Imperial IPA - Boundary Bay Brewery & Bistro
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Reviews by dirtylou:
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
More User Reviews:
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 cant 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 theres just no way to pull it off with such a huge hop profile. This is so over-the-top its 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 Ive had to date, and living in the PacNW thats 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
4.43/5 rDev +5.2%
I had heard that this was a brewery only release, but my local shop ended up getting some. Excited, but I wasn't expecting much after trying the IPA.
A - Pours a cloudy, dirty orange with a small fizzy tan head that fades pretty quickly.
S - Citrus, pineapple and mango. Really nice.
T - Citrus pineapple up-front with a bitter pine finish.
D - Good carbonation and a chunky body.
O - I like the citrus and pine mix, they hit you in stages. This one is a winner.
04-07-2012 04:25:07 | More by HuskyinPDX
Imperial IPA from Boundary Bay Brewery & Bistro
92 out of 100 based on 62 ratings.