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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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252 Ratings
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Ratings: 252
Reviews: 83
rAvg: 3.41
pDev: 17.01%
Wants: 3
Gots: 16 | 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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Photo of AleWatcher
2.48/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Hop bomber, eh? Sweet...
Hmmm... So where are the hops? I smell some hop activity... And there is a larger bitterness present... So they used the whole hop bill on bittering and aromatic, eh? Ok. That's gonna hurt the score a hair:

Looks ambery orange in color with an off-white head of 3 fingers. Decent retention, but no lace.
Smells of bitter hops, perhaps a citrus and floral profile.
Taste is pretty bland except for the bitterness, and that is no exaggeration. I wish I were able to pick up more here, but I get virtually no malts and only pungent and abrasive bitterness from the hops.
The body is very carbonated and that leads to it feeling thinner than it is (and should be).

Overall-- meh. This isn't bad, but I love too many other Pale Ales to ever drink this one again. It isn't terrible, by life's too short for mediocre.

AleWatcher, Aug 22, 2011
Photo of MidwestBA
2.5/5  rDev -26.7%

MidwestBA, Nov 10, 2012
Photo of schwaeh
2.5/5  rDev -26.7%

schwaeh, Jan 10, 2012
Photo of TheWiredDJ
2.5/5  rDev -26.7%

TheWiredDJ, Aug 20, 2014
Photo of Chipster1337
2.5/5  rDev -26.7%

Chipster1337, Jan 12, 2014
Photo of rodney4130
2.5/5  rDev -26.7%

Don't call it Hop Bomber unless it's hoppy. This is a below average APA with absolutely nothing to recommend it. Very cloudy. Muddy flavor. Just not very good. Trying to come up with something, anything, positive to say. I guess it's drinkable, if paying a lot of money for a mediocre homebrew is your idea of drinkable. Should be avoided, even in a pinch.

rodney4130, Sep 21, 2014
Photo of neckbracesub
2.5/5  rDev -26.7%

neckbracesub, May 09, 2012
Photo of kruthy
2.5/5  rDev -26.7%

kruthy, Jan 14, 2012
Photo of dkeav
2.5/5  rDev -26.7%

dkeav, Feb 28, 2014
Photo of mrfrancis
2.5/5  rDev -26.7%

mrfrancis, Dec 16, 2013
Photo of tommyguz
2.5/5  rDev -26.7%

tommyguz, May 09, 2013
Photo of SDG1070
2.5/5  rDev -26.7%

SDG1070, Dec 08, 2012
Photo of Stinkypuss
2.55/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Rivertown Hop Bomber

Pours a clear copper with a very nice foam cap and some lace. Aroma is faint, floral hops and a sugary sweet malt. In the flavor, green apple, caramel, near cloying sweetness and a flash of citrus hops in the background. Mouthfeel is decent, semi dry light to medium bodied feel and almost crisp. Overall, I hope my bottle was an older sample, because there was little to no hop presence for a beer touting the name "hop bomber".

Stinkypuss, Aug 19, 2011
Photo of TurdFurgison
2.6/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I purchased a single at a Kroger store in Dublin, $1.50. It pours a dark copper color, very clear, with about one finger of nearly white foam. It smells bitter, nothing flavorful in the aroma from the hops, just bitterness and toasted malts. And same in the taste, I'm sorta disappointed with the flavor as it's billed as "Hop Bomber". No hops flavors except a somewhat unpleasant bitterness.

Not recommended, too many good choices out there to ever drink this again.

TurdFurgison, Jun 23, 2011
Photo of WVbeergeek
2.7/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a bright pale copper hue with a light white head forming thick with fine bubbles speckled on the sides of my glass. Aroma has a nice cereal malted barley smell with some citrus and earthy hop notes coming through to complement the malts. The rye comes through with a bit of spiciness in the flavor and the English malts brings a twist on your standard APA I still wouldn't call this an English pale ale but as it warms a hint of diacetyl comes about. Not sure if it is intended or not but it has a weird wet cardboard butterscotch tone going on. Mouthfeel is medium to lighter bodied with moderate carbonation, the diacetyl sticks around with each sip really detracting from the overall enjoyment factor for me.

WVbeergeek, Oct 01, 2011
Photo of soblack
2.75/5  rDev -19.4%

soblack, Sep 05, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -19.4%

masterofsparks, Aug 31, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -19.4%

drdiesel9483, Feb 25, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -19.4%

savageweaver, Jan 07, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -19.4%

MrBoh, Oct 11, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -19.4%

amalburg, Jul 17, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -19.4%

Fast4amoose, Sep 07, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -19.4%

MLH90, Feb 13, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -19.4%

fellowrs, Jul 26, 2013
Photo of ColdPoncho
2.85/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Amber body with a veritable metric shitton of floaties. Decent white head.

S - some sweet malts...anything else? No, not really.

T - Sweet and vegetal malts. Hint of roasted malt. Some hops, but I can't tell how. jeez.

M - Mediumish body, kinda dry.

O - man, this beer is disappointing. It doesn't live up to its name, and it has a bunch of stuff wrong with it. come on, Rivertown, you're making Cincinnati look bad.

ColdPoncho, Aug 31, 2011
Hop Bomber Pale Ale from Rivertown Brewing Co.
78 out of 100 based on 252 ratings.