IPA | Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery

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Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery
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Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.60%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of palliko
4.7/5  rDev +32.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

If you get a chance to visit the Rock Bottom Restaurant in Colorado Springs, CO soon, you have got to try this! OMG! John Hanley is the brewmaster for Colorado, and he has outdone himself. Appearance is lovely copper, with tons of sticky, sweet foam. Aroma consists of a complex blend of brown sugar, malt and hops with a few fruity notes. Initial taste, is a brilliant balance of crystal malt sweetness that barely overcomes a massively dry hopped bitterness, and the two vie for dominance throughout the experience. The carbonation is just right, slightly prickly, and the middle peaks sweet/bitter and then descends to a crescendo finish that leaves a wonderful sassafras herbal nicely dry taste that says: "Please, sir, I want some more!"

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.52/5  rDev +27.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - amber color, light cream cap, very dense with a flood of bubbles from below.

Aroma - grapefruit with an orange and pine edge. Citrus is even and inviting.

Taste - citrusy and moderately hopped, an unusual mandarin orange taste is a welcome change-up to the style. Malts creep in at the swallow and the whole profile mellows at the finish, leaving a citrus, just slightly bitter ending. Very nice overall.

Mouthfeel - creamy smooth. Well-carbonated, but not as over the top as the appearance might suggest.

Drinkability - great effort, fresh beer rules!

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Photo of micromaniac129
4.47/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was a very good IPA. Reminds me of Blind pig.

It had a rich golden honey color with ample head that was dense and had great rentention. Fine lacing was left in it's wake.

A beautifully aromatic ale with a very forward hop bouquet. Floral and citrus were the dominate aromas.
As far as malts they had a more sutle aroma of sweet pale malts.

flavor was bold and hoppy but no overly bitter so It was nicely balanced.
Hops had a floral and earthy taste malts balanced the hops out.

A smooth and slick ale with just enough bitterness and a clean finish.
Carbonation wasd light.

This is definitly one of my favor IPA's and it is well worth the effort to get out that way.
stupid me forgot to ask about growlers.

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Photo of brewsadedotcom
4.27/5  rDev +20.3%
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.

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Photo of Bighuge
4.27/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy orange body. Thick and sticky dirty white head. Good thick nose of pine resin, hop resin, grass, sticky sweet maryjane and caramel malts. The taste offers a nice balance of malt and hops. This is an IPA and the hoppy characteristics are more prevalent, but the crystal malt flavor balances it out nicely. Hop flavors are grassy and a little piney. Bitterness is quite restrained. Medium bodied and lightly to moderately carbonated. This goes down fairly effortlessly. Solid IPA.

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Photo of ZAP
4.22/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Can't remember the exact name and their website is worthless...it is the IPA that includes all the hops from their single hop releases recently....called IPA Seven or something like that.

This is a nice flavorful easy drinking IPA....A lot of pine, citrus, and weed on the aroma...has a sweeter IPA flavor....not a ton of bitterness...a good juicy hop flavor of citrus (tangerines, grapefruit, oranges).

Body is medium...not a real dry finish which is good with me....

This is a very solid, enjoyable IPA that I would definitely buy again....quality beer.

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Photo of chrisjws
4.16/5  rDev +17.2%
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.

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Photo of TheBungyo
4.14/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was presented to me with a crown of white head. Body is golden. Nose was chalf full of pine.
Taste was a goulash of of massive pine, restrained grapefruit, peach and lemon. Very nice, a taste any IPA would be very proud of.
Mouth was thick enough to take notice. I could see ordering a couple of these.

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Photo of awright
3.99/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

To each his own: some find the fresh, floral aroma of this IPA to be a bit overdone, but I expect the PNW style of IPA to be a shameless celebration of the hop plant. This is why we have in-your-face IPAs here with names like Hop Bomb and Ruination.

I had two glasses, consistently and expeditiously served in standard pint glasses with a good half-inch of ivory foam that sustained well with respectable sudsy lacing. As is commented elsewhere, the bouquet was unusually strong, floral, piney, with fresh herb and very light lemony citrus.

Completely unfiltered and heavily dry hopped so as to deliver a full assault of fresh Cascades and Goldings (a roughly 50/50 formula, I'm told) the appearance was cloudy golden yellow.

Taste is well-balanced, not overpowered, mild but respectable bitterness and a fresh, grassy floral hop to match the aroma. Good mouthfeel and very drinkable. As far as I'm concerned they've completely pulled it off.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.99/5  rDev +12.4%
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.

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Photo of smcolw
3.91/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

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Photo of mothman
3.9/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at Rock Bottom Minneapolis. (not retired as it is a regular offering).

Poured into a pint glass with a finger of white head. Decent retention with some lace. Color is a clear golden orange.

Aroma: Straight up hops. Very fresh smelling. It has a grapefruit citrus profile with some pine flavored hops. Very surprising.

Taste: I get a little bit of malts here and then the rest is just like the nose. Lots of hops. A bit sticky with some hop resin.

Mouthfeel: Bitter and sticky. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends sticky.

Overall, a solid ipa from a place I didn't expect much from. I guess I gotta give the guys at RB: Minneapolis another chance because this was a solid brew. I will definitely be stopping by again.

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Photo of Nugganooch
3.88/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Rock Bottom La Jolla.
*Notes from Lunch - 08/05/11

A: The IPA pours that classic light copper pale color with some great clarity. A nice fluffy 1-finger tan foam head formed and left a great stained glass window treatment.

S: Smell is of faint citrus and a touch of spice with some caramel sweetness to it.

T: There are some nice juicy tropical fruit flavors here and definite citrus with a touch of sweet pine. Good caramel sweetness throughout and a real bit of hop spiciness to it like that of Chinook hops being used. Finish is rather light and dry.

M: A light creamy texture with a slight sticky mf.

D: A very nice IPA with good drinkability. I downed 2 pints without question.

Hadn't been down to the Rock Bottom in a while and looks like they changed up the menu. All in all the IPA is pretty solid and will satisfy your hop fix. Definitely exceeded my expectations for a chain restaurant. Now the food on the other hand could use some help.

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Photo of JPowell712
3.85/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.8/5  rDev +7%
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.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.78/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

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Photo of Chaney
3.76/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this one at the Rock Bottom in Arlington, VA.

A: Poured a cloudy, carrot orange, with a 2 finger head that stuck around throughout the session.

S: I certainly got a lot of yeast here on the nose along with some muted citrus. That's about it.

T: It was almost as if the citrus was infused with white pepper... spicy! I was taken about by how powerful the grapefruit was though. This teetered on the verge of a nice West Coast-style entry.

M: There was substantial lacing left on the glass after all was said and done. Additionally, the citrus bitterness kept the sweetness in check, with lots of bitter lingering left on the palate as well.

O: This was pretty good, and I enjoyed it much more than many other BAs on here I guess. C'est le vie...

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Photo of flagmantho
3.71/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

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Photo of DenverHopHead
3.71/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

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Photo of barczar
3.68/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3.62/5  rDev +2%
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.

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Photo of philerman
3.6/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Believe the ABV is 6.5%. Tapped 11/7 and filled that day at King of Prussia Rock Bottom.

A: Pours copper cover...light to medium with about a finger's worth of head.

S: Mostly pine-smelling, neither overwhelming nor underwhelming. Not sure if that's a result of the newness or not.

T: Hits right on for the style--about the same as your local larger microbrewery's IPA (I'm looking at you Harpoon and Hop Devil).

M: Bit a of a sour aftertaste but not overpowering in any way.

O: Purchased since the Iggles are on MNF ($6 fills on Monday nights at Rock Bottom). Would probably buy again though more likely to mix things up the next time I'm there.

As a side note, the KoP Rock Bottom has been out of new growlers for some time. Hope that's not a sign of trouble.

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Photo of Child_Pugh
3.58/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.58/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
3.58/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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