Hop Bomb | Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery

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Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery
United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.80%

Availability: Rotating

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Reviews: 31 | Ratings: 62
Reviews by xoqx:
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3.92/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a nice one time release at the Bellevue Rock Bottom Brewery. It has a clear pale golden hue with a white head with medium retention. There is a very nice nose full of piney hops. The taste is predictably focused on the hops, but there is a nice fresh malty backbone underneath that is never entirely silenced by the strong woodsy hop bitterness. This beer is, in some sense, like the Humpback Pale ale, yet taken further along both the malt and hop continua. The mouthfeel is fresh and jagged with a medium long finish. This is one of the most drinkable beers I’ve had at Rock Bottom; one I’d go back for.

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Photo of RDW
3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Loveyourbeer
2.4/5  rDev -37.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

There was no hop profile in this hop bomb. I don't know what was wrong, but this was barely a pale ale, let alone an IPA. It tasted more like a blonde ale. Must have been a bad batch.

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Photo of jmccraney
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of Knowlesbryan
4.75/5  rDev +23.7%

Photo of Kegatron
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Rock Bottom KOP.

Pours a clear golden orange with a 1/2 finger of brite-white foamy head that retains nicely and leaves big, sticky hop lacing. The aroma is all about the Chinook hops, with big pine notes, spice, grapefruit, and a earthy scent of sweet malt.

The taste is more of the same, with a big resinous hop bite up front. Zesty citrus and caramel malts try to real things in but man, is this bitter! It seems a bit unbalanced in the hop department but does even out more as it warms. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a nice firm carbonation and nary a bit of the 7% ABV was felt.

This is another solid IPA from this brewpub and will fill the needs of any Hop Head. A touch more balance may have been needed but overall, much like it's name, this is one tasty and highly drinkable hop bomb.

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Photo of alleykatking
3.82/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap....

A- Pours a clean coppery color. One finger white head shows poor retention. Light sheety lacing that turns into streaky lace on the sides of the glass.

S- Citrus hops right off the bat. Piney bitter hops seem to jump out next. Some caramel malts in the there that linger to and from in the nose. The ending has some light alcohol notes and more citrus hops.

T- Citrus hops dominate the front of the beer like in the nose. There is a light bitterness to offset the sweetness to the beer upfront. Middle of the beer has a nice clean malt taste which is lightly bready. This leads up to the ending of the beer which becomes a little more bitter one again with a nice clean alcohol taste. the bitterness of the beer is really balancing all the sweetness that is underlying with it.

M- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for the style. Citrus hops and piney hops dominate everything in the palate and leave a oily resin over everything it touches. Aftertaste is mostly faded alcohol, bigger bitter hops, hints of citrus hops and faded malt. This beer is overall balanced for what it is not being either too bitter or too sweet. No off flavors were present at all. Medium high drying on the palate from the alcohol.

D- This IPA was worth trying and I would love to drink again. There is a nice balance to this beer but it is still bursting with a crispness from the hops that makes you actually want to drink it. A few flaws in the appearance and the aroma but a drinker never the less with the ABV being 7%. Alcohol is never an annoyance which I enjoyed a lot.

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Photo of jaydoc
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of plaid75
4.24/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of eorwar
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of weeare138
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

from notes...
Appears a transparent light gold with a small, white head that slowly fades into a mild cap and collar. Decent lacing and scattered bits are left around the glass.
Smell is of spicy black pepper, citrus, grapefruit, and cut grass.
Taste is of the same with bitter orange and peppercorns.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, citrus, yeast, spritzy with candy orange losing out to the spice.

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Photo of mrkrispy
4.48/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had on tap at the La Jolla Rock Bottom in San Diego. That location has been turning out several tasty IPAs so I was excited to try this one (which appears to be a franchise-wide recipe?)

Nice golden and orange color. No haze. Minimal head.

Big hop aroma of citrus, pine, and floral. Great combo, it really jumps out.

Moderate level of carbonation. Clean base with a complex fruity and piney taste...the malt bill allows the hops to shine. Lots of lemon and grapefruit, some pineapple. A pleasant bitterness that lingers around. Again very clean, no higher alcohols/solvent flavors. The bitterness does not get overwhelming, so it is quite drinkable....several pints would be great.

A well constructed and complex IPA. Perhaps not innovative, but very well done. Not sure who the recipe is from in the Rock Bottom Family but the La Jolla crew brewed up a fantastic version. The Hop Bomb is a beer I'd love to have frequently.

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Photo of jwc215
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On-tap in Milwaukee:

Pours dark amber with a thin lasting head that leaves lacing.

The smell is of citrus and a touch of pine with mild caramelized bread.

The taste is of citrus and some pine. Hops stand out but supported by a solid malt backbone. Long, dry finish.

Seemed more of an IPA rather than a DIPA - on the border I suppose. (That didn't affect the score, and doesn't really matter - close enough to fit the style anyway.

An enjoyable, hop-forward brew.

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Photo of JamieDuncan
3.94/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

ON draft in Bethesda Rock Bottom. Poured a nearly clear dark orange with off white head that was not very impressive. The aroma was rather strong, a nice balance of citrus and pine with even a little bit of floral hop in the background. Surprised me that I could pick up all 3. There also seemed to be just a bit of bread in the background. The flavor was similar to nose but a good bit more muted, you definitely get more of the malt but no sweet. The piney bitter comes in late but only lingers a touch. Light mouthfeel. Overall this was an okay IPA.

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Photo of lilsmizzul1225
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

Photo of rfgetz
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice orangy amber color, good retention and lacing from the cap of soapy white head. Scent is packed with piney hops with notes of grapefruit, flowers and grain in the background. First sip is pleasently bitter, not overpowering, good blend of the piney and grapefruity hops, touch of mango. Medium bodied, slightly overcarbonated. A great suprise from Rock Bottom, one of their best.

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Photo of atone315
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of charlzm
3.15/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

on draft at brewery, consumed on 11/12/07.

Nice head retention, though no active carbonation.

Citrus nose, citrus hoppy palate. No real malt flavors detected. Fairly mild, though; not especially hoppy despite the name.

I was worried this wopuld be an undrinkable West Coast APA. Unnecessarily, as it turned out.

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Photo of johnc1977
3.52/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of jdhchi
4.02/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Had this one on tap at Rock Bottom..great smell and taste! Surprised its only 7% ABV considering the taste. Less than a finger worth of head but long lasting and I mean it was there on the last drop! Good lacing and color dark amber golden like. Plenty of hops make this one a real competitor and one to enjoy anytime. I would stop for another!

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Photo of tmryan21
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of rjd722
3.54/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the RB in Bethesda. Deep amber color with minimal head and no lacing. Somewhat piney, slight citrus, and malt aroma. Not really what I would consider a "hop bomb", but it's got some nice citrus taste coupled with woody hints. Somewhat sweet, malty, bitter mouthfeel but not whet I expected given the name.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.17/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Without a doubt, the hoppiest beer that I've ever had at any Rock Bottom. The Head Brewer explained that the predominant hop used here is the Simcoe variety; and boy does it shine in this beer.

The beer shows with a solid golden-amber hue, mild haze and great head formation, retention, and lacing with eggshell tinted froathiness. A great IPA appearance.

The nose is domiated by citrus hops. Grapefruit, orange zest, and a lemony tough resinates throughout the brew. Softer grassy, piney note follow up and eventually pineapple, mangos, and strawberry jam show as the malty barley taste comes into play. The malts round out the aroma while contributing a subtle bready delivery system for the hops.

Hop flavor, as expected, dominate the beer. All the citrus notes hit the foreground while the softer, sweeter hops and barley take a quick backseat. A soft grain flavor compliment the hops well while adding just enough sweetness to keep the hops from being alone on an island. Light on esters, the yeast give a light bready taste that just add to the depth of the flavors.

Very well attenuated for a crisp, clean, refreshing malt profile. No distractions are needed from the strong bitterness that hit all parts of the tongue and throat, chasing the beer from nose to finish. A dryness ultimately takes the beer and leads to a resiny, citrusy finish.

This is a fantastic hop-dominant beer that showcase the Simcoe hops very well. A pleasure to drink. Maybe the best I've experienced at any Rock Bottom! Hat's off to the brewing staff.

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Photo of duobob
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of Donkster46
3.21/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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