bhensonb (9874) - Woodland, California, USA - FEB 25, 2008
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bomber from Hi-Time. Aroma is more ESB than IPA. Seems floral. Orange gold color with a fluffy, coarse white head. Medium body with very mild carbonation. The flavor is malt, floral/herb and arguably citrus peel. A little funk, perhaps. English malt. Golding hops. Spicy, soft, woody. Maybe this is an EPA? Between the malt and the hop it does seem well balanced. Though it could be an ESB on roids. Took a bit of getting used to, but it is well worth the effort. Adventures in the mouth. Turns out to be a good ale.
Ibrew2or3 (6232) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JAN 17, 2008
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bomber pours out hazy copper Ė orange with off white head. The aroma seems somewhat Belgian like with yeasty spice mixed with lime, sour green grapes and a hint of malt sweetness. The taste starts tart with lemon, lime and under ripe grapes followed by tart grapefruit rind. A faint malt sweetness wells up at one point but doesnít do anything to stave off the citrusy bitterness. Maybe this bottle has just started to sour. If it is meant to taste like this then I really didnít care for it too much.
jcwattsrugger (10731) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JAN 15, 2008
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
22oz bottle-pours a light tan head and gold color with particles. Aroma is some hop, medium malt and a bit of off-putting apple cider. Taste is some hop, medium malt and a bit of off-putting apple cider, maybe a packaging/bottling issue. While still quite drinkable would like to try again. OK carbonation.
golubj (1377) - San Mateo, California, USA - JAN 10, 2008
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. Orange pour with gold tinge. Some citrus hops in the aroma, but some kinda spoiled / earthy english malt dominates the aroma. This same slightly nasty malt is in the flavor, along with a small amount of bittering hops.
can8ianben (1278) - Souderton, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 3, 2007
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
I ordered this at the Yardhouse the other night and drank it before it really struck me as a great beer. I guess for that reason Iíd give it a very drinkable nod, but I would not seek this one out if you want to be impressed. I remember some strong hop presence in both the flavour and nose, but a fairly watery body.
brianjames1 (539) - Northridge, California, USA - SEP 15, 2007
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
22oz bottle. Very weak IPA. Tastes more like a weak ale. Not impressed at all. Gives Los Angeles a bad name. Would try again if they were handing them out for free or if stuck at a bar where all they had on tap was bud-light.
riversideAK (5557) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - APR 1, 2007
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Obviously made in the English style. Aroma is some earth, grass, and some lemon. Beer pours a opaqe amberish color. Flavor is more of the grass and lemon. Not overly bitter at all. Relatively drinkable, but really average. I will not drink this again.
FlacoAlto (3677) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAR 13, 2007
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Sampled February 2007
Pours with a brilliantly clear, reddish copper color. It is topped by a frothy, initially two-finger thick, light tan colored head. The aroma has an interesting herbal, almost vegetal note to it. It is quite malty as well with notes of caramel, toasted biscuit notes, and chewy, almost malt extract type notes.
The beer is quite smooth up front with just a touch of malt sweetness. The finish dries out even more and has a toasted, almost roasted coffee like note to it. The beer has a solid bitterness to it that is noticeable throughout the brew. There is not a whole lot of hop flavor here; just a light herbal character is noticeable. The malt seems a bit old; notes of caramel, and toasted grain, but also a sort of aged malt character that is both dry melanoid rich. This tastes like a pale ale, though it has more malt character. This really seems a throw back to the days before the American craft brewing hop craze. Drinkable, and fairly decent, but even using English hops this could be greatly improved upon.
Pailhead (4245) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - AUG 22, 2006
1.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 5/20
Bottle: Courtesy of Styles. aroma is not IPA-like at all. Peach, grain, hint of pineapple, and some stale smelling hops. Pours a transparent amber with a small white head. Flavors of sour orange, rotten fruit, and a somewhat flowery hop finish. Everything just seems off. One of the worst IPAís Iíve ever had.
realale420 (399) - west covina, California, USA - JUL 23, 2006
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
On tap pours golden/orange with nice head retention. Light floral hop aroma. Taste is dull with not much hop flavor and no malt backbone. A one of a kind beer to say the least.