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Aug 1 2012
James & His Giant: RJ Rocker’s Son of a Peach Wheat Ale

If there are three things Beer & Pig are firmly in favor of, it’s The Carolinas, The United States Military, and Beer made in the Carolinas.  That’s why we are going to give a fair shake to anything produced by RJ Rocker.  Said brewer’s lineage:

RJ Rockers Brewing Company became Spartanburg’s first brewery in 1997, when owner and brewer Mark Johnsen set out on a mission to provide the people of the Upstate with the best microbrewed beer they had ever tasted. Mark, a New Jersey native, had loved brewing beer for his friends and family for years.

Following his service in the 1991 Gulf War, Mark was stationed in Germany as a member of the United States armed forces, and he took this opportunity to learn as much as possible about brewing from the experts. By the time he was honorably discharged from the service, he was ready to take his beer to the public

Fruit infused beer?  They are as hit as they are miss. However, it’s my experience that some fruity beers can change one’s opinion on the entire genre. Abita’s Purple Haze, Shiner’s Ruby Redbird and Leinenkugel’s Summer Shandy come to mind.  Even the snootiest of beer snobs are forced to acknowledge the fact that man cannot survive on IPA’s and coffee stouts alone. Our review after the jump.

These warmer months cry out for a refreshing change of pace!  They also cry out for Gold Bond Medicated Powder.  Combine the two and you have a nice summer buzz free of chaffing.  But I digress.  RJ Rocker’s “Son of a Peach” Wheat ale is described thusly on their official website:

An unfiltered American wheat ale made with real mean peaches. The only thing missing is the fuzz. Savor the anger. Available during the late Spring and Summer months.

Mean peaches, eh?  Fair enough. Don’t mistake the peachy influence for weakness.  This brew is no joke.  The aroma is Peach Cobbler-esque, but the flavor is not.  It starts with a punch and finishes with a rather ragged taste of alcohol.  The middle is smooth and creamy and packs the bulk of the fruit flavoring.  Son of a Peach weighs in at 5.8% so the third beer will taste better than the second and the fifth would put a smile on the face of an Easter Island Head.

You can drink more than one of these things, and for those of you sinners like me?  You know that is often a rare thing with unfiltered, fruit influenced brew-doggs.  Make no mistake, this is no Michelob Ultra Lime Cactus Malt Beverage. It’s a tumultuous wheat ale experience, pelted with an intense peach influence.  RJ Rockers are beer guys tackling fruit beer and not vice versa.  Whatever that means. I’ll be here all week.

Our rating? 3.5 Beer & Pig coozies out of 5. Check out RJ Rockers Brewing’s official website HERE.  Follow RJ Rockers Brewing on twitter HERE. Follow Beer & Pig on twitter HERE.


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