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Bombay Pale Ale - Nørrebro Bryghus

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46 Ratings
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Ratings: 46
Reviews: 34
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 13.8%
Wants: 4
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Nørrebro Bryghus visit their website
Denmark

Style | ABV
English India Pale Ale (IPA) |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: ToolHead on 02-06-2004)
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Ratings: 46 | Reviews: 34 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by peensteen:
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peensteen

Ontario (Canada)

4.18/5  rDev +17.7%

Pours a cloudy orange-amber colour, decent white head that left some nice lace on the glass. Smells of malt and some hop comes through. Not really an aromatic beer, the nose is pretty non-existent, but when you can detect the malt and hop its not bad. Taste is initially of malt that leads into nice bitter hop, citrus, some grapefruit, lemon and finishes with malt and citrus. Very tasty stuff. Good solid mouthfeel, not tons of carbonation and slightly oily from the hop. Very drinkable, I would say sessionable even though its got a slightly high ABV its barley noticeable.

02-02-2011 15:48:00 | More by peensteen
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MadScientist

New York

3.61/5  rDev +1.7%

A: A light copper colored beer with good clarity and little head.

S: Lots and f English malt with caramel dominating backed by biscuit and toast. The is a moderate earthy hops aroma with a light orange aroma from the yeast.

T: The taste matches the noise with a decent hops balance and a fairly strong malt character. The balance is slightly towards the bitter. The hops are earthy with a. Slight floral hint. The fermentation adds some orange and slight citrus. The finish is off dry and the aftertaste is a moderately lingering bitterness.

M: medium full bodied with moderate carbonation.

O: a pretty good English IPA with a good malt hops balance. I wouldn't hunt this one down but if you can't find a big bitter American IPA this will do well.

04-20-2013 11:27:32 | More by MadScientist
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JohnnyBarman

Ontario (Canada)

3.9/5  rDev +9.9%

600mL bottle as part of the LCBO's Nørrebro release. This one will be my first from the set, as I just felt like today was a pale ale kind of day. This will also be my first Danish beer that isn't Carlsberg or Faxe, so the bar has already been set pretty low - hopefully Nørrebro will deliver!

Minimalist bottle artwork is actually very pleasant - looks like Ikea infused with Mennonite/Pennsylvania Dutch patterns. Poured into a nonic Wellington glass. Light amber, certainly on the pale end of the pale ale spectrum. Leaves a decent amount of frothy head that settles into a thin layer, and leaves behind loads of lacing sheets. Looks quite nice.

Pale malts, light citrus hops, orange and tangerine (marmalade?), a touch of caramel. Digging it.

This brew reminds me a great deal of Fullers (which is a good thing in my books), with a lovely orange-marmalade fruit character that I really enjoy in my pale ales. Mild earthy bitterness to the finish - some nice flavors working here. I agree with the general concensus that this brew has much more in common with an English pale than an English IPA, other than the high ABV. Nothing wrong with this beer - soft, and very easy to drink.

Medium bodied for a pale, creamy, easy carbonation. A great sipper.

This a great little beer, and a fine introduction to the brewery. Seems that the Danish microbrewing scene is in fine form. Their Bombay Pale is different enough to distinguish itself from other pale ales of the type with its big fruit flavors and mild earthy hops. While I understand the reasons (somewhat) behind high import prices, at 7ish bucks a pop in Ontario, I might only be back for one more, if that. A great brew, but too expensive here. Make sure to try it once though!

02-12-2011 19:04:13 | More by JohnnyBarman
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KingHefey

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +12.7%

A: a bright orange colour with a quickly dissipating head.

S: A floral, citrus and grassy smell brought on by the hops. Not quite the power of an APA or IIPA but the hops are prominent.

T: Mildly bitter from the hops, reminiscent of grapefruit. Slightly sweet but the flavour is dominated by very mild hops.

M: Smooth and well carbonated.

D: A good English IPA.

02-28-2011 22:56:53 | More by KingHefey
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mintjellie

Ontario (Canada)

3.6/5  rDev +1.4%

Brilliant orange colour capped by off-white foam that doesn't stick around, or stick to the walls of my glass. Delicate wildflower hop aroma with a hint of honey. Perhaps too delicate though - you really have to work to pick it up. Lovely malt flavour shows toast and honey, there's a nice orange flavour that I'm not sure is ester or hop in nature, but leafy bitterness is definately of the humulus variety. There's a light butteriness to it that enhances the flavour rather than detracting from it. Medium bodied with very low carbonation. Feels soft, creamy, and smooth in the mouth. This is a decent and tasty beer that could be very good if the aroma were a little more forward.

04-26-2011 05:58:09 | More by mintjellie
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.55/5  rDev 0%

LCBO acquisition. Pours light lagerish colour and its lacey. Neutral aromas. Easy smooth mouthfeel, a little bitter this would be more refreshing on a hot summer day. Understated grassy bitterness. An English style "india pale ale". Boozy finish. Don't expect lots of hop flavour.

03-14-2011 22:00:19 | More by Sammy
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aztraz

Sweden

3/5  rDev -15.5%

05-18-2012 14:20:32 | More by aztraz
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heebes

Ontario (Canada)

3.53/5  rDev -0.6%

600 ml bottle.
Part of the Norrebro brewery feature.

Pours a clear golden amber with red hues. Two finger off white foamy head recedes quickly. Nose is huge, light fruits, plum, caramel malt, citrus hops. Taste is mild representation of the smell; a well balanced malt profile with faint hop presence. A sort of earthy undertone. Medium bodied mouthfeel with average carbonation. Decent drinkability, refreshing to try once.
I'll agree with the sediments below, fits more of an English Pale profile.

02-08-2011 17:31:40 | More by heebes
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ToolHead

Denmark

3.93/5  rDev +10.7%

On-tap, served in 10-cl., conical sample glass.

Orange/gold color, slightly cloudy. Assertive, (grassily) hoppy aroma. Impressive, well-hopped taste w/ a crisp bite and a nice, long, finish. Easy to drink.

A very drinkable, satisfying IPA, this is one of the best brews from Nørrebro Bryghus I've tried so far. Served too cold, though.

02-06-2004 23:15:18 | More by ToolHead
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CrazyDavros

Australia

3.15/5  rDev -11.3%

Pours dark amber with a small fading head.
Nose shows caramel, toffee and butterscotch with soft spicy and floral hops underneath. Very malty. Old bottle perhaps? Still well within BB....
Similar flavours, very malty, lots of toffee and honey. Once again, only a hint of spicy hops. Too sweet, practically no bitterness.
Could use more carbonation.
Not a bad beer, but nothing like an IPA.... No hops, no bitterness.

11-24-2011 00:07:55 | More by CrazyDavros
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paxkey

Ontario (Canada)

4.15/5  rDev +16.9%

looks nice in glass. not fully clear but not cloudy. medium amber with white head.

smells spiced similar to their winter warmer with less malt and more hops prominence. but very similar yeast malt and spice profile.

definitely delivers on bitterness. alot of the same flavors are there as in their dark malty winter warmer but with a hoppy bitterness.
works quite well.

quite a tasty beer.

02-20-2011 00:06:57 | More by paxkey
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.53/5  rDev -0.6%

Bottle: Poured a hazy bright orangey color ale with a large foamy head with great retention and some good lacing. Aroma of light bitter malt with nice lightly sweet caramel malt notes. Taste is very nice and easily quaffable with great notes of lightly sweet caramel malt with earthy and bitter hops which provide a nice balance. Body is quite full with great carbonation. Very well brewed and easily drinkable.

03-13-2011 02:44:01 | More by Phyl21ca
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TheSevenDuffs

Ontario (Canada)

2.7/5  rDev -23.9%

Poured in to Duvel tulip.

A - Orange/yellow colour with once finger of bubbly white head that quickly disappeared.

S - Some bitterness up front with floral notes and a slight sweetness from the malts. Overall nose is similar to that of a European lager like Heineken or Stella.

T - Tastes like a rich man's Heineken. Slight bitterness of the hops is dominant flavour - tastes like a typical European lager. A slightly sweet caramel malt backbone is present as well. As I drink it a slight hop bite becomes the prominent taste, similar to that of a pilsener. This is a very disjointed beer. I don't see how this can be called an IPA. The hops are noticeable but are crisp like a pils not robust like an IPA. And the malts are noticeable but not prominent enough. This is quite confusing...

M - Light to medium body. Moderate carbonation.

D - Not all that anjoyable. Did not taste like a pale ale to me. More like a Pilsener or European lager. I would not buy this again.

02-13-2011 03:24:08 | More by TheSevenDuffs
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mrnobody

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

600 ml bottle poured into a pilsener glass.

A: Pours a clear golden amber with one finger of white head.

S: Has a rich fresh hoppy aroma but not citrus, very European.

T: Tastes fairly sweet/malty but with a nice refreshing bitterness.

M: Medium body with a suitable level of carbonation.

D: Drinkability is pretty good but this strikes me as being more like a pilsener than an IPA.

02-09-2011 00:13:25 | More by mrnobody
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liamt07

Ontario (Canada)

3.78/5  rDev +6.5%

Bottle from the LCBO special release, 600ml into a balloon tulip.

Poured a orange red, with a few fingers of nice and thick eggshell head. Not a lot of head retention, but good lacing. Nose is hoppy, orange and other citrus with a bit of pine. Taste wasn't as bitter as I had anticipated given the nose, pale bready malts, toffee, orange, mild tangerine and an indiscriminate 'evergreen' flavour, a bit more involved than I what I would call piney (herbal/woody?) Quick finish, with a mild lingering finish. Relatively malt forward in terms of flavour. Good mouthfeel and the carbonation is pretty darn spot on for my liking.

02-06-2011 22:48:12 | More by liamt07
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Sigmund

Norway

3.38/5  rDev -4.8%

600 ml brown bottle, ABV is 6.5%. Deep golden colour, decent head. Nice hoppy aroma, hints of grapefruit, but also some "dusty" (Goldings?) notes. Flavour is relatively sweet (too sweet?) with alcoholic notes, but there’s also a substantial hoppy bitterness, which the style requires. Not very easily drinkable.

11-19-2006 22:42:03 | More by Sigmund
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cfalovo97

Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -15.5%

11-15-2012 02:21:39 | More by cfalovo97
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thehmmthehmm

Thailand

3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

05-15-2014 16:44:34 | More by thehmmthehmm
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banker

Belgium

3.6/5  rDev +1.4%

Has a pleasing pale yellow-gold color with not much of a head. Faint hoppy nose to it, seemed weak for the style.

There is a quick bitter floral hoppiness with the first taste but it fades somewhat quickly. It is a very drinkable beer but it just seems somewhat lacking in the hop department. That said it is a huge improvement over most india pale ales in this region. Worth a shot.

03-07-2006 02:33:01 | More by banker
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TheBeeraholic

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

06-16-2013 17:03:32 | More by TheBeeraholic
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jrenihan

Ontario (Canada)

3.63/5  rDev +2.3%

From the LCBO's release Norrebro release. Bottle appears to be dated October 28, 2010, which means it took about three months to reach the stores in Ontario.

Pours a translucent dark golden colour, with about a finger of of-white head. It does not take long before most of the head has gone.

I can smell light hops, but otherwise the smell is not particularly strong. It is clear that it is an IPA, but nothing screams out at me.

As for taste, there is a mild but nice hoppy bitterness and a light citrus flavour, perhaps grapefruit. I also get a very faint bit of caramel. Generally, I would say the taste is nice, but not particularly noteworthy. It has a very "clean" taste.

Mouthfeel is good. Just the right amount of carbonation, and a good body for the style. Drinkability is also very good- this beer goes down very smoothly and happily. Which is good, since it is a 600ml bottle!

Overall, a nice but not exciting beer. Glad to have had it, would be happy to have it again, but would not rush to buy another considering the price.

02-12-2011 22:21:01 | More by jrenihan
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Ch1mpy

Sweden

3.83/5  rDev +7.9%

Unfortunately no beers from this Danish microbrewer can be found in the Swedish Systembolaget.

Pours copper red in colour. Small head. The aromas are burnt, malty tones with hops lurking in the shadows.

Intense taste with significant sweetness and loads of hops. The aftertaste is very sweet.

Review from 2007-10-03

02-01-2008 15:47:32 | More by Ch1mpy
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2dogbrew

Virginia

3/5  rDev -15.5%

07-19-2012 23:55:48 | More by 2dogbrew
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smcreator

Texas

3.58/5  rDev +0.8%

A: A dark golden color with no lacing and no sustained head, but this is typical of an IPA.
S: The beer smelled okay, but after breathing it in for a short time you can detect the alcohol. I prefer to smell finer ingredients in the beer, not the byproduct of they yeast.
T: The taste was actually a nice surprise since the alcohol smell was high. The taste was clean and direct. Fairly well balanced.
M: The beer goes in smooth but finishes with medium carbonation, however it does not coat your mouth with film.
D: Good IPA to drink on a normal night.

06-28-2007 22:56:07 | More by smcreator
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laituegonflable

Australia

3.43/5  rDev -3.4%

Shared with two friends on a picnic rug, New Year's Eve 2011/12.

Pours a burnished amber colour with steady bead feeding off-white fluffy head, with nice sticky lace and good retention. Looks nice.

Smells a bit fruity and sweet. Brown sugar is noticeable, with pineapple, touch of banana and pear. Hint of clove at the back; all smells a bit sweet, maybe aged badly? Needs more tang to cut through.

Taste is similar with lots of fruit upfront: caramelised pineapple, pear and rockmelon that gets some tang and spice midway, resiny and woody bitterness that lasts to the finish. A bit sharp late, with a bit of acid pull and earthy, aniseedy spice late. OK but a bit off-kilter.

Frothy and mildly sticky feel. Not bad.

A bit off-balance in key parts, but pleasant enough drinking.

01-05-2012 04:35:31 | More by laituegonflable
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Bombay Pale Ale from Nørrebro Bryghus
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