Boundary Bay Best BitterJuly 1, 2000 Bellingham, WA
Boundary Bay Brewing Co.
Available: WA, draft only
Boundary Bay Brewing of Bellingham brews their Best Bitter beer with two-row pale, English carastan and English crystal malts; and Perle, Mt. Hood and Cascade hops.
Original gravity: 1054
An opaque, dense foam towers over a liquid jewel of amber and gold with ruby highlights. The nose is herbaceous, complex, clean and long lasting. The mouthfeel is round and beautifully balanced with plenty of sweet maltiness and hop flower dryness. BBBB is big enough to compliment flavorful and spicy food, delicate enough for oysters on the half shell, cracked crab and even fresh fruit with soft ripened cheese. Traditionally, bitter is a draft example of pale ale, however the names are interchangeable.
- Charles Finkel
Unexpected rich, dense head provides an appealing introduction. Sweet floral overtures in the aroma say, “It’s all beer here.” The signature seems north by northwest; a bitter in the name of American hops and assertiveness. If there were such a thing, I’d dub it a kind of India pale best bitter. Aggressively hopped for a best bitter, which I would usually consider a session beer. Excellent product and well made. As usual, the name Best Bitter leaves much to the imagination.
- Charlie Papazian
A stylistic quibble: bottled beer is never called “bitter” in England. The term is reserved for draft beer; the bottled version is labeled pale ale. Quibble aside, this is a stunning beer, from its amber color, an aroma of spices and fruit like blood oranges, through a palate of juicy malt, tart fruit and spicy hops, to a long, dry and bitter finish dominated by hops and citrus fruit. Beautifully balanced between malt and hops, this is a beer of great finesse, a fine companion for blue cheese and crackers.
- Roger Protz
Founder of Merchant du Vin and the Pike Brewing Co., Charles Finkel is a pioneer in the marketing of craft beers in America.
Author of the New Complete Joy of Homebrewing, founder of the Great American Beer Festival and a Beer Examiner at www.examiner.com, Papazian is a leading voice in beer and brewing.
Roger Protz is the author of Complete Guide to World Beer and 300 Beers to Try Before You Die. He is a respected beer authority and editor of the CAMRA Good Beer Guide.