Hop Bomber Pale Ale | Rivertown Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Rivertown Brewing Co.
Ohio, United States
rivertownbrewery.com

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by pwoods on 02-25-2010

BEER STATS
Ratings:
278
Reviews:
84
Avg:
3.45
pDev:
16.23%
 
 
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3
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36
For Trade:
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look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

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3.03/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Hops hit quickly but then there is a smooth and watery, but nice finish. Alcohol taste is minimal. Has a bit of an unpleasant after taste. Overall the taste is remenscent of a watered down ipa. Makes a good session beer due to its lower alchohol content and non-overwhelming flavor.

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3.05/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer looks nice, but it smells like hairspray. The taste of it is, okay. It's just an odd mesh of thick malts that don't really show this as a pale ale. Where are the hops? Where's the attitude? Not here. A pretty forgettable beer, and more waste of my time and money. (This whole driving south thing hasn't panned out on the beer front so well on much of these brews.)

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look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Their first mistake might have been putting the word "hop" in the title, and the second was the use of the word "bomber".

This is a pretty tame beer, even for an APA, and there isn't too much flavor from hops at all. What does spice it up, literally, is the rye, but most of this is about the malt, which would normally be OK, but perhaps the advertising is wrong here. It smells and tastes more like bread than pine/citrus hops.

The pour is pretty standard (nothing special with the color or head). Mouthfeel is fair, and this one is on the thinner side.

I always like to try Ohio beers, but this is one that I won't be having again even though it's not necessarily bad.

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Hop Bomber Pale Ale from Rivertown Brewing Co.
3.45 out of 5 based on 278 ratings.
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