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RATINGS: 379   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 107   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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100 IBUs
Bottled Version: 107 IBUs, 10%

Prepare to walk the plank to an Ale of overwhelming proportions. More hops & more malts than any land lubber can handle. After this experience...your tongue will be buckled. The I.B.U.ís (International Bitterness Units) are off the scale on this ale. Be forewarned, those with a timid palate, this is not a wee beer! Handcrafted in small batches for those sailing the seas in search of great ales.


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
daleharshman (883) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 11, 2010
Bomber purchased at the brewery in Scripps Ranch ($7.99) right after being bottled. Pours a clear deep dark red, leaning toward brown (like dark iced tea). The almost three fingers of fluffy off-white head has great retention. With 100+ IBUís, it is not surprising that the aroma is heavy with hops -- citrus and pine abound. The flavor is of course very hoppy as well. Itís bitter but not as punishing as the name or the IBUís might lead you to believe. Iím liking the real freshness of the flavor/hops, but feel that it could use a bit more balance. Lingering bitterness in the finish and the 10% ABV is well concealed. A very good "imperial red" or "American strong ale" or whatever this is. (129, 248)

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - FEB 23, 2010
Bottle sampled on 7/3/09: Pours a transparent copper amber with a thin wispy-lacing off-white head. Aroma of fresh resiny grapefruity hops and some sweet caramely malt. Starts with a good fullness and caramely sweetness before a fresh resiny grapefruity hoppy balance and a crisp bittersweet finish. A nice imperial red ale.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
HOPSHUNTER (742) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JAN 23, 2010
Bottle at Tampa tasting. Medium, clear amber body with a tall, dense beige head. Nose is resinous, earthy hops, citrus, caramel, light bread and mild spice. Medium body with a sticky mouth feel. Flavor is seet caramel, pine, citrus, a little wood, and more mild spice like clove. Finishes mostly dry with medium hops bitterness and a hit of alcohol.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jcr (2165) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - JAN 9, 2010
Bomber. Clear, amber body with ruby highlights. Off-white, approaching tan, head, mostly lasting. Malty aroma of caramel, fruit juices, flowers, toasted grain, pine and peaches. The flavor is moderately sweet and moderately to heavily bitter. It finishes lightly to moderately sweet and heavily bitter, a bitterness that lingers a long time. Hot alcohol in the finish. Medium body, smooth texture and moderate carbonation. Despite the malty aroma, the flavor is all hops and alcohol. In fact, the alcohol burns away any hop flavors leaving just bitterness. No subtleties in this beer and, judging by the name of the beer, none are meant to be here. But that doesnít necessarily make it enjoyable.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ughsmash (7092) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 29, 2009
Bomber. Poured clear garnety-amber with a creamy, well-retained cap of beige head. The aroma picked up redder fruits and semi-sweet caramel absolutely driven by peppery alcohol and floral bitterness.. aggressive the whole way through with a serious lack of subtlety.. the fruits were quite juicy on the back. The flavor had fruit and berry sweetness at the core, using caramel as a little more of a backbone.. bitterness and alcohol were sharp and agressive on the edges (black pepper and fruit skins for the most part).. finished quite warm with lots of residual fruity sugars. Medium-bodied and scratchy on the palate with low-moderate carbonation.. very bitter and boozy.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
gkost (1711) - Tampa, Florida, USA - NOV 18, 2009
Poured amber. Nose was oxidation, citrus, pine, sweet fruits and toffee. Flavor was sharp biter pine, cardboard, fruity esters, caramel malts. FInishes a bit abrasive with harsh bitterness. This bottle was past itís prime and Iíd love to try it fresh. There was some good potential, but too much of the beer had gone wayside.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
after4ever (6062) - Brier, Washington, USA - OCT 17, 2009
22. thanks, riverside! capped and waxed. pours a crystal clear dark brown with ruby highlights. thick creamy tan head with dense sheets of lace. big hoppy peachy nose, plenty of toasty malt in there as well. creamy medium body. toasty, roasty, peachy, delicious mid palate. long resiny peachy mid palate.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
bvc (1146) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - OCT 17, 2009
22oz bottle shared by riversideAK, thanks man! Amber brown with a bit o white head. Dusty, peach, pine and call me crazy but I get some light smoke. Kind of sweet with dusty fruit and then bitterness. Alcohol warming on the way down. Woul like to try this again sometime...but fresh.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
golubj (1377) - San Mateo, California, USA - SEP 16, 2009
Bottle, thanks to alexanderj. Deep copper with a very small amount of beige head. Aroma is intense fruity malt like a barleywine, some peppery alcohol, and toffee / vanilla. Flavor is the same, rich, with a good amount of grassy and resinous hops in the background. Maybe the freshness of the hops have worn off a bit at this point.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
LooseCannon (938) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - SEP 15, 2009
Bottle courtesy of GandGKevin at Immyís Backyard Throwdown. Pours clear copper in color with tan head. Aroma hoppy, spicy and malty. Taste hops and sweet citrus with bitter finish.


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