Looks like our IPA here at Boundary Bay Brewery just might take the cake for favorite IPA in Washington State! An article in All About Beer about The Modern IPA says
“In a nutshell, the IPAs’ sole reason for existence is that they are big beers. By that I mean they should be strong alcoholically, they should be extremely hop-bitter, and they should be fairly full bodied. Minus these elements, they are nothing more than ordinary bitters or pale ale. North American IPAs start where modern British IPAs end: 5.5 percent ABV, 1055-90 OG, 40 to 60 IBUs. Many have alcohol content from the middle to the upper end of the range.
Many North American brewers tend to use Pacific Northwest hops and domestically grown grains instead of imported ingredients. These impart different taste characteristics to the beer, as each variety of hops and malt produces different results. Within North America, northwestern brewers tend to produce beers at higher hop bittering rates than do eastern brewers. It’s a regional preference and distinction”
Geoff Kaiser writes the Seattle Beer News blog. He moved to the Pacific Northwest partly based on the quality of beer you can find here. He decided to run a poll on his blog asking readers to vote on their favorite Washington IPA (7.5% ABV or less). He’s restricted the voting to standard IPA’s, meaning no fruity beers or extra dark brews. So far, we’re leading the pack! One of the blog comments even reads “boundary bay, though — very glad to see that on top.”
Click here to see the stats and to vote for YOUR favorite IPA!