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Boundary Bay IPA - Boundary Bay Brewery & Bistro

Boundary Bay IPABoundary Bay IPA

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very good

91 Ratings
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Ratings: 91
Reviews: 29
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 10.85%

Brewed by:
Boundary Bay Brewery & Bistro visit their website
Washington, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: DaftCaskBC on 06-26-2011)
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Photo of BucannonXC5


3.29/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Type: 16-oz. bottle
Glass: Pint glass
From: MacKenzie River Pizza in Spokane, Wash.
Price: $3.50 (Happy Hour)
Purchased: March 21, 2014
Consumed: March 21, 2014
Misc.: N/A

Poured a dark orange, murky color with one finger of white head when I got it. Below average lacing on the sides of the glass. Average-to-below average retention on the top.

Smelled Smarties candy, floral hops, light grapefruit, citrus hops, lemon juice and rubbing alcohol. Really hard to find though.

Tasted candied floral hips, light bitter grapefruit, booziness, rubbing alcohol, citrus hips and buttery notes.

Medium body. Oily texture. Average-to-lively carbonation. Astringent finish.

Nothing too special. Would not have it again, although this was my second time having it.

Serving type: on-tap

04-07-2014 04:20:05 | More by BucannonXC5
Photo of MattLatuchie


3.81/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Beautiful dark amber color - somewhat dark than I expected, but very pretty. A rich and malty IPA with nice woodsy, spiced aroma. The citrus on the palate melded nicely with some warm spices and a slight caramel maltiness. This is my first taste of Boundary Bay...looking forward to tasting more.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2013 03:23:39 | More by MattLatuchie
Photo of cavedave

New York

3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Big thanks to beertunes for this delicious PNW treat!

Cloudy golden amber with a long lasting beige topper that started huge and kept it together. Super nice lace make a pattern of skeleton arms tattooed on the glass.

Smell is full of a tart yeast, not really Belgian tart, but really prominent above the other aromas, which are orange, orange peel, zippy herbal behind it, framed in some definite pith and sweet.

Yeast less prominent in the sip, but leads a parade of really tasty orange, orange zest, and real deep herbal from the hops kicks in on all fronts to the end there. Could be a bit less dominated by the orange, could be a touch less full of rooty herbal at the end, but all in all a tasty brew, which only comparison with others of higher quality and more complexity that are so widely available makes seem less than ideal.

Nicely viscous, perky carb. maybe a touch overcarbed for style, heavy hitting finish with a lot of resin linger, which, to really nitpick, could be a touch cleaner, but doesn't detract for a refeshing beer that gets even better as it warms.

Really tasty brew, old school with yeast and fruity and spicy herb showing the way. quite enjoyed it. Gawd it's good to be an IPA loving American in 2013!

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2013 04:16:30 | More by cavedave
Photo of artoolemomo


3.6/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Pours up about two fingers worth of head which has little retention. The body is a medium to dark amber which glows a medium amber when held up to the light. The body is translucent. A minimal amount of lacing is left behind.

Nose- A warm, inviting aroma that is a bit subdued. It's mostly citrus with orange being the dominant note. Some hints of melon, maybe peach, maybe a little tropical fruit, and some honey. Lots of peach and melon when I smell from the bottle. A little subtle but still quite nice. Some pineapple. A little bit of spiciness after I swirl the beer.

Taste- A slight woody bitterness is one of the initial notes and continues to spread around the edges of my mouth. Orange, melon, some of the tropical fruit of the nose. Some honey on the finish. Fairly typical for an IPA. The pine and resin bitterness of the finish is pretty pointed but seems pretty fresh. Notes of caramel start to appear- this seems to deviate from most West Coast IPAs. However, the caramel is easy to miss as the finish has a lot of presence. A good IPA but how many of those have I had in my life? Some spiciness on the finish. Notes of grapefruit and pineapple.

Mouthfeel- Light bodied with a little bit of a dry finish. Right amount of carbonation.

Drinkability- Fairly easygoing. Definite bitterness of the finish but nothing that lingers that much. Was a gift so I don't know the price but I would guess about 4-5 bucks.

Overall- Pretty good IPA, no real flaws. Seems to be a combination of a hophead's beer and an East Coast IPA. The malt bill and hops do contrast each other well. True to the style.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2013 01:06:07 | More by artoolemomo
Photo of cvm4


3.69/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours a cloudy amber with a one finger eggshell head.

S - Orange rind, grapefruit, sweet bready malts and light hops.

T - Sweet malts are definitely forward in this one with the hops taking a backseat. There's enough bitter hops to balance out the malts, but it's definitely not a hop bomb. Hops are giving some piney/resin vibes.

M - Low to medium carbonation with a somewhat full body.

O - From my experience, not the typical Northwest IPA. It's good in its own way, but not better then others.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2013 23:18:17 | More by cvm4
Photo of mdaschaf


3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Had on tap at Kates Pub.

A: Pours a slightly hazy amber color with a one finger, off-white head. Nice head retention with thin lacing, rather streaky down the sides.

S: A bit of orange upfront with some orange rind and grapefruit mixed with pine and a little bit of caramel malt.

T: Pretty well balanced, a good bit of orange and orange rind, a good bit of caramel malt in the middle. Has a slightly piney finish.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

O: A solid IPA, looking forward to trying their DIPA.

Serving type: on-tap

02-08-2013 15:44:17 | More by mdaschaf
Photo of Kastler


4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First time having a Boundary Bay brew. Poured from a growler into a tall chilled glass.

Appearance - It has a darker look compared to most IPAs. A tiny bit cloudy, looks almost like honey.

Smell - A great sweet aroma. Almost smells like honey too.

Taste - I really admire the taste of this IPA. Very sweet yet maintaining that nutty English hop taste of IPAs.

Mouthfeel - Pretty typical feel. Wasn't overly carbonated and was pretty low viscosity.

Overall - I really like this beer and plan on trying some more Boundary Bay brews in the near future; especially since I am so close to Bellingham.

Serving type: growler

11-29-2012 03:40:08 | More by Kastler
Photo of RenzoD


3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bought this in a bottle at Rivertooth Beer and Wine in Shelton, Wa at the bottom of the Puget Sound. The guy there told me that it was about as far south as this stuff regularly makes it so if you are looking for a bottle of it that is a good place.

-I loved the appearance of this beer. It was a bit darker than the I.P.A.s I am used to. The difference is good. A darker red color. It looks amazing. The head is so creamy looking that if you looked from above it looks like a root beer float or something. That head dissipates throughout the drink but makes a good lace down the glass throughout the whole session and still has a bit of that creamy top almost until the last drop.

-The smell is beautiful. Probably not much different than most of your hoppy IPA's of the Pacific Northwest, though I would say a bit sweeter of an aroma.

-Concerning taste I have read on other reviews of this beer that it isn't your typical Northwest IPA and I would agree to an extent and also add that that isn't a bad thing. It does have a slightly less hopped up finish with a sweet taste almost of nectar. However, it does have the bitter hops present that we all know and love and overall is incredibly tasty.

-An almost perfect mouth feel for my standards. Not to heavy, not too light, perfect carbonation throughout the entire beer including a bit of foam left from the head remaining until the bottom of the glass but not enough to be too much. Feels like an IPA should IMO.

Overall, I believe it to be a worthy beer. If you are making a decision between a few brews you have not had before then I would say to go ahead with this one. You won't be disappointed. I may not buy this specific brew again but it was my first beer from this brewery and i will definitely not pass up trying more of their beers after trying this one.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2012 14:37:01 | More by RenzoD
Photo of wordemupg

Alberta (Canada)

3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

650ml bomber poured into tulip 7/9/12

A murky brownish orange quite dark for the style, cascading bubbles form a nice two finger dense cream colored foam that retains well leaving a couple partial rings of lace

S burnt brown sugars and sweet malts, soft caramels, with some candied pineapple, citrus and faint pine

T some orange marmalade on top of what I smell with some bready notes and faint booze, more sweet malts then hops with this one, some faint herbal hops as it warms

M fairly thick and a little syrupy, good carbonation and slightly sticky on the lips

O perhaps a little past its prime? the hops have faded I'm guessing but I don't see any bottling date so I'll never know for sure, OK but missing a little kick

still decent beer but I'm guessing it might be an old bottle as the caramels seem too be taking over, easy enough too drink but nothing spectacular

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2012 04:32:30 | More by wordemupg
Photo of jellikit


4.33/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a great IPA for those of you that have not tried it yet. Boundary Bay IPA is definitely well balanced. The hops compliment the malts, and there is a great balance with the ABV. If I remember correctly, it finished 8th in the nation, of over 350 breweries, in last years IPA contest.

Serving type: on-tap

08-22-2012 15:05:37 | More by jellikit
Photo of brentk56

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a hazy amber, with a sturdy head that hangs around and leaves a few dots and dashes behind

Smell: Rather balanced, with the caramel malt providing the backbone and the resinous/piney hops adding bitterness

Taste: The caramel provides the foundation and is nicely complemented by the resinous/piney hops which provide an orange marmalade aspect, as well; not much flavor progression - rather consistent from sip to swallow

Mouthfeel: Rather full bodied for the style, with moderate carbonation

Overall: This beer certainly exceeded my expectations; while it is not a classic Pacific NW IPA, it certainly is a tasty brew

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2012 23:13:22 | More by brentk56
Photo of draheim


3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap into an American pint glass @ Greenlake Bar & Grill, Seattle.

Pours a slightly hazy copper color w/ a white head, adequate lacing.

Aroma is piney and floral hops, a little muted.

Taste is a combination of floral and piney hops, biscuity malt provides just enough backbone to showcase the hops. Nice and bitter on the finish.

Mouthfeel is crisp and clean with a sharp, refreshing finish.

Overall a solid IPA from a good brewery up north.

Serving type: on-tap

08-03-2012 03:25:26 | More by draheim
Photo of BMMillsy


3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Had this one on tap while I was visiting Seattle. Light caramel color with a creamy white head on top. Aroma of light malts, some sweet tropical fruits, a little caramel. Flavor follows with a big bitter punch, grapefruit and pine galore, and not a lot of malt backing in the flavor or body on this one. Would have liked a little more complexity here. Not much sweetness to balance the hop bite, and the finish is a bit harsh. Overall not bad, but I probably won't visit it again.

Serving type: on-tap

05-28-2012 15:49:59 | More by BMMillsy
Photo of LiquidAmber


3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Black Raven pint glass. Pours a medium coppery amber. Nice two finger off-white head with good retention and massive lacing. Aroma of citrus hops and sweet malt. A very mellow flavor profile, well blended citrus hops and sweet caramel malt. Nice citrusy, herbal bitter hops finish. Both the malt and hops are subdued for a West Coast IPA, but the flavors are quite pleasant. A nice medium bodied, almost creamy body. I would have probably been somewhat disappointed by the low key hops and malt individually, but the balance and overall flavor is so pleasant, I really enjoyed this local take on an IPA.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2012 04:17:44 | More by LiquidAmber
Photo of HuskyinPDX


3.18/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22oz bottle poured into a Ping glass.

A - Pours a cloudy brownish-orange with a one finger tan head.

S - Citrus and carmel malts.

T - Orange, carmel-bready malts. The malts really dominate here.

D - Good carbonation, heavy body.

O - IPA? NW Standard? These are the things I heard about this one, and I didn't see it. The style is more English IPA, or East Coast. Very carmel malt dominated.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2012 04:20:53 | More by HuskyinPDX
Photo of CliffBrake

New Hampshire

4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Coreylag for the bottle. Cheers!

Bright copper color with a two finger off-white head. Great retention and lacing.

Bright citrus and herbal aroma with a bit of caramel in the background. Flavor features juicy, orange hops that gives way to a herbal hops and caramel middle and an astringent bitter finish.

Medium to light body, juicy with a good carbonation. Refreshing and easy to drink. A nice example of a west coast IPA.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2012 01:29:00 | More by CliffBrake
Photo of squidtrick


3.23/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Poured an amber orange, mostly clear. By the time it got to my table (sitting next to the bar) there was just a ring of white head left on the glass.
S: Some light citrus, mostly hops. But very pleasant.
T: Total letdown. It was hoppy (not overly so), but otherwise the favor profile was bland and muted.
M: Medium carbonation, full mouthfeel.
O: Definitely drinkable, but not great. Given a choice between this and another IPA I'd never heard of, I would go with the other one.

Serving type: on-tap

03-08-2012 21:59:33 | More by squidtrick
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3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle courtesy of Libby pours a light copper color with a fine-bubbled tan head. Not a whole lot of retention, but the lacing is quite nice.

Nose shows some candied caramel maltiness and a fruity hop/yeast component. Smells much more east coast than left.

Taste flashes a nice blast of resiny hop flavor right before some sweet malt with a light toffee edge to it. It finishes more smooth than bitter, but you can still tell there is plenty of drying hop presence. I like the back-and-forth hop/malt interplay it has going for it. And the carbonation is so fine it goes down really smooth. I still think it leans more east coast...and even though I prefer a lighter-bodied, more hop-flavor forward IPA, this one was quite enjoyable and I had no problem polishing off this bomber with the quickness!

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2012 01:39:48 | More by twiggamortis420
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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this one from a great east coast BA'er!

Poured a medium-dark amber that was partially translucent and appeared to be totally filtered. A small bone white head left leaving nothing more than a small ring around the glass. The smells has a hoppiness to them them but they weren't very robust. I think this one maybe past its prime and has a malty over tone. The tastes follow suit and although there is a nice bitter bite, the malts take precedence. With no bottling date, it's hard to trace its history. I could see this one being great when fresh. Perhaps in the future an updated review will be warranted.


Serving type: bottle

02-22-2012 02:15:43 | More by rmcnealy
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British Columbia (Canada)

3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I liked this IPA. It was about standard for what I'd come to expect for breweries in the Northwest - clean, crisp, nicely hopped, but the other flavours are tasty as well. Very acceptable pricepoint as well. It isn't a favourite of mine but it's definitely one I would buy again.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2012 02:45:11 | More by timtwoface
Photo of GRG1313


3.23/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewing this beer instead of using "Hads" so that it can achieve sufficient reviews for a grade.

Poured a very dark, lightly hazy amber orange with a short white head that faded fast.

Nose is typical for style with a nice ripe fresh pineapple character. Hints of orange marmalade in the nose; pleasant.

Mouthfeel is medium full and creamy. A bit too creamy and textured for an IPA in my opinion; little in the way of brightness; almost a little flabby in part.

Flavor profile is a "dull" burnt orange/burnt toast - pine character. Nice characters but a bit heavy and burdensome on the palate. A little more of a bright "fresh" character and this would be a real winner.

Finish follows flavor profile - a dull orange marmalade/pine bitter tone that is somewhat long lasting.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2012 01:53:52 | More by GRG1313
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4.88/5  rDev +29.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Serving type: bottle
1 Pint, 6 FL OZ. bottle into tulip glass.

A - Pours semi-cloudy golden, with a nice white head...- some good lacing.

S - Hops and lots of sweet citrus - some orange & grapefruit tones...

T - Smooth & Bright! A great hop kick at the top, followed by some citrus, then ending with a bit of pine-like spices...Pleasant & refreshing!!

M - Good carbonation...There's a good fullness. Present, but not 'too' much fruity/sweet flavors...The final pine/spice balances the beer out wonderfully!

O - This one is great!! I think what make this beer so good is the fine line of not over-doing 'it' in any particular area (hops, fruity-flavor, pine/spice, carbonation, and last but not least, alcohol level). VERY refreshing and will get again and...…Goin’ to look for a tap ASAP!!!

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2012 00:22:32 | More by scootpolute
Photo of CapitalGains


3.3/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. into a Deschutes imperial pint glass. Poured and tasted 12/15/11. No date on the bottle but I consumed within a week of purchase.

Starts with gradient of golden and amber hues and a resilient white head. Aroma isn't overly dominated by hops and has a present bready and caramel malt note to it. Taste is embodied by moderate amounts of tropical and piney hop bitterness with a solid balancing effort from the malt bill. I get a slight but strange mixture of oranges and band-aids on the finish. Mouthfeel is well balanced; not too thick or thin with a good residual lacing in the glass and a dry finish.

On the whole this was an enjoyable, run-of-the-mill IPA. Balance would probably be the best adjective I could use to describe this beer, as nothing stood out but nothing was really flawed either. I had this on cask while visiting Redmond and remembered it being quite good as well. I don't recall the exact price for the bomber, but I believe it was around $4.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2011 05:12:36 | More by CapitalGains
Photo of fain12


3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

drinking it now at the eastside in olympia. Definitely more bitter than hoppy, little to no aroma. Leaves a crystalline lace in the glass which makes me think the water might be hard. Overall, its what I would expect from a west coast ipa made in a classic british fashion. Not bad but doesn't impress either.

Serving type: on-tap

09-13-2011 04:34:58 | More by fain12
Photo of distantmantra


3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bomber poured into a straight pint glass.

A: The beer poured a hazy gold color with a small head of white creamy foam. Minimal lacing was present throughout.

S: Aromas of lemon, pine and caramel malt were present as well as a slightly funky Belgian yeast smell.

T: This is a very hop forward beer as flavors of bitter hops, and grapefruit are totally in charge here. However, just as was noticed in the scent, there is a funky yeast flavor lingering in the background.

M: Medium carbonation with a crisp mouth feel. There was a slightly bitter aftertaste.

O: This was a nice IPA but I wonder if the funky yeast flavor was supposed to be there... I guess I'll have to try it again.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2011 23:40:48 | More by distantmantra
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Boundary Bay IPA from Boundary Bay Brewery & Bistro
85 out of 100 based on 91 ratings.