Bombay By Boat IPA | Moonlight Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Moonlight Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.90%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-29-2002

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Ratings: 144 |  Reviews: 70
Reviews by NorthSideSean:
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4.38/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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Photo of magictacosinus
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

To my knowledge, this is the very last beer I had on NYE before I lost any coherent consciousness to review anything that I would further drink. And, it's a good thing too, because I'm always pleased to find something made by Moonlight that *isn't* their Reality Czech pilsner every once in a while. Poured into a 16oz shaker pint glass at the Mallard pub.

Dark amber in color, with a nice frothy white head and some minimal lacing and bubbles throughout. Slightly cloudy, but I can't tell if this is the cask version or not. In the glass, the head dissipates rather quickly, leaving behind nothing more than a small ring by the end. This looks a lot like an English IPA, to be honest, and it's not the worst thing considering that it at least looks different from most IPAs being made in places in the Bay Area, as well as those around it.

Smells quite good - huge citrus notes, pine, and slight caramel sweetness that makes this a classic West Coast take on the style, yet brings in its own level of boldness. Orange peel, grapefruit, and tangerines, with some cardamom, dried leaves, and that pine/sage combo at the finish making its way through. Finishes slightly sweet yet firm, with strong caramel and light toffee. While it doesn't bring anything new to the ocean of IPAs that you have to wade through in this state, it's definitely enjoyable.

The flavor is on par with the aroma - strong citrus and bitterness, with a sweet malty finish and a medium body that makes it quite easy to drink. Grapefruit, orange peel, lemon zest, pine, cardamom, and some tamarind. Pretty juicy on the citrus fruity end, but also quite dry and firm by the finish, with some strong earthy and toasted grainy properties. No matter how much this warms up, it remains at the same level of bitterness, and never becomes too sweet or flat - although the caramel flavor becomes more heavily pronounced. Carbonation is good, and the beer feels creamy in spite of its medium bodied character. Refreshing, highly drinkable stuff - it's a fine bridge between a California IPA and an APA.

Beers from Moonlight are essentially of home brew quality (it is a one-man operation after all), and this beer really reminds you of that. It tastes very homemade and intimately acquaints people with a bitter beer that is more approachable with its crisp malt backbone and relatively lower ABV. Even though it's not as refined or explosive as other beers they make, this has to be my favorite beer from them, by far.

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Photo of RoyalT
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – The body is a deep, dark, beautiful orange in color with a thick, hour-long head. Sweet!

Smell – The rich, complex hop profile speaks wonders about the craftsmanship that went into making this AIPA. All the usual suspect are here – pine, citrus, and some light leafy floral notes – and all backed by a strong, thick, malty caramel base.

Taste – The rich malts come out bigger at the taste, making this almost like a double (in its flavor profile if not in ABV). The hops are right on track, and the pine is drying yet very balanced. The orangy flavor that rings throughout the drink is pure goodness.

Mouthfeel – This is medium-bodied with some light but potent carbonation. It is dry but not painfully so, and the sweetish malts give this a slick mouthfeel.

Drinkability – This gem from Moonlight Brewing is a serious IPA. It’s very tasty and leans towards bitterness. Good job!

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5/5  rDev +23.8%

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4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of rastaman
3.62/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tap, Toronado, San fransisco. Nice one, went well with pizza aswell. Citrus Grapefruit, pine, lychee, all the usuals are there, typically hoppy, rich, sweetish IPA, quite tasty. Nice softish muthfeel, with some nice hop bitterness in the finish, very pleasant.

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4/5  rDev -1%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of Sammy
3.92/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Hopmonk, Sabastol location. Medium mouthfeel, well hopped IPA. Lacey on medium coloured body. Decent drinkability. Tasty hop melange, and still decently malted and a tad toasty. Hoppy aromas.WOuld estimate IBU in 70 range.Carbonation right there.

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Photo of jh1982
5/5  rDev +23.8%

Photo of ojclark
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1/3/08 at The Monk's Kettle, San Francisco. Deep golden color. Nice off-white head with good retention. Yeasty, hoppy (citrus and pine) aroma with toast malt notes and slight fruitiness. Strong bitterness up front in flavor leading into toasty malt notes with slight sweetness. Resiny, citric hop flavor. Some moderate caramel flavors from crystal malts. Slight green apple note. Moderate-high carbonation. Rich mouthfeel (almost creamy). Medium-bodied with some alcohol warmth.

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Photo of augustgarage
3.8/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hand-pump cask @ Toronado in SF - served in a shaker pint.

Crystal clear amber body with a messy dollop of beige wave scum. Nice cakey lacing and a small head with good retention.

Resinous citrusy aromatics with evergreen and faintly sweet biscuity malts.

Grapefruit seeds, tangerine pith, pale malt, forest floor, etc. on the palate. Hints of wet wood and barley in the finish - fairly malty despite a forward NorCal hoppiness. Not as bitter (perhaps not as fresh?) as other reviews would indicate.

Creamy, mildly astringent mouthfeel, adequately carbonated, and slightly warm for the ABV.

A decent IPA, but not really on-par with many other offerings from this exceptional brewery.

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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

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4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of Kegatron
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap @ Beachwood BBQ (Seal Beach, CA) on 3/20/10. Served in a pint glass.

Pours a fairly clear shiney copper, with a finger of smooth and creamy looking head of off-white foam. This stays VERY rich and frothy in the glass, and honestly, this has one of the better IPA looks that I've seen in a while. Very nice! The aroma is fresh and floral feeling in the nose, with pine and spice notes being mellowed somewhat by a mix of earthy citrus and grapefruit character. Some bready caramel sweetness lends this a touch of balancing tang in the back of the nose.

The hops are full flavored, but a little more mellow up front here in the taste, with earth and spice being well balanced by fruity citrus and caramel malts. Hops dominate the finish with a deeply spicy dryness that lingers. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with more crispness up front, that then gets much more creamy and easy as you swallow. The amount of alcohol in the feel correctly matches the ABV here. In other words, not much. Nice.

I understand that the hop profile on this changes from batch and batch and I was pleased to find that this was a pretty good one. Earthy and citric, with some sharper hop notes, plus this really packed a lot of flavor for being a sub 6% ABV. Good stuff and it was really a pleasure to be able to find a Moonlight offering in the OC.

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Photo of jeremytondo
4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev -1%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of Goldorak
3.83/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Opaque peachy amber, almost brown, with that superb littlepearly white honecomb head.

Smell: Lightly spicy hops aroma at first, the "C" hops eventually shine through, but in a very respectably restrained manner.

Taste: Somewhat of a rarity in the brews I sampled out here in California, but this one seemed really mellow and balanced out, much more British-style than than whacked out west coast. Crispy cookie malt, lively carbonation that pricks the tongue, hop profile mild but sustained. Very well done!

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4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of kmoen
4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.2/5  rDev +4%

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4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of CRJMellor
4.35/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark orange and golden tint with an extra big but moderately dense white head.
Aroma has a sweet toffee and caramel underpinning with some pine and floral notes wafting in and out.
Flavors of very dark, rich malt comes through at first then cut by a dry, piney, resiny finish. Touch of straw seems to be prevalent as well.
Mouthfeel is just on the heavier side of the middle of the roadbut good balance in this beer and interplay between dryness and sweet malt make for an interesting mix of flavors
Drinkability on this is excellent, reminds me of British casks beers with it’s complex flavoring and balance.

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Photo of HaveUSeenMyCellar
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

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Bombay By Boat IPA from Moonlight Brewing Company
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