Wobbly Bob APA | Broad Ripple Brew Pub

14 Ratings

Brewed by:
Broad Ripple Brew Pub
Indiana, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by zerk on 01-31-2004

Bros Score:
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 14 |  Reviews: 6
Photo of spycow
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of qcbrewer
3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of GreggBarton
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of kuestegg
4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of RWNay
3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of bertram
3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of denimdemon
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

Photo of JamesS
4.45/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a very nice mid-copper color with decent head and decent lacing. Great deep scent, with a very nice malty base and a great citrus hop aroma. Excellent flavor, a great sweet malty undertone (possible Crystal malts) with a great hop overtone, very citrusy (Cascade?) at the end that lasts and gives it a great aftertaste. Goes down very smooth, a great sessionable beer.

 374 characters

Photo of ktrillionaire
4.4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Review from July 2010.

A - It pours a golden-capper hue, capped with a nice head and leaving some lace. To style.

S - There seems to be a good mix of pungent cascade hoppiness, and a big dose of lemongrass in the nose. The aroma is very pleasant, and the delectable lemongrass nuance strengthens as the glass is upended.

T - The elements of the nose are contiguous with the taste. Big resiny hop yields lemon-citric and herbal flavors, the moderately robust yet pale malt provides a perfect foundation, and the whole thing comes together splendidly.

M - IPA. Good.

D - I would be drinking a lot of this if I lived near Broad Ripple.

 637 characters

Photo of 908carson
5/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My first and only perfect score.
I'm not sure what I like most about this beer.
I think the Broad Ripple Brew Pub totally missed the boat on making this their Flagship Pale Ale. The Lawnmower is good and all, but the Wobbly Bob is outstanding.
If they bottled this, it is all I would ever buy.
If they had it on tap all the time, I would always have a growler in my fridge.
Unfortunately, neither of these scenarios will ever happen. I have asked...
But that only increases my desire for Wobbly Bob. When it comes around, I am there. With bells on.

Appearance: Light amber, copper. Clear. Quarter inch of coarse-bubbled head. Sufficient Lacing.

Smell: Exceptionally fragrant. Whatever they've done here, they need to apply this to all their beers. I usually find their beers to be a little "flat smelling." But the Wobbly Bob is lively and sexy. Grapefruit and pineapple cocktail, with a little dry pine sap.

Taste: Perfectly balanced for every situation. This is my ideal beer... If have told them on several occasions and I know i'm not the only one that likes this. My wife is an avid fan as well.
This, to me, is a world-class APA. Not too malty, not too hoppy. Exceptionally refreshing.

Mouthfeel: Perfect. I know i'm not really being all that helpful here... but this is my favorite style of beer and i've sampled hundreds of different takes on it. the Wobbly Bob takes the cake. Effervescent, crisp, refreshing. 5.5% is the perfect abv for this style.

Drinkability: Infinite. I could drink this all day, every day. A perfect replacement for water. On my deathbed, I'll take an IV drip of Wobbly Bob. It's in my will, no shit. This is the definition of a session beer.

I can't say enough about this beer... I'm reviewing it months after it was on tap last... it is forever ingrained in my mind. If you live within traveling distance, watch their beer list. when it comes back around, do yourself a favor and make the trip to taste it. I promise you that you won't be disappointed. Message me and i'll meet you there to buy you a pint. I'm not kidding.

 2,064 characters

Photo of alleykatking
3.95/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from my growler.

A- Nice light golden orange/yellow color. Hard Pour resulted in little 1/2 finger white head that dies fast. No lacing on the sides of the glass.

S- Nice light floral hops in this one. Some notes of citrus or lemony earthy appeal to it. Light sweetbread malts to this beer as well. A lighter smelling beer that had me expecting a little more.

T- Good earthy hops in the front end of this beer. Light and crisp hop bite blends in with a sweetbread style malts in the middle ending with a distint lemon light tart taste. Nice surprise from what the nose gave.

M- Lighter mouthfeel on this beer. Carbonation levels were a little on the underside but I expect that since it was a couple days since I bought the growler. Clean taste with light hops and malts left on the tongue long after the glass is done.

D- I put this entire growler away no problem. This has to have a lighter ABV on it as I was able to do that. Good beer I can't wait to try again.

 977 characters

Photo of Jon
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Amber-copper color with a foamy white head. Looks good in an imperial pint glass.

Piney, citrus hops linger aromatically. A touch of caramelized malt aroma is evident, as well, though the nose is quite one-dimensional.

Sharp, raw, piney, citrusy hops resonate in the flavor department. Caramel and crystal malt flavors appear, as well, though they seem to be too easily dominated by the pronounced hop profile. Seems a bit too unbalanced, even for an American Pale Ale. As a registered hophead, however, I can't deduct too many points here.

Oily, almost undercarbonated mouthfeel. Medium-bodied.

Good drinkability derives from the dry, refreshing hop qualities present in this ale. Highly hopped and a bit raw, this beer will probably please only the hopheads in the crowd.

 785 characters

Photo of zerk
4.6/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer, served on cask, presents itself as a hazy deep copper with some orange tint. A whispy white head... more soap bubbles than foam, leaves behind some fine lace.

Aroma is like opening a bag of hops and inhaling. There is some pine and citrus, but it's mostly just the smell of a hop leaf, fresh and fragrant. There is some light toasted malt going on here as well, but it's an afterthought... more of a role player... the hops are the star here.

The same can be said of the flavor... like raw hop extract... but not at all bitter. Pine and citrus are right up front, and a toasted, almost nutty, malt gives a bit of backbone. The flavor is quite balanced with very little lingering bitterness and very little sweetness.

The beer is somewhat light in body, and being cask conditioned, very low in carbonation, and is very smooth.

The lighter body, smooth mouthfeel, and lower ABV, make for an incredibly drinkable beer.

Let me be clear on this point... this is not only the best beer that I've tasted at Broad Ripple Brewpub, this is probably the best offering I've had at a brewpub in the Indianapolis area. This is an absolutely fabulous session beer, with a very distinctinve flavor. If you happen to be at Broad Ripple Brewpub and see this on the tap list, snatch it up immediately... or better yet, call me, and I will!

 1,350 characters

Wobbly Bob APA from Broad Ripple Brew Pub
Beer rating: 4.08 out of 5 with 14 ratings
  • About Us

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.