Sponge Bomb
Steelbound Brewery and Distillery

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IPA - New England
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3.59 | pDev: 0%
Steelbound Brewery and Distillery
New York, United States
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Notes: Super Juicy DDH NEIPA. Citra, Michigan Copper, Flaked Oats, and Lactose.
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SLeffler27 from New York

3.59/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Haziness is light in this pale straw beer with highlights of dirty lemon throughout (SRM 2-5). The two-inch, creamy white head holds for a couple of minutes before turning rocky and suddenly retreating. Patches of sticky lace cling to a Spieglau IIPA glass. After stirring the sediment and adding to the glass, it is transformed to a murky haze and is a full step darker.

Sponge Bomb smells like dusty hay with touches of lemon and hints of pine. The added sediment made no significant difference.

Mild bitterness with a flavor that is similar to mild lemon pith. The bitter/sweet balance is even. Light pine notes are apparent. Sediment adds slightly more earthiness. The finish is mild and more a characteristic of mouthfeel than flavor. Warmth brings out more earthiness and mild mint. I consider this an improvement.

The full body and soft, cushy texture give this a creamy feel. Carbonation is light and alcohol is slightly below expectations.

At first, I thought this was some new version of IPA, as it is clearly not what I was expecting. Still, it was enjoyable. The can says it is super juicy, which is certainly not my experience. After checking, the can date is five months old. I should have checked the date before purchasing, however, I never expected to find a beer so far out of date in the cooler AT THE BREWERY.

Especially with IPAs, it's not cool to leave it for the customer to discover an out of date can. Perhaps one would claim this review is invalid due to the freshness of the can. I feel otherwise, because they accepted my money (for a four pack) and had such little care for their own product. Normally I would withhold posting a review of an old can, but others should know that they can't expect this brewer to monitor their own quality. Perhaps somebody else will let us know how this beer measures up when fresh.

Oct 11, 2020
Sponge Bomb from Steelbound Brewery and Distillery
Beer rating: 3.59 out of 5 with 1 ratings