Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery

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4.05 | pDev: 10.86%
Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery
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DesMoinesMike from Iowa

4.53/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Upon receiving a new certification for the insurance industry I decided to celebrate by heading to my local brewpub and grab a pint of fine Iowa micro beer. With the ABV limit lifted this year I almost feel obligated to try their new high-proof brew which I found quite appealing.

It was cloudy brown/orange with a nose that was subdued hops and a bit of citrus. When I took a swig and let it settle I was blown away by the mix of hops on the front of the tongue with sweetness towards the back. The body is surprisingly heavy with the amount of hops used, and is smooth enjoyable. It's like the hop flavor is heavy instead of intense. Very interesting. Give it a shot.

Sep 30, 2010
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BuckeyeNation from Iowa

4.42/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sunny Sunkist orange that became lemon yellow at the tapering bottom of the stemmed glass. Bright backlighting really made this brew shine. A thin slice of khaki colored bubbles was atop the beer on presentation, then faded in minutes. A broken film stuck around for the duration, as did small spatters of smeary suds.

The nose was an explosion of lovely lupulins that was made even better by the chosen hops. Sterling and Bravo (bittering); Ahtanum and Simcoe (flavor); Ahtanum, Simcoe, Chinook and Saphir (dry-hopping). The result was a tropical fruity treat that included pineapple, mandarin orange and pink grapefruit.

It was refreshing to drink a Double IPA that wasn't a malt-intensive American barleywine in disguise. Apex smelled and tasted and drank like a 1.25x malty and 1.75x hoppy IPA, which is right in my wheelhouse. Beautifully buried alcohol was... well... beautiful.

Flavor followed aroma (see the above paragraph for specifics), with more grapefruit and orange than pineapple and mango. Casting Simcoe as the star of the show is *always* a good move. Hints of caramel malt in a predominately pale malt base struck just the right note.

This big ale was not a taste bud shredder, but the alpha acids did accumulate and kept the tongue scrubbed clean. The mouthfeel was more slippery, smooth and gentle than sticky, gooey and sparkly.

Apex (and Acme and Apogee) means at the highest point. Apex DIPA is not the apex of what wdmrock has brewed over the years, but isn't very far down the slope. I continue to thank my lucky stars that the alcohol laws in Iowa were changed so that beer like this can exist... and then cease to exist as it meets its fate in glorious fashion in my gullet.

Sep 06, 2010
Apex DIPA from Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery
Beer rating: 4.05 out of 5 with 4 ratings