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RATINGS: 37   MEAN: 3.85/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.7   EST. CALORIES: 219   ABV: 7.3%
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Warning: This beer is hoppy!
It has 10 different hops and over 3 pounds of hops per barrel! It has a big citrus aroma and is unfiltered, and therefore cloudy, to keep all the hop goodness in there. A deep garnet-red comes from the British crystal malt. My parents always wanted me to have a plan B in case the brewing career didn’t work out. So here is my Plan B, Mom and Dad. It has 10 different hops and over 3 ponds of hops per barrel! It has a big citrus aroma and is unfiltered, and therefore cloudy, to keep all the hop goodness in there. A deep garnet-red comes from the British crystal malt. My parents always wanted me to have a plan B in case the brewing career didn’t work out. So here is my Plan B, Mom and Dad.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
UPDATED: JUL 18, 2009
Date: January 17, 2007
Mode: Firkin
Source: Brewpub
Appearance: orange, frothy beige head
Aroma: fresh hop aroma with sweet citrus and a small grassy note
Flavor: sweet caramel malt flavor, well balanced with plenty of hops, nice long bitter finish

Date: January 25, 2007
Mode: firkin
Score: 3.4 to 3.6
huge hop flavor well balanced by lots of sweet caramel malt,

Date: January 25, 2007
Mode: draft
creamy body, very balanced with a creamy sweet caramel and lots of hop flavor and low bitterness, the cask is a bit sharper where the draft smothes the edges

Date: January 27, 2007
Mode: cask ale fest
Aroma: earthy and slightly funky yeast aroma
Flavor: lots of hop flavor and low but lasting bitterness, very earthy, the least favorite of the dry hopped firkin series

Date: January 28, 2007
Mode: draft
very creamy body, pick up some nice orange sweetness in the flavor,

Date: March 08, 2007
Mode: cask
Vintage: batch 2
Appearance: opaque orange, frothy dirty white head
Aroma: grassy aroma with a slight sulpher edge
Flavor: rich caramal flavor with a strong fresh bread yeast note, well balanced with plenty of hop flavor and a lasting bitterness, mostly dry but with a nice bit of caramel sweetness that comes out mid palate

Date: March 18, 2007
Mode: draft
Vintage: batch 2
Aroma: huge complex hop aroma, very creamy, lots of fruity character
Flavor: plenty of hop flavor in balance with the fruity sweetness, light lasting bitterness

Date: March 22, 2007
Mode: draft
Appearance: lasting creamy head produces solid lace
Flavor: picking up lots more sweet grapefruit in the aroma and flavor, quickly becomming my favorite IPA

Date: May 31, 2007
Mode: draft
Score: 3.8 to 4.1
Appearance: gets better and better
Flavor: aroma and flavor gets bigger but stays well balanced

Date: October 25, 2007
Mode: draft
Source: brewpub
picking up some sweet mint character in the flavor,

Name: Hop Bomb Express
Date: November 08, 2007
Mode: Firkin
Source: Brewpub
Appearance: opaque burnt orange, frothy beige head, thick layers of lace
Aroma: huge fresh hop aroma backed by dark caramel malt
Body: creamy body
Flavor: huge dark caramel flavor, good caramelized sweetness, tons of hop flavor comes in to blend with the caramel rather than balance it, wonderful mix of citrus and tangerine hops with a touch of pine sap, nice light bitter finish

Name: Hop Bomb Express
Date: August 14, 2008
Mode: cask
Source: brewpub
Aroma: sweet caramel and crystal malt aroma, lots of fruity hops with a light earthyness
Flavor: lots of fruity flavor from both the malt and the hops, tangerine and orange dominate, fruityness melds into citrus, light balancing bitterness
Overall: Hop Bomb Express remains the bomb

Date: September 04, 2008
Mode: draft
Source: brewpub
Vintage: batch 3
Appearance: cloudy burnt orange, lasting frothy dirty white head, lots of lace
Aroma: huge sweet crystal and citrus aroma
Body: creamy body
Flavor: sweet crystal and caramel flavor, lots of balancing citrus, big grapefruit
Overall: the perfect ipa

Name: Hop Bomb Express
Date: May 07, 2009
Mode: cask
Source: brewpub
Score: 3.8
Words: no randall
Appearance: muddy burnt orange, frothy beige head, sudsy lace
Aroma: huge fresh hop aroma backed by sweet caramel malt, lots of citrus, nice fruity orange
Body: creamy body
Flavor: rich and sweet fruity flavor, sweet orange, lots of hops, well balanced bitterness with a long bitter finish
Overall: more bitterness this time around which detracts a bit from the fruity sweetness

Name: Hop Bomb Express
Date: May 14, 2009
Mode: cask
Source: brewpub
the Sperry brings back the fruity sweetness in the aroma and flavor, still plenty of the bitterness in the flavor but better balanced this week,

Aroma: 8/10; Appearance: 8/10; Flavor: 9/10; Palate: 8/10; Overall: 18/20
Rating: 4.3/5.0
Drinkability: 10/10
Score: ***4

Date: May 28, 2009
Mode: draft
Source: brewpub
I think these days that the straight draft version beats all of the crazy casks, sweet and fruity citrus delight,

Aroma: 8/10; Appearance: 8/10; Flavor: 8/10; Palate: 8/10; Overall: 17/20
Rating: 4.1/5.0
Drinkability: 8/10
Score: ***+/4

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
jcp23 (52) - Duluth, Georgia, USA - MAY 11, 2007
A religious experience. Pretty much the perfect beer IMHO. You don’t smell this beer, it smells you. Hop aroma leaps out of the glass into your nostrils, and the party commences. This beer is so good, it makes me want to play hopscotch. Fresh hop nirvana. Intensely, acutely, overtly, fragrantly, opulently hoppy. This is the Chronic! Thick, lush, abundant lacing on the glass. Big, bodacious, frothy white head. Beauteous opaque gold-n-garnet color. Flavor makes me want to get up and dance. So good, it can only be done adjective justice by the inspiration and creation of a new word - "ludicrious". You can put Plan B on my headstone, ’cause I wanna take this stuff with me to my grave. From there, on to Heaven and Plan A. Thank you, Crawford!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SpringsLicker (3164) - Tennessee, USA - MAY 1, 2007
Draught at the brewpub. Pours coppery gold with just a touch of haze under a firm, tight, head of white. Citrusy flowery hop aroma. Well balanced, with a nice mix of drying hop bitterness and subtle malt. Nice long dry finish.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
CaptainCougar (7132) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - APR 23, 2007
UPDATED: AUG 19, 2007 Rated as Hop Bomb express in late May on cask and dry-hopped: Pours a slightly hazy copper orange with an airy well-lacing white head. Aroma of big, fresh, grapefruity piny hops and soft caramel malt. Body starts fairly full and toasty malty sweet with a hint of toffee and big citrusy flavor hop balance toward a smooth, bittersweet finish.

On cask at the grand opening 1/19/07: Pours a transparent copper bronze with a large, frothy-lacing off-white head. Aroma of sweet pale malt with good fresh grapefruity hoppy notes. Body starts with pleasant biscuity malty sweetness balanced with bittering hops toward a fresh, bittersweet finish. A good IPA.

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
unclemattie (4250) - Georgia, USA - FEB 11, 2007
Opaque amber color, with a thin white head. Great lacing. Small citrus aroma. Major bite, huge hop (piney) bitterness. Long lasting IPA finish... just the way it should be.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
shp555 (2024) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - FEB 10, 2007
Pours a hazy dark amber color with a white head. Nice malty caramel aroma with lots of bitter citrus hops. Flavor is nice caramel maltly with long bitter hop finish.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - FEB 5, 2007
Cask: Hazy deep amber color with a medium sized frothy head. Big fresh citrus and some dirty hop aroma. Nice caramel malt base. The flavor is a mix of big citrus and caramel mlat. Large dry bitter finish goes on for a long time. Typical cask mouthfeel.


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