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ESB | Boundary Bay Brewery & Bistro

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19 Reviews

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

Style: Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by PatandDavid on 02-28-2004

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Reviews: 19 | Ratings: 45
Reviews by the Alström Bros:
Photo of Jason
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

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Photo of RoyalT
3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – This is a beautifully bitter darkish-orange in color with a nice, orangy-tanned head.

Smell – The nose here is modest and has a surprisingly large amount of grain in it. The hops are leafy and laid back.

Taste – The bitterness mostly comes from the malts. There aren’t a lot of hops in here, and it’s hard to define the ones that are.

Mouthfeel – I enjoyed the bitterness level of this one. It’s not even medium-bodied, but it is so refreshing and the bitterness is so easy-going that it’s difficult to hold this in between the cheeks.

Drinkability – This is the ale’s strongpoint, IMHO. It goes down like nobody’s business.

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Photo of Lazaro
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of mdaschaf
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of KMcG
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of RenzoD
3.72/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pretty good ESB. Amber color. Very weak head, quickly dissipates. Somewhat of a red flag.

Taste is malty upfront with a back end finish of bitterness. Very well balanced IMO.
Mouthfeel left something to be desired. Sort of flat. Could use a bit more carbonation.
Overall a decent brew that I would gladly have again.

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Photo of jellikit
3.87/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

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Photo of Shawkabukoo
5/5  rDev +31.6%

Photo of jhavs
4.06/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Rifugium
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
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.

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Photo of Derek
4.04/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this at the Brewery, 5 oz sample.

A: Rusty, copper tone. Hardly any head, but it leaves a hint of lace.

S: CASCADE HOPS, with a little bready malt.

T: Balanced slightly to the bitter side, fresh cascade flavour, but it's not overly assertive. A well balanced beer, and a nice Northwest twist to this style.

M: Moderate body and carbonation.

D: Very drinkable.

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Photo of Redrover
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this one on tap at the Wild Ginger Restaurant in downtown Seattle. What a great place to go for dinner!

The beer was a nice dark bronze with a light beige head. Decent lacing as I worked through the beer.

Beer has a nice citrus/pine nose. Also has a kind of sweet smell which was almost like a caramel.

The taste was solid. Decent hop bite that was backed with a soft almost molasses type taste. As the beer warmed, a nice pine type taste was also present..

This beer had the correct carbonation per style. Nice soft mouth, would be a nice session beer.

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Photo of Noooddle
4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Donkster46
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of mactrail
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very attractive clear coppery amber color with a decent foam in the Troubadour tulip. Sudsy and mouth filling. There is just a little sweetness and something like a touch of orange marmalade, that bitter-sweet citrus tang. Clean flavor. A dark fruity note emerges along with the hoppy bitter edge for the finish.

There is some of the mineral taste I associate with British styles. This is a milder and gentler sort of brew, even with the distinct zip of the hops. A pleasant and highly drinkable brew that makes a good example of the category, American style. From the 22 oz bottle purchased at Haggen's Market in Burlington.

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Photo of Kopfschuss
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of Moose90
3.22/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Served On-Tap

A — Pours a translucent and bright caramel amber color with an off-white colored head leaving behind some nice spots of lacing along the inside of the glass.

S — Smell is mild and malty with a little bit of supporting noble hop bitterness, little bit of toast and grain.

T — Mild but semi bitter and focused on malts, not a whole lot going on.

M — Light-Medium bodied, refreshing enough.

O — Good overall, just not a whole lot going on.

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Photo of Howlader
2.5/5  rDev -34.2%

Photo of walshclimb
4.22/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours light reddish brown, slightly cloudy with 1/2" white head with relatively large bubbles,dissipates slowly leaving good lace. Clean, moderately malty with light hoppy aroma that has hint of brown sugar or caramel. The flavor is nicely balanced between malt and bitter hops up front with long lived bitter aftertaste and a hint of sweetness. Medium bodied with a creamy texture and active carbonation. This is a solid, tasty ESB. It is nice to see another American brewery making this style. Definitely worth a try.

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Photo of Erik-P
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of davidbowers13
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
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.

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Photo of brentk56
4.42/5  rDev +16.3%
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

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Photo of powdersoldier
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of sloelco
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

Photo of canucklehead
3.97/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

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ESB from Boundary Bay Brewery & Bistro
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