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American Dream Ale - Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery

American Dream Ale
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86
very good

53 Ratings
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Ratings: 53
Reviews: 43
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 9.92%


Brewed by:
Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery visit their website
United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: ManekiNeko on 03-01-2005)
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Reviews by stockingcpl:
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stockingcpl

Ohio

3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
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

Serving type: growler

07-12-2009 01:19:23 | More by stockingcpl
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

10-08-2012 02:11:29 | More by Highstplz
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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

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jenray

Texas

3/5  rDev -21.7%

11-30-2011 19:07:58 | More by jenray
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Sevoking

Ohio

4/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

Serving type: growler

07-28-2011 02:53:39 | More by Sevoking
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armock

New York

4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured a copper color with a white head that leaves lacing behind

S - Is of grapefruit citrus and piney hops

T - Follows the nose with grapefruit citrus and piney hops

M - This beer has a medium body with medium carbonation to it

D - This is a good IPA very good taste thats easy to drink I could drink a number of these in a sitting worth grabbing a pint or two from the brewpub

Serving type: on-tap
@ Rock Bottom Restaurant and Brewery, 401 G Street, San Diego

10-18-2010 20:14:17 | More by armock
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mwa423

Ohio

4.47/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a clear reddish brown with a finger and a half of tan head that stuck around for a good while and left a nice lacing.

S - Fresh and light fruity hop aroma that fills the nose nicely. Not overbearing, seems right on target with a slight malty sweetness.

T - Hops hit the tongue hard with a very floral and pine hoppiness. The hops fade slightly as the malt washes them down and gives a brief malty/nutty smoothness on the tongue. The aftertaste is all hops and leaves a slight burn on the throat.

M/D - Mouthfeel is harsh, but not excessively biting and perfect for a hop lover. For a hop lover, it's hard to put this down, this is by far the best Rock Bottom Cincinnati beer I have had.

Serving type: on-tap
@ Rock Bottom Restaurant and Brewery, 401 G Street, San Diego

07-19-2010 21:01:57 | More by mwa423
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champ103

Texas

3.43/5  rDev -10.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap
@ Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery, 1001 16th Street, Denver

07-18-2010 21:58:37 | More by champ103
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drabmuh

Maryland

4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

American IPA, 7.0% according to the menu, not 6.5% maybe there's some variation in the different batches. Beer is orange and really really hazy, like a hefe. Forms a thin white head with moderate lacing left behind and steady carbonation. Beer served in a shaker pint glass.

Aroma is strong citrus hoppy. Some cascade action I imagine. Smells good.

Beer is quite bitter and finishes nicely in the back palate. Not malty at all, no real sweetness to it. Some nice citrus flavors in the midpalate region and overall a great finishing beer. Mouthfeel is good and drinkability is high. Its a decent AIPA. I'd drink it again.

Serving type: on-tap
@ Rock Bottom Restaurant and Brewery, 7900 Norfolk Avenue, Bethesda

07-13-2010 18:16:05 | More by drabmuh
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Axic10

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap
@ Rock Bottom Restaurant and Brewery, 7900 Norfolk Avenue, Bethesda

07-12-2010 00:53:30 | More by Axic10
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jdense

Oregon

3.98/5  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.

Serving type: on-tap
@ Rock Bottom Restaurant and Brewery, 7900 Norfolk Avenue, Bethesda

07-03-2010 17:49:22 | More by jdense
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Ezekiel81923

Pennsylvania

4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap
@ Rock Bottom Restaurant and Brewery, 7900 Norfolk Avenue, Bethesda

10-14-2009 20:40:53 | More by Ezekiel81923
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ArrogantB

Colorado

3.35/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Rock Bottom Denver, I was quite intrigued by the listing of the style for this beer was San Diego IPA. I have to admit I was quite skeptical probably because I just spent the past weekend in San Diego. Right off the bat I saw the dark color and thought "Nope, you didn't get it this time". West Coast IPA's are usually yellow or orange but not cloudy amber-brown. The smell was good and hoppy but again this was no West Coast IPA, far from it. The flavor was fruity and malty but where was the stanky dank from the six-one-nasty? I am not even from San Diego but I still felt insulted and disappointed. Someone should send some Alpine or Ballast Point to whoever brewed this beer so they can get a clue. I will say this was a decent IPA but much more in line with what I am used to from Colorado breweries and nothing like the real deal.

Serving type: on-tap
@ Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery, 1001 16th Street, Denver

09-25-2009 03:43:03 | More by ArrogantB
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barleywinefiend

Washington

3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up this 750ml corked and caged from Rock Bottom CO SPRINGS. Poured a burnt yellow color with good carbonation and a big white head, however, it was a thin pour. Nose is faint, soe citrus and floral notes to but to weak to pick out. Taste is thin, not much malt and the hops, very light, jumps in a the end. Mouthfeel is thin, astringent. Drinkability is pass.

Serving type: bottle
@ Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery, 1001 16th Street, Denver

08-24-2009 01:49:16 | More by barleywinefiend
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Kadonny

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from tap into my RB Mug Club mug.

A: A nice golden orange color with a one finger white head. Nice glass lacing on the mug.

S: Citrus hops dominate with a sweeter malt backbone.

T: The hops come pounding through the C02 version more so than the cask version. Flavors of orange, tangerine, grapefruit, lemon zest and a bit of floral herbal flavors are followed by a deep sweet caramel malt backbone that keeps the hops propped up as the star. Finish is nice and bitter.

M: Nice and prickly with great bitterness and no alcohol detected at all. Very full.

D: High, drink em up.

Overall I liked this version much better than the cask version, I thought the hops came through much better and the prickly mouthfeel better served this beer. Both were great, but I liked the carbonated version better. Keep it up Brian, good stuff.

Serving type: on-tap
@ Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery, 1001 16th Street, Denver

08-10-2009 13:29:30 | More by Kadonny
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deapokid

Pennsylvania

3.45/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Drank at the bar last night:

Chalkboard above bar noted a birthdate of 7-31-2009 (now that's fresh) and an ABV of 7.9%.

Beer has a dark orange complexion, with a light head and medium retention.

Scent is citrusy and sweet with a distant hop character that seems light for the content and style.

Beer is way too cold for cask ale, which takes a bit away from the flavor. This IPA is very smooth with a fruity and unthreatening hop character, which is unexpected, but not unpleasant.

Watery consistency and lack of texture leave a soft coating on the tongue, which isn't reminiscent of the profound palate scrapings provided by IPAs I'm used to drinking.

Although it's very drinkable and rather tasty, I was really hoping for something a bit more aggressive and this definitely feels like a kindler, gentler IPA.

I know Rock Bottom has a mall audience to please, but this offering is way too safe and reserved for my liking.

Serving type: cask
@ Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery, 1001 16th Street, Denver

08-02-2009 20:56:39 | More by deapokid
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KBomb

Minnesota

4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

After taking some out-of-towners sightseeing downtown, we were all a little parched on a warm Chicago afternoon. Rock Bottom beckoned, and American Dream IPA was the drink of choice.

Nice orange/gold color with a little cloudiness. A good inch of dense head tops the mug. Lots of orange and pineapple citrus smell, a touch of doughy bread in the background. Taste is super-clean but generously hopped, the citrus notes really stand out quite a bit and there is minimal bitterness. A little strong carbonation creates some dry and crisp mouthfeel. Plenty drinkable.

American Dream is a very satisfying IPA. Clean, bright flavors are great for summer. We had a non-craft drinker with our party and even she was impressed. Good beer, folks.

Serving type: on-tap
@ Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery, 1001 16th Street, Denver

07-31-2009 23:26:54 | More by KBomb
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BuffaloTapHugger

New York

3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap
@ Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery, 1001 16th Street, Denver

07-27-2009 00:53:20 | More by BuffaloTapHugger
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American Dream Ale from Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery
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