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IPA - Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery

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Reviews: 50
Hads: 246
Avg: 3.56
pDev: 25.56%
Wants: 0
Gots: 30 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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 StonedTrippin
3.58/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.31/5  rDev -7%
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.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.33/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

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Photo of smcolw
3.91/5  rDev +9.8%
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.

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Photo of mothman
3.9/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at Rock Bottom Minneapolis. (not retired as it is a regular offering).

Poured into a pint glass with a finger of white head. Decent retention with some lace. Color is a clear golden orange.

Aroma: Straight up hops. Very fresh smelling. It has a grapefruit citrus profile with some pine flavored hops. Very surprising.

Taste: I get a little bit of malts here and then the rest is just like the nose. Lots of hops. A bit sticky with some hop resin.

Mouthfeel: Bitter and sticky. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends sticky.

Overall, a solid ipa from a place I didn't expect much from. I guess I gotta give the guys at RB: Minneapolis another chance because this was a solid brew. I will definitely be stopping by again.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.99/5  rDev +12.1%
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.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.8/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

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Photo of HopHead84
2.8/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2


On tap at Rock Bottom La Jolla. This is not retired. It's impossible for this to be worse than the IIPA.

A: Pale straw gold with a white head. Slightly hazy. Scattered lacing.

S: Orange, peach, and a little pine. No off notes here, and while the hops were restrained at first, they opened up a bit later. No malt influence or booze.

T: Orange and tangerine balanced by a dull bready caramelish malt profile. The hops are muted. No alcohol and barely any sweetness. Moderately bitter and somewhat astringent in the finish. Not a lot going on here.

M: Upper light in body with moderate carbonation. Sticky and dry mouthful.

Overall: Not as bad as Hop Bomb, but not recommended.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.08/5  rDev -13.5%
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.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
2.11/5  rDev -40.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured a light, golden with a killer nose, almost perfumey. That is eaxactly what it tasted like too. Hops were potent but to overbearing, a huge floral taste and aroma to accompany this. Something went wrong and the scent killed it for me. Still a good try Rock Bottom.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.71/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

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Photo of Bighuge
4.27/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy orange body. Thick and sticky dirty white head. Good thick nose of pine resin, hop resin, grass, sticky sweet maryjane and caramel malts. The taste offers a nice balance of malt and hops. This is an IPA and the hoppy characteristics are more prevalent, but the crystal malt flavor balances it out nicely. Hop flavors are grassy and a little piney. Bitterness is quite restrained. Medium bodied and lightly to moderately carbonated. This goes down fairly effortlessly. Solid IPA.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%
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).

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.78/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

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Photo of barczar
3.68/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

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Photo of xnicknj
3.18/5  rDev -10.7%
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.

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Photo of ZAP
4.22/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Can't remember the exact name and their website is worthless...it is the IPA that includes all the hops from their single hop releases recently....called IPA Seven or something like that.

This is a nice flavorful easy drinking IPA....A lot of pine, citrus, and weed on the aroma...has a sweeter IPA flavor....not a ton of bitterness...a good juicy hop flavor of citrus (tangerines, grapefruit, oranges).

Body is medium...not a real dry finish which is good with me....

This is a very solid, enjoyable IPA that I would definitely buy again....quality beer.

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Photo of Brenden
3.42/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

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Photo of TheBeerAlmanac
3.35/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Draft poured into a pint glass

A: Pours a hazy orange/yellow hue with a thin white fuzz of head.

S: Smells lightly earthy along with pine and soft citrus hops.

T/M: Flavor is lightly hoppy, not as bitter as I hoped/imagined, with some pine and a bit of citrus.

Overall, it’s basic and pretty well balanced, but resembles an American pale ale more than an India pale ale.


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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3.62/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.52/5  rDev +27%
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!

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Photo of KYGunner
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

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Photo of micromaniac129
4.47/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was a very good IPA. Reminds me of Blind pig.

It had a rich golden honey color with ample head that was dense and had great rentention. Fine lacing was left in it's wake.

A beautifully aromatic ale with a very forward hop bouquet. Floral and citrus were the dominate aromas.
As far as malts they had a more sutle aroma of sweet pale malts.

flavor was bold and hoppy but no overly bitter so It was nicely balanced.
Hops had a floral and earthy taste malts balanced the hops out.

A smooth and slick ale with just enough bitterness and a clean finish.
Carbonation wasd light.

This is definitly one of my favor IPA's and it is well worth the effort to get out that way.
stupid me forgot to ask about growlers.

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Photo of Chaney
3.76/5  rDev +5.6%
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...

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Photo of Redrover
3.45/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

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IPA from Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery
81 out of 100 based on 50 ratings.