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Bass Ackwards Berryblue Ale - Sebago Brewing Company

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Ratings: 30
Reviews: 26
rAvg: 3.4
pDev: 11.76%
Wants: 2
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Sebago Brewing Company visit their website
United States

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  4.00% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Bass Ackwards Berryblue Ale is brewed during the Maine blueberry harvest. It is an unfiltered, all-natural mild pale ale made with real Maine blueberry juice. It is a refreshing, well balanced beer that has a crisp, fruity aroma and finishes clean and dry. The name Bass Ackwards Berryblue Ale is for its unconventional use of only fresh blueberries in the fermenter. The result is a surprisingly simple drinkability that enables you to drink more than one. Try a Black and Blue, our Bass Ackwards mixed with our rich Lake Trout Stout.

13.4 IBU

(Beer added by: WanderingFool on 11-25-2005)
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Reviews by viaingo:
Photo of viaingo
3.53/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Type: Fruit Beer
Color: Amber
Body: Lightly carbonated
Head: Off white thick head that lasts
Taste: Dry and fruity. This is a perfect balance of taste with the earthy taste from being unfiltered and the tarty taste of the berries.
Aroma: Dry, malty, hint of berry.

Overall, this is the best blueberry beer I have ever tried. Bass Ackwards certainly plays to the fruity lovers and the beer lovers. The fact that it's made from real Maine blueberries is just a bonus.

More User Reviews:
Photo of lordofthewiens
2.83/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

"Try this", my wife said. "I don't like fruit beers," I responded. This summer beer was still available in mid-January. It was a pretty beer, with a red color and a nice pink head. It had a strong berry odor to it, and a sweet berry taste with a tiny bit of hoppy aftertaste. It felt rather insipid in my mouth. It probably tastes good for those who like this sort of beer.

Photo of bishopdc0
3.83/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a tulip pint dark amber almost brown color with a hint of blue purple. The head remains as a ring on the edge

The aroma is fresh pale malts with mix slight berry aroma earthy subtle

The taste is fresh pale malts with an earthiness and a mix of tartness from the blue berries very nice

I gave a better overall as they use fresh Maine blueberries and it is a true beer rather then a crap malt beverage. The best blueberry beer i've ever had.

Photo of tigg924
2.78/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: 1/4 inch head that fades quickly, amber in color, slightly hazy

Smell: blueberries and toasted malt

Taste: toasted malt, hops in the middle, and blueberries at the end

Mouthfeel: medium body and carbonation, slightly bitter with a sweeter end

Drinkability: This to me is more of a pale ale with blueberries at the back end--similar to how I remember Boston Beer Works being. The blueberries are far from dominate, but do not taste artificial. That being said, I want to finish the bottle, but have no desire to purchase a second one. If you like subtle fruit, this may be your beer.

Photo of StevenBilodeau
3.45/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Wow, one of the best Blueberry beers I have ever had!!!

I love how it looks like and tastes like!!!

Pours into a glass, a purple amber color... maybe mahogany or burgundy blend. With a nice head... and smells so good.

The taste is of beer goodness, blueberries, and that sweet malty background a blueberry ale should have... with a nice balance of hops and body this beer does it self some justice.

And I love me some justice, all hail Blue Berry Beer!

Photo of jmz62565
3.18/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a surprisingly dark amber mahogony with a large tan foamy head. A very nice looking beer. The smell is OK with a pungent bread yeast aroma with little else. The taste is crisp with citrus hops,malt,but very little blueberry? Where's the blueberry? The m/f is light with the little flavor mixing only so-so. Aren't fruit beers supposed to taste like fruit.

Photo of KTCamm
3.93/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a pint glass.

Pours purplish brown, dark colored, with a touch of foam sticking at the top. Blueberry smell (obvious, right?). Tartness in the nose. Sweet and sour taste, full of fruit and malt. Blended nicely. Hearty. Light hop finish, very clean. Good one.

Photo of aepb1
2.9/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Deep amber into a red at the edges with barely any head

S- With the minimal head, very little nose... maybe a hint of malts?

T- Malts up front that turn to a little hop bit at the end. Not sure I get any blueberry at all. Perhaps some at the end but probably psychosomatic because of the name...

M- Light with good carbonation just as a summer seasonal should be

D- Very easy summer beer though I question the "blueberry."

Photo of CheckMate
3.95/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber obtained at Whole Foods in Portland, ME. pours a hazy purpleish red color with a quarter of an inch of off white head that dissipated after a minute. scents of fresh wild blueberries graces the nose with its presence, some maltiness. taste of wild blueberries on the tongue with a little bit of biscuity quality from the malts (reminds me of blueberry pancakes) with a fairly clean finish. light carbonation. nice fruity beer. one of my faves out of all the blueberry flavored beers i have tried.

Cheers!

Photo of u2carew
3.43/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber.
A) Very thin head. Lacing is not all together and just a bit sticky. Ruby to mahogany in color.
S) Blueberries. Caramel malts. Some citrus notes.
T) Very mellow caramel sweetness and blueberries up front. Moves to a dry hoppiness. Has a light sourness to it.
M) Crisp. Light to medium bodied.
D) Decent. Always looking for lots of fruit when it's a fruit beer.

Photo of smakawhat
3.73/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass. So begins THE BLUEBERRY BEER WAR! 1 of 3!

An off pink and white foamy head of about three fingers tall, even kind of peach orange colored. Simple red amber body and cloudy with not much lacing. Looks alright.

Bouquet is fruity but strangely more peaches or apricot like. Light malt, but also some sour like yeast.

Taste is not the most noticeable thing, it's the large feel. Very good body on this for a light abv. Creamy texture and finish a little bit. Slight little light toasty bread on the finish, but not very fruity or even sweet or sugary tasting. Some gaseous tastes though as well. Slightly hop with a dryness also.

Overall though it's not very blueberry, but for probably a simple ale it's quite impressive actually so I call good overall.

Photo of mountdew1
3.2/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a standard shaker pint glass. Color was a slightly opaque purple-brown. The head was a light purple, didn't last long, and did not even leave lacing. Aroma was slightly sweet, smelled more like a blueberry pie than straight blueberries. Taste was bitter and acidic, but did have a berry like flavor. There was also a grainy undertone. It felt good in the mouth. Was just thick enough to coat nicely, but didn't feel like cough syrup. Pleasant to drink, but the bitterness detracted from the overall beer, esp for a fruity one.

Photo of MTNboy
3.83/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Was brown with a slight yellow to it.

Smell- It had a good aroma. Sweet & Hoppy.

Taste- Sweet, I could definitely taste the blueberries.

Mouthfeel- Not strong and had a good ballance.

Drinkability- Better than average.

This is an all around good beer if you are looking for something different.

Photo of geexploitation
3.63/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark, flat brown with an amber tinge, the color of dark polished wood. Minimal head. Aromatically there's not a ton going on here; some mild nonspecific fruit aromas, diacetyl and some very slight mint. On the palate, there's some initial blueberry fruitiness and nectary sweetness, followed by slight malt bitterness and diacetyl in the mid palate. Sweet on the finish. Mouthfeel is very nice, with a medium body, well balanced carbonation, and plenty of smoothness. This isn't the world's most complex beer or anything, but for a fruit beer made from blueberries it isn't bad -- drinkable and pleasant enough.

Photo of jdhilt
3.38/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a white, one-finger head that goes to a ring and leaves no lace. Almost clear amber color. Light carbonation and light-medium bodied. Fruity nose maybe its blueberry. Starts and finishes as a mild fruity summer time ale, the hops and malts are nicely balanced. $4.39 for a 22oz bottle from Tully's Beer & Wine Wells, Me.

Photo of smcolw
3.15/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Almost purple in color--darker than amber; clear. Good initial head that reduces to skimpy single layer of bubbles; no lace.

Smells like a blueberry tart--quite sweet with a touch of sour.

Relatively dry given the sweetness of the smell. The sourness is greater than the aroma smell. The blueberry flavors are here. No hop flavors that I could find. Relatively thin body with decent carbonation.

Nice change of piece, but not my style.

Photo of WanderingFool
3.43/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bass Ackwards Berryblue Ale pours a hazy brown with a bit of purple color mixed in. A frothy white head forms on top and quickly dissolves down to a thin ring around the surface leaving only a couple spots of lace behind. The faint aroma is mostly blueberry with a hint of yeast and malt mixed in.

Each sip of this medium bodied beer begins with some sweet caramel malt. Towards the middle the blueberry flavor kicks in and it finishes a bit sour with a hint of hoppy bitterness. Once gone some of the blueberry flavor lingers on the palate.

This beer doesn't over power you with the blueberry flavor and it's pretty well balanced. Nothing here will wow you, but it would go great with some blueberry pie!

Photo of jaxon53
3.25/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +17.6%

Photo of BeerKangaroo
3.38/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

At South Portland location:

In a chalice:

A: hazy yet dark maroon/amber colored body with barely any head and some spider-web lacing was left on the glass.

S: centered around the blueberries and some wheat faintly in the background.

T: pretty much the same with a slight malty bready flavor.

M: medium with nothing harsh on the tongue, just a decent feel between wet and dry.

O: this was nothing special and nothing to necesarily need to have again.

Photo of Duhast500
3.33/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 750ml. bottle into a Budweiser pint glass.

The color is hazy maroon/amber with a slight wisp of head and no lacing left on the glass.

There a slight blueberry aroma in the nose but the malts tend to play a little difficult game of cat and mouse. It is hard to really place the just about all the aromas but it is a bit spicy.

The taste is has a bit of berry but there is something that hold off identifying things a bit. There is a slight bit of juicy flavor that has some blueberry muffin flavor and a malt bready flavor. There is a sugary flavor as it goes down and it has total attention till the end where is some slight bitterness.

The feel of this beer is as expected. A beer that is a little hard to cover at first but them is all about making things right. It goes from too sweet to just right and really goes down without a thought.

Photo of Jayli
3.2/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this beer on tap at the Maine Mall Sebago location.
The beer poured a deep copper, slightly hazy. Minimal head, with relatively no lacing. The scent was of mild blueberries. In comparison to other blueberry beers, the scent was extremely mild. The taste mimicked the flavor. The blueberry flavoring was almost an after thought. Typically blueberry beers have a lighter, pale ale-feel to them where as sebago's blueberry has a bolder more malty feel to it.
If you are not a fan of fruity beers - this actually may be the "fruity" beer for you. Not a bad beer overall, but as a blueberry ale, was slightly disappointing.

Photo of joepais
4/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a pint glass produced a finger worth of purplish colored head ontop of a dark purple body.

Aromas of blueberries and sweet malts filled my nose. Flavors of blueberries are very much in the forefront on this ale. The mouthfeel is medium and ample carbonation to keep it crisp

Highly drinkable brew will gladly drink it again will be revisiting this one soon

Photo of HopStoopid120
4/5  rDev +17.6%

Photo of ericlawton007
2.5/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass, reddish amber color, with little head, and slight carbonation. Smells kind of like a weak pale ale, nothing too strong stands out. Upon tasting this beer my first thought was where were the blueberries. Very bland flavor, and after letting the second half of the bomber warm, still no blueberry taste. Drinkability is average as it is quite sesionable, but on the occasion that I should want a fruit beer, this would not meet my expectations.

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Bass Ackwards Berryblue Ale from Sebago Brewing Company
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