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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.

Added by brentk56 on 03-26-2005

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Ratings: 235 |  Reviews: 108
Photo of kylehay2004
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of jaydoc
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.41/5  rDev +0.3%
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 spycow
3/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of Knapp85
2.75/5  rDev -19.1%

Photo of nmann08
3/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of metter98
3.63/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is hazy light amber in color and poured with a thin off white head that slowly faded into lacy patterns of bubbles. A very slight amount of carbonation is visible.
S: There are light aromas of caramel malts and citrus hops in the nose.
T: There are moderately strong flavors of caramel and toasted malts in the overall taste, which also has a very mild amount of bitterness and notes of citrus flavors.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
D: The beer goes down very easily and is quite sessionable. The flavor isn't very overpowering so it would definitely pair well with foods.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.68/5  rDev -21.2%
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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3.25/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of brentk56
3.78/5  rDev +11.2%
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 zeff80
3.58/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a clear, golden amber color with a three-finger head of tan, rocky foam. It left sticky rings of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled floral with some citrus notes - mostly orange peel.

T - It had a nice spicy bitter bite at the beginning but then brought some sweet caramel with a touch of roastiness. There was some citrusy tartness, too.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry, clean finish.

O - This is a good APA. Very sessionable and tasty.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.85/5  rDev +13.2%
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 dbrauneis
3.19/5  rDev -6.2%
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 chinchill
3.51/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle served in pint glass. Production(?) date of 10/13/2010. Small amount of sediment added mid-tasting.

A - hazy light amber/gold with limited and short-lived white head that leaves little lacing despite carbonation level (medium/medium-high)

S - pleasant piney hops with citrus notes and detectable caramel malt.

T - good hop hit for an APA. Malt provides significant sweet balance for hops' bitterness.

Downgraded for feel and for the flavor of the aftertaste.

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Photo of jlindros
3.38/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A light fuzzy 1/2 finger head rises and quickly falls, over a clear but yeast chunks floating pale orange wheat yellow color.

Nose comes with light pale hops, light malts, a light fruit, light grassy hops. Very light nose.

Taste is kinda meh, some light malts little toasty, light pale hops, little grassy, some chewy oldr hops, little creamy, very light on malts and flavor overall. Light astringency. Finishes with a decent bitterness, lingering sticky feel and astrigency despite not having a whole lot of hop flavor.

The mouth is medium to lighter body with decent carbonation.

The drinkability is ok with lower abv and light taste, but a long bitter astringent taste and some sticky feel.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.55/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Acquired via trade from jayli so a big “Thank You” goes out to her. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a dark gold color, with a short off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains caramelized malts, some citrus and some hops.

T: The taste starts out with a strong but not over-powering burst of hops bitterness followed by some mildly sweet flavors of caramel and citrus. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and brings some balance. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly bready.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, although it’s not one of the top beers in the style this is still worth drinking for a while.

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Photo of oberon
3.26/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I have seen this brewery at beer fests here in NC but this is the first time I have tried their stuff,poured a light golden with a fluffy white head that settles pretty quickly.Not much that will make u think aroma wise here mainly toasted malt a touch of caramel but where are the hops?Likewise the taste of this beer is muted toasted malt steals the show not much of a hop profile a touch of herb but its underneath the toaste grain and caramel no real balance here.Now its a sociable pub ale I think as it goes down very easiyt no complexities make it boring and one or two would be enough for me.

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Photo of ygtbsm94
2.25/5  rDev -33.8%

Photo of smcolw
3.93/5  rDev +15.6%
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 russpowell
3.91/5  rDev +15%
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 ChainGangGuy
3.85/5  rDev +13.2%
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 BuckeyeNation
3.68/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

"The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants."

--Thomas Jefferson

Bright kumquat orange with honey colored edges and little visible carbonation. That didn't stop the formation of several fingers of fluffy foam that is closer to ecru than ivory. Nice lace too.

The nose isn't hoppy enough for an APA, but it's still enjoyable. Smells like mostly pale malt with a mildly musky-fruity hoppiness. Challenger and Cascade are reasonable choices... if they deliver on the palate.

Patriot Pale is pretty good beer that probably won't make it all the way to solidly good beer by the bottom of the bottle. It's fairly hoppy-bitter, which makes up for a lack of cleanliness and brightness.

The malt has a slightly toasted-earthy edge that is more Munich than caramel, which is never my preference when it comes to this particular style. Challenger adds an English pale ale vibe that is more interesting than good (though it isn't bad). In the end, slight tweaks to the ingredients list would have improved this brew.

The mouthfeel is pretty impressive, which reflects well on the brewery in general. The liquid expands to a fluffy medium-fullness on contact and doesn't lose its mojo halfway through the mouthful.

Patriot Pale is my second RJ Rockers beer (Bell Ringer was the first). It's pretty solid all the way around, but doesn't do the little things needed to be truly memorable. It's too bad I wasn't home on July 4th to do this review.

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2.75/5  rDev -19.1%

Photo of mikesgroove
3.95/5  rDev +16.2%
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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2.5/5  rDev -26.5%

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