brianjames1 (539) - Northridge, California, USA - JUL 27, 2010
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz bomber into pint glass. Pours orangeish with a small white head. Aroma was sweet and spicy much like that of a saison. Mouth feel was moderate with high carbonation. Taste much like an esb. Very odd IPA aroma of a saison, taste of an esb, not much hop presence.
drewbeerme (3836) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 27, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, pours gold with white head. The aroma is on the grassy herbal floral side with spicy yeast esters. Flavors balance a sweet toffee malts dry yeasty finish with floral and spicy mild. Healthy fresh hop bitterness in there too making it overall refreshing and worthy. The price point on this is right, while it borders more on Belgian ale or more a truer Belgian ipa rather than an American ipa with Belgian yeast.
Nikiel (864) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 26, 2010
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
A decently hoppy beer that takes several flavors from different hops to give it a nice aroma and slightly sweet bitterness. Nothing too special about this one except maybe the combination of hops.
raphael (830) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 25, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Flowery/piny hop aroma with an almost peach behind it with distant honey. Clear darker yellow with persistent white head. Bubbly and light in the mouth. The hops are clearly in front but the belgian aspects of sugar and phenol aren’t far behind. Great job of balance as well as matching the hop flavors with the yeast—not an easy task. Even the finish keeps the balance.
Rusty (1533) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - JUL 24, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours a nice copper color with a sticky white head. Aroma is american hops, belgian yeasts, citrus, esthers. Flavor is grassy floral citrusy juicy hops, belgian yeasts, pepper and spices and bitterness in the finish. Not a bad take on the whole Belgian IPA style.
bhensonb (10203) - Woodland, California, USA - JUL 24, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber from Holiday Wine. Pours light copper with a 3 finger foamy off-white head. Aroma is rather spicey hoppy. Flavor is rather spicey hoppy. This is pretty good stuff - really Belgian. The hop is rather floral. Rather. Rather. Finish is floral/spice/bitter with a sweet caramel touch. Quite nice. Rather.
cmonster (948) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 22, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bomber served in a tulip. Pours clear light orange with a large, fluffy off-white head. Good retention and sticky lacing. Nose shows bubblegum, lemon, and fruity esters. The Belgian yeast component become more pronounced upon warming. Mild sweet flavor. A palate is powered by acidic citrus. Minimal malts. Medium-light body, lively carbonation, and a grapefruity bitter, sticky, very dry finish. The alcohol is nicely hidden. I enjoy this style but this is one case where the classic New Belgian base malt (which I don’t typically care for) could have added balance. More Belgian than Indian.
mjmcend (209) - USA - JUL 22, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma is of crisp, fresh hops with pine and spice. Golden with a thin white head that dissipates quickly. Complex flavors that starts with spicy bitterness that melt into a piney, Christmasy sweetness and finishes with a mild aftertaste. Very balanced and crisp. A truly great IPA.
arminjewell (5587) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUL 22, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours deep orange with fluffy white head, aroma is citrusy hops complementing the fruity esters from the belgian yeast. Taste is very ncie and smooth, citrus with lemon upfront leading into nice fruity esters with bubblegum finish. Not very bitter unfortunately but very good tastes.
Ernest (6014) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUL 21, 2010
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Head is initially small, frothy, off-white, mostly diminishing.
Body is clear light to medium amber.
Aroma is lightly malty (toasted grain), moderately hoppy (resin), lightly yeasty (basement), with notes of bubble gum and cotton candy.
Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly to moderately bitter.
Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, moderately to heavily bitter.
Medium to full body, velvety texture, lively carbonation, moderately alcoholic.
Not a lot of depth to the nose, pretty much the expected sugary gum note plus raw, resinous hops. Quite sweet, but enough bitterness to keep it from being cloying. Overall just meh.