Rockhopper IPA | RJ Rockers Brewing Company

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Rockhopper IPARockhopper IPA

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

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
This ninety-minute west coast-style IPA has nine hope additions of Warrior and Amarillo and comes in at a whopping 90 IBUs. A tongue-twisting treat for the hophead in all of us!

Added by mikesgroove on 02-28-2010

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Photo of Tilley4
1.71/5  rDev -51.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Picked this bomber up for a little over 3 bucks today.. Brand new to the area so I grabbed a bottle while its as fresh as its ever gonna be...

Not much hop aroma really coming off of this one at all... Some sweet maltiness with a tinge of grassiness to it but with a "90 minute boil and 90 ibus" I'd expect a bit more...hmmm...

Flat seemingly lifeless stale maltiness with a bit of faded hop to it but that's about it for this one.. Two sips and down the drain for me...

Pretty disappointing but for 3 bucks a bomber I didn't have extremy high hopes..

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Photo of far333
2.89/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Hazed amber orange with chunks of particulate matter moving in and out and all about. An agressive pour throws up a minimal head that drops quickly.

Muted smell of cinnamon, light brown sugar and overripe fruit. Initial flavor of grainy honey malt, dull hops, notes of grape juice, some pine sap.

Slick mouthfeel, low carbonation. Did I get a bad bottle or is this really what this is all about?

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Photo of DeanMoriarty
3.37/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Picked up a 22oz bomber in a trade with Dawson's Liquor in Severna Park, MD and poured it into a stemmed Bitburger Pilsner glass - thanks fellas!

A: Pours a hazy copper hue with a thin head and not much in the way of lacing.

S: Some bitter hop but way too much sweet malt - reminds me too much of a European take on an IPA.

T: Some earthy/mossy hop flavor that immediately gets overwhelmed and dominated by the massive amounts of sweet malt - there's some resiny hop flavor at the end, but the sweet malt blast is so strong that it never really lets the hop establish itself in the overall flavor.

M: Medium-bodied, good amount of carbonation, somewhat syrupy with a bitter mouthfeel at the end from the hop.

D: Not my kind of IPA - too heavy, sweet and over-malted. Glad I tried it, but don't need to revisit.

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Photo of PicoPapa
3.62/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber. Pours a cloudy medium brown color. Not much of a head on this one but lots of lacing. Aromas of piney hops, slight citrus, and somewhat floral. Taste bitter hops and not a whole lot else. A bit of a grapefruit aftertaste, but not much. I've never seen this brewery before and thats why I picked it up. Judging by the small amounts of reviews it is relatively new. This is an alright IPA but there are a bunch of other ones I'd grab before getting this one again.

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Photo of Docer
3.53/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bomber received in a trade from PDXhops... thanks bro!

- Nice lightly murky orange and caramel brew... quick white fizz.. leaves a nice bit of lace and a spotty ring.. dusting on top.

- Sticky caramel smelling grain with a nice floral and citrus hop flare. Sweet malts, brown sugar....

- Big caramel malt backbone with some sweet brown sugar and caramel qualities... slightly grainy and bready... biscuit grassy and floral hops... rather heavy on the malt side.

- Sticky, slightly chewy... bit drying, medium bodied..

- Overall not a bad brew... but a bit malt forward for my taste in an IPA.... I like thin not so malty IPA's.. but it is certainly full bodied, and drinkable.

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Photo of billab914
3.68/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into my Southern Tier tulip glass. It poured poured a slightly orange, darker amber color with a thin white head clinging to the edges and sides of the glass. The lacing continued as I drank it and left a nice trail on the glass as I drank it.

The aroma has a grapefruit citrusness to it with a bit of pine coming through in the hoppiness. A moderate malty sweetness comes through as well.

The taste shows more of the grapefruit hoppiness to it with a moderate dry bitterness in the finish. The malt flavors really come through as well and add a nice, sweet, slight caramel flavor overall. It provides a nice base for the hoppiness.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is pretty good, it had some nice hoppy and malty flavors to it overall. The flavors mixed together pretty nicely and created a nice sweet hoppiness overall. Pretty good beer overall, it wasn't exceptional but was pretty solid and an easy drinker.

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Photo of argock
4.15/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz brown bomber into a Duvel tulip. No freshness date. Purchased at Beer Run (Charlottesville, VA) for $5.69.

A: Very hazy true amber with sticky 2-finger vanilla ice cream-colored head with good retention and fine spots and other assorted smudges of lace.

S: While this brew has a buttery, toffee hops presence, the hops provide an earthy, resiny quality that mixes well with the malt character. Pine and herbal aromas are there too but only support the resin quality.

T: Caramel, toffee malt hits first but is blasted away with heavy resin hoppiness with citrus, pine, and earthy-herbal tones. THe bitterness is most in the back end, but it will make you wobbly -- it takes no prisoners. Aftertaste is a bit of papery malt with more resin. An excellent example of a no-holds-barred East Coast IPA.

M: Body is slightly lacking but it is sticky and has a pretty good mouthfilling, coating quality. Carbonation is prickly in a good way.

D: I am really impressed with this brew -- it lays down the law with strong hops bitterness. I wish more plain pale malts had been used to prop up the body a bit more, but, all in all, this is a really good beer and one of RJR's best offerings to date. A great brew for lovers of the East Coast IPA loadedf with resiny bitterness.

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Photo of liamt07
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of 67couple, 22oz bomber into a couple tulips. Thanks again Jon.

Pours an opaque maroon, with a finger or so of white head. Thick lace but almost no head retention. Aroma is overwhelmingly grapefruit with some background orange and other citrus, sweet toffee malt base as always. Quite nice, but not outstanding. A touch of sweetness and the bready, toffee malt are more prominent in the flavour, with some citrus and pine bitterness and a relatively long lingering aftertaste. Not a ton of complexity here. Mouthfeel is a bit thin, but the drinkability on this ain't too bad given the strength. Relatively run of the mill in terms of the style.

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Photo of mdaschaf
2.65/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a DFH snifter glass

A: Poured a dark amber with a small head with decent retention. Nice lacing down the glass, but I had a lot of floaties in the glass which concerned me.

S: Very little IPA aroma here, mostly biscuits and malt. Expected a lot more here.

T: Again, very little hop flavor, but it is there. Get a lot of caramel and malt.

D/M: Light to medium bodied. Not sure what's going on here. If I had tasted it blind, would not have guessed IPA, so I hope that it has just been sitting too long. No bottling date that I could find, but hasn't been on the shelves around here very long.

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Photo of RedChrome
3.05/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A hazed amber colored liquid in the glass. Minimal head just bigger then a white slick faded fast. A handful of large carbonation bubbles.

A bit malt forward for the style. Biscuit scent with a coating of honey. Hops do provide a very faint bitterness in the back of the nose.

Very watered down flavor. The hops shine more on the tongue than on the nose and have a floral and pepper bite to them. Malt is present, like white bread soaked in a glass of water.

Watery feel across the mouth. Carbonation is almost not present.

Just an average brew. Would wash down just about anything easily enough. This one is only average overall. Many better choices for the style.

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Photo of TheHoppiest
4.38/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle with a penguin on the label into a tulip glass. Gave it an aggressive pour after letting it warm a while. Pours a beautiful amber with a sticky ivory head that gently collapses.

Has a pine-hop smell, with a generous sweet malt aroma underneath. A faint straw smell underneath as well?

Plenty hoppy, this one starts with a tobacco and spice bite with a fair amount of astringency, followed by a smooth-ish malt sweetness, ending pleasantly bitter.

Mouthfeel is smooth with a gently nip of the top of the tongue. The tongue dries and throat slightly constricts with this one.

This was a gift from a friend travelling up from the South. Too bad, because if I could find it locally, I'd pick it up again.

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Photo of begforme4484
3.83/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This bottle has a penguin on its label.

I thought to myself, how can you go wrong if it has a penguin?

It pours a mix between copper and brown. Pretty hazy. Very minimal off-white head which recedes quickly. Nice lacing on the glass.

Has a blended smell. Earthy hops and bready malts present, neither of which over power the other.

Overall taste is bitter. It's bitter upfront which gives way to some citrus and matly notes. Strong bitter finish that lingers.

Medium bodied with mild carbonation. Could drink another if I were so inclined.

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Photo of Seanibus
4.05/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer starts out fairly conventional, but improves surprisingly quickly, picking up a rich, sharp citrusy bitterness that almost feels and tastes like a boozy mint extract.

Pours hazy amber with a minimal head. The aroma is bready and a bit minty, with a sharp liqueur-like sting. The flavor at first is malty and dull, but a few sips begin to bring up a surprising minty quality that coats the tongue and cools the mouth. Very surprising and not unpleasant.

The mouthfeel is thin, but clings on the finish.

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Photo of Gyle41386
3.88/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a growler into a South Carolina Gamecocks 2010 NCAA Baseball National Champions (that was a mouthful) pint glass. Always excited to try "local" versions of my favorite style. Also, haven't had too many beers from R.J. Rockers, so it will be good to see where they stand with the other SC brewers.

Pour favors orange with a solid finger of white foam. Head retention is pretty good, and there's some decent lacing stuck to the glass. So far, so good.

The aroma is standard East Coast IPA. Very, very sweet buttery malt scent. Now, there is a fair amount of grapefruit/orange, and a little bit of resin. Not a great nose, but nothing really wrong with it.

Flavor follows the aroma. Not exciting, but not unpleasant. Barely hoppy enough up front, but there is a pretty nice finishing bitterness. Lots and lots of malty sweetness.

Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Little dryness in the finish. Absolutely no hint of alcohol. Easy drinker. Definitely a step in the right direction.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.68/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours an orange color with a white head. The aroma is resiny hops and earthy hops with a bit of toffee. The flavor is a lot of toffee and caramel with some earthy hops, resiny hops and pine hops. While there is quite a bit of hop flavor, there is very little bitterness, making this a very malty IPA. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of avalon07
3.7/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had an orange color and a cloudy texture. There was an inch of foamy, long-lasting head and OK lacing.

S: A nice aroma of hops, malt, and some citrus.

T: Tasted of hops and citrus mainly with a malty backbone. There's also a grassy quality that doesn't do the flavor any favors. That being said, it gets easier to drink as you go along.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a dry finish. Medium-bodied.

D: While this beer has its flaws, for the most part it's drinkable.

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Photo of aasher
3.88/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was lucky enough to get a 22oz bottle from thagr81us as one of his extras in a trade when I went down to Spartanburg. It poured a rich and cloudy medium brown/amber collaboration. The light cream head dissipated quickly and laced the glass. It looked like the prototype IPA. The smell on the other hand was average. It was just mildly hoppy. I desire more from an IPA. The taste was good but nothing spectacular. It was a smooth hoppy. The mouthfeel was light and hoppy, yet not overly. I would've liked a little more. It was very drinkable. The alcohol wasn't present and it was pretty light and smooth. It's definitely worth a try.

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Photo of Spica66
4.28/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Received as an extra from MikesGroove- Thank you, Mike!

Poured from bottle into pint glasses.

A: Deep caramel leaning towards amber color. Very nice head development and retention. Nice lacing on the glass. Very nice beer to look at.

S: Citrusy hops on top of malt. Smells delicious!

T: Very nice citrus and resin flavored hops. Good malt backbone. Very balanced.

M: Very smooth, almost creamy. I actually am surprised this is not a DIPA...

D: Wonderful beer to drink. Nothing gets in the way or overpowers any other part of the beer.

This reminds me a very lot of FFF Dreadnaught - and that, in my mind, is a very good thing!

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Photo of thagr81us
3.82/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap into a standard RJ Rockers pint. The appearance of this beer was orange with only a small amount of head present. The aroma had a very nice hop note to it (as would be expected). While this beer was advertised to have 90 IBUs, all 90 did not show up to the party. It did however have a nice flavor with medium bitterness that was light on the palate. Overall this is probably one of the nicest beers I've tried from RJ Rockers. However, it is quite hard to find as they do not bottle it that I have ever seen. Might be worth a shot to track down for a true hop-head.

UPDATE: It is now bottled and available.

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Photo of jpmclaug
3.73/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a growler into my Duvel tulip (Growler from Greens in Piney Grove)

A - Orange-rub color with a decent sized white head on top, light lacing forms on the sides of the glass

S - a slight florally hop smell with a more pronounced buttery malt smell. Not nearly as hoppy as I was expecting.

T - Floral hop taste mixed with a stronger caramel malt backbone. Hints of buttery flavor. Not all that hoppy of a beer but enough hops to confirm that it is actually an IPA.

M - Medium body with a fair amount of carbonation. Finishes pretty smooth.

D - Pretty easy drinker. This beer is solid but nothing fantastic. I would not have a problem drinking this one again but I doubt I would seek it out or buy it over a lot of other IPA's I've had in the past.

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Photo of upstatewoodie
4.45/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Well were do I start, the rockerhopper is on point. Upon recieveing my pint i noticed it has great caramel coloring and a good foamy white head. now it was time to drink Wow! this IPA has a smooth, crisp, and clean body to it, with just enought hoppyness. It finishes so nicely, you will find yourself saying "i got time for one more" I did!

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Photo of cdizinno
3.84/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Clear, deep orange-amber color with off-white head and light to moderate lacing.

S: Mainly a malty scent. Nothing much with hops going on. Some light floral honey, but smell is almost non-existent, the only disappointing thing about the beer.

T&M: Medium bodied, very smooth. Nice floral hop taste that is very well balanced with the malts. Finishes semi-dry with oily-hop bitterness throughout.

Very good brew for RJ. I've had some better, regular IPA's, but this is fairly good for the style.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.13/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thrilled to see the new offering from RJ Rockers make it into Greenville. Grabbed a pint of this at Barleys last night. Consumed on 02/27/2010.

The pour was dark, almost caramel colored amber with a nice two finger head of pure white on top. Great retention as it coated the insides of the glass with a thick, spider like lacing. Aroma is deep grapefruit and citrus coming out right away. Warming brings a hint of a light buttery malt that lies underneath. Clean, crisp medium body starts out the tasting. Smooth, would be the best word to describe this as it very well balanced. Clean and sharp hop notes, fresh with tons of oily, resiny goodness are coming through now. I sit back and relax with it as it unfolds with a smooth, buttery goodness and a nice dry, and very clean finish that begs you to come back for another sip.

Overall I am very, very impressed here. This may be the best I have had from RJ Rockers to date. A very solid IPA that I would guess is going to be very warmly recieved.

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