Hop Bomber Pale Ale - Rivertown Brewing Co.
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3.98/5 rDev +16.7%
This attractive pale ale pours a clean amber in my glass, with a thick head of bone-white foam. Decent spoke-style lacing.
Olfactory-pleasing, with touches of pine and orange.
The taste is mild, but distinctive and full of character. I get some citrus hops notes up front, with mostly orange peel, followed up with a malty backbone that smoothes out the hops and suppresses the bitterness. This one's a sturdy, well-balanced, and very enjoyable ale.
08-13-2011 06:48:01 | More by secondtooth
3.53/5 rDev +3.5%
Poured a clear dark copper color with an average frothy white head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate citrus hops and earthy malt aroma. Medium body with a smooth texture and soft carbonation. Medium bittersweet flavor with a medium bittersweet finish of moderate duration. I would recommend this to a freind.
06-15-2010 02:04:21 | More by tmoneyba
4.13/5 rDev +21.1%
Wow. Here is an Ohio brewer previously not known to me that can do it right. This is a very good APA. I'm drinking it kinda warm, and that is recommended. Head out the wazoo. A nice aroma, but a little light. A taste that makes me want MORE.
The taste isn't especially strong or complex, but it is well balanced and pleasant. The label is certainly cool. What ale's you, it asks. It's nice to finally have a Cincinatti microbrew that I like. A lot.
10-16-2011 20:20:17 | More by schoolboy
3.38/5 rDev -0.9%
Poured out of a 12oz bottle.
Pours with a nice rocky 3 finger head. Excellent head retention and great lacing as well.
The smell is of caramel and toffee along with some earthy hops.
The taste is immediately dominated by an odd butterscotch flavor. Not sure if it is intentional or not but it gradually fades as the beer warms. The rye is detectable along with moderate hop bitterness and flavor.
The more I drank this beer the better it got. Still not sure if I would drink it regularly but it might be worth revisiting.
11-26-2011 17:31:41 | More by rangerred
3.53/5 rDev +3.5%
A bit dark for a pale ale, kind of a bronze color. The head is more cascading than forming; a soft pale yellow, it's got an IPA-like look in that it's thick and craterous, leaving a nice lace behind.
The smell is very yeasty and malty up front. Smells like some sort of fruity bread. On the back end, some floral hoppiness shines.
Very malty and earthy. Some flowery tastes, tree bark even. There's some sort of berry flavor, but I can't put my finger on it.
A bit thick and medium bodied. Has some IPA qualities, like a piney, hoppy resin, oil feel. Very bitter and slightly dry finish.
Overall, it's a pretty good beer. A bit more like an IPA than an APA, but shares characteristics of both.
09-27-2012 03:16:45 | More by RickS95
3.44/5 rDev +0.9%
Bottle > Pint Glass
A - Pours out a cloudy amber color, half a finger of fizzy head, no lacing.
S - Juicy citrus aromas, honey, then some rye and a little toasted grain, toffee and biscuity malt.
T - Some mild hop bite in front and middle, but its rather weak, the rye hits you strong mid way, some diacetyl in here as well, not a totally appeasing flavor.
M - Buttery feel, mild bitterness, meh.
O - Kind of a disappointment, I like the name and the label. But there's no hop bomb to be found here.
09-05-2013 23:02:43 | More by Omnium
3.65/5 rDev +7%
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.
03-09-2010 04:46:54 | More by Beejay
3.48/5 rDev +2.1%
6er purchased at Vonderhaar's in Reading. Poured into an imperial pint.
A: Pours a dark amber with pretty good clarity. Maybe a half inch of head on the pour with little retention and decent spotty lacing.
S: The description on their website says it's dry hopped but I'm not really getting much hop aroma. Some light malts. Hardly any aroma.
T/M: Decent bitterness level. Some light citrus, maybe some pine. Malts definitely balance and the light rye adds a nice complexity with the touch of spiciness. Body is about medium with a good carbonation level. Some dryness on the finish.
D: Drinks easily enough and the touch of rye keeps it interesting. Might be a bit overbalanced to the malt side but that's probably just me wanting a super hopped IPA whenever I drink an APA.
02-25-2010 04:29:58 | More by pwoods
3.4/5 rDev -0.3%
Thanks to Ryan011235 for this 12 ounce bottle, poured into a Duvel tulip. See-thru singed amber with a promising off-white head that dies down to a skim in short order. Good retention from that, though, and scattered creamy patches of lacing are left.
Smells citrusy but not juicy. Almost a little spicy, like orange marmalade on rye bread. Sounds weird, but it works well enough.
Robustly malty without a lot of sweetness; more toasty than anything. The rye works quite well with the malt profile, expressive without being oppressive. Could perhaps use a touch more of the orange zest hops. Gets a little cedarish toward the finish.
Overall impression: A unique and enjoyable take on the style.
01-24-2011 00:59:53 | More by PDXHops
3.5/5 rDev +2.6%
Aroma: Soft orange blossom notes up front. Notes of caramel sweetness in the background. Clean fermentation character.
Appearance: Slightly hazy amber pour with a thick off-white cap. Head retention is good.
Flavor: A nice blend of bready malty and slight doughy sweetness balanced with some citrus hop flavor. Balance is nearly even. Finish is clean and dry.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with medium carbonation. No alcohol heat, astringency, or creaminess noted.
Overall impression: A safe, balanced American Pale Ale. Nothing over the top but not sure why it hasn't gotten more love. Worth a try.
10-13-2013 19:29:59 | More by mattcrill
3.1/5 rDev -9.1%
Pour is almost a brown ale color. Dark copper with a large fluffy tan head.
Smell of caramel and malt. Taste of mainly roasted malts , Caramel and brown malt flavors. Pretty dry and malty, almost an English Pale in terms of hop flavor and aromas. A change of pace for a Pale Ale. Its not quite pale and its not quite as hoppy as I imagined with a name of Hop Bomber.
Medium carbonation and a relatively thick mouthfeel for a pale ale.
05-18-2010 00:06:45 | More by alpinebryant
3.85/5 rDev +12.9%
A- Pours an amber orange color with a thick white foam head that leaves some decent lacing.
S- I'm picking up alot of floral hops and caramel malt. Maybe a touch of spice? Hard to place the exact aroma...
T- Not overly hoppy but a decent bitterness upfront. A bit more sweetness than some of the more common APAs (SNPA) but a nice caramel finish. A touch of rye-like sourness is noticeable as well but it incorporates well into the flavor profile. I'd guess the ABV at around 5.3% or so.
M- Medium/light bodied with decent carbonation.
D- Overall I thought this beer was very solid. Easy to drink and flavorful. Nice to see some hometown boys making good beer! Cheers
03-15-2011 22:24:46 | More by projectflam86
3.4/5 rDev -0.3%
SEE UPDATE BELOW.
Poured from a squat 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Pours with an enormous white head that takes forever to dissipate. The brew itself is a slight cloudy amber color.
The nose is almost nonexistent, with the slightest hint of a straw , and floral whispers flitting about the glass. Even pulling these in, however, is an effort.
Taste is jarring; slightly funky and sour, with a metlallic bitter that is completely out of place. No malt at all, this is nothing but a lemon-sour acidity that is not very pleasant.
Lighter bodied, with a metallic alkaline feel that leaves you wanting to pour this own the drain.
Wow. I'm struggliing to find something positive to say, but it was a poor pour, a non-existenet smell, and a sour taste; what kind of pale ale is this? I only bought this a month ago, so I know it is not old. Perhaps a bad batch? Whatever it is, I certainly can't recommend this to anyone.
So I decided to give this beer another try, hoping that my earlier review was an aberration.
The pour into a mug revealed a copper color brew ith a 1" off-white head that reduces with a bit of pillowing.
Aroma is malty, with a bit of creaminess, grassiness and corn. Certainly better than I was the first tine I reviewed, but still not a typical pale ale smell.
Starts with a nice citrus bitter, with mild pepper, a bit of biscuit, grassiness and hops. Finishes clean and bitter.
Light to medium bodied, this has a dry clean finish that is rather refreshing.
Much, much better than the last time I had this beer. A serviceable pale ale with a session-like quality, I'd definitley try this again, and a glad I gave it a second chance.
10-13-2011 02:57:20 | More by TheHoppiest
2.85/5 rDev -16.4%
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.
08-31-2011 02:05:29 | More by ColdPoncho
3.35/5 rDev -1.8%
12oz bottle (no date) served in a Libby globe stout/porter glass.
Appearance: Slightly hazy orange-amber. Looks almost identical to a glass of iced tea held up to the light in regards to color. Very little head upon pouring, thin white skin that died back to just a ring of foam at the edge. With some swirling the foam came back a bit, but then died again. Some small islands of lacing, but not persistent.
Smell: With a swirl, orange citrus. After the foam died back the orange citrus is still there, along with some leafy herbal smells. A few floral notes come out as the beer warms up.
Taste: There is an attempt at some hop flavor and malt at the beginning, and then wham, a massive bitterness settles over everything. A bombing of the palate with bitterness if you will. Not sure I want my palate carpet bombed though. Even Ruination by Stone, which was another beer that really hit my taste buds hard, had more nuances of flavor in every sip. This is unbalanced. The bitterness is a combination of pine, tea-like bitterness, and some strong grapefruit citrus. There is an attempt of the malt to come out as the beer warms up and I can taste some buttery notes under it all, but the bitterness again clouds everything. Certainly more flavorful than some beers I've had, but way out of balance unfortunately.
Mouthfeel: Sticky on the teeth - lots of hop oils attacking the enamel with this one. Thickness above water, but nothing special.
Overall / Drinkability: Neat label and name, and perhaps some truth in advertising with the name but unfortunately unbalanced. I like my hops, but the malt backing is mostly absent in this beer, and so one and done.
06-15-2013 23:03:54 | More by damndirtyape
Hop Bomber Pale Ale from Rivertown Brewing Co.
78 out of 100 based on 248 ratings.