fiulijn (13000) - Malmö, ITALY - JUL 31, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Brewery Creek, Vancouver
Hazy red-amber color, small head. Nice fruity aroma, bitter oranges, with a hint of sweat, yeast and vanilla. Medium body strength; the mouthfeel is just a bit drier than expected; very good caramel and toffee flavor, with light toasty notes, and a clear Earl Grey tea character (bergamot); strong bitterness, with a lot of hop resins and some yeasty astringency. In the end, the drier mouthfeel increases the drinkability. Very good.
argo0 (11077) - Washington DC, USA - OCT 1, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
22oz bottle. Medium beige head atop hazy copper body. Aroma is moderately sweet, pine, some grapefruit, caramel, some strawberry. Taste is moderately sweet, pine, some grapefruit, caramel, light strawberry, astringency. Medium body, some resin, stickiness, low carbonation.
bhensonb (9810) - Woodland, California, USA - JUL 22, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber from Malt & Vine. Bottle says 7.5% Pours very ruddy, almost ruby, amber with a transient beige head. Aromas of pine and grapefruit rind. Flavor is fairly smooth roasted malt, with a fair amount of grapefruit rind forbitter. Finishes long, slow grapefruit, eclipsing the malt to a significant extent. Very NW.
Ratman197 (8463) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - DEC 28, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bomber poured a clear reddish amber with a lasting amber head. Aromas of carmel, earthiness, light tobaccoi and a hint of fruittiness. Palate was medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of carmel, earthines and light fruitiness with a smooth lingering carmel finish.
hopdog (8225) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 10, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Capone’s. Amber pour with an off white head. Pine and floral hops. Pine, floral with some caramel tastes.
DocLock (7182) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 3, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber from Craft Ale. Pours turbid ruby coppery (more toward ruby) with minimal off-white head. Looks like a big thick barleywine in the glass. Nose is old aley malt, heavy resiny hops, fruit. Damn, this one smells like a barleywine, too. Tastes rich, very piney hoppy, fruity, with substantial malt. Comes off like a impy red/barleywine hybrid. Works pretty well for me.
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - AUG 12, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bottle: pours a transparent deep copper amber with a clingy-lacing froth of off-white head. Has a sweet toasty caramel malty nose with lots of fresh resiny piny hops. Starts with good fullness and sweet toasty malts well balanced with fresh piny hop flavor and bitterness before a drier bittersweet finish. True to style and enjoyable.
bb (6481) - Alamo, California, USA - SEP 2, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft. Bronze beer with a cream colored head. Grapefruit and light earth aroma with malt. Malt and caramel flavor with light grapefruit and light pine. Medium bodied. Malt and light grapefruit lingers with light pine and light caramel.
Glouglouburp (5864) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 10, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
In short: A typical American big ale with rich maltiness and resinous citrusy hops. Good beer
How: Bottle 22oz, consumed relatively fresh a few months after purchase, bottle forwarded to me by mcberko, thanks a lot Matt
The look: Almost clear amber-ruby body topped by a small beige head
In long: Nose is barley candy with, caramel and resinous citrusy hops. Taste is just as straightforward. This is a rich caramelized malt backbone in perfect opposition to juicy resinous citrusy hops. Not a hop bomb, not a malt orgy, this is a well balanced beer. Bitterness level is medium and a bit sticky. There is nothing to admire about this straightforward hoppy no-style American Ale, and there is nothing to dislike about it either, unless you really don’t like American beers. I cannot understand ratings above 4.0 or below 3.0, this is a very straightforward beer, and a typical example of what heavily malted and generously hoppy American beers have to offer. I drank this 22oz bomber as if it was a 5% pint of session beer. Simple but very nice. Give a man a Starfish and he will drink for a day, teach a man how to Starfish and he’ll have no idea what you’re talking about for a lifetime.
DuffMan (5768) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 14, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, shared with Parksy. Rich dark copper amber, thick creamy head. Sweet fruity toffee aroma. Heavy malt platform, quite sweet, emphasis on toffee with lingering stonefruit aromatics. Less bitterness than I expected given the listed IBUs, but maybe its because I had a couple of hop bombs beforehand. Nice.