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Hop Bomber India Pale Ale | Grand Canyon Brewing Company

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Grand Canyon Brewing Company
Arizona, United States | website

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BucannonXC5 on 06-03-2013

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Reviews: 7 | Ratings: 39
Reviews by jaybrough:
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4.25/5  rDev +21.8%

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3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of Jeffwildcat
3.54/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Well i picked this up 7 months after botteling so certainly time may have affected aroma, ibu, and taste. For what its worth it was an easy drinking dipa but would like to taste this fresh.

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Photo of supie12
3.66/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This was my first time drinking a bomber so I didn't know what to look for.
This is a great Arizona local brew and it taste really well most of the time I get bored after a regular sized bottle and need to open something new. But I enjoyed this one all the way to the end. It even has a little nitrogen capsule (similar to what Guinness uses). I would highly recommend this brewery and beer to anyone. And I will be buying again when I'm back home in Arizona.

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Photo of waddellc2
3/5  rDev -14%

Photo of buzzy
3.93/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DoctorZombies
3.41/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Dark gold pour with off white head. Dry grassy hop nose. Dry grassy hop flavor. Lite mouthfeel with dry hop tongue coating. Overall an ok IPA.

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Photo of apf
4/5  rDev +14.6%

Photo of Piddmeista
3.25/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of eschlue
3.9/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of tom79mp
4.25/5  rDev +21.8%

Photo of kristougher
3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of Bobhoya
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of Vigilante
3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of k3ve
3.93/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of demonrik
4/5  rDev +14.6%

Photo of jakecattleco
2.94/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Bottle gifted from a friend into a Spiegelau IPA glass. Pours a golden amber with 2+ fingers of medium escape light tan head that left nice lacing. This is the point at which the favorable attributes of the beer come to a close. Nose is almost entirely sweetness from the malt, lots of caramel and little if any hop character. Taste matched the nose, way way too sweet, no bitterness to speak of at all. Mouthfeel was a bit thin, carbonation was ok, and the finish a mix of dry and sweet. Primarily because life is too short and I've got many better things in the fridge, this was the first drain pour I've had in several years. Going to open a BBA stout to cleanse this beer from my palate and memory.

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Photo of ToddSoonerFan
3.74/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

To be fair, this was a Nov. bottle. Surprisingly it was not a malt bomb.

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4/5  rDev +14.6%

Photo of Phelps
3.58/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of Yogafist
2.94/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Mild, but very drinkable IPA. Hops are not over powering, but has a dry, not malty flavor.

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Photo of gleemonger
4.5/5  rDev +28.9%

Photo of BigGingDrinker
3/5  rDev -14%

Photo of Hohnbaum
3.75/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of biegaman
3.43/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Hop Bomber India Pale Ale from Grand Canyon Brewing Company
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