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.
TheBeerOrg (2145) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - JUL 5, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours amber with a mostly receding tan head. Notes of pine and citrus resins with woody hops and caramel. Medium to full bodied with light resins and lively carbonation.
msante79 (2210) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - JUN 19, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle from Bigg’s. Pours a clear amber with big off-white head. Aromas of hops and citrus with some caramel malts. Flavors of earthy hops, good base of caramel malts, and some citrus. Pretty well balanced pale ale. Did not know what to expect from this brewery, but this is a fairly solid pale.
buzzbo (6) - USA - JUN 19, 2010 does not count
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Crisp and clean American Amber with a nice grapefruit and tea leaf hoppy finish on the back end. Well balanced. Makes for a nice session brew. Nicely done.
phaleslu (6295) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 26, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz. bottle from The Party Source. I’ve started seeing six-packs of Rivertown around Cincinnati but wanted to grab the singles I haven’t tried yet, and this was one. Pours a clear ruby-amber with a big off-white head that settles into a thin, creamy cap with uneven lacing. Aroma of caramel malts, earthy hops, wet tea leaves, floral notes, and mild spices. Flavor of caramel, tea, earthy hops, toffee, tobacco, rye, and brown sugar. This has a really nice sweet, earthy quality, but the hops aren’t as punchy as advertised. Light-medium bodied, with a leafy, earthy mouthfeel and moderate carbonation. Sweet tea finish. Not bad at all.
Lyncham (251) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 16, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Not disappointed, but was expecting more crisp citrus nose and taste. Rye adds a mid range flavor. Bitterness come out at the end. A touch of Saaz? Slight peppery finish. Bit soapy. Color is a pale off brown. Slight chill haze. Slightly over carbonated for me. 2 fingers of white head with small to medium bubbles. About a 1/4" head to the end.
Beerman6686 (4234) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 13, 2010
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
This poured a medium to light oranage color with a white head. Aroma was light bittering and citrus hops, some pale malt too. Flavor was pale and caramel malt, with some citrus hops to balance it out, but not as bitter as I was hoping with it being called hop bomber.
j12601 (6584) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - MAY 12, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours a ruby crimson amber with a large light beige head. Nice big caramel and thick sticky hops. Citrus and a subtle hint of pine. Medium bodied, nice and malty, but not quite to the level of the nose. Light bitterness on the finish, a bit crackery with some nutty malt.
GMUcrew7 (576) - Mason, Ohio, USA - MAY 8, 2010
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Nice looking deep amber pour with some floating particles, almost no head. Hop, grass, rye and caramel aromas. Strong rye and hop flavor, the palate is slightly syrupy, not much carbonation. Easy drinker but nothing special and not really fitting of its "hop bomber" name.