Imperial IPA | Boundary Bay Brewery & Bistro

Imperial IPAImperial IPA
73 Ratings
Imperial IPAImperial IPA

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

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by RoyalT on 01-14-2005

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Photo of papat444
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to derek for this one.

Pours a nice copper body. Flavor is resiny, spicy rye, sweet, doused with cedar and peaches in the finish. Really loved this one, felt raw a bit.

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Photo of Beervana
4.12/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of OldGriz
4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of sharpski
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of woemad
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber courtesy of the outstanding BA and Boundary Bay employee known as beertunes. No freshness date, and no abv percentage is listed on the label.

Poured into an Iron Goat snifter, this was a cloudy dark amber, almost russet. It took on a color closer to burnt orange when held up to light. Big, creamy-looking beige head that left lots of lace on the sides of the glass.

A thickly fragrant, resiny hop bouquet greeted the nose. Mix of bitter and sweet. Less citrusy than most IPAs.

The hops are upfront in the taste, and they are bitter. Those looking for primarily citrusy hop flavors might not be into this. The taste is bitter and sweet, in that order. Bitter hops with a more piney than grapefruity twang, followed by a sweet, slightly berry-ish taste. The finish is dry yet resiny, and there’s a big hop taste on the tongue afterwards.

Medium bodied, with a slightly thick, resiny mouthfeel.

An interestingly different spin on the IIPA. I think this bottle is all I want of it for the moment, as it’s not quite my cup of tea when it comes to beers of the style that I’d want to drink several of. In fact, this is a textbook example of a beer I’d like to see sold in 12 or 16oz format. Nevertheless, I’d drink it again because, although it’s not my normal idea of a beer of this style, it’s still quite tasty, and makes for an interesting change of pace.

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Photo of wils1705
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of yeaprolly
4/5  rDev -4.8%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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4.3/5  rDev +2.4%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of brentk56
3.85/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a cloudy amber color capped by a couple of inches of foam; plenty of lacing dots stay behind

Smell: Resinous and dank, with caramel tones underneath

Taste: A firm caramel tone builds from the outset, but the bitterness of the hops quickly makes a challenge, building relentlessly through the middle and beyond; just a hint of pine, perhaps, but these hops are primarily about bitterness; tobacco tones join in the finish'

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: If you like an aggressively bitter DIPA above all else, this is a pleaser; I prefer a bit more citrus

Thanks, mabermud, for the opportunity

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3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of mabermud
4.34/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Today I had this beer on cask with a unique twist. Centennial hops were added to the mix. I had this beer served to me twice with a slight head. It was orange and creamy in color. The lace is ropy and viscous. The beer smells of rich, tropical fruit, and sweet pine. Floral more than citrusy. The taste of this on cask with the centennial hops, boosts the score, at least .25 points, all around. The taste is unlike the new traditional West Coast IPA/DIPA that are juicy, hoppy, sweet, and piney. The front end is loaded with a sweet, floral hop taste, backed by a good malty base. On cask, of course this has a much more creamy and smooth mouthfeel. Excellent.

I have had this on tap in the past and I never ordered a second serving. This time I had two. The cask conditioning and the added centennial hops makes this a superb imperial IPA.

Give it a go.

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Photo of Braz
4/5  rDev -4.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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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%

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