popery (1665) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUN 7, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
The beer pours a significantly lighter color than expected. While I don’t really care all that much about color, Napa Smith put "Red Ale" right on the label. Lacing is pretty good. The aroma is a bit yeasty with some biscuit malt and not a lot of hops. The flavor is enjoyable and balanced, if not malt-forward. There’s a fruity, vinous quality to the malt, which is nice. A hint of bitterness in the finish. Ultimately, it’s just a bit too sweet.
boomer0813 (100) - denton, Texas, USA - JUN 1, 2010
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
22oz bottle, courtesy of ericandersnavy). Poured a peachy gold. Aroma was of cherry and cinnamon. Flavor was of spice, brown sugar, and grass. Nice beer.
alobar (3095) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 9, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a reddish amber color with aroma of cereal, hops, and caramel malts. Flavor is comprised of mostly caramel malts, and grain with a decent bitter hop ending. Decent beer.
Ibrew2or3 (7461) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - APR 29, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bomber pours deep pure gold with loose white head. The aroma is earthy, sort of spicy with hops, some tart grapefruit and a bit of malts mixing with a dash of roasted malts. The taste is similar with notes that are sweet with sugary malts quickly picking up grapefruit and tangelo. It then slides into the finish with added notes of spiciness, earthiness and a sliver of roasted malts.
Snojerk321 (2960) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 31, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
22oz bottle from BevMo. Pours a mostly clear reddish amber with a frothy off white head, nice lacing. Nose of muddled herbal hops and some cereal grain. Flavor was much of the same with a slight metallic tinge to it.
doubleo (1432) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 14, 2010
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bomber. Pours hazy amber with a good sized off white head and good lace. Smells malty and metallic with some dish towel and slight caramel. Tastes caramelly and malty and metallic and hint of citrus and slight fruit. Medium body, good carbonation.
fidel (1302) - Livermore, California, USA - NOV 30, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured orangish amber, smooth, caramel malt, earthy hops, little fruity, clean dry finish.
Brigadier (3240) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - NOV 30, 2009
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
22 oz bottle
This was picked up for $3.99 at 101 Bottles in Kent. With the bar set low my expectations were met in an average amber ale. While drinkable and balanced it has nothing to set it apart from any other similar beer. The main difference here is cost - finding even a local bomber for such a low price is a tough challenge.
Aroma / Appearance - The chunky yellow head was a bit distracting but as it faded the caramel bronze body was pleasing to look at. Caramel glazed ginger cookies mixed with cherry and iced tea to create a tight feeling in the air above the glass. Fairly mild it did not open up much as it sat there for a few minutes.
Flavor / Palate - Sweet Southern tea made with pure corn syrup coats the senses. A medicinal cherry aftertaste reminds one that this is not mild in alcohol at all. The bitter aftertaste is like Vegemite on white toast. Overall this is a solid well rounded beer but with nothing to set it apart from the rest I think it makes a good benchmark for the 50th percentile.
Hophead22 (2879) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - NOV 13, 2009
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
22oz bottle. Rating #20. Darkish amber/orange pour with a small white head. Clean malty aroma. Nice little hoppy bite up front with a nice balanced malt backbone, pretty good overall, I could drink this as a regular drinker quite easily. (1060)
502Che (999) - @, CAMBODIA - OCT 19, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber into pint glass. Nice amber/copy body with a minimal bubbly white head that fades to not much more than a ring. Smells doughy and cakey -- simple but solid. Flavor is the same with a bit of a bitter hop finish. Again, simple, but solid. Alcohol hidden very well. Medium body with medium carbonation. Overall: nothing special, but wholly inoffensive and flawless. Easy session beer (whose abv might creep on you).