notalush (5716) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 14, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber - typical hoppy American red ale, but a decently constructed one, I suppose - malts are toasty and sweet (caramel, pumpernickel, some raisin) - some acidity through the middle braces for the earthy, woody hops and bitterness that follows - finish is a little watery - it’s good for what it is, but I can walk into plenty of brewpubs across the country and get pretty much the same beer.
matt7215 (2278) - Cambridge, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 5, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
a nice blend of malt and hops. a well made beer but nothing special. it would be a nice winter drinker but not worth the price of a bomber.
Iphonephan (6042) - McLean/Jackson Hole, Virginia, USA - APR 20, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
From a 22 oz bottle shared at home on Easter Sunday. Pours a clear dark amber with an ecru head. Crisp mildly hoppy nose, Flavors of blood oranges and some pine resin. Medium bodied. Moderate carbonation. Clean finish.
BeerBeCue (103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 13, 2014
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber poured into tulip. This one didn’t start too well because the cap was so tight that when it finally popped open the bottle slipped and almost fell on the ground...and started gushing. Oh well. That incident aside, let’s now move on...! Pours a nice uhm, well, bloody brown/red with a substantial head which leaves heavy lacing on the glass. Aroma is of dried prunes, tangled with grassy hops and a strong caramel/toffee malt backbone. There’s also some strange, but ok subdued citrusy aromas in the background. I do have to say that the bottle was picked up last August, so that beer must have been brewed around December 2012...some aromas ought to have evolved. Taste is rather sugary, with the herbal hoppy bitterness balancing it off nicely. Mouthfeel is really nice; it has this slick texture that is usually found in higher abv brews. Carbo is a bit over average. Aftertaste is medium bitter, with a bit of acidity, which might be due to the ale’s age. Overall, a pretty good red ale. I would not say memorable, but still really nicely built.
arnold931 (1263) - Iowa, USA - APR 4, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle thanks to my sister in San Diego. Pours brownish red with a tan head. Nose is caramel and dried fruit. Very hoppy.
vtafro (6553) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - APR 2, 2014
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle, thanks Ryan, as you drain pour it? Red brown pour with tan head. Some reminisce of hop aromas, with a stronger malt backbone. Flavor has some spice and earthy tones but most of the hop richness has faded. Hoping this is last years bottle....
superspak (4572) - Michigan, USA - MAR 29, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 12/24/2013. Pours fairly crystal clear dark red color with a 2 finger dense khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big grapefruit, tangerine, lemon zest, orange peel, pineapple, citrus rind, caramel, toast, toffee, floral, grass, light pine, and floral/toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good complexity of citrus hops with moderate malt balance; and good strength. Taste of grapefruit, tangerine, lemon zest, orange peel, pineapple, citrus rind, caramel, toast, toffee, floral, grass, light pine, and floral/toasted earthiness. Light amount of floral/pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, orange/lemon zest, pineapple, citrus rind, caramel, toast, toffee, and floral/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity of bright citrus/floral hops with moderate caramel/toast malt sweetness; with a great malt/hop balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with smooth, crisp, and lightly creamy/sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent amber ale. All around great balance and complexity of citrus/floral hop and dark/toasted malt flavors; and very smooth to drink. A very enjoyable offering.
DedicatedToFun (4000) - Santa Monica, California, USA - MAR 20, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
I wasn’t a huge fan of this beer. i love alesmith but this one was not for me.
tectactoe (3125) - Michigan, USA - MAR 17, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle: Thanks, Kevin! Dark copper-ish, brown-ish body with a gray & beige tinted, fading head that quickly transcends to a chunky, lasting collar. Aroma is full of lightly dank, weedy hops, somewhat floral grassy with a malty, caramel-like underbite from the malt, creating an all around bittersweet nose. Light bitter citrus peel notes with toasty, caramel & toffee malt balance. Tastes like a red ale should taste with a backbone of solid caramel, toffee, & toasted bread, followed up quickly by a big dose of pine, dank hops, weeds, wet hop oil, light grapefruit & orange peel, & a slightly dry, sticky, weedy finish. A touch of abrasiveness on the mouth feel... All around, a nice red ale, though the heavy malt body might make it drink a little "heavier" than the ABV would indicate.
Westmeister (2129) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 16, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
HMOG 2014. Superb hoppy amber. Big citrus and floral hops, but there is still the known malty amber base in the background. I was actually quite proud of myself after 35 pours to make this distinction verbally to jrob21. Good stuff.