Penn's Curse Amber
Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery

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American Amber / Red Ale
Ranked #523
Ranked #32,433
3.67 | pDev: 10.35%
Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery
United States
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Reviews: 10 | Ratings: 14
Photo of Rifugium
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Usually my beer of choice when I visit Rock Bottom, especially if the rotating beers do not pull me in.

Pours a nice clear amber color with a nice, small, off-white head. Pleasant, malty aroma, caramel, nutty, with sweet almost floral notes. Similar taste: nice toasty malts, nuts, almonds, caramel...very simple but very good. Medium mouthfeel, easily drinkable, and a good companion to almost everything on the menu. This is probably my favorite amber ale.

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Photo of rfgetz
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice dark chestnut color, decent off white head. Smell is of carmel malts with a resiny hop presence. Taste follows scent with strong carmel malts a bitter resiny hops, slightly buttery taste on the back end. Medium bodied, light carbonation, slightly syrupy feel. Decent asmber ale with a strong carmel and resiny hop presence, nothing to special.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.86/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I couldn't decide what to order on my last visit. The pumpkin ale was on and I just wasn't in the mood. While I was deciding customers at two other tables ordered the Penn's Curse so I decided to give it a try. I was expecting a fairly basic amber ale that would be very palatable and mainstream - and in a way that's exactly what it is - but I found it fuller than I'd expected, and more solidly flavored. Beyond that there's not much more I can say. It had great head retention, and a clear chestnut-colored body. The aroma was limited to notes of dark caramel. The flavor was also focused on caramel, with a touch of graininess, and some very moderate backing hops. The bitterness was median, and it was well-balanced. Overall, it's a well-made, solid amber that won't disappoint.

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Photo of Biscuit033
4.03/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Amber color with a very light tan head with good retension and great lacing.

S: Caramel and some roasted malt flavors and strong pine nad earth hop flavors with a biut of flower notes.

T: Smoky, caramel, butter, and earth flavors. There is good balance with the hops and malts.

M: Medium body with a smooth feel and a lingering finish.

D: This is an eay sesion beer and a good beer to introduce to people who are new to good beer.

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Photo of TheDeuce
2.73/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Penn's Curse Amber, on tap at Rock Bottom

Appearance-dark red, lacy sticky head in the pint glass, carbonation sort of lacking but it still looks fine.

Smell-malt creeps up, some hops and alcohol, not much else.

Taste/Mouthfeel- ok taste, flush of caramel throughout that sort of threw me off, taste going down in a little rash, wasn't terrible but just different. Caramel overpowers everything, hops are there and is the alcohol but again it isn't prominent. Still drinkable.

Drinkability-not that much alcohol, other than the odd flavor I got its still fine to session and drink with.

Overall-I credit them for trying something different, but the flavors didn't entirely go together here. Not a terrible beer, but not the best amber I've had.

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Photo of treehugger02010
3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this at the Rock Bottom Restaurant and Brewery in King of Prussia, Pa.
Appearance: Dark amber coloered body with a light tan head, decent sized with fair retention and lots of laceing.
Smell: Sweet carmal and nut malt aromas.
Taste: Sweet generic malt tastes.
Mouthfeel: Oddly crisp, and not very normal.
Drinkability: Great, outside of the mouthfeel.
Don't drink and review.

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Photo of tgbljb
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served as a medium amber colored beer with modest white puffy head.
Smell is very light with subtle notes of caramel.
Taste in also significant for caramel with a light fruity sweetness.
Finishes very thirst quenching with pleasant taste retention.
A nice easy drinking beer, but nothing great.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
3.38/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Rock Bottom- Penn's Curse Amber

Appearance- Dark brownish red with a small creamy head.
Smell- Strong grainy bread malt. Earthy dirty hops.
Taste- Multigrain bread. Lotsa earthen notes. oak, leaves, and malt.
Mouthfeel- Big chewy flavors. Dry finish.

Overall- A mild beer. Easy to drink. An early session drinking beer. I would have this one bat 2nd or 3rd.

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Photo of maddogruss
3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Overall, very good beer. Appearance was a very nice amber color, however not too much head. Smelled fantastic, tasted great (more like a lager than an ale, though. Reminded me of Sam Adams lager). Felt very pleasing to the palette and tasted very good.

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Photo of GeoffFromSJ
4.03/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow, this was pretty darn good. Very darn good. Looks like this one is a new year-round beer.

Very deep caramel flavors with a nice undertone of hops. Quite good. 4.25 if I had more discrete points. A solid amber.

Full mouthfeel, and I've had my share of watery mouthfeel here over the years. Drinkable? Very much so.

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Penn's Curse Amber from Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery
Beer rating: 82 out of 100 with 14 ratings