Patriot Pale Ale | RJ Rockers Brewing Company

Patriot Pale AlePatriot Pale Ale
235 Ratings
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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Photo of socon67
4/5  rDev +17.6%
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 +3.8%
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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Photo of damndirtyape
3.62/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a Shaker pint glass. Bottle had no clear date stamp, but "061010" was on the side. Hmm...this beer could be over a year old.

Appearance: Cloudy orange-yellow beer with a thin off-white foam across the top. Persistent strands and small sheets of lacing here and there. The pour brought along some sediment, so some fine particulates can be seen throughout the beer - some bigger than others. Good color and lacing, not so sure about the particulates.

Smell: Orange citrus, a hint of pine, and some definite sweetness in here. Maybe even a hint of biscuit. Initial smells were much more hoppy, but as beer sits and warms up a tad the other smells described above are more prevalent.

Taste: Quick orange citrus, then honey and biscuity malt, and then a mild bitter (citrus again) finish. I think I would describe this beer as malty with hop highlights - kind of like the hops frame the beer start and finish, but the sweeter malt is the theme of this beer.

Mouthfeel: Just right carbonation, slick, and just thicker than water. A tiny hint of hop oil sticking to the teeth.

Overall / Drinkability: Not bad given what I think may be the date on the bottle, and if the beer is over a year old, it has held up well. I wonder if it would be more balanced in regards to the hops if it was fresh, but hard to tell. I think in the end it's okay. An above average APA with an interesting smell but I'll have to leave it at that. I may visit it again when I know it's fresh to see what happens to the malt flavor.

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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 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 wedge
3.01/5  rDev -11.5%
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 nrbw23
3.21/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a clear golden amber color with a nice white head. Not too bad retention and leaves some pretty solid lacing.

S- Smell is toasted grain and a bit of nuts. I'm not picking up any hops pretty surprised by that.

T- Pretty weak overall. Pale malts, grains and maybe some very faint grassy hops.

M- Lighter side of medium and carbonation was good.

O- Pretty weak overall flavour I'll pass on this one next time.

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Photo of confer
3.65/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a pale golden color, with a minimal head that remains as a small amount of froth and also leaves its mark on the glass.
S- No hops in the smell. There is some bitter orange smell.
T- A small amount of hops in the taste, but a bitter not all that pleasant aftertaste.
MO- I've had other pale ales that had a much better flavor. This is okay but nothing I would look for in the future.
Thanks to Dave F for the collection of RJ Rockers.
On a second visit I found I liked this beer a bit more than the first taste.

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Photo of Ricochet
3.6/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Extremely lively in the bottle! One ton head and total lace all around. Very cloudy,orange amber and a messy lace left over. Yeast at the bottom of the glass. Smells like potted flowers? That was my first impression. A bit of butterscotch and a bit of a chewing gum scent, not juicy fruit. Creamy wash, goes down clean as ever not even a whisper of burn. Wow. I couldn't figure this one out. Where was the taste? Light lemon and slight hops. Slight malt note. What was most unusual about this is before I knew it it was half gone. I would say this is a "Light" pale ale? Wow. I guess I could drink a lot of these yet...Indifferent about distinctive taste yet lacking in taste?

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Photo of jsdunlop
3.13/5  rDev -7.9%
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 jsprain1
3.93/5  rDev +15.6%
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 mooseisloose
2.88/5  rDev -15.3%
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 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 philbertk
3.42/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

RJ Rockers Brewing Company--Patriot Pale Ale--HANDCRAFTED--Every Beer Every Drop Every Time--2011 12 oz. Bottle. 6.00% ABV. 37 IBU's. (3.75 / 5.0) Fizzy slightly rocky mild lace white head. Fizzy clear bright thin amber gold color. Biscuity floral hop mild front. Thin textured delicate sweet light caramel doughy hint mild fruit crisp Pale Ale body. Refreshing flavor leads to mild hop spice toasted hint white bread end. Nice flavor, but body is thin. Clean and well made but more of a Golden Ale. English hop & malt notes. Sampled 2/2/2011. Malt of the Earth Beer of the Month Selection received 1/19/2011.

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Photo of stewart124
3.75/5  rDev +10.3%
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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Photo of aepb1
3.33/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Part of a tasting hosted by vapodge, many thanks my friend!

A- Yellow straw, golden edged body with an airy white head

S- Bready malts, not a whole lot else

T- Caramel malts up front moves into a bready malt, no real hop presence in here

M- Light body, good carbonation level

D- Very easy to drink, decent example of the style. Nothing outstanding but nothing the least bit offensive

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Photo of Jayli
3.45/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Acquired via beer of the month club
Served in a pint glass

A: This beer pours a hazy copper color with a 1/4 inch of white head. Head recedes immediately and leaves minor wispy lacing.

S: Nose is definitely a more malt forward pale - heavy on the caramel and breadiness, with minor citrus notes.

T: Taste starts with a good deal of caramel sweetness, quickly followed by a mixture of sweet breadiness and a hint of toasted malts. Finish is an oddly balanced citrus bite that still carries a touch of the sweetness.

M: Lighter side of medium body, medium carbonation, a bit of a thin feel to this.

D: Goes down already, somewhat tasty, not too filling, mild kick, ok representation of style. This wasn't a bad beer, could have been blended better, and I'd most likely opt for others of the style.

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Photo of bonkers
3.68/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this as part of a BOTMC. I poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a nonic, pale gold in color with a 2 finger white head. The smell is faint, bready. The flavor is light, bready, citrus notes. It has a nicely bitter finish. The body is medium, well carbonated. A solid APA, could have been hopped a bit more.

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Photo of greenmonstah
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into DFH snifter

A - Pours a light amber-orange, cloudy with a wispy half finger head that rapidly dissipates into a little trail of bubbles.

S - Malted barley. The smell of a cold brewery. Light hops, mostly citrus.

T - Pale malts and a crisp hop character. A bitter citrus and pine hop is present. Nothing too impressive. Clean and refreshing.

M - Light to medium body with nice active carbonation. Crisp and clean, maybe a bit wet.

D - A rather average APA without any standout characteristics. Easy to drink, but I wouldn't order it at the pub.

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Photo of NittanyBeerFan
2.2/5  rDev -35.3%
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 BeerNemesis
2.6/5  rDev -23.5%
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 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 Tilley4
3.75/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Received from Case in a package, thanks bro!

Pours a hazy golden with lots of thick head and good lacing... Very hazy I must say.. No yeast or anything though...

Good blend of hops/malts in the aroma... Piney hops with a caramel toffee malt base... Very pleasant...

Ultra smooth and drinkable... Sweet toffee malts with a background of pine hops... Wish the hops were a tinge more prominent but I'm not really griping about that... Eminently smooth for sure and very drinkable. A perfect lawnmower brew...

Nice and easy drinking with some good balance to it. A good Pale Ale

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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 feelmefoam
3.68/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Patriot Pale pours an unfiltered honey color with lighter orange highlights and a finger of fairly thick whitish head that has decent retention and leaves thin lacing down the glass as it dissipates.

The smell is pretty good... I've got a little cold so even though I can't smell as much I'm gonna put what I smell in 1.5x Cold Scalar Units to get my smell score. I like what I smell, though not a lot there because of the volumes of snot jammed into my damn sinuses, so I'm gonna assume there's a few more hops than I smell, which is good. Slightly musty, apple-ish aroma followed by a handful of caramel malt aroma. Definitely not the hoppiest Pale I've laid nose to, but that's alright because different ain't always a bad thing.

The taste has a sweet and toasty bread-like malt background which has those same musty hops and some new spicier hops thrown in on top. A little bitterness comes in after the intial flavor rush. With these kinds of hops, rather than the Sierra Nevada harsher pine and citrus bitterness, this is almost similar to an English pale ale. Still pretty tasty any way you look at it.

Nice mouthfeel. Smooth and creamy when it's on your tongue, keeping a steady medium body throughout the experience. Accentuated with some minor tongue-tickling carbonation.

I'm actually a little disappointed I haven't tried more R.J. Rockers beers. They're very local, but I've mostly stuck to Thomas Creek in the local market. I'm gonna have to give these boys some more attention in the future, as they seem to know what they're doing. All in all, this is a pretty good pale ale, maybe a little different from some West-Coast styled APA (stone and SNPA) but tasty all the same. And cheap, one of the benefits of being a local. Good beer, give it a shot if you see it around and support your local breweries!

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Patriot Pale Ale from RJ Rockers Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.4 out of 5 with 235 ratings
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