Moosehead Boundary Ale | Moosehead Breweries Ltd.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Moosehead Breweries Ltd.
New Brunswick, Canada
moosehead.ca

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by 1sophrosyne1 on 10-25-2013

BEER STATS
Ratings:
67
Reviews:
19
Avg:
3.32
pDev:
12.35%
 
 
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Ratings: 67 |  Reviews: 19
Photo of ikidunot
3.77/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Lewnanny
3.17/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Another medium beer in my taste chart. This is not the taste I look trough a beer.

The hop is present but not too much.

IBU 39

Got this one again on May 19, 2017 and the smell remind the halloween candy (kisses) : ) A really nice smell. The taste is OK, I will definitely get this one again, since my pallet of taste have change trough time.

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Photo of josanguapo
3.55/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From Club del Gourmet of El Corte Ingles. In Teku glass. After dinner. 68 days after BB date. Balanced and easy to drink. English earthy hops I use to dislike stand out in the mix but not excessively and doesnt ruin it.

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Photo of fortyfield
3.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Isaac420L
3.9/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Ajandar
3.29/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

слишком медовый

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Photo of theskjoung
3.17/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Jotora
3.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Soots
4.26/5  rDev +28.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of headlessparrot
3.27/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of atsir
3.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Pmicdee
3.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer was better than I expected from a large brewey

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Photo of TheBierdimpfe
3.42/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Bright amber color with dense but gentle activity. Sparkly creamy beige 2 finger head lasting around 12 minutes with good legs.

Aromas and flavors of citrus, caramel, fruits, floral and herbal spices. Strong floral nose while the taste is slightly faint. Feels a little toasty and bread like with high caramel sweetness.

Slick medium body with prickly carbonation. Short but well intensified finish ending with a mix of orange sweetness and slightly bitter floral and clove like feel.

Overall : Average beer; the freshness is alright while the taste is a little faint but the flavors are good. Feels like a botched IPA.

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Photo of beerinabottle
4.15/5  rDev +25%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Was looking forward to this but nothing special in it for me

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Photo of biegaman
3.41/5  rDev +2.7%
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'.

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Photo of misternebbie
2.68/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Photo of leaddog
3.21/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

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Photo of GlendonTT
3.38/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of OneTuffPony
2.83/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of MJ63
3.75/5  rDev +13%

Photo of bluebombers
3.76/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of Daefido
3.75/5  rDev +13%

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

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Photo of Jeffo
2.76/5  rDev -16.9%
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.

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Photo of -steve-
3.9/5  rDev +17.5%

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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Photo of polloenfuego
3/5  rDev -9.6%

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