Rockhopper IPA | RJ Rockers Brewing Company

BA SCORE
81
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91 Ratings
Rockhopper IPARockhopper IPA
BEER INFO

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

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
91
Reviews:
48
Avg:
3.53
pDev:
15.58%
 
 
Wants:
8
Gots:
7
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 91 |  Reviews: 48
Photo of alwaysanswerb
3/5  rDev -15%

Photo of CSQ1111
4/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of ChrisSimpson1968
2.93/5  rDev -17%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a lightly hazy, honey-amber color with a small, fleeting head of light beige froth. Settling quickly to a thin patch with a bubbly rim, the foam leaves tiny spots of lacing behind. The aroma is, quite honestly, off-putting, showing a cardboard overtone and hints of metal amidst a malty base of stale bread and spent toffee. Hops are weak, hinting at grass and citrus but failing to truly pop. Flavor are equally disappointing, again primarily stale and bready, with faded orange and dry grass bitterness. Eh...not good.

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Photo of gatorbreath
2.43/5  rDev -31.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Not impressed...

About the only expectation met was the app. Golden hue with slightly white/frothy head...other than that, not a real IPA as far as im concerned. Actually thought I got a bad sample bottle...

Taste is mostly malt and whatnot, not at all what I expected..or enjoy for that matter..Mouthfeel is consistent with IPA if my tastebuds were broken... Overall, not impressed and won't be sampling another bottle.

Must have put the wrong label on this bottle or something..

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Photo of MayLattimore
3/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Ugggh! Another tasteless example of an RJ Rookers brew. Hey, for all those out there trying to figure out how to rate RJ Rookers and not pay for it, follow my example: ask for a sample.

That way you don't have to pay for an entire pint. Appearance: average. Smell: No hops. Taste: East coast attempt at an IPA. Okay, it's all just an average attempt to cash in on the IPA craze -- poorly.

Overall, this is a commercial, accountant's version of an IPA. All malt and no hops. The brewmaster should be embarrassed to put this out. A malty pale ale wanting sooo, soooo much to be an all-growns-up IPA.

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Photo of swierczt
3.98/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured part of 22oz. bomber into a goblet. Nice deep orange in color and hazy in its appearance (seems to be unfiltered?). Off white head about 1 finger thick dissapates quickly.

S - Fresh cut grass, pineapple citrus fruits, some caramel sweetness and biscuit like yeasts.

T - A fair amount of hops on the palate, pine resin, some pineapple/pear. A touch of bready yeast. Hops linger a bit in the finish, but they are not overwhelming.

M - Medium carbonation. A bit slick and oily on the palate.

O - This is the best offering yet that I've tried from RJ Rockers. Liked it better than the Black Pearle and Son of A Peach. A solid IPA, but I didn't get the hops bite that I was expecting for 90 IBUs. I'd try it again.

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Photo of EJ6759
3/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Amber pour with a thin off white head. Aroma is bready, grains and tropical fruit. Grainy flavor, yeasty, buttery. The off flavors actually take away from the hops. Bitter and dry but, im not sure if its just astringent or another flaw. There is something about their beers that so far doesn't appeal to me.

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Photo of zeff80
3.52/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a clear, copper color with a very small, thin tan head of foam. It left minimal lacing.

S - It smelled of pine, fresh cut grass and some caramel maltiness.

T - It tasted of burnt toast maltiness with sweet caramel notes. There was a sharp citrusy, piney hop bite of bitterness.

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

O - This is an okay IPA. Not impressive looking and didn't have a big IPA flavor.

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Photo of PatLarsen
3.25/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Had this on-tap poured into a pint glass. It had an amber appearance with a thin head and not much lacing. It had an okay smell. Can't place the hops. Has more a malt backbone than an actually hoppy taste. I would classify this as a typical east coast IPA. The mouthfeel was full and had good carbonation. Overall, I would list this in the also-rans. If it's on-tap and another IPA is available you might want to go that way.

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Photo of BeerForMuscle
4/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Cloudy orange-blond body with a nitro-like offwhite head, sticking heavily to the glass.

S - A strong dose of hops and citrus in the nose.

T - A very nice sweet, robust hop taste. Not much hop spice, but sweet mellow hops splashing around. Mild citrus tang but alot of sugar sweetness in here. The hops seem toned down by the sweet sugar.

M - Slightly bitter grainy mouth. Pretty balanced but sweet on the palate and in the aftertaste.

O - This beers sweetness could be toned back as I was looking for a deeper and more pronounced hop character. Still a pretty nice IPA.

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Photo of oberon
3.19/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A new offering from RJ Rockers in my area.Poured into an imperial pint glass a chill hazed burnt orange with clingy one finger slight off white head,good definition and stickiness.The aromas were honestly not anywhere to be found except for mild citri and earthy hops,I was really letdown in this aspect of the beer.There is some harshness in the palate,the hops are very bitter (in a bad way)in the finish,bitter and earthy with just a hint of biscuit malt undernereath.Iam a hophead and I like bitter but this seems to miss the mark,maybe being a little to brash.Just my opinion.

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Photo of jsprain1
3.93/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Noticably darker than many in the style. Caramel colored. An aggressive pour yields little for head retention. Minimal lacing. Noticable particulate in there as well.
S- Earthy with some citrus notes in there. Enough malt in there as well.
T- Buttery malt with some caramel notes. Hops are earthy with a bit of citrus in there as well. Finishes more citrusy than aroma or initial tasting would suggest. Definite improvement of hop quality as it warms. Well balanced.
M- Smooth carbonation. Decent enough body. About as dry of a finish as you'll find.
O- A solid Ipa. The appearance is a bit of a downer, but otherwise a pretty impressive balanced IPA.

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Photo of russpowell
3.19/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours caramel with a finger of cream colored head. Murks up a bit as the bottle is drained, sheets of lacing & above average head retention

S: Fruittyness, not much else

T: Woody & herbal hops, caramel sweetness up front, some tea & tannin notes. Herbal & woody hop bitterness dominate, caramel & pears are also there as it warms, along with dryness. Finishes with oaky dryness, some caramel & leafy hops & orchard fruittyness

MF: Medium bodied, sticky, fairly aggressive carbonation. decent balance

This IPA just doesn't quite pull together for me, the hop mix isn't for me. Not bad, but not one I will buy again

This may not be superfresh. Since there is no dating on the bottle, DOOM on JR Rockers...

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Photo of GSmithBeer
3.16/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: it looked good. had the ipa appearance.
S: couldn't really smell all that much in the hops. after smelling so many really good ipas, i felt this one was just kind of average.
T: bland. it had all the ingredients. but didn't really come together in terms of something really good.
M: had good mouthfeel however. creamy. the people at the event didn't really know all that much about it so i can't really comment on that.
O: like i said, having tasted so many great ipas at the event, i would rank this one an average ipa. nothing really stood out.

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Photo of OakedCanuck
3.16/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle into pint

Pours a nice deeper yellow with nice white head. Decent lacing
Smells slightly of citrus (lemon, orange, grapefruit), it almost smells too acidic. Taste is not in line with the smell. The dry hops come across as pine, as expected, but the have an 'old' taste too them, but this is a fresh bottle as far as I know. Decent caramel malt backbone. Mouthfeel is drying and a touch over carbonated. Easy enough to drink but a bit messy.

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

Picked up a 22oz bottle last night and it poured a slightly orange color with a thin white head clinging to the edges and sides of the glass.

The aroma was citrusy with a malty sweetness.

The taste is grapefruit with a moderate dry bitterness in the finish. The malt flavors are highlighted with sweet, slight caramel flavor overall. It slightly overwhelms the hop character I look for.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is pretty good. The flavors mixed together pretty nicely. Pretty good beer overall, it wasn't exceptional but solid.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
4/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #43 (Aug 2010):

Nine hop additions in a 90-minute boil produced 90 IBUs--geekin' out. Fine-bubbled lacing tells the story, while the deep amber color offers some mystery. Tangerine, ripe pears, a hint of spice from the hops and sweetness from the malt all make themselves present in the nose. This beer is smooth, with hops that quickly pull on the palate with an herbal, pungent bitterness. Caramel sweetness makes a quick showing, then is covered with hops. There is a layer of estery alcohol within. It is also a bit fruity, but the hops pretty much mute that with each sip taken. This is kind of a hardcore IPA--brash, in your face and perhaps off the wall, but it works.

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Photo of Gambrinus1184
3.67/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22-ounce bomber into a Spaten Oktoberfest pint glass.

A: Hazy, orange-amber in color with a bubbly, frothy, two-finger head of white foam which was a tad creamy and held on with some decent lace. Relatively muddled clarity with some chill haze and some sediment floating amongst the yeast.

S: Candied tropical fruits, pineapple, orange and some herbal, spicy notes blend with grassy, floral and bitter hops.

T: Pretty malt-forward at first, with a sweet and sticky caramel malt and tobacco leaf flavor backed quickly by somewhat musty, candied fruits and a bitter, citrus fruit hop finish. A little sticky sweet and the bitterness doesn't linger in the right way, but it's okay.

M: Full-bodied and a bit heavy handed with the low carbonation and sweet, caramel malt base.

D: Not as hoppy of an IPA as I'd have hoped for, but the malt profile took me by surprise. It has a nice combo of sweet, heavy, almost syrupy malts combined with a decent amount of bitter, herbal, nosy hops that don't impact the overall perception all that much. The 7.5% ABV puts it near DIPA categories for me, and that's just fine, I say.

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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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Rockhopper IPA from RJ Rockers Brewing Company
3.53 out of 5 based on 91 ratings.
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