Taj India Pale Ale | Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery

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Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery
United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by oggg on 04-17-2004

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 2 | Ratings: 2
Photo of Gusler
3.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cask @ Real Ale Fest
ItÂ’s my understanding this was a typo, as they had Raj? So I will go with Taj. The beer pulls a befuddled amber color with a modest light tan head and fair lace to seal of the glass. Nice floral aroma backed by sweet malt citrus crisp and refreshing, start is sweet malt and the top light to moderate. Finish had a mediocre acidity, the hops pertinent, very dry aftertaste a likeable IPA overall.

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Photo of oggg
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In the restroom there's a plaque where they give parts of the recipe: wheat malt, 11% munich malt, caramel malt, pale malt, amarillo and cascades and both again for dry hopping. They brag 16 pounds of hops in 16 barrels (496 gallons). That's actually like 2.6oz of hops (amarillo/cascade) per 5 gallons. I suoppose they get more hop utilization than my extract brew system does.

This beer has a nice white foamy head that had mostly died by the time it got to us, but it did leave a nice lace. The beer is a light orange hue. slightly cloudy.

The aroma is mildly citrusy. Needs more here.

The taste begins with a small hop bitterness sensation amidst the carbonation. More citrus. It submits to some nice malt before the hop presence surges briefly again. The hops are almost gone in about 5-7 seconds. At about 9 seconds, the munich malt comes in, which is really nice, but surprising and unexpected for the style. I think almost all the Rock Bottom beers here have Munich. The hop bite is very mild. I've had pale ales that out-bitter and out-aroma this IPA. There is a slight, barely perceptable, lingering bitterness in this brew, but it just doesn't hold on long enough to even challenge the malt.

Medium to full bodied.

This IPA is just not hoppy enough. You'd have to cut down on the malt to call it a Pale Ale, or increase the hops to make it an IPA.

Original Score: 3.5s all around

This time around, they've made their IPA more hoppy, and it's a great improvement. Hop aroma, flavor, and bitterness have all gotten upgrades. The malt backbone is still there but it's dominated by the hops. This is now firmly in the IPA range. Very tasty. I've brought the ratings up to reflect it.

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Taj India Pale Ale from Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery
3.75 out of 5 based on 2 ratings.
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