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Hop Bomb Double IPA | Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery

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Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery
United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by SacoDeToro on 03-02-2007

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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On tap at the Rock Bottom in DT Long Beeotch.

The beer poured a super hazy light amber color with no head. In fact, this beer was as cloudy as a German hefe.

The aroma of the beer had some nice citrus and resiny hops, but it wasn't any kind of bursting aroma as I've come to expect from double IPAs on the west coast.

The flavor of the beer had a nice hoppiness to it with some crisp biscuity malts to back things up. The hop level of the beer seemed rather low for a double IPA. There were faint hints of caramel in the malt as well. For a beer that's listed at being 10%, this tastes amazingly light; airy in fact. The brewer must have gone a little nuts on the adjunct sugar additions.

The mouthfeel was too thin for a double. Don't get me wrong, I love a good west coast double because they're so drinkable and crisp, but I prefer a little more maltiness, such as in RR Pliny the Elder and Green Flash's Imperial IPA to name two. The carbonation seemed fine, but at this point I've lost interest in the beer.

This beer is proof that brewing an exceptional double IPA takes as much skill as brewing any other style well. It's not a simple matter of upping the hops to exponential levels. There's a lot of prime examples of the style here in California, but this one fell seriously short of the mark.

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Hop Bomb Double IPA from Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery
Beer rating: 3.32 out of 5 with 3 ratings
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