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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Photo of anexetastos
4.64/5  rDev +34.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I've had this beer on tap before, but I am reviewing the beer in front of me, which I just poured from a bottle.

Appearance: 4.0, Good. The color was pale golden and true to style, and the beer was perfectly clear. It would have rated higher except that the carbonation was a bit low -- the head should have been more pronounced.

Smell: 5.0, Exceptional. The hop aroma was pronounced and grassy, as it should be. There were high citrus notes present and a light malt background. Just right.

Taste: 4.5, good/exceptional. Hop predominance over malt, lingering after drinking, but the malt was present and clean. No esters or diacetyl noticeable. Could have had a bit more malt, so not a 5.0.

Mouthfeel: 4.0, Good. smooth finish, medium bodied, but lacking slightly in carbonation levels.

Drinkability: 5.0, Exceptional. Very easy to have more than one of these, i can tell you.

All in all, a very well done product. Impressive. I would recommend this as a great example of a classic American Pale Ale. Congratulations to RJ Rockers.

BJCP Certified Beer Judge

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Photo of CNeilP09
4.45/5  rDev +29%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

much less girth than the sierra nevada pale ale, but damned near on the same path.

that should say it all.

same recipe, it seems.

really, the only difference between the two beers is that the rj rock version is a bit thinner in viscosity.

wonderful nose, same appearance, great taste (minus the fullness) rounding mouthfeel, and matching the drinkability of sierra nevada pale ale.

boom. the east side can now mimic the west side in beer. it's high time the east side grows some hops and bolsters their own reputation for beer production.

seriously , try this beer. for your OWN GOOD. selfish bast---.

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Photo of dhd1491
4.3/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Doesn't get much better than last night, for a beer enthusiast. I was in Spartanburg, SC for a business meeting. The owners of the company that I do business with just bought into local brewer R.J. Rockers and are in the process of "taking it to the next level". Anyway, we held our business meeting at the brewery. We ordered in some kick-ass BBQ from "Pig Out" (off I-26 on the way to Asheville...highly worth seeking out) and liberally sampled from the five brews on tap and one bottled.

My favorite (and also the favorite of brewmeister Mark Johnsen) was the Patriot Pale Ale. Medium-gold clear with a decent head that lays down rather quickly, this pale ale verges into IPA territory with its generous Challenger and Cascade hops. Bitter hops balances nicely with sweet caramel maltiness. Very easy to drink. No disagreeable flavors at all and a nice complexity of tastes. They are justifiably proud of this brew.

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Photo of LauraAlberts
4.3/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Dark mango/orange with frothy head and mild lacing.

Smell: Hops, hint of grapefruit.

Taste: Hops, with a nice carbonation. Finishes with mild grapefruit/wheat flavor.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full bodied pale. Everything I look for in this style. Nice mouthfeel and refreshing on palate

Drinkability: Very drinkable and enjoyable. A great session beer. The Flagship of RJ Rockers - and one of their greats. Like I said before - this beer has everything I look for in an American Pale. I highly recommend this beer as an exemplary specimen of the style.

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Photo of raztat
4.1/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Poured into my Guinness pint glass from a 12oz bottle.

A: An amberish color, when poured the head took uip over half the glass and kept growing, maybe I poured to fast.

S: A bready smell, grains, and just a hint of citrus.

T&M: Taste great with a malty goodness. Feels a bit fizzy in the mouth. I could drink this all day.

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Photo of al3
4.1/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - golden yellow, slight lacing, minimal retention

S - sweet with some citrus

T&M - similar to the aroma, sweet honey like flavor up front with a bitter citrus hop note. Medium feel with a DRY finish.

D - very much so..

Overall a very sessionable APA, nothing really stands out, but it is smooth and well balanced. No extreme hops so the heads might be disapointed, but worth checking out if you want an easy drinking one..

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Photo of jabocu
4.07/5  rDev +18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This my second favorite rockers beer after the stout, and I keep this stuff in my fridge at all times. I'm a little biased since it's my local brewery and love the stuff, but oh well here it goes....

pours a medium copper color with a slighly hazy but still bright and inviting. Small white cap that dissipates quickly. Smell is citrus and a little grain. Sweet malt is also in the nose. Taste is very full with citrus and floral sweetness followed with a smooth citrus bittnerness that hangs on the toungue. Medium carbonation, very refreshing, and could drink all day long!

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Photo of grayburn
4.07/5  rDev +18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a crisp and clear golden color with a little head and some minor lacing.
The smell is all hops, almost erring on the side of an ipa in the nose, but very nice and robust. Definite strong pine and mint notes.
The taste is hop forward as well, very minty and bitter, with an excellent hop profile. The malt really did not balance out the hops in the flavor quite as much as I would have liked.
The mouthfeel is nice, clean and crisp again. Pretty bitter, but thats my bag, so I enjoyed.
I could drink this all night, and look forward to doing so in the near future.

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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 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 Brenden
3.95/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This review's been a long time coming, but I wanted to make sure I gave a fair shot to a new brewery.

This one pours a coppery color with a slight haze. A soft white head forms, last for a decent length of time, and leaves spotty lacing.
The smell is solid if not basic and a little light. The nose is a balance of caramel and biscuity malt and hops with light herbal and grains notes.
Hops take over in the flavor without losing the balance of sweetness from the malts. There's also a light spicy hint in here. Plenty of fresh grapefruit flavor comes out in the hops and is firm all the way through, and there's a slight metallic tinge in a lingering finish.
This is a solidly medium-bodied brew with a moderate carbonation and a balance of crisp and smooth on the palate.
This one's got a very basic APA character to it, but it's well made. A solid beer with plenty of sessionability.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.95/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Believe it or not had this one on tap at Hooters tonight! They are finally deciding to bring in some of the local breweries. Was really thrilled to see Rockers getting some more distro in the area. The more they get the better they will become. So I hopped aboard with a Patriot Pale.

A - Poured a clear golden yellow with a decent one inch head. This quickly faded to leave just a small thin layer of lace on the top. A moderate side glass lace was present. Lots of visible carbonation throughout.

S - Quite hoppy actually. A lot of fresh cut grass with a mix of cereal grains and a touch of citrus hoppiness. Very crisp aroma. Clean. Only fault here was a little bit light, could have offered more of a punch.

T - Wow, really impressed here. It was a quick, clean crisp bite of hoppiness straight from the start. A nice orange peel hit me in the beginning and started to meld into an earthy grass flavor. Nice bittersweet malt back that melded wonderfully into the rest. But overall a very hoppy pale ale for sure.

M - Super crisp and smooth. Great carbonation throughout. Went down with ease, sort of tickling the throat on the way.

D - Great. I could pound this all night long. It was perfect with the hot wings as it was very quenching and at the same time had enough of a taste to really let it blow through, very nice.

Overall again I was quite impressed with this one. It was alot more then your typical pale ale produced in these parts. I would love to seem ore of this kinda stuff come out of brewers. The y seem to be getting quite inventive with their brews, and this is a very good thing.

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Photo of hellomcfly
3.95/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Light golden yellow in color. Average white head.

Smell was citrus and grass hoppiness.

Taste was more citrus and grass hops. Very much a basic, but very well done, pale ale. Pretty much what I think of when I think of a pale ale. Doesn't knock me out but fulfills the standard of what a pale ale should be.

Mouthfeel was medium bodied with the right amount of carbonation

Very drinkable. A lot of people have compared it to SNPA but I think I like it better. Glad to see SC putting out a good example of hat a PA should be.

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Photo of SaCkErZ9
3.95/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass "borrowed" from Mellow Mushroom. That little mushroom guy flippin a pizza is pretty cool. Anyhoo, hazy golden in color. One finger sized head forms and generous amounts of lacing are delivered down the side of the glass.

Aroma is pretty much hops. Grass and hay. Ligh malt aromas as well. Smells like a pale ale to me. I really love pales with lots of hops, but this one should suffice.

Flavor profile is hop based as well. Some sweetness lingers but then the hop bitterness comes back for a little smack at the finish. Nice hop bitterness. Seems to be a bit astringent but nothing too horrible. Hop flavors are again, hay fields with a bit of earthiness as well. Doesnt seem to be too citrusy or west coasty (maybe cause this beer is from SC?).

Overall a nice beer. The drinkability factor is pretty good. This stands up well to most other pales I have had the privilege of tasting. Certainly worth a go. Draft would probably be even better.

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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 smcolw
3.93/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nice, tight head. Leaves good lace. Hazy with a dark golden (light amber) color.

Mild aroma of fresh hop and decent malt presence.

A solid entry in the APA field. More hoppy than malty. Rich mouthfeel with an appropriate level of carbonation. The aftertaste is a long-lasting bitterness from the hop.

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Photo of jsprain1
3.93/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a perfectly clear slightly oranged golden. Decent retetion. Lots of lacing.
S- Smell is a bit like an English Pale, with a nuttiness, an interesting hop profile that tastes a bit like apple.
T- Earthy with a bit of caramel. The hop profile actually shows up more in the finish. It's like apple skin on top of caramel.
M- The only thing wrong with this beer's mouthfeel is that it is just a touch undercarbed. It is just a bit on the full side of standard for style. Smooth and a touch creamy.
D- A decent Pale worth trying. Not the greatest in the style but if this was my only choice for the night, I couldn't complain.

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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 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 NeroFiddled
3.85/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Patriot Pale is a pretty basic, straightforward, English-style amber ale that balances its gently caramelish malt with a spicy and leafy hop character.

It looks good in the glass, and the frothy/creamy white head holds well and leaves some nice lacing. The body is slightly hazy... hmmm, I wonder how old this beer is? There's no freshness date. I don't pick up any oxidative notes though.

The aroma expresses biscuity malt backed by leafy and spicy hops.

The flavor follows suit, and it's pretty cut and dried here. There's not a lot of complexity to it, but there is a good deal of flavor - it's very English in nature! The gently sweet malt is caramelish and gently toasty, and balanced by a firm bitterness and a good deal of spicy and leafy hops. A thread of fruitiness runs through it as well, and helps to tie it all together. I get some apple, a bit of tangerine, and some mild citrus.

Best when enjoyed at cellar temperature, this is a firm and flavorful ale that would pair well with lots of different foods. Greasy braised pork chops with buttery mashed potatoes and a dollop of apple sauce immediately comes to mind, but there are so many other possibilities I can't even imagine them. It's easy drinking and satisfying.

Ahhh, an add-on here: I see that this is supposed to be an American pale ale, and that it's "aggressively hopped with Challenger and Cascade...". I get the Challenger to be sure, and I can see the influence of the Cascade in the minor notes of citrus, but I wouldn't call it an "American" pale ale by any stretch. I'll leave it at that, and leave my review as it is. English or American in style, it's still a tasty brew and that's all I care about.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.85/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a medium copper body with an almost imperceptibly haze and topped with a thin ring of white bubbles.

Smell: Effusive caramel aroma with a light grain note and very minor background fruitiness.

Taste: Distinct caramel maltiness and accompanying sweetness with a light, brief taste of grain. Lightly earthy, lightly citrusy hops and bitterness provides a touch of balance, but, ultimately, the strong caramel taste shines through to the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: A decent, reasonably tasty malt-forward pale ale.

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Photo of dickroop
3.8/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It was pale golden with pillowy beige head, slightly hazy, and with lots of small bubbles. A reasonably good looking brew. The nose was piney hops, bready malts, with slightly earthy notes.

As to taste, there was respectable hop bit well balanced with toasty malt. Certainly not a knockout for flavor, but true to style. The pleasantly lingering bitterness produces a memorable if not a clean finish. Mouthfeel was OK, but nothing great.

It's a drinkable brew, but I wouldn't go out of my way to buy more. An OK brew in a sea of many like it.

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Photo of brentk56
3.78/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a hazy golden color with a prodigious head that leaves gobs of lacing

Smell: Caramel forward aroma with some earthy hops

Taste: Starts out with a caramel flavor that is joined, mid-palate by some bitter earthy hops; astringent finish detracts, however

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: All in all, a pretty decent APA

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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 stewart124
3.75/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a golden orange color with little head.

Some grapefruit with floral notes in the nose. Not huge by any means but pleasant.

Smooth medium body. Nice caramel notes with tasty esters of apple and pear. More of an English pale feel to this APA. The challenger hops add to this feel. Plenty of hop bitterness in the background. Lingering pine and grapefruit come through and blend perfectly with the caramel/biscuity malt character.

Very nice pale ale with a great body/mouthfeel. The lingering bitterness is spot on and very enjoyable.

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