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Entries in Abita Brewing Company - Jockamo IPA (3)

Friday
Oct152010

Abita Brewing Company- Jockamo IPA: If your uncle Jock was stuck on a roof, would you help your uncle Jock off? 

After a brisk three mile autumn run I was in the mood for something crisp and bitter, like an IPA maybe. The next IPA in the brew queue was Jockamo from Abita Brewing in Louisiana. Hopefully this brew has the voodoo that makes LA such a kick ass place. Let’s just hope I’m not reaching for my voodoo doll after this one.

Jockamo has an amazing fizzy pop and a creamy foam head that was still rocking my glass ten minutes after the pour. This beer is the one of the most beautiful shades of sunset orange I have ever seen in a pint glass. The hoppy bouquet has awesome hints of flowers, citrus and pine as well as a sweet malty aftershock. If you’re looking for a beer trophy wife, well, put a ring on this goddess.

Unfortunately in beer, and in life, a girl’s looks rarely match her personality. Jockamo IPA is in no way a bad beer, it’s just a little disappointing. The flavor seems to be muted and the hops washed out, like a great painting that sat in the sun too long. This might be one of the smoothest and weakest IPA’s around. I would recommend it for a starter IPA, but any serious IPA junkie is going to find themselves back on the street looking for a new fix in a hurry. Jockamo is good, but far from great and this website is not called thegoodestbeerofalltime after all.

ABV: 6.5%

Consumed: Pint Glass

Verdict: Buy A Six Pack

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Sunday
Aug082010

Abita Brewing Company- Jockamo IPA: Expect the unexpected

Now that I have already completed my first review and believe that I have a good feel for the rules and process I am ready to do it again without nervousness.  I had the day off of work today and had no plans for what to do with my day, so I decided to drink beer and watch a beer documentary which is new to me called “American Beer”.  It came out in 2003 and chronicles a group of guys that set out to travel across the United States touring 38 craft breweries in 40 days.  I must admit that I too have toyed with the idea of completing a similar project.  One day I will have enough money and time off from work to do just that, but I digress.   In “American Beer” the guys travel to Abita Brewing Company which is just 30 miles north of New Orleans, Louisiana.  It is then that I remembered that I have a bottle of Jockamo IPA in my fridge awaiting a review.

Jockamo pours amber-gold with a 1” head that stays the course atop the beer for quite a while.  The nose was maltier that I would have expected for an IPA and the hop character is more subtle than I would expect too.  The flavor displays the malt and hop character in balance which for me is not expected but completely appreciated.  This is a medium bodied beer and has an appropriate level of carbonation for the style.

Although there are a few Abita beer that aren’t my cup of tea (mug of beer) Jockamo is a really good offering.  It really doesn’t push any boundaries, but it is enjoyable from the fist sip to the last.  I would probably use this beer as an introductory beer into the world of IPAs although it would also appeal to a veteran.

ABV: 6.5%

Consumed: Pint Glass

Verdict: Buy A Twelve Pack

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Thursday
Feb182010

Abita Brewing Company- Jockamo IPA: An Interesting Take On An IPA

I have been waiting to try this one for a while.  After going through as many IPAs as I have recently this beer is really going to have to stand out to impress me.  I am hoping that Abita Brewing Company’s Jockamo IPA is up to the task.

Abita Brewing Company classifies this brew as an India Pale Ale (IPA) and their website describes Jockamo IPA as, “Jockamo is named for the tribes of dancing, singing, chanting “Mardi Gras Indians” who have marched in New Orleans for over 250 years. When you hear the drums, join in the song...“Iko! Iko! Jockamo fe na ne”.  Jockamo I.P.A. is a traditional India Pale Ale made with the best pale and light crystal malts that give the beer a copper color and malty flavor. This full-flavored beer is hopped and dry hopped liberally with Willamette and Columbus hops from the Pacific Northwest and has a 6.5% A.B.V. The spicy aroma of the hops contrasts nicely with the pleasant sweetness of the malts. Jockamo has a flavor that entices and excites the palate.”

Jockamo pours an amber/orange color with a 1 ½” light tan head with malty/bready aromas and comes in at 6.5% ABV.

This is a very interesting IPA and is unlike any previous IPA that I have tried.  It is a little more malty and a little less bitter.  There is also a blended spice/citrus taste.  There is actually a lot of different things going on in the beer.  I don’t know if that makes it good or bad.  By comparison, this is an average tasting IPA at best.  If someone offered me one, I’d drink it but I wouldn’t necessarily keep it in my fridge to dole out the bros on poker night.

ABV: 6.5%

Consumed: New Belgium Globe Glass

Verdict: Buy A Six Pack

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