Steasy66 (962) - Minnesota, USA - JUL 24, 2012
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber into pint glass, "enjoy by 040513"
A- Deep amber, a bit cloudy, two finger lacy white head.
S- Citrus hops, sweet malt, very nice
T- Very hoppy, bitter, the hops are not citrusy like they are in the nose, quite sweet, but a strange sweetness.
M- Good consistency, a bit low on carbonation.
O- Decent beer, smells great but the taste doesnít hold up.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 06-28-2012 05:18:36
BiddleBrau (958) - Fort Washington, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 14, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Ballast Point Darker amber, slight haze and thin off-white head. Citrus and orange nose. Big and clean flavor with malt in background. Bitting but the orange character is still present. Florida Oranges perhaps? :-)
hapjydeuce (950) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 13, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Cask! On the hand pump at OíBriens. This is a fantastic double/imperial red. The appearance off the pump was a treat, big 2-finger lacy light beige head. Nice red-dark amber color. Serious aroma of sweet caramel malt and a big-ass floral hops nose. Packs a gnarly malt punch, complimented by cinnamon, nutmeg and citrus. Extremely bitter, but well balanced. This brew lives up to its name for sure. Chewy mouthfeel and the flavor can be savored for minutes after each sip. A great beer overall. I expected this brew to be rated higher, WTF?!
Hank1980 (942) - Athens, Georgia, USA - MAY 24, 2009
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber from Southbay. Poured clear red with a big off-white head. Aroma of big grapefruit & pine hops, sweet malt. Taste is really hoppy, with lots of pine, citrus, grass, and some light sweet malt. Really big and over-the-top hops. Very bitter and refreshing. Mouth is a little sticky and pretty full. Overall, a nice big IIPA/IRA (which should have its own designation). It and Terrapin BHM are some great hoppy reds. Very nice.
LooseCannon (938) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - SEP 15, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
matthewjk (934) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 8, 2012
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Well, Ballast Point offers some great stuff, and this imperial red is a good heavy hitter. Nice red ale aroma emanates from a turbid, red punch. Good imperial, but no 4 + territory for me. A bit unbalanced for a red, but the hops showcased are nice and pungent.
Sarpa (932) - FINLAND - JUL 21, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
bottle 65cl @ downtown lodge, santa rosa . dark amber, white head.. malty, nutty aroma. bitter malty flavor
daleharshman (927) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 11, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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)
GandGKevin (920) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - JUL 2, 2009
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Joey @ South Bay Drugs. Let me just start off by saying that this beer is an all out assault on the palate. Pours red with a quickly vanashing white head. Decent lacing on the glass. On the palate itís a tongue stinging mega IBU monster. Medium bodied mouthfeel. I loved it!
BucannonXC5 (910) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 10, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Glass: 0.25L glass
From: Tiger! Tiger! in North Park (San Diego), Calif.
Purchased: Jan. 5, 2014
Consumed: Jan. 5, 2014
Poured a reddish amber semi-clear color with 2-to-3 fingers of khaki white head. A good amount of spiderweb foamy lacing on the sides of the glass. Above average retention on the top.
Smelled smooth citrus notes, lemon, floral notes, grapefruit, pine and caramel.
Tasted rye hops, caramel, toffee, brown sugar, citrus notes, grapefruit and pine, all in a mellow form.
Medium body. Oily texture. Average carbonation. Long, smooth finish.
A really smooth beer and I enjoyed it very much. It was a good follow up to Bear Republicís Cafť 15.