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Penn's Curse Amber - Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery

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Penn's Curse Amber
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BA SCORE
83
good

12 Ratings
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Ratings: 12
Reviews: 10
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 11.29%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery visit their website
United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  5.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: GeoffFromSJ on 04-14-2006)
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Reviews by rfgetz:
Photo of rfgetz
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%

Pours a nice dark chestnut color, decent off white head. Smell is of carmel malts with a resiny hop presence. Taste follows scent with strong carmel malts a bitter resiny hops, slightly buttery taste on the back end. Medium bodied, light carbonation, slightly syrupy feel. Decent asmber ale with a strong carmel and resiny hop presence, nothing to special.

rfgetz, Dec 07, 2009
More User Reviews:
Photo of NJpadreFan
3.4/5  rDev -6.3%

Rock Bottom- Penn's Curse Amber

Appearance- Dark brownish red with a small creamy head.
Smell- Strong grainy bread malt. Earthy dirty hops.
Taste- Multigrain bread. Lotsa earthen notes. oak, leaves, and malt.
Mouthfeel- Big chewy flavors. Dry finish.

Overall- A mild beer. Easy to drink. An early session drinking beer. I would have this one bat 2nd or 3rd.

NJpadreFan, Jan 14, 2007
Photo of NeroFiddled
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%

I couldn't decide what to order on my last visit. The pumpkin ale was on and I just wasn't in the mood. While I was deciding customers at two other tables ordered the Penn's Curse so I decided to give it a try. I was expecting a fairly basic amber ale that would be very palatable and mainstream - and in a way that's exactly what it is - but I found it fuller than I'd expected, and more solidly flavored. Beyond that there's not much more I can say. It had great head retention, and a clear chestnut-colored body. The aroma was limited to notes of dark caramel. The flavor was also focused on caramel, with a touch of graininess, and some very moderate backing hops. The bitterness was median, and it was well-balanced. Overall, it's a well-made, solid amber that won't disappoint.

NeroFiddled, Oct 28, 2008
Photo of TheDeuce
2.73/5  rDev -24.8%

Penn's Curse Amber, on tap at Rock Bottom

Appearance-dark red, lacy sticky head in the pint glass, carbonation sort of lacking but it still looks fine.

Smell-malt creeps up, some hops and alcohol, not much else.

Taste/Mouthfeel- ok taste, flush of caramel throughout that sort of threw me off, taste going down in a little rash, wasn't terrible but just different. Caramel overpowers everything, hops are there and is the alcohol but again it isn't prominent. Still drinkable.

Drinkability-not that much alcohol, other than the odd flavor I got its still fine to session and drink with.

Overall-I credit them for trying something different, but the flavors didn't entirely go together here. Not a terrible beer, but not the best amber I've had.

TheDeuce, Apr 14, 2008
Photo of Rifugium
4/5  rDev +10.2%

First had: on tap at Rock Bottom, King of Prussia, PA

Usually my beer of choice when I visit Rock Bottom, especially if the rotating beers do not pull me in.

Pours a nice clear amber color with a nice, small, off-white head. Pleasant, malty aroma, caramel, nutty, with sweet almost floral notes. Similar taste: nice toasty malts, nuts, almonds, caramel...very simple but very good. Medium mouthfeel, easily drinkable, and a good companion to almost everything on the menu. This is probably my favorite amber ale.

Rifugium, Jun 03, 2011
Photo of maddogruss
3.93/5  rDev +8.3%

Overall, very good beer. Appearance was a very nice amber color, however not too much head. Smelled fantastic, tasted great (more like a lager than an ale, though. Reminded me of Sam Adams lager). Felt very pleasing to the palette and tasted very good.

maddogruss, Nov 06, 2006
Photo of Biscuit033
4.03/5  rDev +11%

A: Amber color with a very light tan head with good retension and great lacing.

S: Caramel and some roasted malt flavors and strong pine nad earth hop flavors with a biut of flower notes.

T: Smoky, caramel, butter, and earth flavors. There is good balance with the hops and malts.

M: Medium body with a smooth feel and a lingering finish.

D: This is an eay sesion beer and a good beer to introduce to people who are new to good beer.

Biscuit033, May 18, 2008
Photo of tgbljb
3.9/5  rDev +7.4%

Served as a medium amber colored beer with modest white puffy head.
Smell is very light with subtle notes of caramel.
Taste in also significant for caramel with a light fruity sweetness.
Finishes very thirst quenching with pleasant taste retention.
A nice easy drinking beer, but nothing great.

tgbljb, Feb 07, 2007
Photo of Durandal_777
3/5  rDev -17.4%

Durandal_777, Apr 23, 2014
Photo of GeoffFromSJ
4.05/5  rDev +11.6%

Wow, this was pretty darn good. Very darn good. Looks like this one is a new year-round beer.

Very deep caramel flavors with a nice undertone of hops. Quite good. 4.25 if I had more discrete points. A solid amber.

Full mouthfeel, and I've had my share of watery mouthfeel here over the years. Drinkable? Very much so.

GeoffFromSJ, Apr 14, 2006
Photo of treehugger02010
3.63/5  rDev 0%

I had this at the Rock Bottom Restaurant and Brewery in King of Prussia, Pa.
Appearance: Dark amber coloered body with a light tan head, decent sized with fair retention and lots of laceing.
Smell: Sweet carmal and nut malt aromas.
Taste: Sweet generic malt tastes.
Mouthfeel: Oddly crisp, and not very normal.
Drinkability: Great, outside of the mouthfeel.
Don't drink and review.

treehugger02010, Jun 21, 2007
Photo of brheuer
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

brheuer, Mar 24, 2013
Penn's Curse Amber from Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 12 ratings.