Thorpe429 (5035) - , Illinois, USA - JAN 8, 2012 ClarkVV (6708) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 10, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bomber drunk on 11/13/07, at about 12-15 months of age.
Lovely pour, despite the obvious filtration, showing a clear, bubbly copper body with a surprisingly large, well-retained white head. Light lacing ensues. No sediment on the bottom.
More surprises in the nose, where hops are still prevalent. Pleasantly grainy, crisp pale malts are well-attenuated and complement the saaz-like grassiness. Strong citrus builds up on the end of the saaz aromatics, climaxing with some light pine resin. Not oxidized or stale in any way, and with some mild fruit esters. Medium to medium-high strength of aroma with emerging lemon poundcake sweetness as it warms (citric hops and sweet pale malts). No alcohol or flaws.
Sweet maltiness in the flavor still comes on strong for being over a year old and the hops aren’t far behind. Honey notes are moderately sticky, with a touch of earthy/bready grain notes, finishing with citric (lemon and white grapefruit) hoppiness that are augmented with sticky resins. The mouthfeel is still full of carbonation that is surprisingly engaging. Acidity builds up a bit too much by the end of the bottle and the texture remains creamy, driving home the sweetness. But some semblance of balance sort of wins out in the end. Very little complexity though. Alcohol is not noticed, no flaws.
No doubt this must have been obnoxiously hoppy/acidic when fresh. Glad I waited til now to try it.
Bottle courtesy of mdbf79. Served in a Bruery tulip.
Pours a fairly-clear golden-copper color with a small white head. Touch of lacing and a bit of a collar. The nose has a bit of bready malt and light caramel with some earthy hops. Hops to the flavor with a good bitterness and light bread. Medium body and good carbonation. Dry finish. Good. onceblind (9682) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 15, 2011
On tap in GABF 2011, 30th Anniversary, in the retro-1981 tent. Clear light golden with a thin white head. Very balanced aroma between biscuity malts and grassy citrus hops. Nice flavor of grassy pine hops balanced by simple dry biscuit malts, creating a simple, off dry, drinkable session brew that takes you back 3 decades. Rockinout (966) - Kent, Ohio, USA - JUL 31, 2010
Chunks of sediment floating about then settling on the bottom of my glass, golden color, honey and faint resin in the nose, has a somewhat citrus finish. jtclockwork (16597) - , New Jersey, USA - APR 28, 2010
Yeasty sediment pour. Reddish color blocked by massive deposits of sediment. Not sure if I got a bad batch or if they brewed this one 25 years ago. Taste is slight licorice. Nothing fancy. madmitch76 (24807) - , Essex, ENGLAND - NOV 21, 2009
26th August 2008. Cloudy amber beer. Soft palate. Mild creamy hops and malt. Slightly dry finish. Well balanced and easy drinking.
anders37 (26641) - Malmö, SWEDEN - MAR 14, 2009
Bottle. Pours a clear golden color with a small white head. Has a malty caramel aroma with some hoppy hints. Sweetish malty hoppy flavor with some caramel hints. Has a sweetish malty hoppy finish. alexanderj (3605) - Branson, Missouri, USA - DEC 4, 2008
Bottle. Picked this up in South Bend after Dark Lord Day 2008. Poured a copper/dark gold color with a fluffy white head. Lacing and carbonation streams. aroma of caramel, citrus/pine/grass and biscuit malt. Flavor reminded me alot of an English Pale Ale. Dry biscuit with caramel and an earthy, English hop finish. Very easy drinking. frankenkitty (2012) - Oak Lawn, Illinois, USA - OCT 22, 2008
Mid-hazed amber/vermillion under a mostly-holding film of ecru. Yeast, malt & hops find pleasant contrast in the aroma. Organized chaos. Peppers. Fruit. Palate is dirty, dry & alcohol laden. Flavor is tart & yeasty with a fruitiness and deeper bready qualities. A bit astringent yet rather good.
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - OCT 20, 2008
<font size=-4>Bomber from <a href=http://ratebeer.com/Place/ohio/columbus/grape of Mirth, Columbus, OH 43215</font>
Bottle. Pours an amber body with a 1 finger white head. Lots of malt, pale and simple, a few spices, and a floral hoppy finish. Pretty lame beer to commemorate one of the best beer festivals espically for its silver anniversary. kyzr (1548) - Montana, USA - OCT 7, 2008
Dark amber color with white head. Nose is dough and citrus. Flavor has a nice hop front that is followed by a nice malt backig with a nice little pepper bite. Had some oxidation due to the age, but was not too bad.