Prussia's Pride IPA - Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery
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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
3.83/5 rDev -6.4%
First had: on tap at Rock Bottom, King of Prussia, PA
Poured a slightly hazed golden-yellow with a foamy white head that receded to a fine layer of bubbles. Mainly citrus hops on the nose with floral notes and a touch of malt coming through. Hops and more hops in the taste, pretty bitter, some citrus and pine notes, and some toasted malts just making an appearance in the background. Light-medium mouthfeel, and pretty drinkable, though a bit on the harsh side sometimes, so I usually don't feel like having more than a mug.
06-03-2011 19:17:32 | More by Rifugium
3.58/5 rDev -12.5%
Appears a hazy amber with a lush white head that is retained during the entire session. Spotty and streaky lacing.
Smell is of floral and citrus with a mildly perfumy aroma. Centennial and Chinook hops abound.
Taste is of citrus cream and a malty sugar that's hard to put a finger on.
Mouthfeel is sugary, creamy, along with a mild bite at the end.
Drinkability is good but nothing is knocking my socks off with this one either.
10-26-2005 03:05:48 | More by weeare138
3.73/5 rDev -8.8%
Very cloudy caramel/orange colour topped by a dense, white head, which showed good retention and solid lacing. Intense hop aroma, quite floral with a bit of grapefruit and toasted malt. Solid bitterness (more than I expected from a chain) with floral/citrus hop flavour that lingered in the finish. Mild, balanced malt with a bit of toast and caramel that dropped out quickly at the end. Medium bodied with decent mouthfeel. A pleasant surprise. I've had so many watered-down, weak IPAs at chain brewpubs that I expected more of the same. This one was definitely a notch above the crowd.
07-02-2006 22:12:40 | More by DrJay
3.98/5 rDev -2.7%
Pours a nice amber/orange color with decent slightly off white head. Good lacing. Smell is of citrusy and piney hops blended with somewhat strong carmel malts. Taste is of carmel malts with a bitter sting of piney hops with a faint floral hop presence as well. Medium bodied, not as smooth and creamy as the cask serving would have dictated. Good IPA leaning more towards the english style of IPA in my opinion.
12-07-2009 16:26:57 | More by rfgetz
3.95/5 rDev -3.4%
On cask at the KOP location on 7/3/08.
A - Slightly hazy amber body with one finger of bubbly white head. Nice retention for a cask ale, but minimal amount of lacing.
S - Pleasant waft of citrus and floral hop notes combined with a slightly toasted malt aroma with some graininess.
T - Begins with the familiar combination of the aforementioned floral hop notes with a splash of citrus, then seques into a mild toasted malt flavor with some caramel sweetness. Finishes with a bitter hop bite and hefty malt flavor to balance everything out.
M - Medium body with smooth, watery texture. Moderate bitterness in the finish.
D - This was served pretty cold for a cask offering (perhaps in a chilled glass). However, the flavor expanded as the liquid warmed up, releasing a nice hop bouquet and pleasant maltiness, resulting in a well-balanced IPA.
07-06-2008 16:48:49 | More by ffejherb
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
4.13/5 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
4.38/5 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
4.1/5 rDev +0.2%
A-Pours a murky golden color with a fluffy white head and nice lacing.
S-Very appealing scent of grapefruit and pine hops with a modest malt presence in the background.
T-This is quite a tasty beverage. Lots of citrus hops in the front mixing with pine hops further on. A solid malt backbone keeps the flavors well balanced.
M-Mouthfeel is crisp with mild bitterness and medium carbonation.
D-Very sessionable. Moderate ABV and great taste make this a very enjoyable brew.
09-29-2008 15:52:17 | More by sholland119
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
4.08/5 rDev -0.2%
This was on cask at the King of Prussia Rock Bottom on 8/16/2008. They served it to me in a standard pint glass.
This IPA poured a lightly hazy golden amber color with a great creamy 1/2 an inch head of white foam. In truth, this head of foam never really receded. It stayed the same the entire duration of the beer's life in my glass. When it did recead, it left behind milky white streaks of lace around the glass. It was nothing short of being a top notch appearance!
The aroma was mildly hopped with bitter citrus hops, a ton of tart grapefruit, a hint of pine needles, and then finishes up with a subtle touch of caramel malts. There was a sublte touch of malt because the bitter citrus hops ruled over the aroma.
The hops ruled over the aroma and the hops ruled over the taste. The taste was very bitter with bitter citrus hops, plenty of ruby red grapefruit, a splash of pine, a hint of lemon zest, and then ends on a subtle taste of toasted caramel malts. For just a regular IPA, the hops level was too high. It doesn't matter what the level of hops were in this beer were set at because this beer had a great hoppy taste to it.
The mouthfeel was medium bodied with a bitter aftertaste of bitter citrus hops, a hint of citrus fruits, a few pine needles, and plenty of tart grapefruit. No malts in the aftertaste. The malts learned their lession after the smell and taste.
I'm glad this is a year round beer. That means this great highly hopped brew is available all year round. A pint or two is good enough, but a growler of this would be too much. That is unless you have to somebody to share it with. A must try at Rock Bottom!
08-17-2008 17:36:06 | More by AltBock
3.7/5 rDev -9.5%
I had sampler of this in a cask and a regular draft. I thought the cask was better so I got a pint.
Pours a clear golden with a beautiful heading that sticks to the last sip. Left some great leggage throughout as well.
Smell was all hop. Not to much of a malt crispness aroma which I expected but did peak it's head through.
Taste was good. The hoppiness is the dominant factor here. Malts are somewhat of an afterthought.( Not knocking this beer but just expected more body to this). Slight zestiness.
Mouth is crisp and hoppy.Light to medium bodied, Kind of watery and finishes smooth.
Drink is good. A very easy going IPA and can be enjoyed at any time.
12-13-2009 02:35:14 | More by TheFightfan1
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
3.2/5 rDev -21.8%
Had this on tap tonight at Rock Bottom in King Of Prussia.
Poured a golden orange color with about a fingers worth of soapy white head. A decent amount of lacing hung around for most of the pint.
Smell was light. A touch of citrus zest and a bit of carmel sweetness.
Taste like the smell was light. A touch of citrus and floral but mostly dominated by the malts. A bit bitter on the finish.
Watery and light on the mouthfeel. Smooth and easy to drink.
Overall this is a below average IPA. For $2.00 a pint it does the job but its noting to write home about.
11-06-2009 06:45:44 | More by BigMike
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%
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
Prussia's Pride IPA from Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery
90 out of 100 based on 50 ratings.