IPA - Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery

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Ratings: 242
Reviews: 53
rAvg: 3.5
pDev: 11.71%
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Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery visit their website
United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: brewdlyhooked13 on 07-25-2005

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.25/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Drank at the Rock Bottom in the Promenade in Westminster, CO. Poured out a good copper color with 1" of head on it. Carbonation just right, head didn't stick around for too long, but it didn't vanish either. Aroma, nice C hop aromas led by Cascade.

Taste, a little more bitterness imparted rather than the hop flavor, but its not an all or nothing split, its like 65/35. Flavor wise, unlike the aroma, was obscuring the Cascades a little, maybe centennial or chinook along with it. Minimal citrus incursion. Slightly metallic mouthfeel. Some overall points for being fresh, well carbonated, accessible and affordable. Nothing discernable in terms of malt presence of alcohol sting.

Slightly better than your average ipa. I wouldn't fear ordering another one, Rock Bottom is one of the better chain breweries out there. Somewhere between BJ's on the high end, and well, I'm not going to call the other brewery out on the low end, but I'm sure plenty of you can imagine (or better yet, are in the know).

Photo of Brenden
3.42/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

It's a deep, translucent bronze color off the tap, which creates a small, creamy and compact head that retains itself pretty well, holding up a foam the whole way, and drops down scattered lacing of moderate strength.
There's a hint of citrus in the nose balanced by caramel malt with notes of wheat, interestingly, and a little earth as well. It's a little light.
Hops are a little stronger in the flavor, though it's ultimately a little too strong in the malts for an IPA. Bitterness is mostly in the finish, though some pine and citrus peel do build up in the middle a bit. Malts give off caramel sweetness and breads with an underlying grainy/earthy note.
It's a little bit thin despite a medium body, though it's got a little life to it. The bitterness in the finish tends toward astringency, but it's not bad.

Photo of watermelonman
3.33/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Slightly golden pale with some head, this one looks decent, even with only a speck or two of lace.

The smell brings forward some citrus hops, but not enough to be give assertive flavor, and the floral hint seems misplaced. Taste would gain greatly from some more body, but the flavors are not bad.

Photo of biboergosum
3.31/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On-tap at the Bellevue, WA location, due solely to the fact that it was the only thing open on July 4 for pre-fireworks noshing.

This beer appears a clear dark bronze hue, with one finger of thin foamy ecru head, which leaves some thin membranes of mountain vista lace around the glass as it settles. It smells of watery citrus cream, and faint caramel. The taste is bitter citrus hops, soft caramel malt, and a bit of booze warming. The carbonation is moderate, the body tending to the light side, and mostly smooth. It finishes with a bitter astringent, nondescript hop flourish.

I like a bitter IPA, but this one is lacking that other requirement - a more than half-assed effort at malt balance and/or complexity.

Photo of awright
3.99/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

To each his own: some find the fresh, floral aroma of this IPA to be a bit overdone, but I expect the PNW style of IPA to be a shameless celebration of the hop plant. This is why we have in-your-face IPAs here with names like Hop Bomb and Ruination.

I had two glasses, consistently and expeditiously served in standard pint glasses with a good half-inch of ivory foam that sustained well with respectable sudsy lacing. As is commented elsewhere, the bouquet was unusually strong, floral, piney, with fresh herb and very light lemony citrus.

Completely unfiltered and heavily dry hopped so as to deliver a full assault of fresh Cascades and Goldings (a roughly 50/50 formula, I'm told) the appearance was cloudy golden yellow.

Taste is well-balanced, not overpowered, mild but respectable bitterness and a fresh, grassy floral hop to match the aroma. Good mouthfeel and very drinkable. As far as I'm concerned they've completely pulled it off.

Photo of KYGunner
3.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I went to the Rock Bottom in Cincinnati, though because it's a chain I am going to assume the beers carry over the same. I ordered a flight of six of their standard beers and as I tried each one I found that each was spot on to the style. The remarkable thing is how unremarkable the beers are. Don't get me wrong, they are well worth the try and certainly above average but they are produced for a mass market. So as lazy as it may be I am going to simply say that this beer was a text book example of the style without breaking out and setting itself above.

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.08/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at Rock Bottom in San Diego on 7/4/11

A - Medium orange/yellow colour; slightly hazy. Half finger of off white head with good retnetion.

S - Bitter hops with some pine notes. Not a very robust nose.

T - Good bitterness. Some pine flavours and not much else aside form a very slight sweetness. Somewhat one-dimensional and boring.

M - Medium body with some chew. Light carbonatoin.

Photo of LutherBrau
3.33/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Great nose but the taste was a letdown

Photo of DrDemento456
3.78/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Ordered a sample of all their on tap beers. Of the 8 I received this was one of them.

A - Very clear amber brown so filtered with a 1/2 inch of head. Most of these beers seem to be force carbonated giving it a good amount of foam.
S - Has a decent hop smell nothing over the top or memorable. Slightly sweet smell but not overall malty.
T - I thought it was good it had a memorable hop bite nothing over the top or tongue lashing. Trouble is it was just slightly average.
M - It was smooth light to medium at best. A great IPA very drinkable.

Overall I rate this above average its not to be expected a hop bomb and I have had many unbalanced IPA's. Unfortunately I found their red ale a bit tastier.

Photo of TCgoalie
3.41/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tasted @ MSP airport, might as well review it...

Pours golden yellow with a reddish tint. A respectable white crown head adorns the top of the glass with a sizeable amount of lacing.

The wheat like aroma is accompanied by oranges and malts.

The taste provides a good array of flavors; oranges, grapefruit, and pine with sweet and metallic overtones.

Medium full in the mouth with sweetness and a pinch of dry bitterness in the end.

A decent IPA from a "chain". It sure beats the majority of offerings that one would find at an airport.

Photo of Rifugium
3.33/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at Rock Bottom, King of Prussia, PA

A decent IPA, coming in at 6.5%ABV. Poured a darker amber color, clear, with a small but appropriate cap of white head that retained well. Hoppy aroma, as would be imagined, notes of orange zest, grapefruit, and pine. Solid malt base in the taste, with the hops present in the nose commandeering on the palate. Pretty bitter. Light-medium body, and fairly drinkable.

Photo of AleWatcher
3.08/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Honey-touched wheat color with nice sheets of lace. Good retention of the original 2 finger white head.
Smells of... Hmmm... Not much, really. Actually a really weak nose (and pretty weak flavor for that matter). Very light malt, decent bitterness, but a little alcohol comes up as it warms.

The body is medium with a level of carbonation that is JUST shy of being good.

Overall, not terrible. Better than most of the offerings I've had here, but not a really solid ops on its own.

Photo of Nugganooch
3.88/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Rock Bottom La Jolla.
*Notes from Lunch - 08/05/11

A: The IPA pours that classic light copper pale color with some great clarity. A nice fluffy 1-finger tan foam head formed and left a great stained glass window treatment.

S: Smell is of faint citrus and a touch of spice with some caramel sweetness to it.

T: There are some nice juicy tropical fruit flavors here and definite citrus with a touch of sweet pine. Good caramel sweetness throughout and a real bit of hop spiciness to it like that of Chinook hops being used. Finish is rather light and dry.

M: A light creamy texture with a slight sticky mf.

D: A very nice IPA with good drinkability. I downed 2 pints without question.

Hadn't been down to the Rock Bottom in a while and looks like they changed up the menu. All in all the IPA is pretty solid and will satisfy your hop fix. Definitely exceeded my expectations for a chain restaurant. Now the food on the other hand could use some help.

Photo of smcolw
3.91/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Long lasting head that leaves a rich blanket of lace on the glass. Clear with a bright copper color.

Strong caramel aroma reminiscent of British IPAs but the hop aroma leans toward America.

The malt is more subdued in the flavor profile. The hop is more biting and peppery than the smell suggests. The aftertaste does bring back the English malt with plenty of caramel and deeply toasted grain. Unlike most of the offerings, this one has a nice balance between the bubbles and body.

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.8/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured on-tap at the brewhouse in the Denver airport, the beer was served in a tall weisse vase. The beer is a hazy, deep copper-orange coloring, with a filmy, clingy, white head. Nose of grapefruit, lemon, floral hops, and subtle caramel notes. Flavors are grassy, slightly herbal, with a solid dose of lemon zest and grapefruit, highlights of evergreen, and a sweet caramel backbone. The aftertaste is a citrus sweet linger, with balancing bitter resinous notes. Crisp, dry finish. Nice brew.

Photo of CStang67
3.02/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Nice IPA with a good amount of hop flavor.

Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.52/5  rDev +29.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - amber color, light cream cap, very dense with a flood of bubbles from below.

Aroma - grapefruit with an orange and pine edge. Citrus is even and inviting.

Taste - citrusy and moderately hopped, an unusual mandarin orange taste is a welcome change-up to the style. Malts creep in at the swallow and the whole profile mellows at the finish, leaving a citrus, just slightly bitter ending. Very nice overall.

Mouthfeel - creamy smooth. Well-carbonated, but not as over the top as the appearance might suggest.

Drinkability - great effort, fresh beer rules!

Photo of JackieTH
3.53/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Light coppery appearance with a cap of white foam. Smell was mild pines and citrus. There was a malt presence. Taste seemed pine-forward and earthy with definite bitterness of hop oils. Some grapefruit shows up later, along with malt.. Bitterness lingers. Medium to light body. Decent carbonation. Simply an okay IPA. Good but doesn't separate itself from the pack.

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.99/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Rock Bottom IPA

LOOK: Pours a clear firey orange. Soapy white head leaves a fine display of lace. Has a very solid appearance.

SMELL: Citrusy hops, caramel malts and fresh grapefruit juice.

TASTE: Citrusy upfront with rind and pine notes. Malt body is supporting with a mild caramel and toasty note but it is easily overcome by hop bitterness and semi tropical hop flavor.

FEEL: Medium bodied and crisp with a hop bite and grapefruit lingering into the finish.

OVERALL: A good IpA, highlights the hop flavor well. Surprised by how much I liked this.

Photo of Strix
3.35/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Cloudly pale pink-orange.

Vauge citrusy notes.

Tastes quite a lot like grapefruit juice, backed by bready malt, but lacking complexity.

Mouthfeel somewhat dense.

For whatever reason, this didn't really connect with me. Decent flavors but not compelling.

Photo of froghop
2.83/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

pours a very cloudy amber-orange with a small off-white head, and good lacing.

smell is of light grapefruit, some caramel, and hops in the back.

taste is of hops, some caramel, a little citrus, and earth, ends on the bitter side.

overall a very average IPA, not as bitter as i would like but drinkable.

Photo of Redrover
3.45/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This IPA was a special and was served in a imperial pint. The beer is a surprisingly light gold with a chill haze. It has a fairly dense bone white head.

The nose is of pine resin and grapefruit rind.

The taste while bitter, is slightly metallic with more pine notes. Seems a bit underpowered for a PNW IPA, but it does have some nice qualities. It goes great with spicy food and the backend bitterness is nice.

The mouth is crisp but lacks the great oily quality that many IPAs have. Still, it's not bad. This is hard to put a score on as I liked it, but with reservations.

Photo of uvachief
3/5  rDev -14.3%

Nice IPA. Bold hops. Citrus in the mouth. Hops on the way down. Solid IPA

Photo of Child_Pugh
3.58/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Surprisingly crisp. L- slightly cloudy, about 3/4inch heavy/ dense head. S- vaguely hoppy, very mild. T - piney/ citrus but subtle, barely busy. Possibly a smokey yeast, can't pin-point it. Great for the ABV. F - mostly smooth upon entering, but somewhat cloying on the way past the palate. I would definitely recommend if at a Rock Bottom, it will not disappoint.

Photo of jsprain1
3.53/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- A light honey color, head is about one finger thick, holds pretty firm there. Some lacing, but not much.
S- Lightly citrus hops, some floral, and a bit of sweetness. A good aroma, but needs a bit more presence, I almost have to stick my nose in the beer to get it.
T- A bit sweeter than I exepcted or would like. Sweet cracker flavors with an orange-like hop flavor.
M- Not as dry as I like this style to be. A bit undercarbonated as well.
O- A decent but forgetable IPA. It's got the right idea, but I don't think I would revisit it.

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