Rock Bottom Chicago Simcoe Smackdown! IPA
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RATINGS: 7   MEAN: 3.89/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.36/5   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
100% Simcoe hopped

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
arjoseph (642) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 16, 2010
On tap at brewpub. Another great IPA offering from Rock Bottom Chicago. Crowley and his crew do know how to pack in the hop flavor and aroma. Pure citrus, slightly resiny goodness on every sip and every sniff. Providing a nice baseline to the ruby red grapefruit and tangerine juiciness is a muddled but tasty blend of sliding sugars (sugar cane being the most recognizable to me). Those who like their IPAs harshly bitter best go elsewhere; this is a fruit bomb, and I love it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
thedm (5668) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - DEC 29, 2012
This draft brew from a beer festival poured a small sized head of foamy finely sized white colored bubbles that were mostly diminishing and left behind a hazy light brown colored body and a poor lacing. The mild aroma was malt hop. The crisp and clean mouth feel was very tingly at the start and at the finish. The strong flavor contained notes of hops. A decent one that I would consider buying again.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
NobleSquirrel (3439) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 23, 2009
Cask at RBC. Pours a cloudy glowing orange with frothy offwhite head. Nose is pungent with resiny, slightly catty notes. Not much malt in the nose. On taste, not super bitter and pleasantly citrusy with huge resiny notes and some spice. Some of the biscuity notes of malt prop it up. This is easily my favorite IPA that Pete has done. Excellent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
FunkyBrewster (1518) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 19, 2009
On tap at the brewpub. Pours a very cloudy light golden peach color with a rocky white head. Aroma is very citric, hop resiny with a pronounced grapefruit and pine character. Flavor is a very fresh and juicy burst of citrus and piney hop oils. Never gets overwhelmingly bitter as the citrus takes center stage and lingers through the finish. Nice creamy medium body and softer carbonation. Really fresh and zesty IPA

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
chicagodri (1683) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 14, 2009
Solid beer. Pours cloudy gold/peach color with a white head. Strong citrus aroma...a ton of grapefruit, orange. Iím glad someone pays for the Line Drive Light here, because this beer was not cheap to brew. Great flavor, grapefruit dominates. Damn fine IPA.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tmoney99 (13466) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 13, 2009
Draft sample at RB Chicago. Poured hazy amber color with an average frothy white head that lasted with good lacing. Moderate earthy and sour citrus hop aroma. Medium body with a slick texture and soft citrus. Medium to heavy bitter flavor with a medium bitter finish of moderate duration. Very good brew that I would recommend to a freind.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
drewbeerme (3916) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 6, 2009
on tap at RB chicago. the beer pours murky peach colored with white head. nose is bursting with grapefruit, orange citrus, and pine while it all continues in the flavor just a behemoth loaded with grapefruit notes and piney finish. Pete continues to impress with being extremely heavy with his hop usage in his IPAs. good work!

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