beernovice39 (3270) - Idaho, USA - DEC 7, 2012
Bottle pours a deep clear red with a thick fluffy off white top. Wonderful scent of pine, caramel and citrus. Taste is pine, rye and caramel. Good Stuff. Ibrew2or3 (8614) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JAN 30, 2013
22oz bomber pours a clear amber to ruby red with a tan head of foam and leaving behind spotty lacing. The aroma offers up wonderful hoppy earthy dankness with bits of pine and citrus in the background. Yes! The taste is firmly hoppy with thick wedges of dank hops and grapefruit to tangelo citrus hop goodness. It unloads robust levels of bitter hoppiness with just snippets of flavor hops and faint malt sweetness creating additional depth and interest. The beer is only dark in color as I get no crystal malts or roasted malt flavors. Solid brew. If this was less expensive I’d get lots more. onceblind (9631) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 1, 2013
Clear deep dark amber with a thin rocky beige head. Rich and intense aroma of boozy caramel, grapefruit zest, and sticky pine resin. Flavor was nice and full with some sticky caramel and sticky pine resin mixing with a wet hop sorta tone, along with grapefruity bittersweetness.
Bulk_Carrier (6065) - Vermont, USA - JUL 4, 2014
UPDATED: DEC 2, 2014 I’m pretty sure this just came out this week as I see a bottling date of "best by 12/01/2014.
Hmm...an 8.5 percent American Strong Ale, yessir, night before Independence Day, hell yeah, let’s do this.
This was poured into a sniffer.
The appearance had a nice mahogany color with a thin to a finger’s worth of white foamy head that dissipated within a good minute. There’s some light foamy somewhat sticky lacing but actually it ends up sliding after a bit of opening up.
The smell was extremely awesome as it had a very nice caramel to citrus to pine to lightly spiced. Holy shit! Where the (fill in the blank) did this come from? It ends up opening up just a tad of light grapefruit to assortment of an absolutely stellar balance all around.
The taste is extremely balanced between some awesome light bitter pine to grapefruit to extra tropical fruitiness just overtaking everything but still allowing a nice caramel strength to empower a certain boldness in the flavor.
On the palate, there’s no ifs ands or buts, this one sits just a simple straight up medium on the body. There’s not much of a sessionable quality to it as I found myself sipping this. For a super fresh Strong Ale, I find the carbonation to be fairly subdued but still good for the style.
Overall, wow, when fresh, ABC knocked this one outa the park, however given some of the previous reviews on this, I’m afraid to age it. Sorry, if I sound like a homer for giving such high marks, but if anything, drink as fresh as you can and many will see the same things I see. bhensonb (15190) - Woodland, California, USA - FEB 11, 2013
Bomber from Bine & Vine. Pours very dark - but held to light there’s a lot of garnet in it - decent creamy beige head. Aroma is mild cat piss - but there’s some roasty malt and arguably pine too. Full bodied cause of the creamy carb. Flavor is roasty malt with a heck of a lot of citrus and resin. Fact is, the feel is actually kind of like a hoppy barley wine - but there’s too much hop for that. Point: it’s not harsh - it’s smooth - but it’s hoppy enough to stand up as a NW hop bomb IMHO. Curl up around one or two of these, and go to bed. Excellent ale.
DuffMan (10425) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 19, 2013
Bottle, shared with Parksy and Grippitis. Deep red- orange with a dense beige head that laces thickly. Lovely aroma of fresh pineapple, citrus, and caramel malt that makes me think more of melon. Flavour-dense palate that is equally malty and hoppy, again literally bursting with tropical fruit aromatics. Unlike some IRAs, this strikes the right balance without becoming cloyingly sweet. Really delicious! larryLSB (533) - La Selva Beach, California, USA - MAR 22, 2013
Poured from bomber, dark amber with red hue, nice medium off white-light tan head. Nice sweet malty nose with floral notes. Taste was balanced toward sweetness and just a hint of spice. Medium bodied, a bit sticky with good carbonation, nice finish. Good strong ale, doesn’t have that strong boozieness. harrymel (1551) - Spokane, Washington, USA - DEC 5, 2013
Best by 13MAY13
Pours a clear crimson red with a finger of light cream foam and some spotty lace. Smells of citrus, grapefruit, spiced malts, some tea and a bit more of the centennial and cascades - this is a nice nose. Bitter, malty, spicy and hoppy - layered with nice complex malts and a good dry bitterness, along comes some pine and resin with a hint of grapefruit rind and a little touch of pekoe. Medium bodied with moderated, prickly carb and a wet finish. This is a nice surprise - Alaskan Brewing is like my permanent sleeper; so many great beers, so little sincere appreciation.
Serving type: bottle
12-06-2012 Beese (2735) - Watford, Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - FEB 17, 2014
Draught at APEX in Portland, OR on 22 May 2013. Poured a dark red with a dense off white head. Fruity aroma with some grapefruit, pineapple and some toasted malt. Initial flavours of pine, brown sugar and biscuity malt; a nice balance of hoppy and sweet malt flavours. Finish was equally balanced. djroehler (290) - Minnesota, USA - JAN 24, 2013
On tap. Deep clear red, mocha head that lasts a little bit, malt, caramel, coffee, honey on the nose, big malts up front, roasted peanuts, fruity yeast, figs, medium carbonation. Smooth and creamy throughout, the alcohol comes out near the finish. Awesome beer.