Potomac Pale Ale | Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery

5 Ratings

Brewed by:
Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery
United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Riggo on 01-08-2003

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of jSehnert
3.64/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer poured with nice head and the ligth amber color is typical. Slight malt nose, with no essence of hops - reminding me of an English pale ale such as Bass. Taste was malty upfront, followed by a great hop flavor. Bitterness was low to moderate relative to a west coast American Pale Ale.

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Photo of Rootdog316
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Definitely one of the better pale ales that I've had before. It was a caramel malt, which gave it great flavor. It definitely had some floral/piney hops in it as well. It was served in a pint glass and a very very light amberish color to it. One of the better beers at the Rock Bottom Brewery.

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

Coral-like lacing crinkled around the glass of the not-quite-clear rich amber colored liquid. Smell was muscat grape juicy malts. The taste was particularly...fresh. Sweet grains and lightly toasted biscuity graham crackers. Notes of cinnamon and caramel. A flavorful, if small, hops touch in the mouth and in the aftertaste. A very drinkable pale ale.

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Photo of ManekiNeko
3.78/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served chilled in a mug at the brewpub.

Appearance: Clear yellowish orange topped by a thick offwhite head which receded to film right quick. Thick rings of lacing were left at first, but became the occasional splotch as the mug was drained.

Smell: Caramel malts with some soft floral hoppiness undergirding everything. Seems more British in style.

Taste: An initial slap of grapefruity hops (Simcoe and Crystal per the rap sheet) giving way to caramel sweetness. Finishes with some nice hoppy bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a modest amount of carbonation. Flavor sticks around for quite some time, which is a good thing.

Drinkability: A more than passable pale ale. It kinda has an identity crisis though as the nose was British while the flavor was more American in style. I forgot to check the board to see when this particular batch was brewed, though. Quite enjoyable anyways. Would pair well with spicy foods as they suggest on the menu.

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Photo of Riggo
3.93/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled on tap at my local Rock Bottom Brewery (Arlington, VA).

A nice clear amber color and a nose of floral, piney hops. A crisp, clean taste of caramel malt, floral, piney, spicy hops. A nice, quaffable American pale ale with a clean hop quality that doesn't take too many chances but tastes fresh and is worth a try.

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Potomac Pale Ale from Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery
Beer rating: 3.75 out of 5 with 5 ratings
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