Yojo | Moonraker Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Moonraker Brewing Company
California, United States
moonrakerbrewing.com

Style: New England IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
This beer uses a proprietary English yeast strain and is completely unfined and unfiltered. Tons of apricot, peach and pineapple hop flavors from the use of Galaxy, Mosaic, Simcoe, and Citra hops.

​50 IBU

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#327
Reviews:
29
Ratings:
93
pDev:
5.35%
 
 
Wants:
18
Gots:
17
Trade:
1
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Ratings: 93 |  Reviews: 29
Reviews by BucannonXC5:
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4.15/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Type: 16-oz. can
Glass: Beer Nerd tulip glass
From: Beer Advocate’s DoubleBogey
Price: N/A
Purchased: N/A; Received on Nov. 11, 2016
Consumed: Nov. 15, 2016
Reviewed as: New England Style
Misc.: Canned on Oct. 13, 2015

Thanks, Chad!

Was lucky enough to receive one of these bad boys and a bunch of others from Chad. Was probably looking forward to this one more than any of the five. He was raving about this place in a recent stop and reading the can it just sounded good, so summarize pungent, juicy and tropical. Can’t wait to try it.

Poured a medium yellow-to-straw/gold yellow hazy color with 2-to-3 fingers of frothy white head. Some light bubbles coming up on the sides of the glass. World-class circular lacing. Excellent retention. (Sight - 4.50)

Smelled Simcoe, Galaxy, Citra, orange blossom, peach, apricot, nectarine, hints of mango, cantaloupe and a touch of Mosaic late. (Smell - 3.75)

Taste was much better than the nose. Very juicy as expected. Got orange juice, peach, cantaloupe, apricot, nectarine, Simcoe, Citra, Galaxy and toned-down Mosaic. Also persimmon, pineapple, orange blossom, orange creamsicle and melons. (Taste - 4.25)

Medium body. Oily texture. Average carbonation. Long, fruity finish. (Feel - 4.25)

Still not a huge fan of the style, but this was one of the better ones. Liked it a lot. Was going back and forth on a few of the ratings, but happy with where it ended up. (Overall - 4.25)

4.15 | 93 | A-

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More User Reviews:
Photo of dar482
4.6/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

The beer comes in a hazy medium gold color, completely murky.

The aroma hits of yeasty bubble, loads of pineapple, citrus, earthy dried herbs, sweet citrus.

The flavor follows with juicy pineapple flavor, loaded with juicy yellow orange, some sweet grapefruit, a bit of grainy malt, onto an earthiness, spicy dried herbs, vegetal green bitterness, while still dry.

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Photo of SDRedDevil
4.68/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Had cans from both batch 1 and 2, both are fantastic. Golden hazy color with a bright tropical aroma. Definitely get the juice up front plus a nice mellow hop bite, super full body with a soft finish. Top tier NE style IPA, totally on par with anything else being put out around the US.

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Photo of FriedSlug
4.45/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A glass of cloudy white grapefruit juice with a fluffy white head that fades but leaves a wind band of lacing. Bubbles continue to rise from the nucleation site of the glass throughout the drink. Nice scents of flowers, grapefruit, sweet malt and pine are noticeable. The taste is mostly bitter grapefruit pith and pine up front with a nice wave of mild sweetness and flowers at the end. Nice body and creamy mouthfeel in this beer. This is a really fine beer.

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Photo of largadeer
4.47/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of bouncepass
4.35/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of RaulMondesi
4.31/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I find this beer more ripe than the day is long. Wake up and want it. I dream. Dream and believe. I can for as long as I can see. Believe, drink... Drink, believe... I take another sip, can I last in reality? Is reality more real than me? I drink. I believe. Yes, I believe.

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.45/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Thanks, Chris!

A hazy orange witha dense, off-white head with excellent retention and lacing, this looks solid. The nose is a riot of juice and hops, a blend of tropical peaches, grapes, a little passionfruit, honeydew melon and a touch of mango and papaya. Unlike other hazy IPAs, this one is clean - the hops are focused, bright and for a change, not vegetal. The palate opens with a clean and bright juiciness, mildly sweet with peach, passionfruit, Meyer lemon and caracara oranges. Green grapes, peaches, a little papaya are also present. A faint honey note along with a moderately creamy palate make for a great beer. I can't stress how clean this is - for the first time, i feel that haze actually adds to the beer in a positive way. Finishing fruity with kiwi notes, this beer is medium-light in body and mildly bitter. Quite exceptional.

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Photo of FLBeerGuy
4.5/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of PhineasMcClintock
4.35/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of pkalix
4.28/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.47/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Can shared by jc1762. Thanks Jon.

Pale yellow body, medium haze, tight pockets of bubbles scattered throughout. Aromas of peach, vanilla. Malty backbone in support. Tons of fruit character to include peach, mango, melon. Tropical fruits abound. Tasty.

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Photo of jakecattleco
4.25/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Draught pour at their tasting room into a tulip. Looks like orange juice with a finger of white high density head that dissipates quickly and left spider web lacing. Nose is competing tropical and citrus, tropical wins by a nose. Taste is almost inverted, citrus dominates with tropical falling into the background. Finish is dry, very astringent, minimal bitterness, and lingers a bit. Mouthfeel is tingly from the astringency and some acidity, carbonation medium. Still needs work on softening the mouthfeel a bit, perhaps it's better from a can after a week or two. Solid beer, hope I can catch it canned sometime. Right now I prefer part Duex.

Revisited 20170315: Can dated 02/28/17 into a tulip glass. After writing a set of new notes, they pretty much mirror my original draught tasting at their brewpub. Still much prefer the mouthfeel on The Hermit (YOJO Part Deux), but this beer is solid in its own right.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
4.51/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

No canned on date, but quite fresh, direct from the brewery

Appearance - Pours extremely cloudy and sunset orange in color. White, finger width head that dissipates in fair time to reveal a thin, broken layer of suds across the surface. Fair lacing, mostly consisting of broken lines and some spotting.

Smell - When cracking the can your nose is immediately greeted with a bountiful punch of orange and pineapple, with lesser mango lingering beneath. Pouring it into a glass reveals light pine and a bit of mild cantaloupe.

Taste - Follows the nose. Juicy orange and pineapple zing. Lesser mango hits mid-taste, as well as some faint, mild cantaloupe character. Malts come through with some generic white bread sweetness (and maybe a hint of caramel?). More pineapple zing near the end as the orange turns pithy and slightly bitter, leaving a balanced, tasty as hell finish.

Overall - I've been fortunate enough to have had a handful of some of the best NE-Style IPA's out there (Bissell Bros offerings, Heady, Maine Offerings, Hill Farmstead offerings, SoS, Julius and Haze) and I have to say this one is right up there with the best of them. So juicy and sweet, with just enough bitterness and acidity to keep it balanced. We're lucky to have this so close to Sacramento. The next batch of cans can't come soon enough!

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Photo of XicanoBeerRun
4.13/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dominic4beer
4.75/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Corman00
4.64/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Looks like grapefruit juice and tastes super juicy and also very tastey!

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Photo of dertyd
5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

You only juice once(Yojo) pours a hazy yellowish orange,looks like juice in the glass. The aroma is out of this world, it's orange juice, pineapple juice,sherbet ice cream. The taste follows the nose exactly so much tropical fruit juice, this take on a ne style ipa is dead on

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Photo of wvsabbath
4.08/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of gopens44
4.25/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Swervine44
4.98/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of GuyFawkes
4.49/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Canned 7/7/17; drank 7/21/17 @ the Yarchives.

Opaque yellow/orange appearance.

A rough pour yielded a nice white head; frothy tree-rung lace.

Grapefruit, dry wheat, mild cane sugar & faint dry grass notes in the nose.

Soft, medium mouthfeel.

Grapefruit & faint cream flavors up front; dry wheat & faint grass notes on the finish.

Balanced & easy to drink, but with a satisfying flavor. To me, this is what a session NE IPA should aim for.

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Photo of ADTaber
4.5/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BSW
4.5/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of shelby415
4.49/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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Yojo from Moonraker Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.49 out of 5 with 93 ratings