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 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 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 JackieTH
3.53/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Light coppery appearance with a cap of white foam. Smell was mild pines and citrus. There was a malt presence. Taste seemed pine-forward and earthy with definite bitterness of hop oils. Some grapefruit shows up later, along with malt.. Bitterness lingers. Medium to light body. Decent carbonation. Simply an okay IPA. Good but doesn't separate itself from the pack.

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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 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 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 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 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 jsprain1
3.53/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- A light honey color, head is about one finger thick, holds pretty firm there. Some lacing, but not much.
S- Lightly citrus hops, some floral, and a bit of sweetness. A good aroma, but needs a bit more presence, I almost have to stick my nose in the beer to get it.
T- A bit sweeter than I exepcted or would like. Sweet cracker flavors with an orange-like hop flavor.
M- Not as dry as I like this style to be. A bit undercarbonated as well.
O- A decent but forgetable IPA. It's got the right idea, but I don't think I would revisit it.

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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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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