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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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BA SCORE
78
okay

238 Ratings
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Ratings: 238
Reviews: 82
rAvg: 3.42
pDev: 16.96%
Wants: 2
Gots: 10 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: pwoods on 02-25-2010)
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Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev +9.6%

06-16-2012 23:03:43 | More by Kunstman
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North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +9.6%

09-14-2012 12:40:55 | More by JeffreyJDavis
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4Socialanxiety

Tennessee

3.75/5  rDev +9.6%

06-07-2012 22:22:12 | More by 4Socialanxiety
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Buckeye_Bill

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev +9.6%

03-09-2014 03:27:58 | More by Buckeye_Bill
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bjohn84

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev +9.6%

09-29-2012 04:27:05 | More by bjohn84
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elkinbrown

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev +9.6%

03-15-2014 21:00:41 | More by elkinbrown
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Ohio

3.75/5  rDev +9.6%

09-17-2013 23:42:35 | More by Zanico
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Guinnesswasmyfirstlove

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev +9.6%

04-20-2014 17:49:10 | More by Guinnesswasmyfirstlove
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edraz1224

Indiana

3.75/5  rDev +9.6%

04-25-2012 01:09:06 | More by edraz1224
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dlin0sbb

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev +9.6%

10-21-2012 04:01:02 | More by dlin0sbb
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heizerbjj

Kentucky

3.75/5  rDev +9.6%

02-19-2014 00:48:06 | More by heizerbjj
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seanote

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev +9.6%

04-25-2012 01:33:01 | More by seanote
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rapayn01

Kentucky

3.75/5  rDev +9.6%

10-20-2013 23:59:25 | More by rapayn01
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crytion

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev +9.6%

01-29-2013 11:56:03 | More by crytion
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andrewj17

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev +9.6%

03-29-2012 03:24:15 | More by andrewj17
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smithj4

New York

3.75/5  rDev +9.6%

01-06-2014 03:50:22 | More by smithj4
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jrallen34

Illinois

3.73/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a pint glass...Pours very dark for a pale ale, a dirty, medium copper with a light tan head, good retention here...Aroma is super light, only light hops come through...The taste is also pretty light, bready backbone, spicey, with some hops coming through, not enough to get me excited. This doesn't taste bad, just doesn't have a ton of flavor. Full bodied, but one bottle is more than enough to drink.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2010 03:15:17 | More by jrallen34
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screamking

Ohio

3.7/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass.

Pours a slight dark amber color with a 1 finger khaki head. The head seems to dissipate very quickly. Aroma is a mixed bag notes. There's a little bit of citrus working around but pine comes in the strongest. Lots of bread in the first taste. Some bitter grapefruit peel. Not a whole lot of sweet here, just bitterness. The aftertaste comes thru surprisingly clean and light. Fairly light bodied, easy to drink, small ABV. I've had this beer several times and I think it's growing in me. This pale ale isn't world class, but a solid beer, worth a try and and occasional drinking session.

Update:10/24/13- got this fresh from a 16oz can, much much better fresh.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2013 02:44:00 | More by screamking
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metter98

New York

3.68/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is clear amber in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation along with some hues of yellow. It poured with a quarter finger high light beige head that has good retention properties and consistently left a thin head covering the surface along with lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of citrusy and floral hops and spicy rye are present in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell, except that the rye is a little stronger and the spices stand out in the finish. There is a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The use of rye in this beer lends a little complexity and makes this pale ale have a very good balance among the malts, hops and rye.

Serving type: can

12-29-2013 17:23:48 | More by metter98
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Brent

Kentucky

3.68/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A moderately aggressive pour resulted in a disproportionate gigantic, merangue-like head that filled 3/4 of the glass to overflowing. By the time I got the beer to settle down enough to sample, it was running low on carbonation. Well hopped, but no hop bomb by any means. Hopping was a bit rough around the edges with some raw notes.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2011 18:26:06 | More by Brent
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ltjska04

Kentucky

3.68/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass, this beer was a clear amber with an inch of creamy, foamy head. The smell was of citrusy hops but also a little cheesiness which might mean older hops were used but I'm not sure of this. The taste is a pretty good balance of malt and hops with a slight bitterness. Don't mistake this for an IPA, the hops are not very strong for an American style. The drinkability and mouthfeel were both good and made me wish I had another. There's not a whole lot to make this stand out amongst the many APA's out there but it's a good solid beer from a new brewery that I would buy again.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2010 16:55:32 | More by ltjska04
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beergoot

Colorado

3.66/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer poured a nice honey-amber colored body with a thin white head. Strong caramel malt aroma infused with a bit of fruity esters. Gentle caramel malt flavor with a very subtle apple-like fruitiness; a decent sharp bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium-light; smooth; crisp and semi-dry.

A good enough APA offering that doesn't break away with any distinctive qualities, but it's definitely drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2013 01:09:28 | More by beergoot
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Beejay

Virginia

3.65/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Copper red, with a nice tan head.. a good bit of floaties in there as well. Little dark for the style..

S: Sweet carmel, and maple undertones. Slight hop scent from in the finish, but mostly a very sweet scent. The hops that are there are earthy.. Surprised there isn't more hop scent.

T: There are the hops.. Grapefruit, and citrus (tangerine) with a nice burnt carmel flavor in the finish. Fruity hops (tropical) with good balance of malt.

M: Medium body, with decent carbonation.

D: Good, well balanced, not amazing, but nice. A good balance of malt and hops, with a nice clean finish.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2010 04:46:54 | More by Beejay
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brewdlyhooked13

Ohio

3.65/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - orangy amber, lots of tiny particulate in suspension. Two big fingers of foam, had to pause the pour and wait for some settling. An airy, cakey head of light mocha leaves craggy trails of lace around the glass as it recedes.

Aroma - pleasant citrus and caramel grain. Even, not overbearing.

Taste - light caramel toasted edge to the grain, some earthy grassiness as well. Very fruity citrus angle to the hops. More of a bitter edge on the swallow, pushing a little medicinal. Dry, a little prickly on the aftertaste and finish, with a lingering bitterness.

Mouthfeel - I like the smoothness, it gives the beer a bit of creaminess. Moderate to lower carbonation, fairly weighty for a pale ale.

Drinkability - I had no problem dispatching this sixer of Rivertown.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2010 03:40:04 | More by brewdlyhooked13
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Groomsy

Kentucky

3.63/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

The body is darker than I expected for an APA. A dark bronze/orange color, a head of tight-knit white bubbles forms in the glass and come to a height of about two finger before dissipating to a cap of foam. Strings and webs of lacing spiral down the glass. A nice looking brew.

Unorthodox for an APA - that's what springs to mind as I smell this beer. I've had several bottles of this and all have had the same symptom: A case of remarkably un-hoppy smells for a traditionally hoppy beer. While not a bad thing, I generally expect a nose full of citrus and pine with this style. The citrus smell from the hops (think orange peel, maybe some grapefruit) take a backseat to fruity/ester-like smells (yeast?) balanced by toasty caramel and fresh grain.

However, the nose slightly betrays the flavor profile. While a very malt-forward example of the style, the hops still play a role. On the front of the palate, flavors of caramel and bread dominate, followed by a flash of fruity sweetness. The hops really come in on the finish: A wave of grassy, citrus, and pine flavors mingle on the back of the tongue and leave a long lingering finish. The balance is admirable, but I feel that the name of the beer is a misnomer.

The body of the beer, medium in weight (fairly light for the style, I'd say) goes down dry and accents the bitterness in the finish, which, unfortunately, is a little too astringent for my liking and hangs around too long. Usually with this style, the bitterness comes at the beginning, so having the reverse of that is quite a surprise. Carbonation prickles the tongue without being overwhelming.

While somewhat misleading in title, this beer is still solid. It's a sessionable ale, but don't expect a "traditional" APA here - I would say this is closer to an English-style pale ale.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2012 00:51:02 | More by Groomsy
Hop Bomber Pale Ale from Rivertown Brewing Co.
78 out of 100 based on 238 ratings.