American Dream Ale - Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery

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Ratings: 61
Reviews: 43
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 9.69%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
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United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Summer

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Beer added by: Redrover on 07-21-2004

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Reviews by jdense:
Photo of jdense
3.97/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Rock Bottom PDX poured into Nonic pint glass, $4.25, 7.2.2010.

Deep gold hazy (unfiltered) body no visible carbonation. One finger white head, medium-slow dissipation with good retention and lacing. The nose features spicy, resiny hops up front overwhelming the caramel malt character. Taste features some citrus hop notes but they are overwhelmed by the resiny (Amarillo) bitter finish. Fairly well balanced with a firm malt backbone, leading to a lingering bitter finish. Mouthfeel is medium-full, good effervescence, a bit sticky. Drinkability is good for hop head, for a newbie this would be over-the-top bitterness-wise.

More User Reviews:
Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.19/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The bartender told me that this was an American Pale Ale, not an IPA. It is also quite available as of 11/19/05.

This was a rather solid offering from Rock Bottom. It’s brilliantly smooth and nectary. The nose is very floral. It’s pack full of gardenias and honeycomb. If bees drank beer, they would drink this beer for sure. In fact, this beer tastes like what I imagine honey would taste like if it came form a bee colony that only ate the nectar of cascade hops. It’s really delicious. The front is nice and creamy but the finish has a medium bitterness that perfectly balances out the beer. They did a good job on this one.

Photo of Sevoking
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My next-door neighbor brought home a growler of this from the Cincinnati Rock Bottom location & we easily finished it off one night last week. Poured into a pint glass. Very easy to drink w/ a solid upfront hoppy, citrusy taste and a well-balanced aftertaste of bitterness & malt flavor. This was definitely a damn good IPA, but I'm not sure whether I liked it because it was so fresh or because it was just that good. Either way, w/out a doubt, a tasty offering from Rock Bottom.

Photo of zook74
4.44/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

My first trip to a Rock Bottom Brewery whilst hanging out with friends in San Diego this past summer (2007). On this particular day I was on my own for lunch, needing a break from the hub bub of being surrounded by a dozen of my closest friends for the better part of a week, so I slipped off by myself and stumbled upon...

American Dream IPA. Had a sample just hours after it was tapped and it was marvelous. Appearance and smell were pretty average, but the taste was remarkable. A great blend of hoppy-citrus notes balanced perfectly with the malts.

A splendid IPA. I took a growler along for the Monster BBQ I was attending that night and it went down FAR too well. Very good session beer.

Photo of NJpadreFan
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

American Dream Ale (KOP- Rock Bottom)

A- Bright yellowish orange with a moderate size head and small 1 ring lacing.
S- Grainy malt and sweet grapefruit. Malt seems slightly sugary sweet and hop presence is more citric.
T- Very smooth chewt malt comprises the front half with a tart grapefruit hoppy dry end. Slightest of bitterness lingers.

Overall- Nice and easy. Full of flavor but not overwhelming on the tastebuds. A good summertime IPA.

Photo of pmcadamis
3.21/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Why has this beer been retired? I had this yesterday...have they recently resurrected this beer? Anyhow...

A- Cloudy orange gold with a tight one finger head that deposits lots of creamy lace on the glass. Good head retention.

S - Weakish floral and citrus hop notes. Grapefruit and mandarin orange. Not very assertive.

T - Nice citric hops flavors are supported by a biscuity malt backbone. Good stuff, but it's not as hoppy or assertive as it could be. They've got a nice flavor going on here, now just kick it up a notch!

M - Medium to full bodied with low carbonation and a light hoppy but neutral finish.

D - A good beer for sure, but I can't help feeling like they could have made this so much more than it is.

Photo of DrunkMcDermott
3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Draft at Chicago. Lovely hazy color, perhaps a little wheat, or just unfiltered? Nice balance of hops in both bittering and finish, with some of the lesser-used American varieties besides Cascade and Centennial. Pretty good for an American Beer Month celebration.

Photo of russpowell
3.77/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured amber to copper with a 1/2" white head & some efferevesence. Limited lacing & okay head retention

S: Big citrussy hops & a hint of malt

Taste: Grapefruitty hops, followed by malt & a slight fruitty taste. Finishes with a big grapefruit snap

MF: Medium with good carbonation, a little more malt presence would help balance this puppy out.

Drinks okay, I'm more of a perle, chinook & or cascade hops IPA guy. If you like them grapefruitty, you'll love this

Photo of Kegatron
3.43/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the brewpub.

Pours a clear gold with a finger of brite-white colored. Retained well enough and left some spotty behind. The aroma is a bit subdued but I still pick up some notes of a decent mix of piney Amarillo hops, citrus notes, and bready malts.

The taste at least opens up more than the aroma with a tingling hop bitterness up front that mostly fades after the initial blast. That's balanced out by a backbone of caramel, biscuits, and tangy citrus character. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a tingly feel and poppy carbonation that compliments the hop bite.

I wished that Rock Bottom didn't serve their beers so darn cool but even after letting this guy warm up a considerable bit, I still couldn't get much out of this past the initial blast of hops. This is definitely not one of their better hoppy offerings and quite frankly, I was a little bored with it by the time I got to the bottom of my mug.

Photo of HalfFull
2.85/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Served on tap at the La Jolla Rock Bottom. Pours light(medium straw color) and clear with little head and minimal lacing. Smell is a bit reaching, you really have to dig for it. Eventually you find some citrus hop scents but they don't last. A long breath offers up little benefit, only with a quick inhalation do you find it.

Taste is very light with hops barely participating. Subtle malts in the finish. A bit of a buttery feel and finish do enhance the drinkability, yet remind me of a Euro. Lager(Brahma with extra hops?).

This is very light for an IPA, both in flavor and in potency(I believe only 5.5% ABV). I sense that this is a bit of an affordable/minimalist approach by the company to offer a 'House IPA'. Pleasant, but not memorable.

Photo of emerge077
4.28/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to acme for sharing this tasty IPA! Review from notes.

From the beer list description: "This beer is ridiculous. One pound per barrel of Amarillo in boil and then 11 pounds of Amarillo dry-hopped each day over 3 days. Now that's what "triple hops brewed" is supposed to be!"

I'm guessing this is a new incarnation of this beer, as it hasn't been brewed for awhile. Same name, so here goes...

Glowing golden body. Generous inch or so of foam, with rings of lace drizzling down the side, and a constant skim that never breaks the surface. Peachy, citrus notes with a grassy undercurrent of wet hay fields warming in the sun. Tastes of savory yet bitter citrus pith, mandarin orange, resiny with a flash of sweetness before the firm bitter finish. Huge Amarillo citrus flavors, with a lasting savory bitterness, and dry finish. Very refreshing, I wanted my own growler by the time the glass was gone.

Photo of Axic10
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap in a Mug Club mug at Rock Bottom KOP

Appearance: Hazy orangish with two fingers of foam.

Smell: Very enjoyable citrusy aromas. Grapefruit, pineapple, mango, with some bitter piney hops.

Taste: The taste follows the nose, with very good flavors of grapefruit, pineapple, mango and bitter hops.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied and very crisp.

Drinkability: Another solid ipa from the folks at Rock Bottom. I'm convinced they make some very solid ipas. I had two while sitting at the bar and could have easily had another two without flinching.

Photo of weeare138
3.45/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to my brother-in-law for grabbing a growler of this...
Appears a copper toned amber with a small white head that fades into a mild film and collar. Spotty lacing is left around the glass. Mild pockets of CO2 hurl towards the top of the glass.
Smell is of earthy, herbal, grapfruit, orange, caramel, and vanilla.
Taste is of the same pungent spiciness, along with herbal notes tossed behind the sweetness of caramel malts.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, sweet, malty, and mildly bitter.

Photo of Ezekiel81923
4.2/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the tap into the pint glass, onto the coaster, into my hand, poured into my mouth and down to the belly.

Appearance: A nice orange color with a good 1.5 finger head that left some really good lacing. Head stuck around long enough to get to know me.

Smell: Citrus hops galore and I love it. Bready, caramel malt backbone in there as well, but the hops steal the show.

Taste: Hops! Yay! Just enough too. There are flloral hop flavors, herbal hop flavors, and all my other favorite citrusy and tropical hop flavors. Lemon, Orange, tangerine, some grapefruit mostly. Malt comes through on the back end as the nose had indicated. Really provides a nice finish to help balance out the hoppiness, which despite my exuberance, was just the right amount for me.

Mouthfeel: Great bitterness. Alcohol didn't care to show itself at all. A bit of a resinous feel which leaves a slick of hop oil on the tongue while the carbonation prickles the rest.

Drinkability: If you can tolerate the hops up front, you could drink this all night.

God I love this beer, wish it was on longer than just a month.

Photo of BuffaloTapHugger
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Consumed at the rooftop bar, served into a plastic cup.

A: Nice golden/hazing orange in color, nice respectable head and noticeable lacing.

S: Fresh hops, some citrus in toe.

T: Refreshing bitter in taste, classic IPA in flavor. Solid.

M: Medium or slightly above in body texture. Little stickiness in the back making it the perfect sipper on a hot July afternoon.

D: Not too shabby at all. Wasn't sure what to expect at first, but this beer exceeded my expectations I had of a national chain restaurant/brewpub.

Recommended.

Photo of stockingcpl
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Overview: This is a rotating selection that is periodically available at Rock Bottom. It is a rather traditional IPA that is perhaps a little tame.

Appearance: This brew pours a nice medium honey. Head is rather thick but fades quickly. Lacings and surface spiderwebbing observed. Not bad. Overall this works perfect if served in the bar. For a take-home, the head fades a little fast.

Smell: Light aroma which quickly fades. Minor hop aroma detected. General malt, but nothing discernible.

Taste: Nice subdued flavor curve. Hop during onset and sustain. There is a slight creamy presence during mid. Citrus detected early in flavor curve and fades about the time that the cream kicks in. Very nice. This is a great change from the super hop-heavy IPA's that most American microbreweries produce.

Mouthfeel: This brew sits well on the tongue. Flavors meld well without overpowering any one component. Almost no sustain aftertaste. Excellent.

Drinkability: This selection is very "light" for an IPA. It sits well on the stomach. This brew is enjoyable and leaves the drinker wanting another...and THAT is what drinkability is all about!!!!

Prosit!
Nikki

Photo of champ103
3.42/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a clear orange/reddish color. A minimal white head forms, and recedes in a second. No lace.
S: Citrus hops up front. Some resiny pine comes in next. Grassy and floral with a biscuit malt balance.
T: Follows the nose. Citrus, pine, grassy, and floral hops. A good balance between the biscuit malt and hops. I like it.
M/D: A little lighter than I would like. Just a thin body. Easy to drink, and can quaff several with ease.

This and the Kolsch are my favorites from the brewpub in Denver. Something I would recommend if you make a visit.

Photo of Redrover
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I was downtown last night for a business outing. A bunch of us stopped in afterwards to celebrate American Beer Month. They had a special beer brewed for the month called American Dream. They described it as a West Coast IPA.

The beer was a nice bronze/orange with a slight haze. Fluffy off-white head and great lacing.

Fantastic nose of citrus and pine. Plenty of hop aroma and just a dash of malt/grain in the background..

Very bracing taste. Lots of good bitterness. More citrus tones (grapefruit) than herbal/pine type taste. The beer continued to show different sides as I worked my way through the glass. The beer became more sour as it warmed and the faint malt backbone begin to disappear . While very good, this beer was slightly off-balance, but they may have been going for that over-the-top hop profile (hop bomb) and if that was the brewer’s aim, they were successful. Still a very tasty beer.

Mouthfeel was tart, bracing and the beer had excellent carbonation per style. Drinkability is a tougher call. Enjoyable beer, but could use a little more balance to move up the drinkabilty scale.

Very glad I had this one and I hope they add it to the “regular” line-up.

Photo of ColoradoBobs
3.71/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Rock Bottom Westminster, Colorado restaurant/brewpub.

Cloudy amber with a nice off-white head. Lots of lacing. Nice looking beer.

Smell is a bit bland: mostly pine hops, but not very pronounced.'

Taste is hops on hops: pine hops, bitter hops, citrus hops, and smooth dry hops. Really quite nice.

Mouthfeel is amazingly creamy for a Rock Bottom beer. Nice and chewy. Nice smooth fluffiness in the carbonation.

Drinkability is a bit above average.

Overall, pretty good for a Rock Bottom. Surprised me!

Photo of MrMcGibblets
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

this is by far and away the best beer i've ever had at rock bottom...a summer release beer that they call an imperial ipa. barnaby must have made the recipe on this because it's good shit. this one was tapped yesterday and it's a glowing, hazy light amber/apricot in the glass. great nose of sweet bready malts, citrus, and pine. kinda smells like a 3F's beer, although a bit muted. my natural inclination is to knock this beer because it's from a chain brewpub but i just can't. wonderfully balanced taste between the sweet malts and the lingering, citrusy hop bitterness on the back end. medium-bodied with a long finish. as for drinkability, i want to keep drinking this, but at this abv it's dangerous.

Photo of kdog630
4.07/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This may or may not be the beer I had. This site says it is retired, but I got the growler on 10/10/05...

Wasn't able to drink the growler for about five days, but it still poured with a nice half inch + head. The citrusy hop aroma was very pronounced from the moment the cap was removed. Nice amber color.

Excellent flavor with equally excellent finish. The hops were definitely present but still allowed the flavor of the malt to get through. My growler may have lost some of the carbonation, with contributed to a slightly lower score on the mouthfeel, but overall, I would recommend this to any IPA lovers out there.

Photo of badbassrandy
3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap at Mug Club pre-tapping, a brief tasting event in large, generous mugs for just $3 each...

A - Truly a pale ale in appearance, though not 100% crystal clear. Golden, orange, amber. White head was unimpressive but left hints of the stickiness within.

S - Very light smell that reveals an inoffensive bouquet of hops with a focus on airy, citrus and earthy tones. Understated smell leads me to prepare for a light and refreshing taste for an IPA.

T - Refreshing, indeed. The taste is lovely with a nice blend of hops leading the tongue from citrus to earthy to a bit of a "funky" bitter finish. That finish was pronounced in the first sip but faded quickly as the palate adjusted. A surprising blend of hops for a normally middle-of-the-road brewery. Malts balance the hops just enough with slight glimmers of caramel/chocolate. I was a bit disappointed in the hoppiness, as this was touted as a true beer for hop heads. However, it is Rock Bottom after all, and this taste is a fantastic foray into hoppy brews -- or IPAs in general -- by the brewery for the masses. All in all, probably the best tasting and hoppiest Rock Bottom brew I've had.

M - Smooth and slightly creamy. Peppery hop prickles. Light body, not very chewy, but the body aids drinkability immensely.

D - Very easy to down this brew, especially for an IPA. I found myself savoring each sip but I was taking bigger and bigger swigs as I got towards the bottom.

I will be back to enjoy this beer during the summer months, as I think it is a nice example of a hop-forward beer that doesn't cripple the tongue. It invites big gulps and will please hop lovers, but it's not a beer that can even step into the stratosphere as my go-tos and favorites. That said, damn fine job from the young brewers in Bethesda to put out something both hop heads and everyman types can enjoy during the muggy, hot days in Maryland.

Photo of roan22
4.33/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this the last time I stopped by the mall, which was about a month ago. I recently found a few notes I must have scrawled in my calender. I just joined the RB club lol, so it was the first time I got to drink out of the extra-large mug.

This beer is one of brewer Brian McConnell's single-hop IPA series, and in my opinion his best yet (besides the Prussia's Pride, a quality IPA on tap all the time). Its made with all Sapphire hops. It bursts with bitter citrus flavor. It appears reddish amber in color, and although aggressively-hopped, it was refreshing to drink on that hot summer evening. What's next Brian?

Photo of paco1029384756
4.17/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy orange color with one finger of white head.

Scent of strong juicy hops, tropical fruit, and citrus with a small malty backbone. A big burst of sweet tropical fruit and bitter hops makes the scent great.

Taste of grassy, juicy hops, lots of tropical fruit and citrus with a crisp bready malt backbone and a hint of honey in the finish.

Mouthfeel is light bodied with a biting carbonation.

Photo of MuddyFeet
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Half inch thick foam head that never went away. Orange brown color. Cloudy. Nose was subtle hops and citrus. Flavor was very interesting. Nice wood base to it all, but then I would get hints of oranges, apples and pears. Hops are great--they almost tingle the tongue. Full body with a slightly oily feel. Only downside of this beer was that it jus felt heavy in the gut; but other than that it was a solid all around brew.

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American Dream Ale from Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 61 ratings.