Bottoms Up Brown Ale
Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery

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Brown Ale - English
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3.53 | pDev: 7.93%
Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery
United States
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thekevlarkid from Maryland

3.77/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Off the tap on my second day of tasting this beer was a truly dark brown color with some hints o ruby around the edges. The head was short lived, a constant problem at that place, but the lacing was decent off the collar. The aroma was malty, toasted and caramel with hint of butterscotch and yeast. The flavors were all malt dynamics, toasted malt, nuttiness, some caramel, some biscuit. There was a hop in the background that added a little crispness but it struck me as understated. The body was medium, the carbonation fairly soft which made for a good mouthfeel. Slightly off-kilter but sessionable.

Dec 06, 2008
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Jason from Massachusetts

3.82/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap in a 1/2 liter mug. Birthdate of 08/02/06.

A- Thin tan lace, dark brown color with garnet highlights.

S- Lots of toasted and slightly roasted grain in the aroma. Mild fruitiness and yeast as well.

T&M- Tasty maltiness upfront with a bit of sweetness and a toasted biscuity and faint burnt note. Mild hop character. Smooth with a rolling crispness in a moderate body. Nutty finish with a kiss of fruitiness, lingering toasted grain and nutty yeast.

D- This one has session beer written all over it. Pretty damn authentic for the style IMO.

Aug 31, 2006
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Sycodrummer from Massachusetts

3.42/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Presented to me in a standard pint glass this beer was a very dark brown almost black from a distance. It was topped by a meager sliver of a head that soon dissapated but left some decent rings of lace down the sides of the glass.

Smell was thinly malty upfront and a sweet butter-scotch type smell as well. A little nutty and some slight roasted malt too.

Taste was malty upfront with a rather nutty after taste. Semi-sweet and a bitter hop bite as well with each sip. The butter-scotch type smell is not readily apparent in the taste. Well balanced with just enough bitterness and hoppyness to be present but not over power.

Moderate mouthfeel, certainly not thick on the palate but some definite substance to this beer. No readily apparent signs of carbonation.

Decent overall, it paired well with my dinner. I won't go screaming back for it, but it was good enough at the time.

Jun 17, 2005
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MuddyFeet from North Carolina

3.4/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a dark brown, but thin around the edges. Had a slight head that dissappeared, but left a lot of lace. Aroma was malty, lots of toasted grains. The smokiness was quite nice. The flavor was a lot of burnt malts and a bit of caramel. Hops did not come out quite enough to balance the smokiness. Mouthfeel is medium body, a bit watery. While I would drink one or two of these for lunch, I am not sure how much of a session I can make out of it because the smokiness is the only real characteristic that makes this beer all that interesting.

May 16, 2005
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Truh from New Hampshire

3.3/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Downed another with this one on 2/6/2005. 16-oz. pour in a shaker at the Boston location.

Listed as a "English Style Brown Ale" at 4.6% abv up on the board. Tumescent initial fluff cloak of head settles quickly to an almost chameleon sheen of very fine, misty stuff. Dark brown, deep mahogany hue; darker than many browns. Welcome caramel sweetness on nose with a light touch of smoky peat and even malt character. Eh, passable malt profile with an evinced roastiness to taste that seems a little out of place and somewhat unbalanced. Despite its somewhat lackluster profile, this could pass as a session ale with its low abv and lack of any one thing that stands out on the palate, which is both its pleasure and its pain.

Feb 12, 2005
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PatandDavid from Massachusetts

3.38/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another style I normally don't choose, as it doesn't seem exciting, but this turned out to be a pleasant and easy to drink offering from the Boston location. Dark amber when served, the head dissipated quickly. It came with a slight malty aroma. I thought the mouthfeel was medium, with nice carbonation. Very smooth and easy to drink, the malt and hops were very balanced in this one.

Feb 29, 2004
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Todd from California

3.92/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A burgundy edged brown beer with a thin tight bubbled lace head. Aroma is clean with some toasted malt and caramel. A very nutty brew, with peanut skin husk notes. Flavour is also toasted, touch of roasted malts, faint raisin flavour, light fruitiness with nod to some unsweetned chocolate and background caramel. Dry, crisp with a grainy finish.

Nice traditional Brown Ale characters within this beer. An excellent offering.

Feb 03, 2002
Bottoms Up Brown Ale from Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery
Beer rating: 3.53 out of 5 with 9 ratings