Hop Bomber Pale Ale - Rivertown Brewing Co.
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Reviews by damndirtyape:
3.35/5 rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3
12oz bottle (no date) served in a Libby globe stout/porter glass.
Appearance: Slightly hazy orange-amber. Looks almost identical to a glass of iced tea held up to the light in regards to color. Very little head upon pouring, thin white skin that died back to just a ring of foam at the edge. With some swirling the foam came back a bit, but then died again. Some small islands of lacing, but not persistent.
Smell: With a swirl, orange citrus. After the foam died back the orange citrus is still there, along with some leafy herbal smells. A few floral notes come out as the beer warms up.
Taste: There is an attempt at some hop flavor and malt at the beginning, and then wham, a massive bitterness settles over everything. A bombing of the palate with bitterness if you will. Not sure I want my palate carpet bombed though. Even Ruination by Stone, which was another beer that really hit my taste buds hard, had more nuances of flavor in every sip. This is unbalanced. The bitterness is a combination of pine, tea-like bitterness, and some strong grapefruit citrus. There is an attempt of the malt to come out as the beer warms up and I can taste some buttery notes under it all, but the bitterness again clouds everything. Certainly more flavorful than some beers I've had, but way out of balance unfortunately.
Mouthfeel: Sticky on the teeth - lots of hop oils attacking the enamel with this one. Thickness above water, but nothing special.
Overall / Drinkability: Neat label and name, and perhaps some truth in advertising with the name but unfortunately unbalanced. I like my hops, but the malt backing is mostly absent in this beer, and so one and done.
Serving type: bottle
06-15-2013 23:03:54 | More by damndirtyape
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3.45/5 rDev +0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
The body was clean copper while the head was a quickly fleeting rush of tiny bubbles that built a tall foam but disappeared even quicker.
The aroma is a touch of pine, a touch of tea leaf, a bit of caramel and some rye.
The flavor mimics the scent with a light array of pine, malt, rye, caramel, tea leaf and a nutty sweetness in the end.
The feel is a bit bitter and astringent but slides down easy. Nothing remarkable but not detracting.
This is easily the definition of okay but it has enough diversity and complexity that it earns extra points.
Serving type: bottle
04-12-2014 21:18:45 | More by KYGunner
Hop Bomber Pale Ale from Rivertown Brewing Co.
78 out of 100 based on 241 ratings.