#66 Boundary Road – Flying Fortress

Boundary Rd Flying FortressName: Flying Fortress
Brewery: Boundary Rd (Auckland, New Zealand)
Style: Pale Ale
ABV: 4.6%
Source: Cass & Finn

I’m going to have to really rush this one because I’m being picked up in 15 minutes to go and watch a Bollywood movie THAT I AM IN.

Yeah that’s right, did I mention I occasionally star in Bollywood movies? Probably not because that would be a gross exaggeration, but I was an extra in one while I was in India over the summer, and now it turns out the movie is playing right here in Auckland. Neat huh?

Anyway, I’m running out of time and this is a blog about beer for God’s sake and not about my own fleeting appearances in Indian musicals, so…

I came home tonight and found my flatmates drinking Boundary Rd Pale Ale – a beer that I’ve seen at the supermarkets but know nowt about. I thought it would be good to try it though, because it’s only 15 bucks for a six-pack, and lord knows I need to find a cheap beer to love.

It poured (after I removed the screw-cap) a deep amber colour – pretty dark for a pale ale, with a whisp of white head that diminished quickly.

It was probably a little bit cold, but I got a faint aroma of caramel and a bit of grapefruit hoppiness, as well as some metallic notes (I instantly feel like a wanker for writing that – why say “some metallic notes” when I really mean “metal”?)

It tasted pretty one dimensional – that one dimension being sweet. It wasn’t a good, malty sweet either – it was a sugary sweetness that I associate with big commercial brews. There was a bit of hoppy bitterness at the finish, but not enough to properly even the score.

This wasn’t an offensive beer, it was just boring and too sweet. You could do worse for the price – but then you could also buy a 6-pack of Mac’s Sassy Red and do a whole lot better.

PS – It’s later now and I Just got back from the movie. I saw myself twice! But it was terrible.

Published in: on October 13, 2011 at 11:44 pm  Comments (2)  

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  1. Boundary Road = Independent Liquor = commercial brewery who bring you such jewels as Ranfurly Draught and New Zealand Lager. They are trying very hard to place themselves in the craft beer market, and while the marketing sounds like it may be getting them some sales it sounds like the beer will not get many repeat purchases.

    • they sent me a $5 note in the post last night… it’ll pay for half of my next pint of something better at The Hop Garden today.

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