Imperial IPA - Boundary Bay Brewery & Bistro

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Imperial IPAImperial IPA

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68 Ratings
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Ratings: 68
Reviews: 27
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 9.05%
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

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(Beer added by: RoyalT on 01-14-2005)
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Reviews by dirtylou:
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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

More User Reviews:
Photo of RoyalT
4.63/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

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5/5  rDev +19%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of mdaschaf
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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.

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of Rutager
3.98/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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!

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.23/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of carln26
3.6/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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3.25/5  rDev -22.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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4.3/5  rDev +2.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of John_M
4.47/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Imperial IPA from Boundary Bay Brewery & Bistro
92 out of 100 based on 68 ratings.