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Bombay Pale Ale - Nørrebro Bryghus

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Ratings: 44
Reviews: 34
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 10.86%
Wants: 4
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Style | ABV
English India Pale Ale (IPA) |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: ToolHead on 02-06-2004)
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Ontario (Canada)

3.55/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2011 22:00:19 | More by Sammy
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Quebec (Canada)

3.53/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2011 02:44:01 | More by Phyl21ca
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Ontario (Canada)

3.68/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2011 20:48:10 | More by biegaman
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3.4/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of northyorksammy. Thanks!
Nice clarity, medium amber/orange colour with a short, off-white cap that showed great head retention. A fair amount of lacing clung to the glass too, at least for the first half glass. Light aroma, notes of grassy and herbal hops, a bit of citrus, caramel and toasted malts, very English in character and nicely balanced. The flavour was a little lackluster and muted in character, nothing really wrong with it though. A bit of malt sweetness, mild bitterness and hops, light citrus and grass with a hint of spice and alcohol in the finish. The texture was alright, a bit heavier than expected, but the low carbonation made for an easy drinking beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2011 22:46:40 | More by DrJay
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Ontario (Canada)

3.78/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2011 22:48:12 | More by liamt07
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Ontario (Canada)

2.7/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2011 03:24:08 | More by TheSevenDuffs
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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

01-26-2013 18:33:34 | More by Evil_Pidde
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Ontario (Canada)

4.47/5  rDev +24.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2011 00:23:14 | More by tbeckett
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3.43/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2012 04:35:31 | More by laituegonflable
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3.15/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2011 00:07:55 | More by CrazyDavros
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Ontario (Canada)

3.6/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a rich orange with a small white head that soon fizzes out to a collar, leaving a few lonely spots of lace behind. A touch of marmelade in the nose, but mostly toasty malt and caramel. Could be a bit better for $8 a bottle. Flavour is relatively decent with some nice floral and marmelade notes, boucing off a caramel malt body with echoes of earth and pepper. Not too shabby for the style. The body has a nice creamy fullness to it, and is perhaps the highlight of the whole beer.

A very drinkable effort from Norrebro, but it suffers in light of its price tag, as an equally good brew could probably be had for significantly less. Still, a very decent Danish IPA!

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2011 01:19:55 | More by bobsy
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2.63/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

..Draught at Nørrebro Brewhouse in Copenhagen, Denmark. Looks great, but weak in flavor and aroma and a couple flaws as well. My friend and I both agreed that this was their weakest beer. Their was a strange sourness and tightness and it lacked hops.

Serving type: on-tap

06-29-2008 17:32:02 | More by Crosling
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3/5  rDev -16.4%

05-18-2012 14:20:32 | More by aztraz
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Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

09-10-2012 21:14:38 | More by Molson2000
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Ontario (Canada)

3.65/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2011 03:47:26 | More by kwjd
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Ontario (Canada)

3.63/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2011 22:21:01 | More by jrenihan
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3/5  rDev -16.4%

07-19-2012 23:55:48 | More by 2dogbrew
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Ontario (Canada)

4.18/5  rDev +16.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2011 15:48:00 | More by peensteen
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Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -16.4%

11-15-2012 02:21:39 | More by cfalovo97
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Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

06-22-2013 20:23:44 | More by DaPan
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Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2011 23:47:08 | More by hopsolutely
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Ontario (Canada)

3.9/5  rDev +8.6%
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!

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2011 19:04:13 | More by JohnnyBarman
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3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

05-08-2013 14:26:49 | More by Poupae
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3.38/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

4.22/5  rDev +17.5%
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!

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2011 00:07:15 | More by NightINgale
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Bombay Pale Ale from Nørrebro Bryghus
82 out of 100 based on 44 ratings.