kaser (6408) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 4, 2016
Golden pour from draft. White head. Hoppy and fruity, bitter. Pretty good for a rock bottom BeerBunker (966) - Burbank, Illinois, USA - MAY 13, 2009
On tap at Rock Bottom Orland Park. Pours amber with an off white head. Aroma is big on citrus, hops, pine, and caramel malt. Aroma is of citrus, pine, and hops. The hops are very muted, but still present. The hops are also very oily. The citrus is what carries this beer and keeps it drinkable. Backbone is of caramel malt with almost biscuity notes. Lingering citrus and oily hop presence. Alcohol is well hidden underneath all the citrus. Not much of a hop bomb, but a very tasty beer and worth drinking again. msante79 (2244) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - OCT 30, 2008
On tap at Rock Bottom Orland Park. Pours clear copper with thick white head. Aroma is floral hops, citrus and pine. Flavor is hops, citrus, pine and caramel malts. A nice balanced IPA but is lacking in the hops department for 'Hop Bomb'. More of a 3/4 IPA. Still a nice brew that hides alcohol well for the abv. Wish RB OP would brew more brews of this style and get away of all the lagers and bitters. TheAlum (7164) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - MAR 28, 2008
Poured draft at Orland Park. The name left me expecting big things, and I wasn’t dissappointed being I half expected Orland to mess it up miserably. Poured a copper color with a nice soapy head. Nice hop aroma that was not so much flowery, but more citrus and piney. Tastes of hoppiness balanced with some caramel malts was a predictable taste, but an always enjoyable one. Great lingering finish that left me wanting another. Look forward to trying again. hombrepalo (1972) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 24, 2008
On tap at Rock Fest ’08. Hop Bomb? I expected lots more hops from this name. But overall it was a good IPA. Nice golden color and head. Piny citrus and hop taste. Not overwelmed by the hops. A bit bitter, but in a good way. almost balnced but missing something.
dm9831 (1512) - Monee, Illinois, USA - MAR 23, 2008User29624 (1687) - - MAR 3, 2008
Cask @ Night of the Living Ales. Aroma was of pine and grapefruit. The flavor of caramel malt balanced well with the pine and grapefruit flavors. The fact that is balanced so well made it seem less like a Hop Bomb I was hoping it was going to be. Still a very nice IPA though. drewbeerme (3921) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 2, 2008
on cask at Night of the Living Ales IV, this fared well on cask, a tasty pnw hopped up brew. i’m glad to see it listed as a single ipa as i was knocking it a bit for it not being worthy of a name like hop bomb but whatever, its a single ipa and a pretty tasty one at that. gws57 (1276) - Saint Charles, Illinois, USA - NOV 21, 2007
Had this one on draught at the brewpub in Orland Park as part of a sampler flight. Amazingly floral nose, amazingly bitter throughout, bitter finish, wow. I am impressed with this "hop bomb." JLAudio (282) - Crestwood, Illinois, USA - MAY 19, 2007
UPDATED: OCT 22, 2007 Rerate: On Tap. I’ve rated this one before in may 2007, the last time they had this beer in rotation. It was so damn good, I wanted to do it again, as this one just got tapped this month. Previous rating was 4.2/5 overall (A=7, A=4, F=9, Palate=4, O=18)
Poured a wonderful deep copper color, with a great 3 finger head, which lasted for a nice long time. The lacing just clings to the glass with this one. Aromas of pine and citrus with a soft caramel hint round this out. The flavor starts with the upfront hop explosion, but melded somewhere in there were layers of caramel malts, biscuit flavors, and bread dough. This blends excellently with the great amount of grapefruit, citrus and pine flavors. Typical American Style IPA, but has a wonderful uniqueness that doesn’t exactly taste like the rest; it seems a lot more "fresh" full of the wonderful resins and oils from the hops. It has something to do with their blend of grains and malts, but also has to be the ambience of the place. This is RB’s best beer...seems that its one of the bartender’s, waitresses, managers, and even the brewmasters favorite as well. They were all drinking there after their shifts while watching the MLB Postseason.