Bombay Bomber IPA | McKenzie Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
McKenzie Brewing Company
Oregon, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Year-round

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Added by RedDiamond on 08-04-2004

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Ratings: 22 |  Reviews: 12
Reviews by GClarkage:
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4.1/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11/08/04- Sampled at the Steelhead Brewery in Burlingame, CA

Appearance- Great huge head that was still there after 45 minutes. Dark gold coloring with exceptional lacing.

Smell- Awesome hop scent. Flowers, citrus and grassy.

Taste- Heavy on the malt. I expected the hops to show a bit more after the strong scent. They do come through a bit more in the end though.

Mouthfeel- Dry and a bit bitter hop finish. Nice low carbonation. Fairly smooth brew.

Drinkability- I could easily toss a few of these back on any given day. Very nice sample.

Addition....also had this on cask where the flavors come out a bit more, but also is a bit watery.

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Photo of LXIXME
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of kdoc8
3.92/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at the Steelhead Brew Co, Eugene, OR. The color is light golden-red, with some small, filmy bubbly head. It's very clear. The smell is of sweet floral hops - great smell! Lots of lacing on the glass. It has a good sweet and citrusy hops and malt flavor up front and then lots of hops in the aftertaste. Very nice.

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Photo of WOTO97
3.61/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Had this at Steelhead in Burlingame. Pours a slightly murky golden amber with a thin cap of sudsy head and very nice thick tapered lacing. Nose here is some mild grapefruit but still maintaining prominent bright citrus notes. Flavors are noticeably sweet with an almost immediate huge bitterness that predominates. Mouthfeel is pretty standard for an IPA, if not a bit thin. Carbonation is right on target here. Pretty bitter IPA without the complementary hop flavor profiles. Definitely drinkable, but a bit thin and could use some greater balance in the hop profiles.

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Photo of kbuzz
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of jaydoc
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of kylemckinnis
3/5  rDev -17.6%

Photo of SurlyDuff
3.97/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ontap at Steelhead in Eugene.

Deep golden color and a while head that dissapeared pretty quickly.

A ton of big PacNW hops in the nose, but not over the top like at Rogue/Eugene City around the corner. Malt steps up in the taste to a surprising degree. It's just a big flavored IPA all around.

Drinkability is there, for sure, making this one my favorite of their standard yearround offerings.

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Photo of Reidrover
3.94/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Venti's in Salem OR. Nice enough looking beer, typical orange/brown with a small off white head. Good oiney,lemony aromas, very fresh. Great refreshing taste of floral hops mixed with lemon zest, seems to have a nice malt backbone also. Nice enough on the palate, went down well anyway. Nice IPA.

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Photo of Redrover
3.67/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a standard pint, the beer is a clear bronze with a beige head. Not a lot of lacing.

Nice nose of pine resin, some orange and malts.

As expected, this is a bracing and bitter beer and at first it appears to be a good example of the bolder West Coast style. However, as I worked through the beer, I noticed it is a bit unbalanced as it could use a more malt. However, the beer was still enjoyable to drink. I liked the caramel undertones, just wished they were stronger.

The mouth is smooth and oily. This is an easy enough drinker that just falls short of being a topnotch session beer.

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Photo of jtosch
3/5  rDev -17.6%

Photo of johnnyboy76
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of flagmantho
3.98/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I had this beer on-tap in a pint glass at the brewery.

Appearance: medium golden hue with a light haze and a strong effervescence. Head is a finger of frothy white foam.

Smell: bright hops with a good mix of floral and fruity character. I like it.

Taste: malty with a good floral hop character. Bitterness is moderate and just right for the flavor.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a decent carbonation and creaminess.

Overall: a very solid pale ale of the floral variety. I quite like it.

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Photo of BrewMaster
3.91/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This cask-conditioned beer was served in a pint glass at the Steelhead Brewing Co. in Burlingame, CA. This beer came out looking beautiful with a creamy 2 cm head and a cloudy bright orange and gold color. Not much carbonation as is expected with this hand pumped beer.

The flavor is rich with cirus, orange, hops, mixed malts I suspect, cream, raisin sead and a sweet yeasty flavor. The mouth is thick bodied with a creamy texture. This is a good IPA and if I could get it everyday in a cask-conditioned state, I would drink it often.

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Photo of PaulStoneAnchor
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Beerbluesbiology
3.95/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this from cask at the brewery. Has a translucent pale amber body with a creamy 1 finger head. I am quite a sucker for cask beers and the smoothness provided by the fluffy head and warmer temp. This IPA delivers pretty well with a good dose of citrus-y cone-y hops and pretty good malt backbone to hold it up. However, there are better IPA's in the style. Overall a nice beer and if you can get it in cask, go for it. Otherwise, maybe find another brew.

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Photo of shelby415
3.52/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of RedDiamond
3.74/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This brew was furiously carbonated, almost aboil. Moreover, the head was not only well retained; it actually grew larger over the course of fifteen minutes. I’ve never seen a beer do that before. Impressive.

Bombay Bomber is gold with a dense, compact white head. As I sipped this beer outdoors on 5th Ave., I glanced over at the large cement planter box adjacent to my brushed aluminum table. The planter overflowed with marigold, alyssum, and a small manicured tree. I noted that my beer was not merely gold; it was marigold.

This is an American-style IPA in contrast to the Steelhead’s Peregrine Took IPA, a more traditional English variety. As such, it is brewed with an over-the-top hop character, which in this case is notably fresh if not green. It is amply bittered in a manner that delivers a smart encore of flavor with each indulgent belch. I always admire a good belching beer. This is a good belching beer.

Bombay Bomber is clear with a faint but hoppy aroma. Its lace is formed of large breakaway chunks of head. Amazingly, I nursed this beer for a solid twenty-five minutes and that head never diminished at all.

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Photo of t0rin0
3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of cole2
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Eugene Steelhead.

A: Poured a dark bronze. One-finger head, little lacing and very clear.

S: Citrus and hops. A pretty good smelling beer, although it isn't quite as striking as most IPAs.

T: Not as bitter as the smell suggested and surprisingly sweet. Fairly malty with a strong citrus presence. The bitterness blends in nicely but remains in the background.

M: Smooth and very drinkable.

O: A pretty unique beer in the Northwest's crowded IPA market. If you come across it on-tap it's certainly worth a try.

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Photo of Epicfail97081
3.57/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dgilks
3.55/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy golden colour with a small white head. Fair head retention. Some lacing.

Light citrus hop aroma but ultimately it is lacking in pungency.

Low malt flavour with a bright citrus hop flavour. Moderate bitterness. Actually quite good.

Medium light body with moderate carbonation. Fine.

A decent West Coast style IPA. Certainly not great but it is good.

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Bombay Bomber IPA from McKenzie Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.64 out of 5 with 22 ratings