Bombay By Boat IPA - Moonlight Brewing Company

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Ratings: 133
Reviews: 69
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 9.18%
Wants: 5
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
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Moonlight Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  5.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-29-2002

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Photo of RoyalT
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – The body is a deep, dark, beautiful orange in color with a thick, hour-long head. Sweet!

Smell – The rich, complex hop profile speaks wonders about the craftsmanship that went into making this AIPA. All the usual suspect are here – pine, citrus, and some light leafy floral notes – and all backed by a strong, thick, malty caramel base.

Taste – The rich malts come out bigger at the taste, making this almost like a double (in its flavor profile if not in ABV). The hops are right on track, and the pine is drying yet very balanced. The orangy flavor that rings throughout the drink is pure goodness.

Mouthfeel – This is medium-bodied with some light but potent carbonation. It is dry but not painfully so, and the sweetish malts give this a slick mouthfeel.

Drinkability – This gem from Moonlight Brewing is a serious IPA. It’s very tasty and leans towards bitterness. Good job!

Photo of rastaman
3.62/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tap, Toronado, San fransisco. Nice one, went well with pizza aswell. Citrus Grapefruit, pine, lychee, all the usuals are there, typically hoppy, rich, sweetish IPA, quite tasty. Nice softish muthfeel, with some nice hop bitterness in the finish, very pleasant.

Photo of Sammy
3.92/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Hopmonk, Sabastol location. Medium mouthfeel, well hopped IPA. Lacey on medium coloured body. Decent drinkability. Tasty hop melange, and still decently malted and a tad toasty. Hoppy aromas.WOuld estimate IBU in 70 range.Carbonation right there.

Photo of ojclark
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1/3/08 at The Monk's Kettle, San Francisco. Deep golden color. Nice off-white head with good retention. Yeasty, hoppy (citrus and pine) aroma with toast malt notes and slight fruitiness. Strong bitterness up front in flavor leading into toasty malt notes with slight sweetness. Resiny, citric hop flavor. Some moderate caramel flavors from crystal malts. Slight green apple note. Moderate-high carbonation. Rich mouthfeel (almost creamy). Medium-bodied with some alcohol warmth.

Photo of augustgarage
3.8/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hand-pump cask @ Toronado in SF - served in a shaker pint.

Crystal clear amber body with a messy dollop of beige wave scum. Nice cakey lacing and a small head with good retention.

Resinous citrusy aromatics with evergreen and faintly sweet biscuity malts.

Grapefruit seeds, tangerine pith, pale malt, forest floor, etc. on the palate. Hints of wet wood and barley in the finish - fairly malty despite a forward NorCal hoppiness. Not as bitter (perhaps not as fresh?) as other reviews would indicate.

Creamy, mildly astringent mouthfeel, adequately carbonated, and slightly warm for the ABV.

A decent IPA, but not really on-par with many other offerings from this exceptional brewery.

Photo of Kegatron
4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap @ Beachwood BBQ (Seal Beach, CA) on 3/20/10. Served in a pint glass.

Pours a fairly clear shiney copper, with a finger of smooth and creamy looking head of off-white foam. This stays VERY rich and frothy in the glass, and honestly, this has one of the better IPA looks that I've seen in a while. Very nice! The aroma is fresh and floral feeling in the nose, with pine and spice notes being mellowed somewhat by a mix of earthy citrus and grapefruit character. Some bready caramel sweetness lends this a touch of balancing tang in the back of the nose.

The hops are full flavored, but a little more mellow up front here in the taste, with earth and spice being well balanced by fruity citrus and caramel malts. Hops dominate the finish with a deeply spicy dryness that lingers. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with more crispness up front, that then gets much more creamy and easy as you swallow. The amount of alcohol in the feel correctly matches the ABV here. In other words, not much. Nice.

I understand that the hop profile on this changes from batch and batch and I was pleased to find that this was a pretty good one. Earthy and citric, with some sharper hop notes, plus this really packed a lot of flavor for being a sub 6% ABV. Good stuff and it was really a pleasure to be able to find a Moonlight offering in the OC.

Photo of Goldorak
3.83/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Opaque peachy amber, almost brown, with that superb littlepearly white honecomb head.

Smell: Lightly spicy hops aroma at first, the "C" hops eventually shine through, but in a very respectably restrained manner.

Taste: Somewhat of a rarity in the brews I sampled out here in California, but this one seemed really mellow and balanced out, much more British-style than than whacked out west coast. Crispy cookie malt, lively carbonation that pricks the tongue, hop profile mild but sustained. Very well done!

Photo of CRJMellor
4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark orange and golden tint with an extra big but moderately dense white head.
Aroma has a sweet toffee and caramel underpinning with some pine and floral notes wafting in and out.
Flavors of very dark, rich malt comes through at first then cut by a dry, piney, resiny finish. Touch of straw seems to be prevalent as well.
Mouthfeel is just on the heavier side of the middle of the roadbut good balance in this beer and interplay between dryness and sweet malt make for an interesting mix of flavors
Drinkability on this is excellent, reminds me of British casks beers with it’s complex flavoring and balance.

Photo of nahthan
3.97/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this beer on hand pump at Lanesplitter Pub on San Pablo ave in Berkeley, CA. Wonderfully fresh. It tasted like it was straight out of the secondary fermenter - cloudy and alive tasting, not filtered and dead tasting. Perfect taste at clightly cooler than room temperature. Excellent dry-hopped hop flavor. I would guess Cascade hops. Nice balance between sweet and bitter, obviously leaning towards the bitter. no discernable yeast flavors. A wonderful beer that is very memorable days later.

Photo of bcm119
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fantastic hop-heads-only IPA, minus the cloying malty sweetness of many wannabe IPAs. Straw in color with a restrained white lacing. Scant pale malt profile that barely supports the piney, weedy onslaught of fresh hop flavors. Nice mouthfeel and very drinkable for its moderately high ABV. A local favorite on tap around town, and only served in more respectable beer places.

Editing to knock down a few notches... this has been less than spectacular lately.

Photo of DAllspaw
4.22/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

on tap in mission district bar, poured into pint glass. Some of the best lacing I've seen from IPA. Incredible nose on this beer, tons of citrus, esp. grapefruit with a great IPA flavor to back it up. I'd say more but tired after long flight and just wanted to capture that this is one damn good beer. Death and Taxes was also something pretty special, will get full pint next time.

Photo of RaulMondesi
3.87/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Out of the cask at Toronado in San Francisco, CA.

Raul pictured a vibrant, glowing setting sun... Raul pictured an angelic, endearing hula girl as his first mate... Raul pictured a beautiful, sparkling ocean in the never ending distance... And as Raul took his first sip and then swallowed, he kind of got that. Kind of.

With a name like "Bombay By Boat," Raul was ready to be swept away. No, not like that terrible Madonna film, but more like "L'atalante." And did Raul feel like he was sitting next to Jean Vigo after his first sip? Nope. Not at all.

Don't get me wrong, my children. It was a nice beer, but it was a bit more "simple" than Raul would have liked. It didn't "pop" like Raul's imaginary adventure to Bombay by boat (or steamer, for that matter) but it was smooth and tasty enough to warrant wanting to crack another on a schooner to Catalina Island.


Photo of largadeer
4.06/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On handpump at Toronado from what appears to be a very fresh cask. It's brilliantly clear, golden in color with amber highlights, crowned by a dense frothy head that never fully dissipates. Herbal, earthy, faintly grapefruit-like hops are the first scents to greet my nose. There's a solid malt foundation as well, light with a toffee character. This smells English-inspired, the hop profile more European than West Coast. On the palate it's initially malty with a restrained toffee and biscuit sweetness. Hops take over shortly thereafter, earthy, spicy and herbal in character. The finish reminds me of rye bread, though I don't know if rye is actually used in the beer. Bitterness is at a moderate to low level, and the herbal astringency I get in the draft version of this beer seems more restrained on cask. Very enjoyable, a balanced and decidedly non-West Coast IPA, but a very good one. I'm liking it on cask more than any draft pours I've had.

Photo of wethorseblanket
4.28/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From cask @ Toronado SF.

A: Pours clear gold with a finger thick white head which leaves unusual vertical columns of lace.

N: Floral and citrus with some pine hop notes. Grassy and herbal. Dank.

T: Follows nose with more pine and less citrus. Smooth finish with a fresh hop cone quality. Tremendous hoppy spice lingers long after the last taste.

M: Creamy from the hand pump with a medium body. Dry and semi-bitter finish.

O: Clean and fresh, just the way an IPA should be! If you ever see this, get it.

Photo of DavoleBomb
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From the handpump at Toronado, SF. Poured into a pint glass.

4.0 A: Lightly hazed dark yellow color. Two fingers of frothy white head with good retention and glass covering lacing.

4.0 S: Like most IPAs from a cask, this is full of woodiness. Tons of oak, pine, and a heavy though tolerable overall yeastiness. Earthy hops. Malts and yeast give a bready vibe.

4.0 T: For the most part follows the nose. Moderate bitterness, which is perfect for the format.

4.0 M: Lighter medium body. Super cask creaminess. Well carbonated.

4.0 D: Never had the regular version, but IPAs on cask are awesome and this is no different.

Photo of xhcadamx
4.46/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On tap at my house....

A - Hazy dark yellow. The head on this beer is impressive. It sits like meringue on top of the beer and and stays for the entire beer. Extreme lacing.

S - Hops and a lot of them. Very tasty.

T - Not sure which hops are used here. There is a C hop presence but it doesn't dominate. Bitter at the end with a slight dryness.

M - Slick and oily. Not as heavy bodied as I would expect. Makes it very smooth to drink.

D - I bought a half barrel if that says anything...

Photo of colinsk
4.12/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An underground classic IPA. This very hoppy beer is light in color and strong in flavor. The blend of hops is perfectly balanced. The hop aroma is strong and pleasant. The water is quite hard detracting slightly from the great beer. A must try IPA. Available only on draft in Northern California.

Photo of Mark
4.09/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer had the color of a deep gold, head was thinnish and lacing was not the thickest i have come across. Aroma was a different matter, very piney and harp of citrus too. Same on the taste buds, very piney and hoppy. A bit unbalanced or this could be a real top IPA. Very good as is and many hop heads will love it.

Photo of jkanavel
3.69/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Had a pint of this at the Barley and Hops Tavern in Occidental.

The head was clean eggshell white

body was a beautiful orangy-golden.

nose was very pretty and hoppy but not terribly distinguished. Grassy notes, some floral notes, a little slim on the citrus spectrum.

mouthfeel, thin as it warmed up. PBR thin.But rich and creamy when it had a little chill left on it.

Flavor is where it fell a little flat to me. It was served...not terribly cold. Which is fine, but as it warmed it became astringent, watery, thin, flat. Maybe I was near the end of the keg.

Photo of USCTrojanBrian
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at The Flavor Bistro, Santa Rosa CA

A unique contrast to the various IPA's at Russian River on this trip. Robust aroma, but more spicey and subdued hop notes. Brownish amber color, good gooey/thickness in consistency.

Solid and enjoyable effort.

Photo of womencantsail
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed on tap at Flavor Bistro in Santa Rosa.

A: This IPA pours a clear amber color with a fluffy white head that leaves some nice lacing on the very cool Moonlight pint glass.

S: Quite a lot of citrus hop aroma with a nice pine contribution as well. The malt is there, but very faint.

T: Much like the nose, the beer is very citrusy and piney. The bitterness really caught by surprise, but it is very pleasant. A lot of orange and lemon flavors, in terms of the citrus.

M: A moderate level of carbonation and a medium body.

D: Despite how bitter this beer is, it's still a very drinkable and refreshing IPA. I wish these Moonlight beers were easier to get, because they are great.

Photo of PerHops
4.72/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I've had this beer several times. I've had it on hand pump at toronado. On draft at a few different bars. Tonight I finally understand this beer. I love pretty much everything this guy does, but never really appreciated the IPA. The hops came through so much more than i remembered in the past. Great IPA one of my favorites, if I can find it this fresh.

Photo of flexabull
4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On cask @ the Toronado.

Pours a bright gold color, slight haze, and a nice white head.

Aromas are of pine, bright and bitter citrus, like lemons and oranges.

Taste is just like the nose. Pine like, with citrus, a backdrop of bread dough, and some creamy sweetness. Finish has some resiny hops and lightly bitter notes.

Mouthfeel is great, very smooth, with plenty of body. Not heavy at all.

Overall, a very good beer, and better than the sum of it's parts. Very high drinkability, my glass was empty before I knew it.

Photo of John_M
4.45/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Flavor Bistro today.

The beer pours a peachy orange color with very good head retention and considerable sticky lacing all around. The nose is pungent and impressive, showcasing considerable dry citrus, a hint of burnt toast and light pine. This beer smells as if it will an extremely bitter, well hopped IPA, which in fact it is. On the palate, this is an aggressively hopped IPA, with just enought malt to balance the avalanche of hoppy goodness. The hoppy bitterness dries this beer out in a big way on the finish, and there's no doubt this is one of the least malty/sweet IPA's I can recall having in some time. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, though given the abv., the amount of flavor this "no holds barred" IPA delivers is pretty astonishing. This beer drinks like an 8% or 9% abv. IPA, so I was amazed when I saw the 5.9% on this site. Drinkability isn't too bad, though this is one intensely bitter IPA, and so it's hard to imagine drinking a whole lot of this. Still, this is very well made, very well crafted IPA, that is very much in the West Coast style. Impressive...

Photo of FosterJM
4.28/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

1550th Review on BA
Cask to Pint

@Toronado San Francisco

App- A big serious looking orange. Like orange water with how clear it was and how well it shimmered and moved. A bit of yellows and what I would call yellow highlights. A big frothy 1" head that left some great cling.

Smell- When things are on cask the warmth really seems to accentuate the aromas and this was no different. It was damper citrus aromas mixed with some dry pine and grass. One hoppy beer but integrated well.

Taste- I had heard many a good thing about this one and was not let down. Big and hoppy with some great balance. The warmth of the cask just made this incredibly smooth and creamy. The malts take a back seat on the continual sips and layers well with pine.

Mouth- Highly medium to full bodied with a full-low carbonation and deceptively creamy and silky. Residual hops that we're a bit citrus but meshed into a grassy flavor.

Drink- This thing was just a great beer. Had heard so many good things about Bombay and Reality had to try it for myself. So glad I did. Wonderfully creamy and layered.

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Bombay By Boat IPA from Moonlight Brewing Company
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