After drinking stouts all week it’s nice to get back to more familiar territory. I’ve had Rivertown’s Hop Bomber on numerous occasions but have never given it a review on this site or an overwhelming amount of thought. It’s been easy to drink this without too much thought because it’s a good session beer. It’s not too outstanding in anyway but not to mild to be noticeable disappointing. While I do take issue with the name I do love this beer. Time to get drinking!
Beer: Hop Bomber
Style: American Pale Ale
Alcohol by Volume: 5.5%
Great rust/copper color with nice white fluffy head. The head hangs around a bit and slowly drops down leaving a really nice lacing along the way. Really beautiful looking beer, kind of a classic appearance for better beer.
Great aroma with some citrus hops and a strong malt background, there is also a nice bit of spiciness in the nose. All of which leads up to a very enticing smell.
The flavor kicks off with a powerful malt body followed up by some spice from the rye they add into the brew. There is a small hop presence with some citrus flavors that remind me slightly of lemon and oranges. The hops also kick in some bitterness, not much though, just enough to balance things out. Overall a nice, smooth, relaxingly complex flavor.
Medium body mouth feel with a fair bit of carbonation. Not sure if it’s the lemon or the rye but something kicks in a nice bit of zing.
This is my favorite brew from Rivertown and my overall favorite from all of the Cinci brewers. While I love this beer I have a serious gripe about its name. This is no hop “bomber” by any means. My complaint is confounded by their double IPA being call Hop Baron. Based on names alone I would assume the Baron is and IPA and the Bomber is the DIPA. Names aside this is an awesome beer that I love to session and is great for really any occasion. I got this 6-pack at the local Kroger and it should be available at pretty much any grocery store and every better beer seller in the area, if neither of those floats your boats head to the brewery for fresh beer on tap and a growl to take home!