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

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Boundary Bay Inside Passage Ale (IPA)Boundary Bay Inside Passage Ale (IPA)
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Boundary Bay Inside Passage Ale (IPA)Boundary Bay Inside Passage Ale (IPA)

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

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.40%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Ratings: 203 |  Reviews: 83
Reviews by cvm4:
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3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
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 oberon
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
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 RoyalT
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – This beer came out of the tap a thick, deep, rich orange in color with a terrific off-white head. The head showed a lot of retention even in my four ounce “tasting mug.”

Smell – This is classic PacNW. The citrus aroma is big, but it’s the straight pine resin that leads the way. There are some light caramel-laden malts in the nose but this one is all about the hops.

Taste – The big pine resin just tromps at the taste. The malts are light and try their best to give this beer a solid, balanced backbone, but it’s a lost cause.

Mouthfeel – This is somewhere between medium and full in the body. The IBUs have to be gi-normous, because this brew is super-bitter and bone dry.

Drinkability – This is a hard core American IPA with true PacNW roots.

Comments – I had this at the 2005 Hops on Equinox festival in Seattle. The festival itself was kind of a bust, but this IPA was kick ass!

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Photo of Hainesworth
3/5  rDev -21.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

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3.85/5  rDev +0.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
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 glid02
4.05/5  rDev +6%
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 LXIXME
3.78/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mdaschaf
3.89/5  rDev +1.8%
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 mbunje
3.48/5  rDev -8.9%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of distantmantra
3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bomber poured into a straight pint glass.

A: The beer poured a hazy gold color with a small head of white creamy foam. Minimal lacing was present throughout.

S: Aromas of lemon, pine and caramel malt were present as well as a slightly funky Belgian yeast smell.

T: This is a very hop forward beer as flavors of bitter hops, and grapefruit are totally in charge here. However, just as was noticed in the scent, there is a funky yeast flavor lingering in the background.

M: Medium carbonation with a crisp mouth feel. There was a slightly bitter aftertaste.

O: This was a nice IPA but I wonder if the funky yeast flavor was supposed to be there... I guess I'll have to try it again.

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Photo of Metalmonk
4.38/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Came to the table an earthy, hazy deep blood-orange with a super-creamy head. Thick lace sheets are left behind as the liquid disappears, but the head itself never entirely diminishes.

The nose is given flowery hops with a little grapefruit. No surprises, but very much a clean, fragrant, pleasing aroma.

Flavor pretty much has it all--piney and resiny, rind-like and citrusy, though balanced and kept from veering too far one way or the other. Grapefruit flesh lingers in the finish. Malt is there, but does its job obediently, propping up and balancing in service to the hop gods.

Has a creeeaamy mouth, full, round and smooth. Excellent.

Everybody's got their own take on the IPA now, just as everyone and their brother had their own pale ale a few years back. Mediocrity is inevitable in such a case, but Inside Passage Ale rises far above the norm. Gotta be one of the best IPAs in the Pacific Northwest, and that's no mean feat. Seek it out.

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Photo of dirtylou
4.27/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

on tap at the Virginia Inn in Seattle - glad to see some Boundary Bay available

appearance: served in a pint glass, copper amber body with some sticky beige foam and decent retention

smell: zesty hops - citrus and pine...northwest hops in abundance

taste: This IPA has a nice piney character with some zesty citrus and lemon hops...mild malt base

mouthfeel: medium-smooth body, nice

drinkability: great

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Photo of eallured
4.82/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Having probably consumed kegs worth of this stuff in my time, I had to review when I saw there were less than 30 reviews of this. Regrettably this is from memory and it has been a few months since I have had the pleasure of having this bew fill my glass.
Pours deep golden, hazy and with rich, slightly off white head. Very hoppy aroma, grapefruit and pine dominate but other citrus and melon comes through. It grabs the nose and gives it a slice of what's coming.
Bitterness predominates but there is enough caramel and richness to come through quite noticeably. A full flavored ale to be sure, the piney slightly raspy hops lingering and contributing lots of volatile AAs and late & dry hop character in the heady style of the PNW.
At 7.2% this guy is far from fully attenuated but it is neccessay to provide this amount of flavor. A delightfully rich expeience throughout, medium carbonation break size and amount on swirling. Coats the tongue but doesn't cloy due to the hoppiness.
This was my go to beer when no specialty ipas were on tap and I was in a drinking mood. Having has a keg of it on tap, I would say it is very drinkable beer.

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Photo of scootpolute
4.87/5  rDev +27.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Serving type: bottle
1 Pint, 6 FL OZ. bottle into tulip glass.

A - Pours semi-cloudy golden, with a nice white head...- some good lacing.

S - Hops and lots of sweet citrus - some orange & grapefruit tones...

T - Smooth & Bright! A great hop kick at the top, followed by some citrus, then ending with a bit of pine-like spices...Pleasant & refreshing!!

M - Good carbonation...There's a good fullness. Present, but not 'too' much fruity/sweet flavors...The final pine/spice balances the beer out wonderfully!

O - This one is great!! I think what make this beer so good is the fine line of not over-doing 'it' in any particular area (hops, fruity-flavor, pine/spice, carbonation, and last but not least, alcohol level). VERY refreshing and will get again and...…Goin’ to look for a tap ASAP!!!

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Photo of trocketsauced
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of HouvilleSwamp
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of RenzoD
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
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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Boundary Bay Inside Passage Ale (IPA) from Boundary Bay Brewery & Bistro
Beer rating: 3.82 out of 5 with 203 ratings