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Moosehead Boundary Ale - Moosehead Breweries Ltd.

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53 Ratings
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Ratings: 53
Reviews: 17
rAvg: 3.28
pDev: 12.5%
Wants: 2
Gots: 9 | 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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Ratings: 53 | Reviews: 17
Photo of biegaman
3.41/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Boundary Ale has a bronze colour and tired highlights. Its head, on the other hand, is untiring and cedes nothing even as the liquid depletes. Not only that, it literally imprints itself onto the glass, seemingly permanently. It looks to have more character than any other Moosehead beer I've tried to date...

I've no idea what style of beer to expect after reading the ingredients: Cascade, Chinook, East Kent Goldings, Fuggles hops; Pale, Caramel, Carastan, Crystal, Dark Crystal, Munich, Black malts. Everything but the kitchen sink. It looks less like an actual recipe and more like a general inventory list.

If you ask me it's a very odd combination, especially for the hops which have such disparate characteristics. The result is like when too many people talk at once and each individual voice is muffled by the collective noise. Any citrus or floral aromatics are stifled by ambiguous earthy pungency and spice.

True craft drinkers know it's not the number of hops and malts that matters - it's the varieties and proportion. No one buys a shirt because it's made from seven different materials and has four types of buttons! Sounds silly, right? Far more important is the quality of the material and production.

Beer is no different. One malt and one type of hop can suffice if well utilized. Boundary Ale, however, is a hodge-podge of mismatched ingredients used with a predictably light hand. It has a generically biscuity, malty flavour and surprisingly surly 39 IBUs. It's an overall plain beer with little redeeming character.

Boundary Ale isn't this industrial producer pushing the boundaries - this misguided, disjointed attempt at something "craft-like" suggests, if anything, Moosehead overstepped their bounds in trying their hand at anything other than their marketing-driven mass-brand lager. They obviously don't 'get it'.

Photo of misternebbie
2.68/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Photo of leaddog
3.21/5  rDev -2.1%
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 +3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of OneTuffPony
2.83/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of MJ63
3.75/5  rDev +14.3%

Photo of bluebombers
3.76/5  rDev +14.6%

Photo of Daefido
3.75/5  rDev +14.3%

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 -15.9%
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 +18.9%

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 -8.5%

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3.68/5  rDev +12.2%

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2.04/5  rDev -37.8%

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4/5  rDev +22%

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3.24/5  rDev -1.2%

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3.5/5  rDev +6.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +14.3%

Photo of wordemupg
3.17/5  rDev -3.4%
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

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3/5  rDev -8.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -0.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +29.6%

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3/5  rDev -8.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -0.9%

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2.75/5  rDev -16.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -0.9%

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Moosehead Boundary Ale from Moosehead Breweries Ltd.
77 out of 100 based on 53 ratings.