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RATINGS: 136   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.17/5   IBU: 60   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
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 59ºF in a pint glass.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
msante79 (2224) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - JUN 19, 2010
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.

   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 (9413) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 26, 2010
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.

   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 (6376) - 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 (9562) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
GMUcrew7 (577) - Mason, Ohio, USA - MAY 8, 2010
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
strangaj (250) - West Chester, Ohio, USA - APR 18, 2010
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
verymerrymonk (413) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 17, 2010
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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Noodle (14) - Ohio, USA - MAR 31, 2010
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.

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