willblake (2647) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - JAN 2, 2007
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
02.01.07 Bomber. My first rating of 2007. Iím not sure this oneís living up to the hype, although it seems decent enough. Golden orange color with tall and lasting off-white head that sheets in sticky lace. Aroma is stinky with catty grapefruit and some underlying shortbread. Not really my cup of tea, but Iím digging this more than usual. Palate is outstanding -- itís creamy, full, soft, and with tight, fine eff. Really nicely done in that regard, and matches nicely with the pithy astringency to finish. Flavor is not up to snuff and the beer relies too heavily on its hop profile, which, frankly, isnít all that great. Alcohol never comes through but very late and along with the other lingering flavors of mild resin, celery, rotty detritus, and more grapefruit pith. I can see this one being popular among those in love with these hops -- I am not among them.
cbkschubert (2900) - BFE, Arizona, USA - JAN 2, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz. bottle from Plaza Liquor - Pours a very clear orangish-amber color with a two finger thick off white head. Nice lacing. Has a floral and sweet orange aroma. Has a very nice citrus hop flavor. Not much malt comes through. Has a slight initial astringent aftertaste. Medium body. Very nice beer.
jason (1677) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 2, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle thanks to dickinsonbeer for sharing this one. Nice golden color with good size head. Smell was citrus and hops and slight pine. Good flavor of citrus and hops. Very smooth with a very small alcohol aftertaste. Good IIPA.
eaglefan538 (2883) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JAN 1, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: DEC 10, 2007 Poured a golden to slight orange color, very nice head, good retention, lacing was decent. The aroma was citrus, some pine, very fruity. The flavor was bitter citrus rinds, wet dog, and some fruit juice flavors. The latter was the only let down, almost seemed like some fruits were added, although Iím sure that wasnít the case (too many crystal malts in here?). Mouthfeel was light for a dIPA and the alcohol very smooth. Not a bad beer, despite expecting a dud. Re-rate, 12/07, bottle from bfeld: Not much else to add to previous rating, although my first comment on aroma was "wet sponge" (compared to "wet dog" previously, completely independent of one another). Spicey, woodsy notes came out from the hops, alongside floral and citrus components. Other than that, original rating stands.
OldRaspy (292) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - DEC 29, 2006
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured from the bomber golden in color with a small white head. Aroma was completely dominated by citrus hops. Flavor was outstanding, tons of hops a nice grapefruit flavor and just the right amount of malt to round it out. Chuck has out done himself with this one. Keep up the outstanding work.
Lou18 (1353) - West Paterson, New Jersey, USA - DEC 26, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nice, golden amber with fluffy white head. Nose is all hops man, sticky pine and grapefruit. Citrus bitter with a dry hop finish. Liked this alot.
hellomynameis (874) - Mayer, Minnesota, USA - DEC 26, 2006
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Amber colour, mostly clear with a tall and foamy white head. Aroma is dripping with grapefruit hops. The aroma leads me to beleive the flavour will be like drinking straight hops but I am deceived. The flavour is well balanced with malt flavours and has a great transition into nice, tasty, biter hops with some more astringent and full hops flavours.
jcwattsrugger (11078) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - DEC 26, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle-pours an off white head that laces and gold color. Aroma is lots of hops-lemon. Taste is light/medium hops-lemon-bitter, faint malt, pine. Bitter after taste. Big. OK carbonation.
fordest (1972) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - DEC 26, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at OíBrienís. First aromas were grass, but it was soon apparent that what I was really smelling was Pine. Lots and lots of pine. Pine continued through to the flavor. Nice finish too. Really really good.
hepburn82 (143) - SCOTLAND - DEC 24, 2006
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber - from Lionshead Liquors, Vail. Iím gonna stop drinking this style - its just too much! Pours a murky gold with some lacing. Huge pine, grapefruit aroma. Very malty and aggressively hoppy. Lasting grapefruit tang. Not the best double IPA but a good punchy effort.