Bombay Rouge | Third Street Aleworks

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Third Street Aleworks
California, United States
thirdstreetaleworks.com

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
68
Reviews:
13
Avg:
3.96
pDev:
10.35%
 
 
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0
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12
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4/5  rDev +1%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

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3.82/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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3.58/5  rDev -9.6%
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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3.93/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer started off a bit rough on the first few sips. But as I went on, it got better. Hearty and robust with nice thick malt and hop tones combining to give a hearty strong ale presentation. It's a bit too much of a punch in the mouth and not so much a refined ale, but it's still nice enough. The boozy tone could probably stand to be a bit calmer. Another nice production from this brewery.

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3.91/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4.09/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the brewpub. Served in a 10oz pint-style glass.

A - Filled in the brim. Hazy partial cap, and leaves behind spotty lace when consumed. Hazy red-brown body.

S - This is pretty damn hoppy. Dank, grapefruit, candied citrus, and a burnt sugar amber-style backbone. Reminds me of Nugget Nectar.

T - Taste is a little more balanced, with a bit more brown sugar, but there's still a ton of ripe grapefruit. There's a hint of alcohol in the finish when it warms up, mixed in with the some fairly intense bitterness.

M - Super dry finish, slightly gritty body, medium body, and medium zesty carbonation.

D - If I hadn't had a big lunch this would probably have been easier to finish. I think I liked this more than 547 Haight St this year - if it weren't a little bit ugly it would have scored a little bit better.

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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

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4/5  rDev +1%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

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3.83/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.83/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A-Pours hazy and dark amber. Decent head. My light source was too dim to really investigate much more beyond that.

S-Smell is interesting. Pungent, tangy grapefruit rinds and candied oranges. Spicy hops too. Hop-stressed. Malt is of toasty and rather full. A big Amber Ale in my opinion.

T-More of the same. Huge kick of squished grapefruit and pine. Definitely very tangy. Spicy and a bit medicinal. Malt is sweet and doughy.

M-Medium bodied. Quite dry and noticeably bitter. Not too easy too drink but the flavor is still cool.

O/D-Much better than my first offering from Third Street Aleworks. Pretty decent beer. Perhaps a bit too rough during some sips but it was worth trying a pint.

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3.56/5  rDev -10.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

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3.71/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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3.84/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of cherche
3/5  rDev -24.2%
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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3.59/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

1191st Review on BA
Bottle to Pint
22oz

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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4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

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4/5  rDev +1%

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3.64/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

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3.68/5  rDev -7.1%
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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4/5  rDev +1%

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Bombay Rouge from Third Street Aleworks
3.96 out of 5 based on 68 ratings.
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