Bombay Pale Ale | Southend Brewery & Smokehouse

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Brewed by:
Southend Brewery & Smokehouse
South Carolina, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.72%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
40 IBU

Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-02-2006

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 10 |  Reviews: 10
Reviews by Baileyuk:
Photo of Baileyuk
3.45/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I got this atg the brewery in Charleston. I originally has a sip of their spiced beer which was not good. I was a little concerned about going into this one.

A: A little cloudy but an overall attractive appearance. An okay head from the pour that dissapeared farily quickly. Poured a dark golden amber.

S: A little hoppy and fruity. The smell was rather mellow.

T: I think they may have changed this recipe or it is just a better batch than when everyone else reviewed it. It was not overly hoppy, definately not an IPA. I had no funny tastes in the beer like some others had.

M & D: I thought this Pale Ale was very smooth and easier to drink. Out of all the beers they had this was the only one I would actually not be dissapointed at revisiting.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of wesbrownyeah
3.33/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bombay Pale Ale... 5.72% alcohol as shown on a chalkboard behind the bar. 40ibus. Poured from my growler.

A- Appearance is a dark and creamy orange fluid that on a growler pour produces a one inch off white head. Leaves sticky and patchy lacing up and down the glass.

S- Slight piney, citrus and fresh grass hit the nose upfront. A lighter note of dusty caramel malts sneak in a scent on the backend.

T-M- Taste is of fresh hop oil and light malts.
Flavor are basic but there with fresh doses of citrusy bitter bite and a grassy lasting watery mouthfeel. Smooth and spritzy carbonation rolls over the tongue with ease.

D- Drinkable offering from a decent APA but at 5 bucks for a growler fill what isn't?

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.43/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This one was a bit more full. I went in for this one as my second beer of the night. This is fun as these are the first reviews I am typin up on my mobile. Nice amber color here, clear with a bit of a carbonation stream coming up from the bottom. It had a decent head of maybe an inch and a half that settled down and broke across the top. The aromaa was highlighted by light hop notes and a smooth biscuit like malt profile Light sweetness in the taste especially in the mid palate before giving me a bit of a hop bitterness at the end. Medium body with decent carbonation, cannot really complain about the drinkability here at all. This may have been one of the better ones of the night.

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Photo of smcolw
3.9/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Lasting , minute-bubbled head provides a curtain of lace. Amber color and nearly clear.

Good blend of light colored malts and floral hop. The taste is more hoppy than the smell. Bitter aftertaste. A solid pale ale whose only demerit is the thin body.

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Photo of drperm
3.83/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

IMO, the best house beer they've got at Southend. Quite nice, overall. Hoppy, snappy, with quite a bit of personality, and (importantly) smooth on the way down, leaving you craving more. The nose (like many of their offerings) is faint, but overall it's a well-crafted APA, with leanings towards an India style.

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Photo of GJ40
4/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden with good clarity and nice lacing. Aroma is floral and fruity hops with some toasted, bready malts coming through. The flavor was pretty solid with toasted malt, hop flavor, yeast and a nice citrusy bite. It’s creamy with a moderate carbonation.

My expectations were low coming in but I thought it was a fun, flavorful beer that worked well on a hot summer day.

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Photo of Braudog
2.05/5  rDev -39.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Draft pint at the Charleston brewpub. Dark copper with a quickly surrendering head. Headily malty, almost like a Vienna or Festbier, but with little to no bitterness or fruit that I’d expect from a pale ale. Overall quite disappointing. (#2812, 4/21/2007)

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Photo of khiasmus
3.26/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours with the appearance of a perfect pale ale. Head looks almost nitrous it's so dense and white, clarity is perfect, bubbling is constant, color is a light golden. Head lasts forever and leaves a bit of lacing.
Aroma is of grassy hops, light grain, citrus, and plum(?!?!)
Flavor is disappointing to say the least. It's not BAD, but it is well below average for the style. Begins with light malt, quickly overtaken by intense hop bitterness but with little hop flavour. This would be much better if dry-hopped... it's almost as if they used half as much hops as they should have of twice the alpha acid that they should have used. I don't know how else to say it. There's also a distinct metallic note that comes out more as it warms... not overly pleasant.
The mouthfeel is light in body with good carbonation, and a dry, slightly puckering finish.
I could have had another of these but didn't really want one. It's drinkable, but the wheat is a bit better, and the lemon grass ginger was far better.

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Photo of tigerdoc
2.83/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This pale had a beautiful copper color and was crystal clear. Unfortunately that was all that was good about it. There was very little head to speak of, but that may have been more from the pour than the beer itself. The aroma was very fruity, not much malt or for that matter even hops to speak of. There was a strange metallic almost gamey flavor leading me to believe there was either an infection or fermentation was way too warm. The taste wasn't any better, its hard for me to describe it was just very fruity no hops or really much bitterness. The mouthfeel was a little watery but overall not bad. I really enjoy trying new beers, but this one was hard for me to finish a pint. To give this beer a light of hope I had had it several months ago when the weather was cooler and the beer was much better, but all I can say about this one was that it was not good.

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Photo of dnichols
3.77/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I sampled a pint of this beer at the brewpub in Charleston.

A: It poured a hazy blond body with hints of copper and a modest one finger white head that dissipated fast.

S: It had muted aromas of gently toasted sweet malts and floral hops.

T: It was smooth and dominated by sweet toasted malts. There were hints of spicy hops but this beer is defined by its malts. The alcohol was well hidden.

M: It was light bodied, smooth with medium levels of carbonation and a wet and clean finish.

D: It was a very enjoyable APA. It went well with sea food. Nothing outstanding but a very serviceable session beer.

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Bombay Pale Ale from Southend Brewery & Smokehouse
Beer rating: 3.38 out of 5 with 10 ratings
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