willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - AUG 16, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
08.16.04 Bomber. Pours a quite clouded glowing amber highlighted by gold around the edges; average tan head. Wonderful citrus and pine aroma. Solid malty backbone supports sharp, unctuous hoppiness. Hops are somewhat one dimensional (I only now see that only one hop is used) by today’s ’standards’. In truth, the PNW flavors and character of this beer are of the sort that made me so interested in craft brews the way I am today. A nostalgic brew, solid, delicious. Terrible name for a beer.
ChazyRPh (583) - Chazy, New York, USA - AUG 9, 2004
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle. Light copper pour with a generous white frothy head. Decent lacing. Great aroma, definite hops, "C" hops, piney aroma with some sweetness also. Nicely bitter to start, leading to a malty backbone. The finish is lingering bitter. Clean finish. Solid brew.
BBB63 (6449) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - AUG 9, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle: Hazy orangy yellow hue with lasting off-white frothy head and very good lace. The aroma has notes of aromatic and piney hops, grapefruit and apple, dusty and earthy malt and yeast combination, and a touch of honeycomb. The taste starts with a kick of bitters but is followed nicely by a layer of malt. Much more balanced that I expected. The finish is a chalky bitter aftertaste. The feel is surprisingly full and biting, not aggressive however. Except for the piney nature, this brew is very much within the style of the traditional ESB’s. Shocked, but I really liked this brew. Brutal my arse.
WabashMan (1018) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - AUG 7, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Finally, a bitter that I actually enjoy! Perhaps it’s my love of IPAs and Double IPAs that has ruined this style for me. The bitterness is just never as up front as I like. But this one’s different. A great bitter punch and nice color make this an enjoyable brew.
BeerPrince (1701) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 4, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Strong hop and citrus fruit aroma balanced by malty sweetness. Nice taste as its not too bitter, but shows nice signs of hops and malts. Finish is nicely dry and bitter.
bb (7510) - Alamo, California, USA - JUL 23, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft. Hazy amber color with a big off-white head. Big grapefruit aroma. Taste shows some malt backing, but it’s mostly citrus and pine. Fairly easy drinking for a beer of this type.
IndianaRed (2869) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUL 20, 2004
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JUL 21, 2005 BottlePours A nice medium hazy amber, with a decent head and lacing. Aroma is a slightly sweet, wheaty, and a bit of a hoppy bite.
Taste is very bold. Malty, big hops kick, very robust and full tasting. Like a dark IPA. Feel is a bit heavy and smooth. A little brown sludge at the bottom of the glass Lingering aftertaste is that back of the toungue pucker. Pretty Good.
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - JUL 18, 2004
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 26, 2005 Rogue tap house in Portland. This brew has a very citrusy hop aroma with a good malt backing. Pours a orange/amber color with a nice ivory head that leaves moderate lacing. The taste had a great bitterness to it the whole way through and ended with a nice hoppy character. Very smooth and crisp.
shadey (1996) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JUL 17, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber: The pour was a hazy orange that almost glowed. The aroma was hops and citrus. The flavor was citrus, hops bitterness, a little sweet honey, and more bitterness. Just delicious. Not sure if it tops Fullers ESB but hey.. that doesn’t make it a bad beer. Very enjoyable.
Terminus (3349) - Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA - JUL 12, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 20, 2006 22 oz bomber-pours a hazy orange hue with a hue rocky off-white head that lasted quite a long time. many rogue beers pour with this head for some reason. floral hop aroma with some toasty notes from the maris otter malts. has some slight lager charactersitcs due to the crystal hops. smells like "beer" to me. Nice balance of the crystal hops and toasty malts-kinda reminds me of a bigger version of the honey cream ale, which i thought was a decent brew! Not the hop bomb i was expecting, but a very balanced beer that I would love to have again. The finish is piney and hoppy, but not astringent. I still haven’t had a bad beer from this company. Thanks Secret Santa for this one!!!!!!