Bombay Bomber India Pale Ale | Steelhead Brewing Co.

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Steelhead Brewing Co.
California, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.75%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 01-13-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 14 |  Reviews: 12
Reviews by SwillinBrew:
Photo of SwillinBrew
3.55/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this in a standard pint glass. The color was a amberish straw color with a good size head. One if the lightest colored IPA's i've seen.

Scent was a little subdued of floral citrus. I liked the scent but wish it was a little more present. The taste was of juicey grapefruits with a faint smattering citrus blossoms. Good carbonation and body... quite thirst quenching.

This brew has potential. I would have liked it much more if they kicked it up a notch. It has good bones and could grow up a bit with a little more hops.Nice brew overall.

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Photo of SudsSurfer
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of IntriqKen
4.05/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

IPA at this location is named for the college across the street from the Brew Pub - University of California at Irvine - UCIPA
Enjoyed this on tap at the brewpub enough to bring home a growler. Their growlers are beautiful German style flip tops with a metal band and handle. $18 full....$12 refill, $7.50 refills on Sun & Mondays.
Pours a cloudy soft amber orange with a moderate off-white head that melts to very sticky lacing.
Aroma is sweet honey malt and intensely bright orange hops.
Taste is lightly honey-sweet at first then citrus hops take peel to lemon peel to grapefruit drying on the finish. Grapefruit becomes more intense, taking over, as the beer warms.
Mouthfeel is full and smooth with a tingling carbonation brightness. Nice.
Slightly cloying aftertaste but the continuing citrus hop drying makes you look for another swallow.

[ serving type: growler ]

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Photo of Boilermaker88
4.1/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I visited the Irvine Steelhead Brewing Co. while waiting for my brother to show so we could catch a showing of the movie "Gunner Palace". I took a seat at the bar and ordered up a pint of this IPA. It arrived in a standard pint glass, filled to the rim. Cost: $2.75.
Appearance: nice, slightly hazed orange color, a miniscule white head and some decent carbonation kicking to the surface. After a couple long sips and a slight swirling of the glass, the carbonation was released and a decent quarter inch head brewed up, leaving nice sheets of lace behind.
Smell: immediate surge of sinus-clearing spruce and pine resin hops aromas. Good fresh smell.
Taste: right from the start, the hops character fully dominated the taste. Subservient to the powerful grapefruit taste was a modest caramel malt flavor that provided a minor counterpoint of sweetness. The juicy pine needle and citrus rind hops ruled the roost here. Good fresh hops flavor.
Mouthfeel: medium-bodied leaning a bit toward the lighter side, creamy, almost sticky in the finish.
Overall: quite quaffable, this is a fine West Coast IPA. Hopheads should fancy a pint or two of this brew. Well crafted and packing a serious hops punch, Bombay Bomber is worth trying out if you stop by the Steelhead brewpub.

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Photo of StevieW
4.3/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Draft at San Francisco. What a winner. Nice golden copper color, very balanced head. Fell down the sides nicely. Huge floral smell, and hops hit your nose hard. The taste doesn't let you down. Nice big hoppy flavor, everything you expect in a quality IPA. Lots of pine smell and taste on the finish. Very refreshing, balanced, and inviting. Some carmel like malt also noticed in the middle of the hops and pine. Had the sample, then ordered a pint. My favorite offering from Steelhead.

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Photo of jcalabre
2.9/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I orignally sampled this beer on 26 January 2003. I am writing this review from my notes.
I had this on draught at the Steelhead in Irvine, CA.
It has a nice hoppy nose w/ a hoppy flavor but lacks a good finish. decent but not great, but if you want to go to a place that had decent beers & you're with kids, Steelhead is a good choice.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
2.53/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Presentation: Sampled on Tap during a recent visit to the Steelhead Brewing Company, Irvine location.

Appearance: Cloudy unfiltered presentation. Fast thinning off-white head with a murky orange-tan body. Looks muddy and suffers from low carbonation.

Nose: Had a half decent nose, dominated by pine and citrus hops, some grapefruit and soft mango fruit feel at times.

Taste: Sadly the hint of luscious citrus hops from the nose quickly evaporates once tasted. Starts with an acrid bitterness, the grapefruit aspects are nice, but they totally dominate and blank out any balance leading to a one-dimensional poorly balanced effort. I didn’t get any of the malt base in this. Wishy-washy in the back end with an acerbic sour grapefruit finish that annoys when it lingers. The ending feels like a very watered down grapefruit and lemon-barley juice.

Mouthfeel: Started thin and finished positively weak and watery - it desperately lacked any decent conditioning to support the fading body, shallow malt base and very little texture to write of.

Drinkability: The raw grapefruit bitterness is far too astringent, and suffers a thin watery feel which is no doubt partially due to the IPA’s poor balance and lack of supporting malts. Drinkability all round is very low; I actually struggled a little to finish the Pint.

Overall: This was the first brew that I tried at Steelhead (Irvine); I have to say that I was not that impressed by this effort at all. Just too thin and poorly balanced.

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Photo of mhaugo
3.63/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce draft pour in a shaker glass.
Appearance: Deep copper, slight haze, thin cap of foam.
Smell: Very faint nose. If I dig deep there’s really only a touch of citrus. Not much else.
Taste: Sharp citrus pith with a little bit of pine. A smear of honey from the malt, but not cloying. The bitterness is present, but very palatable.
Mouthfeel: Pleasantly astringent and dry, but a little flat. Seems like they could dial up their carbonation a little bit.
Overall: In a world full of over-the-top IPAs, this is a very nice, well mannered, easy drinking, refreshing, bring home to meet your parents type of beer. I could drink this all day long.

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Photo of beernut7
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is one of my favorite brewpubs in the country and the beer is why. This powerful IPA is nicely golden hued with a decent foam on top. The aroma promises a trip into the great Northwest hop style. Grapefruit flavors from the spicy hops is supported by a good malt backing. The lingering bitter is good. All together the flavors meld to create a good IPA.

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Photo of rowew
2.66/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

This is one of those beers that was so close, yet so far away .. It poured a great cloudy orange color, with a nice creamy white head. Head had great retention, and left a ton of lacing. Aroma is nice citrusy hops. The taste has those same citrusy hops with some nice pine flavors mixed in. Where this beer falls apart was the mouthfeel. Waaay too watery for an IPA - this was really thin and lifeless. This hurt the drinkability as well, and ruined what could have been a great beer for me.

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Photo of Floydster
3.36/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pint for $3.50 at the Irvine location yesterday with friends, was brewed about a month ago according to the chalkboard, also called UC IPA

A-Medium orange with a red tint, 1/2 inch creamy white head, stuck around for about three minutes, some retention and some nice lacing

S-Pine and citrus hops including a strong grapefruit presence and lemons, biscuit malt, mango, honey, orange peel, and floralness

T-Hoppiness was light at first compared to what the guy working in there was talking about, some sweet malt backbone in the middle, ends with grapefruit, as it warmed hops became more evident and left an even drier taste in the mouth, nicely balanced overall but just missing a great bitterness or any unique characteristics

M-Bitter and dry mouthfeel, medium body, lots of carbonation, lots of citrus in the finish, taste lasted a few minutes

D-Could drink a couple pints of this but would need food after a while, dry feel would get old, not too heavy, alcohol is hidden, smooth for most part

The bartender bragged about this having more hoppiness than you can believe or something and did not really see it, still a decent India pale ale but nothing special, recommended if you go here, one of their better brews offered today

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Photo of PopnLoads
4/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of IceAce
3.68/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The body is standard IPA-orange with a pleasant citrus / pine nose.

Entry is slick with a smooth mouthfeel. This beer is well-balanced for a Left Coaster as the big grain bill easily supports this hop-laden offering. This is an easy drinking IPA that I would recommend to all.

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Photo of t0rin0
3.62/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap at the brewery and it was alright/good. Probably the best beer I had at the place. I want to note that they were calling this U.C.I.P.A. on the menu but the tap handle said Bombay Bomber India Pale Ale.

It poured a bit hazy, but clear enough for how good the beer tasted. It was a bit dark for an IPA, more like a DIPA. It was a brown/copper color with some decent foam that disapeared after a few minutes but left a decent amount of lacing on the sides of the glass. The smell was strong in the hops department and underneath that there was some sweetness from the malt. Not quite unique but nice none the less.

The taste was pretty good. Good balance of bitterness and sweetness. As with many IPA's its difficult to distinguish exactly what malts are present but it complimented the hops flavor as this beer may have some dry hops present. The flavor was also dry and not overly bitter for an IPA. The mouthfeel was about right for the amount of hop flavor that this beer had.

Over all pretty drinkable and was my favorite beer of this particular venue.

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Bombay Bomber India Pale Ale from Steelhead Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.56 out of 5 with 14 ratings