Wednesday, July 27

Beer Review: Boundary Bay IPA

I have never tried a beer from this Washington state brewer. It was nice to see this offering at By The Bottle here in Vancouver. It was your basic average priced bomber of IPA, and it clocks in at a perfect 6.4% Alc. by Vol.

"Inside Passage Ale (IPA) A style developed during the days of the British Empire; IPA's higher alcohol content & big hop character were natural preservatives that protected the beer during its long voyage eastward to India. As one story goes, a shipwreck washed many cases of IPA to England's shore & the locals tasted the beverage... the rest is history.
Original gravity 1.065"

Appearance: (4.0)
- This beer has the standard clear new copper penny color. A quickly fizzling finger of head has left a thin spotty later on top, and creamy lacing above a large ring of creamy foam.

Smell: (4.0)
- A rather sweet and fruity caramel malt base. Husky grains, and sugars. Very floral and citrus hops in the nose. Light pine exists as well. Overall sweet, fruity, and caramel.

Taste: (4.5)
- This is a good IPA. Wonderful smooth caramel malt flavor up front, then the hop bitterness hits along with a husky grainy and bready character. The finish is more bitter pine hops with a great blend of both citrus and floral character. Very balanced and tasty.

Mouth Feel: (4.5)
- This is a medium bodied brew... yet full bodied, which doesn't mean thick and oily. It is very drying from the bitterness which is as it should be. The sweetness keeps the palate going while not leaving this beer very chewy or sticky. Overall impressive.

Overall: (4.5)
- This is a truly great IPA. Perfect carbonation, bitterness, sweetness, and balance without any off flavors to boot. They did a very good job bottling this beer, and were able to maintain a fantastic balance. This beer is a must have.

A / 4.38

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I will also be using this beer to cook up some sea bass. It will be used in a batter, and then fried in olive oil which simmered with small diced sweet onion. I will later put up a one-off recipe for it. I am sure it would work well with other frying fish like swordfish, sturgeon, and catfish.

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