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Imperial IPA - Boundary Bay Brewery & Bistro

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Imperial IPAImperial IPA

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62 Ratings
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Ratings: 62
Reviews: 27
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 9.5%
Wants: 26
Gots: 3 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Boundary Bay Brewery & Bistro visit their website
Washington, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: RoyalT on 01-14-2005)
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Reviews by BuckeyeNation:
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5/5  rDev +18.8%

A spectacular shade of lightly foggy tawny suffused with softly glowing coral. Boundary Bay DIPA looks like the beer equivalent of the best tropical sunset imaginable. The head is amazing as well. It's orange-influenced pale caramel in color and is as creamythick as they come. The rough-hewn surface rose over the edge of the glass on the pour and is, even now, barely below that level. The edges are higher than the center since they're clinging for all they're worth to the thick sheets of lace being deposited on the inner surface of the glass. I usually hesitate before awarding the highest score for appearance. No hesitation here.

This is, without question, one of the best aromas of any kind to ever enter my nostrils and seep into my brain. Possibly *the* best. Ever. Each deep inhale brings a megaton explosion of insanely sweet, fruity, hoppy goodness that simply cannot be improved upon. Raunchy, resinous, pungent, aggressively hoppy, grapefruity, orangey, tropical, sprucy. Mere words are inadequate to truly convey the amazing nose on the beer before me. I'll stop trying. The Best. Ever.

Wow. Just... wow. I've used this description before, but this is an IPA lover's DIPA. It isn't so much a separate style as it is an IPA on steroids; as if the proportions of malt and hops were kept intact, but the actual amount of each was tripled (at least). There's a huge maltiness to this beer that provides a stickysweet base as big as an aircraft carrier. My initial pour got a little out of hand and every time I grab the glass, there's a sticky residue that reminds me just how much malt is on hand (pun intended).

Needless to say, my focus, and the centerpiece of BB DIPA, is on the hop side of the ledger. If the malt is akin to an aircraft carrier... well, I think I'll use the atomic explosion analogy again. Wall to wall to ceiling to floor humulus lupulus. I feel as though several dozen candied hop cones are going off in my mouth like M-80's every time I drink. Ka-POW! Hell's bells boys, light the fuses again!

The flavor is a glorious mixture of sugared white grapefruit peel, sweet orange liqueur and sticky pine sap. Only better. The finish is interminably long with slowly diminishing echoes of pure hoppy pleasure. Frankly, I'm running out of adjectives for 'fu**ing great'. What to say about the body? How about full, thick, syrupy, lush, velvety? Inadequate adjectives, each and every one. The mouthfeel is hedonistic and easily keeps pace with the appearance, smell and taste. Damn the torpedoes, the 5.0s are coming fast and furious.

I haven't had this much difficulty reviewing a beer in quite some time. I usually zip through in nothing flat and enjoy the final few swallows of the bottle as I proofread. Boundary Bay DIPA though has tested me in ways that I didn't expect. I've struggled to come up with the words to describe the pleasure that this beer brought me (or rather, is bringing me; this is a growler after all and I have a long, delicious way to go).

I've wondered whether I'd ever give straight perfect scores, but I needn't wonder any longer (I always thought that it'd be an IPA though). At this moment in time, I simply cannot imagine a better beer than that which I have been sipping and shaking my head in wonderment at for the past 45 minutes. I owe a huge debt of gratitude to the inestimable RoyalT for sending 'heaven in a growler' my way.

04-28-2005 00:11:48 | More by BuckeyeNation
More User Reviews:
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4.63/5  rDev +10%

Appearance – This one is a deep brown in color with just a hint of orange. The head came up full and fluffy and laid on top of the liquid like a soft down-filled pillow. It was very retentive and laced the heck out of my pint glass. Kudos to Corey for the excellent pour.

Smell – The complex hops roar out of the glass like a line of horses at the starting gate of Churchill Downs. The big pine bolts to the lead and sets the pace. It is very clean and distinctive. The malts run very hard around the first turn but can’t catch the leader on the back stretch.

Taste – The big, resiny hops seem to just drip from the glass. They just ooze into the mouth like a syrupy sludge. This hop monster would give The Chunks a run for its money.

The malts are actually big here as well, but they are just drowned out by the hops. This beer would be too malty with just about any other hop profile.

Mouthfeel – This IPA is almost full in the body and is painfully dry and bitter. Drinking this ale almost hurts.

Drinkability – This one strives for balance but there’s just no way to pull it off with such a huge hop profile. This is so over-the-top it’s not even funny. Man, if you need a hop fix this is your poison. Me, I just f***in’ loved it.

Comments – This is quite possibly the hoppiest beer I’ve had to date, and living in the PacNW that’s saying a lot. This beer is just relentless. I had it two hours ago and I can still taste it. The Chunks may win out in the end, certainly it is more floral, but this thing is a mouthfull of bitter, bone dry, palate crushing hops.

01-14-2005 04:14:01 | More by RoyalT
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New York

5/5  rDev +18.8%

12-14-2011 19:48:40 | More by pbsmooth
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4.25/5  rDev +1%

04-23-2013 02:43:08 | More by SanFranJake
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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

02-26-2012 01:25:13 | More by NWer
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4/5  rDev -5%

02-16-2014 03:03:26 | More by Lazaro
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New York

3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

06-05-2012 01:35:23 | More by mjtiernan
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4/5  rDev -5%

03-24-2013 02:44:30 | More by boatshoes
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4.25/5  rDev +1%

A: Poured a slightly hazy orange/ruby color with a small off-white head on top. Decent retention with thin lacing down the sides.

S: Nice citrus aroma, with some deeper tropical fruit as it warms. A bit of pineapple and grapefruit. Slightly sweet with a bit of caramel.

T: Similar to the aroma, some tropical fruit, grapefruit, pineapple, a bit of orange mixed with some malty sweetness, a surprising amount.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

O: A nice DIPA, was hoping for just a bit more out of it, but would certainly drink it again.

03-05-2013 23:37:23 | More by mdaschaf
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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

on-tap, Brouwers Hopfest

appearance: 12oz pour, unbranded snifter, bright orange-amber body, white fluff head, sticky lace

smell: lovely bouquet of hops - orange, ruby red grapefruit, pine caramel-y booze

taste: I had wanted to try this for a while - it always seems to elude me. Potent and full-flavored, oily hop resin, bold grapefruit, cascadian pine, sticky caramel. Great stuff - now where are the damn bottles hiding?

mouthfeel: big, high profile west coast ipa

overall: a definite winner of hopfest

09-29-2012 03:08:14 | More by dirtylou
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4/5  rDev -5%

03-25-2013 22:47:52 | More by FalconA
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4/5  rDev -5%

01-18-2012 05:40:13 | More by ggodzik
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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

04-06-2012 23:16:02 | More by Kevlee722
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British Columbia (Canada)

4/5  rDev -5%

10-06-2013 05:37:34 | More by Boozecamel
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British Columbia (Canada)

3.98/5  rDev -5.5%

Appearance. Pours bright orange-amber withj almost a finger of off white head that leaves some sexy lacing.

Smell. Sweet caramel malt, dank skunk nugs, oranges, pineapple and grapefruit.

Taste. Sweet oranges, pineapple, grapefruit and plenty of caramel malts.

Mouthfeel. Medium-full body, medium-low carbonation. A little sticky.

Overall. Very nicely balanced big west coast ipa. Yum!

07-14-2012 19:02:10 | More by Rutager
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4.23/5  rDev +0.5%

Poured into a Black Raven pint glass. Pours a medium coppery amber with a two finger off-white head with good retention and lacing. Aroma of pine and slightly skunky hops, light caramel malt and citrus, somewhat subdued. Flavor follows, but more assertive, fresh tasting pine and citrus hops well melded to a caramel malt body, pleasant citrus notes. Finishes with citrus and long lasting pine and herbal hops bitterness. Medium bodied with some creaminess. A classic, well made Northwest style IPA, great balance and complexity to the hops. Really glad to have finally snagged a bottle of this, which usually doesn't get too far from its home in Bellingham.

03-25-2013 02:54:48 | More by LiquidAmber
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3.6/5  rDev -14.5%

I had this beer fresh, and on tap at Boundary Bay in Bellingham, WA/ It poured dark amber and hazy. No head. Strong aroma of citrus and toffee. Big grapefruit profile in the nose. You can smell the alcohol. Taste is grapefruit up front, some toffee and sherry. Lots of heat. Slick mouth feel. This reminds me a little of Devil Dancer from Founders. This is a better beer with superior mouth feel, and a decent drinkability, but it is still a bit muddled like Devil Dancer. I prefer my IIPAs to have a more pronounced hop profile.

01-15-2006 20:52:34 | More by carln26
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3.25/5  rDev -22.8%

05-02-2013 03:02:34 | More by Ribsandwhiskey
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3.5/5  rDev -16.9%

05-26-2013 05:31:04 | More by sukwonee
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4/5  rDev -5%

04-17-2014 05:50:18 | More by Braz
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Ontario (Canada)

4.2/5  rDev -0.2%

Viggo was nice enough to share this one. thanks eric!

22oz bottle. sampled march 21/08.

pours hazy+chunky orangey amber with a small dense yellow head. the head drops slowly and leaves lots of lace behind.

aroma is good. biscuit malt. bit of bread+cracker. grapefruit and orange. powdery hops. light alcohol. touch of pine.

taste is good. medium-high bitterness level. grapefruit and tangerine. bread and biscuit malt. bit of pine. slightly powdery hops. bit of alcohol. touch of honey sweetness. bit of caramel too.

mouthfeel is good. medium-low carbonation level works well. medium body with the hops giving it a fairly drying finish.

drinkability is good. the alcohol is hidden well and the hop bitterness is balanced nicely too. the chunky hazy appearance throws you off, but it makes up for it.

03-21-2008 23:16:05 | More by grub
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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

01-14-2013 00:28:08 | More by CanisMajor
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4.25/5  rDev +1%

04-14-2014 20:21:56 | More by 510a
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4.25/5  rDev +1%

07-29-2014 22:21:08 | More by slavall
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4.47/5  rDev +6.2%

This beer just screams the NW. While IPA's on the East Coast are getting better and better all the time, so far I've not tasted anything there like this.

This IPA is a lovely orange/amber color, with great head retention and decent lacing. One whiff of this bad boy and you're completely blown away. Huge aroma's of pine and citrus from the hops start off the experience. On the palate this beer is incredibly complex and fruity. The hops literally blast the palate, with oily hoppiness throughout. I love DIPA, but have to confess I'd have a hard time drinking more then one of these. The hoppiness lingers in your mouth many minutes after finishing it up, ruining your palate for pretty much anything else.

This beer would make a bud drinkers head explode (not necessarily a bad thing). Fantastic IPA.

03-20-2007 14:47:48 | More by John_M
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Imperial IPA from Boundary Bay Brewery & Bistro
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