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IPA - Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery

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Reviews: 50
Hads: 245
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 14.01%
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Gots: 29 | FT: 0
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Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery visit their website
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Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of chrisjws
4.16/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Rock Bottom in Minneapolis-St. Paul airport. Served in a pint glass. I tried three of their beers, the other two were terrible but this was a bright spot.

A: Copper-brown color, almost no head because the glass was filled to the brim. Plenty of carbonation though.
S: After a few sips I swirled it to get a better idea of the aroma. Tropical fruit right upfront. Lots of orange, tangerine, herbal and sweet malts in the aroma.
T: Oranges, pineapple and mango upfront followed by sweet malts. Small bitterness in the finish.
M: Medium body, medium to high carbonation. Finishes dry.
O: Very solid IPA, I'd drink it again if it was an option. (656 characters)

Photo of Child_Pugh
3.58/5  rDev +0.3%
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. (364 characters)

Photo of JPowell712
3.85/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I like their staple IPA, it is a good product, however I do find it to be very much the same old same old. What kills me with Rock Bottom and most breweries is that they spend most of their time focusing on the IPA style. Don't get me wrong, I love an IPA like anyone else, but too many IPA's can be boring! This is why I find their IPA good, but maybe because IPA's are being overkilled it would have rated higher. (418 characters)

Photo of flagmantho
3.71/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I had this on-tap in a big mug at the Rock Bottom in downtown Seattle.

Appearance: medium orange with a good haze and a thick finger of ivory foam leaving a nice lace on the glass. Quite good.

Smell: earthy hops with a dash of citrus and a bit of caramel maltiness. Not too bad.

Taste: like the aroma, a little citrusy and a little earthy with a bit of a toasted malt character underneath. Nothing earth shattering here, but well made.

Mouthfeel: medium body and a decent carbonation yielding a pretty good creaminess for the style.

Overall: a tasty and drinkable IPA. This could be a go-to for me here. (612 characters)

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.8/5  rDev +6.4%
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. (494 characters)

Photo of Brenden
3.42/5  rDev -4.2%
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. (815 characters)

Photo of smcolw
3.91/5  rDev +9.5%
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. (486 characters)

Photo of DrDemento456
3.78/5  rDev +5.9%
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. (703 characters)

Photo of KYGunner
3.5/5  rDev -2%
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. (559 characters)

Photo of youknowibill
2.71/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

All of the rock bottom brews in the KOP location (near philly) Taste vaguely like a lager. I can taste hops, but it's buried under the generic yuengling-esque-ness. On the whole, this isn't a terrible beer, but it is a sub-par ipa.

My burps do taste of hops, I guess that better than a lager belch. (300 characters)

Photo of DenverHopHead
3.71/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

On tap at Rock Bottom, 20 oz, so they pour into a Weizen glass...okay?
Appearance is dull (probably because they poured into a Weizen glass). Smell is excellent, the way an IPA should be! Taste is refreshing, I like this! Feel is solid as well; nice to know I'm working with an IPA! Overall, not bad. If I'm ever in a Rock Bottom again, I'll likely have this. (359 characters)

Photo of watermelonman
3.33/5  rDev -6.7%
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. (298 characters)

Photo of Slackerville
2.85/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Every brewery need to offer an IPA this fills the need at Rock Bottom. Light in color with a good hop aroma. Very light on the malt side with a slight sweetness on the tongue then the traditional bitter finish. No outstanding qualities but a drinkable beer especially with food.

Rock Bottom locations are spread throughout the US but each location serves a variety of beers brewed on premise. The Downtown San Diego location is always crowded especially during baseball games of other events but has a solid beer selection. (524 characters)

Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3.62/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a 16oz pint glass at the Charlotte location.

L - lightly hazed golden color with a fluffy white head that stayed as a layer leaving trails of lacing.

S - earthy malt and hop aroma.

T - good balanced taste.

F - medium bodied, it was going down smooth and easy.

O - a fine example of the style. (307 characters)

Photo of BucannonXC5
3.58/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Type: Draft
Glass: 16-oz. pint glass
From: Rock Bottom Brewery in Longmont, Colo.
Price: $5.25
Purchased: May 5, 2013
Consumed: May 5, 2013
Misc.: N/A

Poured a caramel dark orange color with two fingers of off-white head. Healthy foam layer lacing on the sides. Good retention all the way down.

Smelled wet Cascade hops, caramel malts and lemon for the most part.

Tasted a grittier version of the smell. Wet Cascade hops, light rye hops, iced tea, little earthy and citrus. Nothing was too overpowering. Bitterish finish.

Medium body. Creamy texture. Average carbonation. Abrupt bitter finish.

Not a bad beer for a restaurant. I thought I had some better ones at the La Jolla location, but this one was decent. (719 characters)

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.99/5  rDev +11.8%
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. (555 characters)

Photo of barczar
3.68/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy golden light copper color with a dense one inch cream head that lingers indefinitely.

Orange and muted grapefruit, tangerine, and pine comprise the initial aroma, with fresh cut grass and dank hops rounding things out. There's subtle bready malt at the base.

Flavor reveals that they need to clean their lines. The citrus is present, but not as prolific as in the aroma. Tangerine, mango, and grapefruit are dominant, while resin and fairly sweet caramel malt form the backbone, leading into a slightly dry, mildly bitter finish.

Body is slick, on the full side, with moderate carbonation, a touch of astringency, and substantial alcohol warmth.

Not bad, for a restaurant beer. Citrus hop flavor is well represented, and the finish isn't overly bitter. (769 characters)

Photo of brewsadedotcom
4.27/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Beer was served in a pint glass at the Homestead, PA location. No head at all. Nice golden color.

S: Very pleasant pineapple aroma. Simcoe hops would be my guess.

T: The aroma lead me to believe that the hop flavor would be overpowering but it was actually very balanced. Notes of citrus and pineapple dominate.

M: Carbonation was moderate. Hop flavor lingers long after you take a sip.

O: I really enjoyed this beer and will need to take a growler home the next time that I visit RB. (491 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.58/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

i drank this after the hop bomb. big mistake i think, as i could hardly taste this one. its certainly a much lesser ipa than the hop bomb, and more of an english style in my opinion. it pours clear and light caramel colored, with an attractive inch and a half of white foam. the nose is balanced well, english smelling malts with a touch of wheat toast, and then a simple hop profile on the piney side, but not resinous. the flavor is almost too balanced to find the hops, as i expect to be able to do in an india pale ale. its bitter in the finish, but thats about it. some moderate malty sweetness lingers on as well. feel is good, very light in body for an ipa, a definite session beer, with an almost cask conditioned mouthfeel. pleasantly mild carbonation and a nice round texture. overall a good brew, not intense enough for an ipa in my book, but i guess the hop bomb fills that role. (891 characters)

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.25/5  rDev -9%
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). (1,004 characters)

Photo of Strix
3.35/5  rDev -6.2%
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. (259 characters)

Photo of Philousa
2.77/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Disclaimer: It is my understanding that previous to the purchase by Centerbridge in 2010, each location would have more freedom in brewing each beer to make it their own. It appears to me that Rock Bottom brewery's beers are to be a mish mash of different beers brewed at different times by different brewmasters. That said:

Imbibed at Rock Bottom in Campbell, CA on 3/1/2012.

Sits a shiny, metallic gold, clear, with two fingers thick, foamy head. Not much lacing in my Mug Club stein. Piney, resinous, and a bit grassy in the nose. Smells a bit skunky, but in a hoppy good way. Not much malt to sniff out. Nutty, pale two row malt flavor followed by bitter, citrusy hops.Bitterness is pretty mild for an IPA. Balanced mouthfeel with a dry finish.

Decent, but nothing about it stands out to me. A pretty good beer, but there are definitely better IPAs out there, especially in Northern California. (902 characters)

Photo of Chaney
3.76/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this one at the Rock Bottom in Arlington, VA.

A: Poured a cloudy, carrot orange, with a 2 finger head that stuck around throughout the session.

S: I certainly got a lot of yeast here on the nose along with some muted citrus. That's about it.

T: It was almost as if the citrus was infused with white pepper... spicy! I was taken about by how powerful the grapefruit was though. This teetered on the verge of a nice West Coast-style entry.

M: There was substantial lacing left on the glass after all was said and done. Additionally, the citrus bitterness kept the sweetness in check, with lots of bitter lingering left on the palate as well.

O: This was pretty good, and I enjoyed it much more than many other BAs on here I guess. C'est le vie... (755 characters)

Photo of xnicknj
3.18/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

on tap at Rock Bottom in KOP

Pours a hazed golden orange color with a nice crop of white head. Retains for a while, leaving coats of lacing all over the glass while drinking.

Bite of citrusy hops in the nose with some bready and grainy tones. Faint sweetness from underlying fruit and caramel. Very little alcohol presence.

Bitter up front with a smack of hops and some citrusy notes. Orange peel with grapefruit and some additional juicy hints. The backbone is very grainy and malty with some hints of biscuit and bread crust. Light touch of caramel for sweetness. Finishes bitter and dry with a little warmth.

Medium body, slightly higher carbonation, prickly and dry on the tongue. Not a bad IPA, but the quality drops off quickly as it ages - this batch was barely 3 weeks old and was considerably less flavorful than the fresher batch I experienced before. (868 characters)

Photo of TCgoalie
3.41/5  rDev -4.5%
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. (540 characters)

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