Prussia's Pride IPA
Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery

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IPA - American
Ranked #834
Ranked #7,864
4.08 | pDev: 8.58%
Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery
United States
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Rifugium from North Dakota

3.8/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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

Poured a slightly hazed golden-yellow with a foamy white head that receded to a fine layer of bubbles. Mainly citrus hops on the nose with floral notes and a touch of malt coming through. Hops and more hops in the taste, pretty bitter, some citrus and pine notes, and some toasted malts just making an appearance in the background. Light-medium mouthfeel, and pretty drinkable, though a bit on the harsh side sometimes, so I usually don't feel like having more than a mug.

Jun 03, 2011
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Kegatron from Pennsylvania

4.27/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On cask, via hand pump @ the King of Prussia Rock Bottom on 7/24/10. Served in an oversized mug.

Pours a clear copper, topped with a little over a finger of frothy bright-white head. Retention here is very good, staying near a finger the whole way through and slathering the sides of the mug with a cascade of lacing that slowly drips down the sides. The aroma is hop forward up front, being green, earthy, and herbal, with some pine poking through and some tropical fruit tones mixing well with the sweetness of the malts. This took a bit long to finally open up but once it did, this was pretty solid.

The taste is green with grapefruit flavor and earthy bitterness, while some pine resin adds a certain degree of stickiness to this. The hops are well balanced here by a sweet backbone of bread and caramel character from the malts, nicely cutting the bitterness, and leaving just some light drying grit and residual juicy fruit notes. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a great feeling smoothness to the carbonation that keeps this flowing just effortlessly across the palate, aided by an almost non-existent ABV.

I think that I often take this for granted since it's always on tap, but man, I forgot just how solid of an IPA this is. Full flavored hop goodness here, with a ridiculously drinkable body (especially on cask). IMHO one of the best IPAs in the Philly burbs here.

Jul 27, 2010
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jonmr10 from Pennsylvania

4.8/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

First, I have to say I'm a little biased toward this beer. I drink IPAs almost exclusively and am a Rock Bottom regular. This is one of my favorites of all time, it stands up there with any of the more available IPAs, like Hop Devil or Green Flash. The other brewpubs in the area, like Sly Fox and Iron Hill, can't even come close with their standard IPAs.

Golden with an amber tint. Bitter hoppiness with some citrus. Not very malty. The bitterness stays on your palate. Nice head with great legs. Has been kicked up to 6.3% abv with the latest batches. If you enjoy a good IPA, you'll love this, it never gets old.

Mar 14, 2010
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JunkYardJake from Pennsylvania

3.97/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the brewpub in standard tumbler.
Real tasty brew here. Very hoppy in smell and taste with loads of citrus coming through. Slighty cloudy with about 1/4 inch of head with a little bit of lacing. Not too bitter and light to medium in body. Very enjoyable beer. The second one goes down even easier. A good all around american IPA.

Feb 21, 2010
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Axic10 from New Jersey

4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a standard pint glass from a growler fresh from the restaurant.

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy golden color with minimal head.

Smell: Floral hops, citrus, nice smell!

Taste: Grapefruit, piney and a nice bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Light, refreshing and crisp.

Drinkability: One of my favor IPAs. I'm lucky to live so close to Rock Bottom and can get a growler for $6 anytime I want.

Jan 19, 2010
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TheFightfan1 from Pennsylvania

3.73/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I had sampler of this in a cask and a regular draft. I thought the cask was better so I got a pint.

Pours a clear golden with a beautiful heading that sticks to the last sip. Left some great leggage throughout as well.

Smell was all hop. Not to much of a malt crispness aroma which I expected but did peak it's head through.

Taste was good. The hoppiness is the dominant factor here. Malts are somewhat of an afterthought.( Not knocking this beer but just expected more body to this). Slight zestiness.

Mouth is crisp and hoppy.Light to medium bodied, Kind of watery and finishes smooth.

Drink is good. A very easy going IPA and can be enjoyed at any time.

Dec 13, 2009
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rfgetz from New Jersey

3.97/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice amber/orange color with decent slightly off white head. Good lacing. Smell is of citrusy and piney hops blended with somewhat strong carmel malts. Taste is of carmel malts with a bitter sting of piney hops with a faint floral hop presence as well. Medium bodied, not as smooth and creamy as the cask serving would have dictated. Good IPA leaning more towards the english style of IPA in my opinion.

Dec 07, 2009
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Ryandec from Pennsylvania

4.6/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Fantastic beer. Especially noting the hop flavor which is almost a double IPA in my opinion has a solid color with a reliable aroma. A definite contender with the Green Flash IPA. After attending the GABF in 2009 and having sampled many, I can say Brian has done a great job with his Prussia IPA! I would highly recommend it to any IPA fan!

Nov 06, 2009
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BigMike from Pennsylvania

3.21/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap tonight at Rock Bottom in King Of Prussia.
$2.00 thursdays!

Poured a golden orange color with about a fingers worth of soapy white head. A decent amount of lacing hung around for most of the pint.

Smell was light. A touch of citrus zest and a bit of carmel sweetness.

Taste like the smell was light. A touch of citrus and floral but mostly dominated by the malts. A bit bitter on the finish.

Watery and light on the mouthfeel. Smooth and easy to drink.

Overall this is a below average IPA. For $2.00 a pint it does the job but its noting to write home about.

Nov 06, 2009
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Ezekiel81923 from Pennsylvania

4.52/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On-tap at the brewpub, yes, on a Thursday. God I love this beer, and I'll prove it.

Appearance: A nice deep orange with a decent head that usually leaves pretty good lacing. Very clear.

Smell: All citrus and pine hop aromas with some malt in the background. The aroma dictates the flavor almost perfectly.

Taste: Hop forward with flavors of grapefruit, orange, citrus, pine and pineapple. A slight bitterness lingers in the background most of the time and gains some strength as the sip finishes. A sweet caramel malt flavor backs the hops wonderfully before letting the bitterness finally break through. Hops finish it off as well. Very balanced and very nice transitions.

Mouthfeel: Finishes dry with some lingering bitterness, but other than that there isn't really any residual oiliness or hoppiness. Refreshing and inviting.

Drinkability: I'd give it a 6 if I could (on the 1-5 scale). Each pints last words are "get another" and I continue to oblige. I can't stand how drinkable it is, my wallet hates it.

This is my go-to beer. It's a part of their regular rotation and is in my opinion the best of the bunch. A masterfully crafted IPA that is perfect for beer drinkers of all kinds. Frank greets me every Thursday with a pint of this and I wouldn't have it any other way.

Oct 14, 2009
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Umbra from Maryland

4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this one several times this week while stuck in KOP. I had it both on tap and in growler, but enjoyed the brew somehow better in a growler in my hotel room then sitting at the actual bar.
Orange, cloudy brew with a pretty white head. Loads of lacing and retention. Citrus/cascade notes

Grapefruit and some citrus flavors are on teh front, balanced just slightly with caramel. It finishes with a mild hoppiness. Medium bodied brew that finishes clean.
The hopheads would like some more bite to it, but I feel that this is a very sessionable brew and one of the best regulars

Aug 21, 2009
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Kadonny from Pennsylvania

4.52/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

In my growler review, I mentioned me inquiring about Rock Bottom filling a sixtel for home. Well guess what. They did it, and at a very, very reasonable, almost criminal, price too. Super props to Brian McConnell and his staff.

Onto the review. Poured at home into my Sam Adams pint glass.

A: A medium orange color that seems lighter in the natural light. A one finger perfect pour head of white creamy head leaves nice full glass lacing.

S: Again, the nose on this beer is all about the Cascade hops. Smells of citrus and pine but a nice deep sweet malt smell. Great nose on this beer.

T: Hops dominate up front with citrus, orange, grapefruit, pineapple coupled with some deeper pine notes. The malt sweetness is very caramely and is very deep to stand up next to the hops. Very balanced beer. Finish ends bitter and hoppy.

M: Medium, not real thick and prickly and no real alcohol taste. This is not a syrupy thick IPA that coats the mouth forever, it ends up dry and refreshing.

D: High. Drink it fast, drink it slow, just drink and enjoy....all day if you wish too.

Overall I go back and forth between which version is my favorite, C02 or cask. Still, you can't go wrong with either. This beer is the perfect home keg beer. Hoppy enough to satisfy the hopheads, but balanced enough to satisfy the non hopheads. Honestly, I could drink this IPA all year long. It makes a killer house IPA. I can't get over how much I love this beer, having it on draft at home only makes my love even greater. Brian, if you read this, my god this is one kick ass IPA. Thanks for filling my sixtel. I guarantee it won't be my last fill either as I feel it won't last long. Cheers and props to RB in KOP.

Jul 01, 2009
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gibby from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at king of prussia: described as malty profile ipa on beer board

Pale yellow in color, soapy head that lasted for a while. Smelled like grapefruit,lemon, pine. Taste is very simiar to smell, lots of citrus qualities. Really well balanced ipa and could be very sessionable in my opinion. ABV is in the mid 6% range. Big time lacing on the glass. With growler fills at only $7.95 this beer is really resonable and quite tasty. Worth a trip to rock bottom to give this and a few others a try.

Apr 22, 2009
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HopDerek from Pennsylvania

4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Mug Club mug.

Poured a hazy caramel amber color with 2 fingers of foamy eggshell colored head. Good retention and nice blotches of lacing. Smells of fresh cut grass, caramel, citrus, and bread. Tastes of grass up front then a nice caramel sweetness with some bready notes in the backbone before a mild bitterness of lemon, grapefruit, pineapple, and orange peel in the finish. Medium in body with pleasant carbonation, smooth and balanced with a nice bitterness throughout, but not overly so. Easy to drink and session, a satisfying IPA that is always on tap at the brewpub and never disappoints.

Feb 12, 2009
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KOPBeerDrinker from North Carolina

4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from growler into a pint glass. Light amber in color with a fluffy white head which left lacing as it subsided.

Stong hop aroma of citrus and pine.

Flavor is well balanced between the malt and spicy grapefruity hops. Pronounced hop flavors but not overwhelming. Very good.

Medium light in body with good carbonation. Refreshing and very easy to drink.

Feb 07, 2009
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Deuane from Pennsylvania

4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Brilliant copper with a medium bright white head. Thanks to the cask delivery the head holds on strong and leaves nice lace.

S-Sweet biscuit/caramel malt with a nice citrus hop pop that is not overwhelming but present.

T-Caramel, biscuity malt is quickly overpowered by a spicy citrus hop kick. Well rounded, balanced with a pleasant hop forward bite.

M-Medium-light body, quite crisp with good lingering bitterness.

D-Really nice stuff with good balance and a smooth creamy texture. A well done brew that pairs well with cask delivery.

Jan 27, 2009
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gdfan47 from Pennsylvania

4.24/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- pours a light yellowish amber with alot of white froathy head, very nice lacing , a one finger head remains throughout the pour
S- Hops, pot, more hops, citrus , a little bit of pine
T- very well balanced, def leaning more towards west coast ipas, the hops def shine through more than the malt
M- refreshing , the hops really really come at you, not overly bitter, nicey constructed, good carbonation
D- the first sip is nice, and so are all of the rest... a really nice IPA/bordering on a DIPA... a really nice session beer for a hops enthusiast

would love to have this on the pump sometime

Jan 04, 2009
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mentor from Colorado

4.42/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2 finger light tan headover a clear copper (lightly browned). Smells heavy hop oils, but light popouri hop flowery. Light lemony, pink grapefruit, fresh pine, tangerine, mint.

Tastes floral hoppy with supporting sweet and fruity esters. Really quite nice. Hip flavor more than bitter. Flavors are pine, lemon, easy grapefruit pith, perfumey, pears. Bitter is mostly clean of cohumulone, but oils give a drying stickiness (like sticky teeth). Malt is mostly nondescript sweet with very light caramelized character. Esters are pear syrup (from a can) and fuzzy peach. Md body, but sticking just enough to keep the hops and alcohol in balance. Very nice.

Nov 30, 2008
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Imstillthegman from Delaware

4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this at the Iron Hill in Newark during their Cask Fest. Easily my favorite of the day.

Poured a hazy golden color with a dense head that lasted forever. Tons of lacing clung to the glass.

The aroma was of grapefruit and pine hops with some caramel. The hops were very fresh smelling and the sweet caramel was a nice addition at the end.

The flavor was the show stealer. Smooth, fresh hops coated your tongue while the caramel malts tried their bast to give the beer some balance. The bitter hop profile, mostly in the form of citrus, was damn near perfect for this beer. Not over the top DIPA like, but definitely on the high end for an IPA. Yum.

Smooth, creamy feel. Once the velvety liquid was gone, the hop oils coated the tongue quite nicely. Aftertaste was all hops. Somewhat bitter and a tad drying...only made me want more. I kept going back to this one throughout the afternoon and would gladly revisit it again.

Nov 19, 2008
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MmmIPA from Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I got a chance to try this on cask and I thought it didnt live up to the draft version.The pleasant hoppiness wasn't as dominant in the cask as in the draft version.The beer was super smoooth and hit the spot but I think the added carbonation helps this beer hit all the bases.The head seemed to stay there and never go down at all.It was good but I prefer the carbonated version more.

Nov 16, 2008
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sholland119 from Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours a murky golden color with a fluffy white head and nice lacing.

S-Very appealing scent of grapefruit and pine hops with a modest malt presence in the background.

T-This is quite a tasty beverage. Lots of citrus hops in the front mixing with pine hops further on. A solid malt backbone keeps the flavors well balanced.

M-Mouthfeel is crisp with mild bitterness and medium carbonation.

D-Very sessionable. Moderate ABV and great taste make this a very enjoyable brew.


Sep 29, 2008
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HugoGrim from Pennsylvania

3.82/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a standard pint. Nice head and lace with a classic IPA look.

Crisp light hop aroma. Hints of fruits including apples.

Flavor is rich and surprisingly complex. Hop profile blends with a fruitiness. Floral hops dominate with fresh bitterness.

Sep 05, 2008
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AltBock from Ohio

4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This was on cask at the King of Prussia Rock Bottom on 8/16/2008. They served it to me in a standard pint glass.

This IPA poured a lightly hazy golden amber color with a great creamy 1/2 an inch head of white foam. In truth, this head of foam never really receded. It stayed the same the entire duration of the beer's life in my glass. When it did recead, it left behind milky white streaks of lace around the glass. It was nothing short of being a top notch appearance!

The aroma was mildly hopped with bitter citrus hops, a ton of tart grapefruit, a hint of pine needles, and then finishes up with a subtle touch of caramel malts. There was a sublte touch of malt because the bitter citrus hops ruled over the aroma.

The hops ruled over the aroma and the hops ruled over the taste. The taste was very bitter with bitter citrus hops, plenty of ruby red grapefruit, a splash of pine, a hint of lemon zest, and then ends on a subtle taste of toasted caramel malts. For just a regular IPA, the hops level was too high. It doesn't matter what the level of hops were in this beer were set at because this beer had a great hoppy taste to it.

The mouthfeel was medium bodied with a bitter aftertaste of bitter citrus hops, a hint of citrus fruits, a few pine needles, and plenty of tart grapefruit. No malts in the aftertaste. The malts learned their lession after the smell and taste.

I'm glad this is a year round beer. That means this great highly hopped brew is available all year round. A pint or two is good enough, but a growler of this would be too much. That is unless you have to somebody to share it with. A must try at Rock Bottom!

Aug 17, 2008
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Chinon01 from Pennsylvania

4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Murky deep gold lovely maintained head. Aroma is sweet hoppy chinook? Taste is similar to aroma; sweet hop juice hop oil light and a clean finish informed by hop bitterness. Virtually no malt detected. Mouthfeel and drinkability are near perfect. Round and clean with gentle sweet juicy hop kiss.

Aug 16, 2008
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ffejherb from Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On cask at the KOP location on 7/3/08.

A - Slightly hazy amber body with one finger of bubbly white head. Nice retention for a cask ale, but minimal amount of lacing.

S - Pleasant waft of citrus and floral hop notes combined with a slightly toasted malt aroma with some graininess.

T - Begins with the familiar combination of the aforementioned floral hop notes with a splash of citrus, then seques into a mild toasted malt flavor with some caramel sweetness. Finishes with a bitter hop bite and hefty malt flavor to balance everything out.

M - Medium body with smooth, watery texture. Moderate bitterness in the finish.

D - This was served pretty cold for a cask offering (perhaps in a chilled glass). However, the flavor expanded as the liquid warmed up, releasing a nice hop bouquet and pleasant maltiness, resulting in a well-balanced IPA.

Jul 06, 2008
Prussia's Pride IPA from Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 59 ratings