Pale Ale
Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery

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Pale Ale - American
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4.1 | pDev: 11.71%
Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery
United States
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womencantsail from California

3.46/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Rock Bottom Long Beach. Labeled as "Pine Ave. Pale Ale".

A: The pour is a clear, golden amber color with a finger of white head.

S: Sort of on the sweet side with only a mild hop profile on the nose. Sweet and bready for the most part with a touch of cracker. What hop notes are there seem to be mostly floral with a bit of citrus peel.

T: Only a mild to moderate (at best) bitterness. Earthy and floral hops are there with just a bit of citrus (mostly oranges). Bready malts with a little bit of sweetness.

M: Medium in body with medium carbonation to go with it.

O: Not all that great of a pale ale. Not really malty, but not really that hoppy either.

Apr 09, 2011
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chaz01 from Ohio

3.58/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had the cask conditioned version of the RB pale ale at the Rock Bottom in Cincinnati. Served in a pint glass with a nice head. Orangey -- citrus in the smell. More orange flavors in the taste -- much more orange flavors than grapefruit. Smooth and creamy, but a but thin with a dry finish. Overall an enjoyable beer.

May 01, 2010
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mwa423 from Ohio

4.79/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tasted on cask side by side with a regular pale ale at the brewpub. Night and day difference. The cask is cloudy with a thick head that dies down to a very thick lacing that sticks to the bottom of the glass.

Smell is very hoppy, entering the realm of an ipa almost, but not at all overbearing.

Taste is great, at least two different hop flavors, a sweet aftertaste. Overall a perfect example of an APA.

Mouthfeel has a small bite but enjoyable. The mouthfeel has me craving the next sip. Every time I visit this rock bottom, I ask myself my I am not here more.

Jun 12, 2009
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BEERchitect from Kentucky

4.43/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Described as the Crosley Field APA, dry-hopped with Simcoe and Cascade hops, and cask-conditioned. Served via hand-pump. One of the most delightful beers that I've had in a long time. Certainly hop forward with a strong aroma and flavor of pine, citrus, and grassiness comming from a fresh hop spiciness. Malts are soft, bready, caramelly, biscuity, but always riding the coattails of the hops. Bold, creamy body, that gives way at mid-palate for ultimate ease of drinking. Mild dryness and warmth, with a minty, piney, fresh finish. Dry-hopping adds to the haze, otherwise a firm copper hue with great head formation, retention, and supurb lacing. This beer could be drank all day long.

Aug 26, 2008
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jushoppy2beer from Tennessee

4.26/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The bartender told me that his pale ale is brewed basically from the same malt and hop ingredients as the Crosley Field Pale Ale that they also serve. The primary difference is the cask conditioning and the serving temperature. But this makes all the difference in the world; I had both brews in quick succession on the same day, starting with the Crosley, and there is no comparison, with the cask-conditioned Pale Ale winning hands down.

This is a very pretty yellowish ale with little head. It has a very pleasing and forward aroma of floral hops, but with a deeper unique fruity sweetness to give it a complex nose, which is quite rare. This leads into a surprisingly malty palate with a mildly citrusy hop highlight on the middle of the tongue. This is enhanced by an exceptionally smooth and silky mouthfeel that causes it to glide to the back of the mouth and down the throat. The finish is delightful and bitter, building into a residual bitter aftertaste that leaves you satisfied. Very drinkable for an APA, making me close my eyes and dream that I'm in an old pub in Scotland, where the cask ales tend to be more flavorful than in either America or England.

Aug 22, 2008
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francisweizen from Alaska

4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Easily the best brew at Rock Bottom. A great cask conditioned appearance with a frothy white head. The aromas are all citric hops with lovely butter/biscuity malts and some more floral hops in the mix as well. The taste is quite hoppy with a great bready flavor as well. The mouthfeel is creamy and smooth and this stuff goes down like water. The best pint I had at Rock Bottom.

Jan 22, 2004
Pale Ale from Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery
Beer rating: 4.1 out of 5 with 7 ratings