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Moosehead Boundary Ale - Moosehead Breweries Ltd.

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Moosehead Boundary AleMoosehead Boundary Ale

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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

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: 1sophrosyne1 on 10-25-2013

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Ratings: 53 | Reviews: 17
Reviews by TheHammer:
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2.5/5  rDev -23.8%

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Photo of DaveBar
3.48/5  rDev +6.1%
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


Photo of Organdrew
3.34/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

Photo of cam477
3.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Photo of MJ63
3.75/5  rDev +14.3%

Photo of biboergosum
3.45/5  rDev +5.2%
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 Phyl21ca
3.27/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Can: Poured a light clear amber color ale with a large foamy head with large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of light caramelized malt notes with some light dry hoppy notes that are clearly noticeable. Taste is a nice balanced mix between some caramelized malt with good attenuation and some light dry and bitter hoppy notes. Body is about average with good carbonation. I must admit to being surprise as this beer as more flavour then I had expected considering who the brewer is.

Photo of WillAndSarah
3.75/5  rDev +14.3%

Photo of ssmack
2.83/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Dark redish amber. One inch greenish beige head. Good carbonation. Excellent lacing. A great looking ale.

Mild malty sweet biscuit smell.

Taste like the aroma. Biscuit combine with mild grassy hops. Earthy but one dimensional.

Medium feel with a slight bite.

This is a mild British ESB style ale. Nothing special.

The label says "crafted" but this is definitely not a craft beer.

Photo of DamageCase76
3.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Photo of dcerdman
4/5  rDev +22%

Photo of patre_tim
3.86/5  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.

Photo of spinrsx
2.94/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

473ml Can from the Ottawa LCBO for $2.45

Appearance - Clear brownish/copper colour with an average size off-white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some okay lacing. The head lasted for around 3-4 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, hops, caramel

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, caramel, and light hops. There is also some kind of odd plastic type flavour.. can't put my finger on it.

Overall - An okay beer I suppose.. but it doesn't have a whole lot of scent and there is something odd about the taste. Not something I'd buy again. Drinks more like an ESB than an American amber.

Photo of Mr_Rocca
3.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Photo of RedAleMan
3.5/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of DreamDeath
2.75/5  rDev -16.2%

Photo of thehyperduck
3.39/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

341 mL bottle from a sixer picked up at TBS. Had my eye on this one for a while, since I haven't tried anything new under the Moosehead label in years. Served well-chilled.

Pours a clear, orange-amber colour, topped with one finger of frothy, off-white head that wilts relatively rapidly over the next minute or two. A soapy collar is left behind, alongside a thin cap and minimal lacing. Somewhat enticing aroma; certainly more involved than 99% of the other macro-labelled stuff I've tried - lots of caramel/toffee sweetness, in addition to toasted nuts, bready malts and a light earthiness from the hops.

Surprisingly tasty, actually - though nothing ground-breaking or out the ordinary here, as every individual taste could be detected in the aroma. The malts seem to be the focus, with caramel and toffee dominating initially, followed by some toasted nuttiness. The flavour takes a turn toward the earthy side near the finish, wherein the modest hop presence creates a bittersweet aftertaste that lingers only briefly. Light-bodied but approaching medium, with relatively high carbonation levels that I am not particularly enjoying in the context of these flavours - this one drinks kind of like a pale English ale/bitter, and the aggressive carb doesn't work well here. Still, it's a respectable session ale for the pub.

Final Grade: 3.40, a B-. Moosehead's Boundary Ale isn't likely to garner a lot of attention amongst craft beer fans, but it's still one of the better 'crafty' macro ales I've tried in recent memory. Good beer, but not great - now that the tallboys are available locally, I'll probably grab one every now and then.

Photo of Brody1714
3.5/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of Hoppy_McGee
3.5/5  rDev +6.7%

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 -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.

Photo of Slongie
3/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of Ericbeech_87
3.75/5  rDev +14.3%

Photo of DenisKolkin
3.41/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

473 ml can purchased from LCBO for $2.65 CDN. Served cold into a Keith's Pint glass.

Appearance - Copper / honey brown in color with a froth ivory head of about 2.5 fingers. Great lacing left down the sides of the glass as the head recedes over a few minutes. The cap is enormously frothy and appealing. Beer is crystal clear with very few bubbles rising to the surface. Spidery lacing streaks left on the glass.

Smell - Mild aromas, but definitely a larger malt bill here. Some mild grainy and grassy notes in the back ground but the malt stands out for me.

Taste - Falls a touch flat here, as I'm expecting more given the aroma, the malt is fairly subdued and there's a minimal hop presence. The hops are there for a moment, but then malts and a leathery tobacco type of flavor races in for a few moments, before transition to a bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied, that i think could be enhanced by a bit of carbonation. too much though and i feel it might be gassy. Everything just kind lingers without a terribly satisfying conclusion, but still seems pretty good. As mentioned in a few of the other reviews there are certain elements here that make this lean towards an ESB.

Overall - Definitely a different beer for Moosehead, that I enjoyed but it just seems to be missing a little of something to elevate this to an even better beer. Nonetheless a worthy venture and a nice fusion of a couple styles (albeit possibly unintentionally).

Photo of polloenfuego
3/5  rDev -8.5%

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Moosehead Boundary Ale from Moosehead Breweries Ltd.
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