American Dream Ale
Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery

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IPA - American
Ranked #4,652
Ranked #27,006
3.81 | pDev: 9.45%
Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery
United States
Very Good
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Sevoking from Ohio

4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My next-door neighbor brought home a growler of this from the Cincinnati Rock Bottom location & we easily finished it off one night last week. Poured into a pint glass. Very easy to drink w/ a solid upfront hoppy, citrusy taste and a well-balanced aftertaste of bitterness & malt flavor. This was definitely a damn good IPA, but I'm not sure whether I liked it because it was so fresh or because it was just that good. Either way, w/out a doubt, a tasty offering from Rock Bottom.

Jul 28, 2011
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armock from New York

4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured a copper color with a white head that leaves lacing behind

S - Is of grapefruit citrus and piney hops

T - Follows the nose with grapefruit citrus and piney hops

M - This beer has a medium body with medium carbonation to it

D - This is a good IPA very good taste thats easy to drink I could drink a number of these in a sitting worth grabbing a pint or two from the brewpub

Oct 18, 2010
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mwa423 from Ohio

4.47/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a clear reddish brown with a finger and a half of tan head that stuck around for a good while and left a nice lacing.

S - Fresh and light fruity hop aroma that fills the nose nicely. Not overbearing, seems right on target with a slight malty sweetness.

T - Hops hit the tongue hard with a very floral and pine hoppiness. The hops fade slightly as the malt washes them down and gives a brief malty/nutty smoothness on the tongue. The aftertaste is all hops and leaves a slight burn on the throat.

M/D - Mouthfeel is harsh, but not excessively biting and perfect for a hop lover. For a hop lover, it's hard to put this down, this is by far the best Rock Bottom Cincinnati beer I have had.

Jul 19, 2010
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champ103 from Texas

3.42/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a clear orange/reddish color. A minimal white head forms, and recedes in a second. No lace.
S: Citrus hops up front. Some resiny pine comes in next. Grassy and floral with a biscuit malt balance.
T: Follows the nose. Citrus, pine, grassy, and floral hops. A good balance between the biscuit malt and hops. I like it.
M/D: A little lighter than I would like. Just a thin body. Easy to drink, and can quaff several with ease.

This and the Kolsch are my favorites from the brewpub in Denver. Something I would recommend if you make a visit.

Jul 18, 2010
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drabmuh from Maryland

4.17/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

American IPA, 7.0% according to the menu, not 6.5% maybe there's some variation in the different batches. Beer is orange and really really hazy, like a hefe. Forms a thin white head with moderate lacing left behind and steady carbonation. Beer served in a shaker pint glass.

Aroma is strong citrus hoppy. Some cascade action I imagine. Smells good.

Beer is quite bitter and finishes nicely in the back palate. Not malty at all, no real sweetness to it. Some nice citrus flavors in the midpalate region and overall a great finishing beer. Mouthfeel is good and drinkability is high. Its a decent AIPA. I'd drink it again.

Jul 13, 2010
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Axic10 from New Jersey

4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap in a Mug Club mug at Rock Bottom KOP

Appearance: Hazy orangish with two fingers of foam.

Smell: Very enjoyable citrusy aromas. Grapefruit, pineapple, mango, with some bitter piney hops.

Taste: The taste follows the nose, with very good flavors of grapefruit, pineapple, mango and bitter hops.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied and very crisp.

Drinkability: Another solid ipa from the folks at Rock Bottom. I'm convinced they make some very solid ipas. I had two while sitting at the bar and could have easily had another two without flinching.

Jul 12, 2010
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jdense from Oregon

3.97/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Rock Bottom PDX poured into Nonic pint glass, $4.25, 7.2.2010.

Deep gold hazy (unfiltered) body no visible carbonation. One finger white head, medium-slow dissipation with good retention and lacing. The nose features spicy, resiny hops up front overwhelming the caramel malt character. Taste features some citrus hop notes but they are overwhelmed by the resiny (Amarillo) bitter finish. Fairly well balanced with a firm malt backbone, leading to a lingering bitter finish. Mouthfeel is medium-full, good effervescence, a bit sticky. Drinkability is good for hop head, for a newbie this would be over-the-top bitterness-wise.

Jul 03, 2010
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Ezekiel81923 from Pennsylvania

4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the tap into the pint glass, onto the coaster, into my hand, poured into my mouth and down to the belly.

Appearance: A nice orange color with a good 1.5 finger head that left some really good lacing. Head stuck around long enough to get to know me.

Smell: Citrus hops galore and I love it. Bready, caramel malt backbone in there as well, but the hops steal the show.

Taste: Hops! Yay! Just enough too. There are flloral hop flavors, herbal hop flavors, and all my other favorite citrusy and tropical hop flavors. Lemon, Orange, tangerine, some grapefruit mostly. Malt comes through on the back end as the nose had indicated. Really provides a nice finish to help balance out the hoppiness, which despite my exuberance, was just the right amount for me.

Mouthfeel: Great bitterness. Alcohol didn't care to show itself at all. A bit of a resinous feel which leaves a slick of hop oil on the tongue while the carbonation prickles the rest.

Drinkability: If you can tolerate the hops up front, you could drink this all night.

God I love this beer, wish it was on longer than just a month.

Oct 14, 2009
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ArrogantB from Colorado

3.36/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Rock Bottom Denver, I was quite intrigued by the listing of the style for this beer was San Diego IPA. I have to admit I was quite skeptical probably because I just spent the past weekend in San Diego. Right off the bat I saw the dark color and thought "Nope, you didn't get it this time". West Coast IPA's are usually yellow or orange but not cloudy amber-brown. The smell was good and hoppy but again this was no West Coast IPA, far from it. The flavor was fruity and malty but where was the stanky dank from the six-one-nasty? I am not even from San Diego but I still felt insulted and disappointed. Someone should send some Alpine or Ballast Point to whoever brewed this beer so they can get a clue. I will say this was a decent IPA but much more in line with what I am used to from Colorado breweries and nothing like the real deal.

Sep 25, 2009
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barleywinefiend from Washington

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up this 750ml corked and caged from Rock Bottom CO SPRINGS. Poured a burnt yellow color with good carbonation and a big white head, however, it was a thin pour. Nose is faint, soe citrus and floral notes to but to weak to pick out. Taste is thin, not much malt and the hops, very light, jumps in a the end. Mouthfeel is thin, astringent. Drinkability is pass.

Aug 24, 2009
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Kadonny from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from tap into my RB Mug Club mug.

A: A nice golden orange color with a one finger white head. Nice glass lacing on the mug.

S: Citrus hops dominate with a sweeter malt backbone.

T: The hops come pounding through the C02 version more so than the cask version. Flavors of orange, tangerine, grapefruit, lemon zest and a bit of floral herbal flavors are followed by a deep sweet caramel malt backbone that keeps the hops propped up as the star. Finish is nice and bitter.

M: Nice and prickly with great bitterness and no alcohol detected at all. Very full.

D: High, drink em up.

Overall I liked this version much better than the cask version, I thought the hops came through much better and the prickly mouthfeel better served this beer. Both were great, but I liked the carbonated version better. Keep it up Brian, good stuff.

Aug 10, 2009
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deapokid from Pennsylvania

3.43/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Drank at the bar last night:

Chalkboard above bar noted a birthdate of 7-31-2009 (now that's fresh) and an ABV of 7.9%.

Beer has a dark orange complexion, with a light head and medium retention.

Scent is citrusy and sweet with a distant hop character that seems light for the content and style.

Beer is way too cold for cask ale, which takes a bit away from the flavor. This IPA is very smooth with a fruity and unthreatening hop character, which is unexpected, but not unpleasant.

Watery consistency and lack of texture leave a soft coating on the tongue, which isn't reminiscent of the profound palate scrapings provided by IPAs I'm used to drinking.

Although it's very drinkable and rather tasty, I was really hoping for something a bit more aggressive and this definitely feels like a kindler, gentler IPA.

I know Rock Bottom has a mall audience to please, but this offering is way too safe and reserved for my liking.

Aug 02, 2009
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KBomb from Minnesota

4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

After taking some out-of-towners sightseeing downtown, we were all a little parched on a warm Chicago afternoon. Rock Bottom beckoned, and American Dream IPA was the drink of choice.

Nice orange/gold color with a little cloudiness. A good inch of dense head tops the mug. Lots of orange and pineapple citrus smell, a touch of doughy bread in the background. Taste is super-clean but generously hopped, the citrus notes really stand out quite a bit and there is minimal bitterness. A little strong carbonation creates some dry and crisp mouthfeel. Plenty drinkable.

American Dream is a very satisfying IPA. Clean, bright flavors are great for summer. We had a non-craft drinker with our party and even she was impressed. Good beer, folks.

Aug 01, 2009
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BuffaloTapHugger from New York

3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Consumed at the rooftop bar, served into a plastic cup.

A: Nice golden/hazing orange in color, nice respectable head and noticeable lacing.

S: Fresh hops, some citrus in toe.

T: Refreshing bitter in taste, classic IPA in flavor. Solid.

M: Medium or slightly above in body texture. Little stickiness in the back making it the perfect sipper on a hot July afternoon.

D: Not too shabby at all. Wasn't sure what to expect at first, but this beer exceeded my expectations I had of a national chain restaurant/brewpub.


Jul 27, 2009
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stockingcpl from Ohio

3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Overview: This is a rotating selection that is periodically available at Rock Bottom. It is a rather traditional IPA that is perhaps a little tame.

Appearance: This brew pours a nice medium honey. Head is rather thick but fades quickly. Lacings and surface spiderwebbing observed. Not bad. Overall this works perfect if served in the bar. For a take-home, the head fades a little fast.

Smell: Light aroma which quickly fades. Minor hop aroma detected. General malt, but nothing discernible.

Taste: Nice subdued flavor curve. Hop during onset and sustain. There is a slight creamy presence during mid. Citrus detected early in flavor curve and fades about the time that the cream kicks in. Very nice. This is a great change from the super hop-heavy IPA's that most American microbreweries produce.

Mouthfeel: This brew sits well on the tongue. Flavors meld well without overpowering any one component. Almost no sustain aftertaste. Excellent.

Drinkability: This selection is very "light" for an IPA. It sits well on the stomach. This brew is enjoyable and leaves the drinker wanting another...and THAT is what drinkability is all about!!!!


Jul 12, 2009
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mhatters from Pennsylvania

3.72/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on tap at the Chicago location in a tulip pint glass

Pours a copperyorange color, a one inch white head tops the glass

Citrus nose, a hint of pine but not enough

I expected more bite than this, not bad, just an expectation. The citrus is very refreshing, mostly grapefruit with some tangerine. Not hoppy enough, not floral enough, but it works and is enjoyable

A bit tart, well carbonated, easy to drink and enjoy.

Jul 09, 2009
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paco1029384756 from Illinois

4.17/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy orange color with one finger of white head.

Scent of strong juicy hops, tropical fruit, and citrus with a small malty backbone. A big burst of sweet tropical fruit and bitter hops makes the scent great.

Taste of grassy, juicy hops, lots of tropical fruit and citrus with a crisp bready malt backbone and a hint of honey in the finish.

Mouthfeel is light bodied with a biting carbonation.

Jul 09, 2009
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badbassrandy from Maryland

3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap at Mug Club pre-tapping, a brief tasting event in large, generous mugs for just $3 each...

A - Truly a pale ale in appearance, though not 100% crystal clear. Golden, orange, amber. White head was unimpressive but left hints of the stickiness within.

S - Very light smell that reveals an inoffensive bouquet of hops with a focus on airy, citrus and earthy tones. Understated smell leads me to prepare for a light and refreshing taste for an IPA.

T - Refreshing, indeed. The taste is lovely with a nice blend of hops leading the tongue from citrus to earthy to a bit of a "funky" bitter finish. That finish was pronounced in the first sip but faded quickly as the palate adjusted. A surprising blend of hops for a normally middle-of-the-road brewery. Malts balance the hops just enough with slight glimmers of caramel/chocolate. I was a bit disappointed in the hoppiness, as this was touted as a true beer for hop heads. However, it is Rock Bottom after all, and this taste is a fantastic foray into hoppy brews -- or IPAs in general -- by the brewery for the masses. All in all, probably the best tasting and hoppiest Rock Bottom brew I've had.

M - Smooth and slightly creamy. Peppery hop prickles. Light body, not very chewy, but the body aids drinkability immensely.

D - Very easy to down this brew, especially for an IPA. I found myself savoring each sip but I was taking bigger and bigger swigs as I got towards the bottom.

I will be back to enjoy this beer during the summer months, as I think it is a nice example of a hop-forward beer that doesn't cripple the tongue. It invites big gulps and will please hop lovers, but it's not a beer that can even step into the stratosphere as my go-tos and favorites. That said, damn fine job from the young brewers in Bethesda to put out something both hop heads and everyman types can enjoy during the muggy, hot days in Maryland.

Jul 01, 2009
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emerge077 from Illinois

4.28/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to acme for sharing this tasty IPA! Review from notes.

From the beer list description: "This beer is ridiculous. One pound per barrel of Amarillo in boil and then 11 pounds of Amarillo dry-hopped each day over 3 days. Now that's what "triple hops brewed" is supposed to be!"

I'm guessing this is a new incarnation of this beer, as it hasn't been brewed for awhile. Same name, so here goes...

Glowing golden body. Generous inch or so of foam, with rings of lace drizzling down the side, and a constant skim that never breaks the surface. Peachy, citrus notes with a grassy undercurrent of wet hay fields warming in the sun. Tastes of savory yet bitter citrus pith, mandarin orange, resiny with a flash of sweetness before the firm bitter finish. Huge Amarillo citrus flavors, with a lasting savory bitterness, and dry finish. Very refreshing, I wanted my own growler by the time the glass was gone.

Jun 30, 2009
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Kegatron from Pennsylvania

3.43/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the brewpub.

Pours a clear gold with a finger of brite-white colored. Retained well enough and left some spotty behind. The aroma is a bit subdued but I still pick up some notes of a decent mix of piney Amarillo hops, citrus notes, and bready malts.

The taste at least opens up more than the aroma with a tingling hop bitterness up front that mostly fades after the initial blast. That's balanced out by a backbone of caramel, biscuits, and tangy citrus character. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a tingly feel and poppy carbonation that compliments the hop bite.

I wished that Rock Bottom didn't serve their beers so darn cool but even after letting this guy warm up a considerable bit, I still couldn't get much out of this past the initial blast of hops. This is definitely not one of their better hoppy offerings and quite frankly, I was a little bored with it by the time I got to the bottom of my mug.

Jul 01, 2008
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HalfFull from California

2.85/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Served on tap at the La Jolla Rock Bottom. Pours light(medium straw color) and clear with little head and minimal lacing. Smell is a bit reaching, you really have to dig for it. Eventually you find some citrus hop scents but they don't last. A long breath offers up little benefit, only with a quick inhalation do you find it.

Taste is very light with hops barely participating. Subtle malts in the finish. A bit of a buttery feel and finish do enhance the drinkability, yet remind me of a Euro. Lager(Brahma with extra hops?).

This is very light for an IPA, both in flavor and in potency(I believe only 5.5% ABV). I sense that this is a bit of an affordable/minimalist approach by the company to offer a 'House IPA'. Pleasant, but not memorable.

Jun 24, 2008
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ffejherb from Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the KOP location on 6/13/08.

A - Clear light amber/orange body with a sparse white bubbly head and tiny, slow-rising bubbles of carbonation. Head virtually disappeared and left spotty lacing around the glass.

S - Your basic citrus hopped IPA with sweet caramel malt to balance. Kind of muted aroma for an IPA.

T - Fresh citrus hop profile with lemon and tangerine notes, courtesy of Amarillo hops. Sweet caramel malt balances things out, along with a less apparent biscuity aspect that emerges more in the finish.

M - Medium body with a pretty creamy texture, perhaps a little bit of a slick, oily feel as well. Mild carbonation ehnances the bitterness. Fairly long, moderately bitter finish.

D - Solid IPA, albeit pretty one-dimensional. Still, gotta love these fresh citrus hopped IPAs. I can drink one anytime.

Jun 16, 2008
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NJpadreFan from New Jersey

3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

American Dream Ale (KOP- Rock Bottom)

A- Bright yellowish orange with a moderate size head and small 1 ring lacing.
S- Grainy malt and sweet grapefruit. Malt seems slightly sugary sweet and hop presence is more citric.
T- Very smooth chewt malt comprises the front half with a tart grapefruit hoppy dry end. Slightest of bitterness lingers.

Overall- Nice and easy. Full of flavor but not overwhelming on the tastebuds. A good summertime IPA.

Jun 09, 2008
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HopDerek from Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

2008 batch now available, single hop variety (Amarillo).

Poured a clear gold/light amber color with think sticky white head. Smells of grapefruit, grain, and honey. Tastes of grapefruit, sugar, honey, and grain with a tart lemon and grassy dry finish. Medium in body with average carbonation, lots of citrus sweetness with a nice light malty backbone and a tart bitter finish. Refreshing, a good IPA for the summer months.

Jun 07, 2008
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DesMoinesMike from Iowa

3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Oohhh, what a lovely beer tapping. The new encarnation of American Dream sure is one, a dream that is.

Receiving one of Rock's Mug Club mugs I was mistified by this absolutely gorgeous medium-amber brew with almost a finger of creamy white foam. On first sniff the aroma has abundant with wheat and possibly a light citrus accent.

The taste was noticable wheat heavy that middled on the middle of the tongue before migrating to the back after three or so swigs. The body was medium-medium.

At 6.24% ABV it gave me a bit of a buzz, even after wolfing down a power bar before walking to RB. Cheers!

Jun 06, 2008
American Dream Ale from Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 65 ratings