gorditoabd (606) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 15, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bomber from Bev4Less. Pours nice brown-black, clean film of white foam rests solidly on top. Aromas are roasty grain and malt, little touch of hoppiness. Taste is crazy good, nice bitter black coffee at the front, followed by classic IPA bitterness, finishing off with a cocoa sweetness and a revisitation of the initial bitterness for balance. A second sip confirms this awesomeness in a bottle. This stuff is just wow. Actually puts Stoneís sublimely self righteous to shame. Body, balance, complexity... top notch.
brokensail (9106) - Orange County, California, USA - MAY 14, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Almost black with a very dense, thick, khaki head. Really nice fruity hops to this. Lots of grapefruit and pineapple with a touch of pine. Some roast, but itís restrained and luckily not really any chocolate. Mildly sweet on the palate, but a nice pine bitterness and plenty of fresh grapefruit flavor. There is some pineapple, but itís not as intense as on the nose. A touch of roasted malt flavor to it, too.
BVery (5121) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - MAY 13, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap at Taps restaurant in Petaluma. Very dark pour with a clingy white head. Nose is grapefruit and slight spice. Full palate. Taste is citrus hop with a touch of resin and spice. Excellent.
CampesinoTino (683) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 12, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber. Pours a borderline dark brown/black color with ample light brown foam. Lots of sharp and potent grapefruit, pine resin and tropical fruit notes in the aroma with some slight roastiness in the background. The taste blends ruby red grapefruit, pineapple and vegetal hops bitterness at the start followed by some roasted malt and chocolate. Also a bit of peppery spiced grain notes from the rye. Mouthfeel is mildly creamy with moderate carbonation and a wickedly bitter, citrus heavy finish. Overall, an excellent mix of citrusy hops, roast malt and rye flavors.
cmonster (939) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 12, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber served in a tulip. Pours dark brown with a medium sized tan head. Good retention and lace. Bright rye and floral hop aromatics show immediately upon opening. Impressive. Light sweet, earthy, roasty flavor that continues on the rye train. Medium body, oily-sticky texture, and a very bitter, very roasty, very long finish. Another rock star from this outstanding brewery.
Steve_0 (1912) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 11, 2012
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Poured a pitch black with a fluffy brown head. Smell is huge pine, like a glass full of pine needles and just fresh hop juiciness. I am definitely picking up the spiciness of the rye, as well. Taste follows the smell, with huge pine up front and through the middle, with a bittersweet finish. Muouthfeel is creamy with medium carbonation. Overall, a damn good IPA with great body. Mmmmmmm.
HopHeadinAZ (179) - Arizona, USA - MAY 11, 2012
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bottle: Pours a super dark brown to almost black with a medium tan head that gives way to some nice lacing. The nose is piney with great hop freshness and some rye coming through. The taste is hoppy with some pine resin and roasty malt. The mouthfeel is well balanced, medium without being cloying. Overall this is a great beer. It is the best of the Black IPAs Iíve had and one of the best beers overall. Nice work FW!
talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAY 10, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
The beer pours a very dark brown color with a moderately full, beige, creamy, pillowy head which settles to a small, creamy layer and leaves drippy lace. The nose is pleasant with tangerine, some chocolate, light roast, quite woodsy, and toasted caramel. The flavor has some peppery rye, tangerine citrus, toasted caramel, pine all over, and slight roast. The palate is dry, more than medium, and lively. The beer finishes dry with tangerine and pine, slight roast, and a slight dry chocolate. A pretty nice beer with a nice bitterness and nice citrus and pine notes. The beer does dry out more than I like but that does seem like a common theme in this style. The complexity also seemed to lack a bit for an 8.3% beer with rye added. Nice attempt at a challenging style but could improve.
lightandrhythm (63) - - MAY 10, 2012
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Smokey malt, spicy rye and medium bitter hops combine with a smooth mouthfeel to make this black rye IPA a deliciously well rounded ale
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JohnnyJ (3886) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 10, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle. Very dark brown, with a tan head. Resinous hops, pine, grapefruit, dry roasted malt (almost like burnt coffee), fruit sweetness, bitterness, and hint of rye. A pretty good black IPA, bitter and not overly sweet.