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Hop Bomber Pale Ale | Rivertown Brewery & Barrel House

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Rivertown Brewery & Barrel House
Ohio, United States
rivertownbrewery.com

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by pwoods on 02-25-2010

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#42,509
Reviews:
84
Ratings:
279
pDev:
16.47%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
37
Trade:
1
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Ratings: 279 |  Reviews: 84
Photo of IpaRay
3.25/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of DeFaz
3.06/5  rDev -10%
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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Photo of Chipster1337
2.5/5  rDev -26.5%

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3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

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3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of smithj4
3.75/5  rDev +10.3%

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3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of BuckTuckian
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of metter98
3.67/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is clear amber in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation along with some hues of yellow. It poured with a quarter finger high light beige head that has good retention properties and consistently left a thin head covering the surface along with lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of citrusy and floral hops and spicy rye are present in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell, except that the rye is a little stronger and the spices stand out in the finish. There is a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The use of rye in this beer lends a little complexity and makes this pale ale have a very good balance among the malts, hops and rye.

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Photo of BeerMeColorado
3.25/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of mrfrancis
2.5/5  rDev -26.5%

Photo of fitrock2112
4.03/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured Hop Bomber Rye Pale Ale into a Belgian Tulip.

A - Pours a clear amber with a half of finger of white head.

S - The aroma comes through as soon as it's poured. Getting smooth grapefruit, rich malt.

T - Its has some light toasted malts on first taste with medium hops mid palate. On second sip it has some grapefruit, and light carmel notes. On the finish getting more hops with some bitterness.

M - About perfect for a good pale ale. Medium mouthfeel with medium carbonation.

O - This a very good pale ale. I believe this is Rivertown's flagship beer and it shows. Delish ! Cheers!

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Photo of AC-Mivsek
3.25/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of Rod_J
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

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3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +10.3%

Photo of Beermaine
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of DontWorry_BeHoppy
3.25/5  rDev -4.4%

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.

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3.25/5  rDev -4.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of Zanico
3.75/5  rDev +10.3%

Photo of crbnfbr
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of Omnium
3.46/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

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2.75/5  rDev -19.1%

Hop Bomber Pale Ale from Rivertown Brewery & Barrel House
Beer rating: 3.4 out of 5 with 279 ratings
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