ContemplateBeer (1496) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - APR 4, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle at the brewery. Aroma of citrus and spruce hops, caramel and slight rye malts. Appearance is reddish gold with tan head. Flavor of substantial hops mostly balanced by sweet and light rye malts, with most of the rye in the finish. Palate is bubbly. Different and interesting APA.
jrallen34 (3478) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 28, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle into a pint glass...Pours very dark for a pale ale, a dirty, medium copper with a light tan head, good retention here...Aroma is super light, only light hops come through...The taste is also pretty light, bready backbone, spicey, with some hops coming through, not enough to get me excited. This doesn’t taste bad, just doesn’t have a ton of flavor. Full bodied, but one bottle is more than enough to drink.
Braudog (5576) - Hampton, Virginia, USA - FEB 18, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Reddish-orange with an initially rocky but relatively quickly quitting top of foam. The beer drinks with a decidedly milky texture, and sticks to the sides of the mouth. The hops are moderately aromatic, with an orange-malt overtone. Nice. (#4079, 2/18/2011)
markwise (4424) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - JAN 5, 2011
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Draft from Amato’s Pizza, Columbus, Ohio. Pours a clear amber gold with a white head. Nose is malt, caramel, floral hops, slight biscuit, and a mild sweetness. Flavor is malt, caramel, and mild citrus hops. Interesting, but not a hop bomb by any means.
bethmatt0421 (337) - Covington, Kentucky, USA - DEC 11, 2010
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft @ Mellow Mushroom in Wilder, Kentucky. Very dark brown with minimal head, looks like a brown ale in the pint glass. Floral aroma and a peppery hop bite make this a beer to be proud is made in my town. Keep up the good work Rivertown.
garrison (757) - Cin. city, Ohio, USA - NOV 6, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
From a twelve ounce bottle purchased at the Fe3rgueson Avenue Kroger’s in Cincinnati, Ohio - This one poured an orange brew with a tall, lasting white head and hoppy aroma. Overall, the body is a tiny bit lacking, but it’s a good hops-centered beer. And you just have to love the B-24 Liberator bomber photo on the bottle!
jsquire (3387) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - OCT 16, 2010
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Murky amber color with a small off white head that left nice lacing on the glass. Nose of orange rind and cardboard. Orange, rye bread, an almost pepper spice, and a hint of that cardboard. Long bitter finish.
matthewjk (887) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 5, 2010
3.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Picked up a single 12oz bottle for dubious tasting. Very strange! This is not even close to a "hop bomb" at all, but it is really smooth and enjoyable. How much of a hop bomb could a pale ale be anyway? This beer has session written all over it, but not going to pay premium price for a sixer of it. I have to say, it is good, but for all the "wrong" reasons--certainly not for the advertised reasons. I don’t want to give up on you Rivertown!, but your beers are not up to micro beer standards yet. And please, at least give us the damn ABV! No reason this info can’t be printed on the label. Probably around 5 - 5.5 % ABV
Acetobacter (816) - Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 1, 2010
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Experienced from a 12oz bottle in an English pint glass. The beer pours a medium amber color, with a small white head. Despite the advertisement of 60+ IBUs, there is a precipitous lack of any kind of hop character appropriate for the style in the nose. A small bit of malt comes through. The palate is overly subtle, lacking the more aggressive flavor profile notable in better examples of the style. The finish carries a slight note of herbal hop flavor, and perhaps a bit of alcohol. Overall, disappointing. A pathetic effort.
AndyReynolds (861) - Dayton, Kentucky, USA - JUL 30, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
,Aroma is hops and sweet malts. Notes of spices, rye, and pine. Palate is a bit watered down. Flavor makes the spice notes stand out.