mjg74 (2492) - La Mesa, California, USA - NOV 6, 2012
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Bomber from Trader Joe’s. Dark amber color upon pouring. Almost hopless nose. Smells like a malt liquor. Very little in the way of hops. Some fusel qualities. Not good.
Steasy66 (883) - Minnesota, USA - OCT 30, 2012
1.3 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 4/20
Like most of the beers from this brewery, this one has a big cola aroma and flavor. No hops at all, tastes more like rootbeer. Pretty terrible.
Strykzone (4933) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - OCT 29, 2012
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Sampled at an ebls tasting. Kind of pumpkin color. Clear and no head. Ph, not good. Bitter hops with little flavor. Some malt. Odd sourness.
badlizard (5538) - Berkeley, California, USA - OCT 18, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Hazy light orange with a creamy white head. Earthy cereal grain and orange aroma. Tastes of grapefruit candied orange peel and caramel with a sweet earthy cereal grain and fruit finish and a thick sticky palate. There’s not enough hops for an IPA and it tends far to the sweet side instead of the bitter, but for a $2 bomber it’s actually not bad and the taste is quite pleasant. If you’re expecting an IPA you will be disappointed. If you pretend it’s some other style, it’s worth the 2 bucks.
pintbypint (2610) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 15, 2012
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
650ml brown bottle, as Bad Hare Traditional IPA. Orange colour, clear. Small white cap, surprisingly long lasting, some decent lace rings in the glass. Light orange peel hops in the aroma with quite a bit of malt sweetness. Taste has sweet caramel malt at the start, orange peel hops, a bit of alcohol. Long aftertaste, sweet malts, sharp citrusy hops and alcohol. One of the better offerings from these guys, it approaches being drinkable.
Dansrc51 (45) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - OCT 5, 2012
0.8 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 2/20
Poured into tulip glass
Color was reddish brown
Aroma was light, very little hop character.
This beer had obviously expired. Trader Joes is not the place to buy good beer. Kept warm this beer tasted like wet card board, metal shavings and a light nutty malt flavor. Hops were nearly nonexistent. A little bitter and that was it. Terrible.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
brigg (512) - Washington DC, USA - OCT 5, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
(bottle, under the name Boatswain American IPA) Very cloudy orange amber body with a small beige head. Aroma of wheat, caramel malt, orange and pine hops; sweet. Very full bodied, soft carbonation, chewy and sticky. Flavor of sweet caramel malt up front, then grassy hops, finishes dry. A little astringent, but good thirst-quencher.
Nuffield (3671) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - SEP 30, 2012
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
I had this under the Boatswain label--available at Trader Joe’s? It was at a neighborhood card party. And...it’s not very good. Murky malts, dull hops, making a vegetal caramel with a few nods toward hops. Bottle.
Ratman197 (9820) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - SEP 28, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber poured a clear orange amber with a lasting creamy amber head. Aromas of bread, floral notes and citrus. Palate was light bodied and crisp with a dry finish. Flavors of bread, orange zest, floral notes and light pink grapefruit with a crisp dry lingering bitter finish.
Tejas (872) - Dallas, Texas, USA - SEP 27, 2012
1.2 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 3/20
Holy Crap, this is terrible! And I mean almost a drainpour terrible. Justtaste awful. Harsh and thin and no balance. Tastes cheaply made by a brewery that is cranking out beers as fast as they can, quality be damned.