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Hop Bomber Pale Ale - Rivertown Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
78
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251 Ratings
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Ratings: 251
Reviews: 83
rAvg: 3.4
pDev: 17.06%
Wants: 3
Gots: 16 | 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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Ratings: 251 | Reviews: 83 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of Rod_J
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

Rod_J, Nov 08, 2013
Photo of jgreenward
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

jgreenward, Oct 27, 2013
Photo of rapayn01
3.75/5  rDev +10.3%

rapayn01, Oct 21, 2013
Photo of Beermaine
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

Beermaine, Oct 20, 2013
Photo of DontWorry_BeHoppy
3.25/5  rDev -4.4%

DontWorry_BeHoppy, Oct 17, 2013
Photo of mattcrill
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

mattcrill, Oct 13, 2013
Photo of cwd
3.25/5  rDev -4.4%

cwd, Oct 08, 2013
Photo of crewfan1952
3.25/5  rDev -4.4%

crewfan1952, Sep 23, 2013
Photo of Zanico
3.75/5  rDev +10.3%

Zanico, Sep 18, 2013
Photo of crbnfbr
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

crbnfbr, Sep 08, 2013
Photo of Omnium
3.44/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

Omnium, Sep 06, 2013
Photo of soblack
2.75/5  rDev -19.1%

soblack, Sep 05, 2013
Photo of Jamison85
3.25/5  rDev -4.4%

Jamison85, Sep 01, 2013
Photo of captainbearcat
3/5  rDev -11.8%

captainbearcat, Sep 01, 2013
Photo of DyingBreed
3/5  rDev -11.8%

DyingBreed, Aug 17, 2013
Photo of Brenden
3.46/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

Brenden, Aug 10, 2013
Photo of ADTaber
3.25/5  rDev -4.4%

ADTaber, Aug 04, 2013
Photo of Cynic-ale
3.25/5  rDev -4.4%

Cynic-ale, Aug 01, 2013
Photo of NW2285
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

NW2285, Jul 29, 2013
Photo of AnotherBeerGeek
3.9/5  rDev +14.7%
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.

AnotherBeerGeek, Jul 29, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -19.1%

fellowrs, Jul 26, 2013
Photo of Falcone
3/5  rDev -11.8%

Falcone, Jul 26, 2013
Photo of CFHMagnet
3.46/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

CFHMagnet, Jul 25, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

davemathews68, Jul 24, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -4.4%

gpblackgt, Jul 17, 2013
Hop Bomber Pale Ale from Rivertown Brewing Co.
78 out of 100 based on 251 ratings.