Boundary Bay Amber Ale | Boundary Bay Brewery & Bistro

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Boundary Bay Brewery & Bistro
Washington, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 04-19-2004

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Reviews: 7 | Ratings: 22
Reviews by allergictomacros:
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3.05/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - Clear amber, decent head and lacing.

S - Quite fruity and a light toast.

T - Wow. Heavy pine flavour overrides everything else. Maybe some malt presence, but not enough to balance out the pine.

M - Medium body.

D - This is quite an unbalanced brew. Much more hop-centered than expected.

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Photo of Lazaro
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of Shawkabukoo
5/5  rDev +45.3%

Photo of VashonGuy
3.79/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of gnaztee
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of Rifugium
3.23/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

First had: on tap at the Boundary Bay Brewery & Bistro
Served in a sampler part of my unsuccessful Seattle-to-Vancouver journey.

Average, run-of-the-mill amber ale. Light and not distinctively flavorful, but still nice and moderately drinkable.

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Photo of Derek
3.77/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at the brewery, 5 oz sample.

A: Orangy-brown, some head, no lace.

S: Fresh cascade hops.

T: Bready and slightly nutty, with citrous cascade hops. In comparison to their other brews, it's a little plane. Probably a good introduction for the average consumer.

M: Moderate body and carbonation.

D: Easily approachable and quite drinkable. It didn't grab me though.

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Photo of Noooddle
3.8/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of harrymel
2.57/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

On tap at flying goat

A: dark amber with a little surface foam and higher clarity than I like in an amber.
S: some banana, grain, bit herbal. Meh.
T: sweet and tea like with some more banana ester and a wee bit of bittering hops.
M: thin for the style with lower carb. Wet finish
O: don't really care for this one.

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Photo of Kopfschuss
3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of irishgreensoda
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

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2.75/5  rDev -20.1%

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3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of woemad
4/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pitcher consumed at the Viking Tavern in Spokane for $5.

A dark Amber color with about two inches of white foam. Moderate amount of lace.

Smelled like a hoppy amber. Sure, it wasn't to style, but I like hoppy ambers, since so many of the style lack much in the way of character. The malts were out in force as well in a bready, biscuity sort of way, but the hops are what jumped out more than anything.

Again the hops are what was first noticeable in the taste, but the malts then jumped on the pile and things were evenly matched from about that point, with the malts giving a caramel-like sweetness that was perfectly offset by the hops, which give off a mild dryness at the swallow.

Medium bodied, slightly sticky yet prickly mouthfeel.

As stated above, I prefer hoppy ambers to the nearly all-malt version of the style. Others migh find it a tad bitter. Oh, well, more for me! Another winner from Boundary Bay.

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Photo of CoryR
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of beertunes
3.25/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in pint glass at the brewery. Poured a deep red/light brown color with a 1/2 inch of light tan head that dissipated quickly leaving a bare minimum of lacing.

A semi-sweet aroma arrives on the nose followed by a sharp hop blast. A solid malt foundation supports an above average amount of hops for the style. The flavors follow along, except that the taste is slightly sweeter and hoppier than expected for the style, delivering a tangy surprise.

A more solid body than is usual for the style, and more sharp hoppiness flavors than expected. The usual smooth drinkability generally expected for this style is missing, however if you like a sharper, more solid Amber, then this is beer for you. Worth seeking out.

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Photo of RedDiamond
4/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Boundary Bay's Amber Ale has a gentle, rustic character that's easy to connect with. It is unfiltered sorrel with carefree lace, a modest caramel aroma, and a clean intermingling of forward malt sweetness and freestyle hop flavor. Simple, defined balances are this beer's shining grace.

Shows informal elegance and eager repeatability.

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3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

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3/5  rDev -12.8%

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4/5  rDev +16.3%

Boundary Bay Amber Ale from Boundary Bay Brewery & Bistro
3.44 out of 5 based on 22 ratings.
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