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Bombay Rouge | Third Street Aleworks

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Brewed by:
Third Street Aleworks
California, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.60%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Sometimes called a “Red IPA”, Bombay Rouge combines the deep red color of a substantially malty ale with an IPA hopping profile. The combination creates a unique West Coast drinking experience.

Added by xhcadamx on 05-26-2009

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Ratings: 68 |  Reviews: 13
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3/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

tastes much more like a malty amber ale than a red IPA to me.

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3/5  rDev -22.1%

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3/5  rDev -22.1%

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3/5  rDev -22.1%

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3.21/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

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3.3/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.56/5  rDev -7.5%

Photo of mactrail
3.58/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Beautiful coppery color. Very hoppy and quite bitter. Citrus tang and grapefruit peel bitterness. It really does taste of grapefruit. Lovely sudsy mouthfeel. Malty body and a kiss of sweetness. Really an interesting IPA with a big dose of hops.

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3.59/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

1191st Review on BA
Bottle to Pint

Thanks to Daysinthewake for this one

App- This pours a murky looking deep orange with browns and ambers. Really cloudy with a good 1-1/2 finger head that fell to an amazing cling. 

Smell-  Its a weird smelling beer. Like a fat tire malty sweet intermixed with some deep grapefruit and bitter hops. 

Taste-  Again this is a interesting mix of  styles. Really has a deep malty flavor and a touch sweet like an amber but has a good backing citrusy grapefruity bitter note. A bit too malty but still good. 

Mouth-  Soft medium bodied with a low/medium carbonation. A bit of a spicy bitter creamy flavor residual flavor.

Drink-  A nice little beer really. I get the blending of styles and this psuedo IPA is pretty tasty but just a tad too sweet with a small bitter level. 

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3.64/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Offa
3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had had this before on tap at the Aleworks and really liked it, so I decided to give it a go seeing it in the bottle, now that the Aleworks bottles some beer. However, on this go, I found it a bit heavy handed and very uneven on the citrusy bitterness, but only good with food. It has some good character, but I definitely find that this quality overpowers it a lot, in a way that is common with a lot of American, especially west coast ales, making it also thus more run-of-the-mill in this regard, so that it tastes like dozens of other similar beers and in a way that I don't like.

Deep red brown, it has a big, rich tan head steadily srhinking to a thin foamy top and some foamy lace - it looks great.

Aroma is caramelised grapefruit, orange, pine bark, caramelised bread, leafy spiciness. It is a nice, full-bodied version of the standard west coast character.

Taste is less impressive, though, as noted above. It is heavy on the bittersweet (and more bitter) caramelised grapefruit, bitter orange, spicy bitter leaves. It has a sweetness up front that slowly builds to the strong bitterness noted by the finish. It has gentle alcoholic warmth, raisiny sweetness with little character otherwise. The drying, leafy-citrusy bitterness overly dominates the finish, making it quite off balance and a bit hard to finish without food.

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3.7/5  rDev -3.9%

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3.71/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

First time I had this red ale a friend had brought over two 32oz crowlers from down south. I was super impressed by this Red, it was like drinking fruit punch from a 32oz can, some of the better hop complexities i've ever experienced right there with "fresh Squeezed" (when its fresh lol.)
It was such a fruity hop forward offering and I couldn't wait to try some more.

Had a few disappointing bottles that I think where stored incorrectly, but the offering straight from tap is quite the amazing Red Ale.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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Bombay Rouge from Third Street Aleworks
Beer rating: 3.85 out of 5 with 68 ratings
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