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Gahan House Blueberry Ale | The Gahan House

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Brewed by:
The Gahan House
Prince Edward Island, Canada | website

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by biboergosum on 07-21-2013

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Reviews: 7 | Ratings: 29
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3/5  rDev -11.2%

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3/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of biboergosum
3.55/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle. A white ale with wild blueberries is still a fruit beer. Thanks are in order to the Alberta rep for the sample bottles.

This beer pours a dark, and rather murky, sediment-strewn tarnished golden amber hue, with three fingers of puffy, billowy, and tightly foamy dirty white head, which leaves a broad spectrum of chunky ocean spray lace around the glass as it slowly moves south.

It smells quite strongly of blueberry tarts - semi-sweet grainy pastry and luscious field fruit, with a bit of flinty stoniness, and tame earthy, leafy hops. The taste is much less fruity - the blueberries kind of slinking away, leaving us with a musty, earthy representation of their former self - as a pale wheaty, predominately grainy malt flails about in the fruit-beer space-time continuum. A few whimpers of earthy, weedy hops add their weak voice to the matter.

The carbonation is present, able, and easily dismissed to its lesser duties, the body medium-light in weight, and mostly smooth, a clammy otherness slowly seeping into view of my upper palate. It finishes off-dry, the blueberries there in spirit, if not corporeally, and the wheaty, grainy malt counting out the days - 'til what, you'll have to ask it directly.

With a promising start, it was doubly disappointing to see this offering fall so sharply, so fast. There's nothing altogether off-putting about this overall, but the heady blueberry aroma makes me rue almost every subsequent sip, and that just ain't right. Sadly, I'm glad I only got the one.

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Photo of Nightwing
3/5  rDev -11.2%

Poured from 500ml bottle. Has some blueberry aroma. Pours a cloudy pale with minimal head. Slightly sweet taste. Medium body, thin texture, average carbonation, and a dry finish. Overall, not a bad fruit beer.

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3.25/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

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3.97/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.75/5  rDev +40.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of johnnnniee
2.12/5  rDev -37.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

On tap at The Gahan House as part of the sampler.
Pours a murky light golden color with a hint of blue in it and a smallish head that dissipates almost instantly.
Aromas of licorice, blueberry and spice with a slight menthol or medicinal bite to it.
The flavor contains all the flaws from the aroma.
Not very good, I couldn't finish my sample.

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3.25/5  rDev -3.8%

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2.75/5  rDev -18.6%

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4/5  rDev +18.3%

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3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

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2/5  rDev -40.8%

Photo of PorterPro125
4.03/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Serving Type: 473 mL Can

A- Hazy Apricot/Amber colour with lumpy 2 1/2 finger head. Excellent retention. No lacing.

S- Strong Aroma of blueberry pie. Mmmmmm.

T- Wheat malt with a delicious backing of Blueberry.

M- Big, Chewy body with moderate carbonation. Relatively close to eating Blueberry Pie ;)

O- Excellent Blueberry brew with a delicious aroma and taste. Easy drinking. Would make a great desert beer.

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3.71/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle poured into pint glass 12/9/13

A very hazy golden orange with tiny particles everywhere, a dump down the middle give me a short lived soapy finger of foam that leaves some polka dot lace, not many visible bubbles

S smells of real fresh blueberries rather strong, some honey, leafy notes and sweet grains

T earthy and has a mild spicy kick, the blueberries I was loving on the nose have faded, dry cereal and after smelling it I was expecting more sugars

M medium bodied with more bubbles then I could see in the glass, a little gritty with spicy grains and faint fruit lingering

O smell was very promising but it didn't quite follow through in other areas, decent stuff don't get me wrong and I could sink a few on a hot day but I wouldn't go out of my way to get it

I was at the Gahan House a couple years ago in PEI and rather enjoyed it, if I remember correctly it was the best thing going on the island

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3.25/5  rDev -3.8%

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2/5  rDev -40.8%

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3.7/5  rDev +9.5%

Blueberries may stain your fingers but you'd be surprised to learn they, like most fruits, don't add much colour in the brewing process. Although unfiltered, this murky ale hasn't even a faint hue out of the ordinary orange-yellow spectrum. Even its head remains a stainless white. While the appearance is uninfluenced, the rest of the beer is fortunately another story...

Atlantic Canada is famous for its blueberries. At least it should be. Trust me, the lobster's got nothing on those little 'lowbush' berries. Breweries like Gahan, Yellowbelly, Garrison, and Propeller are great but if stuffing the suitcase with something, I'd suggest jars of the blueberry jam.

Or, just as well, this ale. It captures the wild berry flavour near perfectly. It is vivid yet realistic, sweet yet tart, perfect for before or after the meal. And, best of all, this flavour is offered sans cloying texture or sugary aftertaste; the brewery adds no flavouring (natural or artificial). Those looking for a candy-like flavour profile should seek the coolers isle - this is a beer!

Indeed, and the nearly half ratio of wheat malt ensures a lighter-bodied, crisper, fuller textured beer at that. While there's no mention of orange peel or coriander, this "white" ale does have a hint of zest amongst all its graininess. A super refreshing offering, perfect for summer.

Gahan Blueberry Ale is an outstanding blueberry ale. And it has everything to do with the fact that the product, in the brewery's own words, "contains nothing but the nutritional goodness of 100% antioxidant-rich whole,wild blueberries; no sugar, no water, no preservatives or flavours.. nothing. Because wild blueberries are perfect as they are." Amen to that.

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3.95/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

The blueberries were present, however the rest was slightly underwhelming. Good tasting beer, though.

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3.39/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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3.25/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.75/5  rDev +10.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -3.8%

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