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Back Bay IPA - Boston Beer Works - Canal Street

Not Rated.
Back Bay IPABack Bay IPA

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BA SCORE
85
very good

167 Ratings
THE BROS
98
world-class

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Ratings: 167
Reviews: 71
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 14.51%
Wants: 7
Gots: 7 | 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)
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Reviews by cheapxceptbeer:
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cheapxceptbeer

Massachusetts

4.22/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this wonderful beer on site at fenway, my only problem with this beer is that they share the fridge space with the light beers so it was a bit cold, the beer got noticeably better as it warmed up.

A- Came up with a good head, not great due to the temperature of the brew, nice lacing throughout, and a nice copper color.

S- Very fruity and bitter, smells like grapefruit, this is my first grapefruit smelling beer, and as many of the top rate ipa's are said to have this quality I was intrigued by how it might taste.

T- This is a delicious ipa, the bittersweet grapefruit followed by the caramel malt was a delicious balancing act that ended with grapefruit winning, and by a steady margin. I really enjoyed this flavor and I am sorry for coming in here looking for the strongest ale on tap, this is their best beer and I want it on cask next time.

M- The body is medium, solid mouthfeel, high carbonation which is to be expected as most of the people that come here are looking for a bmc replacement (Red Sox fans), as I noticed that everyone was drinking that horrible blueberry swill.

D- As I was near completion I decided to go somewhere else with my drinking as this got to be a bit of a lingerer in terms of bitterness. Delicious beer but a pint or two would be enough for me, if it were on cask it would probably be more sessionable.

Serving type: on-tap
@ Boston Beer Works - Fenway, 61 Brookline Avenue, Boston

04-09-2009 15:43:37 | More by cheapxceptbeer
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Back Bay IPA from Boston Beer Works - Canal Street
85 out of 100 based on 167 ratings.