Hop Bomber India Pale Ale - Grand Canyon Brewing Company
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Reviews by BucannonXC5:
3.39/5 rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
Type: 22-oz. bomber
Glass: Firestone pint glass
From: A Whole Foods in Tempe, Ariz.
Price: Est. $5.99
Purchased: May 16, 2013
Consumed: June 2, 2013
Misc.: Wax on the bottle; "Flavor Bomb" (wood chips, spicy ingredients according to article below) in bottle; No ABV on bottle, but Untappd read 6.00%, RateBeer.com read 7.00% & a newspaper article (http://blogs.phoenixnewtimes.com/bella/2013/02/grand_canyon_hop_bomber_ipa_flavor_bomb.php) read 7.50%, which I went with.
Poured a caramel orange hazy color with 1-2 fingers of gray head. Healthy amount of foamy and layered gray lacing on the sides of the glass. Good retention on the top all the way down.
Smelled a mix of tons of hops right away. Initially got floral hops, then skunky resin hops. Finally got some citrus hops in there (lime) and pine. Overall though seemed to be a bit skunked. Maybe waited too long?
Tasted bitter hops right from the get-go. Not as skunky overall as the smell. Alcohol is very noticeable and not well-hidden. Reminded me of a liquor or aftershave. Some sweet floral hops, but citrus hops weren’t as noticeable.
Medium-to-light body. Oily-to-creamy texture. Average-to-lively carbonation. Long, bitter finish.
This beer had its moments, although those were few and far between. Not a big fan.
Serving type: bottle
06-03-2013 01:34:01 | More by BucannonXC5
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3.58/5 rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
Colored like a gold brick, brilliantly clear and bright. One finger of bubbles as sticky and dense as marshmallow fluff.
Aroma is appropriately bright, considering this has been extra dry-hopped. The cones lend great floral and citrus aromas -- rose, honeysuckle, grass, tangerine. Marris Otter malt -- a variety most often found in English-style ales -- provides a backbone of caramel-glazed biscuits.
Malty-sweet at the front of the tongue, with notes of English toffee, honey and toasted bread. Orange peel, pine and floral hop spice settle into the taste buds upon the swallow. A touch of dank resin. Highly bitter.
Medium body, sugar-thick. Hops give the brew an almost peppery heat on the tongue. Carbonation is prickly.
Is it noticeably better than other IPAs on the market? Nah. But it's a cool idea.
Serving type: bottle
07-11-2013 22:50:28 | More by Phelps
Hop Bomber India Pale Ale from Grand Canyon Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 13 user ratings.