Ratman197 (13444) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - MAR 13, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bomber poured a hazy amber with a lingering ring of amber foam. Aromas of grapefruit, orange zest, pine, carmel and light tangerine. Palate was medium bodied and crisp with a smooth dry finish. Flavors of carmel, earthiness, grapefruit, orange zest and a hint of pine with a smooth dry lingering bitter grapefruit finish.
TSJ4000 (3) - Iowa, USA - MAR 8, 2013 does not count
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Yeah the nose on the hops is for real. Sweet orange zest, earthy, zippy hops. The lacing is sticky and the head is pronounced. The taste finishes malty and not too dry. On the palate it’s a little dry after the beer has left the palate. Overall this is a pretty nice beer. I will pick up again. Drank this one from the bottle.
stumpyiliz (217) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAR 6, 2013
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Orange pour into pint glass. Nice light beige head. Dissipating head revealed huge lemon citrus of course. Initial sip is tart and foamy. Lemony citrus overwhelms the palate. A sipper for sure. I had to share this to finish it.
Beaver (1672) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 3, 2013
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
22 oz bottle. Pours slightly hazy copper orange with a small white head that quickly goes to a thin film that leaves some lacing.
The aroma is sweet bready caramel malts and peppery minty hops.
The flavor is sweet bready malts with some tropical fruits and minty peppery hops. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with low prickly carbonation.
Overall, an OK but not too exciting DIPA.
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 (7376) - 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 (677) - 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.