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Blueberry Ale - SLO Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
86
very good

20 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 20
Reviews: 16
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 12.66%
Wants: 3
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
SLO Brewing Company
California, United States

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  4.20% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-19-2002)
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Photo of Reidrover
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Found in the canned goods outlet in Salem Or.
Nice looking dark amber beer ,with reddish tones , small off white frothy head.
The aroma is quite nice , nice strong blueberry aromas that seem natural and fresh, some toasty malt aromas too underneath.
In the taste the blueberry is not quite as pronounced as in the artoma , but there is a strong malty sweetness then the blueberry comes through at the end of the mouthful.
Quite nice on the palte , long lingering fruity aftertaste.
A good attempt at a refreshing, summer fruit beer. Not bad at all.

Photo of connecticutpoet
4.43/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was a good yellow beer with a rather large head. More so than I expected.

The aroma was of blueberries and aromatic hops, with a hint of pine in the background.

The flavor was first of bitter hops, which then faded gradually into blueberries. It was refreshing that the blueberry taste was more prominent than in some, but that it was not the primary focus.

This was a good brew. Try it if you can.

Photo of Zorro
4.65/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a mildly cloudy gold brew.

Smells like a blueberry pie with some malt and hops.

Taste is mildly sweet and of blueberries. The fruit flavor isn't over done in this brew. This is ale PAIRED with the flavor of blueberries. This brew has a solid pale ale flavor of malt and light bitter hops that complements the berries. A superior fruit beer, hell it is a superior pale ale too!

Mouthfeel is very good.

Drinkability is great. This is a local brew that you WANT to drink a six pack of. Most fruit brews over-emphasize the fruit component, this one doesn't do that. This is a brew that is great ALE that just so happens to be made with blueberries.

A Unique brew that everyone should try.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Perfectly clear bright gold with not even a hint of blue. The bone white head is frothy, has decent staying power and deposits only a small amount of lace. The nose is very nice and is reminiscent of blueberry pie: berries and pie spice of some kind (nutmeg perhaps).

The flavor profile is nicely balanced between sweet and bitter, with a yummy blueberriness that I wish was less muted. Blueberry tends to come on stronger as the beer approaches room temperature. The finish is modestly bitter, dry and respectably long. I can taste berries long after the swallow. Medium-bodied.

SLO Blueberry Ale is one of my first fruit beers and is a good one at that. As I type, it's December with snow on the ground, so the beer doesn't really fit the season. I imagine that it would be outstanding on a hot summer day.

Photo of DESTRO
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours and hazy orange with a nice sticky head. smells of blueberries with a light spice kick. the blueberry flavor come through first but isnt too strong and is followed by a malt sweetness and a little hop hit but the main taste is of light blueberries. nice carbonation and light refreshing mouthfeel. great hot weather brew, very refreshing.

Photo of Gusler
3.53/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

It’s been almost three years since I’ve sampled this beer, and have never been a real fan of fruit beers, of course I do like the occasional lambic to break the monotony of all those over the top ales.

Translucent golden amber color on the pour with the head modest in size, white in color and frothy in structure, the lace a nice sealing sheet upon the glass. Nose is sweet as one would expect, crisp and clean, start also sweetly malt, and top is middling in its feel to the palate. Finish is moderately acidic, hops pleasant and the sweet blueberry, continues to the very dry finish, drinkable and pleasant enough.

Photo of beernut7
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Late Spring be the time for blueberry ale. This is the first West-coast blueberry beer I have sampled. Turns out not much changes here coast to coast. Pours a deep golden hue with a sticky foam lace. The aroma is heavy with fresh blueberries and malt. This brew comes very close to a liquid pie. A heavier body supports a good malt presence balanced with a peppery blueberry flavor and mild bitterness.

Photo of Jordan
3.6/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This years Slo Blue seems to have gone south. The hops are sharp and crisp, like a pils, notes of blueberry and spice. Another bummer about this years Slo Blue is the lack of hearty sediments, only a little cloudiness gives the perception of something left relatively untouched. Highly quaffable, enjoyable brew.

Photo of BeerManDan
2.73/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Had this on tap at the brewery. In the glass it showed an hazy orange yellow. The smell was of hops, spice and malts. The aroma of blueberries did not come through. When tasting this beer, right away I didn't like it. All I tasted was a sick sweet/bitter strong taste of what I can only disscribe as a medicine flavor. This as far as I'm concerned was their worst beer!

Photo of Jason
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz brown long neck bottle with no freshness date. “Ale fermented with blueberry juice” stated on the label.

Appearance: Hazed orange amber with small flakes of sediment floating around, head retention is quite eye appealing with a dense rocky start after the pouring then subsiding to a sticky lace.

Smell: Smells of fresh pressed blueberries with a subtle spiciness within that suggests nutmeg and a raw earthy aroma.

Taste: Carbonation is at a crisp medium level, moderate body with a thin maltiness. Fresh blueberry flavour that hits hard beginning to middle. Sweetness from the malt follows the fruitiness, bitterness is balancing a cut right trough the blueberry flavour. A mix of hop bitterness, sweet grain and residual blueberry hold tight in the end for a really good after taste.

Notes: If you are into fruit beers this is a great pick, other than the sediment particles this is a really good fruit beer.

Blueberry Ale from SLO Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 20 ratings.