Mary Jane Strong Ale
Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery

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Strong Ale - American
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3.91 | pDev: 1.79%
Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery
United States
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magictrokini from California

4.01/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Draft at La Jolla. I like hops, and I like this beer. Dark red with very little head. Big hop aroma with some crystal and caramel malt. Taste is strongly grapefruit hops, but unlike an IPA, has a complementary sweet sherry taste. Great bitter finish. Solid beer.

Dec 12, 2008
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SteveO1231 from Connecticut

3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was served this brew at the Rock Bottem in La Jolla, CA. It pours a dark amber/red with little head and lacing but lots of carbonation.

Smells great and hoppy, was listed as a double red dry hopped with "Fruity" and "Piny" hops! I think they used Simcoe, Centennial, and Cascade.

Sweet maltiness with a citrus hoppy bitterness, very good.

Very good for a Rock Bottom easy drinkable beer to appeal to a mass audiance but for a hop-head like me was very good.


Dec 31, 2005
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oggg from California

3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was served to me too cold in a nice 20oz unfrosted mug. There was a slightly offwhite head that left a good lace on the glass. The color was a pale reddish orange, very similar to their Rag Top Red. Clear.

This beer was supposedly dry hopped. I couldn't tell. There is the slightest hint of hop aroma.

Taste wise, this is like Rag Top Red on steroids. After a wave of sweet bubbles, there is a strong hop bite. It's definitely the hoppiest brew I've tasted at Rock Bottom. A little harsh. Huge citrus flavor (Cascades?). Then the caramel comes in, along with familiar biscuity Munich malt, marching in together after about 4 seconds. There is a faint but significant lingering bitterness for a little longer, but it is eventually squelched by the sweet malt.

The finish is not very dry. Medium to full bodied. Alcohol is subtle during the lingering bitterness, until it goes to your head.

I'm impressed that Rock Bottom would put out a hoppy beer like this. If you want something hoppy here, this is the beer. Forget the Taj IPA. It's main weakness is that the weak aroma. I want to see this one dry hopped and cask conditioned.

An imperial pint (join the Mug Club) of a 7.2% strong ale for $3 during happy hour makes this worth returning for.

Apr 25, 2004
Mary Jane Strong Ale from Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery
Beer rating: 3.91 out of 5 with 3 ratings