Bombay Grab IPA - The Vermont Pub & Brewery

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Ratings: 82
Reviews: 38
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 12.64%
Wants: 1
Gots: 3 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-07-2002

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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Ratings: 82 | Reviews: 38
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Photo of lordofthewiens
4/5  rDev +12.4%
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.

Photo of Todd
3.55/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Billolick
3.58/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

Photo of warriorsoul
4.07/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of kingcrowing
3.8/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

Photo of TheBrewologist
3/5  rDev -15.7%

Had it on cask and to be honest it was just so-so. Smelled nice enough, and certainly had a great hop bite, and nice balance with the malts, but there was a lingering sour aftertaste from this beer, which I suspect shouldn't have been. The same sourness was noted in another cask offering I had during the same visit. I would rate it higher if I had a better experience, but in my opinion a cask ale should taste great served at the originating brewery, and this one did not.

Photo of NJpadreFan
2.18/5  rDev -38.8%
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!

Photo of jmz62565
3.97/5  rDev +11.5%
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.

Photo of Sammy
3.57/5  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.

Photo of Ezone024
3.77/5  rDev +5.9%
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

Photo of plaid75
3.77/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

Photo of weeare138
3.85/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of donkeyrunner
4.11/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25


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.

Photo of Rifugium
3.7/5  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.

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.61/5  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.

Photo of mikeys01
3.97/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of johnnnniee
3.72/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

Photo of tobelerone
3.48/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

Photo of Deuane
3.78/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

Photo of scottum
4.1/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Amber blond with a nice head. Very hoppy, but well balanced. 75IBU means that this is a hoppy bitter brew, but that's good! A touch of fruity comes in through all that bitter. Mouthfeel isn't quite up to snuff with other IPAs I've had, but this is truely a stellar beer overall. Drink more Vermont beer!

Photo of John
3.51/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

An IPA in the (traditional?) English style. Middle of the road IPA. Pale and mild malt with mildly assertive hops. Not a stellar brew but good nonetheless.

Photo of NEhophead
4/5  rDev +12.4%
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.

Photo of Brad007
2.9/5  rDev -18.5%
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.

Photo of Andy
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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

Photo of UnionMade
2.81/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

The beer is a bright golden amber, topped with a thin layer of white foam. Good retention, keeping steady, leaving loads of cobwebby belgian lace.
The aroma is interesting. Rather hoppy, as is expected, yet thin. Citric and piney hopping dominates, definitely cascade in here, with weakish toasty malt. Grapefruity, with a hint of apricot, and an odd, funky smell similar to a urinal or public restroom. I know that sounds gross, but it's some sort of phenolic sanitizer odor, not stale pee.
The flavor starts with a rather light maltiness. Not nearly enough body as I would like, and the malt just gets destroyed by the oncoming hops. A trace of fruity apricot in the middle, quickly becoming roadkill under the wheels of the hopping. Big ass piney and citric bitterness, with a moderate grapefruit rind flavor. Entirely unsupported by any malt in the finish. A bit of sourness in the end, with a tart grapefruit aftertaste. Definitely one dimensional, with about half as much malt as it needs. Medium to light body, with decent, bubbly carbonation.
I really don't like IPAs like this, where there's no malt, and it's essentially hop water. The hopping would be great with the addition of about another 1,000 pounds of pale malt.

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Bombay Grab IPA from The Vermont Pub & Brewery
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