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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

249 Ratings
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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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3/5  rDev -12%

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

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

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

seeswo, Jul 28, 2012
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3/5  rDev -12%

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

Lukass, Jan 05, 2013
Photo of AleWatcher
2.48/5  rDev -27.3%

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
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3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

buzzy, Mar 10, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

Stevedore, Jan 02, 2013
Photo of nlmartin
3.55/5  rDev +4.1%

The beer was served chilled in an Imperial Pint glass.

Appearance: The body of the beer is a clear amber. The head is a nice pillowy off biege coloration. Great head retention with lots of residual sticking to my glass. They say we eat with our eyes. Very often I drink with my eyes. This beer looks tasty. Very nice!

Smell: I am not blown away with the aroma. Nor I am offended by the aroma. The beer kicks up a flash of pine and just a very light citrus aroma. The malt splashes up and brings an interesting maple syrup / caramel aroma.

Taste: The hops seem to lead with citrus. Then the malt steps in with caramel / vanilla sort of flavor. The hops at this point reassert themselves and finish with a nice bittering finish.

Mouthfeel / Drinkability: The body is medium carbonation levels work well with the beer. This is a nice throw back pale ale. Not super aggresive but not in the least boring. Well done.

nlmartin, Mar 17, 2010
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3.66/5  rDev +7.3%

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
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3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

JimmyFlatRock, Jun 07, 2013
Photo of hosehead83
3.53/5  rDev +3.5%

Poured from a "stubby" 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass. Clear, copper/gold in color, with a nice head of frothy, off-white foam.
Aroma-Biscuit, toasted malt
Taste-Toasted malt, bread, earthy hop note and hop-leaf flavor add balance. Nice and quaffable. A nice match for burgers or dogs off the grill.

hosehead83, Jun 05, 2011
Photo of KYGunner
3.45/5  rDev +1.2%

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
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1.25/5  rDev -63.3%

khargro2, May 24, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

Drknight, Jan 12, 2014
Photo of hooliganlife
4.22/5  rDev +23.8%

thanks to bamadog!

pours a rich bright copper with hints of ruby. light fizzy cream colored head, retains well.

sweet malts up front. light citrus with hints of tangerine.

lots of vibrant bitterness in many levels. the rye adds a nice crisp bitterness in the backbone. light pine with citrus hints complete the hop bitterness. a bit of an earthy hop flavor. well balanced all around as they both compliment each other. nothing was too overpowering and full of flavor.

moderate carbonation that stings the gums a bit. full bodied. very crisp.

this was one easy drinking APA. lots of fun flavor and never dull. i would happily drink this more often if i had the chance.

hooliganlife, Apr 17, 2010
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2.88/5  rDev -15.5%

Pours a clear deep amber with barely any head or lacing.

Sweet malts and just a hint of citrus/earthy hops.

A bit of a citrus hit at first, followed by sweet bready/caramel malt finishing with a buttered popcorn flavor and slightly bitter. Kind of odd.

Thin and watery. Not the highlight of the beer.

Not terribly great. Outside of the butter flavor it isn't too bad, but very mediocre aroma and mouthfeel.

jmarsh123, Jan 31, 2012
Photo of zeledonia
2.95/5  rDev -13.5%

Another BIF bottle, and another brewery that's totally new to me.

Pours a medium coppery amber, quite clear, and on the dark side for a "pale ale". One finger of light yellowish tan light, decent retention, and some nice gobs of lacing left on the glass.

Smells nice and balanced. Sweet malts come through most clearly, with some dark fruit and nut. The hops aren't super aromatic, adding mainly a crispness and light airy feel to the aroma. Interesting.

Taste is a little flat. Half-way through, when I want it to pick up and bring me something new, it just fades off. There isn't much to hang onto here - I find it bland, with a very light touch of hops in the back end. The bitterness actually builds after most of the other flavors are gone, but that doesn't salvage it for me. Just not very flavorful, in any way.

Mouthfeel is fine. Medium-bodied, enough carbonation. No complaints here.

I find this beer... uninteresting. There's just not much that I can point to that I like about it. Maybe I'm getting too accustomed to aggressively dry-hopped pale ales, but this beer, while fine and drinkable, doesn't present much.

zeledonia, Jun 01, 2012
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3/5  rDev -12%

wvsabbath, Aug 20, 2012
Hop Bomber Pale Ale from Rivertown Brewing Co.
78 out of 100 based on 249 ratings.