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 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 NittanyBeerFan
2.2/5  rDev -36.2%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Another beer from the February BOTM subscription. Poured, again, into the Duvel tulip.

Crystal clear dirty straw color. The body is capped by a two-finger head with a down-the-middle pour. Lacing is prominent and slathers the sides of my glass in cobwebs.

The nose is pretty unimpressive. I pick up what crystal malt smells like while it mashes. There is a somewhat raw character to the aroma that I am not really a fan of. I don't get much in the way of hops--either in aroma or bitterness. The taste is similarly average. Caramel hints atop coarse malted grains. There is something unfinished and off-putting about how it tastes. I can't put my finger on it, as it isn't an off taste, just something that doesn't jive with me.

The feel and drinkability are both impeded by the taste of the mashing malts. Its feels unfinished and rough, and as a result, it is difficult to drink. I am not sure that I will be returning to this one very soon. I think the rest of these might be cooking beers.

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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 BeerNemesis
2.6/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Patriot Pale

A- Sunset amber with a diminishing, white head.

S- Mild hops, pale malts, weird, musty fruits.

T- Very odd taste upfront. It's got an earthy base, with what taste like rotting fruit and caramel built on it. Quite hoppy and drying and bitter at the finish.

M- Nice full mouthfeel, whilst remaining light and refreshing. Could use more carbonation.

D- The flavor is a bit foul to me, like whatever's in there's been rotting for a while. Otherwise its ok.

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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 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 BeerSox
2.79/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into nonic.

Slightly hazy honey color with a one finger off white head which slowly settles to a thin cap. Strong and webbed lacing on the glass.

Somewhat of a light and slightly dull hop aroma, mostly consisting of herbal tea.

Biscuity malts are met by tame hops again. A little bit of citrus and spice, and a little more herbal flavor, but not much is there. Full bodied.

Simply just a bland pale ale. I'm not sure if there was a lack of bittering hops or what, but it just wasn't that aggressive.

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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 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 mooseisloose
2.88/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A recent BOTMC arrival, label is bold but boring, let's give it a whirl. Uncapping the brew I smell fruity hops but quite faintly. On the pour this brew pours to a cloudy yellowish brown with a very thin head that goes away fast. On the taste there really isn't much at all, some malt but no real backbone, a hint of earthy noble hops but nothing biting. Mouthfeel is ok but without flavor it doesn't really even come into play. This brew is very earthy but for me it is borderline a pilsner that barks but doesn't bite. A very drinkable brew but as a BOTMC selection I expect better, disappointing at best.

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Photo of thaichile
2.9/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bottle. Pours a golden orange with a decent, short lasting head. Timid floral scents. Beer is balanced but in a light way, less hops and malts that I have had experienced in other Pale Ales. As it warmed, however, flavors became more beery and funky tasting. Keep it cold, and it can be an adequate brew. Thanks Derrickt007 for the bottle.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
2.94/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a pint glass.

4.5 A: Clear golden yellow color. First pour yielded about 6 fingers of creamy/frothy hybrid head with (unfortunately really good retention and lots of lacing.

3.0 S: Pretty neutral in all regards. Slight graininess and even slighter fruitiness. Hops are just about nonexistent. Not bad smelling, but not really good either.

3.0 T: Incredibly boring. Nothing with a side of breadiness. Hops are a bit more prominent than in the nose, but that's just because the malts are so weak.

2.5 M: Light body with too damn much carbonation. Reasonably creamy, but not smooth due to carb.

2.5 D: Glad I only have to drink this once. Really boring.

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Photo of Risser09
2.98/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into a pint - fridge - Bottled 4/17/2009

Appearance: Pours a transparent golden color with bright yellow highlights. The head is ivory with 2" of size. Great retention and lots of foamy lace. Slow moving carbonation to the surface. Craterous.

Smell: Toasted grain with some alcohol and pecan nuttines.s No real hop aroma.

Taste: A mostly mineral flavor is weak in both hops and malt. Pale malt, grit, and a leathery flavor. Not too bad.

Mouthfeel: A powder dry finish, a little bitterness, some booze, and again, dry.

Drinkability: Grainy, malty and a little bitter with dryness that usually isn't this loud in a pale ale.

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Photo of wedge
3.01/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A thin, soapy white heads crowns a hazy gold liquid. Decent lacing. The aroma is hoppy, but balanced with a definite malt presence. Floral, spiced orange, and earthy leafiness over toasted caramel...not the smoothest combination of elements however. Sweet tea and caramel with a peppery citrus hop bitterness. Earthy pine...sweet and toasty. Not bad overall, but it's not impressing me much. Smooth, almost creamy medium body. Just not the right flavors for me to recommend this one. I don't think Challenger hops are right for an APA.

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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
3.03/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz. bottle

Hazy, orange/gold in color. Modest, off-white head.

Hoppy aroma, citrus & flowers. Peach, honey & caramel. Smells very tasty. Hops moreso than malt, but good balance.

Flavor follows aroma, in that hops are most evident. Grassy/bitter in aftertaste, not entirely pleasant. Malt character is crackery. Some sort of chemical sweetness (think Sweet & Low aftertaste) in there - mellowed as I drank. Pepper and herbal notes.

Light bodied, with medium carbonation. Fairly dry.

OK. Taste loses a few points because of chemical flavor. Not one I would hurry back to.

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Photo of Pencible
3.03/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This poured a slightly hazy bright gold with white head. It smelled like bland earthy malt with lemon and copper hops, and some cultured yeast. It tasted like orange and copper and pine hops with some caramel malt. It was slightly thick with some carbonation, and had a bitter aftertaste. Overall this beer was mediocre. The scent and taste didn't match, and it wasn't very clean either. The body was ok, and it wasn't difficult to drink. But it wasn't very good to drink either.

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Photo of goblue3509
3.04/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden yellowish orange color with a thick almost fist in size head that is frothy. The head gives way to a skin head and a decent lace up and down the glass. The aroma is pale malt with big citrus smells over the top. The taste was of a pale malt with a caramel malt backbone. There is a citrus and piney hop bite at the end. The mouthfeel is moderately carbonated. The drinkability is good it has a nice balance but its flavor isn't the best for the class.

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Photo of clemsonbrewer
3.06/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pale yellow in color. Thin head that dissipates quickly. No lacing. Smell is almost all malt. Little to no hops present. The taste is quite similar. The malt isn't overpowering, there just isn't any hop flavor to counter the taste. Smooth finish as there isn't much complexity to this beer. Worth a try but don't get a sixer

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Photo of mralphabet
3.08/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 Oz Bottle poured into pint glass

A: Golden Copper in color... Very cloudy, looks unfiltered. Nice head, about 2 fingers... and the lacing will not stop.

S: Hops Hops & More Hops..Very grassy, with a hint of citrus and light malt.

T: You get the hops right upfront.... it over powers the malt and lingering after drinking. A little to hoppy for my taste. The aftertaste if a bit bitter and sticks around

M: Mid bodied, very crisp and clean. Very little carbonation to speak of.

D: Not my cup of beer, but the ABV seem a little on the lower side so you could have a few of these. Not bad.

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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 jsdunlop
3.13/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a lighter amber with a golden hue, decent amount of white frothy head that reduces to some spotty patches of foam. Light grain aroma to begin with, touch of light citrus and a bit of caramel. Taste starts out with a crisp bite of lemon and orange citrus flavor with a light bitterness. Toasted grain and light malt sweetness open this beer up on the palate, giving off a dry, flaky biscuit taste. Hops reappear towards the end of the sip with a bitter and tart citrus assault with a lasting flavor. The finish is extremely dry, envoking an onslaught of cottonmouth after each sip. Mouth feel is light and crisp, with moderate carbonation. Easily drinkable, but fairly average for the style, not much seemed to jump out at me.

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Photo of timtim
3.16/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

the beauty of this thing is that we can disagree. the previous review or two are way way off of what i got from my sample of this brewery's products. although this beer looks very nice - slightly hazy burnt gold with a nice white head that dissipates to a thin sheet, but never goes away, and nice lace. put this next to an alpha king or even sierra nevada, and it just doesn't stand up. it is relatively well balanced, but the quality of the malt and hops just don't seem that great, and there is also a ryeish or maybe a wheatyness to the malt side that just doesn't strike me as that pleasant. just not that much going on here. i don't think i'll be revisiting their lineup again.

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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 EgadBananas
3.2/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Hazy copper color with a fluffy eggshell tinted head. Takes a bit to dissipate. Laces well.

Smells rather good, nice and woodsy with slight citrus and forward hops at the end.

Taste kind of fell flat. Just wasn't there. Had a more stale hop taste, and bit of sweetness, but too bitter in the end. Fairly different from the nice smell. Kinda disappointed.

Run of the mill light to medium body.

It's not a super good pale, but its drinkable none the less.

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