Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery
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Active Beers: 441
Beer Ratings: 2,621
Beer Avg: 3.73
Taps: 8 / Bottles:
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 4 | Reviews: 4 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by benito:
4.03/5 rDev +7.2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Perhaps I'm an apologist for Rock Bottom. Yes, they're a chain and somehow seem to undermine the local pride that a good brewpub does/should inspire. But, these guys, especially the folks at this Rock Bottom in the far southern reaches of Denver, really do a great job.
Ignore the Big Box retail on your way in, ignore the fact that you're in a restaurant in the sprawliest of American sprawl, and belly up to the bar to enjoy a beer. A really good beer: the South Denver Rock Bottom had nine beers on tap when I visited, including their Red Hot Chili Beer on cask and a pale ale on nitro, all of the brews I tasted were really good--much more than passable.
The Old Elk Brown Ale, one of their year-round brews, had a nice maltiness and mouthfeel; the seasonal wheat (El Jefe Hefe Weizen) was very well balanced between clove and banana; the seasonal dark (Bob's American Stout) was a great "west coast," very hoppy stout; and the cask and nitro offerings were both smooth and nicely balanced, and they showed good length too.
The service at the bar was about the friendliest I've ever had at a brewpub, and the vibe was equally amiable from two different bartenders. I didn't just get lucky...
It's also worth mentioning that this Rock Bottom is smaller and has a more mellow and intimate vibe than some of the other RBs I've visited. It's social and almost family-like. There's a back bar and billiards room for when the crowds come in as well.
Cheers to one of the most unlikely surprises among Colorado brewpubs! A great find that shows that chain brewpubs can have individual flavor, great beer, and a quality atmosphere! Next time I'm in Denver, I will most certainly visit here again.
09-30-2007 19:04:31 | More by benito
More User Reviews:
3.63/5 rDev -3.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.25 | food: 3.5 | $$$
A-This Rock Bottom location is, as you might expect, similar to all of the other Rock Bottom locations. I guess that is good...anyway, the place is pretty well-lit with high ceilings, a big bar area with hop-top tables, a few dozen booths, and a few ante-rooms for large parties. TVs are visible from most tables and the place was half-full on the Sunday night I visited. The feel is corporate but clean.
Q-The beers are decent, but nothing here is very memorable or unusual. The normal line-up includes standard styles that seem geared more towards non-beer-geeks who want to experiment with real beer than hard-core beer people. Nevertheless, the brews are drinkable and I have definitely had worse.
Ser-Our server tonight was knowledgeable about the beers, as well as friendly, prompt, and willing to deal with our large group that wanted the check split like eight different ways. I'm not sure that I could have had an in-depth conversation with him about the relative merits of Heady versus Pliny, but he got out beers out quickly and did it with a smile.
Sel-The standard line-up includes six Rock Bottoms beers that run from dark to light or light to dark depending on your outlook, i.e., a wheat, a white, an IPA, a red, a brown, and a stout. They also had one special selection (a IIPA on the night I visited). All styles were brewed in-house. I would have preferred some guest taps or a bit more of a seasonal trend on the tap (since it is December). They also have a limited selection of bottles that is most macro stuff.
F-The food is a bit like the atmosphere. It is corporate, sort of bland, and not terribly creative, but it is edible and nothing I tried tasted bad. The menu is freaking huge, so you should be able to find something you like.
V-The prices are higher than I expected for the location, the beer, and the food. It is not expensive, per se, but for middle-of-the-run corporate food and beer in the Denver suburbs, I would have thought the prices would be a bit lower.
O-Good for large groups of people not interested in experimenting with food.
12-02-2013 04:36:16 | More by spoony
3.65/5 rDev -2.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5 | $$$
Nice to have a brewpub in the middle of a heartless shopping area. Good thing to have, plusi it's very close to Lukas Liquors. Tucked away in the corner of a car lot, it's a bit tough to find. Winding roads through the lot keep you guessing.
Food is pretty good, but a bit pricey. For the area, this isn't surprising. Typical bar food, but some nice entrees. Beer is good, too, but they don't do a good job of trying to pair them with meals and the selection is average. Their rotating beers are usually pretty good, and their standards aren't bad either. It's a nice stop for the area, and maybe to hit once in a while if you live north or in Castle Rock. Otherwise, nothing too special.
I found the layout a bit impersonal, too. It's a long, narrow building that spreads people out.
06-21-2010 05:22:27 | More by Mebuzzard
3.73/5 rDev -0.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5 | $$$
While it might not be the case everywhere, the Rock Bottom restaurants in Denver are quite good. While I'm not a huge fan of the area, it's more convenient than the downtown location.
The food's pretty solid. Definitely better than most chain fare. Good burgers, sandwiches, and salads, plus some surprisingly good takes on grilled items and an affordable prime rib. Appetizers and snacks stand out as well. It's on par with the CB&Potts Restaurants if you need a comparison.
For beers, all of the locations have a light lager, blonde ale, brown ale, amber, and rotating wheat and dark offerings. For the normal beers, the brown's excellent. The amber isn't too bad either. With that said, the rotating items are where they excel. The wheat can be everything from an amber wheat to bavarian weiss. The dark could be a sessionable irish stout or a creamy milk stout. All of those I've had have been excellent. In addition to those, this location also has a few one off beers like a barleywine, weizenbock, ESB, or even a malty winter warmer. Thus far I've really enjoyed all of them.
While they have a mug club that offers you discounts on larger beers, I've found that just ordering something decent nets you the good pricing every time I've been. A free bump up is always nice.
Otherwise, prices are higher than most, but still not too bad.
This is a good stop in south Denver for sure. Their rotating and special beers are excellent, and the food's solid, too.
04-08-2009 21:45:52 | More by Domingo
Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery in Englewood, CO
- out of 100 based on 4 ratings.