1. Extreme Beer Fest. March 20 & 21, 2015 in Boston, Mass. Join us!
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Moosehead Boundary Ale - Moosehead Breweries Ltd.

Not Rated.
Moosehead Boundary AleMoosehead Boundary Ale

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.

46 Ratings
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 46
Reviews: 15
rAvg: 3.27
pDev: 12.54%
Wants: 1
Gots: 5 | 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

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: 1sophrosyne1 on 10-25-2013)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50  | next › last »
Ratings: 46 | Reviews: 15 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of Organdrew
3.36/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Wanted to actually buy Creemore springs premium lager, but this was not available and was curious about this beer. I bought myself a 6-pack.

Right off the bat I was skeptical about drinking something from Moosehead breweries.

Served in a dark colored bottle, drank right out of the bottle So I did not notice the color. The bottle looked dirty and had white rings around it from mass produced bottles.

Smell: smells like a macrobrew beer would smell, nothing special. Maybe a subtle citrus scent.

Taste: First drink reminded me of every other beer out there. Kinda like Budweiser or what not, very common. After a few drinks I noticed the bitterness. The hops bitterness was coming through. A little complex/blunt as this is an ale. Reminiscent of other beers i've drank. The more I tasted, and narrowed down different tastes/aromas, I notices that this was bitter, but a very mild bitterness. Bitter, but in the right amount. Citrusy notes prominent, and an underlying toasty (malt?) flavor. This seemed to be bitter, but sweetness poked through after a while, with a lingering bitter/sweet taste that lasted a half a minute.

Mouthfeel: A little thick, not too watery. Burns on the tongue which takes away the sensation. I attribute this to the carbonation and hops in the beer.

Overall: At first I was disappointing thinking, "This is like every other beer out there". After getting about halfway down the beer, It came to have it's own (similar style) yet slightly distinct taste that lingers. Slightly retaining a bitterness, but also a sweetness. I attribute this to the hops/malt balance. I do think it could use a bit of work and as a macrobrew, I know there is little room for change, but the label pretty much sums up the beer:

" ....seven different malt varieties. The end result is a well-balanced, medium-bodied ale with subtle malt sweetness and a unique blend of citrus and earthy hop notes."

I would mostly agree above. It took me a bit to sort out the flavors, and it is a little bitter, and if you don't like bitter, you probably won't drink more than one of these. I've had REALLY bitter beer before and it was almost repulsive to drink (I think Garrison's single hop IPA), but a definite taste experience, Boundary ale is a tenfold decrease of that bitterness. The beer is okay to drink, and probably one of my new favorites. I love the citrus and bitter/sweet balance. Surprised the mooshead breweries actually made something I enjoy.
Update: I have bought two 6-packs since this review.

Organdrew, Apr 05, 2014
Photo of DaveBar
3.45/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased at the LCBO 473ml can for just under $3.00. Served at 4deg C in a water glass

A- Not bad. Opens well with a good head settling to a film within a minute

S- Pretty good. Caramel and roasted malt

T- Not that great. It's definitely an IPA but with a bit of a burn twist from the malt

M- Not bad. Nothing special but has a bit of creaminess at least

O- Not a keeper by any means. Would not buy again but it is drinkable

Food Pairing

This rather hum IPA paired well with... Chinese stir fry


DaveBar, Apr 04, 2014
Photo of Daefido
3.75/5  rDev +14.7%

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

Daefido, Yesterday at 09:51 PM
Photo of Jeffo
2.75/5  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.

Jeffo, Oct 16, 2014
Photo of -steve-
3.9/5  rDev +19.3%

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.

-steve-, Oct 06, 2014
Photo of polloenfuego
3/5  rDev -8.3%

polloenfuego, Sep 11, 2014
Photo of Howycwap
3.68/5  rDev +12.5%

Howycwap, Sep 03, 2014
Photo of slackt
2.04/5  rDev -37.6%

slackt, Sep 02, 2014
Photo of dcerdman
4/5  rDev +22.3%

dcerdman, Aug 30, 2014
Photo of tharper178
3.24/5  rDev -0.9%

tharper178, Aug 16, 2014
Photo of mjacquard
3.5/5  rDev +7%

mjacquard, Jul 27, 2014
Photo of Ericbeech_87
3.75/5  rDev +14.7%

Ericbeech_87, Jul 06, 2014
Photo of wordemupg
3.14/5  rDev -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

wordemupg, Jul 04, 2014
Photo of Slongie
3/5  rDev -8.3%

Slongie, Jul 01, 2014
Photo of BigGruntyThirst
3.25/5  rDev -0.6%

BigGruntyThirst, Jul 01, 2014
Photo of BryceTonner
4.25/5  rDev +30%

BryceTonner, Jun 24, 2014
Photo of jmkoscie
3/5  rDev -8.3%

jmkoscie, Jun 23, 2014
Photo of Kmat10
3.25/5  rDev -0.6%

Kmat10, Jun 08, 2014
Photo of DreamDeath
2.75/5  rDev -15.9%

DreamDeath, May 18, 2014
Photo of CRObighit2
3.25/5  rDev -0.6%

CRObighit2, May 17, 2014
Photo of biboergosum
3.43/5  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.

biboergosum, May 17, 2014
Photo of Rlombardi75
3.5/5  rDev +7%

Rlombardi75, May 04, 2014
Photo of joefinnigan15
3.25/5  rDev -0.6%

joefinnigan15, Apr 28, 2014
Photo of Hoppy_McGee
3.5/5  rDev +7%

Hoppy_McGee, Apr 28, 2014
Photo of patre_tim
3.85/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Clear copper colour, almost no carbonation, 4 fingers of tan tinged creamy head.

S: Malt forward, slight citrus, earthy, mild, light toasted notes, light hint of chocolate, slight fermented punkiness. Reminding me of New Belgium's Red Hoptober in scent.

T: Light toasty quality, citrusy, slight chocolate note, grassy, ends in a strong hard water, metallic note. Dull bitter old world aftertaste.

M: Medium body, medium low carbonation

O: Resembling an English mild ale with a slightly American citrusy hop character, still it leans towards old world in taste. Like a Canadian, its a mix of British and American. A little too metallic on the end, but really well crafted beer with a cool style on the can.

patre_tim, Apr 24, 2014
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50  | next › last »
Moosehead Boundary Ale from Moosehead Breweries Ltd.
77 out of 100 based on 46 ratings.