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Beer – #669 – Boundary Road – 18th Amendment

or more properly Boundary Road Brewer’s Cut 18th Amendment. Not strictly a ‘draft beer’ in the sense that this is a ‘big brewer’ making beer in a different guise.

brewed in honour of your friendly, local bootlegger

500ml Bottle that is 6% ABV, that makes it about 180 calories a serve size, 38 IBU things on the scale , and in the bottle 2.4 standard drinks.

Brewed by Independent Breweries NZ (Boundary Road) in the style that is  American Pale Ale and they do that in Papakura, Auckland, New Zealand

A man about to have a commercial beer....

A man about to have a commercial beer….

The 18th Amendment brought about the darkest period of American history. (No, not The Brady Bunch Movie, Prohibition.)

The ban on alcohol meant you couldn’t get a decent beer anywhere, unless, of course, you “knew a guy”.

This A.P.A., brewed in honour of your friendly, local bootlegger, is loaded with all-American hops, notes of citrus, and a crisp, bitter finish. Enjoy it quick before someone makes fun illegal again.

So, what could possibly go wrong?

Aroma on opening is a rather dull thud of hops and not much else.

Pour is a lovely caramel brown color and it has a stark white head that is just the right size, and persistence.  Not picking any particular aroma in the glass.

Boundary Road 18th AmendmentSurprisingly then the caramel is extremely nice and full, the mouthfeel is decent, the finish fades somewhat to a itchy dryness.

There is a lot of carbonation in this giving it that slightly uncomfortable mouthfeel.

I am enjoying this though, it is easy drinking, the hop notes are low, the caramel level high, the finish just a dab at the back, leaves a lovely lacing in the glass too.

If anything I would have though this more an English Bitter it has a lot of things that remind me of that style and the low hop presence does not remind me of a Pale Ale.

The pdubyah-o-meter rates this as 7 of its things from the thing. You could do a lot worse that drinking this, and honestly if you were stretching beyond the quantity commercial and wanting a dabble in a craft beer this is a good stepping stone, oh a gateway beer 🙂

The double dip review

  • Am I enjoying it? Yes
  • Would I have another? Yes
  • Would I share with a friend on a porch and set the world to rights?  I’m tempted to say that I’d take some to a party, there is a lot to like about this as a beer and I’d be happy to have a couple, I think that the real craft snob might sneer, but they’d just be missing out.

Music for this, as you know like beer I’ll try anything once, this time it is time for ” Iron Maiden ” and ” Book of Souls ” on Spotify Iron Maiden are an English heavy metal band formed in Leyton, east London, in 1975 by bassist and primary songwriter Steve Harris.


American Pale Ales are light in color, ranging from golden to a light copper color. The style of this beer is defined by the American hops used. American hops typically have high bitterness and aroma.This is a perfect beer for big fare like grilled burgers or combination pizzas, as well as lighter fare like sushi and green salads.


2 comments on “Beer – #669 – Boundary Road – 18th Amendment

  1. Pingback: Beer – #674 – Boundary Road – Arabica Dabra Coffee Oatmeal Stout *redux* | A life just as ordinary

  2. Willow
    March 6, 2020

    iron maiden does go well with this beer. great review man.

    Liked by 1 person

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