Bubblejack India Pale Ale | Rush River Brewing Company

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Bubblejack India Pale AleBubblejack India Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Rush River Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by feloniousmonk on 03-17-2005

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Reviews by Mistofminn:
Photo of Mistofminn
3.6/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another single in a mix six I picked up tonight.

The initial pour on this, while admittedly aggressive, produced a 9-1 head to beer ratio, and it stayed like that for about 5 minutes. Pours a golden color with the slightest copper tint, with a significant amount of suspended floaties inside. The gorgeous white head is chunky and thick, with excellent retention and leaving sheets of lacing.

Bottled in the 2nd week of October, this isn't the freshest of bottles, but the hop presence is still strong and straight forward. Mostly earthy and grassy with a hint of floral and citrus, the hops are still strong enough to mask the malt backbone. Decent enough smelling IPA, underrated if anything.

The taste is much milder than I expected. Has a slightly stale hop character, but I can still see glimpses of what this is like fresh. Juicy and floral, with a strong bitterness to balance out and mostly mask the caramel malt backbone. Decent enough, but myself and others are looking for more umph out of their IPA.

Mouthfeel is light to medium, with little to no carbonation but a very smooth and creamy feel to it. Goes down easy, with only a slight bitter bite and aftertaste. Drinkability is pretty good. This could possibly be a good intro to IPA's to someone who doesn't like hops yet.

Overall, a decent IPA, but not something I would specifically seek out to try again. I would be interested to see if the taste was any stronger when fresher, but as it is now, it's kind of boring. A decent enough beer, but it just didn't do it for me. This will be unfortunately, easilly forgotten.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First off, thanks to Arvjunk for givin' it up!

A nice looking beer that has a deep golden, lightly coppered hue. Terse foamstance that fades but never completely disipates. Light lacing evident on the glass. A mild, dry-hopped hazer persists but I'm glad that the brewers do not filer this out- much more flavor just leaving it where it is.

Maltiness is firm throughout but starts with a firm, malty, and hearty English-style flavor and body. Light caramel note and sweet breads set the stage for the beer and never waivers. Remains rich and malty deep into the finish without cloying sweetness or under-attenuation. The malts and body of the bee make this beer more English than American in the IPA catagory.

But the hops sing a different story. Citrusy, piney, and with a heafty dose of fresh-cut grasses or lemongrass that takes hold in the fragrance and accompanies it through the flavor and deep into the finish. Bittered to balance the caramelized malts but doesn't dominate the mouthfeel. Great hop aroma, flavor, and with a bitter balance that dips slightly toward the hoppy side of the fence.

Though English in nature, the yeasty fruitiness is restrained but evident in the backdrop with citrus rinds, apples, and peaches. Phenols are nowhere to be found, which adds to the clean, crisp nature of the session. Not harsh with minerals or tannins, this beer is much better than most other BA's give credit.

Sure Bubblejack stradles the fence of an American IPA and an English IPA, but it takes the better qualities of both. I always feel good about a beer when I can give consistent marks across the board- a testiment to the brewers: Good job Rush River!

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.13/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Out-of-focus ochre absolutely choked with yeast. For the millionth time, how can anyone prefer the look of filtered beer? The beige cap is at least three fingers after the pour and looks much better as it starts to melt. Soft divots are beginning to appear in the upper surface, along with smaller pits. Fine, filagreed lace looks fantastic as well.

The aroma is true, red-white-and-blue American IPA, even though a little more pungency would be nice. Bright lemon, orange and grapefruit are a fruity, C-hop delight. Shouldn't a beer named Bubblejack smell more like Mary Jane than this one does. Why else the name?

BIPA isn't the hoppiest IPA in the world, but it's immensely fresh and sunshine bright and hop flavorful. Age is a mystery since July and November are both notched on the label. Besides, it doesn't indicate if those are 'brewed on' or 'best by' dates. Never mind, my taste buds tell me that the beer is still incredibly vibrant.

There's easily enough malt for the style. Thankfully, the brewers decided not to use much caramel malt so the hops could do what hops do. The hop bill tastes mostly American with an assist from the Brits. There's an herbal-earthy quality, along with the citrusiness, that gives the beer a palate pleasing complexity. Apricots, grapefruit, freshly zested lemons, and yes... maybe even a little ganja.

Because the glass is now coated with fat rings of sticky lace, the appearance score will get a much deserved upwards bump. The mouthfeel is full enough and creamy enough to make drinking a summer breeze.

Even though The Unforgiven Amber Ale isn't a beer that I would usually go crazy over, its quality was obvious after the first sip. Bubblejack IPA is at least as well-crafted and is even more enjoyable for this hophead. This brewery bears watching. Thanks, once again, to the outlaw friar from Minneapolis.

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Photo of csmartin6
3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of bsp77
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into IPA glass.

Appearance: Looks like cloudy orange juice with a white, sticky head.

Smell: Mostly oranges with spicy notes.

Taste: Oranges again, somewhat sweet, with some light tropical notes. Spicy, bitter finish.

Feel: Moderate carbonation, medium body, mostly dry finish.

Overall: Decent IPA, but too much sweet orange.

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Photo of NilocRellim
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of virinow
4/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of bpfrush
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of ADR
2.73/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at The Muddy Pig, St. Paul, MN...

A strange sickly hazy yellow appearance, head starts out well but completely deconstructs into a skim in half a minute. Small spots for lace. Aroma is a little odd as well, some crisp hop but a touch of a quality that bears some resemblance to kerosene. Body is lightish and the carbonation seems a bit spent. The flavor was adequate, malts are minimal -- slight molasses and a decent but not big hop profile. The hops also seem a little tired, like partly dried leaves. The bartender told me that kegs seem to have been a little variable, this one was OK, not infected or overly stale, but not a standout IPA either.

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Photo of cmwilliq
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of richkrull
2.32/5  rDev -36.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured a cloudy golden color with lots of fluffy white head on it. Small amount of lacing on it.

Smell is slightly skunky, not sure what's causing that. Some hope aroma coming through, but not as much as you'd expect.

Taste is pretty decent although doesn't really taste like a classic IPA. This beer seems more like a lager throughout. It doesn't really have a bitter hop flavor like I expected.

Mouthfeel is light and bubbley. Seems like there may be too much carbonation.

Overall not a great IPA in my opinion. Seems like they kind of missed the mark on this one.

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Photo of pwoods
3.38/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. brown bottle poured into an imperial pint. Notes.

A: Glowing orange pour. About a finger worth of white head. Decent retention and nice lacing.

S: Light citrus is dominated by sweet malts and overly floral hops.

T/M: Decent hops bitterness and citrus punch but could stand to be bigger. A slight twist of hop resin. Malts are pretty sweet but that's about it from the flavor department. Body is about medium and somewhat smooth. Carbonation actually seems a bit high, though.

D: Tasty but not great. Decently drinkable but easily forgettable.

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Photo of cokes
3.28/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Particle-strewn golden bodied with a thick bone-colored head of moderate retention and lace.
Bitter grapefruit and lemon rind nose, with some more tropical nuances, and a smaller amount of pine resin. Malt is toasty and vague. It falls apart later as grain alcohol comes out forcefully as it warms, and becomes the dominating factor...strange for a beer of modest strength.
Shortbread maltiness is the first thing noticed in the mouth, then a husky bit of grain, as it turner slightly tarter towards lemon muffins. There's a sour apple interlude in the middle, and a hint of buttered toast, but the diacetyl levels are checked- or at least obscured- for the most part (unlike their Small Axe Blonde Ale). Hops bring plenty of grapefruit and lemon juice bitterness, wintergreen oils, and some orange rind zestiness. It's citric, but definitely on the bitter end rather than the fruity/juicy side. Just a small gin, botanically bitter alcohol flare around the swallow.
Medium bodied with a steady, medium carbonation.
While not bad, this is an IPA with some notable flaws.

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Photo of dirtylou
3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz single, rileys

appearance: poured into an imperial pint glass, cloudy golden-yellow body, huge foamy white cap and loads of lacing

smell: zesty hops, bubblegum, white pepper and corriander

taste: this is a pretty respectable ipa from a brewery brand new to me - this brew has a nice hop profile, spicy white pepper and fresh citrus...nice hop profile and lots of spice

mouthfeel: fresh and crisp

drinkability: pretty good

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I tried this beer at my neighbors house last night; he brought a sample pack back from Wisconsin. It poured a hazy golden with white head that left some lace. The scent and taste were bitter and English leaning. The Mouthfeel was medium in body with good carbonation. Overall it's ok.

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Photo of tempest
3.95/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I think is a great example of a beginner's IPA, or an IPA that serves as a great introduction to the style. The hops flavors are big and complex, while the bitterness is held in check and isn't a big step past a pale ale.

The appearance is a hazy yellow-amber with white lacing and the aroma has big floral grapefruit with a hint of earthyness. The flavor follows up with the same big fruity hops, like a bitter citrus fruit punch. The aftertaste is a slightly dry, bitter citrus rind tang that's quite pleasant.

There are bigger and badder IPA's, but this makes a great pairing for tons of foods (I just had it with a stir fry) and is approachable for anyone with a taste for hops.

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Photo of kenito799
4.52/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Sept-1st week notched on label. Thanks to tizzod for selecting this for my Minnesota visit drinking pleasure.

Pours a hazy orangey-amber with small head, leaves nice lacing.

Aroma delicious amalgam of hoppy goodness--lemony, grapefruity, piney and floral. Near perfect IPA scent.

The taste is pretty much everything I look for in an American IPA...extremely flavorful with nice bitter finish--but balanced near-perfectly by the right amount of malty sweetness to keep it highly drinkable. Very similarin flavor profile to Stone IPA...I would like to taste them side by side at some point. Very impressive, easily one of the best IPAs I have had. Great job. The Upper Midwest makes great beer.

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Photo of russpowell
3.62/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this from feloniousmonk, cheers Al!

Pours apricot with 3+ fingers of beige head. Above average lacing & average head retention

S: Apricot, breadyness, more orchard fruit, plus some honey malt

T: Dry with slight lemony hops, soapyness, leafy hops & apricots up front. Pears, leafy hops, & some jammy notes as this warms. Finishes with leafy hops & fruittyness

MF: Medium bodied with lively carbonation, fair balance. Didn't really dig the hop mix

Drinks alright would've rated this a little higher as an English IPA

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Photo of Kegatron
3.71/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a clear golden copper, with 1-2 fingers of rich bright-white foamy head. This retains with a robust finger that leaves a heavy coating of lace that completely drenches the sides of the glass. Great look! The aroma is floral, herbal, a little spicy, and fairly citrus-forward, with a strong smack of lemon and fresh grapefruit juice. Honeyed pale malts sweeten this up on the edges. Pleasant little nose here.

The taste is bitter with grapefruit and sharp rind, balanced by the bready sweetness of the malts and some softer fruit character. Bitter dryness and spice coat the tongue and linger hard in the finish. Nice fresh tasting hop bite here considering that this bottle is a couple of months old. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a soft creaminess to the carbonation which is undercut with some smooth herbal textures that keep this easy feeling. Maybe just a smidge of light warmth hangs on the breath after each sip but this doesn't hold the body back at all.

Surprisingly above average IPA from this new to me WI brewery. Lots of fresh hop character that is well balanced and packaged in a very drinkable and easy feeling body. I don't get some of the mediocre reviews for this one. I liked it.

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Photo of MMAJYK
3.93/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Nice honey like color; a little bit hazy. Head is 1/2", rocky, and seems to be very sticky. I haven't taken my first sip yet and some lacing is starting to develop anyway.

S- The first scents I gather are pineapple and grapefruit from the hops. The hops also throw out a perfume-y smell too. Further down, you find the sweetness of the malts trying to keep up. None of the smells are overpowering or in your face, just a nice easy smelling brew.

T- Well, this is totally different that what I was expecting. Your tongue is thrashed with a nice hop bite first thing. It then settles down when the malts come in to play. The hops used are very dirt-y and earthy, leaving the mouth dry on the back of your tongue for the aftertaste. Maybe just a little bit hoppier than malty, but who said that is a bad thing? Not me.

M- Medium in the mouth and relatively high carbonation. Spot on for style, in my opinion.

D- I like this beer and I could definitely see myself being able to drink 2 or 3 in a day if the timing was right.

Another thanks goes to asmokingoat for this one as part of our Local Beer and Glass BIF.

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Photo of morimech
3.49/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A very gentle and careful pour results in a dark golden beer with just a hint of head. Some floaties mingling in with the carbonation bubbles. Just a little lacing is left down the glass. Don't know if it is bottle conditioned or just unfiltered. An aggresive pour will result in a fish food filled glass. I don't find that appealing in an IPA.

Citrus and grassy hops are the dominate aromas.

The taste is like the smell. Grapefruit being the dominate flavor. Doesn't seem to have much of a malt backbone. Somewhat acidic and oily as well. Has a lingering citric acid aftertaste.

Feels light to medium in texture with good carbonation.

A introductory IPA is the best way to describe the beer. Just not as well balanced as many other offerings out there. Also I have a problem with the bottle sediment. Just hurts drinkability for me.

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Photo of marcobrau
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at the Muddy Pig in St. Paul. I wanted something hoppy and this beer did not disappoint. This beer had a wonderful lemon verbena scent to it, along with some more piney aroma. The hop flavors of this IPA are played against a background of pale malts; the Bubblejack is a sort of blonde IPA. The hazy gold appearance of this brew would suggest a certain lack of filtering and for me, perhaps some additional fruity flavors from the yeast. A tasty enough IPA, that lacks some complexity, but is rather hoppy and refreshing.

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Photo of brewbucker
3.72/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I cannot tell you how many times I have walked by this beer and almost bought it. Finally I bought a 6 pack. Pours a medium copper with a thin head. Aroma is funky fruits , mild hops and caramel malts. This was bottled in July so the hop flavor seems to have faded a bit. It is still a very tasty IPA but I would love to get some fresh stuff. Flavor is light hops, malts and a slight oxidation. I will re-rate when I get a fresh batch.

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Photo of Ek0nomik
3.93/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured In: Pint Glass
Purchased At: Just Local Food (Eau Claire, WI)

I was a bit disappointed in this. I had this at Stella Blue's in Eau Claire on tap and it was fantastic. It tasted much hoppier than the bottle I picked up.

Appearance: Lighter than most IPA's. This one has a golden color. If what Monkeypaws said is true, then it makes sense why there is sediment floating around. I don't mind that much though.

Smell: A light hop aroma, not very strong.

Taste: Not very citrusy, mostly an earthy pine taste. This has a stronger presence of a bread malt flavor.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation seems just fine to me, not too tingley on the palate.

Drinkability: I need to try this on tap again. I'll try to get this again in the next month on tap and see how it is. Perhaps I'm just imagining things.

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Photo of Kunstman
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

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