Hoppy Halleeday
Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery

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IPA - American
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4.5 | pDev: 0%
Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery
United States
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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap @ the King of Prussia Rock Bottom (King of Prussia, PA) on 12/31/10. Served in an oversized mug. The board described this as an unfiltered American IPA brewed with Centennial hops. Named for the best Christmas present a Phillies fan could hope for. A 1-2 punch of ace pitchers Roy Halladay & Cliff Lee.

Pours a slightly hazed copper, with finger of thick bright-white foamy head. This retains with some creamy bunching on the sides and an even creamier looking flare-up which leaves back lacing that hangs on the sides of the glass in sticky clumps. The aroma is floral and spicy upon first whiff, with fruit character that is parts sweet and tropical smelling but also more bitter with grapefruit flavors. Light resins and citrus peel add some extra sharpness to this while malty notes of caramel and bread give this some sweet balancing heft across the back of the nose.

The taste has a crisp bitter bite to it that lays fresh and juicy grapefruit and pine resins down on the tongue. This is very nicely balanced by an equally robust blast of tropical fruit (orange and mango are really coming out to me) and a malt backbone of caramel and bread. Just a lot of rich stickiness to the profile here, with malt and fruit just coating the back of the throat after each sip, while rind, spice, and pine all linger in the finish and give this a satisfying hoppy finale. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with sharpness to the carbonation that prickles the mouth yet this is also very creamy and slick on the edges as well and really helps bring out all of that syrupy sweetness. That 8% ABV is just beautifully hidden here, with no alcohol pickups in the taste or body whatsoever and is coming off as quite crisp and refreshing for the size.

They do some really solid IPAs at this location (I mean just the Prussia's Pride house IPA alone is terrific) but this just might be my favorite hoppy offerings from them yet. That lush combo of sweet fruit (especially those oranges!), malt, and then the assertive bitterness of the hops just won me over in a big way. This is just one of those IPAs that will put a big smile on your face. Just all around delicious stuff!

Jan 03, 2011
Hoppy Halleeday from Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery
Beer rating: 4.5 out of 5 with 1 ratings