IPA | Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery

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Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery
United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.60%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by brewdlyhooked13 on 07-25-2005

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2.11/5  rDev -40.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured a light, golden with a killer nose, almost perfumey. That is eaxactly what it tasted like too. Hops were potent but to overbearing, a huge floral taste and aroma to accompany this. Something went wrong and the scent killed it for me. Still a good try Rock Bottom.

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2.5/5  rDev -29.6%

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2.5/5  rDev -29.6%

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2.5/5  rDev -29.6%

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2.5/5  rDev -29.6%

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2.5/5  rDev -29.6%

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2.5/5  rDev -29.6%

Photo of youknowibill
2.71/5  rDev -23.7%
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.

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2.75/5  rDev -22.5%

Photo of Philousa
2.77/5  rDev -22%
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.

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Photo of HopHead84
2.8/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2


On tap at Rock Bottom La Jolla. This is not retired. It's impossible for this to be worse than the IIPA.

A: Pale straw gold with a white head. Slightly hazy. Scattered lacing.

S: Orange, peach, and a little pine. No off notes here, and while the hops were restrained at first, they opened up a bit later. No malt influence or booze.

T: Orange and tangerine balanced by a dull bready caramelish malt profile. The hops are muted. No alcohol and barely any sweetness. Moderately bitter and somewhat astringent in the finish. Not a lot going on here.

M: Upper light in body with moderate carbonation. Sticky and dry mouthful.

Overall: Not as bad as Hop Bomb, but not recommended.

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Photo of Moose90
2.8/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of froghop
2.83/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

pours a very cloudy amber-orange with a small off-white head, and good lacing.

smell is of light grapefruit, some caramel, and hops in the back.

taste is of hops, some caramel, a little citrus, and earth, ends on the bitter side.

overall a very average IPA, not as bitter as i would like but drinkable.

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2.85/5  rDev -19.7%
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.

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2.97/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

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3/5  rDev -15.5%

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3/5  rDev -15.5%

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3/5  rDev -15.5%

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3/5  rDev -15.5%

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3/5  rDev -15.5%

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3/5  rDev -15.5%

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3/5  rDev -15.5%

Nice IPA. Bold hops. Citrus in the mouth. Hops on the way down. Solid IPA

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3/5  rDev -15.5%

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3/5  rDev -15.5%

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3/5  rDev -15.5%

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