Boundary Brewing is a newcomer to the B.C. beer scene opening its doors in Kelowna. While there is little information online about the brewery, the bottle states that it is one of only a few oak kettle breweris in Canada. This is an interesting distinction, and the fact that they are producing styles like an Altbier is even more interesting, given how rare that style is in this neck of the woods. B.C. Beer Reviews is here to check out their Oak Kettle Altbier and what this newer brewery has to offer.
B.C. Beer Reviews: Boundary Brewing – Oak Kettle Altbier
This beer pours a nice, deep copper colour from the bottle. In the glass, this beer is a deep copper-brown colour. In dim lighting you cannot see through it, but when held to the light it displays a fantastic copper-ruby colour.
The malt characteristics most certainly dominate the aromatics of this beer. There is a very sweet caramel not to this beer. You can also get light notes of toffee and toasted bread. It is a very pleasant aroma.
There is a very light touch of wood to this beer. It would be hard to distinguish it without it being on the label of the beer. The wood comes out enough to be noticed, but it is not powerful. It adds a nice level of complexity to this beers aroma.
Once again, the malt character is very much at the forefront here. You get caramel and toasted bread at the beginning, with a very, very light touch of toffee in the finish.
The oak character comes out much more in the taste than it did in the nose. You get wood and a light touch of what could be perceived as vanilla in this one. This light sweet note goes nicely with the malt characteristics.
There is very little perceivable hop characteristic to this beer. This is very much a malt-forward beer. The spicy hop notes do start to come through a bit more as the beer begins to warm up.
The label of this beer is simple, but nice. A black label with a white boarder and white lettering states their name of Boundary Brewing and the name of the beer. Nothing stands out here.
This beer does not have a head to it whatsoever. It has one with a rather hard pour, but dissipates immediately thereafter.
This beer is malt-forward, to say the least. There is very little perceived hop character in either the aroma or the tasting notes of this beer, which is something that is common to the style. This is a tasty beer, but a stronger spicy noble hop character would make it more within the style. Regardless of that, it is still an easy drinking and tasty beer.
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