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RATINGS: 211   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.63   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
Made with special dedication for the West Coast’s most revered beer store, North Seattle’s Bottleworks.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fredandboboflo (1570) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 22, 2009
Bomber, showed up on Long Island along with some of the other Dick’s line-up. Didn’t realize this was aged, but I gather from the recent ratings it is. The bottle also refers only to a 5c bottle deposit for Oregon as opposed to listing all states with bottle laws as on the rest of current Dick’s bottles. Lots of excess information there, but it is what it is. In any case, doesn’t actually seem too old to the senses. Aroma does have a hefty caramel and bready malt feel but also still has plenty of pine, herbal, and tropical fruit hop notes. Flavor likewise has a good deal of malty sweetness, but whatever oxidation has taken place is not particularly off-putting nor does it turn the beer overly syrupy. Still plenty of bright bitterness left with a tropical feel and even lightly resinous over syrupy. Still seems like a DIPA to me, maybe a bit muted, but still a fine drinker.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
badgerben (4651) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - SEP 16, 2009
Courtesy of... someone at Levi’s hop harvest party. 2 year aged bottle. Dark copper color with no head. Strong brown sugar aroma. Lots more sugar and sweet malts, caramel in the flavor. Hops have completely vanished. As an IIPA, it sucks; as a beer and American Strong Ale or Barley Wine, it’s pretty damn tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
trevor211 (1470) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 7, 2009
Interesting stuff. Pours a dark honey amber with a smallish head that leaves great lacing. Smells more like a barleywine than an IPA - it has a huge malt contingent to offset the hops, almost going as far as some dark fruit notes. Big flavor with lots of hops, but that malt presence is still really strong - this is seriously like a barleywine without quite the burn. Totally belies its ABV. I’m digging the deep, earthy flavor that offsets the hops - the rye works a lot better than oak to complement. Not a great brew, and it came out a little undercarbonated, but definitely worth a shot.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Skyview (5345) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - MAY 15, 2009
Picked up a 12-oz bottle at Bottleworks in Seattle back in 2007 and cellared it for two years. Pours a semi-hazy copper/amber colored brew with a thin off-white head that quickly dissipates to a thin ring. Aroma of orange and lemon zest, a hint of caramel some vanilla and a touch of mild spice. Taste is medium bodied, some powdered caramel malt flavors with light grapefruit zest and a touch of caramel. Finish is a tad more malty than hops. Some alcohol burn and a powered caramel aftertaste. Aging smoothed it out compared to the rating back in 2007.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
riversideAK (5738) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - OCT 31, 2008
Aroma is pretty malts with a good deal of caramel and pale malts. Hops come across as earthy, piney, and somewhat cheesy. Pours a hazy shade of copper with a lasting fluffy head. More maltiness in the flavor. Malty but not overly sweet notes of caramel, pale malts, and brown sugar perhaps. Decently bitter earthy and piney finish. I still get that salty bitterness that reminds me of stinky cheese. Nice smooth creamy body with medium carbonation. I know that it wasn’t stored in the most ideal conditions at room temperature on a shelf at the store, so that must have something to do with it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
cbeers21 (693) - Miami, Florida, USA - OCT 25, 2008
Nice ruby copper, fluuy fading head leaving alsting ring on the glass. Thick molassess malting caramel, dusty pine aroma. Upfront piney in-your-faceness move way for floral light flatterning notes which dance well with decent malt buoyancy

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
scrizzz (2223) - Bothell, Washington, USA - AUG 20, 2008
I bought a bottle and held onto it for a while out of fear that it wasn’t being made anymore, but since Dick’s will resume brewing I’m free to enjoy this. Clear amber, thin pale tan cottonball head. Faint earthy hop aroma. Where may IIPAs are srictly hop bombs, this one ebbs and flows as the caramel malt and aggressive hops rise and fall as they fight for attention. Chunks plopped out with audible splashes as i poured the last of the bottle in the pint glass and seemed to bring out some more of the sharp bitterness. This must have been at least 6 months old, perhaps it would not be as harmonious when fresh. I love living in the NW!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Crit (3606) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 16, 2008
Amber, thick lasting beige head, intense bead.Fresh hop/crystal malt nose.Huge body, big hop profile, but the alcohol heat is slightly unpleasant, detracting from the overall impression

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
WeeHeavySD (3361) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 5, 2008
Bomber Bikesandbeer and I bought on our road trip in January drank on the 4th of July. Pours dark orange with a two finger tan head. Nose was slightly hoppy and to me smelled like dogs but then again i had just been playing with them. Taste was bright and very front ended.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Funknmilla (729) - Wayne, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 25, 2008
Bottle...Copper body, red hues...beige foam....citrus aromas..pretty normal ....light citrus and light malt....body is creamy, but just very typical....lemon seed essences...more citrus and light malt....just average for me in this style....but very tasty...nice lacing, and a nice lasting finish

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