Boundary Bay Inside Passage Ale (IPA)
Boundary Bay Brewery & Bistro

Boundary Bay Inside Passage Ale (IPA)Boundary Bay Inside Passage Ale (IPA)
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American IPA
Ranked #4,601
Ranked #24,450
3.81 | pDev: 11.81%
Boundary Bay Brewery & Bistro
Washington, United States
Very Good
Boundary Bay Inside Passage Ale (IPA)Boundary Bay Inside Passage Ale (IPA)
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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.52/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

i had higher hops for this, after really digging some of their more ambitious beers in the past. this looks like their flagship, and it tastes like it was born a couple of decades ago, malty and bitter, without a ton of hop flavor at all, and a somewhat fuller body as these go, even though its not objectively sweet or anything. i had it at an old irish pub in spokane, and it tastes a bit like the lines may not be amazingly well maintained, so i wont be too harsh on the beer overall, except to say that its a dated recipe for the style, especially in this part of the world. some sharp citrus in here, bitter pithy orange and grapefruit, a little bit of a grassiness there too, but it doesnt seem all that fresh, and it certainly isnt distinct. enough crystal malt in here to cover up the hop nuance, im not even sure i can recognize a varietal in it, and there are lots of minerals here at the end, almost enough to make it seem a little metallic. i like the balance, always have in these sort of beers, but there isnt enough here to bring me back after this pint or two, its generic now, even if that wouldnt have always been true. ill look to try this again sometime in another place where perhaps quality is a little better looked after, but im expecting a similar experience. good bitterness, some pine at end end, malty depth and body, but it leaves something to be desired in terms of hop flavor overall...

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Photo of pianoguy
3.84/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22 Oz bottle. No bottling info.

Pours a clear golden body with a white head that dissipated quickly. Not much visible carbonation. Little sustainable lacing.

Nose is malt forward. I had soda crackers at first pour but it sweetened out a little as it warmed. A little pine hop but soda cracker malt seems to dominate.

Taste doesn't exactly follow. The malts are present but with a nice bitter hop finish.

It seemed a little under carbonated. (Or maybe I got an old one?)

Overall: The balance of this beer was VERY interesting and worth revisiting on draft.

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Photo of jhartley
3.74/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a shaker pint. No visible date on the bottle.

Appearance: Deep orange-amber-golden body with a finger's worth of head from a semi-aggressive pour.

Aroma: Smells like orange juice spike with serano peppers. Plenty of citrus coming out the glass as well.

Taste: This one isn't easy for me to put my finger's almost like a backwards IPA. Smooth malt-like sweetness up front and a bitter bite on the end. It's not bad, just different.

Mouthfeel: Medium mouthfeel and it does have a lingering bitterness, probably due to the fact of the hops coming in at the end, rather than coming in on the front end. Very little carbonation.

Overall: A decent easy drinking IPA, again probably due to those malts coming in first. Not mind blowing, but still very tasty.

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Photo of drned
3.79/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is actually a very drinkable APA, tasted on Draught in Spokane. Good amber color with a clear body. The lace does not hold. The head fades away. On the tongue, there is the malt up front, but the middle is missing as the hops try to take over from the back. The after is good subtle bitter that holds on for a while. A very good APA; not great, but very good.

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Photo of jwc215
3.77/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On-tap at Anthony's seafood restaurant, Bremerton, WA:

Pours dark amber. A thin lasting head leaves lacing.

The smell is of herbal/citric/floral/pine with caramel.

The taste is of light citrus/pine. Firm caramel. A soft bitter herbal bite in the finish.

Pretty smooth, hits medium-bodied.

A nice, standard/basic IPA.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.48/5  rDev -8.7%
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 TwoTrees
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Good IPA from Boundary Bay. Nothing spectacular, but no fancy trimmings are necessary with this little workhorse ale.

Would drink again...probably will drink again!

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Photo of mactrail
3.03/5  rDev -20.5%
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 erickc
3.39/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Very drinkable. You can't go wrong with this one. Not very complex, but it doesn't need to be. I had his on cask at Elliot Bay Brew Pub Lake City Seattle, WA.

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Photo of DrQwill
2.03/5  rDev -46.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.25

This used to be one of my favorite and most reliable IPAs. In the last 9+ months it's hit the skids. Get it together BB, I'll love you again if you ever come back.

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Photo of Moose90
3.86/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz Bottle with no visible date code

A — Pours a honey caramel hue into the glass, there is an off-white colored head that is quite tall and leaves behind some solid bits of lacing.

S — Smell is pungent, piney, bitter, and juicy, this is much better than expected. A resinous and piney overtone on top of a small and slightly sweet caramel base.

T — Piney, citrusy, juicy, bitter, astringent. Nice and bitter resinous pine on top of a caramel and semisweet base.

M — Medium bodied, a dry and refreshing finish.

O — This is really quite good. I don't often order it on tap at Boundary, but I will make sure to reintroduce it into the rotation.

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Photo of Beerdruid
5/5  rDev +31.2%

The the very IPA that changed my perspective on craft beer. Simply fantastic and only locally distributed. Perfect balance of hops to bitterness. Hopefully on day I get back there.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
3.3/5  rDev -13.4%
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.

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Photo of MattLatuchie
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Photo of cavedave
3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
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!

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Photo of artoolemomo
3.61/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

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Photo of cvm4
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

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Photo of mdaschaf
3.89/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

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Photo of Kastler
4.12/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

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Photo of RenzoD
3.85/5  rDev +1%
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.

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Photo of wordemupg
3.58/5  rDev -6%
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

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Photo of jellikit
4.3/5  rDev +12.9%
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.

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Photo of brentk56
4/5  rDev +5%
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

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Photo of draheim
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

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Photo of BMMillsy
3.51/5  rDev -7.9%
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.

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Boundary Bay Inside Passage Ale (IPA) from Boundary Bay Brewery & Bistro
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 208 ratings