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Bombay Pale Ale - Nørrebro Bryghus

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82
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49 Ratings
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Ratings: 49
Reviews: 35
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 13.45%
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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Photo of Sammy
3.55/5  rDev -0.6%
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.

Sammy, Mar 14, 2011
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.53/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

Phyl21ca, Mar 13, 2011
Photo of smakawhat
4.11/5  rDev +15.1%
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.

smakawhat, Oct 05, 2014
Photo of biegaman
3.68/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

biegaman, Mar 15, 2011
Photo of liamt07
3.78/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

liamt07, Feb 06, 2011
Photo of DrJay
3.4/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

DrJay, Apr 24, 2011
Photo of TheSevenDuffs
2.7/5  rDev -24.4%
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.

TheSevenDuffs, Feb 13, 2011
Photo of Evil_Pidde
3.75/5  rDev +5%

Evil_Pidde, Jan 26, 2013
Photo of tbeckett
4.47/5  rDev +25.2%
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.

tbeckett, Feb 06, 2011
Photo of laituegonflable
3.43/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

laituegonflable, Jan 05, 2012
Photo of dcmchew
3.7/5  rDev +3.6%

dcmchew, Nov 07, 2014
Photo of CrazyDavros
3.15/5  rDev -11.8%
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.

CrazyDavros, Nov 24, 2011
Photo of aztraz
3/5  rDev -16%

aztraz, May 18, 2012
Photo of bobsy
3.6/5  rDev +0.8%
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!

bobsy, Feb 05, 2011
Photo of 2dogbrew
3/5  rDev -16%

2dogbrew, Jul 20, 2012
Photo of jrenihan
3.63/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

jrenihan, Feb 12, 2011
Photo of kwjd
3.65/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

kwjd, Feb 02, 2011
Photo of Molson2000
4.25/5  rDev +19%

Molson2000, Sep 10, 2012
Photo of Crosling
2.63/5  rDev -26.3%
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.

Crosling, Jun 29, 2008
Photo of DaPan
3.5/5  rDev -2%

DaPan, Jun 22, 2013
Photo of baybum
1.5/5  rDev -58%

baybum, Aug 20, 2014
Photo of cfalovo97
3/5  rDev -16%

cfalovo97, Nov 15, 2012
Photo of peensteen
4.18/5  rDev +17.1%
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.

peensteen, Feb 02, 2011
Photo of hopsolutely
3.75/5  rDev +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.

hopsolutely, Sep 10, 2011
Photo of Poupae
3.25/5  rDev -9%

Poupae, May 08, 2013
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Bombay Pale Ale from Nørrebro Bryghus
82 out of 100 based on 49 ratings.