Jacobus RPA
Jopen Bier BV Haarlem

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Rye Beer
Ranked #129
Ranked #29,205
3.78 | pDev: 8.99%
Jopen Bier BV Haarlem
Very Good
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Snowcrash000 from Germany

4.33/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a slightly cloudy, deep, dark amber coloration with a large, fluffy, lasting head. Smells of toasted, bready, caramel malt and lighter citrus hops, with some lightly spicy notes and just a hint of pine as well. Taste is a great balance of sweet'ish toasted, bready, caramel malt and somewhat lighter citrus hops of grapefruit and tangerine, with some quite noticeable spicy accents, with black pepper standing out, and a hint of pine as well. Finishes with a medium bitterness and some caramel malt, citrus and black pepper lingering in the aftertaste. Full mouthfeel with a medium body and carbonation.

This is an excellent Rye Pale Ale with quite and impressive depth of flavot and mouthfeel for the ABV, with an outstanding balance of sweet, bready, caramel hops, bitter, piney, citrus hops and that spicey rye character.

Sep 03, 2019
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marcbosch from Netherlands

3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

L: Warm orange, almost copper-y. Decent head.
S: stone and tropical fruit (peach and mango, I'd say). Resin. Hops bomb, in conclusion.
T: Opens with fruit, follows with bitterness. Malt character is subdued. A bit of extra spice and sourness from the rye.
F: Medium bodied, medium carbonation, very dry finish. As it should be.
O: Beautiful RPA

May 11, 2019
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schavuytje from Netherlands

3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Interesting a rye malt beer in honor of the patron saint; odor; Fruity mermaid, in addition to the taste of a bitter bitter after which a dry finish makes thirsty; A rye beer in balance proves difficult this has been a good success

Jun 05, 2017
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janubio from Spain

3.51/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Amber colour, medium head good retention and lace. Aroma of tropical fruits, caramel, nuts, Medium to full body, creamy palate and carbonation. Taste of caramel, nuts, tropical fruits. Dry finish.

May 02, 2017
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drmeto from Germany

4.09/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

-pours a clear dark amber with a medium to big,frothy,offwhite head
-medium carbonation visible
-Follows the nose plus herbs with a prominent rye bread note at the end
-medium to high bitterniss for the style
-medium carbonation
-light to medium body
A great Rye Pale Ale.

Apr 12, 2017
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EmperorBevis from England

3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a very very light brown body with huge foaming thick white head that stays
Big rye & hops aroma
The hoppiest rye beer I've had and I think that creates a unbalanced conflictin flavour that is certainly interesting
Slightly to much fizz tbh

Nov 11, 2016
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chicagobeerguy from Illinois

4.09/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

L: Amber honey color, fat nice foamy head, good lacing
S: Bready, yeasty, malty, slightly bitter hops, piney, dandelions, dried flowers
T: Toasted malt, honey, nice rye flavor to smooth things out
F: Good feel, very smooth, good carb level
O: Enjoyable RPA, definitely worth a try

Jun 02, 2016
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djura from Serbia

4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Found it here in Serbia, bottle 0,33 l

A - Brandy mahogany amber color, excellent creamy foam, medium carbonation. Love on first sign.
S - Refreshing and nice. Hops and fresh malt. Some caramel in it.
T/M - Creamy with warm aftertaste, also bitterness in the back. Malty and spicey.

O - Except that warm alcohol taste in the back i do not like, everything else is very good.

Feb 21, 2016
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Marius from Netherlands

3.87/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

33cl bottle. Clear orange pour with a medium height white head with good retention. Smells like honey, citrus and pineapple. The taste is more bitter and dry than the aroma suggested. Herbal hops, some honey and citrus.

May 14, 2015
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MasterfulIdiot from Georgia

4/5  rDev +5.8%

Poured into a Duvel tulip. The liquid is a cloudy dark amber/caramel and the pour kicks up a nice-sized tan head that fades fairly quickly to a film and doesn't leave much in the way of lace. There is visible carbonation as well as a good bit of yeast/hop sediment floating around.

Aroma is a little bit of citrus and a little bit of toasted malts, but neither one comes across very strong. Swirling it around gives me a bit of dried fruit and maybe black pepper, but even that I have to reach for.

Well the flavor definitely comes through on the palate! It starts off with major rye - nice and spicy with its own bit of distinct bitterness. For a second it seems undiluted by hops or anything else, but mid-palate a kiss of citrusy and almost tropical hops comes through, adding
some oranges and dried tangerine into the mix. Towards the end I really start tasting a nice malt backbone with caramel and a surprising, but pleasant, amount of dark fruit. On the finish I get raisins and plums. Aftertaste goes back to the hops though, with citrus fruits being the parting impression. Really nice journey of flavors from the sip through the aftertaste!

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with a medium amount of prickly carbonation.

Overall, really nice rye flavor that's allowed to shine past the restrained hop character. And, as a bonus, the malt flavors are really nice and remarkable as well - something I wasn't expecting from the style! It's really surprisingly complex, and does a great job bringing together disparate flavors while maintaining balance. After a disappointing nose, it definitely came through with the flavor.

Dec 14, 2014
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ChainGangGuy from Georgia

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

11.2 ounce bottle - Bullock's Wine & Spirits in Marietta, Georgia.

Appearance: A darkish, tan-colored beer with a slim, scant, ivory-hued head.

Smell: A scent of moderately toasted bread crust and flaked rye with a thin edge of sweet-scented caramel to it. Hops give a little orange, a little grapefruit as well as some spice.

Taste: Sufficiently sweetish, caramel glazed maltiness, predominately toasty with a subtle undertone of rye and vague, mild nuttiness. Citrusy, spicy, minutely resiny hops with ample bitterness to balance things out. The carbonation is livelier than expected, but it only serves to keep things moving nicely and give a little bump to the beers overall spiciness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-plus carbonation.

Overall: Subtle but rather enjoyable.

Aug 25, 2014
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

3.59/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

a real tasty rye beer here, a little bit bland in the context of some american rye beers, which are getting enormous and very intense. this is more of a subtle use of rye here, just a portion of the grain bill to give it a little character. pale copper in color, tall off white head with great staying power. the nose and taste are moderately forward on the rye, not spicy like some can be, but more of a dense bready thing, an earthen property, and extremely fresh. well hopped too, especially for a euro brew, which usually dont have much hops at all. this one has a distinct bitterness and pungent C varietal character. what i like about this is how well balanced it is, its not too much rye, not in your face, but distinct at the same time. also one of the more hop forward european ales ive come across, very much american in use of hops for flavoring. nice carbonation, fuller body, yet quite refreshing for what it is. if it were available regularly here, im sure i would buy it from time to time. its very well made.

May 16, 2014
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chinchill from South Carolina

4.02/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From bottle at 2014 Atlanta Winter Beer Carnival.

Excellent appearance with great clarity very durable head, and a tan foam that leaves a well coated glass.
Great balance with a spicy front end and finish.
Crisp, medium body. Lively.

O: Strong recommendation for fans of rye ales.

Apr 09, 2014
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BeerDocT from Georgia

3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Big thanks to my friend Bill F. for this beer.

Appearance 4.0: Poured out a beautiful dark caramel color, like the color of walnut wood. Nice 1/2" white head faded away to zero very fast. Slight swirls on top. Nice lacing.

Smell 3.5: Very subdued bouquet. I detect some spiciness from the rye and a general smell of hops.

Taste 3.75: Front is dry with a pleasant and unexpected taste of prickly hops. Middle is where the rye taste comes in and is very pleasant. This mid-level rye is balanced by some very nice citrusy hops. Finish is dry with a slight caramel taste and a balanced and satisfying hit if alkaline hoppiness. Aftertaste is remarkably long, given the dryness present in the other taste levels, and focuses on the rye/hop mingling.

Mouthfeel 4.0: Very refreshing and full mouthfeel on this beer. This goes a long way to making a dry beer very palatable.

Overall 3.75: Dry, but balanced and thoroughly refreshing. Light body with a low ABV makes this beer an excellent sessioner or a perfect companion to food. Not a big, over-the-top beer like several American versions, this brew is an excellent introduction to the Rye style.

Mar 14, 2014
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sfprint from Germany

3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: medium brown, almost no visible rising carbonation,
S: Very much like an unsweet fruit punch. slight IPA pineyness.
T: Slightly tart, fairly smooth, nothing offensive. slightly bitter.
M: Feels more carbonated than it is, creating a sort of foam quality,
O: Quite good, model of a rye pale ale.

Oct 15, 2013
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DropKickCharlie from Netherlands

3.67/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Maybe it's the subtle scent of rye that floats from a nice half pint, but Jacobus RPA is a beer that takes me biking through the Dutch country side-- even if the countryside is filled with nothing but canals, cows, and sheep (and no rye). There's a nice country aroma here.

It pours a nice acorn brown color, not too dark, not too light, with a short foamy head.

True to its name, this beer tastes of rye, but not aggressively so. It's just enough. I'd compare it to a nice Sierra Nevada Pale Ale with a rye kick.

Overall, this beer kicks ass. It's totally accessible. Nice to have on a early afternoon but equally pleasant on a late night out. I've had it on tap at the Jopenkerk. It goes down smooth every time.

Jun 30, 2013
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schuim from Netherlands

4.22/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The aroma of this beer is fruity from the used USA hops with just some rye braking through.

The beer is unfiltered and is therefore slight hazy, the color is amber.

the taste is fruity and bitter with a dry finish and then a slight hoppy fruitiness returns. The rye also gives it some spicy and oily taste, in wine you would call it petrol like, but i have not seen that by beer reviews?

Jun 25, 2013
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metter98 from New York

3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Jopenkerk, Haarlem, Netherlands

A: The beer is very dark yellowish brown in color and somewhat resembles apple cider. It poured with a quarter finger high off white head that died down but consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light aromas of subdued citrusy hops are present in the nose - oranges and grapefruit seem to stand out in particular.
T: Te taste is very much similar to the smell and is citrusy and only has a faint hint of bitterness and slight hints of spices from the rye.
M: It feels nearly medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is really enjoyable - it's like drinking a maltier version of an Americn West Coast IPA without any of the bitterness.

Apr 18, 2013
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safaricook from Netherlands

4.12/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Whether this beer got much better over the years or I just happened to get a fresh one, I really enjoyed it this time. Sweet fruity aroma, nice rye spyciness and a well balanced bitterness. Very well developed rye pale ale that brings it all home in an unexited way.

Feb 22, 2013
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stcules from Italy

3.33/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dark amber color, beuatiful beige foam.
The smell is cereals and malty, with some lightly spiced note.
Easy in the mouth, malty start, then the light spicy notes of rye. Not bad.
Light, but pleasant, notes of hop.
Light body, very drinkable, short aftertaste.
Easily drinkable.

Feb 11, 2013
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Absumaster from Netherlands

3.97/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A dark copper beer with a settling head.

Smell of citric hops with notes of red fruit, mango, grapefruit. A nice hoppy smell backed up by a full malty smell which is a bit dextrinous.

Taste is balanced between the hops and malt. The bitterness is not too high, but enough to balance the beer. The hops offer red fruit, grapefruit, mango and give the beer a nice citric hoppy taste. The rye adds a slightly nutty and fullness to the beer.

Dec 30, 2012
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Aethien from Netherlands

4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a nice orange brown colour with a small cream coloured head.

It smells like an American style IPA over rye bread with some lovely tropical fruits and pine smells supported by a good solid backbone of rye and herbal notes.

Flavours follow the nose with rye all around but not dominating the taste but more accommodating and supporting the fresher, lighter fruity tastes. Herbs and pine come through a little later with a dry pine and rye finish. absolutely lovely and perfectly balanced.

Mouthfeel is a little aggressively carbonated at first but smoothing out along the way and finishing on the dry side, it feels a little thin at times though which is my biggest complaint about this beer.

I've added some points on the overall because this beer is refreshing, solid, easily drinkable and just all around balanced and good. I could definitely see myself going back to this all year round. This is a beer that makes me happy and that makes me want to get another one and then maybe another one.

Jun 20, 2012
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doopiedoopiedoo from Netherlands

3.92/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bought from the local Mitra.

12.oz bottle into a snifter.

A honey orange color with a large fluffy white head. A bit hazy and little bit of carbonation.

Spicey smells of honeydew-melon, a bit of pine on what's clearly a rye base. American West Coast IPA Hop Aroma.

Flavors are right on par with nose. They Rye is the big backbone of this and the hops stay nicely in the background. And the herbal/ spice flavors are surprisingly well done.

Mouthfeel is light to medium with a dry bitter finish.

Finally a rye beer readily available to me. I really enjoyed drinking a few of these. Makes for a great all night session beer.

Jan 29, 2012
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Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 65 ratings