buzzbo (6) - USA - JUN 19, 2010 does not count
Crisp and clean American Amber with a nice grapefruit and tea leaf hoppy finish on the back end. Well balanced. Makes for a nice session brew. Nicely done. phaleslu (10652) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 26, 2010
12 oz. bottle from The Party Source. I’ve started seeing six-packs of Rivertown around Cincinnati but wanted to grab the singles I haven’t tried yet, and this was one. Pours a clear ruby-amber with a big off-white head that settles into a thin, creamy cap with uneven lacing. Aroma of caramel malts, earthy hops, wet tea leaves, floral notes, and mild spices. Flavor of caramel, tea, earthy hops, toffee, tobacco, rye, and brown sugar. This has a really nice sweet, earthy quality, but the hops aren’t as punchy as advertised. Light-medium bodied, with a leafy, earthy mouthfeel and moderate carbonation. Sweet tea finish. Not bad at all. Lyncham (251) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 16, 2010
Not disappointed, but was expecting more crisp citrus nose and taste. Rye adds a mid range flavor. Bitterness come out at the end. A touch of Saaz? Slight peppery finish. Bit soapy. Color is a pale off brown. Slight chill haze. Slightly over carbonated for me. 2 fingers of white head with small to medium bubbles. About a 1/4" head to the end. Beerman6686 (6611) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 13, 2010
This poured a medium to light oranage color with a white head. Aroma was light bittering and citrus hops, some pale malt too. Flavor was pale and caramel malt, with some citrus hops to balance it out, but not as bitter as I was hoping with it being called hop bomber. j12601 (13099) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - MAY 12, 2010
Bottle. Pours a ruby crimson amber with a large light beige head. Nice big caramel and thick sticky hops. Citrus and a subtle hint of pine. Medium bodied, nice and malty, but not quite to the level of the nose. Light bitterness on the finish, a bit crackery with some nutty malt.
GMUcrew7 (577) - Mason, Ohio, USA - MAY 8, 2010
Nice looking deep amber pour with some floating particles, almost no head. Hop, grass, rye and caramel aromas. Strong rye and hop flavor, the palate is slightly syrupy, not much carbonation. Easy drinker but nothing special and not really fitting of its "hop bomber" name. strangaj (250) - West Chester, Ohio, USA - APR 18, 2010
The rye and caramel malt really balances out the hops to the point that it is really not that bitter at all. I bet this beer would appeal to non-craft beer drinkers who are looking for something new, but not ready for the abruptness of a traditional pale ale. However, in thinking about the taste I must say that it reminds me more of a killians (rather a sierra nevada pale ale per se), with a bit more hop character. Would go nicely with a beer and fries. verymerrymonk (413) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 17, 2010
Pour is a mostly clear gold body with a nice one finger white head. Wow, very grassy. I get some caramel and sugar, but mostly just dry and bitter. I like it. Noodle (24) - Ohio, USA - MAR 31, 2010
An interesting pale ale, as you can definitely taste the rye malt. There is very little hop aroma, particular for a dry hopped ale with over 60 IBUs. In fact, this beer sure doesn’t taste like it has that level of bittering units, but perhaps that’s because the malty sweetness really balances well with the hops. Also has very long, and pleasing finish. Overall, this is a very good beer, and is a nice change of pace from the typical pale ale or IPA. alexsdad06 (10803) - West Chester, Ohio, USA - MAR 27, 2010
12 oz. bottle from The Party Source. Pours a clear amber color with a small off white head that collapses to a thin film. The aroma is light malt with citrus hops. There is a touch of sweetness and a mild herbal quality. The flavor is pale biscuity malts with a hint of caramel. The hop notes are mainly citrus and light pine. Light medium bodied with a dry finish with an above average amount of bitterness for a pale ale. As we move toward warmer weather, this could be a welcome addition to the working on the yard line up.
Rating #6 for this beer.