nightrider (754) - encinitas, California, USA - NOV 4, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured from a killer bomber with a sick label of a big san diego wave. Nice bountiful white head with a cloudy orange golden hue. Smooth and bitter on the palate. Sweet and citrusy aromas on top of flavors of bitter hops and touches of sweet malt. Perfect finish and leaves you wanting more. Close to perfect for an IPA in my book!!!
thegreat78 (42) - San Marcos, California, USA - NOV 2, 2007
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
I’ve had this beer once before, but the last time my taste buds were completely shot from something else, so lets try it with a clean palate. Poured into a Sam Adams glass a sort of typical orange/gold color, with a small head, but one that clung to the glass quite nicely. Retention was another plus for the look of this brew. Aroma had lots of nice tropical fruit characters, with pineapple, tangerine, and also a little bit of cantaloupe as well. Taste started off with a burst of fruit, then went slightly herbal with lots of peppery tastes, finally ending with a nice bitter aftertaste. Mouthfeel was perfectly medium in body, and prickly on the tongue. This is a great beer, but it also hits you pretty hard with the hop bitterness. One bomber is enough for me. If it is in your area, I say grab one or two for sure. Cheers
FoolishMortal (990) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 1, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bottle. Slightly hazy golden yellow color with a medium sized rocky white head. Rich, juicy candied citrus, lemon grass, and a high pine tone in the aroma. Earthy, herbal hop flavors up front. Grassy, dewy flavors emerge. Ruddy, resinous piney hop presence later manifests. Lingering citrus and mown grass in the finish, with a pine bite and faint alcohol presence. Mouthfeel is medium, rather dry.
mreusch (851) - Olathe, Kansas, USA - OCT 31, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber, courtesy of jarspag as a BONUS (Thanks, Jared!), pours a hazy yellow with a one finger bright white head, moderate lacing. Aroma is wet, grassy hops (oh, yeah!), with light pine and citrus. Flavor follows the aroma nicely, with a milder but lasting hops bite, plenty of grass, pine and citrus presence, and the slightest warming. This is a stellar fresh hop IPA, and yet another hit from Port/Lost Abbey; big shock!
willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - OCT 31, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
20071031 Bomber snagged at Julios. Pretty usual IPA appearance - golden with medium to small off-white head of fine, scarcely lacing foam. Aroma is somewhat citrusy, lightly resinous, full-on floral notes, touches of cut grass, and tempered by mild ginger hints. The body is medium in heft, creamy at first, full across the middle, but finishing with an increasing astringency and thinning feel. Flavors are decidedly malty up front with cracker, cookie, and yeasty French bread quickly waning to the abundance of resinous hops, lemon grass, spruce, and touches more of ginger. Glad I was in the mood for hops when shopping at Julios, because this beer is really hitting the spot.
greenroombrew (1) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 30, 2007 does not count
1.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 2/20
good strong hopped ipa, but i feel that better hops could have been used. the aroma is great but the taste lacks depth. Unfortunately it makes for a poor representation of a San Diego IPA, which is the best beer in the country (seriously). Sadly it yields to Chico’s fresh hop Sierra Nevada Fresh Hop IPA. Which I hate to love but I do for it’s balanced fresh flavor and awesome aroma and finish.
joet (2347) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - OCT 27, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pale golden, no haze. Slightly creamy feel, some fine foam, citric hop nose with some grassy character, mildly sweet, more nose than bitterness. Enjoyed the feel, and dropped out malts with high resolution hop aromas.
ChillCoat (1029) - Concord, California, USA - OCT 26, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft @ The Bistro Wet Hop Fest. Cloudy, pale copper color with a bright white head. Vegetal hop aroma with some citrus and lemongrass notes. Hop forward flavor but surprisingly malty. Vegetalness does not show up in the flavor.
drinkerofbeers (18) - California, USA - OCT 25, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
purchased bomber at BevMo. this beer does it for me. its a nice departure from very malty and sweet IPAs. dry finish and a long lingering bitterness. very green tasting like pine and grass. bottle poured a slightly hazy golden color. hoppy goodness.
HopheadHans (804) - Bay Area, California, USA - OCT 22, 2007
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at Bistro. Pours with a hazy yellow color, looks unfiltered. Aromas of grapefruit and some floral notes. Not as hoppy as expected, fairly mellow. Finishes with a strong bitterness, but on the palate it is mainly citrus and a bit of pine.