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Boundary Road Brewer’s Cut Stolen Base

Brewed by Independent Breweries NZ (Boundary Road)
Style: Imperial IPA
Papakura, Auckland, New Zealand
Serve in Shaker, Snifter


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RATINGS: 32   MEAN: 3.5/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.44/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
The biggest religion in America is baseball, closely followed by religion. This cultural extravaganza can’t be properly appreciated in full without a refreshing brew such as the Double IPA, the heavy hitter of Yankee craft beers. Stolen Base is our version. A triple play of smooth malts, citrus notes, and supersize-me hops that leave it bitterer than a Hollywood divorce.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
adasko (1921) - Poznan, POLAND - MAR 22, 2016
Very hoppy and malty aroma. A bit green and orange notes. In taste it’s not so interesting. A bit more flat and plain. But on the other site it does not completely feel like an 8% abv beer. Has a very clear mouthfeel, medium body. Very pleasant to drink.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
GoufCustom (1653) - HONG KONG - FEB 8, 2016

500 ml bottle bought at YATA in MOKO, Mong Kok.

Looks: Clear deep amber colour; Two finger head with crumpety off-white foam which lasts for 3 minutes; Beautiful sticky lacing with fizzy carbonation.

Aroma: Fragrant and refreshingly sweet full Ale malt, with floral nectar, strong honey, light tropical fruits, black pepper, light resins, biscuits, strong yeast, light lemon and strong fresh-cut grass.

Taste: Close to strong sweet Amber Ale malt, with roastyness, fair caramel, floral, very light grapefruit, strong molasses, resins, biscuits, strong lemon, fairly strong bitter hops and fresh grass.

Body: Full body. Dry, slick and oozy palate.

Mouth Feel: Strong Amber maltyness in a rich smooth wholesome background. Good caramel and Amber roastyness are there. Sweetness is strong but alright. 8% booze is well hidden. Good resins and lemon to round. Simple but nice!

Hoppiness: Floral nectar, light tropical fruits, black pepper, light resins and strong fresh grass in nose. Very light grapefruit, floral, resins, strong lemon and fresh grass in taste; Bitterness is very restrained for a 65 IBUs DIPA, with a lasting, medium astringent sweet-malty finish.

After Taste: Dry. Smooth, sweet and hoppy to mouth.

Comments: I look at all these nice hops listed on the label - Pacifica, Pacific Jade, Cascade and Zythos - so I was expecting a high power hoppy feast. Turns out it’s more like a rich Amber Ale with muddled and low-fi fruity aroma, nutty malty sweetness with clean and simple hoppiness. Probably one of the easiest DIPA to taste and enjoy so far, but I wish its aroma can be more fruity and varied. A neat one!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
UjoKlobasa (658) - SLOVAK REPUBLIC - DEC 29, 2015
Bottle. Golden to amber color, white quickly fading head. Aroma is floral and hoppy. As with other NZ IPAs, no pine and no citrus here as well. Alcohol is completely hidden. Very good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
canadiankiwi (146) - NEW ZEALAND - OCT 6, 2015
Poured from bottle. Little yo no head. Dark amber colour. Smells Like quince paste. Earthy tones. Nice light ipa much better than some other boundary road brews.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
k0mpsa (2502) - Tuusula, FINLAND - MAR 4, 2015
Bottle. Clear amber color, white head. Aroma is pleasant, hoppy, sweet malty. Nice sweet malty taste, hoppy, fruity, balanced. Positive surprise.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Bule (1854) - California, USA - MAR 3, 2015
500ml bottle pours a brown color with a fine frothy head. Not much hops in this. Mild maltiness that balances the alcohol.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tombutlin (231) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - FEB 14, 2015
UPDATED: MAY 1, 2016 Surprisingly good beer from a big brewery. Complex aroma of pine, citrus & grass and a rich golden head. Chewy, rich taste that backs up the aroma to the end, with a rich 8% alcohol that doesn’t overpower. Only downside to the taste is slight soy sauce saltiness. Only $4.99 for a 500ml bottle, this is also excellent value and compares well to craft breweries.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
dathzo (28) - NETHERLANDS - FEB 4, 2015
Tested from bottle in New Zealand. Again on the low end of IPAs. Decent balance but nothing remarkable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
ColaKid (82) - AUSTRALIA - DEC 30, 2014
This beer deserves better ratings than what it’s received. Not quite up with Hopwired but an amazing kiwi IIPA. I drank allot of this while over there and for the price and quality it was an instant winner. A perfectly balanced double IPA, beautiful citrus aroma, decent alcohol warmth and strong bitterness. Extremely good and worth trying again. If I ever see it in Oz I will definitely buy it. Well done!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
waiake (606) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - NOV 22, 2014
UPDATED: MAY 16, 2015 500ml bottle pours hazy copper gold with a brief fluffy head quite an intense aroma of caramel malt fruit & hops taste is similar with pineapple citrus spice & the alcohol very tasty

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