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Hop Bomber Pale Ale - Rivertown Brewing Co.

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Hop Bomber Pale AleHop Bomber Pale Ale

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84 Reviews
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Reviews: 84
Hads: 273
Avg: 3.45
pDev: 29.57%
Wants: 3
Gots: 36 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Rivertown Brewing Co. visit their website
Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: pwoods on 02-25-2010

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Reviews: 84 | Hads: 273
Photo of agleas1
5/5  rDev +44.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The most well balanced Pale I've ever had! It seems like the go to answer for most micro brewmasters is just to hop, re-hop and hop again to mask the inequities. These guys, while at a nice IBU level, don't knock off your nose or tounge with flowers. They simply wow you with their quality!

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Photo of VinceHCFS
4.75/5  rDev +37.7%

I had a draft at the Cincinnati Bearcats basketball game. RIvertown has recently signed on as a sponsor. I found it outstanding. It had a dark rich amber color, great smell, solid taste. I thought the beer had a strong hop sense to it, but not too much to overpower the drinker. Nice kick to it as well. I

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Photo of gmfessen
4.33/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, Hop Bomber is a clear, copper-amber head with a thick, soapy hop head. The nose is what you might expect from a beer named hop bomber; a nice west-coast dose of citrus and resinous hops. The taste reflects the same hop flavor as the nose but there is a subtle toasty malt backbone that adds to the flavor nicely. The hop flavor is present and apparent but the bitterness level is relatively low which makes it better balanced and that much more drinkable. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a thin but bubbly head. Overall, a very drinkable beer and another well done example from Rivertown.

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Photo of bjmh
4.25/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Maybe my palate lacks the sophistication of some of the other reviewers, but I really like this beer! It is plenty hoppy with an ibu of about 50, and the complex malt comes through to give it a great balance. The rye really comes thru for me, and I find it a very enjoyable, drinkable beer. It may not be typical of the style, but taste is what I base my judgement on. I have tried four other beers from this brewer, but the Hop Bomber is my favorite. The brewery is about 5 miles from my home.

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Photo of Natural510
4.2/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, no dating. Sells at my local Kroger supermarket.

Pours a classic copper color with ample cloud of white foam which resembles melted ice cream.

Spicy, fruity scent of malt and hop mixture. A bit tea-like overall.

Flavor is well-balanced between a spicy, dry hop and fruity, understated malts. Notes of tea-leaf, cherry and forest-pine meld into a dry, bitter finish.

Well-rounded in body and mouthfeel, exactly what I expect in the style.

Excellent, easy-drinking beer. This could be the prototype of what an American Pale should be: balanced, dry, bitter, and well-rounded in flavor. Proof not every pale ale has to be an "India" to be exciting.

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Photo of hooliganlife
4.18/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

thanks to bamadog!

pours a rich bright copper with hints of ruby. light fizzy cream colored head, retains well.

sweet malts up front. light citrus with hints of tangerine.

lots of vibrant bitterness in many levels. the rye adds a nice crisp bitterness in the backbone. light pine with citrus hints complete the hop bitterness. a bit of an earthy hop flavor. well balanced all around as they both compliment each other. nothing was too overpowering and full of flavor.

moderate carbonation that stings the gums a bit. full bodied. very crisp.

this was one easy drinking APA. lots of fun flavor and never dull. i would happily drink this more often if i had the chance.

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Photo of schoolboy
4.13/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow. Here is an Ohio brewer previously not known to me that can do it right. This is a very good APA. I'm drinking it kinda warm, and that is recommended. Head out the wazoo. A nice aroma, but a little light. A taste that makes me want MORE.

The taste isn't especially strong or complex, but it is well balanced and pleasant. The label is certainly cool. What ale's you, it asks. It's nice to finally have a Cincinatti microbrew that I like. A lot.

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Photo of raznug
4.12/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: It pours a deep golden with an inch of tight white head that tends to hang around for quite a while.
Smell: Hop Bomber smells of a nice blend of hops and malt smells tasty.
Taste: It tastes as it smells, a nice balance of malt followed by hops in the background
Mouthfeel: I think this beer tends to feel a bit thicker than expected but that isn’t a bad thing for the taste to hang around on a pale ale.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
4.1/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy orange-ish to amber color with a light tan head. In the aroma, small citrus, but mainly pine like hops. In the taste, a mixture of orange and lemon citrus, hints of pine hops, with a mellow tea like maltiness. A nice hop bite and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a semi dry citrus hop in the aftertaste. Almost an IPA, big hops and enjoyable.

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Photo of WesWes
4.1/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer ours a dark amber color with a thick frothy off-white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a complex malt scent that boasts of pale and crystal malts along with some Victory and biscuit malts for added character. The hop aroma is mild, yet well balances the beer well. The taste is good as well. It has a smooth bread-like malt character that melds well with excellent hop flavor. It's mildly bitter, but enough for hop lovers to enjoy. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium/full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a good drinking APA with lots of complexity and tremendous drinkability.

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Photo of LXIXME
4.08/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a big light tan head above a clear copper colored pale ale.

A light caramel malt aroma balances well with a light citrus to slightly bitter hops and even lighter yeast notes.

Lightly roasted caramel malts blend very well with a variety of hops notes including light citrus and light bittering.

A dry aftertaste that harbors some of the caramel notes from the taste on this medium bodied beer.

A light tasting pale ale with some strong tastes, I was very pleased with this beer, very good without being overbearing.
Although I like overbearing hopsy beers I really see a need for beers that have a distinct hops taste but on the lighter side. This is a great beer to help bridge the gaps from one style to another without losing taste.

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Photo of dorianmarley
4.08/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance is golden brown with a huge head and nice lacing.

Nose is musty, creamy, with Lemonhead candy.

Taste is nutty, malty, with almond and a slightly sour finish.

Mouthfeel is smooth, creamy, full-bodied, with a good amount of carbonation.

Overall, it is very drinkable with solid flavor.

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Photo of rembrant
4.05/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks--Interesting...had my first Hopslam an hour ago and this looks the same,deep orange,a bit hazy,almost no head,just enough tan top to cover.

Aroma Definitely more caramel malt tilt than Hopslam,though there's a lighter but similar fruit salad nose with both grapefruit and pineapple. Kind of interesting I followed Hopslam with this,and get that same hop mix with the pineapple. Maybe Hopslam inspired Hopbomber?

Taste NOT Hopslam but closer to a hop-malt balance without the Big IPA zing...however...this is also half the $. I had some last summer and wasn't getting analytical with it.. The German beer traditions in Cinci slip in as the yeast and grain (including some rye) have a play in the mid sip. The caramel and light toasted malts lead,the hops finish with good flavor if not "Hop Bomb" intensity. Overall I rather like the balance and flavors here.

Mouthfeel A bit of sticky caramel, the rye's boost,some hop oil give a good texture. Good finish and aftertaste

Drinkability Around here,easy to find and a good price. It's no big drama but the flavors are full and balanced and it's a pale that's not as pale or light as most,which I like.

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Photo of GoRedlegs
4.03/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle to a pub glass.

A: Dark honey color with an off white thin head. Mild lace.

S: Smooth malt overtones. Simple.

T: Creamy and straight forward ale with a quick finish. Warming aftertaste.

M: Slim and quick to wash away.

O: A nice example of an american ale made in my home town area of lovely Cincinnati. A pleasing offering with great drinkability.

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Photo of fitrock2112
4.03/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured Hop Bomber Rye Pale Ale into a Belgian Tulip.

A - Pours a clear amber with a half of finger of white head.

S - The aroma comes through as soon as it's poured. Getting smooth grapefruit, rich malt.

T - Its has some light toasted malts on first taste with medium hops mid palate. On second sip it has some grapefruit, and light carmel notes. On the finish getting more hops with some bitterness.

M - About perfect for a good pale ale. Medium mouthfeel with medium carbonation.

O - This a very good pale ale. I believe this is Rivertown's flagship beer and it shows. Delish ! Cheers!

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Photo of nrbw23
4/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this one tap when I was drug down to Mileston 229.

A- Pours a rich clear amber color with a nice foamy off white head. Head has some good retention and leaves some layered lacing.

S- Smell is quite a bit like rye. A strong pine hops as well, along with quite a bit of tropical fruits.

T- A very nice balance between the malts and hops. A bit of a really nice spicy notes to it. Pine and tropical fruits make themselves known for sure.

M- Lighter side of medium in body and good carbonation.

O- Not too bad by any means. I could drink this one again.

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Photo of dmfrench
4/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A unique, spicy, floral, slightly thin APA

A: Not your typical APA look... body is clear and deep reddish brown in color... a very Euro appearance. Head is one finger of yellowed white, sticks around a fair while, and regenerates a bit with each sip.

S: Not your typical APA nose either... more like a light barleywine. Sweet, lightly spiced, fruity (cherry), and somehow even a bit of alcohol. There are hops in the nose, of the floral variety, and more typical caramel malt aromas as well.

T: Ah, there it is! For all the uniqueness of the look and nose, There's plenty of resinous and floral hops to go round on the palate. Fruity notes are still there, rye spice makes itself known, and a decent backbone of caramel malt hold up the bottom end. Somewhat reminiscent of Founder's Red's Rye PA, but definitely smaller in every dimension.

M: Just a hair on the thin side, but substantial enough to be a pleasant experience.

O: A unique and fine effort if not a knockout.

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Photo of secondtooth
3.97/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This attractive pale ale pours a clean amber in my glass, with a thick head of bone-white foam. Decent spoke-style lacing.

Olfactory-pleasing, with touches of pine and orange.

The taste is mild, but distinctive and full of character. I get some citrus hops notes up front, with mostly orange peel, followed up with a malty backbone that smoothes out the hops and suppresses the bitterness. This one's a sturdy, well-balanced, and very enjoyable ale.

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Photo of davecavemaster
3.95/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This frosty barley pop is from one of the most historic beer brewing cities...Cincinnati, Ohio. Back in the late 1800s, Cincinnati was home to over 30 different breweries. Building on that proud tradition is the Rivertown Brewing Company. My first selection from this brewery is the Hop Bomber. The bottle says that it is named for the B-24 Liberator. The Hop bomber is a very malty brew, courtesy of "Dark English crystal malt and spicy fresh rye malt" I've had malted beers that are too sweet and overpowering, but this flavor is right on the money. But let's not forget, this is "Hop" Bomber after all, so let's get to the hops. Rivertown dry hops (that means they add the hops to the wort after the boil) the brew to get a great aroma and taste. I don't know the varieties, but they use two different kinds of American hops for the process. Some of the "hoppy" beers can have a bitter aftertaste, you'll find none of that here. Beautiful dark color, nice foam head, great smell..this is one good beer. Nice to see Cincinnati putting out some great homemade craft beers again.

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Photo of jkrich
3.95/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. undated bottle with a fine picture of a World War II bomber on the label - hence the name hop bomber. The ale itself is no "hop-bomb". This was a visually pleasing pour: slightly deep golden to copper color with a foamy white-head that refuses to subside.

The aroma is clean and slightly resinous with a noticeable syrup aroma that dissipates after the pour.

The flavor has a nice complement of crisp, bitterness and rye. The label mentions rye, and it surely comes through. A faint sourness lingers and then disappears leaving some lingering malt on the tongue.

The carbonation level is too high and hinders the overall drinking experience. The body is about medium with a pleasing bittersweet mouthfeel.

Overall, this is quite enjoyable and refreshing; a different interpretation on the American pale ale style.

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Photo of bevenson
3.91/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass.

A - Deep copper and clear. Fluffy white head that quickly falls, but leaves a white ring on the edge of the glass to the end.

S - Spicy, floral and herbal hop aromas, wiith a little spiciness from the rye. Light caramel malt to balance out the hops.

T - The taste definitely tells you this is a unique twist on the American Pale Ale. The rye and the hops give a firm spiciness and herbal flavor that reminds me of a German Pilsner. But then there's the caramel malt and light ale yeast flavor that reminds me this is an American Pale Ale. Bitterness lingers long after imbibing.

M - Medium to light body and bone dry. Very crisp and clean, which is what I look for in an APA.

D - A very clean, easy drinking APA. Definitely a beer that I could drink throughout the night.

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Photo of mwa423
3.9/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Same clear ruby color as the nitro-tap, but the bottle has a much better white head that stuck to the glass and also had better retention.

S - Not a lot of aroma, but a well balanced malt and hop profile.

T - Spiced rye flavor forward with slight floral and plenty of steely bittering hops in the aftertaste.

M/D - Mouthfeel is nothing special, the steely hop bite takes a bit away. However this is a solid pale ale for a beer drinker who doesn't mind a very bitter beer.

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Photo of AnotherBeerGeek
3.89/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a medium-dark hazy copper color with a craggy, well-structured tannish head. Nose is a little stubborn but shows caramel malt with pine hops hiding underneath. A bit of burnt-malt/molasses sweetness up front quickly transitions to a powerful pine-hop bitterness that carries through to the finish. Feels nice and round with a slight creaminess to the texture. Even though Cincinnati has a great brewing history, and is making a comeback that way, I generally find myself unimpressed with local offerings, with a few notable exceptions. This is one of them. Definitely worth a try.

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Photo of mattboyer182
3.85/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - super dark almost brown little head that dissipates quickly.

S - subtle malts then a crazy sweetness that smells almost chocoltey to me.

T - I like this flavor. it's nice dark malt and a sugary sweetness.

M - medium bodied and light to medium carbonation.

O - decent brew. I think it's original and good too.

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Photo of projectflam86
3.83/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours an amber orange color with a thick white foam head that leaves some decent lacing.

S- I'm picking up alot of floral hops and caramel malt. Maybe a touch of spice? Hard to place the exact aroma...

T- Not overly hoppy but a decent bitterness upfront. A bit more sweetness than some of the more common APAs (SNPA) but a nice caramel finish. A touch of rye-like sourness is noticeable as well but it incorporates well into the flavor profile. I'd guess the ABV at around 5.3% or so.

M- Medium/light bodied with decent carbonation.

D- Overall I thought this beer was very solid. Easy to drink and flavorful. Nice to see some hometown boys making good beer! Cheers

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Hop Bomber Pale Ale from Rivertown Brewing Co.
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