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IPA - Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery

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174 Ratings
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Ratings: 174
Reviews: 45
rAvg: 3.51
pDev: 11.97%
Wants: 0
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery visit their website
United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: brewdlyhooked13 on 07-25-2005)
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t0rin0

California

3/5  rDev -14.5%

12-18-2012 02:54:52 | More by t0rin0
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Thorpe429

Illinois

2.5/5  rDev -28.8%

08-02-2013 12:58:22 | More by Thorpe429
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nmann08

District of Columbia

3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

01-03-2012 19:30:20 | More by nmann08
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

10-24-2013 16:18:58 | More by ygtbsm94
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kylehay2004

Florida

3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

06-23-2013 22:02:45 | More by kylehay2004
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westcoastbeerlvr

California

2.5/5  rDev -28.8%

06-15-2014 03:20:18 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

3.33/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-06-2011 06:32:55 | More by biboergosum
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

3.35/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-12-2011 23:22:16 | More by Rifugium
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

3.58/5  rDev +2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-29-2012 19:42:04 | More by StonedTrippin
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smcolw

Massachusetts

3.89/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-22-2014 19:17:40 | More by smcolw
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barleywinefiend

Washington

2.1/5  rDev -40.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-03-2008 03:53:59 | More by barleywinefiend
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oriolesfan4

Maryland

3.25/5  rDev -7.4%

03-26-2014 17:22:16 | More by oriolesfan4
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mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

3.9/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-30-2011 07:23:23 | More by mothman
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Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

3.99/5  rDev +13.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-03-2013 22:37:18 | More by Stinkypuss
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Bighuge

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +21.1%
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.

Serving type: growler

03-30-2009 01:31:23 | More by Bighuge
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

3.23/5  rDev -8%
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).

Serving type: on-tap

09-25-2012 15:59:49 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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HopHead84

California

2.75/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

5/18/2011

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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-19-2011 02:55:42 | More by HopHead84
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rolltide8425

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

11-18-2012 20:15:31 | More by rolltide8425
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xnicknj

Pennsylvania

3.15/5  rDev -10.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-17-2012 01:04:53 | More by xnicknj
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GraduatedCashew

California

3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

08-28-2013 18:07:46 | More by GraduatedCashew
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TheSevenDuffs

Ontario (Canada)

3.08/5  rDev -12.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-14-2011 20:57:59 | More by TheSevenDuffs
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DrDemento456

Pennsylvania

3.78/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-18-2014 17:57:15 | More by DrDemento456
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WOLFGANG

South Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -7.4%

07-29-2013 22:07:10 | More by WOLFGANG
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ZAP

Minnesota

4.2/5  rDev +19.7%
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.

Serving type: growler

03-23-2009 03:52:53 | More by ZAP
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Brenden

Ohio

3.43/5  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.

Serving type: growler

07-18-2014 16:18:07 | More by Brenden
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IPA from Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery
80 out of 100 based on 174 ratings.