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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
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242 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 242
Reviews: 82
rAvg: 3.42
pDev: 16.96%
Wants: 2
Gots: 12 | 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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crbnfbr

Kentucky

3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

09-08-2013 03:47:56 | More by crbnfbr
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Omnium

Pennsylvania

3.44/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2013 23:02:43 | More by Omnium
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soblack

Pennsylvania

2.75/5  rDev -19.6%

09-05-2013 03:02:52 | More by soblack
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Jamison85

Indiana

3.25/5  rDev -5%

09-01-2013 22:32:01 | More by Jamison85
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captainbearcat

Illinois

3/5  rDev -12.3%

09-01-2013 21:00:38 | More by captainbearcat
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DyingBreed

Indiana

3/5  rDev -12.3%

08-17-2013 22:33:56 | More by DyingBreed
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Brenden

Ohio

3.46/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2013 23:19:57 | More by Brenden
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ADTaber

South Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -5%

08-04-2013 22:00:33 | More by ADTaber
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Cynic-ale

Ohio

3.25/5  rDev -5%

08-01-2013 13:14:20 | More by Cynic-ale
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NW2285

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

07-29-2013 16:49:18 | More by NW2285
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AnotherBeerGeek

Ohio

3.9/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a medium-dark hazy copper color with a craggy, well-structured tannish head. Nose is a little stubborn but shows caramel malt with pine hops hiding underneath. A bit of burnt-malt/molasses sweetness up front quickly transitions to a powerful pine-hop bitterness that carries through to the finish. Feels nice and round with a slight creaminess to the texture. Even though Cincinnati has a great brewing history, and is making a comeback that way, I generally find myself unimpressed with local offerings, with a few notable exceptions. This is one of them. Definitely worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2013 23:10:28 | More by AnotherBeerGeek
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fellowrs

Ohio

2.75/5  rDev -19.6%

07-26-2013 14:43:13 | More by fellowrs
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Falcone

North Carolina

3/5  rDev -12.3%

07-26-2013 01:38:57 | More by Falcone
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CFHMagnet

Ohio

3.46/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Got this from my brother coming back from a trip to Cincinnati. No bottle date found.

I poured a thin looking sand colored head over an amber body. The head dissipates rapidly, while lace tries but does not quite cling to the glass.

The rye really comes through in the nose. Other than that I get a grassy/gardeny hop presence.

This beer starts out sweet and malty with a kiss of citrus up front, then the rye and the hops take it over. It is gardeny with a little pine and a kiss of grapefruit. Bitter on the very end.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied. It feels clean and well carbonated.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2013 19:51:28 | More by CFHMagnet
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davemathews68

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

07-24-2013 15:32:04 | More by davemathews68
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gpblackgt

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -5%

07-17-2013 20:44:42 | More by gpblackgt
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Kevin72

Kentucky

3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

07-17-2013 12:40:16 | More by Kevin72
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screamking

Ohio

3.7/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass.

Pours a slight dark amber color with a 1 finger khaki head. The head seems to dissipate very quickly. Aroma is a mixed bag notes. There's a little bit of citrus working around but pine comes in the strongest. Lots of bread in the first taste. Some bitter grapefruit peel. Not a whole lot of sweet here, just bitterness. The aftertaste comes thru surprisingly clean and light. Fairly light bodied, easy to drink, small ABV. I've had this beer several times and I think it's growing in me. This pale ale isn't world class, but a solid beer, worth a try and and occasional drinking session.

Update:10/24/13- got this fresh from a 16oz can, much much better fresh.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2013 02:44:00 | More by screamking
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jmw4437

Ohio

3/5  rDev -12.3%

07-14-2013 20:46:31 | More by jmw4437
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pathman

Ohio

4/5  rDev +17%

07-14-2013 01:56:27 | More by pathman
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travishardy929

New York

3/5  rDev -12.3%

07-14-2013 00:35:49 | More by travishardy929
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Molson2000

Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +24.3%

06-28-2013 19:44:28 | More by Molson2000
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damndirtyape

Ohio

3.35/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2013 23:03:54 | More by damndirtyape
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WingsInStripes

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

06-15-2013 01:32:19 | More by WingsInStripes
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maxwelldeux

Washington

3/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle. Pours a slightly hazy amber color with a moderate off-white head on it and a little bit of floaties in there. Nose has a little bit of hoppy bitterness to it, but not a lot of substance. Taste is balanced in that it’s not bitter nor sweet, but there isn’t a lot of flavor to it.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2013 03:27:45 | More by maxwelldeux
Hop Bomber Pale Ale from Rivertown Brewing Co.
78 out of 100 based on 242 ratings.