douglas88 (9789) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 23, 2017
Bomber. Pours a mostly clear orange hue with a small white head. A big orange, citrus nose, marmalade. Sweet, pungent, resinous, a lot of toast, huge citrus essence. The later is the NEIPA heart for sure, but this is a bit lacking of the intense juicy element, more full bodied and rounded. Not that this is a bad thing, it is good actually in my opinion. Very clean and very drinkable. ACHops (1688) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 9, 2017
On tap @ Chuck’s CD. Pours hazy golden orange with thin white head. Aroma is orange marmalade, light melon and grapefruit. Taste is big sweet nectarine juice up front, heavy dank earthy citrus notes linger through the finish. Nice hazy IPA, plenty of juicy flavor, though a bit cloying. Thisis12ptfont (1230) - Los Angeles, CA, California, USA - JUL 4, 2017
Aromas of sweet honey, lemon zest, honeydew, fresh cut grass, coriander, melon, grapefruit juice and lime juice. Pours a very light tan with almost no foam rim and little lacing. Taste brings very light bodied notes off honeydew, fresh melon juice, tangerine, mango, lemongrass, peach skin and alcohol sugars. Mid palate shines with bright caramel, cracker, crisp ale yeast and metallic malts. Finishes smooth with more melon and fresh cut grass overtones. Overall, pretty interesting style in general. This one shines on the fresh melon, grass and tropical fruits. TAR (2802) - Blue Ridge Mountains, North Carolina, USA - JUN 28, 2017
Release 3, brewed in Denver: Hazed orangish golden. Creamy and sticky white foam. Seductive hop aromas of pineapple marmalade, passionfruit, lemon cake, and flowers fill the nose. Hint of toasted bread. Snug carbonation. Silky and chewily hoppy with a plentitude of sappy oils which possess the luster and depth of marmalade. Zesty kumquat slowly digs in to contrast with the resounding polished hop flavors. Abundant pineapple jam flavors combine with the oils, resulting in a chewy body. Pulpy and lip-smacking throughout. Sparkling shades of lemon gently buckle the cheeks before the strikingly soft roundness of quelling guava and passionfruit blanket the tongue. A wheat like twang anchors the vibrant hop complexity beautifully. Hint of orange pith and just a bit of grassiness tarnish the otherwise impeccable hoppiness. Cleanly fermented and deceptively dry, with just a smidgeon of weightless toasted bread providing a scratchy base to uphold the persistent tropical fruit medley. I’m not sure how these two low-quality breweries teamed up to make something of this caliber, but they did just that and I’ll gladly take it. My only quibble is that the hops are just a bit too Cascade-like, i.e. wet grass clippings and yawn-inducing orange pith. However, there’s more than enough ripe hop flavor and tropical fruit succulence to make it easy to enjoy the entire bomber. Nice work, guys. zoucrew102 (2235) - - JUN 24, 2017
Bomber. Juicy tropical fruit aroma with notes of grapefruit citrus, bready malt and light floral hops. Pours cloudy golden colored with about one finger of off white head that has excellent retention but little lacing. Starts with juicy grapefruit citrus and bready malt flavors with notes of lemon. Finishes very smooth with notes of bright and sweet tropical fruit flavors including mango and papaya as well as a hint of floral hops at the very end with a bit of citric acidity. Wonderful IPA.
superspak (6204) - Waterford, Michigan, USA - JUN 8, 2017
22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, release #3; no bottle dating, but was just released. Pours lightly hazy golden amber/light orange color with a 1-2 finger dense and rocky off white head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Nice thick soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of big lemon, lime, mango, melon, tangerine, grapefruit, passion fruit, guava, citrus zest, light pepper/pine, wheat, white bread, light honey/toast, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of fruity/tropical/citrus hops and moderate pale malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big lemon, lime, mango, melon, tangerine, grapefruit, passion fruit, guava, citrus zest, light pepper/pine, wheat, white bread, light honey/toast, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Light pine/herbal/grassy bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of lemon, lime, mango, melon, tangerine, grapefruit, passion fruit, guava, citrus zest, light pepper/pine, wheat, white bread, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a while. Great complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/tropical/citrus hops and moderate pale malt flavors; with an awesome malt/bitterness balance, and zero astringent hop flavors after the finish. Slight dryness from lingering bitterness, lightly increasing through the glass. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/bready/grainy, and lightly sticky mouthfeel that is great. Zero warming alcohol for 7.3%. Overall this is an awesome NE IPA! All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/tropical/citrus hops and moderate pale malt flavors; very smooth, easy, and quite refreshing to drink; with the very mildly bitter/drying finish. Super juicy, fruity, vibrant, and tropical on hops; nice malt backbone without being sweet. A really enjoyable and delicious offering. Ernest (7887) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUN 7, 2017
Bottle (release 3, 7.3%, Denver-brewed).
Head is initially average sized, frothy, white, mostly lasting.
Body is hazy/cloudy medium yellow.
Aroma is lightly malty (toasted grain, cookie), moderately hoppy (melon, apricot, orange, grapefruit, flowers), with a hint of squash/vegetables.
Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter.
Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter.
Medium body, velvety/watery texture, lively carbonation.
How the heck did two below-average breweries make such a pleasant beer??? Did they somehow cancel each other out? To be honest, this is the first NE-style IPA I’ve had that I actually enjoyed...they’re so often muddy and sour-ish and off-smelling or dull. This is fruity, per usual, but it actually smells like hops, not fruit juice...so it smells like beer, not a soft drink. Damn near 8 for aroma. Very well balanced and pretty low acid, too, so I slugged the whole bomber with easy joy. Definitely will buy again to re-evaluate / fine-tune the score. Concealer (1278) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUN 6, 2017
Bomber. Hazy gold with a thick, frothy off white hear that lasts and laces. Aromas of grapefruit, pine, mango, yeast, and biscuit. Flavor is the same. Sweet citrus, bitter pine, yeast and biscuit. Medium plus bodied, soft mouth feel, smooth with a dry bitter finish. Not as tropical as most NEIPAs and more bitter. williamstome (2038) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUN 4, 2017
Gold pour. No aroma, other than a bit of funk. Nice start, floral, citrus, with pine and tropical fruits. But quickly fading with no finish. Very disappointing! PhillyCraft (8192) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 31, 2017
At Freshcraft, lightly hazy yellowgold with small head. This is not a New England style at all, its not murky, chewy, yeasty, or overly fruity. I get mostly bitter and subtle lemons and light grapefruit with some grain and ashy toast. Light to medium body. Average at best