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Back Bay IPA - Boston Beer Works - Canal Street

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Back Bay IPABack Bay IPA

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BA SCORE
85
very good

183 Ratings
THE BROS
98
world-class

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Ratings: 183
Reviews: 72
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 14.51%
Wants: 9
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Boston Beer Works - Canal Street visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-04-1998)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Reviews by IBUnit63:
Photo of IBUnit63
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap @ BBW (Garden) - into pint glass.

Solid head with very good lacing.

Very nice floral hops aroma with some malty texture.

Well-balanced taste with decent amount of both hops and malt; alcohol is there but not center stage.

Feels a little chewy on the mouth - slightly heavy but not overpowering.

More of a traditional IPA than an American style IPA but good for a session offering. Solid effort.

IBUnit63, Feb 22, 2008
More User Reviews:
Photo of ddean
3.25/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Had on-tap at the Boston Beer Works, Logan Airport.

A pleasant, clear, orange/amber brew with very little foam but high retention. Get a little straw/grassy hops at the beginning of each whiff, but not strong enough for my nose. Taste is a dry IPA. Not bad, just not exciting or intriguing in any way. Smooth with no strong aftertaste, so it is certainly drinkable. I just don't think it's has a memorable taste, and I agree with argock that it doesn't leave that sticky coating in your mouth that many good IPAs do. If you like big, complex beers like I do, take or leave it, but I'm thinking if you like Anchor Steam Pale Ale or their IPA, this is a good beer for you.

ddean, Nov 23, 2010
Photo of ExtraStout
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The pour produced a clean, clear, medium copper-colored bier, with a creamy, albeit short, head. The foam was white, with a fine bead, and left nice lacework.
Aroma was a full, fairly strong whiff of Cascades (or a reasonable facsimile thereof!).
Body was a respectable medium, and the "feel" was just a bit prickly on the tongue. Nothing to make it less than "good", though.
Flavor started with a mild maltiness, slightly toasty, just enough to keep things honest. Then the flavor went into hop overdrive, with a great grapefruity hop essence. The hop flavor really sticks in the throat, giving a super, longlasting rich aftertaste!
A tasty rendition of an IPA. One to savor and enjoy!

ExtraStout, Oct 10, 2010
Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.33/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Cask Conditioned served at about 60*F.

Appearance: Tawny copperish golden with some haze. Head is an off white creamy looking lace.

Smell: Esters, fruit and a slight bourbon aroma hit the nose. A citrus hop is also evident.

Taste: Rich smooth malt, with almost some honey qualities in the sweetness, then the sumptuous rind citrus hop flavours make an appearance. The after taste is of more hop and a pronounced bourbon whiskey flavour.

Notes: Very complex and Oh so good! This IPA comes from the same batch as the IPA on tap but when conditioned for 7-10 days bourbon chip are added for a twist.

BeerAdvocate, Sep 04, 1998
Photo of lordofthewiens
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice middle of the road IPA. Hazy amber color, thick white head. Decent amount of lacing. Mostly citrus aroma, although there was also a sweet, floral hint. More of a grapefruit taste than anything else. Probably a bit of pine. Could not appreciate much malt. Mouthfeel was mostly the hops. Pretty good beer.

lordofthewiens, Jul 09, 2009
Photo of Doomcifer
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Doomcifer, Aug 10, 2014
Photo of Jason
4.53/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Voluptuous mouth feel with in a medium body, huge grapefruit hop presence that throws faint piney and citric flavours all over the place. Juicy mild of more hops and a touch of toasty caramel malt flavour. This is a down right kick ass IPA and one I’ll always go back to.

Jason, Jun 05, 2002
Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear, with a burnt amber appearance. Thin, yet clingy white head. Nice mixture of hop styles in the nose: citrus/grassy/grapefuit. Flavor seemed more like an ESB to me initially. Buildup of caramel flavor in the middle reduces the brashness to a respectable level. Finish is crisp and dry with a long-lasting bitterness on the palate. A solid AIPA that I'd have no problems returning to when in Beantown.

OldFrothingSlosh, Nov 12, 2004
Photo of WeymouthMike
4.68/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on cask at the Canal St location. I started off with one on draught before moving on to the cask.The difference between the two is amazing, the cask is super smooth with a creamy texture and more cloudy an head to match. The taste is less bitter and the creaminess comes through on the palate. Beerworks has always been a favorite visit for me as they have plenty of seating, good food, better than average beer, and good service and one of the most important factors for me which is family friendly as getting out without the kids is very rare.

WeymouthMike, Mar 07, 2007
Photo of Guess2814
4.28/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I had this beer on tap... This beer was fresh as heck.. Nice powerful hoppy taste with a nice hoppy smell.. I've been to a few beer works in Mass,. I must say the Back Bay IPA stood out.. Great beer....cheers to this beer...next time I go back I will certainly grab this one right away

Guess2814, Apr 25, 2014
Photo of heather625
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

heather625, Jul 21, 2013
Photo of mdaschaf
3.23/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Review from notes. Had on tap at BBW at Fenway.

A: The beer was a clear light copper/amber color with a ene finger, slightly off-white color, with decent retention and minimal lacing.

S: Rather floral and grassy with some citrus mixed in. A little bit of light grainy malt and some caramel malt round it out.

T: There is a nice citrus flavor up front with some lemon and a bit of grapefruit leading to a little bit of caramel malt, slightly doughy too. Has a slightly bitter finish.

M: Maybe a touch thin, it does not have a sticky/dry finish that I get out of most IPAs. Moderate carbonation.

O: A decent IPA, would have liked it a bit bolder. Look forward to going back and sampling some of the other offerings at BBW.

mdaschaf, Aug 05, 2011
Photo of jmz62565
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden orange with a large white foamy head. The smell is mild hops,not too overpowering, citrus fruit. The taste is like an English IPA,more mild than your typical American version,but very good, Creamy citrus flavors dominate this beer making this a must try. The m/f is light with all flavors mixing well making this a session/like IPA.

jmz62565, May 19, 2007
Photo of BennyL1
3.93/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Back Bay IPA pours a nice copper color with a small white head. Very nice lacing is left along the glass as the beer is enjoyed.

S - Smell is mostly made up if the citrus and pine aromas you would expect from an IPA. A bit of the malt backbone is also noticeable in the nose.

T - The hops up front make for a really nice flavor. The malt balances it out very nice. Crisp finish with a nice hop bitterness.

M - Medium body with carbonation on the lower side. Very smooth throughout.

D - If I had more time I would have ordered another one of these for sure. Really solid offering all around.

BennyL1, Jan 11, 2011
Photo of Roguer
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Roguer, Jun 01, 2014
Photo of pastramionrye7
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

pastramionrye7, Sep 24, 2013
Photo of renaveg
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

renaveg, Mar 25, 2014
Photo of Larrydoherty
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Larrydoherty, Jun 11, 2012
Photo of bewareOFpenguin
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I liked this. Good bite, plenty of hops to earn it it's "IPA" name. Very little malt taste. This beer probably went the best with the food, complimenting every thing I ate. Not overly carbonated, not complex, down to earth. A good beer to drink all night.

bewareOFpenguin, May 19, 2003
Photo of Kegatron
2.75/5  rDev -27.4%

Kegatron, Nov 06, 2013
Photo of Denzo
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Denzo, Nov 21, 2013
Photo of GmAn613
3.4/5  rDev -10.3%

GmAn613, Sep 09, 2014
Photo of GFish
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

GFish, Apr 27, 2013
Photo of edchicma
3.63/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice copper appearance with minimal head, but very nice lacing. Smell was mild...citrus hop presence..I wasa expecting more. Taste had a hop presence throughout, with a nice hop finish. Once again, I was expecting more. Defintely not Hop Devil! Mouthfeel was light and slighlty dry..very pleasant. Drinkability is a bove average...it was very smooth and slightly dry. A good IPA, but there are better.

edchicma, May 11, 2005
Photo of Kmlund
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Kmlund, Mar 11, 2014
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Back Bay IPA from Boston Beer Works - Canal Street
85 out of 100 based on 183 ratings.