1. Extreme Beer Fest tickets go on sale Sat, Sep 27 @ Noon EDT.
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Bombay By Boat IPA - Moonlight Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Bombay By Boat IPA
No picture uploaded.
Have one? Upload it now.
BA SCORE
90
outstanding

122 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 122
Reviews: 69
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 9.65%
Wants: 4
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Moonlight Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  5.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-29-2002)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Ratings: 122 | Reviews: 69 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by oggg:
Photo of oggg
4.43/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

on tap at Toronado
16oz pint glass

orange hue
quite a strong grapefruit and pine aroma, lasts well into the last half of the beer.
Up front there is a strong hop bitterness bite with lots of pine cone. A little grassy. Citrus is secondary. Somewhat reminiscent of pliny the elder but not quite. Bitterness level seems to be really high, comparable to pliny maybe. Very juicy hops. Bitterness is probably a bit harsh for hop newbies, but for me it was that perfect, slightly puckering level. Malt presence is minimal. Full bodied with subtle alcohol. Holy Schmoley? 5.9%? no wonder I can remember what it tasted like...

Overall: What an awesome beer at only 5.9% (a plus in my book). This is a wonderful bitter but juicy IPA.

oggg, Nov 20, 2005
More User Reviews:
Photo of RoyalT
4/5  rDev -1%
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!

RoyalT, Mar 27, 2006
Photo of rob133
5/5  rDev +23.8%

rob133, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of rastaman
3.6/5  rDev -10.9%
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.

rastaman, Sep 17, 2004
Photo of InfernoBoss
4/5  rDev -1%

InfernoBoss, Nov 19, 2013
Photo of RBassSFHOPit2ME
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

RBassSFHOPit2ME, Jun 08, 2013
Photo of Sammy
3.93/5  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.

Sammy, Nov 11, 2012
Photo of jh1982
5/5  rDev +23.8%

jh1982, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of ojclark
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

ojclark, Feb 17, 2008
Photo of augustgarage
3.78/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

augustgarage, Sep 09, 2010
Photo of DJButters
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

DJButters, Jul 28, 2013
Photo of VE777
4/5  rDev -1%

VE777, Mar 15, 2014
Photo of Kegatron
4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

Kegatron, Mar 30, 2010
Photo of mc4z
4/5  rDev -1%

mc4z, Jan 31, 2014
Photo of GRG1313
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

GRG1313, Nov 07, 2012
Photo of Goldorak
3.85/5  rDev -4.7%
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!

Goldorak, Oct 03, 2006
Photo of waddellc2
4/5  rDev -1%

waddellc2, May 06, 2013
Photo of Diomede
4/5  rDev -1%

Diomede, Feb 14, 2012
Photo of CRJMellor
4.38/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

CRJMellor, Nov 21, 2006
Photo of HaveUSeenMyCellar
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

HaveUSeenMyCellar, May 26, 2014
Photo of nahthan
3.98/5  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.

nahthan, Dec 02, 2007
Photo of bcm119
4/5  rDev -1%
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.

bcm119, Mar 07, 2008
Photo of nataku00
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

nataku00, Jun 11, 2014
Photo of DAllspaw
4.2/5  rDev +4%
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.

DAllspaw, May 03, 2010
Photo of RaulMondesi
3.86/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

Yep!

RaulMondesi, Nov 12, 2013
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Bombay By Boat IPA from Moonlight Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 122 ratings.