Yojo | Moonraker Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Moonraker Brewing Company
California, United States

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

Added by dertyd on 06-27-2016

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Ratings: 83 |  Reviews: 25
Reviews by rboinski:
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4.38/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a large cabernet glass.

Appearance: Beer pours an hazy orange yellow, similar to a traditional mai tai however more opaque. Decent head at first but retention reduced quickly to a thin, 1/16th inch at best in a glass without nucleation.

Smell: Classic New England character but a bit more subdued than anticipated. Pineapple dominates the nose, with an unremarkable stonefruit present that developed throughout the tasting session. In the back there is a bit of honeyed character to the fruits, lending a relaxed character rather than the aggressive fresh character typical of a west coast IPA.

Taste: The taste of this beer is incredibly balanced. Immediately there is a solid, complex backbone to this beer that is extremely pleasant and supports the flavors extremely well. The taste opens with pineapple again, but within 3 seconds apricot takes over and smoothly rounds out the finish. This is a tropical IPA without a question.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel on this beer is fantastic. It fills the mouth with a plush sensation that does not take away from the flavors but instead enhances them. Perfect for the style!

Overall: Fantastic beer. The only thing holding this back from world class status is that the flavors are pretty straight forward. If Moonraker continues to tinker with this style and develop more complexity in the aromatics and taste I am certain they will be well known nationwide in under a year. Excellent beer and I am looking forward to their future!

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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 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 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 DavidR_9
4.71/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Had this on tap at the brewery. Such an amazing beer! An easy drinker, lots of depth and isn’t overly juicy or bitter. Lots of citrusy orange, soft pineapple, grapefruit, and a touch of stone fruit.

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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 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 fthegiants
4.75/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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 Justdoit1234
4.35/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Fireman_RK
4.83/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

L: Hazy orange, apricot, and honeycomb hues with an ample white head
S: Pineapple, mango, and tangerines
T: Tropical fruits including oranges, pineapple, and melons with minimal malt
F: Medium bodied and moderate carbonation
O: Juicy, sweet, and bursting with tropical flavors. Thus far this is the best NE-style IPA I've had from a west coast brewery - very well done and expertly crafted.

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Photo of Uconnelmo
4.23/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Apartment-drinker
4.4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Lots of people will tell you in the "Saa-kraa-menn-O" area that this is the best of this style we have around here. And while they are right me personally am not as big a fan as most , a definite must buy if you see it or drive to Auburn and taste it yourself. You will appreciate this beer more if you had some wack ones of this genre. I'm not a person that's crazy about the haze.

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

Photo of Rolltideroll123
5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Phenomenal beer. Highest recommendation. Look at the line around Moonraker when this beer is released and it should convince you I’m not alone in my rating. My wife was a Coors Light fan but Yojo has changed her life. She never liked the taste of any IPA and she absolutely loves Yojo.

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

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

Photo of Boccu
4.7/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

First one from moonraker. I’m an instant fan. It hits on every note. Easily crushable. Extremely well balanced throughout. Look forward to more from them.

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

Photo of MFMB
4.85/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a hazy turbid bright straw yellow.nice frothy white head that laces the glass the whole way down. The nose is like a fruit basket! Fresh cut pinnaple, peaches, apricots and ripe mangos. The taste is spectacular! Extremely bright and extremely fresh. Fresh pineapple juice, peach and apricot nectar along with ripe mangos and grasses. Not overly sweet like the nose and taste might suggest but nonetheless you do pick up a solid amount from the fresh bouquet of fruits. Bitterness is just right, not extreme but enough hoppy kick to keep things interesting. Mouthfeel is smooth, rounded and somewhat creamy. Finishes crisp and very clean on your palate. You almost need to take the next sip as the flavor explosion that happens with every swig disappears quickly. This one can be dangerous as at 7% she is extremely drinkable. I absolutely love Yojo! This beer is my Jam! Cheers

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Photo of conpen
4/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Kurmaraja
4.43/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of rodbeermunch
4.36/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

This is pretty much the beer that put Moonraker on the map. Pours a shady yellow NE ipa broth with a thin 1/5" white head. Aroma is pungently tropical and citrus. Plenty of stone and tropical fruits here, with a soft exterior on the nose.

Taste, wow, amazing delivery of fruity hop flavors and very mild for style bitterness. The malt body is barely there, very smooth and luscious. Peach, mango for days, lesser pine and pineapple. Good price, good convenient format. What this does best is impute tons of hop flavor without any heft or bitterness. The drinkability is insane. Downside is this stuff seems to sell out same day already.

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Yojo from Moonraker Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.49 out of 5 with 83 ratings