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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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78
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249 Ratings
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Ratings: 249
Reviews: 82
rAvg: 3.41
pDev: 17.01%
Wants: 2
Gots: 14 | 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

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: pwoods on 02-25-2010)
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jkrich

Indiana

3.95/5  rDev +15.8%

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.

07-16-2011 22:56:31 | More by jkrich
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bevenson

Ohio

3.93/5  rDev +15.2%

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.

05-12-2010 02:22:43 | More by bevenson
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AnotherBeerGeek

Ohio

3.9/5  rDev +14.4%

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.

07-28-2013 23:10:28 | More by AnotherBeerGeek
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mwa423

Ohio

3.9/5  rDev +14.4%

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.

03-12-2010 00:32:14 | More by mwa423
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mattboyer182

Indiana

3.88/5  rDev +13.8%

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.

10-18-2011 03:29:44 | More by mattboyer182
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projectflam86

Ohio

3.85/5  rDev +12.9%

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

03-15-2011 22:24:46 | More by projectflam86
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Ryan011235

Ohio

3.8/5  rDev +11.4%

Poured into a pint glass on 7/27/10

Darker shade of burnt amber; tobacco hues, as well. Two fingers of billowy foam. It appears to be holding well, though - after a few minutes it's around 50%. Thin retention throughout; alright lacing. I noticed a few clumps of sediment when I took the last drink.

The aroma is rather subtle. Solid malt presence of toasted rye bread. Seems fairly dry, though. Sharp yet restrained hop aromas. Pine & lemon zest; maybe a hint of orange peel. Right after the pour it had a soapy smell, though it has since subsided.

Between the hops & rye malt, there's a nice spiciness upfront. Piney bitterness & zesty citric notes are well seated with the malt backdrop. Pretty even balance. Quite dry, which accentuates the bitterness. Rye certainly seems to be the predominant malt; possibly some pale malts, also.

More or less medium body, possibly slightly fuller of body, at least for the style. Appropriate carbonation adds just enough agitation. My only complaint is the finish, which is messy & at times seems almost waxy. Weird...

Hop Bomber may be somewhat unconventional for the style but it's enjoyable regardless. It's interesting enough that I'm looking forward to trying some of their other beers. I'm glad to see more beers coming out of Cincinnati.

07-30-2010 21:08:53 | More by Ryan011235
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Josiah2729

Tennessee

3.8/5  rDev +11.4%

Bottle poured into pint glass.

Appearance: Light amber color, two finger head, excellent lacing all the way down, decent head retention. this is a clear beer with nice effervesence.

Smell: Sweet malt, nice bitter hopiness.

Taste: Malty sweetness followed by strong bitter hop presence. Hops stay with you.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, light carbonation.

Overall: This is a nice hoppy beer. Nice to try some new brews in this area.

07-31-2012 21:06:09 | More by Josiah2729
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jminch

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev +10%

12-30-2012 13:27:56 | More by jminch
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Kentucky

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Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev +10%

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North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +10%

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Tennessee

3.75/5  rDev +10%

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Ohio

3.75/5  rDev +10%

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Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev +10%

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Ohio

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Ohio

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Ohio

3.75/5  rDev +10%

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Hop Bomber Pale Ale from Rivertown Brewing Co.
78 out of 100 based on 249 ratings.