Double Barrel IPA
Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery

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IPA - American
Ranked #2,523
Ranked #17,433
3.95 | pDev: 9.87%
Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery
United States
Very Good
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KYBrewgrass from Kentucky

3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- 4 Pours a hazy gold/orange that has a minimal white head. Sticky, smooth micro bubble lacing that stays all over the glass throughout.

S- 4 Very citrusy. Definitely a grapefruit aroma classic to the style. Just a hint of hops.

T- 4 Like the aroma, citrus dominates the taste. Grapefruit comes through again as do the hops but other than that I'm really left searching... I like it alright but there isn't that much to it.

M- 4 Slightly under medium in body with sufficient carbonation. Little syrupy on the finish and I get a hint of booze even though I don't believe it to be that heavy.

D- 3.5 Though I did enjoy this, I feel like I could have a couple but no more. It is rather one-dimensional. Its balance is just a tad off on the citrus side. Decent brew overall but nothing too exciting.

Apr 10, 2011
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JamesS from Indiana

4.01/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very nice mid-copper color with excellent head and great lacing. Nice semi-sweet malty scent with a nice hint of hops on the nose; not as hoppy as I'd like an IPA to be, but not bad. Good flavor, a nice deep malt backbone with a very nice semi-citrus hop finish that lasts on the tongue. Goes down quite smoothly.

Jan 07, 2011
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tmoneyba from Ohio

3.83/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a clear copper color with an average frothy white head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate sour citrus and floral hop aroma. Medium body with a slick texture and soft carbonation. Medium bittersweet flavor with a medium bittersweet finish of moderate duration. I would recommend this to a freind.

Jun 15, 2010
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Wheelinb from Missouri

4.12/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap while visiting the Rock Bottom in Chicago. The place was packed and the first two beers I asked for they were out of so I was skeptical of what I was going to get. Needles to say I was happy with the result. Nice copper color and bog citrus hop scents. The taste carried that as well but it was also more malty than I imagined which provided a more robust taste. Nicely balanced.

Jun 23, 2009
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ski271 from Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: copperish amber color with a medium-sized, rocky, off-white head that diminished before the first taste but left a decent amount of lacing 2/3 of the way down.

Smell: Mmm, very nice. Citrusy hops over a good malt backbone. A little sweet-smelling with some yeasty bread (especially after it warms up a bit) and a hint of caramel under the solid fruitiness of the hops.

Taste: The taste is surprisingly rather malty. Well, I guess it’s not THAT malty, but more so than I expected from an IPA. It has a nice fruity and slightly grassy taste and a bit nutty. But I was expecting a little more hops from an IPA.

Mouthfeel: Dry texture and mildly astringent on the finish, medium body, moderate carbonation.

Drinkability: A little weak for an IPA, and there was something just a little off-balance, but it was still a very enjoyable beer that I will have again.

Aug 11, 2005
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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Despite the power suggested by its name, the Double Barrel is a fairly basic IPA that's not too demanding or bitter; well-rounded; and highly drinkable. It utilizes American hops, but as far as it's maltiness-bitterness-hop flavor ratios go it's really more of an English-style IPA; and, it works brilliantly when it's poured cask conditioned!

It's clear, orange/amber in color, with a short head of white foam that holds fairly well and leaves some decent lace at the outset of the glass. The nose offers some slightly caramelish malt and a scattering of citrusy hops. In the mouth it's medium bodied and gently crisp. The flavor is much as the aroma indicates, with a combination of bready-sweet, caramel-tinged malt and a touch of citrusy and slightly piney hops. The bitterness is firm, but not quite solid; and balances what's there quite nicely. It finishes smooth and easy with little residual bitterness and just a whisp of malt and hops.

Jul 02, 2005
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GeoffFromSJ from New Jersey

3.73/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Nice amber color with a head that wouldn't quit. Hazy due to yeast. Taste was mellow but with a noticeable hops presence. Very good drinkability. However the beer feels very watery and a little too mellow for an IPA. Better than the normal version, so make sure you get this as real ale.

Aug 06, 2004
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oberon from North Carolina

3.7/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was a staple of mine while living newr King of Prussia would have have at least once or twice a week,pours a medium amber with not much head to speak of,aroma is resiny and pretty citriusy.I liked the flavor of this beer a load of citriusy hops on top a firm dry malt backbone with a caramel tinge in the finish.I also had many times on cask and seemed to like it more than the others who reviewed this one.

Apr 01, 2004
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stirgy from Pennsylvania

3.01/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Served as part of a sampler tray at their brewpub. This one poured out a very clear copper/amber color. The aroma tends to be a bit citrus with lemon coming out. The taste is pretty light in body. The hops are strong in this one and they leave a harshness in the throat. Bitter grapefruit that’s been pushed over the edge of bearable. Too much for the light malt body to handle. Mismatched a bit, I guess. Not that bad – overall an ok IPA with the emphasis on bitter hops.

Jan 20, 2004
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ADR from Pennsylvania

3.27/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at the brewpub (Boston Theater District)...

Murky tea color, thin head but adequate collar-fringing lace, marks dots down the glass. Hoppy, mostly light citrus aroma, good. Slightly overcarbonated in the mouth. Malts are sugary but lack character. Hops are definitely apparent but slightly funky and stale to my tastes, resinous in character. Could be juicier in impression. Not a tasteless IPA but emphasis on a slightly off hop impression.

Jan 19, 2004
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jackndan from Illinois

4.8/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Double IPA: Rock Bottom Chicago, Pete Crowley’s stab at an Imperial IPA, and I think he hit the nail on the head with this one. Although this has the same name as the listing, the abv is higher than shown. The brewer told me that this comes in at 86 IBU’s, and I can state that each and every one of them is flavorful, floral, and delicious.

Bought in the growler (6 bucks for a refill, and there is no better beer deal I have seen since I left Milwaukee 15 years ago). Slightly hazy, amber color, I poured the hell out of it, and got a great head, that left wonderful Irish Rings. Aroma is fresh hops, lightly floral/citrus. The taste is terrific. As already implied, this beer is hoppy as hell, with oily hops flavors that dominate from the first sip to long into the aftertaste. But what makes this beer is a nice base of malts, providing the foundation for the hops. Think John Entwistle playing the bass for The Who on Tommy or Who’s Next, and you get the drift.

Does this equal Dreadnaught or Double Bastard? Blind tasting, maybe not. At $1.50 a pint, hell yes.

Dec 21, 2003
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DrunkMcDermott from Illinois

3.46/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This was served at the Chicago location as a Brewmaster's Special without a fancy name, just some info on a chalk board (including the 80 IBUs),

Light but enduring lacy head atop an amber that looks just a shade off. Hop bitterness makes a beeline for the bitter sensors of your tongue. Matly taste just manages to make itself felt. I only to notice the grapefruit/citrusy aspect a few minutes after a swallow. It gives you a nice hoppy belch afterward.

Nov 20, 2003
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mschofield from Massachusetts

4.3/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Amber with a full white head, fades to lacing that lasts through your pint. Citrusy hops hit your nose with a floral undertone, citrus flows through to the taste with other fruit flavors. The malt is not entirely overpowered, there is some malt sweetness in here as well by the 3rd sip. A smooth bitterness and crispness make this one enjoyable enough to drink all night long.
Also good when brought home in a growler.

Nov 19, 2003
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BeerResearcher from Massachusetts

4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Braintree, MA. This IPA pours a rich copper/amber color. A firm rocky off-white head sits on top and sticky webs of lace cling to the sides of the glass. A potent floral hop aroma dominates, while a light malty aroma provides a little counter balance. The lightly sweet-grained malt body holds a sharp grapefruity bitterness. A slight metallic tang can be noticed in the back of the throat. Halfway through, balance between the hoppy bitterness and malty sweetness, though the hops maintain their edge. Nice beer!

Oct 13, 2003
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PatandDavid from Massachusetts

4.22/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this at the Rock Bottom in Boston. Slightly cloudy copper in color, the aroma was a mix of floral and pine. Taste was of low malt, with a slightly bitter finish. Very smooth and very nice, would get again. Little high in the abv to make a true all day beer, but I wouldn't have been able to guess the alcohol is over 6% in this one. Pat

Oct 12, 2003
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UncleJimbo from Massachusetts

4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled at the Stuart St., Boston, MA, location. Called "cask" but more correctly it was from a keg using a hand pump (beer engine). 5.4% abv.

This IPA poured a cloudy, coppery red color with creamy, white foam that clung to the glass and left a nice lattice of lace. The smell was a good, grassy, piney, hoppy aroma with some malt coming through. The taste was very hoppy and malty. The hops dominated from start to finish. There was an element of fruitiness and some oak. The mouthfeel was smooth and creamy and hoppy with medium body and low carbonation. This was a very nicely hopped IPA, but easy to drink.

Oct 06, 2003
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John from New York

4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled on tap at the Boston brewpub. Impressive orange/amber color paired with a hearty looking unfiltered haze. Pillowy, sticky tan head. Aroma consists primarily of hops with a subtle sweet underlying malt. Hops generate a welcome bitterness and follow up with an oily-smooth, citrus fruit hop flavor. Very tasty IPA. Mouthfeel is slick, substantial...body medium. A pleasant surprise from this brewpub chain. Good drinkability too. Well done.

Aug 14, 2003
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Dogbrick from Ohio

3.97/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted at the Cincinnati location. Dark orange/amber color with a medium thin off-white head. Very thin lacing. Strong hops aroma, with a little citrus as well. Rather rich with an aggressively bitter hops flavor and a tart finish. One of Rock Bottom's better beers.

Jul 29, 2003
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OldFrothingSlosh from Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy dull-orange in color. Slightly thin white head with very nice lacing. Smells are very hoppy. Huge amounts of floral and citrus scents leap from the glass. Taste is surprisingly smooth, with more malty sweetness than expected. Don't think there isn't a dominating hop flavor, 'cause it's all about the hops. It's just more balanced than I expected following the first whiff. Nice crisp and dry (and bitter) aftertaste, with an slightly oily coating on the lips. Excellent! A very nice IPA.

May 30, 2003
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AtLagerHeads from Ohio

4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is one of the most drinkable IPAs I've come across. The brew is a cloudy amber color with an ivory head that lasts quite well and gives great lacing. The nose is mostly hops and the hops provide a definite fruit sense. The flavor does show a very prominent hop sense, but not one that is overbearing. The flavors give off a pleasant grapefruit and rind taste that seems quite refreshing. I believe this could become a favorite IPA and one deserving of growler fills. Well done Brian.

Apr 21, 2003
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Marty from Maine

3.55/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This was a good solid IPA. I was pretty excited to try it, because it had received one of the highest ratings of all the beers at the Rock Bottom. An above average IPA, but nothing really worth getting excited for. I have tasted IPAs whose tastes still linger in my mind, and this one wasn't one of them. Still, I enjoyed drinking it, and would probably get another one if I ever went back.

Feb 26, 2003
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beernut7 from Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

oit a bad representation of a bold IPA. Lighter amber-gold color with a nice foamy head and a distinctive spicy aroma. The first sip brings forth the power of the spicy hops that carry the brew all the way to the finish. The malt is definitely present, but quite mellow. Could use a bit more on the body, but overall quite good.

Jan 04, 2003
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Bierman9 from New Hampshire

4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Medium-copper in color, creamy, lasting head, and mucho lacework! All hop aroma! Whoa! Mostly floral, but some spiciness there, too. Good, medium body, and fairly smooth tongue! Spicy hop flavor, and lots of it. Quite sharp!! Good IPA!

Jun 15, 2002
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Jdiddy from Rhode Island

3.22/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This was a tough call. I had to have 2 of them before I formed an opinion. The look was a cloudy amber. I particularly liked the smell of it. The taste was great at first. Very floral. Almost too much at first. After awhile I realized that it was too much. Became very overpowering. The balance was just not right on this beer.

May 27, 2002
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LarryV from Massachusetts

3.29/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I've only sampled this once, so I may have to revisit and give it another try. I didn't really care for this beer. I really like hoppy beers, but this one just seemed too piney and floral with little else to balance it. It smelled and tasted raw, a bit of aging may have helped it. Very aggressive in the use of hops.

May 19, 2002
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