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ESB - Boundary Bay Brewery & Bistro

Not Rated.

Educational use only; do not reuse.
very good

36 Ratings

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Ratings: 36
Reviews: 17
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 11.72%
Wants: 2
Gots: 2 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Boundary Bay Brewery & Bistro visit their website
Washington, United States

Style | ABV
Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB) |  ABV ?

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: PatandDavid on 02-28-2004

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Photo of RenzoD
3.72/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pretty good ESB. Amber color. Very weak head, quickly dissipates. Somewhat of a red flag.

Taste is malty upfront with a back end finish of bitterness. Very well balanced IMO.
Mouthfeel left something to be desired. Sort of flat. Could use a bit more carbonation.
Overall a decent brew that I would gladly have again.

Photo of Erik-P
4/5  rDev +4.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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2.5/5  rDev -34.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of jellikit
3.87/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Orange. Mostly clear. Slight haze. Medium head. Thin, persistent lacing.
S: Slight floral. Small citrus. Mellow. Almos non detectable.
T: light grain. A little bread note. Medium hop bitterness at end. Small pine hints with the bittering hops.
M: medium carbonation. Nice, medium body.
O: Classic example of an ESB. Nothing stands out as deviating from the style. Easy drinking. Not too bitter. Just right.

Photo of BillRoth
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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3/5  rDev -21.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

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5/5  rDev +30.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of canucklehead
3.97/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this at the Brewery after a long hot drive up from Portland and at first I was thinking that a cask ale was the wrong choice as I wanted cold and crisp. As soon as my brain got to grips with the style and method I began to enjoy the soft hops on the nose and the lack of carbonation from the cask. Not the best ESB but one that makes the grade. The hops seemed like an English/PNW mix but the cask mellowed out the finish while bringing up the floral notes. Went well with food and as it warmed the beer got better.

Photo of davidbowers13
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber served into a pint glass. Thanks to stx00lax for allowing me to sample this.

A - Poured a hazy golden brown with an ample amount of white head approximately 3 fingers tall.

S - Good hop aroma with citrus notes and a little malt.

T/M - Light to medium body. Finished with a nice hop bitterness but comprised of a good malt backbone.

O - Very easy drinking and enjoyable beer. Not mind blowing, but refreshing for a warm summer afternoon.

Photo of Rifugium
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at the Boundary Bay Brewery & Bistro
Served in a sampler glass...as part of my unsuccessful Seattle-to-Vancouver journey.

Nice, standard ESB. Pours amber/brown with a moderate head. no distinctive aroma. Light, malty taste with some grassy bitterness that wasn't too strong. Medium mouthfeel and easily drinkable.

Photo of beertunes
3.25/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I drink a lot of this beer, it's generally my go-to (excepting seasonals) when I go to the brewery, which is at least a couple times a week. With that said the numbers on my review are lower than what my opinion of the beer is, because this is more like a Pale Ale than an ESB. Keep that viewpoint in mind while reading my review.

Served in straight pint glass. Poured a medium gold color, much lighter than I expect for the style, with a thin cap of white head that had little retention or lacing. The aroma is very hoppy for the style, not much malt or sweetness in the nose. The taste is not that of a traditional ESB, but rather that of an "IPA Light", very hop forward with just a bit of malt in the background.

The body on this brew is very good, full and tongue coating, while only being slightly sticky from hops, not from malt. Obviously I find this brew to be very drinkable. On multiple occasions I've had several pints of this at the bar, and then filled a growler to take home, it's that drinkable.

Overall, I'm a big fan of this brew and I think you should try it as soon as possible. I just keep hoping that some day they'll add some darker malts and a touch of sweetness to this beer. Then the numbers would match my true feelings.

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ESB from Boundary Bay Brewery & Bistro
86 out of 100 based on 36 ratings.