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 barleywinefiend
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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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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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 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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Photo of Slackerville
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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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.08/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at Rock Bottom in San Diego on 7/4/11

A - Medium orange/yellow colour; slightly hazy. Half finger of off white head with good retnetion.

S - Bitter hops with some pine notes. Not a very robust nose.

T - Good bitterness. Some pine flavours and not much else aside form a very slight sweetness. Somewhat one-dimensional and boring.

M - Medium body with some chew. Light carbonatoin.

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Photo of AleWatcher
3.08/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Honey-touched wheat color with nice sheets of lace. Good retention of the original 2 finger white head.
Smells of... Hmmm... Not much, really. Actually a really weak nose (and pretty weak flavor for that matter). Very light malt, decent bitterness, but a little alcohol comes up as it warms.

The body is medium with a level of carbonation that is JUST shy of being good.

Overall, not terrible. Better than most of the offerings I've had here, but not a really solid ops on its own.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.16/5  rDev -11%
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.

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Photo of xnicknj
3.18/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

on tap at Rock Bottom in KOP

Pours a hazed golden orange color with a nice crop of white head. Retains for a while, leaving coats of lacing all over the glass while drinking.

Bite of citrusy hops in the nose with some bready and grainy tones. Faint sweetness from underlying fruit and caramel. Very little alcohol presence.

Bitter up front with a smack of hops and some citrusy notes. Orange peel with grapefruit and some additional juicy hints. The backbone is very grainy and malty with some hints of biscuit and bread crust. Light touch of caramel for sweetness. Finishes bitter and dry with a little warmth.

Medium body, slightly higher carbonation, prickly and dry on the tongue. Not a bad IPA, but the quality drops off quickly as it ages - this batch was barely 3 weeks old and was considerably less flavorful than the fresher batch I experienced before.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%
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).

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Photo of biboergosum
3.31/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On-tap at the Bellevue, WA location, due solely to the fact that it was the only thing open on July 4 for pre-fireworks noshing.

This beer appears a clear dark bronze hue, with one finger of thin foamy ecru head, which leaves some thin membranes of mountain vista lace around the glass as it settles. It smells of watery citrus cream, and faint caramel. The taste is bitter citrus hops, soft caramel malt, and a bit of booze warming. The carbonation is moderate, the body tending to the light side, and mostly smooth. It finishes with a bitter astringent, nondescript hop flourish.

I like a bitter IPA, but this one is lacking that other requirement - a more than half-assed effort at malt balance and/or complexity.

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Photo of watermelonman
3.33/5  rDev -6.2%
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.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.33/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at Rock Bottom, King of Prussia, PA

A decent IPA, coming in at 6.5%ABV. Poured a darker amber color, clear, with a small but appropriate cap of white head that retained well. Hoppy aroma, as would be imagined, notes of orange zest, grapefruit, and pine. Solid malt base in the taste, with the hops present in the nose commandeering on the palate. Pretty bitter. Light-medium body, and fairly drinkable.

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Photo of Strix
3.35/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

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Photo of TheBeerAlmanac
3.35/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Draft poured into a pint glass

A: Pours a hazy orange/yellow hue with a thin white fuzz of head.

S: Smells lightly earthy along with pine and soft citrus hops.

T/M: Flavor is lightly hoppy, not as bitter as I hoped/imagined, with some pine and a bit of citrus.

Overall, it’s basic and pretty well balanced, but resembles an American pale ale more than an India pale ale.


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Photo of stevoj
3.4/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

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Photo of TCgoalie
3.41/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tasted @ MSP airport, might as well review it...

Pours golden yellow with a reddish tint. A respectable white crown head adorns the top of the glass with a sizeable amount of lacing.

The wheat like aroma is accompanied by oranges and malts.

The taste provides a good array of flavors; oranges, grapefruit, and pine with sweet and metallic overtones.

Medium full in the mouth with sweetness and a pinch of dry bitterness in the end.

A decent IPA from a "chain". It sure beats the majority of offerings that one would find at an airport.

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Photo of Brenden
3.42/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

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Photo of MrDonQuixote
3.42/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap at Rock Bottom Brewery in Denver:

A- Golden color, with a slight white head

S- hoppy, citrusy smell. The main aroma is a bit of a grapefruit scent

T- citrusy and hoppy but not overpowering, but that being said, but that being said, it has quite a strong aftertaste

M- good carbonation, smoothish

O- good beer from a good brewpub

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Photo of zhanson88
3.44/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a copper color with orange highlights. About 1.5" white head forms which has very nice retention and lacing.

Smell: Caramel malt, citrus, orange rind, slightly piney and resinous hops.

Taste: Caramel malts, with citrus and slightly resinous hops. Well balanced and pretty tasty. Decent, a bit above average.

Mouthfeel/Overall: Light bodied with low carbonation. Could use more carbonation to make it drink a little smoother. Overall, decent IPA but nothing awesome.

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Photo of Redrover
3.45/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This IPA was a special and was served in a imperial pint. The beer is a surprisingly light gold with a chill haze. It has a fairly dense bone white head.

The nose is of pine resin and grapefruit rind.

The taste while bitter, is slightly metallic with more pine notes. Seems a bit underpowered for a PNW IPA, but it does have some nice qualities. It goes great with spicy food and the backend bitterness is nice.

The mouth is crisp but lacks the great oily quality that many IPAs have. Still, it's not bad. This is hard to put a score on as I liked it, but with reservations.

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Photo of BeardedBoffin
3.48/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Golden amber with a tinge of orange color. The white cap of foam sufficiently stuck to the glass. A big citrus nose with an emphasis on orange. The palate is full, borderline on oily from the hops but not there yet. The flavor is mostly hoppy: citrus mixed with pine. A sweetness rises through the center to provide balance.

This beer is a little rough around the edges. If some attention were paid to the malt end of this concoction, it would benefit everyone.

The uncouthness is evident, but I drained the glass nonetheless.

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Photo of SummitVA
3.48/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Rock Bottom Bethesda, MD August 16, 2011

A - Golden pour; fluffy white head; good amount of carbonation

S - Citrus and pine hops character along with a touch of malt sweetness

T- Pine comes through more with citrus not far behind, but much less present than the nose would suggest. Not overpowering hop flavor by any means. An odd uber-sweet malt character cuts in-between the hop flavor and an especially bitter finish that lingers, coating the tongue with resiny hop character. Very pleasant and drinkable

M - Lighter side of medium. Malt sweetness perhaps gives the impression of a heavier "sweeter" beer.

O - Really solid IPA for a local chain brewpub. More malt character than I prefer, and I could go for a lot more hop flavor, but I order two and would do so again. Hadn't been to this location in a while, and I'm glad I rediscovered it. Very solid lineup.

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Photo of KYGunner
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

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