If you have a thirst for knowledge like I do, you may want to try studying the Rocket Science America IPA by Fullsteam Brewery out of Durham, North Carolina. I was actually at their brewery recently and enjoyed the cool, industrial ambiance. They have an extensive collection of community board games as well as visiting food trucks. If you have a hipster in your life, take them there… they will love you (but pretend not to).
Rocket Science IPA pours a clear amber with a moderate amount of carbonation. There’s a thin, sudsy head that hangs out for a few minutes. The aroma caught me slightly off guard. It has the usual floral and citrus characteristics you’d expect from an IPA, but there’s also this fruity funkiness that you typically get from a Belgian ale. Rocket science indeed…
The flavor profile boasts a bright citrus essence that leans more toward the orange. The malty body gives it some sweet caramel characteristics, and the finish has just a touch of peppery spice to it. There’s also vague hints of that Belgian funkiness that emerge between the other flavors. The body holds up to these flavors well, but it is still relatively easy-drinking.
I believe I will be including this IPA in my future “experiments.” Rocket Science has the core, classic IPA elements, but I really like the subtle funk in the background. It really separates itself from the sea of other IPAs in this way and lends itself well to food pairings. This is the perfect beverage for a plate of southern fried chicken or a heaping pile of smoked pulled pork, perhaps from the BBQ joint adjacent to the brewery: The Pit.
- Appearance: Clear amber
- Aroma: Floral, fruity, citrus, funk
- Flavor: Citrus, orange zest, light spice, malty caramel
- Mouthfeel: Medium
- ABV: 6.8%
- Size/Price: 22 oz. / $5 – $6
- Score: 85