StouterRick (32) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - MAR 3, 2013
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I had this on tap at the Tap House. I was blasted with an up front orange and tropical fruit bouquet that was matched in intensity by the taste. There is enough of a malt background to really hold this beer together. This is a very tasty beer.
timc100 (314) - Park Ridge, Illinois, USA - MAR 2, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Not much going on. Sweet tropical citrus fruits over cardboard-y lager smell. Taste is decently bitter, refreshing, slightly sweet from the hops. Eh.
Ernest (6014) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAR 1, 2013
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Head is initially small, frothy, off-white, mostly diminishing.
Body is medium amber.
Aroma is lightly to moderately malty (caramel), moderately hoppy (apricot, resin), with notes of soured fruit (kumquat, etc.), butter, scented soap, cotton candy, celery.
Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly bitter.
Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, moderately bitter, slightly unclean.
Medium to full body, watery/syrupy texture, lively/soft carbonation, moderately alcoholic.
Pretty typical Sprecher-quality beer...clunky, jumbled, aimless, off-notes, homebrew-ish.
twindadplus2 (572) - Wisconsin, USA - FEB 20, 2013
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Hazy coppery red color with a small, tight beige head. Dry pine aroma with a hint of hay and cereal malt. Something in the initial taste just doesn’t sit right, almost a cardboard, vegetal flavor. It settles down into the pine and citrus hops and a malty finish but that first taste just ruins the flavor profile. It’s a pity because that’s really the only flaw in this beer.
bigtelephone (1) - - FEB 10, 2013 does not count
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 8/20
A great taste of hops with a citrus after taste. Amazing color and a great beer to share over a nice long meal or a fire.
brewsconsin (11) - - JAN 21, 2013
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
What I really like about this beer is that it is out of Sprecher’s normal mode of traditional or German-style brews. It is completely unlike the rest of their brand and even comes in a different bottle.
Citra Bomb has a strong malt backbone with a moderately high level of bitterness. Good hop flavor with decent aroma really make the beer fit the IPA style, though it is kind of a tweener between IPA and Imperia and I am not sure the hos came through as much in the aroma as I would expect for 100lbs.
At $6.99/bomber it might be a little much for me to buy again anytime soon, but I am glad to see Sprecher putting out some new and fun stuff.
crossovert (6134) - Illinois, USA - JAN 13, 2013
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
650ml bottle. Amber pour. Hay, cereal, and sliht maralade in the scent. Flavor is very candy like, like marzipan, almondy, vegetal, medium to high bitterness. Dry hopping with fresh hops for 6 weeks is just overkill and it doens’t help this one at all. If it were a few weeks and dried hops it would have made a huge difference in the hop presence.
AWISLguy (1012) - Wisconsin, USA - JAN 12, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bomber from Ray’s in Tosa. Pours a coppery orange with a foamy white head leaving nice lacing. Aroma has dank malts and faint fruit. Taste is of bitter citrus, pale malts, some sugar and some earthiness. Thick and rough. Finishes dank and bitter with some sweetness. There is some simcoe, but not getting any citra - should’ve done an additional dry hopping - and not significantly different than their iipa.