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Bombay Grab IPA - The Vermont Pub & Brewery

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Bombay Grab IPA
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69 Ratings

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Ratings: 69
Reviews: 36
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 13.37%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
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.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-07-2002)
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Reviews by Andy:
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4/5  rDev +11.4%

Big citrus hop flavor. Very clean brew with earthy hop hints. Slight malt base balances this brew. Not very hoppy, more true to style

05-13-2002 19:32:00 | More by Andy
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Photo of lordofthewiens


4/5  rDev +11.4%

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.

07-21-2009 20:57:14 | More by lordofthewiens
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3.53/5  rDev -1.7%

A rich blonder beer crowned with a thin, sticking, creamy, whispy white head. Floral / citrus hop aroma. Mouthfeel is watery, comes across as a thin beer. Bitter, raw, floral, herbal, leafy hop character upfront ... followed by a thin malty sweetness, some fruitiness and toasted / biscuit flavours. A rindy, salty bitterness comes full circle. Quite hoppy and bitter actually, leading to a grainy finish.

A dairly traditional English IPA (if compared to ones that originate from GB), but a tad too thin for my liking.

02-10-2002 20:13:48 | More by Todd
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New York

3.58/5  rDev -0.3%

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.

04-06-2010 13:30:25 | More by Billolick
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4.05/5  rDev +12.8%

Picked up a growler on my visit to the Waterbury/Burlington area...I have been here quite a number of times, so I did not waste time. Ran it, grabbed a sample of this one and away I went w/ a growler...filled on 6/8.
Pours a bright golden orange..a little cloudy w/ less than a half finger of head...due to this one sitting a bit too long I suppose.
The aroma is stinky buds at first...not quite skunk like, but very floral. A nice malt sweetness as well...mainly caramel or toffee.
Taste is very enjoyable...although less than what one might expect after the first few whiffs. Regardless, a highly quaffable IPA w/ well balanced components...very juicy w/ a slight bitter finish and the carbonation if perfect for the style.
Mouthfeel is a bit thin, which also helps me throw them back.
I would enjoy this IPA on any given occasion and it is my "go to" brew when hitting up the Vermont Pub & Brewery.

06-27-2005 23:20:34 | More by warriorsoul
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3.8/5  rDev +5.8%

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.

12-16-2009 01:15:13 | More by kingcrowing
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New Jersey

2.15/5  rDev -40.1%

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!

01-02-2007 17:38:40 | More by NJpadreFan
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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

01-26-2013 15:35:41 | More by prdstmnky
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3.98/5  rDev +10.9%

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.

04-08-2006 22:37:30 | More by jmz62565
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Ontario (Canada)

3.58/5  rDev -0.3%

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.

11-11-2005 01:36:31 | More by Sammy
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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

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

07-20-2010 19:31:03 | More by Ezone024
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New York

3.76/5  rDev +4.7%

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.

08-10-2013 17:50:34 | More by plaid75
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3.85/5  rDev +7.2%

Appears a light gold with a 1 finger head and nice lacing. Solid streams of carbonation rise to the top.
Smell is of bitter hops and light citrus with a slight touch of butter.
Taste is of bitter hops, grapefruit, and buttery richness. Slight hop burn that lasts in the middle of the tongue.
Mouthfeel is hoppy upfront with a long linger on the back of the tongue. Fizzy feel goes straight to the back of the tongue.
Drinkability is ok. I changed off after one.

07-19-2005 18:06:31 | More by weeare138
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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

07-01-2012 21:35:56 | More by LCannon4
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4.1/5  rDev +14.2%


Golden orange with a thick, fluffy white head. A perfect pour the head just crests the top of my glass. So hazy it's almost opaque. Smells like grapefruit, fresh nose in the bag hop "green-ness" and pepper cracker malt. Tastes just like it smells although the greenness is diminished and the grapefruit is increased. Full body and a little juicy despite the dryish cracker malt.

I felt like drinking a pint of New England brewing history with Greg's original recipe at one of the oldest brewpubs in the region. Cheers Mr. Noonan.

05-30-2014 18:31:43 | More by donkeyrunner
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New York

3/5  rDev -16.4%

06-28-2013 17:37:47 | More by sachie23
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3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

05-04-2014 19:33:42 | More by patrick802
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3.73/5  rDev +3.9%

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.

07-21-2011 04:09:36 | More by Rifugium
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New York

4/5  rDev +11.4%

11-17-2011 03:44:22 | More by shufon
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New York

2.5/5  rDev -30.4%

04-12-2012 12:17:15 | More by nh2032
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4/5  rDev +11.4%

05-16-2014 22:12:08 | More by Viperman1316
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North Carolina

3.64/5  rDev +1.4%

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.

08-12-2013 03:14:23 | More by GarthDanielson
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3.98/5  rDev +10.9%

Served on tap at the Vermont Pub & Brewery. The Bombay Grab appeared a bright golden color, capped with just a bit of wispy white head. Aroma is citrusy and full of fresh hops, very little malt detectable in the nose. Taste is quite hoppy with floral and grapefruit flavor coming through in a big way. Malt tries to make a play but is mostlly rejected at the net, finish is crisp and bittter. Body is medium to almost lighter for an IPA, but pretty tasty stuff.

01-09-2004 23:42:57 | More by mikeys01
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New Hampshire

3.7/5  rDev +3.1%

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.

02-26-2012 22:52:50 | More by johnnnniee
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3.48/5  rDev -3.1%

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.

10-26-2011 17:52:39 | More by tobelerone
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Bombay Grab IPA from The Vermont Pub & Brewery
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