DarkElf (3050) - La Jolla, California, USA - DEC 13, 2011
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
13-Dec-11 (22-oz bottle: Purchased 02-Apr-11 for $5.19 at www.northwestliquidgold.com)
This flavorful red ale pours a very hazy amber-red body with half an inch of off-white head that settles to a thin ring. The malt-dominated nose is toasty, caramely, and sweet-smelling, with a touch of hops offering aromas of tea and cut grass, but the nose is also a bit husky. The flavor generally mirrors the nose, with toasty, medium-sweet, and very caramely malt, as well as a toffee and lightly bitter, grassy, tea-like hop character, but unfortunately, there is also a noticeable grain huskiness in the finish that does detract from the final impression. Medium bodied on the palate with medium carbonation and a dry, slightly astringent finish. Not a bad beer, but that husky grain quality of the finish really starts getting in the way after a few sips.
improvjock (326) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 13, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours a hazy amber brown with small head that disappears quickly. Heavy malts in the aroma. Taste is sweet and malty, no hoppiness to speak of. A bit thin. Decent and very drinkable, but not very complex.
bu11zeye (12568) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - OCT 6, 2011
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
(22oz bottle) Pours a burnt orange body with a small cream head. Aroma of caramel, bread, toffee, cardboard, and orange. Flavor of caramel malt, bread, and oxidation with a dry, bitter finish.
after4ever (7273) - Brier, Washington, USA - SEP 25, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at ncbc. Pours a cloudy dark amber. Dense creamy white head. Big toasty caramel nose with pine overtones. Creamy medium body with lively carb. Toast, caramel, and pine on the mid palate. Mild bready finish.
TBone (15542) - Pori, FINLAND - JUL 12, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottled 0,65l (bought from Portland)
Deep red color, small off-white head. Caramelly, bready aroma. Medium-bodied, soft palate. Front is caramelly, then some toasted, ryeish maltyness. Finish has some hops and alcohol. Decent "Imperial Red" (err... working class red I mean).
Travlr (19567) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUN 22, 2011
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Draft at 5th Quadrant. Aroma of caramel. Taste has lots of malt but pretty good balance.
cmonster (1000) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 1, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bomber served in a shaker. Pours amber, clear, and near headless. Fruit and candy sweet aroma. Malty medium sweet, light bitter flavor and finish. Medium body and a light creamy texture on this highly drinkable red.
Hophazard (193) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 28, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Caramelly sweet and bready aroma. Dark copper with ruby edges and thin white head. Caramel and faint molasses start and are quite smooth before yeilding to a crisp finish. Medium body and slick. Low carbonation. Very enjoyable red that showcases the malt.
bhensonb (13533) - Woodland, California, USA - JAN 16, 2011
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
I wonder why an amber is classed as IPA. On to the investigation of a bomber from Big Star in Seattle. Pours ruddy amber with a slight beige head. Smells like light roast malt without much hop. Flavor is moderately roasted malt with not much hop. This is not an IPA IMHO. Pretty blah amber IMHO.
Beardface (1517) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - AUG 8, 2010
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bomber. Rust red in color with about an inch of fluffy white foam. Aroma has slight chocolate, toasty malts, some biscuit and a faint whiff of citrus. More similar in aroma to a brown ale than a "red" ale. Flavor is overly bitter with a pronounced malt background. One of my least liked beers I’ve had from this brewer so far.