Adam Bomb IPA
Blackstone Brewing Company

Adam Bomb IPAAdam Bomb IPA
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American IPA
Ranked #3,783
Ranked #20,859
3.85 | pDev: 12.21%
Blackstone Brewing Company
Tennessee, United States
Very Good
Adam Bomb IPAAdam Bomb IPA
Notes: Adam Bomb is our first high gravity offering and this beer is a monster. The ABV weighs in at 7.3% with 83 IBUs of bitterness. There is a massive amount of hops in this beer with a two week dry hopping schedule comprised of three different dry hop additions.
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Photo of beergoot
3.87/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Honey and copper hued body; decent head, initially thick, settles into a dense, sudsy film with lots of clinging sheets of lacing inside the glass. Fine aroma of sweet caramel sugars with a bit of pine resin note. The taste follows the aroma; malty with some crisp, honey-like sweetness; well-balanced hop bitterness. Medium-heavy body; gentle crispness and bite on the palate; relatively dry overall at the finish.

A damn fine IPA, nicely balanced and very tasty.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I'm trying this at the brewery. It poured a clear copper with white head that is leaving a spotty lace. The scent had tangerine and touch of pine. The taste was nicely balanced and easy to drink with tropical fruit peel presence. The mouthfeel is lighter in body with good carbonation. Overall it's a solid beer.

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Photo of MonDak_Joe1953
3.81/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 12oz bottle into glass. 'Best Before Date' marked as end of July, 2017.
Dark amber clear body, three finger slightly off white head settles to thick cap with lots of lacing.
Aroma is of caramel malt and faded citrus hops, a whiff of pine.
Taste is still strong, sweet then citrus/floral and then bitter pine. Late taste brings in caramel malt.
Medium, slightly sticky mouth feel.
A solid old school, higher ABV IPA. This one is likely showing its age a bit, obtained in a trade.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.67/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Holding true to the original intent of American ale, Blackstone flirts with imperial status with an IPA that showcases the Chinook hop proudly. A throwback to the ingredients, techniques and balance to craft beer's early years provides a refreshing departure from a crowded hop market.

Adam Bomb blasts the senses with the piquant citrus spice from hops with a peppery twinge and a strong pine component. Light amber in color, the beer's light haze and pillowy froth shows an appetizing appearance. Honey and caramel splash the front of the tongue with a strong granola presence as the beer starts off sweet from malts.

Lightly toasted and with its sweetness receding, the showcase of aggressive hops show a strong citrus taste of grapefruit, oranges and lemon, all seeming of the under ripened variety. Citronella oils cast a succulence on the middle palate before trending dry, herbal and sharply bitter. Laced with the botanical quality of muddled pine needles, the finish is boldly grassy, peppery and strongly bittered even more.

Medium full on the palate, its light malt profile suggests a more dry and drinkable tone. However, the amount of malt gives the beer a rich support for those oftentimes bullyish hops. Its firm grip on the gullet is unwavering and indefinite. Leading deeply into the next sip, the IPA provides a glimpse into the early study of stronger IPA like Pliny the Elder and Stone Ruination.

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Photo of Korbynlehr
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Color is golden and clear, like apple juice. Nose hints at the presence of hops. The taste and finish are both very dry, unfortunately it decreases the hop flavor. Decent beer.

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Photo of chinchill
3.77/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap at the Beast & Barrel in TN.
Clear dark amber body with a very durable, creamy bone-colored head.

Moderately strong and very fruity aroma with citrus notes and hints of other tropical fruits.

Flavor: Moderate-strong bitterness accompanied by plenty of citrusy hops. Still, a bit more bitter than optimal for my taste.

Feel: medium body and medium+ carbonation.

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Photo of Hop_God
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

A : golden to strAw yellow. Some orange hues.

S: orange creamsicle. Resin. Citrus. Great nose

T: lemon peel orange pith creamy orange sherbet. Bitter pines at the end

F: soooo creamy. Good balance of sweet malt to bitter hops

O: solid ipa Would be good everyday drinker.

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Photo of 5thOhio
3.84/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a typical golden amber with a slight white head and some lacing. Aroma is fresh floral hops. Mouthfeel is good, medium density with plenty of carbonation. Taste is pleasantly floral/herbal with just a hint of malt backbone. Overall quite good for an area of the country not known as a craft beer haven.

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Photo of mattsdenney
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip glass. A great looking beer; thick sticky head, hazy orange in color. Pine, floral, and citrus. Excellent taste, strong resiny hop flavor with a lingering bitter aftertaste. Previous reviewers complained a bit about the level of hop bitterness...I think that was the point y'all. Anyways, one of the best IPA's brewed in Tennessee IMO. Blackstone is really bringing it strong these days.

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Photo of Vonerichs
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Clear orange with a billowing and persistent off white head. Minimal lacing.

Pleasant aromas of pine, citrus, and caramel.

The bittering hops are a bit much. If they were dialed back just a bit and let some of aromas shine through in the flavor this would be a really solid beer. It's astringent and boozy for 7.2%. Pine and citrus do come through but are drowned out by a palate bruising and soapy aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is medium and full. Carbonation is as it should be.

It's a decent ipa that starts with a really nice aroma. It's just a little too bitter.

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Photo of frognot
3.56/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Hazy amber with a one finger head.

Smell: Started out mostly citrusy with some pine notes

Taste: Crisp with mostly piney hop taste. Was expecting citrus taste from the smell but none detected

Mouthfeel: Good carbonation with a nice smooth finish

Drinkability: I really needed a good beer after sitting for 45 minutes in my car on I-40 between Memphis and Forrest City, Arkansas (stupid highway construction). This beer definitely hit the spot when we reached the Hampton Inn in Arkadelphia. Looking forward to sharing the rest of the six-pack with my son when I finally make it back to Texas.

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Photo of Boski
3.56/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle into pint glass.

A: Golden amber. Thick white head that showed good retention. Nice lacing as well.

S: Tropical citrus aroma.

T: Nice malt/hop balance. Fairly bitter with a lingering soapy numbness.

M: Medium thickness. Very nice.

O: A very solid IPA. I would definitely imbibe in one again if given the chance.

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Photo of Tonmeister
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

bottle poured into tulip shaped glass

Appearance: Golden amber with a thick white head.

Smell: Strong hop presence; piney and citrusy, with a nice tropical fruity presence.

Taste: This is a well balanced beer. I can taste the hop presence and the sweetness from the malt and fruits. This lands more on the sweeter maltier side, but don't get me wrong you can still taste the earthy hops. It has a very rich taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation and a sweet dry finish.

Overall: This is a highly underrated beer. My favorite brew from Blackstone; Perfect for those who are new to the IPA Style. It's not to bitter nor aggressive. Overall It's more on the sweeter side, but you can definitely taste a hop presence.

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Photo of sholland119
3.74/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Picked this up at Craft Brewed Nashville while in town for business.

A-pour is a crystal clear orange amber with a frothy white head and great retention and lacing.

S-some piney hops with lots of strongest character.

T-quite tasty indeed. Nice malty sweetness up front, sond good piney hop bitterness in the back. Good balance overall.

M-medium bodied, a bit slick. I prefer a somewhat lighter body in this style but it's not bad.

O/a fine local brew.we enjoyed the six pack in the room. None made it home.


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Photo of Treyliff
3.84/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A- pours a dark and hazy amber-orange with a small creamy white head that reduces to a small layer on top

S- orange and grapefruit citrus hops with a sharp peppery spice, caramel and bready sweet malt

T- citrus hops are there but more floral hop nose come out in the flavor, good amout of caramel malt sweetness to balance out the hops, the finish is slightly sweet with more floral hops on the finish

M- medium-heavy body with low carbonation, foamy mouthfeel leads to a chewy-yet-smooth finish, definitely doesn't drink like the over 7% is consists of

O- big hop flavors but enough malt to balance it out evenly, very easy drinking for the ABV, floral notes are nice.

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Photo of Roman5150
3.99/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle into Duvel Glass

Appearance: LIght ruby orange, one finger thick white head, lots of lacing

Smell: Citrus, grapefruity, earthy notes, lemon, pineapple, the aroma is amazing.

Taste: Very hoppy, this beer is a hop bomb. Lot's of pine, citrus, grapefruit, and other fruity flavors.

Overall: I would buy this again, the best IPA you can get from Nashville, or TN for the most part. Lot's of hops, bitter and dry, perfect for hop heads but probably too intense for the casual beer drinkable. It's remarkably drinkable as well.

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Photo of rangerred
3.79/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a slightly hazy lighter gold wiht a one finger white head. Thick lacing all the way around the sides of the glass with pretty good head retention.

The aroma is quite dank with some hints of onion. Citrus is present but it is a little bit muted with just a little orange, pineapple, and grapefruit sneaking through. Pretty unique and quite mouthwatering.

Definitely more citrus present in the flavor in the way of pineapple and grapefruit. There is a little clove/banana yeast character but not enough to really throw off the flavor. Some earth and not a whole lot in the way of maltiness; the hops are the driving force in this beer. Bitterness is assertive with a little stickyness left over.

Overall, a really good offering from Blackstone and a solid IPA. While it is not as fruity as I prefer, it is a beer worthy of picking up and one of the better ones I have had from a Tennessee brewery.

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Photo of beer2day
4.32/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a relatively clear orange gold with 2 full fingers of paper white head. Laces decently and retains the head relatively well.

Nose is more orange than grapefruit with a strong malt underpinning. Smells stronger than the abv would warrant. Well done.

Mild hit on the tongue, orange citrus builds. Just a hint of tart grapefruit compliments that in the end. Finish is fairly dry, but still retains the orange sweets.

Decent malt backbone backs up the orange citrus. Body well matched to the flavor.

Overall a very tasty drinker. Next to their Maris Otter, my favorite from this brewery/pub.

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Photo of AlexFields
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance is very clear, light amber, obviously filtered. Nice but pretty average white head.

Smells of sharp orange and grapefruit citrus, spicy almost rye hop character, strong floral notes too. Smells great and pretty complex.

A little less citrus in the taste but even more spice and even more flowers. Considerably more malt character too, a tad more than I'd like. A pretty well balanced, very tasty IPA (technically they're DIPA but not really high enough ABV to clearly qualify as a DIPA).

Well carbonates which blends well with the spicy flavors, a little thickness in the mouth which hints at the slightly higher than average abv.

Overall a really nice IPA and I'm glad Blackstone is starting to bottle cool things like this! The day might come soon when we don't have to be depressed about the state of Tennessee breweries anymore.


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Photo of elgiacomo
3.44/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, best by 4th week of March 2013. Served at around 40-45F.

Pours semi-hazy amber with a two finger white head that leaves globby rings of lacing and holds a good cap.

Aroma is oranges, some pine, apricot, caramel, bread. Good to very good strength. Hoppy but balanced with a good bit of malt.

Flavor is orange citrus, apricot, resinous hops, good amount of caramel malt, mild to moderate sweetness, moderate to good bitterness, some alcohol on the finish.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, somewhat creamy, little sticky, good carbonation.

Good IPA. Definitely more on the balanced side, decent bit of caramel here, not exactly my style, but pretty good.

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Photo of sammy1185
4.13/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Served on tap at The Flying Saucer in Memphis, TN. GO HERE!! Anyway, Pours a lightly haze golden amber, with a nice head

S: Definitely hoppy, a bit piney with a touch of sour

T: WOW! I really enjoyed this one. I had never had Blackstone before visiting Memphis, and I really hope they come to St. Louis. I'm definitely a hop-head, and this didn't dissapoint. A wonderfully complex beer, I would rate it as more of an amped up single than a double. It was missing the malty sweet of a double, which I'm good with. Grapefruit, citrus, maybe a hint of clove

M: Smooth for a DIPA. A crisp beer, but still easy drinking.

O: Man, it's almost worth the trip to Nashville to grab a few growlers. Definitely a great beer

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Photo of kencarman
2.46/5  rDev -36.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

I LOVE fresh hop beer and beers over 100 IBU. (As far as I know this in NOT fresh hop, but even then... well, read on.) The appearance was fine, though a bit hazy, and the aroma great: a Centennial like aroma with grapefruit-hint. Head pillow mixed with big bubble that goes away fast. It's when you get to the mouthfeel and taste where this falls. Harsh. Understand: I love 100 IBU beers but this is grassy: not in a good way, astringent: as if boiled too long, or dry hopped to the extreme. I'm guessing the first. This would be a GREAT beer, but something went REAL wrong with the hops here. Bear in mind: Tim Rastetter in Ohio and KY was doing IBUs way over 100 and I loved them. Had to cut some back then, not now I would think, but loved anyway. This was hard to drink.

I love Blackstone's beer. That didn't used to be quite as true. Years ago they stuck mostly with a few styles, but when Travis came they started mixing them up. Indeed, if you're looking for on the style mark, and very good, Blackstone's the place. My guess: since TN has abv issues, and this according to what I have read this is their first high grav offering, (Bottled?) they tried to compensate and over shot that mark.

They hand pump beers. I'm guessing I'd like this a whole lot better on hand pump: tends to soften out the harshness.

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Photo of tngolfer
4.57/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- poured from a bottle into a glass. Deep, dark orange with minimal head that dies quickly.

S- smells of hops. Still learning but it smells like chinook and centennial to me.

T- somewhat sweet up front with the hops quickly overtaking the taste. Good hop flavor with some bite. The bitterness is not harsh though. Very good balance which plays well with the smell.

M- I get a little tingle from the hops, not too thick, not too thin. As Goldilocks would say, "This beer is just right."

I really enjoyed this beer. I'm glad it is local for me.

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Photo of John1985
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ale pours with a dark gold with a white head that dissipates but laces down the glass. Aroma of mango, pineapple and citrus. Flavor starts with bracing bitterness that transitions to more tropical fruits and finishes pleasantly bitter. This reminds me of Great Lakes Commodore Perry IPA and is certainly a nice surprise from the more typical tame products from Blackstone. This is a very enjoyable double IPA (at 7.3% maybe a high single) and a worthy repurchase.

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Photo of Brent
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A newer offering from Blackstone sampled at the brewpub. Not a gigantic double IPA, but enough hops horsepower to qualify for the category. Some malt sweetness, quickly giving way to an initially brusk hops wave that sorts itself out a bit toward the end. A touch of alcohol at the finish lends some white pepper.

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