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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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Ratings: 249
Reviews: 82
rAvg: 3.41
pDev: 17.01%
Wants: 2
Gots: 15 | 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 WoodBrew
2.93/5  rDev -14.1%

I was able to try RiverTown's Hop Bomber during a recent visit to Cleveland. The beer poured a clear, copper/gold in color, with a nice head of frothy, off-white foam which laced. The scent included grain, toasted malt. The taste was mostly toasted malt with earthy hop note and hop-leaf flavor add balance. The mouthfeel was light to medium body with decent carbonation. Overall it was ok but I was expecting more.

WoodBrew, Jan 22, 2012
Photo of Cynic-ale
3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

Cynic-ale, Aug 01, 2013
Photo of OWSLEY069
4.1/5  rDev +20.2%

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.

OWSLEY069, Sep 14, 2011
Photo of Haybeerman
3/5  rDev -12%

Haybeerman, Apr 21, 2014
Photo of mrfrancis
2.5/5  rDev -26.7%

mrfrancis, Dec 16, 2013
Photo of Brenden
3.46/5  rDev +1.5%

This pale ale is actually a medium orange color. There's lots of clarity all the way through. Though it reaches two fingers, the head looks to be pretty sparsely constructed. Retention is okay, but certainly not especially good. It spreads out to the edges, and what goes out there sticks to the glass in spotting.
Steely, somwhat metallic hops greet the nose. A little bit of tast and a dusky sort of earthiness are also present. Very light caramel notes add some malty balance.
Leaf, lots of floral and rind-like bitterness as well as light resinous notes, and a mix of earth and spiciness almost like rye greet and mingle with some sourdough, citrus zest and a very light note of caramel for good balance. Both the smell and taste could use some depth, but it fits the bill.
While crisp and fairly smooth, the feel goes a little too thin in this light-bodied brew. Crispness, while consistent through most of the session, fades a little toward the end.

Brenden, Aug 09, 2013
Photo of aasher
1.35/5  rDev -60.4%

This beer pours a nice vibrant copper in color with a one finger cream colored head. It smells of rancid butter mixed with three day old sweaty gym socks. I haven't smelled something like this since the White Birch Wild. It smells like a drainpour. The flavor is bitter and again of rancid butter. It's pretty awful. A couple sips of this and I'm done. It drinks sticky and dry and leaves that godforsaken after taste behind. This one is pretty bad. I assume they didn't intend on it tasting like a combination of buttery syrup and BO.

aasher, Aug 11, 2011
Photo of pathman
4/5  rDev +17.3%

pathman, Jul 14, 2013
Photo of Brent
3.68/5  rDev +7.9%

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.

Brent, Jul 30, 2011
Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.65/5  rDev +7%

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.

brewdlyhooked13, Nov 18, 2010
Photo of tommyguz
2.5/5  rDev -26.7%

tommyguz, May 09, 2013
Photo of smithj4
3.75/5  rDev +10%

smithj4, Jan 06, 2014
Photo of ADTaber
3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

ADTaber, Aug 04, 2013
Photo of Tyrawlings
3/5  rDev -12%

Tyrawlings, Feb 16, 2012
Photo of RedneckBeerz
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

RedneckBeerz, Feb 03, 2013
Photo of Falcone
3/5  rDev -12%

Falcone, Jul 26, 2013
Photo of Molson2000
4.25/5  rDev +24.6%

Molson2000, Jun 28, 2013
Photo of hollywood_15063
3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

hollywood_15063, May 16, 2013
Photo of seeswo
3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

seeswo, Jul 28, 2012
Photo of Stinger80OH
3/5  rDev -12%

Stinger80OH, Aug 22, 2014
Photo of Brew33
3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

Brew33, Jun 17, 2014
Photo of nrbw23
4/5  rDev +17.3%

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.

nrbw23, Jul 25, 2011
Photo of buschbeer
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

buschbeer, Nov 04, 2012
Photo of Bierguy5
3.43/5  rDev +0.6%

12 oz. bottle. Dark copper color, with an off white head. Great head retention. Lots of sticky patches of lace. A little sediment floating about. Not a bad looker.

Aroma is very slight. Hard to imagine this is dry hopped. Slightly spicy hop aroma. A few fruity notes. Bready, almost biscuity malt character.

A fair amount of bready malt. Spicy rye character. Some earthy flavors. Good amount of bitterness.

Lighter side of medium body. Carbonation is good. Alcohol well hidden. Not bad.

Bierguy5, Jun 27, 2010
Photo of Ryan011235
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.

Ryan011235, Jul 30, 2010
Hop Bomber Pale Ale from Rivertown Brewing Co.
78 out of 100 based on 249 ratings.