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Bombay Pale Ale - Nørrebro Bryghus

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Ratings: 50
Reviews: 35
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 13.8%
Wants: 5
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
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Denmark

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

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: ToolHead on 02-06-2004

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Photo of tbeckett
4.47/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Sort of a dark gold colour, lightish copper perhaps. One finger of slightly off white head. Doesn't seem to be headin anywhere too soon and proves me right as a solid half finger cap remains throughout. Medium carbonation. Bright.

S - Really juicy hops coming out as mild pine and lot's of pineapple and mango. Very interesting. Some real breadiness is present too, sort of like rye bread. Interesting stuff.

T - Very different, especially for the style. That mango/pineapple element is really tasty and wonderfully complimented with a subtle sort of bready character. Well balanced and delicious.

M - Great carbonation, right where it should be. Mild bitterness that isn't overpowering but let's you know what's up. Sort of an oily mouthfeel, quite nice.

D - Quite high here. Can't see anything wrong with this. For the style, this has got to be the most interesting example I've ever had. Very tasty and perfectly balanced. Lovely stuff. If this is any indication of what Nørrebro churns out regularily, I'm looking forward to visiting them while I'm in Copenhagen.

Photo of Molson2000
4.25/5  rDev +19.7%

Photo of NightINgale
4.2/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

60cL/600ml bottle poured into a nonic pint glass...

A - The colour is sort of in between what you would expect from an English IPA and its American counterpart. It's of a light copper colour, which makes it a little darker than an American IPA and a little paler than a regular IPA.

Pretty good head retention and some lacing.

S - Grassy and earthy hops dominate the nose. Hints of citrus, as well as bread, caramel, and flowers. Quite interesting!

T - The dry-hopping used in brewing this beer really give it a solid hop bite up front. This provides for a unique experience of tasting a hoppy, yet very English-styled ale! Grass, lemon, grapefruit, apricot, honey, and caramel are among the most prominent taste sensations I get. There is a very pleasant and moderate sweetness, which comes hand in hand with the bitterness. The finish is slightly dry and bitter, with lingering citrus and bread notes. Very balanced.

M - Light-to-medium in body. No hint of alcohol. I liked the fact that this beer is not very dry like many IPA's. Quite lively at first, with a sparkling texture to it.

O - Overall, the best word to describe this beer would be "interesting". This surely is not your ordinary English-style IPA! The generous amount of hops + the dry-hopping really does make a difference!

This beer drinks well for an IPA. It's slightly-lighter-than-average body and lack of extreme dryness provide for a very enjoyable experience. The one bottle I had disappeared in no time!

Photo of paxkey
4.17/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of smakawhat
4.14/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Real nice fluffy off white in color to tan head, three fingers tall nicely with a good thick fingered cap. Nice opaque amber orange to copper red body color. Very clear, with minimal carbonation. Good solid looking brew.

Great nose. Slight toasty aromas, minor cookie biscuit and caramel sweetness with a nice fruity hop sense. Gingerbread like sweetness too, real nice aroma here, very impressed.

Palate sings nicely and simply. Biscuit and brown cookie dough, with real nice touches of tangerine and herbal hop. Finishes clean with much of the bitterness in the mid palate and minimal aftertaste. Good malt depth and backbone, which coats the palate in every crevice.

Overall a real nice pale ale, with a good biscuity malt angle.

Photo of peensteen
4.13/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of KingHefey
4/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of John_Beeryman
4/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of ToolHead
3.92/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.9/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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!

Photo of cratez
3.87/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

600ml bottle from the Richmond & Fanshawe LCBO. Part of the 2011 Noerrebro Brewery Feature Release. Pours a clear amber hue with bubbly carbonation in the body, one finger of white foam, and a few strands of lacing on the tulip. Smell is caramel, marmalade (big time), toasty malts, orange peel, faint esters, and jujube candy. I also get the smallest trace of cooked corn (weird?). Taste follows the nose with slightly sweet pale malts upfront, clean and fruity citrus flavours mid-palate, flash of toffee with some earthy hop tang and a subtle, lemony bitterness to end. Mouthfeel is smooth, medium-bodied, lush caramel texture on the tongue, crisp and drying finish, fleeting aftertaste. A well-rounded, satisfying and balanced English Ale, though more of a pale ale than an EIPA to me.

Photo of Ch1mpy
3.82/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of liamt07
3.78/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of mrnobody
3.77/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of UniversitateaDeBere
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of thehmmthehmm
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of Evil_Pidde
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of hopsolutely
3.73/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beautiful copper coloured amber with limited head and carbonation. Minimal aroma, but a hint of caramelized malts. The flavour is more pronounced, with rich caramel, grains and a pleasantly dry finish.

I would call this a decent session beer if it weren't for the APA level 6.5%. As it is, it will remain an occasional malty treat.

Photo of biegaman
3.7/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clarity may still be perfectly intact, but this heavily bronzed colour looks like it's in need of a good shine. Haze has begun to set in and all but the most copper-y highlights have been squashed by the beer's dim and deeply tan complexion. Its head can't hold water - literally, the tiny bubbles and loose foam succumb to the liquid without a fight.

It may have been brewed in Denmark, but this pale ale smells British-esque. Its water minerals are stark and pointed, plainly perceptible given the modest, honey-like aromatics of the malt. Its pithy, grassy hop profile, however, is more prevalent than most English brewers could imagine. It smells quite fragrantly of juniper, spruce, lychee and bitter citrus.

Despite its North American leanings with the hop choices, Bombay Pale Ale is definitely done more in the traditional European vein. The Marris Otter malt smacks partly of toffee, partly of cardboard; its toasty, bready quality is an ideal match for the sharp minerals in the water, the fruity ale yeast esters and drying, floral leafiness with which it's laced.

That bitterness is tempered not only by the hops' own breezy citrus character, but also by a gloppy honey sweetness and crystal-sharp minerals. The resulting texture manages brief effervescence before giving out to a velvety aftertaste of doughy malt and spruce-y hop greasiness. The extra alcohol is not noticed, although the beer is fairly heavy.

If I were Nørrebro Bryghus I wouldn't bother exporting Bombay Pale Ale for two simple reasons: 1) how well the beer holds up to voyage overseas is questionable; and 2) there's no way the price point will come in at under $7 a bottle, which is a little steep considering there are equal (and better) domestic versions available for much cheaper.

That being said, I can see why the brewery is so eager to share this widely appealing, highly agreeable offering. It is an honored rendition of the classic British pale ales with a little extra accenting. A real winner. But again, realistically, unless I lived in or around Copenhagen, I couldn't see drinking much of it. There's too many local alternatives.

Photo of dcmchew
3.7/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of MeisterBurger
3.7/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, marmalade color with minimal head and lacing.

Sweet and toasty caramel aroma with no discernible hop profile--it's floral if anything.

Taste is caramel sweetness with toasty undertones balanced against a fresh light pine with a candied tangerine peel marmalade like fruitiness about it and a small degree of earthiness. Balanced in favour of the malt, with only a mild bitterness in the finish, but it gets the job done.

Mouthfeel is soft and sweetly creamy with a light chewiness and mild carbonation.

A nice if unassuming English IPA, and one with enough of its own personality to set it apart from those brewed in England. Definitely worth trying.

Photo of kwjd
3.65/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up today at the Liquor Control Board in Ontario as part of a brewery feature. Pours a bright copper-orange colour with thin white head. Nice lacing around the glass. Smells of earthy and floral hops with some caramel and bready malt. Nice mild bitterness in the flavour, fairly sweet as well. Very smooth mouthfeel. I don't think this is quite worth the $7/bottle that it costs, but it is still a nice beer that I was glad to try.

Photo of Nickls
3.63/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

(From notes)

A - Very golden straw color, and poured with a thin white head

S - Kinda muted cedary and flowery hop aroma with a touch of malt sweetness, not bad but not outstanding

T - Hop bitterness is right up front, and it fairly solid. Cedary hoppiness that gives way to the more floral side. Kinda like a West Coast APA meets and English IPA.

M - Medium to thinner MF, crisp and snappy carbonation.

D - Pretty drinkable even though it's not the most interesting brew I've had in the style. Nothing off in terms of flavor, and solid. Just not that demanding.

Overall, not a bad take on the style but there are many other better examples.

Photo of jrenihan
3.62/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Digimaika2
3.62/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pale copper with one finger of head. Slight carbonation.

S: Malts right away, with some syrupy caramel sweetness in there. Also picking up a nutty aroma (chestnuts?). Pineapple smell others have noted are there, but more muted for me.

T: Really able to taste the sweet malts, with a general bitterness near the end. Some slight citrus taste coming through in the middle. Overall a certainly refreshing pale ale.

M: Well balanced carbonation, with an oily mouthfeel.

D: Easy to drink given the well-balanced nature of this ale. I'm glad I tried it, but wouldn't purchase again given the price.

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Bombay Pale Ale from Nørrebro Bryghus
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