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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
THE BROS
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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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Photo of Omnium
3.44/5  rDev +0.9%
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 -19.4%

soblack, Sep 05, 2013
Photo of Jamison85
3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

Jamison85, Sep 01, 2013
Photo of captainbearcat
3/5  rDev -12%

captainbearcat, Sep 01, 2013
Photo of DyingBreed
3/5  rDev -12%

DyingBreed, Aug 17, 2013
Photo of Brenden
3.46/5  rDev +1.5%
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 -4.7%

ADTaber, Aug 04, 2013
Photo of Cynic-ale
3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

Cynic-ale, Aug 01, 2013
Photo of NW2285
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

NW2285, Jul 29, 2013
Photo of AnotherBeerGeek
3.9/5  rDev +14.4%
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
Photo of fellowrs
2.75/5  rDev -19.4%

fellowrs, Jul 26, 2013
Photo of Falcone
3/5  rDev -12%

Falcone, Jul 26, 2013
Photo of CFHMagnet
3.46/5  rDev +1.5%
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
Photo of davemathews68
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

davemathews68, Jul 24, 2013
Photo of gpblackgt
3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

gpblackgt, Jul 17, 2013
Photo of Kevin72
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

Kevin72, Jul 17, 2013
Photo of screamking
3.7/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

screamking, Jul 17, 2013
Photo of jmw4437
3/5  rDev -12%

jmw4437, Jul 14, 2013
Photo of pathman
4/5  rDev +17.3%

pathman, Jul 14, 2013
Photo of travishardy929
3/5  rDev -12%

travishardy929, Jul 14, 2013
Photo of Molson2000
4.25/5  rDev +24.6%

Molson2000, Jun 28, 2013
Photo of damndirtyape
3.35/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

damndirtyape, Jun 16, 2013
Photo of WingsInStripes
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

WingsInStripes, Jun 15, 2013
Photo of maxwelldeux
3/5  rDev -12%
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.

maxwelldeux, Jun 08, 2013
Photo of JimmyFlatRock
3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

JimmyFlatRock, Jun 08, 2013
Hop Bomber Pale Ale from Rivertown Brewing Co.
78 out of 100 based on 256 ratings.