0o9i (439) - Reno, Nevada, USA - JUN 12, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAY 3, 2009 Bomber from 2007. A beer doesnít look better than this. Clear, reddish amber body topped with a big, creamy head, tenacious, coats the glass. Aroma of honey, flowers, peach, citrus. Medium-full body with nice, solid carbonation and a dry finish. Honeyed malts, sugar, floral, apricot, rye, grapefruit rind, sugary-bitter finish, a touch of roasted malt. Big hops, very nice bottle. I actually prefer the bottle to the stuff on tap because the flavor is rounded out a little better.
Bottled. Huge aged ivory head, lumpy, tons of haphazard lace. Slight haze from small particles, reddish amber color; oh, and LOTS of lace. Body is medium with almost no carbonations; mouthwatering and lightly dry. Aroma of yeast, rye, honey, floral, honeycomb and roasted malt. Mmm... Flavor of rye, hops, yeast, sour and bitter with citrus and pine and lots of honey malts. A burnt rye finish with a touch of alcohol. Not terribly exciting, but I really enjoy the rye flavor and aroma. Enjoyable, balanced and all around a nice beer.
valejo (81) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - JUN 11, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Good taste and balance. The lacing was perfect, for whatever thatís worth. Deep red color. My one complaint is that the hops were a little muddled. Anyway, good beer.
johnyvt (158) - West Hollywood, California, USA - JUN 11, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a nice brownish-red with a big had head that lasts awhile. Nice lacing in the glass. Aroma is rye and piney hops. Taste has a stoing caramel malt profile nicely mixed with hops. Finish is very sweet. A bit too sweet, i thought. Not so much an IPA than an ESB kind of taste with a unique rye taste.
Mangino (1027) - Mississippi, USA - JUN 9, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a medium brown, small offwhite head with nice lacing. Aroma is piney and sweet. Flavor is lots of piney hops, balanced with the rye. The caramel/sweeter malt comes out nicely to balance. Overall very drinkable and nicely made! Thanks to Crosling for this one.
blankboy (7268) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 6, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: SEP 19, 2005 Bottle shared with HogTownHarry at Bar Volo. Pours a clear, slightly fizzy, reddish orange with a large frothy white head. Looks great. Aroma is moderately hoppy mixed with some citrus and rye. The taste is an interesting combination of hops and rye -- it works very well! A great tasting, well balanced IPA.
csbosox (1229) - Prairie Village, Kansas, USA - JUN 4, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks Odeed! 22oz bottle served at 44į in my NB worthy glass. Pours really dark red, almost brown, with a khaki colored head. Plenty of lacing and foam dots. Aroma is hoppy with floral and perfume notes. I get some of the earthy rye aroma. The initial flavor is malty, but earthy and spicy as well before the floral hops take over a bit. The rye and hops have complimentary flavors and it seems like both have a somewhat earthy flavor. The finish is moderately bitter with a nice hops flavor. This a very nice beer. Nice body.
hayduke (4947) - Eureka, California, USA - JUN 3, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 24, 2006 22 oz bottle. Pours amber with a nice tan head. Hops smack you in nose. Hint of fruit. Rye subtle. What sets this apart is great balance. I am an IPA fan, and this ranks with the very best. I would put it on a par with Arrogant Bastard amd Moylans Hopsicle. And it is close enough to me in Northern California that I can almost claim it as a "localí beer. This is a real winner.
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUN 1, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pour is amber with a big tan dense head...smell is hops, with grapefruit and pine bigtime...sweet citrus flavors up front followed by a bitterness with something vegetable in it...quite nice...
JK (5808) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - JUN 1, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma is complex with powerful, earthy hops up front. Very light citrus, grass, and pine. Dark bronze color. Head is initially very large, and leavs a thick lace on the glass as it settles, with considerable foam remaining on top of the beer. Flavor is hops again, some mint and other herbs, candy sweetness, and an herbal dryness.
Zeswaft (1671) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 1, 2005
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: APR 24, 2008 Wow, this is a great brew. To be honest, my friend ordered an Alpha King and I got this and we couldnít tell the difference. In my opinion that is not a bad comparison. This beer was a little darker, deeper ruby. Huge citrus hop aroma and flavor. Medium head. Sweet maltiness but hops dominate. Outstanding. RERATE...Iíve had two of these bombers in the last 5 days. I think the first one was somewhat stale. More malt, spicy rye apparent, and kind of musty. Second bottle right now is awesome and must be fresh. Huge citrus hops. RERERATE. This is one of the best strong IPAís Iíve ever had. I really donít think itís a IIPA and itís more robust than an IPA. It has the healthy malt sweetness of a IPA but the hop punch of a IIPA. Iím glad the alcohol is only 8% because i think a lot of IIPAís get overwhelmed with alcohol.