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Inside Passage Ale | Boundary Bay Brewery & Bistro

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Boundary Bay Brewery & Bistro
Washington, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.40%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 04-20-2003

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Reviews: 48 | Ratings: 61
Photo of rodbeermunch
3.48/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Comes out a color that is amber/copper, not the best clarity to it, unfiltered as they say. Darker than most ipas. Aroma was floral, not pungent, and some brown malt almost.

Mostly grapefruit and soapy hop bitterness. Plenty of crystal malt. That late 90s ipa feels. Bomber format sucks, but cheap price relative to it does not. Ultimately though, this is a beer that is reliable and has a longer shelf life than most ipas these days (this one seems a C hop).

Falls into that good and drinkable but nothing special.

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Photo of mactrail
3.03/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pleasant hoppy aroma of pine and straw. Dark amber color with an attractive off-white foam in the narrow Pilsener glass. Gummy flavor with an insistent bitterness.

I keep thinking of the ready-hopped canned malt syrup we used to brew with. Sweet and bitter if you licked it off your finger. This beer is just bitter orange and sawdust. Woody. Root beer chaser.

Overall a strange and intense flavor. Barely sippable once the bitter snake gets hold of your tongue. Medicinal aftertaste. On tap at Anthony's in Anacortes. [review from 15 April 2015 notes]

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Photo of DaftCaskBC
4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: 1/4" offwhite head that left a nice lacing over cloudy honey/amber coloured liquid.

S: Grapefruit citrus and some pine.

T: Sweet biscuit malt and some grapefruit and tangerine citrus and some bitter pine.

M: Medium viscosity with foamy fine carbonation. Quite a unique mouthfeel.

O: An almost too easy drinking IPA that is more grapefruit citrus than bitter pine in flavour.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
4.11/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured a bright dark and hazy orange color with good carbonation leaving a nice white cap, lots of bubbles and lacing

S: Big pine and citrus, some breadiness too

T: This beer starts out sordove strange. It has bready, big malt fwd feel up front. Then it rolls into a piney, sweet, resinous, tropical fruit front.

M: Plenty of bitterness and taste, Heavy for a single IPA, medium body

O: Good

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Photo of ckeegan04
3.36/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Deep copper in color with a foamy dirty white head. Chunks of foam hanging on the glass. Very clean and clear.

S - Pine and citrus. Big hop aroma that is a bit one dimensional. Not a whole lot going on in the nose.

T - Big resinous hoppiness up front with lots of pine and citrus. Pine sap is the biggest taste up front with a hint of grapefruit underneath. A bit of burnt sugar sweetness lingers underneath.

M - A touch on the thin side for a big IPA. Bitterness hangs around very nicely.

O - Another run of the mill IPA. Nothin spectacular but I would call it slightly above average.

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Photo of Rutager
4.42/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance. Pours a nearly clear gold-amber with a finger of sticky, thick white head.

Smell. Sweet caramel, peaches, pineapple and grapefruit. A little pine sap in there.

Taste. Toasty grains, pine sap and yellow grapefruit rind. A little orange too. Lasting piney, citrus rind bitterness.

Mouthfeel. Lighter than medium in body with medium carbonation.

Overall. Great ipa. Balanced pretty nicely with great tasting malts and hops.

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Photo of Durge
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A dull brownish amber color with a healthy, slightly off-white head and very nice lacing. The aroma says grainy citrus with the accent on grapefruit lemon. Nice enough. The flavor brings a more juniper level of hops while keeping a nice grain base. It’s pretty full bodied, slightly cloying but easy enough going down. It’s a bit earthy, hay and evergreen merging into a very solid IPA. I would drink this any time.

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Photo of oberon
4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into an imperial nonic a burned orange infused copper color with a fluffy two finger white head that left multiple rings of lace behind as it settles oh so slowly into a frothy mass.Apricot and grapefruit hop dominate the aromas with caramel/biscuit underneath,pretty well balanced with generous citrus hop flavors melding with a big sweet caramel base.Another solid Washington IPA,highly drinkable with good hop complexity.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.38/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | 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.

Another average brew from Boundary Bay. Good, but I've had better. Grainy, straw yellow pour; crisp, moderately hoppy aroma that follows through in the taste. Light mouthfeel and moderate drinkability.

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Photo of jdense
4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle purchased at 99 Bottles, consumed 4.9.11 poured into UCLA Bruin shaker pint glass.

Finger and a half creamy white head, very slow dissipation, nice spider legs, light amber clear body multitudinous streams of rising carbonation, nice looking brew. Citrus dominated nose, grapefruit, a bit of resin hidden by bready malts. Taste mirrors nose, citrusy sweetness, but fairly dry for style, balanced bitterness on backend not overwhelming. Medium-full mouthfeel, sweetish but not cloying, decent effervescence. Nice, too bad this is harder than hell to get, wish I had another bottle to share with buddies.

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Photo of AgentZero
3.92/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Caramel colored beer with a minimal head and a little bit of spotting on the sides.

S - Sweet caramel malts with some resiny hops. Little bit of tropical fruit notes.

T - Taste follows the smell a lot. Sweet caramel and grainy malts. The hops profile is mostly bitter resin with a slight bit of pine. Pretty solid, although the bittering qualities can get overpowering if you are sensitive to that.

M - Medium bodied, lower carbonation.

O - Very good beer that highlights a resiny hops profile. Fairly easy to drink.

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Photo of jrallen34
4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle thanks to Nate, drank from my Narke tulip... A dark orange with a bright tope head. Good retention and lacing... The aroma is very tropical, lots of oranges and grapefruits. The citrus dominated with a bit of the pine of the finish. A touch sweet, but hopefully that means its going to be crushable... The taste is mostly sweet at as expected, a little to sweet for me as the hops are hidden and really only show through with alcohol. The finish is a touch too soapy and sweet.

On a bad night this is the star so far, a pretty good ipa worth trying, especially on tap according to Nate.

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Photo of LazyL
3.8/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Slightly hazy soft orange with a small white head and good lacing on the glass. Big citrus notes on the nose are very appealing. The taste is much the same as the orange notes are very prominent. There is a soft bitterness on the finish to balance the beer. Reasonable mouthfeel and at 7% really easy to go through a few pints. This would be perfect during the summer on the breweries patio.

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Photo of glid02
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Growler via trade with barleywinefiend - thanks!

Pours an almost opaque copper color with a half-finger slightly off-white head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of grainy caramel malts with good amounts of bitter pine hop aromas. It smells like a light barleywine until it warms up when the malt aromas sweeten and slight tropical fruit and heavier herbal hop aromas come into play.

Tastes very similar to how it smells. Fairly dry caramel malt flavors with hints of lightly sweetened toffee kick things off. Joining in shortly thereafter are large amounts of pine hop flavors. Midway through the sip the flavor profile turns decidedly bitter and intensifies through to a solidly bitter ending. As with the smell, the malt flavors sweeten as the beer warms and slight amounts of tropical fruit hops make brief appearances as well.

Mouthfeel is very good. It's got a smooth thickness with grainy carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I finished my glass without any problems and could have another.

Overall I wasn't the biggest fan of this beer at the outset but as it had a chance to warm it came into its own. Worth a shot.

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Photo of flexabull
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light and clear gold color, with a decent white head.

Aromas are nice. Hard candies, orange citrus, and pine.

Taste is good, this is a nice hoppy IPA. Starts with some sharp pine resin, sweet oranges, and some grapefruit hops, while caramel malts sweetened up the finish just slightly.

Mouthfeel is smooth and full.

Drinkability is very good. This is simply just a tasty, easy to drink, hoppy Pacific Northwest IPA.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A pretty standard ipa on the good side, copper color, a little bit of haze, I should say dark copper, this had some brown running around in it. Aroma was nice, not over the top.

Grapefruit and lemon aroma. Taste, sturdy, well hopped, drank it over a month after purchase, so it gets an added bonus as not being the kind of ipa that will degrade quickly. Lots of caramel. Hops seem to be of the cascade and centennial sort. Straight forward hoppy beer.

$4 a bomber is a steal. Doubt it will become anyone's favorite beer, but it is a solid standby, kind of reminds me of a pitcher who might be #3 or 4 in a rotation . . . yeah, he's not your ace, but this guy is dependable and will eat up some innings and not kill your wallet.

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Photo of dragonWhale
4.11/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

on cask at the EEastside..

It's cloudy! What is this shit? Yeast?! Beautiful hazy orange color, the pint glass however does not brim over with excited hops. very subdued aromas of piney and floral hops with a bit of malt..
But I know..this outstanding beverage brings it from the first sip, outrageous grapefruit and pine finish following a solid bitterness. there is a hint of malt but it is suffocated in an orgy of hop delight. there is more than just the grapefruit/pine combo but it is obscured behind the veil. finishes with a last hop bite but without leaving a lingering dryness, i only crave more..

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Photo of CascadeConan
4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Boundary IPA pours a mesmerizingly, hazy orange with a tall, sticky, white head with bountiful lacing.

The nose is very aromatic with faint hints of melon, pine, grapefruit, a bit of orange zest and a honey sweetness from the malt.

The taste is very upfront with pine and grapefruit from what seems to be a Chinook bittering addition, fading into a Simcoe middle and perhaps Amarillo and Cascade with a nice medium and balanced malt back. Slight warming notes from the alcohol but otherwise well hidden.

Solid Northwest IPA from beginning to end, it reminds me of hot days at Boulevard Park, reggae music and hula hoops. A pint of nostalgia for me every time.

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Photo of Jwale73
4.22/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to jedwards for bringing this back from his trip home. Bottle just says Boundary Bay IPA, but I'm assuming these are one and the same based on the number of reviews. Pours a hazy, burnished caramel with a quarter inch, off-white head that dissipates into a skim and ringlets. Nose reveals sweet citrus, apricots and an earthy quality. Taste is earthy/piny/floral hops that ends with a light, lingering bitterness. Mouthfeel is light-medium, with a lively carbonation. This is an immensely drinkable IPA. Well-balanced and flavorful without killing the tastebuds. I really wish this was available on the East Coast. A great IPA.

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Photo of kwjd
4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark orange colour with a thick white head. Lots of lacing down the glass. It smells of citrus hops and sweet caramel malt. A bitter blast at the first sip, but then lots of the sweetness to make this incredibly balanced. Not the biggest hop bomb, but the citrus hops are still very apparent. Great carbonation level. A very nice IPA and I glad I got it sent to me.

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Photo of Briken
3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hazy Golden Orange amber with thin off white head and good lacing. Somewhat subdued Citrus and pine aromas with malty notes. Strong citrus and pine hops with a somewhat caramel malt balance. Good but not long lingering bitterness.
Good cask carbonation with even, albeit somewhat watery mouthfeel.

Interestingly, on cask this was much more balanced than their regularly carbonated IPA. All the hops are there just not as overt and great for anybody looking for a more balanced IPA.

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Photo of steve8robin
2.93/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Extra in a trade...

A: Nice ruby / copper color with a 1 inch white head that slowly fades. Very good looking.

S: Smells super earthy and hoppy. Grapefruit notes in the middle. Not much on the backend. Ok.

T: Super grapegruit bitterness! Earthy notes in the middle with not much on the backend. Ewww, I hate grapefruit.

M: Very good for an IPA.

D: Goes down ok.

All in all, eh, this is not a special brew. I am not an IPA fan mainly because I despise the grapefruit characteristics of an IPA. If you like IPA's, then this is definitely worth a try, but otherwise, it's not.

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Photo of alpinebryant
4.28/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark caramel color with a large white head and lots of lacing on the glass.

Smell of Pine, grapefruit, roasted Malts.

Taste very similar to aroma, Heavy pine flavors and grapefruit. Caramel Crystal gives a hearty rich malt body. Finishes with a slight bitter astringency. As it warms, the caramelization really hits hard and is very tasty for a 6.4 percenter. Medium to thick body for the style with good carbonation. I would keep these on hand if they were sold around my area and was glad to have tried this darker than most IPA.

A new brewery on the map for me, thanks to hops1337 !

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Photo of oregonskibum
4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a tulip glass.

A: Pours a very nice clear copper-orange color with one inch slighly off-white, creamy head.

S: Lots of citrus hop flavors dominate the smell - lemon, grapefruit. Little bit of green, pine smells as well. While mostly hops, there is a hint of some caramal there, but very subtle.

T: Classic NW IPA. Hop forward with lots of citrus flavors. A little residual bitterness on the finish, but not unpleasant. Light caramal or malty flavor acts to partially balance this beer, but not entirely. That slighly out of balance, hop heavy flavor is exactly what I expect in an IPA like this.

M: Light to medium body, decent carbonation. Crisp. Super easy to drink.

D: Nice. Great staple IPA. Not a stellar example, but something that is enjoyable to drink, goes down easy, and represents the style well.

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Photo of boogyman
4.28/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- This is the first time I have had this from the bottle. Beautiful copper color with a finger of head poured into my tulip glass. Head is eggshell white and stays around and you can see that it is constantly fueled by bubbles coming from the bottom. Laing is super sticky. Leaving solid lace down the glass, in some parts there is not even any holes, just a solid wall of bubbles, quite awesome looking.

S- Smell is very much like a lot of good northwest/west coast IPAs and double IPAs. Very fruity in the nose. A lot of citrus like pineapple, grapefruit, lemon and orange peel. Very fresh. One of the best noses from any IPA I have had.

T- Amazing. Taste has the noses smells all over it. Loads of citric fruit but this definitely stands out as a true northwest IPA as apposed to a double IPA, which is not what I was expecting. I thought it was gonna weigh heavy on the hops ala a double IPA but instead I get a good dose of malt. Like maybe some caramel malt or something. Overall a very awesome taste.

M- Very tingly going over the tongue. Goes down with a decent bite that reminds you that you're drinking a good IPA. No alcohol bite to speak of, but not too surprising given the less then 7% ABV.

D- Very high drinkability. I could have this all night no problem. Go get some if your in the northwest, its damn good.

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