues with this one or not, but the huge head seems to have impacted the carbonation. Otherwise, medium bodied and pretty drinkable.

O- A decent pale ale that is easy to drink and balanced. Worth a try.

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Photo of Hoptopher
2.85/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Doing this review off memory, wich is quite hard considering its not that memorable of a beverage. I believe the main reason I put reviews up on BA is to help me remember what impression I got from that particular beer at that particular time. My memory has never been that good so this does help me to log my own opinions for my own use, but if my review of any beer I post helps some else in some way then great. But don't let my opinion sway you one way or another about trying a beer. I say if you have a chance to try any beer of any style regardless of what you think of that style give it a shot, you know what they say,don't knock it and so on.
I about forgot what I was posting about, oh yeah, RJ pale ale. No thanks.

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Photo of cyclonece09
3.76/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured aggressively from a 12 oz bottle into a 14 oz "pint" glass. Pours a nice cloudy orange straw color with a foamy white head. Smells of flowery hops, very nice. Tastes of orange and light hop bite with earthy notes. Beer is carbonated a little heavily but it is a very drinkable light bodied beer. Overall, a very good beer.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.59/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Pours hazy copper orange with 1/4 inch white foam. Opaque. Bready malt nose. Some fruit too. Firm hop flavor, and chewy malt. Layer of caramel beneath. Firm carbonation lends balance. Good pale.

Overall a good beer, not outstanding, but worth drinking.

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Photo of klkatz
2.6/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

the review below is done through voice recognition on my phone - i like how 2 and a half becomes tuna half... fun to leave for posterity... and it's fun to translate later... especially since I'll leave the reviews in for months and forget exactly what I said... enjoy the mayhem...

R Jay Rocker pale ale

Color Amber transparence three

Taste watery slightly better below-average2.5

mouth feel terrible to

smell Malathi very average average my son says it smells like a gorilla

Overall unimpressive tuna half

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Photo of jkrich
3.41/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from an undated 12 oz. bottle: murky, golden-yellow with an inappropriate, overflowing fluffy white-head.

Very pleasant malty aroma with light scents of fruit wafting upward.

The flavor is a little coarse with a zesty lemony flavor dominating at first with a sour, biting bitterness following through on the tongue. Not as bad as it sounds as the flavor mellows out after warming in the pint glass. The label states the ale has a "sweet caramel finish". I don't detect that at all, but it is refreshing.

Thin bodied and overly carbonated, the flavor and mouthfeel are short-lived on the palate.

Starting from the initial pour, this one was very uneven but did have some redeeming qualities. I wonder if I have an old bottle or a poorly bottled ale.

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Photo of Ryan011235
3.12/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured into an Allagash glass on 8/4/12

3158 printed on the label

Thanks to PDXHops

Cloudy, dirty gold; looks like dark pineapple juice. The head is quite billowy, rising to three fingers before taking its merry time to deflate. One downside is that hardly any lace is left as the head dissipates.

Hoppy enough aroma with notes of orange, lemon and grass. Herbal overtones sneak in as the beer warms. Maybe a spritz of grapefruit. Tart apple. Crackers and doughy biscuit.

Grassy hop flavors are quickly overrun by pine bitterness and a sort of juicy lemon and orange mid-section. The latter half of the beer finds herbal pepperings and a grapefruit pith bitterness. Cracker and toasty bread drift about.

Medium-light body crisp feel imparted by vigorous, lively carbonation.

Overall impression - I actually like this one for the most part. It has some interesting things going on (starts to make me thinks of prairies after a while).

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Photo of ZAP
1.46/5  rDev -57.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Don't care for the mouthfeel....charged up....spritzy...lacks malt backing but not real bitter either...just not a lot of flavor...if anything a bit of green apples on the nose and a slight sourish twang on the taste...actually more than a slight twang...definitely pronounced...but still does not strike me as old....just a poorly made beer...the hops do emerge a little but they don't add much but some bitterness..

Not good....not impressed at all. Not sure if this bottle is indicative of the beer but it is what I have...and this bottle rates this low...seriously this would have to be 4 years old for most beers to taste this bad and I know it is not...only code reads 3122....a little internet research seems to suggest this was brewed in January but wtf knows with this backward ass codes....

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Photo of bashiba
2.73/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured a slightly hazy bright orange with a thin white head.

The smell is lightly hopped with grassy noble hop qualities and a touch of crackery malt.

The flavor has a very dull coppery flavor with light grassy hop flavors and a lingering tinny bitterness.

The mouthfeel is light and dry.

A pretty boring and flawed pale.

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Photo of Gavage
3.53/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: pours a hazy orange color with a 1" head that lingers around awhile. Some moderate lace sticks to the glass.

Smell: caramel and orange sweetness rises from the glass.

Taste: caramel, orange, pear, and a moderate bitterness makes up a basic APA. There is a bit of a bready profile here.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Crisp at the start, less crisp and a bit dry late. Short lived aftertaste.

Overall: an easy drinking beer that wont blow you away, but is very sessionable.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.68/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a Hefeweissbier glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Acquired as part of an RJ Rockers variety box purchased at Hi-Time Liquor in Costa Mesa, California. Expectations are below average; this brewery seems pretty meh.

Served refrigerator cold. Paired with nachos.

A: Pours a one and a half finger head of white colour, fair cream, decent thickness, and average (~two minute) retention. Colour is a predictable transparent bright copper. No floating yeast particles are visible. Nothing unique or special here.

Sm: Some grassy and floral hops. Clean malted barley. That's it. A simple mild strength aroma.

T: Grassy and lightly floral hops, with bitterness emerging blatantly on the climax. The hops are neither fresh nor stale.Clean malts form the backbone. Hints of citrusy hop notes. Boring, bland, and dull. Very simple and predictable. It's balanced alright. Structurally uninteresting. Not at all complex or subtle in any way. There's nothing unique here. Largely unrefreshing.

Mf: Smooth and wet, with okay thickness. Adequately carbonated. Very meh. Suits the flavours merely generally.

Dr: Drinkable but forgettable. I won't be having this ever again unless it's the cheapest micro option available at some awful bar. Even fans of the style will be underwhelmed. Leave this one on the shelf where it belongs.


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Photo of EricCioe
3.38/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to my sister for getting us the beer of the month club that this came in.

This pours a full gold with a small white head. On the nose there is a good deal of caramel and bread with an earthy hop mixture in the background. In the mouth there is an immediate but mellow hop bitterness backed up by a good deal of caramel malt. This is a very balanced pale ale, almost English in style, which is fine by me. The body is medium with a long finish of citrus.

Overall, this is a fine pale ale on the very balanced side of the continuum.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.41/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy light honey orange with a 3 inch puffy orange-white head that settles to an island of foam. A nice latticework of lace forms on the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt and a very perfume-like citrus and herbal hop presence. Taste is of malt and herbal hops with a slight metallic flavor on the finish. There is a medium level of bitterness on the palate after each sip. This beer has a high level of carbonation with an extremely bubbly and crisp mouthfeel. There is just way too much carbonation on this one. Overall, this is a pretty good pale ale but the carbonation issue takes away from the drinkability.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.19/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The date code on this beer was 2206 which I am not able to figure out what exactly that means.

A: Pours a crystal clear golden yellow with light amounts of visible carbonation. This beer has a huge and powerful head - two and a half fingers tall, foamy, and white. The head probably had some of the best retention I have seen in quite a long time. Significant lacing is observed. Additionally, there is a small amount of sediment/yeast in the bottom of the bottle.

S: Aromas are mostly of grassy hops with some subtle hints of citrus.

T: Flavors are primarily grassy and citrus hops with some sweetness (caramel and butterscotch). This beer has an earthy bitterness in the finish.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: Quite drinkable and better than I expected. This was an unexpected discovery at New Beer in NYC since I was not even aware this was distributed in this area, glad I had the chance to enjoy a beer from a brewery I do not normally see. Very sessionable.

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Photo of devilben02
3.59/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a gorgeous golden orange color, with a thick, frothy, cream-colored head on top. The aroma features a nice but understated balance of woodsy hops and light caramel malt sweetness. The flavor is likewise fairly balanced, but the hop profile shows much more complexity, with notes of pine intermingling with a caramelized sweet citrus character. There is also a slight dull, increasingly metallic quality that detracts somewhat from the enjoyment of the flavor. The light, soft carbonation is generally pleasant and allows for a slight lingering bitterness, although that dull metallic character lingers as well. Overall, this is a solid, drinkable pale ale that is only slightly less than completely satisfying.

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Photo of russpowell
3.91/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from notes, consumed about a 5 weeks ago. Date Code of 11 5 10, uh-oh..

Pours amber with 2 fingers of cream colored head. Great lacing & head retention

S: Grassy & citrus hops in decent amounts

T: Follows the nose up front, much grassyness & biscuitty malt. Dryness as this warms, some caramel sweetness too, a bit of butterscotch sweetness with lemons & orange peel. Finishes strong, nice earthy bitterness, slight sulphury notes & slight caramel sweetness

MF: Medium bodied, firm carbonation

Not a bad PA, fairly drinkable. I don't this was a year old, this beer seemed fresh to me...

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Photo of speter
3.92/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Very hazy pale yellow with a two-finger fluffy white head.

S: Honey and orange juice alongside a toasted biscuit. Mmm, breakfast.

T: Very nice orange-like hops playing off the honey malt notes.

M: Brisk carbonation and medium body combined with mouth-coating hop oils.

O: A very nice American Pale Ale. Too bad we can't get it in NJ.

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Photo of rangerred
3.94/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a hazy gold with a 1.5 finger off white head. Lots of floating sediment which knocked the score down a bit.

Smell is of citrusy hops with orange being predominate. There is also some bready malt detectable.

The taste is a nice balance between citrusy hops and bready malt. Bitterness is held and check and is at an appropriate level for this beer. Mouthfeel is spot on.

This is really a pretty respectable APA and one that I enjoy on a regular basis.

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Photo of Schneic8
3.03/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a mug. Bottled on 6/1/10

Appearance: Poured a cloudy orange color with a foam white head.

Smell: Light/faint aroma of fruits. It has a sweet caramel smell as well.

Taste: I taste the caramel and toasted malt. Not a ton of flabor and kind of boring. I also get a strong fruit flavor afterwards.

Mouthfeel: High carbonation with an initial crispness. Has a slight bite going down and finishes with a mild bitterness.

Overall: Okay beer that I was not overly impressed with. Seemed to be a pretty standard beer with not many overpowering qualities. I would probably try again.

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Photo of socon67
4/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this in a Box of Rocks sampler.

A - Pours amber with a solid white clingy foam. Some carbonation and there is nice lacing. This looks like a really nice beer.

S - Aroma of cascade hops. Has a fresh wheat smell also.

T - A bit of caramel flavor, but mostly a fresh tasting beer that has a refined hoppy finish.

M - Crisp, medium bodied, and a raspy hop finish.

O - Pretty impressive. A good APA that is just solid in every aspect.

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Photo of Lolli1315
3.53/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- A hazy orange color with a creamy white persistent head. Little lacing, but not much.

S- Sweet malt smell with a citrus middle. A grassy hop aroma compliments the citrus starting in the middle and continuing to the finish. Slight off smell that I can't quite point my finger on.

T- Prominent malt beginning and follows the smell into low levels of citrus. Grassy and citrus hops emerge in the middle. Moderate bitterness begins to rise in the middle and continues into the end.

M- Medium body with a moderately dry finish.

O- Not bad, but nothing great either. Really nothing special sticks out, but don't mind drinking it.

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Patriot Pale Ale from RJ Rockers Brewing Company
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