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Prussia's Pride IPA - Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery

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Prussia's Pride IPA
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90
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53 Ratings
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Ratings: 53
Reviews: 37
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 8.31%
Wants: 2
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
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United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: weeare138 on 10-26-2005

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Photo of Ezekiel81923
4.52/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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.

Photo of Umbra
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of Kadonny
4.52/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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.

Photo of gibby
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at king of prussia: described as malty profile ipa on beer board

Pale yellow in color, soapy head that lasted for a while. Smelled like grapefruit,lemon, pine. Taste is very simiar to smell, lots of citrus qualities. Really well balanced ipa and could be very sessionable in my opinion. ABV is in the mid 6% range. Big time lacing on the glass. With growler fills at only $7.95 this beer is really resonable and quite tasty. Worth a trip to rock bottom to give this and a few others a try.

Photo of HopDerek
4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of KOPBeerDrinker
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Deuane
4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of gdfan47
4.24/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of mentor
4.42/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of Imstillthegman
4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of MmmIPA
3.93/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I got a chance to try this on cask and I thought it didnt live up to the draft version.The pleasant hoppiness wasn't as dominant in the cask as in the draft version.The beer was super smoooth and hit the spot but I think the added carbonation helps this beer hit all the bases.The head seemed to stay there and never go down at all.It was good but I prefer the carbonated version more.

Photo of sholland119
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

HV

Photo of HugoGrim
3.82/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a standard pint. Nice head and lace with a classic IPA look.

Crisp light hop aroma. Hints of fruits including apples.

Flavor is rich and surprisingly complex. Hop profile blends with a fruitiness. Floral hops dominate with fresh bitterness.

Photo of AltBock
4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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!

Photo of Chinon01
4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of ffejherb
3.95/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

Photo of IPADAN
4.42/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of NolanGTI
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Biscuit033
3.9/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Hazy burnt orange with 2+ fingers of white head that settles nicely and displays great lacing.

S: Grapefruit and orange zest jump out and little else.

T: Grapefruit and its pith dominate. This is acidic and bitter but has some malt backbone in the finish.

M: Clean and dry on the finish. The body is medium if not slightly lighter but nice.

D: This was much more quaffable on the handpump. This must really be fresh as I have never had the citrus hops jump out as much as this pour.

Photo of maddogruss
3.65/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a nice, amber color with a decent, slightly off-white head with pretty solid retention. The smell was fairly hoppy. The taste more than backed up the taste. It was very hoppy, very floral. The mouthfeel was pretty full-bodied. The overall beer is pretty hoppy and a solid IPA. Unfortunately, as for most IPAs (at least for me), this does not ake it too drinkable. Maybe I have a weak stomach compared to hopheads, but unless I switched to an intermittent softer beer, I would most likely burn a hole in my stomach after a bunch of these.

Photo of boelker62
3.37/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On a hazy Memorial Day afternoon...
Appeared - with a 1" creamy off-white head and excellent lacing tat was mostly diminishing, however. A great amber to orange hue with a crystal clear body. Very enicing.

Smelled - of pungeant hoppy flowers and bursting with ruby red grapefruit and lemon rind zest. The head kept it all in there for you.

Tasted - just like it smelled, which is commendable, but lacked anything beyond the aroma. While accurate, it was simple. Simply good, yes, but simple. I expect a bit more complexity from an IPA. Lighly bitter overall (citrus bitter at that) with a long duration.

Mouthfeel - was appropriate, as it was dry to watery, and a light to medium body. Longer duration got drier as it lassted. The feel on th finish was almost astringent.

Drinkability - is there for this brew. I would not turn one away for likely hours.

Overall, I was pleasantly surpirsed at the quality of the offering I would get out of a brewery in a mall (the King of Prussia Mall, at that) and would go back, just under better, more lively circumstances, to enjoy more brews.

Photo of treehugger02010
3.83/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: A nice dark yet slightly transparent amber color body with an off white head. The head wasn't too much, but the retention was great and left tons of lacing.
Smell: An over powering hop smell, with not too much depth and a "tad" to much alpha.
Taste: A nice bitter hop, with a grand malt background. It took a couple (15 or so) pints to find the malt background, but once found you can't miss it.
Mouthfeel: Very crisp and ridgid, but lacking a sense of smoothness.
Drinkability: Very high, as noted by the 15 or so pints I've had of it (not all in one trip of course).
Don't drink and review.

Photo of TheDeuce
3.24/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Decent but not fantastic, served a hazy orange, decent head on top. Floral aroma, some hop, and malt, good job of hiding the alcohol. Taste is a little off, flimsy fruit at first with some hop at the end ever so slightly touching the mouth before the beer goes down. It is smooth, and somewhat good as a sessioner. I'm shocked to see that this is the ABV and I question it, as I had two of these with no problem, will have to check it out. This beer is fine, adequete, and clean, a good IPA for a first timer, but for me its a beer with no character. There are plenty of better IPAs, this one feels like one with ducttape over its mouth a little bit. But I guess that's expected from a chain, not terrible though.

Photo of tgbljb
4.42/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of NJpadreFan
4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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!***

Prussia's Pride IPA from Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery
90 out of 100 based on 53 ratings.