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Bombay Grab IPA - The Vermont Pub & Brewery

Bombay Grab IPA
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Ratings: 60
Reviews: 35
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 13.37%

Brewed by:
The Vermont Pub & Brewery visit their website
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  5.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
A big bitter 77 IBU India Pale Ale, spiced with a blend of fragrant Magnum, Simcoe, and Cascade hops. An American IPA receipe designed by our late Brewmaster, Greg Noonan. He said that he wanted this to represent the American style IPAs being brewed by the creative brewers using todays malt and hop varieties.

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Photo of GarthDanielson

North Carolina

3.64/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured on-tap and served in a shaker pint, the beer is a hazy, copper-orange coloring with a filmy, light, white coating of head. CItrus and bitter notes on the nose, with hints of caramel. Hop forward, with grapefruit and lemon, a caramel backbone, and roast characteristics. Good cling to the glass. Bitter pine aftertaste, with citrusy tones. Dry, bitter, clean finish. Solid brew.

Serving type: on-tap

08-12-2013 03:14:23 | More by GarthDanielson
Photo of plaid75

New York

3.76/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured a medium brass hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was Goid retention and lacing.

The smell featured subtle herbal and piney hops and a clean grainy malt.

The taste was likewise clean with a crisp pale malt and spicy piney hop.

The mouthfeel was typical of the style.

Overall a serviceable IPA.

Serving type: on-tap

08-10-2013 17:50:34 | More by plaid75
Photo of johnnnniee

New Hampshire

3.7/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the source.
Pours a cloudy deep golden color with a smallish off white head that displays moderate retention and lace. Smell is resinous and bitter with bits of citrus and pine. Flavor is a bit harsh in its bitterness but my palette adjusts quickly. Pine resin and citrus flavors with faint bready malt. Medium body and carbonation level with a slick resinous mouthfeel. This is a decent old school style IPA. Nothing objectionable, it just feels like a harpoon IPA after you've been drinking nugget nectar all day.

Serving type: on-tap

02-26-2012 22:52:50 | More by johnnnniee
Photo of tobelerone


3.48/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A cloudy amber beer with a smallish head that falls fairly quickly but leaves pretty decent lacing. The appearance of the beer seems to be a strong suit of this brewpub in general.

Aroma is hoppy with caramel malt in there too. Vaguely herbal, floral, and oniony notes. A little citrus. Smells nice enough if not outstanding.

A decent balanced taste that’s perhaps a bit more traditional than what we’re used to seeing these days…far, far from the big explosive hop bombs and hugely fragrant west coast IPA’s all over the place now. Very balanced between the malt and the hops, with a modest bitterness and a trace of that onion flavor..simcoe?

As with most of the VPB beers I found the mouthfeel to be a bit lacking, with not enough carbonation for the style, leaving this beer feeling a little lifeless. The finish lingered a bit, with a bitter aftertaste that wasn’t all that nice.

A so-so, ultimately forgettable IPA, at least for my taste buds.

Serving type: on-tap

10-26-2011 17:52:39 | More by tobelerone
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3.73/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at their brewery

Poured a copper color with a small, fizzy head. Lots of hops in the aroma, floral, leafy, and slightly citrusy. Mainly hops in the taste, as would be imagined, following the notes observed in the aroma. Some subdued grains in the background, but the hops are clearly in charge. Light-medium mouthfeel. Not the best IPA you'll ever have, but still pretty good.

Serving type: on-tap

07-21-2011 04:09:36 | More by Rifugium
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3.4/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Vermont Pub & Brewery on 6/12/11.

A - Cloudy, toasty caramel-colored body with a thin, off-white foam cap on top that reduced to a patchy veil and splashes of lace allover the edges of the glass.

S - Aroma isn't too heavy on the hops, unfortunately. I get some burnt caramel malt and grainy notes, but very little in the hop department, save for some light floral tones.

T - Malt-forward flavor as well, I'm afraid. Some floral and earthy hop notes are present, but are mild in comparison to the caramel and toffee sweetness as well as the bready and grainy malt components.

M - Medium bodied with light carbonation and a hint of dryness on the palate. However, there is not much lingering bitterness overall.

D - Average IPA compared to others I have sampled. This one is a bit too malt-forward for my tastes and it unfortunately lacked enough hop aroma to really grab my attention.

Serving type: on-tap

06-17-2011 16:49:54 | More by ffejherb
Photo of sholland119


3.68/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewpub on 1/22/11.

A-Pours a rather dark amber with a thin off white head and some spotty lacing.

S-Some earthy hops and a solid malt backbone. A good bit of caramel malt is detectable.

T-Malty sweetness dominates the front. The hops presence is less than the nose would lead you to expect. Really not hoppy for an IPA.

M-Light side of medium, low carbonation.

D-Pleasantly drinkable, if not memorable.


Serving type: on-tap

02-22-2011 18:42:11 | More by sholland119
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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'd like to start by saying how great of a place the VT pub and brewery is. All types of eclectic people just hanging out to do one thing... Have a good time and drink fresh good tasting brews. i got stuck on this IPA.

it pours a very clear deep amber color and has a thin head. smells of earthy citrus, and has a complex bitter/ floral nose.

not as bitter and floral as most ipa's in taste however, the taste was more light bodied and citrus for easy drinkability, the mouthfeel of this beer was extremely pleasant. it had a clear refreshing body going down the throat and just a little bit of bite on the tongue.

Burlington is certainly worthy of being noted as one of the best beer towns in the U.S

Serving type: on-tap

07-20-2010 19:31:03 | More by Ezone024
Photo of Billolick

New York

3.58/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

on tap at the brewery, arrived with a fairly minor light tan head, muddy medium brownish amber, a few sips reveals nice looking window paines of lace. Mild leafy hop nose. Easy drinking IPA, respectable hop presence, but not ever reaching above a Brit. style level. Magnum, Simcoe and cascades advertized here, but the hops seemed a tad muted to call this one an AIPA. Perhaps "Vermont style", but not close to a freshy SD style IPA. Eh, worth a try but nothing special going on here.

Serving type: on-tap

04-06-2010 13:30:25 | More by Billolick
Photo of kingcrowing


3.8/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap, poured into a pint glass.

Pours a deep amber with almost no head at all. Has a nice bitter nose with some solid earthy/floral notes.

Taste is bitter, but at 77IBUs it's not too over the top but still has a good complexity to it. Mouthfeel is a bit watery and the only place this is really lacking but it's still a pretty easy drinker.

Serving type: on-tap

12-16-2009 01:15:13 | More by kingcrowing
Photo of lordofthewiens


4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a couple of these after Session 2 of the VBF. A decent, middle of the road IPA. Should have had more of these and skipped dinner. Served in a pint glass the beer was a hazy gold color with a small head that nevertheless left some spotty lacing. It had a citrus aroma and a grapefruit taste. Malt also in the taste, pretty balanced beer. Enjoyed it.

Serving type: on-tap

07-21-2009 20:57:14 | More by lordofthewiens
Photo of indiapaleale


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

Pours a hazy looking gold with about an inch of white head. Not a bad looking pour.

Smells aromatic and floral. Not a lot of strong fresh hops but rather a subtle citrus aroma along with some cotton candy.

Taste is a nice balance of bitter citrus hop and sweet malt. Nothing too crazy, but a solid IPA nonetheless. I like this beer as its not overly carbonated and quite easy drinking.

Very true to style and definitely worth a shot OR two.

Serving type: on-tap

01-28-2009 00:30:03 | More by indiapaleale
Photo of rhinos00


3.4/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass at Vermont Pub & Brewery.

A- Golden yellow with a finger sized white head.

S- Wonderful aroma of piney hops and citrus fruits.

T- Big let down as compared to the aroma. There seemed to be something missing. Very simple with not much flavor, just a watered down bitterness.

M- Medium to light bodied with some carbonation.

D- Would have been very drinkable if the taste followed the nose. Still a decent IPA.

Overall, highly disappointed in this beer. After taking a few whiffs, I thought I was in for a solid treat. However, this did not happen. The beer just seemed to be lacking some key ingredients and just fell short.

Serving type: on-tap

12-31-2008 02:32:41 | More by rhinos00
Photo of thekevlarkid


3.9/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Recommended by my good mate PJ, thanks kat! Nice golden color on this brew with a thin white head that left some decent lacing behind it. Aromas of citrus and some piney hops but surprisingly subtle for a dry hopped brew. Flavors was a big bitter hoppiness, citrus with some malt character upon which it's all built. Nice! Medium light body and lighter carbonation leaves it feeling just a little light to me but generally above average for this pub and for the style. A little more malt balance would have helped.

Serving type: on-tap

08-20-2008 18:41:55 | More by thekevlarkid
Photo of Deuane


3.8/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Made with Cascade, Simcoe, Horizon and Magnum hops. In addition this was dry-hopped as well.

A-Golden copper with a thin white head.

S- Decent floral / citrus aroma. A bit disappointing since this was dry hopped.

T-Hop forward with a pleasant floral citrus taste. A bit unbalanced but that is ok with me.

M-Medium-light body, in fact this comes off as a bit thin. Really the only disappointing feature about this brew.

D-Good, a decent hopforward dry-hopped IPA. Not the best I have had but for now it will do.

Serving type: on-tap

07-04-2008 06:45:12 | More by Deuane
Photo of Bierman9

New Hampshire

4.22/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Stopped by the VPB last Saturday (19APR08) for some lunch with Alewife. Grabbed a pint of Bombay Grab at the bar while waiting for our table outside, on a gorgeous, sunny, 75F day...

This IPA was a clear, deep-golden hued refresher, with a thin, fine white head, which left decent lacing behind. Aroma leaned to the lighter side, with a bit of bready-ness and a double bit of citrus present. Mouthfeel was a quite acceptable medium, with a welcome smoothness down the hatch.

Flavor was a solid heap of Cascade citrus built upon some light, bready-malt sweetness. The Magnums present lend a bittering bite at the end, which hit the spot. A tasty brew, which went down easily. Reminded me a bit of Smutty Finest Kind. Oh, and listed here as an English IPA? No way, not with those west-coast hops...


look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | drink: 4.5


Serving type: on-tap

04-21-2008 12:58:39 | More by Bierman9
Photo of Brad007


2.9/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I've had this beer several times in the past but never reviewed it until now.

Apperance- Light copper in color with some foam.

Smell- Light, piney scent that doesn't overpower.

Taste- Hop flavor is detectable though astringency lurks in the taste. Nice hop bite but too many other conflicting flavors.

Mouthfeel - Leaves a bitter aftertaste on the tongue with some dryness but not much.

Drinkability- Mildly drinkable. It's perfect for a hophead but not recommended for general drinking.

Serving type: growler

04-14-2007 23:54:04 | More by Brad007
Photo of scarletfire79

New Hampshire

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

poured a beautiful golden orange. you can definitly pick up a solid grapefruit aroma in the nose. nice and hoppy, almost lip smacking. the hop kick is decent enough but the flavor is a little too mellow for the style in my liking. i guess it's just kind of weak and watery. decent enough but not something i'd order again.

Serving type: on-tap

03-05-2007 02:58:10 | More by scarletfire79
Photo of NJpadreFan

New Jersey

2.15/5  rDev -40.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Vermont Pub- Bombay Grab IPA

Appearance- Yellow with no head.
Smell- Light floral perfume. Very faint rose, pine, and grapefruit tones.
Taste- Very weak, very light grapefruit, tangerine flavor. More sugar than hop flavor.
Mouthfeel- Watery with sugar and little hop dryness or bitterness. Bland!

Overall- The biggest let down beer at the VT pub! Don't bother with it!

Serving type: on-tap

01-02-2007 17:38:40 | More by NJpadreFan
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3.98/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pours a cloudy orange yellow with a nice tan head. The smell is a very strong citrus and pine hop aroma. The taste is also very hoppy with a citrus grapefruit and pine flavor. The m/f is light ,but a little watery,OK,but not perfect. This is a classic English IPA and I will go to the Vermont Pub to quaff a few of these again soon.

Serving type: on-tap

04-08-2006 22:37:30 | More by jmz62565
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3.45/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Part of the tour of Vermont.

Served with a small creamy head that retained OK. It was a semi cloudy orange yellow color. Nose was a suggestion of citrusy hops. Taste was a bit piney, a bit of citrus, finishing with a nice hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is somewhat full but somewhat flat. Overall drinkability was OK but nothing to go out of the way for.

Serving type: on-tap

11-11-2005 23:44:50 | More by arizcards
Photo of Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.58/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

New on menu. Little head, hoppy, cascade a good choice for aroma and taste and 75 IBU. OK for an IPA, and better than average here. In fact, have this if you are stopping in. Strong bitterness masks any flaws. One dimensional. Late in the session by now.

Serving type: on-tap

11-11-2005 01:36:31 | More by Sammy
Photo of Citadel82

New Jersey

2.88/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

The server warned me this would be a bitter beer and it was. It was also a fairly thin and poor tasting beer. Perhaps this is what beer in the latter part of the eighteenth century tasted like. Poor sods. It had a rich copper color and a strong floral hoppy nose. The taste was astringent with notes of viegar and acetone. I did not like this brew and was sorry I ordered it. the brewer hopped this to the nines and I laud him/her for that but hte sharply bitter astringent taste was not for me or anyone I know.

Serving type: on-tap

08-27-2005 01:57:06 | More by Citadel82
Photo of NEhophead


4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Creamy 1/2" white head that takes it's time to recede to a thin sheet. Some condensed and spotted lacing follow the ale along the sides of the glass. A hazy peach in color with noticeable carbonation filtering to the surface.

The hops are quite dominant in the aroma: pine, light citrus, and a touch of grapefruit. The aroma calls out to hop lovers.

The hop flavor is not quite as slick or resiny as the aroma leads on, but it is piney with a touch of lemon and ultimately ends dry with a nice bitterness. The malt character also holds its own with this IPA; being quite bready and neutral to the hop bitterness.

Medium bodied; grain-like yet a bit smooth on the palate; almost cream-like.

Probably the best beer I've had to date from the VT Pub/Brewery, which isn't saying much, yet it is. A nice version of the style, and one I will grab a growler of the next time I'm in Burlington.

Serving type: on-tap

08-04-2005 14:45:14 | More by NEhophead
Photo of francisweizen


4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light golden with a small head of white foam. Small bubbled carbonation raises quickly up the glass. Aromas are fresh leafy resiny hops with some piney grapefruit in the mix as well. Taste is hoppy, the middle is malty, doughy with buttered french bread hints. Finish is drier, with crushed pine needles in the end. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and just right. Drinkability is good. A solidly good IPA, nothing more, nothing less. A good daily drinker.

Serving type: on-tap

07-19-2005 19:54:19 | More by francisweizen
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