IPA | Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery

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Brewed by:
Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery
United States
rockbottom.com

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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#40,502
Reviews:
52
Ratings:
254
pDev:
11.68%
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3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of StonedTrippin
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.

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Photo of spycow
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of nmann08
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.25/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of t0rin0
3/5  rDev -14.5%

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
2.5/5  rDev -28.8%

Photo of biboergosum
3.31/5  rDev -5.7%
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 zeff80
3.91/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Boone757
3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of mothman
3.9/5  rDev +11.1%
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 DrBier
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of Thorpe429
2.5/5  rDev -28.8%

Photo of Rifugium
3.33/5  rDev -5.1%
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 ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of smcolw
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.

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Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.52/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of rolltide8425
3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of GarthDanielson
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.

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Photo of GClarkage
3.53/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of stevoj
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.

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Photo of flagmantho
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.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.08/5  rDev -12.3%
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 outoffocus
3.25/5  rDev -7.4%

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