DocLock (8001) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 22, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber from Caponeís, Hazy copper pour. Nose was hoppy, rauchy, caramel. Tasted very rauchy, not to the level of the Aecht offerings, but intensely rauchy, with well integrated hops, caramel, hops, and florals.
boozedude (1910) - Des Moines, Iowa, USA - NOV 11, 2014
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber from hyvee, shared with pals at club w.. (sea-food taco day 3 adventure) pours dark cloudy orangish with white head, very smoky and pine right away, and turns into a bitter finish, not bad, but wouldnt do again
Ernest (6314) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - SEP 22, 2014
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Head is initially small, frothy, off-white, mostly diminishing.
Body is medium amber.
Aroma is lightly malty (toasted grain), lightly to moderately hoppy (herbs, grapefruit, resin), with notes of smoke/ashes, wood, lemon juice, yellow squash, manure.
Flavor is lightly to moderately sweet, moderately acidic, lightly bitter.
Finish is lightly sweet, moderately acidic, moderately bitter, slightly unclean.
Medium body, watery/velvety texture, lively carbonation.
Surprisingly poor compared to the others in the series (other than the Chili Lime one, which was also not very enjoyable). This one is kinda sour and dirty, and the smoke character is pretty generic/ashy. Not terrible, but certainly below average. Probably not the best style to smoke anyway...not to say it couldnít work, but it just seems like bright hops and smoke would clash, and that is true here.
HIGHB4LL (634) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - SEP 3, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Gravity 1020. Appearance: 2 fingers offwhite head, copper color, good lacing, clear. Aroma: smoke, floral, caramel, light grapefruit. Palate: medium body, bitter finish, oily texture, dry finish, thin. Taste: Sweet smoke, into a light fruit sweet, and on into a grapefruit bitterness that lasts. Overall, good balance, very unique, cops cuts smokiness in a very good way. Did not expect to like this beer, but what a pleasant surprise!
NachlamSie (2796) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUN 18, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUL 6, 2014 10 oz at the brewery. Pours copper with a small white head. Smoky, smoldering aroma right up front with grassy and citrusy hops as well. The smoke is very ashy, very sharp. They probably intended that to compliment the hops and it works. Good grassy hop bitterness coincides with sharp campfire notes. Itís like being out in a mountain campground after the fire has died down to coals. Really well done and excellent smoked presence.
[July 6, 2014]
Bomber from Supermarket Liquors in Fort Collins. The hops are pretty straightforward in the aroma, I actually prefer the hop profile on this one to their standard IPA. Itís basic, probably something along the lines of cascade, but assertive and very clean. The smoke is right underneath creating an interesting citrus/meat nose that actually works quite well. The hops again separate themselves well in the flavor and create a lingering citrus bite. The smoke is more like campfire and ash, and relatively subtle. Definitely a unique beer and it works for me. I quite like it.
joet (2207) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - JUN 5, 2014
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 9/20
Fine white foam copper color. Tangy front end loads of smoke pushing through piney aromas straight into bushy bitterness. Strange and challenging but ultimately not something I could get into