Bombay 106 Original India Pale | Durham Brewery Ltd

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Bombay 106 Original India PaleBombay 106 Original India Pale

Brewed by:
Durham Brewery Ltd
England, United Kingdom

Style: English India Pale Ale (IPA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by IronDjinn on 11-21-2011

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3.43/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Jim at Sherbrooke for the sample. From a 500 ml brown bottle. Pours out a hazed straw colour, tall rocky merengue-like off-white head with excellent retention. Thick, sticky lacing.

Mild biscuit malt on the nose, some notes of citrus, as well as some spicy, floral hops.

Mild bready malt with a soft yeasty twang up front in the flavour, some graininess, some lemon zest in the middle, finishing with soft herbal dandelion greens hops.

Medium-bodied mouthfeel, soft rounded texture, low carbonation.

Mild yet enjoyable, the higher abv% is masked well, and the mouthfeel suits the style. Not quite a cask ale, but one of the closest things you'll get to it from a bottle.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.66/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle. The label, amongst other things, informs about carefully opening and pouring this ode to one of the original catalysts for the East India Pale Ale. Good to know.

Right off the top, the bottle-conditioning indeed becomes apparent as the pour creates an overwhelmingly skewed head/liquid balance, so we must (sigh) wait for the visuals to settle. Tick...tick...tick - and we're back - ok, the colour appears to be a cloudy, but yet bright, medium golden yellow, with scads of dense whipped cream-esque white head, which lazily settles, creating little islands of stranded foam in the process, along with some broad swaths of chunky lace around the glass.

The aroma is light biscuity, somewhat crackery grain, mild aged citrus, and soft earthy, herbal hops. Seizing my chance to grab a glug, I am presented with a sharp, green citrus hoppiness, earthy yeast, mirthful pepper-like spice, a grainy, bready malt, and further herbal, leafy hops. Tasty, and very little indication of the 7 points of booze.

Of course this bottle takes two pours, and after waiting for pretty much the same time again for the big bubbly effect to pass (heh), the subsequently ingested bubbles are quite restrained - their grand show must have tuckered them all out. The body is a spry medium weight, and smooth, with a simmering pepper and alcohol palate tugging. It finishes a bit off-dry, an edgy, spicy graininess dueling with that same persistent herbal pepper and booze warming.

A decently-hopped EIPA, and complex, without pandering to we NA hopheads. The understated malts, hops, spice, herbal yeastiness, and last, but certainly not least, the elevated ABV, all work together to create, if not a totally clean beer, at least a sturdy one.

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Photo of Jerseyislandbeer
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Rwalford74
4.32/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Derek
4.08/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Golden-bronze with a huge, fluffy white head, good retention & lace.

S: Marmalade, sponge toffee and hints of tropical fruit.

T: Orange-rind/marmalade, candied pineapple, lemon grass, light biscuit, good bitterness (though not American in weight), alcohol is really well hidden.

M: Well-attenuated, moderate body has a slight hop acidity with a nice, crisp finish.

O: A really good drinker, reminds me of Anchor Liberty. It's not spectacular, but I'd be happy drinking this all evening.

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Photo of fizzyted
4/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of Jeffo
2.58/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Got this one at De Bierpalais in Belgium.

From a 500ml bottle into a pint glass.

APPEARANCE: This one slowly foamed out after opening. A careful pour yields a 2+ finger, thinner, loose looking white head with excellent retention. A hazy gamboge orange in color with loads or carbonation evident. Big bubbles everywhere. The loose and bubbly head just won’t quit. Needed to pour this bottle in two steps. A big foam cap just won’t die and it coats the sides of the glass with sheets of bubbly lacing. The head is both great and terrible. Averages out to average.

SMELL: Mild nose of pale and grainy malts, floral hops and some white wine. Not quite right for the style.

TASTE: Same deal here. Some grainy malts, green apples and white wine. Very odd profile for the style. Some floral hops as well as some bitterness at the finish. Medium strength aftertaste with floral hop bitterness and grainy sweet malt is short lived. Not all that impressive.

PALATE: Medium body and medium carbonation. Creamy enough on the palate, goes down fine and finishes slightly dry on the palate.

OVERALL: Not the greatest English IPA. This is a style I normally enjoy, but this one was just too grainy and had too much wine flavor going on. Nose and flavor after the swallow were too mild as well. I’d pass on this one if offered again.

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Photo of Pshkwa
2.75/5  rDev -23.2%

Photo of ceetee26
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Hewsinator
3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

Bombay 106 Original India Pale from Durham Brewery Ltd
Beer rating: 3.58 out of 5 with 10 ratings
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