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Moosehead Boundary Ale - Moosehead Breweries Ltd.

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Moosehead Boundary AleMoosehead Boundary Ale

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51 Ratings
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Ratings: 51
Reviews: 16
rAvg: 3.29
pDev: 12.16%
Wants: 2
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Moosehead Breweries Ltd. visit their website
New Brunswick, Canada

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: 1sophrosyne1 on 10-25-2013

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Photo of leaddog
3.21/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Appearance - Pours a light copper with two fingers of foamy cream coloured head.

Smell - bready caramel malts, leafy, and earthy hops, hint of pear.

Taste - Starts off with the bready caramalts then goes into leafy and earthy hops which are pretty tame and hint of pear. Taste is a little sweet for my liking considering the style.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Finishes dry with a lingering light bitterness and sweetness.

Overall - An average red. Nothing really makes this a stand out. The hops need some fine tuning in this one as well as the off-putting sweetness not usually seen in this style.

Photo of GlendonTT
3.38/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of OneTuffPony
2.83/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of MJ63
3.75/5  rDev +14%

Photo of bluebombers
3.76/5  rDev +14.3%

Photo of Daefido
3.75/5  rDev +14%

The design of this beer label is quite nice, and its taste is not bad, very normal and nice for social gathering.^^;

Photo of Jeffo
2.76/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Got this one at the LCBO in Waterloo this past summer

From a 16oz can into a snifter
IBU: 39
Cascade, Chinook, EKG and Fuggel hops

APPEARANCE: Pours a three finger, medium looking, fluffy, slightly off-white head with good retention. Perfectly clear umber or burnt orange in color with no carbonation evident. Head slowly fades to a foamy cap with chunky lacing down the glass. A splotchy wisp remains with dots of lacing down the glass. Decent looking, though the head is a touch too foamy.

SMELL: Grainy malts, dark bread and some light melon notes. Some earthy hops as well. Mostly the English variety; not much from the citrus American type.

TASTE: Grainy malt sweetness up front, with more earthy hops at the swallow. A little empty up front, unfortunately. The aftertaste is medium in strength with more grainy malts, dark bread, caramel and melon sweetness, as well as some earthy hop bitterness. No sign of the American citrus hops here. This doesn’t match the description on the side of the can, unfortunately.

PALATE: Medium body and medium levels of carbonation. Creamy enough on the palate, goes down smooth and finishes a touch dry. Good feel here.

OVERALL: Not quite sure this one works, or that it achieved what they wanted it to. The description on the label leads one to anticipate a citrusy hop brew with a nice counterbalance of earthy English hops, but instead, this is a rather grainy brew and the earthy, English hop character dominates. To be sure, this is not a bad brew by any means, but it doesn’t not deliver what it promised.

Photo of -steve-
3.9/5  rDev +18.5%

A little surprised at the vitriol directed at this beer. I found it a very enjoyable and solid offering from one of the big players. The amber colour of this beer is pleasant. As per the reviews it is loaded to the gills with foam! Quite surprising amount actually. But that did not dampen my enjoyment of the brew. Definite caramel smell and malty sweetness on tasting. The full flavour does die off rather quickly to a thin watery finish. Which was a shame. If only the robust maltiness and hops had been able to maintain themselves throughout the drinking process this beer could have really shined.
This is a step in the right direction for Moosehead. Would drink it again.

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3/5  rDev -8.8%

Photo of Howycwap
3.68/5  rDev +11.9%

Photo of slackt
2.04/5  rDev -38%

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4/5  rDev +21.6%

Photo of tharper178
3.24/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of mjacquard
3.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of Ericbeech_87
3.75/5  rDev +14%

Photo of wordemupg
3.17/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

341ml bottle poured into pint glass 3/7/14

A light copper liquid with more bubbles then I thought you could fit in a glass, this thing is barfing bubbles from everywhere, a two finger foam slowly grows over the top of the glass, lots of lace and I still have foam at the bottom of the glass

S weedy, sour apple, cardboard, herbal earthy notes, some caramel, Iced tea powder, smells OK

T more of the same really, a little grass soil included, leafy, nothing great that's for sure but Its drinkable

M lighter side of medium, somehow its a little flat in the mouth, hard to believe after looking at it, leafy finish lingers

O its another one and done, nothing offensive but I wouldn't bother with it again

looked great, not sure if all the carbonation I could see was a flaw or not, either way its another boring brew brewed by the big boys

Photo of Slongie
3/5  rDev -8.8%

Photo of BigGruntyThirst
3.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of BryceTonner
4.25/5  rDev +29.2%

Photo of jmkoscie
3/5  rDev -8.8%

Photo of Kmat10
3.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of DreamDeath
2.75/5  rDev -16.4%

Photo of CRObighit2
3.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of biboergosum
3.45/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

341ml bottle, procured from the always dusty singles bin at my local chain liquor store outlet, on the usual curiosity lark.

This beer pours a crystal clear, bright medium bronzed amber colour, with two fingers of puffy, frothy, and loosely bubbly ecru head, which leaves some rather pervasive craggy webbed lace around the glass as things take their turn downwards. Not too shabby looking, I gotta say.

It smells of semi-sweet bready caramel malt, a sturdy apple and pear fruitiness, toasted bar nuts, a slight metallic flintiness, and weak, but still present earthy, leafy hops. The taste is more gritty, grainy caramel malt, a wet brown breadiness, the same edgy, somewhat oily nuts, rain-soaked gravel stones, and some timid, and mildly bitter floral, earthy hops.

The carbonation is pretty low-key, barely a subversive bubbly tic to be found anywhere, the body a wavering medium weight, and smooth in a halting sort of way - it is, but doesn't go too far in convincing you or even itself of the fact. It finishes on the sweet side, the caramel and toffee malt character maintaining its heft, while the purportedly boundary-challenging hops seem to have a whole lot of trouble even crossing the border.

For Moosehead, this is actually a whole lot better than what I might have imagined their first ale that I experienced would actually be like. The emphasis on new/old world hops (and its ties to the Canuck ethos) kind of falls flat, but this is still drinkable, and much fuller and rounder than any of the standard fare from this brewery. Focus on the malts, I guess, and all will be well.

Photo of Rlombardi75
3.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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Moosehead Boundary Ale from Moosehead Breweries Ltd.
77 out of 100 based on 51 ratings.