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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

256 Ratings
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Ratings: 256
Reviews: 84
rAvg: 3.41
pDev: 17.01%
Wants: 3
Gots: 17 | 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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3.75/5  rDev +10%

smithj4, Jan 06, 2014
Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.65/5  rDev +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.

brewdlyhooked13, Nov 18, 2010
Photo of ADTaber
3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

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

Falcone, Jul 26, 2013
Photo of hollywood_15063
3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

hollywood_15063, May 16, 2013
Photo of Tyrawlings
3/5  rDev -12%

Tyrawlings, Feb 16, 2012
Photo of a77cj7
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

a77cj7, Sunday at 06:57 AM
Photo of Stinger80OH
3/5  rDev -12%

Stinger80OH, Aug 22, 2014
Photo of Molson2000
4.25/5  rDev +24.6%

Molson2000, Jun 28, 2013
Photo of mklisz
3/5  rDev -12%

mklisz, Nov 05, 2014
Photo of RedneckBeerz
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

RedneckBeerz, Feb 03, 2013
Photo of seeswo
3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

seeswo, Jul 28, 2012
Photo of Brew33
3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

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

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

buschbeer, Nov 04, 2012
Photo of Lukass
4.25/5  rDev +24.6%

Lukass, Jan 05, 2013
Photo of Stevedore
3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

Stevedore, Jan 02, 2013
Photo of Bierguy5
3.43/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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 buzzy
3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

buzzy, Mar 10, 2014
Photo of Ryan011235
3.8/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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
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3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

Drknight, Jan 12, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

JimmyFlatRock, Jun 08, 2013
Photo of KYGunner
3.45/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

The body was clean copper while the head was a quickly fleeting rush of tiny bubbles that built a tall foam but disappeared even quicker.

The aroma is a touch of pine, a touch of tea leaf, a bit of caramel and some rye.

The flavor mimics the scent with a light array of pine, malt, rye, caramel, tea leaf and a nutty sweetness in the end.

The feel is a bit bitter and astringent but slides down easy. Nothing remarkable but not detracting.

This is easily the definition of okay but it has enough diversity and complexity that it earns extra points.

KYGunner, Apr 12, 2014
Photo of beergoot
3.66/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

beergoot, Jan 21, 2013
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
Hop Bomber Pale Ale from Rivertown Brewing Co.
78 out of 100 based on 256 ratings.