Hop Bomber India Pale Ale - Grand Canyon Brewing Company
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3.58/5 rDev -3.2%
Colored like a gold brick, brilliantly clear and bright. One finger of bubbles as sticky and dense as marshmallow fluff.
Aroma is appropriately bright, considering this has been extra dry-hopped. The cones lend great floral and citrus aromas -- rose, honeysuckle, grass, tangerine. Marris Otter malt -- a variety most often found in English-style ales -- provides a backbone of caramel-glazed biscuits.
Malty-sweet at the front of the tongue, with notes of English toffee, honey and toasted bread. Orange peel, pine and floral hop spice settle into the taste buds upon the swallow. A touch of dank resin. Highly bitter.
Medium body, sugar-thick. Hops give the brew an almost peppery heat on the tongue. Carbonation is prickly.
Is it noticeably better than other IPAs on the market? Nah. But it's a cool idea.
07-11-2013 22:50:28 | More by Phelps
3.44/5 rDev -7%
Grand Canyon? More like Yellowstone - this beer erupted higher and with more force than Old Faithful. It is a geyser of foam; more ended up in the sink than my glass. This never-ending gushing meant it was some time before I could get a good look at any of that honey-amber liquid. Turns out it's dismally clouded. And factor in the drifting sediment and splatters of lacing, the glass looks like it was hit by a tornado.
My dismay didn't start there however. I rather like the idea of the patented "flavor bomb" - adding additional ingredients, in this case fresh hops, to a tiny plastic pellet that steeps inside the bottle - but why did they have to put little antennas on it?! I thought I got a bottle with a big snail in it; it looked like something out of the X-Files.
But does it work? Does it make for a more aromatic and hoppy IPA? I'm inclined to say 'yes'. At least a little. The bouquet is certainly fragrant, for a time anyhow - the bloom fell off that rose pretty quickly (a befitting analogy given the beer's overtly floral personae). Herbal and soapy notes also abound with traces of citrus fruits never too far from mind.
Likewise, the flavour showcases a good deal of earthy and pithy hop elements but it's merely good, not great. There's no truly vivid hop tastes that stand out. The yeast, on the other hand, has a considerably strong flavour (not surprising after we saw its effect on the appearance). The malts stand on the fence, providing a mild but marked biscuity, toffee-like sweetness.
Hop Bomber dropped a bomb alright - all over my kitchen floor. It wasn't the kind of explosiveness I bargained for. Clearly this bottle wasn't in peak condition but, living more than 2000 miles from the brewery, I'm unfortunately not in a position to buy another just this minute. But I liked it enough that I would. Unintended flaws aside, this strikes me as a promising IPA.
01-25-2014 00:54:13 | More by biegaman
3.59/5 rDev -3%
Bottle in trade from ibrew2or3. This had been hanging out in my fridge for a criminally long amount of time. Bomber dated July 2013, poured Januaray 2014. Pours a beautifully clear golden orange with a one finger fluffy white head. Aroma is grapefruit and heavy caramel and bready malts (as expected given the age). This seems like it would have been really nice fresh so bonus points for still smelling rather appetizing. Flavor is a combination of stale hops and surprisingly light malt backbone given the aroma. Sweet bready malts dominate this with just a hint of grapefruit on the tongue. Resinous and medium mouthfeel with medium carbonation. Not bad, should have had it fresh and will have to try again.
01-25-2014 03:20:45 | More by BMMillsy
3.39/5 rDev -8.4%
Type: 22-oz. bomber
Glass: Firestone pint glass
From: A Whole Foods in Tempe, Ariz.
Price: Est. $5.99
Purchased: May 16, 2013
Consumed: June 2, 2013
Misc.: Wax on the bottle; "Flavor Bomb" (wood chips, spicy ingredients according to article below) in bottle; No ABV on bottle, but Untappd read 6.00%, RateBeer.com read 7.00% & a newspaper article (http://blogs.phoenixnewtimes.com/bella/2013/02/grand_canyon_hop_bomber_ipa_flavor_bomb.php) read 7.50%, which I went with.
Poured a caramel orange hazy color with 1-2 fingers of gray head. Healthy amount of foamy and layered gray lacing on the sides of the glass. Good retention on the top all the way down.
Smelled a mix of tons of hops right away. Initially got floral hops, then skunky resin hops. Finally got some citrus hops in there (lime) and pine. Overall though seemed to be a bit skunked. Maybe waited too long?
Tasted bitter hops right from the get-go. Not as skunky overall as the smell. Alcohol is very noticeable and not well-hidden. Reminded me of a liquor or aftershave. Some sweet floral hops, but citrus hops weren’t as noticeable.
Medium-to-light body. Oily-to-creamy texture. Average-to-lively carbonation. Long, bitter finish.
This beer had its moments, although those were few and far between. Not a big fan.
06-03-2013 01:34:01 | More by BucannonXC5
Hop Bomber India Pale Ale from Grand Canyon Brewing Company
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