True Blue Blueberry Ale - Bar Harbor Brewing Company
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Reviews by IBUnit63:
3.65/5 rDev +0.3%
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!
Serving type: bottle
04-09-2009 15:47:41 | More by IBUnit63
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3.76/5 rDev +3.3%
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.
Serving type: on-tap
08-23-2013 02:09:52 | More by GarthDanielson
3.03/5 rDev -16.8%
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.
Serving type: bottle
10-09-2012 01:06:03 | More by woosterbill
True Blue Blueberry Ale from Bar Harbor Brewing Company
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