Double Barrel IPA
Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery

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American IPA
Ranked #2,376
Ranked #15,969
3.95 | pDev: 9.87%
Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery
United States
Very Good
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Reviews by John:
Photo of John
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.

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Photo of Todd
4.29/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My sample was the unfiltered offering, so it was a cloudy orange/amber brew with a thin bubbly lace. Semi-pungent citrus hop nose. Medium-bodied, even. Dextriny sweet, fruity, juicy, citrusy with a rindy grapefruit flavour and a distinct piney flavour. Hoppy and raw! Hop spice rages all over the palate. Wood notes, with a grainy/biscuit finish.

Loved it. Lip-smacking good.

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Photo of Jason
4.64/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A stellar IPA, a bit too cloudy for my liking but that is what you get when you brew with a ton of hops and serve it unfiltered. One of the most drinkable IPAs I have run into in a long time. Plus sitting at 6.1% abv gives it that nice mellow alcoholic kick, but not to the point of knocking me on my ass either.

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Photo of LarryV
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.

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Photo of beernut7
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.

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Photo of Bierman9
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!

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

Interesting IPA. Sort of cloudy light red/pale amber color, not much head to speak of. Floral nose, and as Todd mentions, a citrus twang as well. Having this right after the sweet Old Horizontal really drew out the hoppy/citrus flavors, which will wake you up quick--pretty sharp and jarring. All in all a pleasure to drink.

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Photo of oberon
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.

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Photo of ADR
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.

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Photo of jackndan
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.

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Photo of Jdiddy
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.

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Photo of PatandDavid
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

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Photo of yemenmocha
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of Dogbrick
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.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
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.

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Photo of stirgy
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.

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Photo of BeerResearcher
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!

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Photo of UncleJimbo
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.

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Photo of mschofield
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.

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Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
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.

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Photo of Marty
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.

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Photo of AtLagerHeads
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.

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Photo of DrunkMcDermott
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.

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Photo of GeoffFromSJ
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.

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3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

Double Barrel IPA from Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery
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