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Rock Bottom Chicago American Dream IPA - Shimkos Simcoes

Rock Bottom Chicago American Dream IPA - Shimkos Simcoes
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RATINGS: 15   MEAN: 3.73/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.63/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
Tapped to celebrate summer and to pair with our special ’Backyard BBQ’ menu available for a limited time, this big, malty and extremely hoppy India Pale ale was reciped and brewed by our Brewer Apprentice Bryan Shimkos. He used six different malts and 65 pounds of Simcoe and Willamette hops to create a brew the color of a sunset with the flavor of fresh Mangoes. HOP HEADS UNITE!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sstackho (249) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 17, 2008
On tap at Rock Bottom Chicago (obviously). Pours a cloudy medium gold. Good lacing. Good fresh hop aroma, though not great for draft. Nicely hopped throughout. Nice lingering bitter aftertaste. Full, but not over the top. Solid American IPA, if a bit straight-forward.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
sersdf (1020) - chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 24, 2008
draft at RB chicago. tall 20oz glass, hazy peach yellow body. smell is pretty much pure simcoe hops, flavor, sadly, was so straight-up-hops that it lacked balance. super dry, zero malt at all. tons of hops, nicely, of course. mangoes? sure, why not.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kyzr (1381) - Montana, USA - MAY 23, 2008
Thick gold pour with nice head. Big hoppy nose of citrus, pineapple and mango. Flavor was all simcoe up front with enough malt to make it work. I really enjoyed it all the fruit that came through in the taste. I made a second trip here just for another one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
brewandbbq (269) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 20, 2008
Pours cloudy golden with a half-inch head of medium duration. Moderate lacework followed. Aromatics are an almost pungent blend of grapefruit, cracked garlic, cut grass, and orange pith. Medium bodied and crisp. Bone dry and quenching. Light malt and heavy-handed hopping lead off the pallet. Loads of drying grapefruit zest, pine dew, orange oil, and an almost lemony zip. Finishes with a firm, drying bitterness, lingering citrus, and mild alcohol. What a great beer for a Rock Bottom to put out. Now I know why people speak so highly of the Chicago location. Only $9.00 for the growler, including the glass!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
pintsize (1042) - Austin, Texas, USA - MAY 4, 2008
4-23-08 tap
Nice thick murky orange pour. Smell is big peaches and candy but not overdone. It has a nice hop presence in the flavor that is appreciated. Palate is good. My favorite brew I have tried at Rock Bottom, without a doubt.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
drewbeerme (3917) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 29, 2008
UPDATED: MAY 1, 2008 on tap at RB chicago. pours hazy light golden with white creamy head. a huge mango hop aroma with some citrus, pine, and earth. flavors are grassy, mango, citrus, earthy, while a very bitter piney resiny hop flavor coats the palate and sticks for a long time. med body with average carbonation. not much of a malt base here making this a bit one dimensional but this is still tasty.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
lb4lb (2587) - Austin, Texas, USA - APR 28, 2008
Pours cloudy orange to yellowish and is unfiltered and rich looking. Smell is really nice and a good departure from their regular offerings. Aromas of tropical fruitiness, peaches, and earthy hops. Taste is of light malt backing up nicely bittered tropical fruity, flavorful hops. Definitely worth a try and one of their top beers we had.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - APR 25, 2008
Unfiltered gold/yellow with a sticky white head. Aroma is sweet hard candy and piney hops. Dry with amwdium amount of hoppiness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - APR 19, 2008
Pour is hazed deep golden with a thick sticky off white head...aesome simcoe nose...grassy pine and grapefruit....strongly bitter flavor with tons of pine and citrus...I love simcoe...

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - APR 14, 2008
Growler courtesy of hombrepalo. Pours a hazy amber with a rocky white head. Smells of oranges, sage, lots of trademark piney simcoe greatness, hints of sweet malt. Tastes of oranges, hints of bitterness, lots of rosemary and sage, lots of dry malt. Mouthfeel is full bodied. Finish yields some decent orangey hints and lasting mellow bitterness. Excellent!

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