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RATINGS: 130   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.18   IBU: 60   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
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Hop Bomber Pale Ale is an all out attack on your taste buds. With over 60 hop bittering units, this beer has a spicy backbone from the use of fresh rye malt and is dry hopped for a crisp refreshing flavor. Hop Bomber is truly a Hop Heads dream. Best served at 59ļF in a pint glass.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
matthewjk (909) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 5, 2010
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 donít 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 canít be printed on the label. Probably around 5 - 5.5 % ABV

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Acetobacter (816) - Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 1, 2010
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
AndyReynolds (886) - Dayton, Kentucky, USA - JUL 30, 2010
,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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
TheBeerOrg (2145) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - JUL 5, 2010
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
msante79 (2210) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - JUN 19, 2010
12oz bottle from Biggís. 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
buzzbo (6) - USA - JUN 19, 2010 does not count
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
phaleslu (6509) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 26, 2010
12 oz. bottle from The Party Source. Iíve started seeing six-packs of Rivertown around Cincinnati but wanted to grab the singles I havenít 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 arenít as punchy as advertised. Light-medium bodied, with a leafy, earthy mouthfeel and moderate carbonation. Sweet tea finish. Not bad at all.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lyncham (251) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 16, 2010
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Beerman6686 (4346) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 13, 2010
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
j12601 (6584) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - MAY 12, 2010
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.

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