Prussia's Pride IPA - Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery
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Ratings: 50 | Reviews: 37 | Display Reviews Only:
4.83/5 rDev +18.1%
First, I have to say I'm a little biased toward this beer. I drink IPAs almost exclusively and am a Rock Bottom regular. This is one of my favorites of all time, it stands up there with any of the more available IPAs, like Hop Devil or Green Flash. The other brewpubs in the area, like Sly Fox and Iron Hill, can't even come close with their standard IPAs.
Golden with an amber tint. Bitter hoppiness with some citrus. Not very malty. The bitterness stays on your palate. Nice head with great legs. Has been kicked up to 6.3% abv with the latest batches. If you enjoy a good IPA, you'll love this, it never gets old.
03-14-2010 16:23:06 | More by jonmr10
4.6/5 rDev +12.5%
This beer came a foggy orange amber that faded to copper near the bottom of my pint with an even, thin, large bubbled whie head. I must say the fogginess of this beer was right on. Not too much any which way, but really attractive.
Smelled of nice smooth oranges with a bit of bread dough and musky brown sugar and a pinch of salt. The bitter sweet blend of these flavors was right on the money.
Tasted of big sweet fruity hops. The malt base tasted like creamy white pizza crust and brown sugar that was really organic and lively. Again, the way these two elements got along was simply marvelous. It finished pasty and bitter yet very clean.
The mouth feel was medium bodied with a full mouth of small bubbles that was exceptionally clean and smooth.
Awesome. This really reminded me of DFHs 90 mn. For a big national chain, this blew my mind. I will return here to session all up on this beer. Its freakin awesome. Do yourself a favor and check it out. As I said in my review of the brew pub, its in the King of Prussia mall, so the next time youre shopping and need a rest, this becomes a mandatory stop.
04-24-2006 00:56:12 | More by DarkerTheBetter
4.6/5 rDev +12.5%
Fantastic beer. Especially noting the hop flavor which is almost a double IPA in my opinion has a solid color with a reliable aroma. A definite contender with the Green Flash IPA. After attending the GABF in 2009 and having sampled many, I can say Brian has done a great job with his Prussia IPA! I would highly recommend it to any IPA fan!
11-06-2009 23:37:33 | More by Ryandec
4.53/5 rDev +10.8%
On-tap at the brewpub, yes, on a Thursday. God I love this beer, and I'll prove it.
Appearance: A nice deep orange with a decent head that usually leaves pretty good lacing. Very clear.
Smell: All citrus and pine hop aromas with some malt in the background. The aroma dictates the flavor almost perfectly.
Taste: Hop forward with flavors of grapefruit, orange, citrus, pine and pineapple. A slight bitterness lingers in the background most of the time and gains some strength as the sip finishes. A sweet caramel malt flavor backs the hops wonderfully before letting the bitterness finally break through. Hops finish it off as well. Very balanced and very nice transitions.
Mouthfeel: Finishes dry with some lingering bitterness, but other than that there isn't really any residual oiliness or hoppiness. Refreshing and inviting.
Drinkability: I'd give it a 6 if I could (on the 1-5 scale). Each pints last words are "get another" and I continue to oblige. I can't stand how drinkable it is, my wallet hates it.
This is my go-to beer. It's a part of their regular rotation and is in my opinion the best of the bunch. A masterfully crafted IPA that is perfect for beer drinkers of all kinds. Frank greets me every Thursday with a pint of this and I wouldn't have it any other way.
10-14-2009 21:09:09 | More by Ezekiel81923
4.53/5 rDev +10.8%
In my growler review, I mentioned me inquiring about Rock Bottom filling a sixtel for home. Well guess what. They did it, and at a very, very reasonable, almost criminal, price too. Super props to Brian McConnell and his staff.
Onto the review. Poured at home into my Sam Adams pint glass.
A: A medium orange color that seems lighter in the natural light. A one finger perfect pour head of white creamy head leaves nice full glass lacing.
S: Again, the nose on this beer is all about the Cascade hops. Smells of citrus and pine but a nice deep sweet malt smell. Great nose on this beer.
T: Hops dominate up front with citrus, orange, grapefruit, pineapple coupled with some deeper pine notes. The malt sweetness is very caramely and is very deep to stand up next to the hops. Very balanced beer. Finish ends bitter and hoppy.
M: Medium, not real thick and prickly and no real alcohol taste. This is not a syrupy thick IPA that coats the mouth forever, it ends up dry and refreshing.
D: High. Drink it fast, drink it slow, just drink and enjoy....all day if you wish too.
Overall I go back and forth between which version is my favorite, C02 or cask. Still, you can't go wrong with either. This beer is the perfect home keg beer. Hoppy enough to satisfy the hopheads, but balanced enough to satisfy the non hopheads. Honestly, I could drink this IPA all year long. It makes a killer house IPA. I can't get over how much I love this beer, having it on draft at home only makes my love even greater. Brian, if you read this, my god this is one kick ass IPA. Thanks for filling my sixtel. I guarantee it won't be my last fill either as I feel it won't last long. Cheers and props to RB in KOP.
07-01-2009 13:56:42 | More by Kadonny
4.43/5 rDev +8.3%
A: Cloudy orange/amber with one finger head, displays great lacing.
S: Grapefruit..pine...hops..yummy. Great smell.
T: Again, grapefruit...piney hops dominate, but sweet caramel malt really balances this one out.
M: Clean and dry on the finish. The body is medium if not slightly lighter but nice.
D: Very drinkable IPA for sure. May I please have another. VERY solid IPA.
06-19-2008 19:29:42 | More by IPADAN
4.43/5 rDev +8.3%
Served a slightly hazy orange colored beer with modearte white puffy head.
Smell is loaded with hops (piney and grassy) and is truly a treat to the nose.
Taste also forefronts the strong hop character with a nice balancing malt in the background. The hops are really what this beer is all about, though.
Finishes long and and dry and beckons for another taste.
An excellent beer. Much better than I would expect from a chain in a shopping mall.
02-08-2007 00:20:44 | More by tgbljb
4.43/5 rDev +8.3%
2 finger light tan headover a clear copper (lightly browned). Smells heavy hop oils, but light popouri hop flowery. Light lemony, pink grapefruit, fresh pine, tangerine, mint.
Tastes floral hoppy with supporting sweet and fruity esters. Really quite nice. Hip flavor more than bitter. Flavors are pine, lemon, easy grapefruit pith, perfumey, pears. Bitter is mostly clean of cohumulone, but oils give a drying stickiness (like sticky teeth). Malt is mostly nondescript sweet with very light caramelized character. Esters are pear syrup (from a can) and fuzzy peach. Md body, but sticking just enough to keep the hops and alcohol in balance. Very nice.
11-30-2008 07:56:24 | More by mentor
4.38/5 rDev +7.1%
Rock Bottom- Prussia's Pride IPA
Appearance- Bright hazy orange with a moderate foamy head.
Smell- Sweet caramel malt and a grapefruit rind aroma.
Taste- Sweet grapefruit rind, light pine hops, very sweet caramel malt with a touch of wet hops.
Mouthfeel- almost puckering sweet up front but toning down to mildy crisp and bitter in the end.
Overall- A nice IPA to go with the Bar Pretzels. The IPA's flavor wanes in the end, but otherwise 1 of Rock Bottom's better offerings!!
***Re-reviewed from a June 8th visit. Must of had it too cold last time. Really impressed!***
01-14-2007 14:59:22 | More by NJpadreFan
4.38/5 rDev +7.1%
Served in a Mug Club mug.
Poured a hazy caramel amber color with 2 fingers of foamy eggshell colored head. Good retention and nice blotches of lacing. Smells of fresh cut grass, caramel, citrus, and bread. Tastes of grass up front then a nice caramel sweetness with some bready notes in the backbone before a mild bitterness of lemon, grapefruit, pineapple, and orange peel in the finish. Medium in body with pleasant carbonation, smooth and balanced with a nice bitterness throughout, but not overly so. Easy to drink and session, a satisfying IPA that is always on tap at the brewpub and never disappoints.
02-12-2009 23:07:27 | More by HopDerek
4.33/5 rDev +5.9%
Poured into a standard pint glass from a growler fresh from the restaurant.
Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy golden color with minimal head.
Smell: Floral hops, citrus, nice smell!
Taste: Grapefruit, piney and a nice bitter finish.
Mouthfeel: Light, refreshing and crisp.
Drinkability: One of my favor IPAs. I'm lucky to live so close to Rock Bottom and can get a growler for $6 anytime I want.
01-19-2010 22:57:33 | More by Axic10
4.33/5 rDev +5.9%
Had this at the Iron Hill in Newark during their Cask Fest. Easily my favorite of the day.
Poured a hazy golden color with a dense head that lasted forever. Tons of lacing clung to the glass.
The aroma was of grapefruit and pine hops with some caramel. The hops were very fresh smelling and the sweet caramel was a nice addition at the end.
The flavor was the show stealer. Smooth, fresh hops coated your tongue while the caramel malts tried their bast to give the beer some balance. The bitter hop profile, mostly in the form of citrus, was damn near perfect for this beer. Not over the top DIPA like, but definitely on the high end for an IPA. Yum.
Smooth, creamy feel. Once the velvety liquid was gone, the hop oils coated the tongue quite nicely. Aftertaste was all hops. Somewhat bitter and a tad drying...only made me want more. I kept going back to this one throughout the afternoon and would gladly revisit it again.
11-19-2008 12:59:31 | More by Imstillthegman
4.25/5 rDev +3.9%
On cask, via hand pump @ the King of Prussia Rock Bottom on 7/24/10. Served in an oversized mug.
Pours a clear copper, topped with a little over a finger of frothy bright-white head. Retention here is very good, staying near a finger the whole way through and slathering the sides of the mug with a cascade of lacing that slowly drips down the sides. The aroma is hop forward up front, being green, earthy, and herbal, with some pine poking through and some tropical fruit tones mixing well with the sweetness of the malts. This took a bit long to finally open up but once it did, this was pretty solid.
The taste is green with grapefruit flavor and earthy bitterness, while some pine resin adds a certain degree of stickiness to this. The hops are well balanced here by a sweet backbone of bread and caramel character from the malts, nicely cutting the bitterness, and leaving just some light drying grit and residual juicy fruit notes. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a great feeling smoothness to the carbonation that keeps this flowing just effortlessly across the palate, aided by an almost non-existent ABV.
I think that I often take this for granted since it's always on tap, but man, I forgot just how solid of an IPA this is. Full flavored hop goodness here, with a ridiculously drinkable body (especially on cask). IMHO one of the best IPAs in the Philly burbs here.
07-27-2010 19:53:41 | More by Kegatron
4.2/5 rDev +2.7%
A- pours a light yellowish amber with alot of white froathy head, very nice lacing , a one finger head remains throughout the pour
S- Hops, pot, more hops, citrus , a little bit of pine
T- very well balanced, def leaning more towards west coast ipas, the hops def shine through more than the malt
M- refreshing , the hops really really come at you, not overly bitter, nicey constructed, good carbonation
D- the first sip is nice, and so are all of the rest... a really nice IPA/bordering on a DIPA... a really nice session beer for a hops enthusiast
would love to have this on the pump sometime
01-04-2009 02:45:00 | More by gdfan47
4.18/5 rDev +2.2%
Murky deep gold lovely maintained head. Aroma is sweet hoppy chinook? Taste is similar to aroma; sweet hop juice hop oil light and a clean finish informed by hop bitterness. Virtually no malt detected. Mouthfeel and drinkability are near perfect. Round and clean with gentle sweet juicy hop kiss.
08-16-2008 02:24:47 | More by Chinon01
4.18/5 rDev +2.2%
Poured from growler into a pint glass. Light amber in color with a fluffy white head which left lacing as it subsided.
Stong hop aroma of citrus and pine.
Flavor is well balanced between the malt and spicy grapefruity hops. Pronounced hop flavors but not overwhelming. Very good.
Medium light in body with good carbonation. Refreshing and very easy to drink.
02-07-2009 04:04:43 | More by KOPBeerDrinker
4.13/5 rDev +1%
A-Brilliant copper with a medium bright white head. Thanks to the cask delivery the head holds on strong and leaves nice lace.
S-Sweet biscuit/caramel malt with a nice citrus hop pop that is not overwhelming but present.
T-Caramel, biscuity malt is quickly overpowered by a spicy citrus hop kick. Well rounded, balanced with a pleasant hop forward bite.
M-Medium-light body, quite crisp with good lingering bitterness.
D-Really nice stuff with good balance and a smooth creamy texture. A well done brew that pairs well with cask delivery.
01-27-2009 17:08:19 | More by Deuane
4.13/5 rDev +1%
This really is a solid IPA that has gotten a bit better over the past year (maybe it's me). Pours a nice deep copper with a one fingered head and plenty of lacing on the way down.
Solid hop bitterness leaning more towards pine than fruit, although there are some small hints of grapefruit and even a touch of star anise. Malt presence is stronger than some less balances examples of the style, this is not a pure hop bomb.
It won't blow you away at first, but it becomes more and more likable with each sip. A solidly made IPA that deserves it's due. My only complaint would be a very slight lack of carbonation for the style.
06-13-2008 13:44:59 | More by NolanGTI
4.1/5 rDev +0.2%
Had this one several times this week while stuck in KOP. I had it both on tap and in growler, but enjoyed the brew somehow better in a growler in my hotel room then sitting at the actual bar.
Orange, cloudy brew with a pretty white head. Loads of lacing and retention. Citrus/cascade notes
Grapefruit and some citrus flavors are on teh front, balanced just slightly with caramel. It finishes with a mild hoppiness. Medium bodied brew that finishes clean.
The hopheads would like some more bite to it, but I feel that this is a very sessionable brew and one of the best regulars
08-21-2009 15:18:06 | More by Umbra
Prussia's Pride IPA from Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery
90 out of 100 based on 50 ratings.