Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery

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IPA - American
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3.51 | pDev: 11.4%
Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery
United States
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stevoj from Idaho

3.4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

On tap at Rock Bottom-DIA. Nice fluffy head,medium golden body. Hoppy nose, not citrus, not pine. Taste also reflects this hop choice, balanced with a dry finish. Appropriate because it's somewhere between a NW and East Coast IPA.

Mar 02, 2016
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

3.16/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Solid copper color with almost an inch of head on it. Decent hop aroma, leans cascade or other c hop blend.

Taste was standard run of the mill 90s brewchain ipa, mostly bitterness, crappy chrystal carver 'ed up malt that tastes like it had piss in its face again. That malt has been double teamed by so many guys in Nevada.

A little metallic in the mouthfeel. Just real average stuff that is better left for the next guy.

Jan 05, 2016
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chrisjws from California

4.16/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Rock Bottom in Minneapolis-St. Paul airport. Served in a pint glass. I tried three of their beers, the other two were terrible but this was a bright spot.

A: Copper-brown color, almost no head because the glass was filled to the brim. Plenty of carbonation though.
S: After a few sips I swirled it to get a better idea of the aroma. Tropical fruit right upfront. Lots of orange, tangerine, herbal and sweet malts in the aroma.
T: Oranges, pineapple and mango upfront followed by sweet malts. Small bitterness in the finish.
M: Medium body, medium to high carbonation. Finishes dry.
O: Very solid IPA, I'd drink it again if it was an option.

Aug 16, 2015
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Child_Pugh from Rhode Island

3.58/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Surprisingly crisp. L- slightly cloudy, about 3/4inch heavy/ dense head. S- vaguely hoppy, very mild. T - piney/ citrus but subtle, barely busy. Possibly a smokey yeast, can't pin-point it. Great for the ABV. F - mostly smooth upon entering, but somewhat cloying on the way past the palate. I would definitely recommend if at a Rock Bottom, it will not disappoint.

Mar 01, 2015
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JPowell712 from Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I like their staple IPA, it is a good product, however I do find it to be very much the same old same old. What kills me with Rock Bottom and most breweries is that they spend most of their time focusing on the IPA style. Don't get me wrong, I love an IPA like anyone else, but too many IPA's can be boring! This is why I find their IPA good, but maybe because IPA's are being overkilled it would have rated higher.

Feb 16, 2015
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flagmantho from Washington

3.71/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I had this on-tap in a big mug at the Rock Bottom in downtown Seattle.

Appearance: medium orange with a good haze and a thick finger of ivory foam leaving a nice lace on the glass. Quite good.

Smell: earthy hops with a dash of citrus and a bit of caramel maltiness. Not too bad.

Taste: like the aroma, a little citrusy and a little earthy with a bit of a toasted malt character underneath. Nothing earth shattering here, but well made.

Mouthfeel: medium body and a decent carbonation yielding a pretty good creaminess for the style.

Overall: a tasty and drinkable IPA. This could be a go-to for me here.

Jan 19, 2015
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zeff80 from Missouri

3.74/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap. Poured a clear, golden amber color with a small, white head of foam. It smelled of pine, orange peel and toasted caramel. Sweet orange zest, caramel and a mild, piney bitterness.

Jan 02, 2015
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GarthDanielson from Virginia

3.8/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured on-tap at the brewhouse in the Denver airport, the beer was served in a tall weisse vase. The beer is a hazy, deep copper-orange coloring, with a filmy, clingy, white head. Nose of grapefruit, lemon, floral hops, and subtle caramel notes. Flavors are grassy, slightly herbal, with a solid dose of lemon zest and grapefruit, highlights of evergreen, and a sweet caramel backbone. The aftertaste is a citrus sweet linger, with balancing bitter resinous notes. Crisp, dry finish. Nice brew.

Nov 04, 2014
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Brenden from Ohio

3.42/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

It's a deep, translucent bronze color off the tap, which creates a small, creamy and compact head that retains itself pretty well, holding up a foam the whole way, and drops down scattered lacing of moderate strength.
There's a hint of citrus in the nose balanced by caramel malt with notes of wheat, interestingly, and a little earth as well. It's a little light.
Hops are a little stronger in the flavor, though it's ultimately a little too strong in the malts for an IPA. Bitterness is mostly in the finish, though some pine and citrus peel do build up in the middle a bit. Malts give off caramel sweetness and breads with an underlying grainy/earthy note.
It's a little bit thin despite a medium body, though it's got a little life to it. The bitterness in the finish tends toward astringency, but it's not bad.

Jul 18, 2014
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smcolw from Massachusetts

3.91/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Long lasting head that leaves a rich blanket of lace on the glass. Clear with a bright copper color.

Strong caramel aroma reminiscent of British IPAs but the hop aroma leans toward America.

The malt is more subdued in the flavor profile. The hop is more biting and peppery than the smell suggests. The aftertaste does bring back the English malt with plenty of caramel and deeply toasted grain. Unlike most of the offerings, this one has a nice balance between the bubbles and body.

Jun 22, 2014
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DrDemento456 from Pennsylvania

3.78/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Ordered a sample of all their on tap beers. Of the 8 I received this was one of them.

A - Very clear amber brown so filtered with a 1/2 inch of head. Most of these beers seem to be force carbonated giving it a good amount of foam.
S - Has a decent hop smell nothing over the top or memorable. Slightly sweet smell but not overall malty.
T - I thought it was good it had a memorable hop bite nothing over the top or tongue lashing. Trouble is it was just slightly average.
M - It was smooth light to medium at best. A great IPA very drinkable.

Overall I rate this above average its not to be expected a hop bomb and I have had many unbalanced IPA's. Unfortunately I found their red ale a bit tastier.

Mar 18, 2014
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KYGunner from Kentucky

3.5/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I went to the Rock Bottom in Cincinnati, though because it's a chain I am going to assume the beers carry over the same. I ordered a flight of six of their standard beers and as I tried each one I found that each was spot on to the style. The remarkable thing is how unremarkable the beers are. Don't get me wrong, they are well worth the try and certainly above average but they are produced for a mass market. So as lazy as it may be I am going to simply say that this beer was a text book example of the style without breaking out and setting itself above.

Mar 09, 2014
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youknowibill from New Jersey

2.71/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

All of the rock bottom brews in the KOP location (near philly) Taste vaguely like a lager. I can taste hops, but it's buried under the generic yuengling-esque-ness. On the whole, this isn't a terrible beer, but it is a sub-par ipa.

My burps do taste of hops, I guess that better than a lager belch.

Sep 06, 2013
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DenverHopHead from Colorado

3.71/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

On tap at Rock Bottom, 20 oz, so they pour into a Weizen glass...okay?
Appearance is dull (probably because they poured into a Weizen glass). Smell is excellent, the way an IPA should be! Taste is refreshing, I like this! Feel is solid as well; nice to know I'm working with an IPA! Overall, not bad. If I'm ever in a Rock Bottom again, I'll likely have this.

Jul 12, 2013
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watermelonman from California

3.33/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Slightly golden pale with some head, this one looks decent, even with only a speck or two of lace.

The smell brings forward some citrus hops, but not enough to be give assertive flavor, and the floral hint seems misplaced. Taste would gain greatly from some more body, but the flavors are not bad.

Jun 11, 2013
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Slackerville from California

2.85/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Every brewery need to offer an IPA this fills the need at Rock Bottom. Light in color with a good hop aroma. Very light on the malt side with a slight sweetness on the tongue then the traditional bitter finish. No outstanding qualities but a drinkable beer especially with food.

Rock Bottom locations are spread throughout the US but each location serves a variety of beers brewed on premise. The Downtown San Diego location is always crowded especially during baseball games of other events but has a solid beer selection.

Jun 02, 2013
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JoeyBeerBelly from New York

3.62/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a 16oz pint glass at the Charlotte location.

L - lightly hazed golden color with a fluffy white head that stayed as a layer leaving trails of lacing.

S - earthy malt and hop aroma.

T - good balanced taste.

F - medium bodied, it was going down smooth and easy.

O - a fine example of the style.

May 30, 2013
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BucannonXC5 from California

3.58/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Type: Draft
Glass: 16-oz. pint glass
From: Rock Bottom Brewery in Longmont, Colo.
Price: $5.25
Purchased: May 5, 2013
Consumed: May 5, 2013
Misc.: N/A

Poured a caramel dark orange color with two fingers of off-white head. Healthy foam layer lacing on the sides. Good retention all the way down.

Smelled wet Cascade hops, caramel malts and lemon for the most part.

Tasted a grittier version of the smell. Wet Cascade hops, light rye hops, iced tea, little earthy and citrus. Nothing was too overpowering. Bitterish finish.

Medium body. Creamy texture. Average carbonation. Abrupt bitter finish.

Not a bad beer for a restaurant. I thought I had some better ones at the La Jolla location, but this one was decent.

May 09, 2013
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Stinkypuss from Pennsylvania

3.99/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Rock Bottom IPA

LOOK: Pours a clear firey orange. Soapy white head leaves a fine display of lace. Has a very solid appearance.

SMELL: Citrusy hops, caramel malts and fresh grapefruit juice.

TASTE: Citrusy upfront with rind and pine notes. Malt body is supporting with a mild caramel and toasty note but it is easily overcome by hop bitterness and semi tropical hop flavor.

FEEL: Medium bodied and crisp with a hop bite and grapefruit lingering into the finish.

OVERALL: A good IpA, highlights the hop flavor well. Surprised by how much I liked this.

Mar 03, 2013
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barczar from Kentucky

3.68/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy golden light copper color with a dense one inch cream head that lingers indefinitely.

Orange and muted grapefruit, tangerine, and pine comprise the initial aroma, with fresh cut grass and dank hops rounding things out. There's subtle bready malt at the base.

Flavor reveals that they need to clean their lines. The citrus is present, but not as prolific as in the aroma. Tangerine, mango, and grapefruit are dominant, while resin and fairly sweet caramel malt form the backbone, leading into a slightly dry, mildly bitter finish.

Body is slick, on the full side, with moderate carbonation, a touch of astringency, and substantial alcohol warmth.

Not bad, for a restaurant beer. Citrus hop flavor is well represented, and the finish isn't overly bitter.

Dec 07, 2012
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brewsadedotcom from Pennsylvania

4.27/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Beer was served in a pint glass at the Homestead, PA location. No head at all. Nice golden color.

S: Very pleasant pineapple aroma. Simcoe hops would be my guess.

T: The aroma lead me to believe that the hop flavor would be overpowering but it was actually very balanced. Notes of citrus and pineapple dominate.

M: Carbonation was moderate. Hop flavor lingers long after you take a sip.

O: I really enjoyed this beer and will need to take a growler home the next time that I visit RB.

Nov 11, 2012
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

3.58/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

i drank this after the hop bomb. big mistake i think, as i could hardly taste this one. its certainly a much lesser ipa than the hop bomb, and more of an english style in my opinion. it pours clear and light caramel colored, with an attractive inch and a half of white foam. the nose is balanced well, english smelling malts with a touch of wheat toast, and then a simple hop profile on the piney side, but not resinous. the flavor is almost too balanced to find the hops, as i expect to be able to do in an india pale ale. its bitter in the finish, but thats about it. some moderate malty sweetness lingers on as well. feel is good, very light in body for an ipa, a definite session beer, with an almost cask conditioned mouthfeel. pleasantly mild carbonation and a nice round texture. overall a good brew, not intense enough for an ipa in my book, but i guess the hop bomb fills that role.

edit: obviously this is better on a fresh palate, and when its a first beer of the day sort of context, its a great, balanced, and easy drinking ipa, to style enough to have broad appeal, but also substantial enough for the headier beer people. enjoyed this quite a lot out of the westminster location.

Oct 29, 2012
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Beerandraiderfan from Nevada

3.25/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Drank at the Rock Bottom in the Promenade in Westminster, CO. Poured out a good copper color with 1" of head on it. Carbonation just right, head didn't stick around for too long, but it didn't vanish either. Aroma, nice C hop aromas led by Cascade.

Taste, a little more bitterness imparted rather than the hop flavor, but its not an all or nothing split, its like 65/35. Flavor wise, unlike the aroma, was obscuring the Cascades a little, maybe centennial or chinook along with it. Minimal citrus incursion. Slightly metallic mouthfeel. Some overall points for being fresh, well carbonated, accessible and affordable. Nothing discernable in terms of malt presence of alcohol sting.

Slightly better than your average ipa. I wouldn't fear ordering another one, Rock Bottom is one of the better chain breweries out there. Somewhere between BJ's on the high end, and well, I'm not going to call the other brewery out on the low end, but I'm sure plenty of you can imagine (or better yet, are in the know).

Sep 25, 2012
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Strix from Wisconsin

3.35/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Cloudly pale pink-orange.

Vauge citrusy notes.

Tastes quite a lot like grapefruit juice, backed by bready malt, but lacking complexity.

Mouthfeel somewhat dense.

For whatever reason, this didn't really connect with me. Decent flavors but not compelling.

Aug 02, 2012
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Philousa from California

2.77/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Disclaimer: It is my understanding that previous to the purchase by Centerbridge in 2010, each location would have more freedom in brewing each beer to make it their own. It appears to me that Rock Bottom brewery's beers are to be a mish mash of different beers brewed at different times by different brewmasters. That said:

Imbibed at Rock Bottom in Campbell, CA on 3/1/2012.

Sits a shiny, metallic gold, clear, with two fingers thick, foamy head. Not much lacing in my Mug Club stein. Piney, resinous, and a bit grassy in the nose. Smells a bit skunky, but in a hoppy good way. Not much malt to sniff out. Nutty, pale two row malt flavor followed by bitter, citrusy hops.Bitterness is pretty mild for an IPA. Balanced mouthfeel with a dry finish.

Decent, but nothing about it stands out to me. A pretty good beer, but there are definitely better IPAs out there, especially in Northern California.

Mar 06, 2012
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Beer rating: 80 out of 100 with 258 ratings