Bombay Grab IPA | The Vermont Pub & Brewery

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Brewed by:
The Vermont Pub & Brewery
Vermont, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.70%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
A big bitter 77 IBU India Pale Ale, spiced with a blend of fragrant Magnum, Simcoe, and Cascade hops. An American IPA receipe designed by our late Brewmaster, Greg Noonan. He said that he wanted this to represent the American style IPAs being brewed by the creative brewers using todays malt and hop varieties.

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Reviews: 39 | Ratings: 107
Photo of BranfordBound
3.62/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Had at Vermont Pub & Brewery, amber color, clear, with a thin white head.

Maltier aroma, but backbone of bitter and floral hops. Caramel and dough sweetness upfront, bit of pine and floral hops, finishes bitter and wet on the palate.

An old school IPA that was pretty benchmark for the style two decades ago. Not really worth it today, IMO.

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Photo of fitzy84
3.71/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had on a sampler flight. Served in a 3 ounce glass. The beer had a orange-yellow appearance with a thick ring around the glass, but patchy lacing and thin retention. Pretty good aromas including herbs with hops, pines, and other earthy tones. Taste followed the nose with a medium flavored hop-citrus dynamic that was decent. Mouthfeel included a good carbonation and crispness. Overall, not a bad IPA.

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Photo of BoldRulerVT
3.69/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Served on tap at VPB.
Served in a standard pint glass, a light amber, deep straw color with not a lot of head.
Not particularly aromatic, though hoppy.
Taste was good, not great. Decent hop bitterness, not a ton of floral character as advertised on the menu.
Mouthfeel was good.
Overall, this IPA was pretty underwhelming, I wonder if by design.

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Photo of TheBrewologist
3/5  rDev -17.6%

Had it on cask and to be honest it was just so-so. Smelled nice enough, and certainly had a great hop bite, and nice balance with the malts, but there was a lingering sour aftertaste from this beer, which I suspect shouldn't have been. The same sourness was noted in another cask offering I had during the same visit. I would rate it higher if I had a better experience, but in my opinion a cask ale should taste great served at the originating brewery, and this one did not.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
4.11/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25


Golden orange with a thick, fluffy white head. A perfect pour the head just crests the top of my glass. So hazy it's almost opaque. Smells like grapefruit, fresh nose in the bag hop "green-ness" and pepper cracker malt. Tastes just like it smells although the greenness is diminished and the grapefruit is increased. Full body and a little juicy despite the dryish cracker malt.

I felt like drinking a pint of New England brewing history with Greg's original recipe at one of the oldest brewpubs in the region. Cheers Mr. Noonan.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.61/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured on-tap and served in a shaker pint, the beer is a hazy, copper-orange coloring with a filmy, light, white coating of head. CItrus and bitter notes on the nose, with hints of caramel. Hop forward, with grapefruit and lemon, a caramel backbone, and roast characteristics. Good cling to the glass. Bitter pine aftertaste, with citrusy tones. Dry, bitter, clean finish. Solid brew.

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Photo of plaid75
3.77/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured a medium brass hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was Goid retention and lacing.

The smell featured subtle herbal and piney hops and a clean grainy malt.

The taste was likewise clean with a crisp pale malt and spicy piney hop.

The mouthfeel was typical of the style.

Overall a serviceable IPA.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.72/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the source.
Pours a cloudy deep golden color with a smallish off white head that displays moderate retention and lace. Smell is resinous and bitter with bits of citrus and pine. Flavor is a bit harsh in its bitterness but my palette adjusts quickly. Pine resin and citrus flavors with faint bready malt. Medium body and carbonation level with a slick resinous mouthfeel. This is a decent old school style IPA. Nothing objectionable, it just feels like a harpoon IPA after you've been drinking nugget nectar all day.

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Photo of tobelerone
3.48/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A cloudy amber beer with a smallish head that falls fairly quickly but leaves pretty decent lacing. The appearance of the beer seems to be a strong suit of this brewpub in general.

Aroma is hoppy with caramel malt in there too. Vaguely herbal, floral, and oniony notes. A little citrus. Smells nice enough if not outstanding.

A decent balanced taste that’s perhaps a bit more traditional than what we’re used to seeing these days…far, far from the big explosive hop bombs and hugely fragrant west coast IPA’s all over the place now. Very balanced between the malt and the hops, with a modest bitterness and a trace of that onion flavor..simcoe?

As with most of the VPB beers I found the mouthfeel to be a bit lacking, with not enough carbonation for the style, leaving this beer feeling a little lifeless. The finish lingered a bit, with a bitter aftertaste that wasn’t all that nice.

A so-so, ultimately forgettable IPA, at least for my taste buds.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.7/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at their brewery

Poured a copper color with a small, fizzy head. Lots of hops in the aroma, floral, leafy, and slightly citrusy. Mainly hops in the taste, as would be imagined, following the notes observed in the aroma. Some subdued grains in the background, but the hops are clearly in charge. Light-medium mouthfeel. Not the best IPA you'll ever have, but still pretty good.

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Photo of ffejherb
3.38/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Vermont Pub & Brewery on 6/12/11.

A - Cloudy, toasty caramel-colored body with a thin, off-white foam cap on top that reduced to a patchy veil and splashes of lace allover the edges of the glass.

S - Aroma isn't too heavy on the hops, unfortunately. I get some burnt caramel malt and grainy notes, but very little in the hop department, save for some light floral tones.

T - Malt-forward flavor as well, I'm afraid. Some floral and earthy hop notes are present, but are mild in comparison to the caramel and toffee sweetness as well as the bready and grainy malt components.

M - Medium bodied with light carbonation and a hint of dryness on the palate. However, there is not much lingering bitterness overall.

D - Average IPA compared to others I have sampled. This one is a bit too malt-forward for my tastes and it unfortunately lacked enough hop aroma to really grab my attention.

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Photo of sholland119
3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewpub on 1/22/11.

A-Pours a rather dark amber with a thin off white head and some spotty lacing.

S-Some earthy hops and a solid malt backbone. A good bit of caramel malt is detectable.

T-Malty sweetness dominates the front. The hops presence is less than the nose would lead you to expect. Really not hoppy for an IPA.

M-Light side of medium, low carbonation.

D-Pleasantly drinkable, if not memorable.


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Photo of Ezone024
3.77/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'd like to start by saying how great of a place the VT pub and brewery is. All types of eclectic people just hanging out to do one thing... Have a good time and drink fresh good tasting brews. i got stuck on this IPA.

it pours a very clear deep amber color and has a thin head. smells of earthy citrus, and has a complex bitter/ floral nose.

not as bitter and floral as most ipa's in taste however, the taste was more light bodied and citrus for easy drinkability, the mouthfeel of this beer was extremely pleasant. it had a clear refreshing body going down the throat and just a little bit of bite on the tongue.

Burlington is certainly worthy of being noted as one of the best beer towns in the U.S

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Photo of Billolick
3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

on tap at the brewery, arrived with a fairly minor light tan head, muddy medium brownish amber, a few sips reveals nice looking window paines of lace. Mild leafy hop nose. Easy drinking IPA, respectable hop presence, but not ever reaching above a Brit. style level. Magnum, Simcoe and cascades advertized here, but the hops seemed a tad muted to call this one an AIPA. Perhaps "Vermont style", but not close to a freshy SD style IPA. Eh, worth a try but nothing special going on here.

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Photo of kingcrowing
3.8/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap, poured into a pint glass.

Pours a deep amber with almost no head at all. Has a nice bitter nose with some solid earthy/floral notes.

Taste is bitter, but at 77IBUs it's not too over the top but still has a good complexity to it. Mouthfeel is a bit watery and the only place this is really lacking but it's still a pretty easy drinker.

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

Had a couple of these after Session 2 of the VBF. A decent, middle of the road IPA. Should have had more of these and skipped dinner. Served in a pint glass the beer was a hazy gold color with a small head that nevertheless left some spotty lacing. It had a citrus aroma and a grapefruit taste. Malt also in the taste, pretty balanced beer. Enjoyed it.

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Photo of indiapaleale
3.6/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy looking gold with about an inch of white head. Not a bad looking pour.

Smells aromatic and floral. Not a lot of strong fresh hops but rather a subtle citrus aroma along with some cotton candy.

Taste is a nice balance of bitter citrus hop and sweet malt. Nothing too crazy, but a solid IPA nonetheless. I like this beer as its not overly carbonated and quite easy drinking.

Very true to style and definitely worth a shot OR two.

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Photo of rhinos00
3.45/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass at Vermont Pub & Brewery.

A- Golden yellow with a finger sized white head.

S- Wonderful aroma of piney hops and citrus fruits.

T- Big let down as compared to the aroma. There seemed to be something missing. Very simple with not much flavor, just a watered down bitterness.

M- Medium to light bodied with some carbonation.

D- Would have been very drinkable if the taste followed the nose. Still a decent IPA.

Overall, highly disappointed in this beer. After taking a few whiffs, I thought I was in for a solid treat. However, this did not happen. The beer just seemed to be lacking some key ingredients and just fell short.

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Photo of thekevlarkid
3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Recommended by my good mate PJ, thanks kat! Nice golden color on this brew with a thin white head that left some decent lacing behind it. Aromas of citrus and some piney hops but surprisingly subtle for a dry hopped brew. Flavors was a big bitter hoppiness, citrus with some malt character upon which it's all built. Nice! Medium light body and lighter carbonation leaves it feeling just a little light to me but generally above average for this pub and for the style. A little more malt balance would have helped.

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Photo of Deuane
3.78/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Made with Cascade, Simcoe, Horizon and Magnum hops. In addition this was dry-hopped as well.

A-Golden copper with a thin white head.

S- Decent floral / citrus aroma. A bit disappointing since this was dry hopped.

T-Hop forward with a pleasant floral citrus taste. A bit unbalanced but that is ok with me.

M-Medium-light body, in fact this comes off as a bit thin. Really the only disappointing feature about this brew.

D-Good, a decent hopforward dry-hopped IPA. Not the best I have had but for now it will do.

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Photo of Bierman9
4.18/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Stopped by the VPB last Saturday (19APR08) for some lunch with Alewife. Grabbed a pint of Bombay Grab at the bar while waiting for our table outside, on a gorgeous, sunny, 75F day...

This IPA was a clear, deep-golden hued refresher, with a thin, fine white head, which left decent lacing behind. Aroma leaned to the lighter side, with a bit of bready-ness and a double bit of citrus present. Mouthfeel was a quite acceptable medium, with a welcome smoothness down the hatch.

Flavor was a solid heap of Cascade citrus built upon some light, bready-malt sweetness. The Magnums present lend a bittering bite at the end, which hit the spot. A tasty brew, which went down easily. Reminded me a bit of Smutty Finest Kind. Oh, and listed here as an English IPA? No way, not with those west-coast hops...


look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | drink: 4.5


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Photo of Brad007
2.9/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I've had this beer several times in the past but never reviewed it until now.

Apperance- Light copper in color with some foam.

Smell- Light, piney scent that doesn't overpower.

Taste- Hop flavor is detectable though astringency lurks in the taste. Nice hop bite but too many other conflicting flavors.

Mouthfeel - Leaves a bitter aftertaste on the tongue with some dryness but not much.

Drinkability- Mildly drinkable. It's perfect for a hophead but not recommended for general drinking.

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Photo of scarletfire79
3.62/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured a beautiful golden orange. you can definitly pick up a solid grapefruit aroma in the nose. nice and hoppy, almost lip smacking. the hop kick is decent enough but the flavor is a little too mellow for the style in my liking. i guess it's just kind of weak and watery. decent enough but not something i'd order again.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
2.18/5  rDev -40.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Vermont Pub- Bombay Grab IPA

Appearance- Yellow with no head.
Smell- Light floral perfume. Very faint rose, pine, and grapefruit tones.
Taste- Very weak, very light grapefruit, tangerine flavor. More sugar than hop flavor.
Mouthfeel- Watery with sugar and little hop dryness or bitterness. Bland!

Overall- The biggest let down beer at the VT pub! Don't bother with it!

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Photo of Dewey0603
3.97/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pours a cloudy orange yellow with a nice tan head. The smell is a very strong citrus and pine hop aroma. The taste is also very hoppy with a citrus grapefruit and pine flavor. The m/f is light ,but a little watery,OK,but not perfect. This is a classic English IPA and I will go to the Vermont Pub to quaff a few of these again soon.

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