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Bombay Pale Ale - Nørrebro Bryghus

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Ratings: 50
Reviews: 35
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 13.76%
Wants: 5
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
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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 Sammy
3.55/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.53/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Photo of shamus
3.45/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Super-duper carbonation. Crammed with tiny bubbles and a quckly vanishing head. a lovely amber colour. Nice scent. Sandalwood, citrus, lot's of sandalwood. A bit artificial smelling in that but pleasant still. Tastes as it smells. Smooth. Not really pale ale. I guess the incense dipped flavour is the Bombay part. It's ok but way over-priced for what it is. nice label but a one time date. Sorry girl.

Photo of KingHefey
4/5  rDev +12.4%
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 Digimaika2
3.6/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

Photo of paxkey
4.15/5  rDev +16.6%
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 TheSevenDuffs
2.7/5  rDev -24.2%
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.

Photo of jrenihan
3.63/5  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 JohnnyBarman
3.9/5  rDev +9.6%
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!

Photo of mrnobody
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%
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 heebes
3.53/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of liamt07
3.78/5  rDev +6.2%
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 cratez
3.88/5  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 tbeckett
4.47/5  rDev +25.6%
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 bobsy
3.6/5  rDev +1.1%
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!

Photo of MeisterBurger
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%
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 peensteen
4.18/5  rDev +17.4%
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.

Photo of kwjd
3.65/5  rDev +2.5%
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%
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 Crosling
2.63/5  rDev -26.1%
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.

Photo of Ch1mpy
3.83/5  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 smcreator
3.58/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Sigmund
3.38/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

Photo of banker
3.6/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

Photo of ToolHead
3.93/5  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.

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Bombay Pale Ale from Nørrebro Bryghus
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