mensch (289) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - OCT 29, 2014
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
I pry the cap off my rye ale. I spy a copper beer and my eye detects a shy white head. As it draws nigh, a subtle but spry aroma cannot be denied. I cry with delight at the chai-like supply of flavors. Finishes dry. Oops, spilled some on my thigh, sigh. Bye.
zoucrew102 (1285) - - OCT 5, 2014
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bomber. Spicy rye aroma with notes of hops and a bit of caramel malt. Pours cloudy copper colored with a big, soapy tan head and excellent lacing. Starts with sweet caramel flavor with a very smooth mouth feel. Finishes dry with spicy rye as well as piney hop flavors. Good, but I liked their others better.
Beaver (1621) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 1, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
22 oz bottle. Pours hazy copper orange with a big frothy creamy white head that retains well and leaves some lacing.
The aroma is sweet bready rye, some fruit and hops.
The flavor is sweet bready biscuit malts, rye spice, some fruit with slightly vegetal hops in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with slightly sharp carbonation.
Overall, a decent rye pale.
UncleKorm (1204) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - SEP 24, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber bottle poured a hazy copper hue w/ large beige frothy head diminishing to a lasting cap. Big malt aroma. Initial flavor is moderate sweet w/ a bold bitter finish of long duration. Tastes are caramel, peppery rye, and malt. Full bodied, avg carbonation, and creamy mouthfeel.
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jflopsu (1161) - New Jersey, USA - SEP 24, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a dark and murky brownish-amber. Has a fruity malt and caramel aroma. Has a sweet caramel, fruit, malt, hop, and light citrus taste. Aftertaste starts sweet, but is followed by some bitter hops/malts.
EithCubes (5475) - New Jersey, USA - SEP 21, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bomber from this year’s vintage. Nose spicy with lots of booze, caramel, earth; pours deep garnet that’s starting to fade toward orange, supports a large and densely rocky beige head. Watery light-medium body with meringue beefing up the body a bit, clean with medium bitterness and significant alcohol and burn, there’s the spiciness associated with rye and goopy glucan character as well, depressing caramel with very little citrus to enliven, hops are there but not huge, just wooden and earthy. The pine is nice, though and matches well. Overall pretty standard, probably not worthy of a special release, but stands up well by itself as a sipper and against food as a base.
Ernest (7245) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - SEP 15, 2014
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle (2014 edition).
Head is initially average sized, frothy, off-white to light brown, mostly diminishing.
Body is medium to dark amber.
Aroma is lightly to moderately malty (caramel, toasted grain), moderately hoppy (grapefruit, resin, apricot), with notes of diacetyl.
Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, moderately acidic, lightly bitter.
Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, moderately acidic, moderately bitter.
Medium to full body, syrupy/velvety texture, lively carbonation, lightly to moderately alcoholic.
Seems more alcoholic than it is. Fairly strong sourness mars the drinking experience. The aroma is fine, although pretty basic...tropical fruit and resinous hops with some caramelly malt. Average.
Ratman197 (12954) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - SEP 9, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber poured a clear orange amber with a lasting amber head. aromas of rye, spice, earthiness, pine and light citrus. Palate was light to medium bodied and smooth with a dry finish. Flavors of rye, earthiness, light citrus and light pine with a smooth dry moderatly bitter finish.
czar (7470) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 18, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
pours hazy light golden orange with a very nice light beige-orange head showing good retention and lacing. spicy and quite fruity maltiness - almost juicy peaches and some dried lightly sweetened apricots, toasted peppery bread - pumpernickel-like, citrusy, spicy and woodsy-soft piney hops, also grass. average carbonation, light body, balanced grassy-citrusy-piney-peppery finish. very nice hoppy rye.
rangerred (989) - Johnson City, Tennessee, USA - JUL 30, 2014
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured into a pint glass out of a 22oz bomber.
Pours a slightly hazy medium copper with a fairly hefty one finger off-white head. Head retention is very good although lacing is lacking somewhat.
Aroma has a touch of tropical fruit mixed with some pine and earth. That telltale rye spiciness is present although it is not as up front as I was hoping. Fairly juicy all-around but a bit of a let down.
The flavor improves somewhat but I feel it is still lacking a huge hit of rye. Orange and tangerine from the hops and a nice hop juiciness. The citra really comes through. Rye spice is in the background but really lacks a punch. Nice slick mouthfeel that I was expecting and solid malt backbone but sort of boring. Bitterness is only moderate.
Overall, I was a bit let down by this beer. It honestly doesn’t seem a whole lot different from the standard mad hatter. Not really worth going out of your way for.