This American pale ale from Moosehead Breweries Limited in Saint John, New Brunswick is clear and light amber in colour, pouring with a small but frothy light tan head that leaves weblike lacing as it settles into a thin cap. Boundary Ale has a very fruity smell, with dark notes of plum and raisin countered by bright grape, lemon and apple juice aromas. Sweet fresh grains and light malts carry hints of chocolate and minerals.
The taste of Boundary Ale is thick with flavours of biscuit, raisin, cocoa and honey balanced by a moderate bitterness that is most prevalent in the aftertaste and carries notes of lemon rind and fresh grasses. This ale is on the lighter side of medium-bodied and has a fair amount of carbonation that pops on the front of the tongue. A smooth oiliness leads to a grainy and somewhat chocolatey finish.
The Boundary Ale logo is printed using several shades of blue, orange and white and depicts a moose buck standing on a forest hilltop. A description of the beer and a list of all the hops and malts used to brew it are found on the back of your bottle or can, while coded freshness dating is stamped on the bottom of cans or on the six pack sleeve respectively. You will also see the signatures of Andrew & Patrick Oland and a slogan that reads “Canada’s Oldest Independent Brewery Since 1867” on the packaging.
I am genuinely surprised by the quality of Boundary Ale considering its lineage. It’s a satisfying ale that blurs the line between traditional English and modern American styles with marked success. This beer is great with fresh breads, chicken stew, cold roast beef, dark chocolate, mild cheeses like havarti and would be the perfect partner for a sandwich with chips.
Boundary Ale is available in bottles at The Beer Store and in cans at a large number of LCBO outlets in Ontario. Moosehead products are also distributed nationally and to parts of the USA
Type: American Pale Ale
Region: New Brunswick, Saint John
Brewery: Moosehead Breweries Limited
Format Purchased: 6 x 341 mL
Alcohol Content: 5.3%