Hop Bomb - Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery

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Ratings: 53
Reviews: 27
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 12.08%
Wants: 1
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
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Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery visit their website
United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: benito on 03-28-2006

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Reviews by jdhchi:
Photo of jdhchi
4.02/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Had this one on tap at Rock Bottom..great smell and taste! Surprised its only 7% ABV considering the taste. Less than a finger worth of head but long lasting and I mean it was there on the last drop! Good lacing and color dark amber golden like. Plenty of hops make this one a real competitor and one to enjoy anytime. I would stop for another!

More User Reviews:
Photo of Kegatron
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Rock Bottom KOP.

Pours a clear golden orange with a 1/2 finger of brite-white foamy head that retains nicely and leaves big, sticky hop lacing. The aroma is all about the Chinook hops, with big pine notes, spice, grapefruit, and a earthy scent of sweet malt.

The taste is more of the same, with a big resinous hop bite up front. Zesty citrus and caramel malts try to real things in but man, is this bitter! It seems a bit unbalanced in the hop department but does even out more as it warms. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a nice firm carbonation and nary a bit of the 7% ABV was felt.

This is another solid IPA from this brewpub and will fill the needs of any Hop Head. A touch more balance may have been needed but overall, much like it's name, this is one tasty and highly drinkable hop bomb.

Photo of alleykatking
3.82/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap....

A- Pours a clean coppery color. One finger white head shows poor retention. Light sheety lacing that turns into streaky lace on the sides of the glass.

S- Citrus hops right off the bat. Piney bitter hops seem to jump out next. Some caramel malts in the there that linger to and from in the nose. The ending has some light alcohol notes and more citrus hops.

T- Citrus hops dominate the front of the beer like in the nose. There is a light bitterness to offset the sweetness to the beer upfront. Middle of the beer has a nice clean malt taste which is lightly bready. This leads up to the ending of the beer which becomes a little more bitter one again with a nice clean alcohol taste. the bitterness of the beer is really balancing all the sweetness that is underlying with it.

M- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for the style. Citrus hops and piney hops dominate everything in the palate and leave a oily resin over everything it touches. Aftertaste is mostly faded alcohol, bigger bitter hops, hints of citrus hops and faded malt. This beer is overall balanced for what it is not being either too bitter or too sweet. No off flavors were present at all. Medium high drying on the palate from the alcohol.

D- This IPA was worth trying and I would love to drink again. There is a nice balance to this beer but it is still bursting with a crispness from the hops that makes you actually want to drink it. A few flaws in the appearance and the aroma but a drinker never the less with the ABV being 7%. Alcohol is never an annoyance which I enjoyed a lot.

Photo of weeare138
3.5/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

from notes...
Appears a transparent light gold with a small, white head that slowly fades into a mild cap and collar. Decent lacing and scattered bits are left around the glass.
Smell is of spicy black pepper, citrus, grapefruit, and cut grass.
Taste is of the same with bitter orange and peppercorns.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, citrus, yeast, spritzy with candy orange losing out to the spice.

Photo of mrkrispy
4.48/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had on tap at the La Jolla Rock Bottom in San Diego. That location has been turning out several tasty IPAs so I was excited to try this one (which appears to be a franchise-wide recipe?)

Nice golden and orange color. No haze. Minimal head.

Big hop aroma of citrus, pine, and floral. Great combo, it really jumps out.

Moderate level of carbonation. Clean base with a complex fruity and piney taste...the malt bill allows the hops to shine. Lots of lemon and grapefruit, some pineapple. A pleasant bitterness that lingers around. Again very clean, no higher alcohols/solvent flavors. The bitterness does not get overwhelming, so it is quite drinkable....several pints would be great.

A well constructed and complex IPA. Perhaps not innovative, but very well done. Not sure who the recipe is from in the Rock Bottom Family but the La Jolla crew brewed up a fantastic version. The Hop Bomb is a beer I'd love to have frequently.

Photo of rfgetz
4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice orangy amber color, good retention and lacing from the cap of soapy white head. Scent is packed with piney hops with notes of grapefruit, flowers and grain in the background. First sip is pleasently bitter, not overpowering, good blend of the piney and grapefruity hops, touch of mango. Medium bodied, slightly overcarbonated. A great suprise from Rock Bottom, one of their best.

Photo of xoqx
3.92/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a nice one time release at the Bellevue Rock Bottom Brewery. It has a clear pale golden hue with a white head with medium retention. There is a very nice nose full of piney hops. The taste is predictably focused on the hops, but there is a nice fresh malty backbone underneath that is never entirely silenced by the strong woodsy hop bitterness. This beer is, in some sense, like the Humpback Pale ale, yet taken further along both the malt and hop continua. The mouthfeel is fresh and jagged with a medium long finish. This is one of the most drinkable beers I’ve had at Rock Bottom; one I’d go back for.

Photo of charlzm
3.15/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

on draft at brewery, consumed on 11/12/07.

Nice head retention, though no active carbonation.

Citrus nose, citrus hoppy palate. No real malt flavors detected. Fairly mild, though; not especially hoppy despite the name.

I was worried this wopuld be an undrinkable West Coast APA. Unnecessarily, as it turned out.

Photo of BEERchitect
4.17/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Without a doubt, the hoppiest beer that I've ever had at any Rock Bottom. The Head Brewer explained that the predominant hop used here is the Simcoe variety; and boy does it shine in this beer.

The beer shows with a solid golden-amber hue, mild haze and great head formation, retention, and lacing with eggshell tinted froathiness. A great IPA appearance.

The nose is domiated by citrus hops. Grapefruit, orange zest, and a lemony tough resinates throughout the brew. Softer grassy, piney note follow up and eventually pineapple, mangos, and strawberry jam show as the malty barley taste comes into play. The malts round out the aroma while contributing a subtle bready delivery system for the hops.

Hop flavor, as expected, dominate the beer. All the citrus notes hit the foreground while the softer, sweeter hops and barley take a quick backseat. A soft grain flavor compliment the hops well while adding just enough sweetness to keep the hops from being alone on an island. Light on esters, the yeast give a light bready taste that just add to the depth of the flavors.

Very well attenuated for a crisp, clean, refreshing malt profile. No distractions are needed from the strong bitterness that hit all parts of the tongue and throat, chasing the beer from nose to finish. A dryness ultimately takes the beer and leads to a resiny, citrusy finish.

This is a fantastic hop-dominant beer that showcase the Simcoe hops very well. A pleasure to drink. Maybe the best I've experienced at any Rock Bottom! Hat's off to the brewing staff.

Photo of emmasdad
3.87/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from the tap a somewhat hazy copper color, with just the right amount good white foam on top. The nose here is all aromatic hops, orange peel and freshly mown grass. On the palate, again nothing but citrusy hops (tangerine, grapefruit, mandarin oranges) with no balancing malt whatsoever. Great hop flavors, but a bit thin for a DIPA. Pretty enjoyable, nonetheless.

Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Listed at 6.5% ABV and freshly brewed by the new Brewmaster (Brewster?) at the Long Beach RB, Hayley Meagher. Sampled during the weekly ‘roaming’ gathering of the LongBeachHopHeads, which was held at the RB-LB on 25th May.

Appearance: Pale gold body with some tangerine flashes. Tight white head lasts and presents some good looks. Conditioning is virulent, the head slowly dies down and eventually breaks but only at the finish, the presentation is nevertheless solid throughout.

Nose: Incredibly fresh green grassy swathes dominate the nose. Lots of Hoppy intrigue with a very clean presentation.

Taste: Pumped up with a lot of Amarillo hops according to the Brewer, and it shows, it has a deep fresh grassy punch with a spicy feel in the finish. Grapefruit bite with a citric hop trait that runs through start to finish. Bitterness comes through in the finish but the upfront hops are fruity with a sharp citric aspect.

Mouthfeel: The freshness in this IPA was self-evident. Medium bodied but far from thin, it had enough body to keep interest and support the citric hops, yet at the same time it played down a little to help maintain Drinkability.

Drinkability: Very drinkable, erm….rather too drinkable in fact, I recall destroying several Pitchers worth of this one, and I getting home was a hazy memory. A quaffable libation that begs to be supped alone, but it goes well with food too.

Overall: At last, a great IPA just down the road, I really hope that this one remains a firm fixture! Very popular amongst the LongBeachHopHeads, a big thumbs up for this one.

Photo of HopHead84
1.74/5  rDev -55.3%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5


On tap at Rock Bottom La Jolla.

A: Copperish gold with a white head and some scattered lacing.

S: Oxidized bread with a little orange and pine. It really just smells like alcoholic metal and oxidized bread.

T: Again, oxidized bread with some harsh metallic notes. Good lord. The hops taste like nothing, though there is some alcohol in the flavor.

M: Medium in body with moderate carbonation. Mouthfeel is sticky and smooth.

Overall: Horrible.

Photo of JamesS
4.72/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured a nice light copper color with good head, but little lacing. Nice aroma with a huge citrus (pineapple and grapefruit) scent. Excellent thick malt sweetness with a wonderful huge citrus-pineapple hop flavor that lasts on the tongue. Slight hop roughness and alcohol heat, but still goes down well.

Photo of Gobzilla
4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at rock bottom

A: poured a golden orange with yellow highlights and a finger of fluffy head that had good lacing.

S: nice piney hops with sweet malt hints of citrus fruits and caramel in the nose as well.

T: crisp refreashing piny hops up front with a pretty decent sweet malt balance and caramel citrus accents.

M: medium body with a good amont of carbonation that added to the overall taste and a crisp piney bitter finish.

D; drank very good and was a decent Ipa from rock bottom. Was really surprised with the quality of this beer.

Photo of spointon
4.42/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this one at the Rock Bottom Orland Park on 10/08/08.

A= This ale poured a slightly hazy dark golden color with a 3/4" white head. The head quickly dropped to 1/8" or so, but left incredible lacing down the glass.

S= Bursting with fresh and juicy citrus and pine hop notes. Some grass and malt backing in the aroma as well but definitely a hop dominant smell.

T= As one would expect with the name, this was one hoppy beer. Lots of West coast grapefruit and pine resin hop flavors throughout. Solid malt backbone arose in the middle only to dissappear in the dry bitter finish.

MF= Dead on for the style, medium body, crisp but not overdone carbonation.

D= Another outstanding brew from Iain. I feel that this is one of the beers he has successfully "dialed in". A treat for anyone interested in a fresh hoppy IPA.

Photo of OBeerMeGreatOne
4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Comes out quite dark. The color is a deep amber with a moderate head. Decent lace.
A light scent. Caramel up with pine and citrus to back it.
The taste ups it a notch. Caramel, slight booze heat, citrus, a slight nuttiness and a touch of pine. Very smooth going down.
This was a beer I could enjoy. Very nice DIPA.

Photo of benito
3.24/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Another of the secret 'stash' brews at Rock Bottom, this came a transparent mandarin with little carbonation. The bouquet was strong on citrus and earth aromatics (pine, grass), and on the palate, this did a nice job of delivering the tongue-razing hop wallop that I look for in a good IPA.

My only gripe with this brew is its lack of balance--again the bitterness is forceful and well-done, yet for a double IPA it almost completely lacks the malt balance to give it real body and strength. That said, I'd still be happy to drink a second (or third) one of these. And, as with the other 'stash' brews at Rock Bottom, it's great to
see a chain brewpub putting out some more daring offerings to compliment the crowd pleasers.

Photo of Kadonny
4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from tap at the brew pub into the Mug Club mug.

A: A hazy yellow golden color with a two finger white fluffy head. Glass lacing receeds back into the beer.

S: Citrus smells with some pine earth and a nice malt sweetness. Hops play major role here.

T: Citrus hops with orange, lemon and a bit of grapefruit coupled with a earthy spicy piney hop flavor. Very hoppy and very bitter. A slight malt sweetness holds it together, but the spicy biting hops leave your mouth tingling with bitterness. Great beer.

M: Full and prickly with lingering bitterness and low alcohol flavors, very nice.

D: High, damn they are good.

Overall another great beer done by Brian. His IPAs are fantasic there, kudos to him. If you have not gotten there, do so and enjoy the excellent beers he is brewing there.

Photo of deapokid
3.33/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Drank at the bar on 11-26. Reviewed from notes.

Chalkboard above bar notes a birthdate of 11-24 and an ABV of 7.1%. Description states "Golden Simcoe-hopped IPA."

Pours a translucent golden/yellow with a thick white head and substantial lacing. Carbonation is extremely lively, making for a fun and visually appealing beer.

Aroma is packed to the brim with tough, alpha hops. This massive stank is balanced well by the accompanying mango and orange notes.

Taste is a bit of a shocker. Nearly all of the scratchy Simcoe hops in the aroma are nowhere to be found. What is on display is a creamy and orangey IPA with old mild hop scratch in the final moments and nearly nothing to balance the sweetness.

The smoothness can get you past the lack of floral/grassy notes and it's relatively easy to sip on, but something called Hop Bomb should be way more explosive.

Photo of barleywinefiend
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a lighter gold color with good carbonation and a nice white head

S: Smells of caramel, biscuit, and pine

T: Tastes of grapefruit up front with a nice sweet caramel and biscuit backbone and a nice piney dry finish. Very hop assertive

M: Medium body with good carbonation. Crisp and sweet with a dry bitter finish. Easy to drink but just not that unique.

D: Good

Photo of StonedTrippin
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

called hop bomb "c" at the westminster, co location. this is a nice big ipa. it pours clear and bright, orange to gold in color, with a nice two inches of white lace on top. the nose is fresh piney hops, bitter and bitey, with a lighter american malt profile. taste is more citrus than pine, despite the smell. grapefruit bitterness and lemon rind tartness combine nicely with a pale malt body. excellent carbonation and a lighter feel for what this is. drinkable and approachable for a big ipa. a good potential conversion beer for those who think they dont like hoppy beers, this is less offensive than most, but still featuring the hops well. for a chain beer, this one is pretty darn good.

Photo of HopDerek
4.18/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2008 batch released on 4/9/08 made with Chinook Hops
Poured a slightly hazy golden amber with thick cream colored head, good retention, and sticky lacing. Smells of caramel, biscuit, and pine forest. Tastes of grapefruit up front with a nice sweet caramel and biscuit backbone and a nice piney dry finish. Medium in body with good carbonation. Crisp and sweet with a dry bitter finish. Easy to drink, very good single hop variety IPA with a very fitting name. One of my favorite seasonal releases from the King of Prussia Rock Bottom.

Photo of gibby
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at King of prussia: Described as a golden ipa with centennial hops on the beer board, 7.5% abv.

Nice golden color with a soapy white head when it came over to me. Head went away within a few mins. Smelled alot of lemon, grapefruit and citrus all around. I also tasted alot of citrus qualities as well, especially lemon. Big time lacing on the glass. The hops are not too over powering but there is not much malt peeking through. I wouldn't say its balanced b/c it definitely leans towards the hops but its certainly not anything overpowering. I may be biased though b/c I love ipa/dipa's. Its a very hoppy IPA for sure and I liked it enough to have a 2nd pint. Recommended.

Photo of oakbluff
3.97/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap RB Minneapolis- nice frothy looking brew, light orange with white head. Nose is candied oranges and pine. Creamy body, good caramel malt backbone, piney finish, medium carbonation. Finishes smooth with dry citrus yet touch of malth sweetness. highly drinkable

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Marvelously murky ochre capped by two fingers of sandstone colored cream. It's great the way the melted caramel center gradually blends into the brighter mandarin orange edges. The foam is tight-bubbled enough to last and sticky enough to blanket the pint glass with a thick coat of soon-to-be-crusty lace. So far, Hop Bomb is da bomb!

One whiff is all it takes to tell me that Town Hall isn't the only brewpub in Minneapolis capable of creating hoptastic beer. In the right hands, Centennial and Amarillo should result in a great DIPA. It looks like 'Bryon D. Tonnis, Brewmaster' (as the growler reads) has more than capable hands. Minimal caramel maltiness is blasted into oblivion by juicy pineapple, tangerine and pink grapefruit... oh my!

Hop Bomb is damn good beer if you like your DIPAs to be both sweet and hoppy. If we're shooting for perfection, though, even more biting resinousness and fresh hop flavor is needed. What was an easy 4.5 taste score after the first several mouthfuls is now threatening to become 4.0.

One positive is a massive malt backbone that is predominantly pale with caramel accents. One negative is alcohol that isn't buried as well as it could be. It's hard to complain too much, since it's easily ignored and doesn't intrude on my enjoyment in the least.

The tropical fruitiness of the hops comes across loud and clear. If my taste buds are any sort of reliable guide, the two hops were used in roughly equal amounts. The grapefruit zestiness of the Centennial plays beautifully off the orange and mango of the Amarillo. Good choices all the way around. I also love the fact that the finish is kept from being overly sticky by a burst of alpha acid shrapnel.

The mouthfeel is crushed velvet smooth, but also has a wonderfully raspy texture thanks to all the hops. Oily is another word that fits. Chewy is yet another. The carbonation is dead... solid... perfect.

Never mind my earlier waffling. Hop Bomb is great beer because it does what hop bombs are supposed to do. At least DIPA hop bombs. It's chock full of ingredients, has flavor to burn and is disappearing with remarkable ease. Thanks a million to feloniousmonk for this unexpected (and much appreciated) present that was thrust into my hand as we got ready to leave for Darkness Day. You da man, man.

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Hop Bomb from Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery
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