strangaj (250) - West Chester, Ohio, USA - APR 18, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
The rye and caramel malt really balances out the hops to the point that it is really not that bitter at all. I bet this beer would appeal to non-craft beer drinkers who are looking for something new, but not ready for the abruptness of a traditional pale ale. However, in thinking about the taste I must say that it reminds me more of a killians (rather a sierra nevada pale ale per se), with a bit more hop character. Would go nicely with a beer and fries.
verymerrymonk (413) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 17, 2010
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pour is a mostly clear gold body with a nice one finger white head. Wow, very grassy. I get some caramel and sugar, but mostly just dry and bitter. I like it.
Noodle (13) - Ohio, USA - MAR 31, 2010
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
An interesting pale ale, as you can definitely taste the rye malt. There is very little hop aroma, particular for a dry hopped ale with over 60 IBUs. In fact, this beer sure doesn’t taste like it has that level of bittering units, but perhaps that’s because the malty sweetness really balances well with the hops. Also has very long, and pleasing finish. Overall, this is a very good beer, and is a nice change of pace from the typical pale ale or IPA.
alexsdad06 (5342) - Ohio, USA - MAR 27, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz. bottle from The Party Source. Pours a clear amber color with a small off white head that collapses to a thin film. The aroma is light malt with citrus hops. There is a touch of sweetness and a mild herbal quality. The flavor is pale biscuity malts with a hint of caramel. The hop notes are mainly citrus and light pine. Light medium bodied with a dry finish with an above average amount of bitterness for a pale ale. As we move toward warmer weather, this could be a welcome addition to the working on the yard line up.
Rating #6 for this beer.
RKanis (152) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 16, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours amber with a thick white head. Real nice lacing. Aroma is grapefruit and caramel. Taste is sweet caramel and grapefruit with a bitter hop aftertaste that hits on the back of your tongue. Tasty brew.
smartbrewing (11) - Amelia, Ohio, USA - MAR 5, 2010
3.4 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma for a beer with "hop" in its title is not what I expected. I could only make out malt aromas...caramel to be specific. With a name like "hop bomber", I expected something more of an IPA. Complex malt sweetness, dominated by caramel and rye malts...a little munich and possible biscuit flavors as well. Malt sweetness and flavor upfront with hops bitterness at the end. Reminds me of the Moerlein OTR, but on the sweeter malt side and less caramel flavors (rye and munich malts flavors instead). Overall, a good pale ale.
Tmoney99 (10471) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 21, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Poured a clear dark copper color with an average frothy white head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate citrus hops and earthy malt aroma. Medium body with a smooth texture and soft carbonation. Medium bittersweet flavor with a medium bittersweet finish of moderate duration. I would recommend this to a freind.
pellegjr (395) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 20, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a deep maple syrup w/ a moderate off-white head, aroma is confection with some honey and cereal, heavy malt backbone w/ some bitterness on finish, but no specific identifiable hop flavor, smooth, but unremarkable and not characterisitc of a typical IPA
JCW (1274) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 16, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I got a feeling this is going to be Rivertown’s best selling beer for awhile. Slightly cloudy gold color, aroma of cascades or possible columbus hops(mix of pine & citrus). Moderate ale body. Plenty of hop bitterness. Finish is a pleasant mix of pine and malty sweetness. This beer kind of reminded me of Great Lakes Burning River.