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ESB - Boundary Bay Brewery & Bistro

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BA SCORE
86
very good

31 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

(view ratings)
Ratings: 31
Reviews: 16
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 11.95%
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: RoyalT on 12-10-2004)
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Jason

Massachusetts

4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap @ Redbones in a 12 oz flute.

Tawny hued, great lacing and a good clarity. Balanced aroma of critric hops and toasted malt. Rich malt backbone meets a mix of citric and herbal hop. Very balanced and very drinkable. A great example of what American craft beer is about.

Serving type: on-tap

11-17-2005 01:33:48 | More by Jason
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Howlader

Alberta (Canada)

2.5/5  rDev -35.1%

07-20-2014 14:59:09 | More by Howlader
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mdaschaf

Washington

3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

05-22-2014 20:49:49 | More by mdaschaf
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jellikit

Washington

3.89/5  rDev +1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-20-2014 03:11:17 | More by jellikit
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BillRoth

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

03-02-2014 21:42:09 | More by BillRoth
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Lazaro

Florida

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

02-16-2014 03:01:44 | More by Lazaro
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Gaffattack

Washington

3/5  rDev -22.1%

01-02-2014 03:18:10 | More by Gaffattack
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Kopfschuss

Oregon

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

10-07-2013 05:17:24 | More by Kopfschuss
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djre4orm

Virginia

4/5  rDev +3.9%

06-13-2013 19:25:01 | More by djre4orm
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Sokool

Washington

3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

05-25-2013 15:50:47 | More by Sokool
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sloelco

California

4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

12-26-2012 00:10:27 | More by sloelco
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KMcG

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

11-12-2012 02:47:12 | More by KMcG
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adkieffer

Washington

4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

10-05-2012 22:31:40 | More by adkieffer
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Shawkabukoo


5/5  rDev +29.9%

08-13-2012 05:48:38 | More by Shawkabukoo
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JimManybears

British Columbia (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

03-29-2012 02:11:53 | More by JimManybears
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beefandbean22

Washington

4/5  rDev +3.9%

11-23-2011 19:32:44 | More by beefandbean22
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twelveinches

Washington

4/5  rDev +3.9%

11-23-2011 07:03:50 | More by twelveinches
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canucklehead

British Columbia (Canada)

3.98/5  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.

Serving type: cask

06-09-2011 16:40:23 | More by canucklehead
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davidbowers13

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2011 02:20:51 | More by davidbowers13
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-29-2011 03:30:07 | More by Rifugium
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beertunes

Washington

3.25/5  rDev -15.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-19-2010 11:07:00 | More by beertunes
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RedDiamond

Oregon

3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The Best Bitter is actually more amber than BB's Amber Ale. It's quasi-orange and came with a firm, soapy head, a gentle malt aroma and the minimal carbonation associated with the style. The bittering was bland and muted with grassy hop character and some lemon-citric qualities accenting a dry finish.

A nice ale with a chewy body, but it's neither traditional nor the best in Boundary Bay's lineup.

Serving type: on-tap

11-09-2009 04:56:51 | More by RedDiamond
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ccrida

Oregon

4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the 4th Ave Alehouse in Olympia, Boundary Bay's ESB is a chill hazed burnt orange with a tight, white sand head with long last leaving heavy, creamy lace.

Smell has light fruity esters accentuated by some sweet malt.

Taste is nice and malty, a bit on the sweet side though, some leafy hops on the finish. Not to bad, the hops in particularly linger on the long, bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is pretty creamy, medium light bodied.

Drinkability is pretty good, maybe a bit to leafy for the malt backbone, which is on the thinner side. Definitely has a brittish vibe, although clearly from the PNW, not the UK.

Serving type: on-tap

08-12-2009 19:59:22 | More by ccrida
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brentk56

North Carolina

4.43/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Arrives with a cloudy copper color and a compact head that nevertheless leaves webs of lacing

Smell: Earthy, but floral, with a caramel base

Taste: A bit of caramel up front, followed by earthy and floral hop flavors, with a growing bitterness detected by mid-palate; lots of bitter flavor after the swallow the lingers well into the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Medium body and moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Although there is a lot of English character to this brew, it has a floral hop tinge that is clearly NW in origin; well-balanced and tasty

Serving type: on-tap

03-21-2009 01:41:21 | More by brentk56
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allergictomacros

Ontario (Canada)

3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Hazy tea-color with a moderate head.

S - Slightly gingery, with lemon, light funk and a light malty touch.

T - Fruit, somewhat spicy, and a surprising bitter lemony hop.

M - Lightish in body and slightly soft texture.

D - An OK, sessionable, but not terribly exciting brew.

Serving type: on-tap

05-19-2008 04:58:54 | More by allergictomacros
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ESB from Boundary Bay Brewery & Bistro
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