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True Blue Blueberry Ale - Bar Harbor Brewing Company

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True Blue Blueberry AleTrue Blue Blueberry Ale

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BA SCORE
82
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65 Ratings
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Ratings: 65
Reviews: 26
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 12.78%
Wants: 4
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Bar Harbor Brewing Company visit their website
Maine, United States

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: lordofthewiens on 05-14-2006

This beer is brewed with a blend of barley malts and crushed wheat to gently lighten the body. True Blue is a crisp blueberry ale with an assertive blueberry nose followed by a more subtle blueberry flavor in the body of the beer. We feel you won't find another beer quite like it.
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Ratings: 65 | Reviews: 26
Photo of Franziskaner
3.63/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Amber brown in color with with moderate cloudiness. A fingernail of eggshell white head is present. Very tart aroma of blueberries is present in a subdued and palatable form. The front of the palate is blueberries but is mellowed out by the presence of wheat. The mouth is moderately carbonated.

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.77/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured on-tap and served in a shaker pint, the beer is a bright, golden-copper coloring with a frothy, foamy, white head. Great looking beer. Nose of toasted grains and a tart/sweet blueberry character. Very balanced nose. Flavors are light and smooth, with a subtle grain backbone and blended blueberry overtone. Light and balanced. Smooth bodied, with a grainy aftertaste. Slightly sharp, clean finish. This beer is very easy to drink. Also, it makes a mean Black and Blue.

Photo of woosterbill
3.01/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A: Clear orange body; thin head of frothy off-white foam. Mediocre retention and lacing. Ok.

S: It's fruity, but more in an overripe stone fruit kind of way than a fresh blueberry one. Some sweet caramel malt, too. Not exactly pleasant.

T: Malty up front, with caramel and toasted bread leading in to some blueberry flavor midway through. Dull, bittersweet finish. A bit of fruit on the aftertaste, but not much. Pretty boring.

M: Highly carbonated medium body; starts out a little prickly but ends with some nice creaminess.

O: I had this back-to-back with Atlantic's Bar Harbor Blueberry Ale, and was surprised how strikingly different they were. That beer, while far from spectacular, did a nice job highlighting the blueberries. Fruit is more of an afterthought here, but sadly the base beer isn't too interesting.

Cheers!

Photo of sommersb
3.88/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted On: 08-10-2012
Freshness: Not indicated
Packaging: 12 oz. brown bottle, pry-cap
Glassware: Weizen glass
Purchased: Received in a trade

Color is a dark amber, cloudy beer, with a nice sized off-white head. Retention is good, with a fair amount of lace on the glass.

Aromas are fruity and of blueberries, plus malted wheat. Overall the aromas are not strong.

The taste is of berries and fruit, sweet with a slight tartness as well. A low level of earthy bitterness keeps the flavor in check.

The feel is light and refreshing, with carbonation somewhere between medium and high. Aftertastes are fruity and somewhat sweet.

Overall this is an enjoyable wheat/fruit beer, best suited for the summer.

Thanks to Greg for this one!

Photo of tigg924
4.12/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass

Appearance: 1/4 inch head, clear, orange brown in color, high carbonation

Smell: big time blueberries—light caramel and bread

Taste: toasted and pale malt at first followed by big time blueberry in the middle to the end—

Mouthfeel: light body, sweetish start with a bitterness in the middle that becomes sweeter to the end, medium-high carbonation

Overall: A very good, clean, and sessionable blueberry beer. There are several blueberry beers I prefer but this one is in the top ten. I like how the blueberries are natural tasting and the beer is not too sweet.

Photo of Cavanaghty
3.84/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Apperance: Darker orange color with a slight haze. Thin white head with no lacing.

Smell: Wheat and grassy notes with the stronger hint of wild blueberries.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Smooth light bodied. Taste is grassy and wheat notes with hints of blueberry.

Overall: I have had this beer many times and it remains one of my favorite blueberry beers from Maine.

Photo of BeerKangaroo
4.1/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Into a pint glass:

A: clean copper colored body with a half finger white head, there was some sporadic lacing leaving no rings. The lacing gently slid down the sides of the glass.

S: centered around the blueberries with just a bit of malt in the background.

T: was the same, blueberries followed by the malts.

M: light to medium, sessionable, crisp and clean - very balanced.

O: this is an excellent choice for a blueberry ale if one decides to go for one. I would definitely have this again.

Photo of Brad007
4.22/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I believe I've heard of this before. Just never reviewed it until now.

Pours a clean copper color with a one-finger head into my glass. Wonder what's to come?

A nice whiff of blueberry greets the nose followed by a clean touch of malt.

Ditto on the mouthfeel. Very crisp, very clean and there's a good hint of wheat. It all seems to compliment the blueberry. Not syrupy like others.

Finishes clean too with a very desirable blueberry flavor.

I'm going to throw in a few organic blueberries in this. Very good and not as cloying as a few others I've had.

Photo of Knapp85
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured out as a nice copperish gold color with a fizzy white head on top. There wasn't much lacing really of retention by mid glass. The smell of fresh blueberries were on the nose from start to finish. The beer was sweet smelling and welcoming. The taste of the beer didn't have too much a wheat body to it in my opinion, but it did had a decent amount of blueberry flavor to it. The mouthfeel was alright. Overall this brew wasn't bad, I look forward to trying more from this brewery soon.

Photo of smakawhat
3.36/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass. BLUEBERRY BEER WAR!!! 2 of 3!

Off white large three finger head, solid and foamy in appearance with visible cola like sized bubbles coming up from the bottom and sticking to the sides of the glass. Body color is a nice simple amber orange, cloudy and perhaps slightly hazy. Head has some good sticky retention going on.

Ok this is weird, off the pour there is a blueberry rush, but then when nosing the glass there is a distinct smell of white hot pepper. It's pepper DOMINANT and hardly blueberry at all. What the?? I actually don't mind this but I am wondering what happened here? This is spicy, NOT fruity.

Taste is a nice simple light bodied chewy malt with a very large toasty and dry cracker finish. Mild blueberries but also highly hot and peppery. Texture is fairly solid.

Overall I am not sure what the heck happened here, it feels like a complete red herring. So I can't just rate this very high.

Photo of mikesgroove
3.15/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

aroma was very light, not overwhelming with the fruit at all, but rather very subtly blueberry with hints of yeast and a somewhat muted hop presence. A touch of bread like malts in the back. The taste was lighter then what I had thought. A typical yeasty pale with a significant touch of blueberry in the front. Ample carbonation again gave it a very nice and light feeling along with keeping it from going flat. There was a decent enough dry finish and the flavor did linger for a decent amount of time. I put the first one down in no time flat, but as far as how many I could have, the sweetness may limit this

Photo of jlindros
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a fizzy 1.5 finger head fades at a med pace with a bit of lacing, over mostly clear peach orange colored beer.

Nose explodes with blueberry, frozen blueberries, blueberry syrup, and a bit of fresh blueberry, light sweet malts, hint of a light grassy hop I think.

Taste starts with a reddish malt, slightly biscuit, chewy malt, a bit of an herbal vegetative hop character with some light bitterness, bit of sweetness but mostly dry, there is some blueberry flavors just not as much as the nose had, more of the fresh blueberry taste than frozen or syrup, I also get a slight bit of blueberry stem flavor and bitterness, fairly clean and not overpowering on the blueberry which is nice. Finishes with some bitterness, again with light herbal hops, more lingering blueberry, and fairly dry with touch of malts. Very late on teh finish is a really nice lingering blueberry taste of pure fresh blueberries like I still have them in my mouth, that taste really comes out once the other flavors die off.

Mouth is med bodied, decent carbonation.

Overall not bad, blueberry just dominates the nose but almost a fake blueberry aroma, the taste on the other hand adds a really nice blueberry touch but offsets it with the herbal hops that kinda saturate a bit and don't help, the taste would be 4.5 pushing this to A- easily without those herbal hops, nice malt contribution as well.

Photo of LumpyGuitar
3.32/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a dim gold with a finger of frothy white head. Retention is weak, lacing is minimal.

Smells of water, blueberry, mild malt.

Taste is fresh and sweet. Blueberry dominates with the sweetness, weak malt in the back.

Mouthfeel is light bodied and smooth, pretty refreshing.

Drinkability is average. To me this is an average blueberry beer, which would be great in the summer.

Photo of WesWes
3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a dark gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a nice pale malt scent along with a refreshing "natural" blueberry aroma. I'm not getting an extract feel with this one. The taste is decent. It has a dry, pale malt flavor along with a mild blueberry character. It's pretty tame and leaves a metallic finish in your mouth. I guess the fruit sugars get fermented out, but a little sweetness would add a bunch to the drinkability. The mouthfeel is decent as well. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a pretty standard fruit beer. I appreciate the naturalness of it, but the taste just isn't that pronounced.

Photo of Casey10
4.32/5  rDev +20%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a really nice brew if you like blueberries then you will like this.

This beer is kind of a dry type fuit beer with a alright head with a yellow straw body.

After Drinking you will taste the strong blueberry taste that this brings out. T

he smell and taste are very strong. Thedrinkability is high if you are looking for this style.

I would love to match this up to a lambic just to see.

Photo of Kallessin
4.12/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light golden honey color with a little haziness and a fluffy cream colored head that stuck all over the glass and hung around for quite a while. Visible carbonation throughout.

Very strong blueberry aroma. It has a real vibrancy and freshness to it. There also a little sweetness and slight citrus in the background. This is one of the best aspects of this beer.

The blueberry flavors are very apparent. Very fresh tasting with a nice tartness to it. There are also some bready/flour flavors with a very slight bitterness balanced off the sweet malt flavors lingering in the background. The blueberry flavor really lingers in the aftertaste. Very nice.

Has a very soft light bodied mouthfeel to it with some crisp peppery carbonation and slightly dry finish.

I really enjoyed this beer. Great aroma and soft subtle flavors. The freshness of the blueberries is fantastic. Very refreshing and easy to drink. This is what a blueberry beer should be.

Photo of donniecuffs
3.49/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into American pint glass.

A: Nice amber, carbonated appearance, but the head was thin and didn't lace.

S: Nice blueberry/biscuit aroma.

T: The blueberry flavor was a lot more feint than it was in the nose, and it dissolved very quickly to a sour, almost annoying aftertaste.

M: Nice carbonated, refreshing, light-bodied beer.

D: Certainly easy to drink, but the sourness would get annoying after a while.

Photo of CheckMate
4.32/5  rDev +20%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber purchased at The Lighthouse in Manchester, Maine. amber color with an inch of off white head. nice scent of blueberries at the nose. wild blueberry taste a little bit sour slight cracker taste with a clean finish. moderate carbonation. very drinkable beer. two thumbs up.

Cheers!

Photo of IBUnit63
3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 of this purchased from Tully's into a pint glass...

Wow - much darker than expected. Almost a session amber/brown. Carbonation is nicely prevalent. Head...not so much.

Almost a salty carbonation feel...there's a little metallic texture to it. Raw blueberry feel - ore of the tannins from the skin than the meat of the fruit but as expected on the nose.

It is more natural tasting for the blueberry flavor than many but it almost has a smoky texture. The blueberry "tannic" feel definitely stands out here. Darker than usual malts with slight, slight pine/grass hoppiness. After some warmth it opens up a little better. This may not be spectacular but it at least doesn't taste like fake blueberries.

The tannins show up in full force here. They soften after a while, and yield to a rather husky malt bill. English yeast strain prevails here. Finish is actually calm - sort of a session-ish ale with a good touch of blueberries in it.

It's not what was expected at the get-go - it's more of a brown or mild ale that happens to have a touch of blueberries in it. Much better than the fake-extract beers that seem to be prevalent and show off that sickeningly-sweet texture. This one tastes like a real beer!

Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.33/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark amber color with a good sized light tan head, fades a bit fast and leaves no lacing.

Smell is mostly caramel malt with some bitterness, not really smelling the blueberries at all.

Taste has a decent balance between the malt and bitterness, hardly sweet at all for a fruit beer, blueberry presence is barely noticeable, pretty much only in the aftertaste.

Photo of DrDogbeer
3.57/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz bomber into a shaker pint. pours a dark copper/brownish colr with a thin white head. Very different for a blueberry ale than I am used to. Smells lightly of blueberries. Taste has a bit of blueberry in the aftertaste, but mostly light pilsner type flavor up front. little bit of bitterness. pretty light mouhfeel and pretty drinkable, just not a whole lot going on.

Photo of Zorro
3.55/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Clear red colored ale with a good tan colored head.

Smell is sweet and fresh blueberries with the distinctive slight spicy scent. Little bit of amber malt and slight herbal hop, but this is mostly blueberry.

The taste starts out Mild and malty at first with a slight hop bitterness. But the berry builds. Slightly spicy and fairly woody I detect a slight ethanol flavor.

Mouthfeel is OK.

This is an OK beer but it is just that, an OK Beer. Nothing all that nasty about it but now that I have tasted it I prefer something new over trying this again.

Photo of dherling
3.86/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured out a dark caramel brown with a thin white film, head dissipated quickly. Nose was subtle, slight malt and hops, not a lot there. The taste started maltey, and a bit metallic. The blueberries are there, bringing up the rear. Not overpowering or cloying, pleasent and balanced. Had a smooth and crisp mouthfeel, with a quick finish, slightly lingering fruit, resfreshing and dirnkable.

Photo of jmalex
3.7/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The BA description states not available in bottles, but here I am with one in front of me. I brought this back from my vacation in Maine this past September.

APPEARANCE: Pours into a weizen glass a red amber color with a 2-finger off-white head. It drops quickly and becomes an almost full surface covering.

SMELL: Huge blueberry aroma - so much so that I could smell it as soon as I cracked the cap. There's not too much of a malt aroma, instead giving way to a surprising hop smell, albeit a very subdued one. As it warms, a mild toasted character comes out.

TASTE: The flavor is not as high on the blueberry as the aroma. A nondescript base beer is safely constructed with just the most basic malts and hops as to try and let the blueberry speak for itself. It takes a little bit but the blueberry becomes much more conspicuous towards the finish. It tastes like it's extract at first, but the flavor becomes more authentic after the swallow. As in the aroma, the beer becomes slightly toasty as it warms.

MOUTHFEEL: Nothing wrong here. It's crisp with a lighter body and an average carbonation. Very appropriate.

DRINKABILITY: It is sweet and the blueberries are pretty strong. But it's a fairly refreshing beer and the low (3.5%) ABV certainly lends itself to having a lot of this.

A good interpretation of a fruit beer. But I've had better and probably wouldn't seek this out again.

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My wife likes these fruit beers, and she's always after me to try them, even though I'm not a big fan. This is actually an OK (but not great) beer. Dark amber color, not much head. Pleasant aroma of blueberries. More of a malt taste, but there is a little blueberry aftertaste. Not overly sweet or cloying. Would drink more than one at a sitting.

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True Blue Blueberry Ale from Bar Harbor Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 65 ratings.