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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
83
good

60 Ratings
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Ratings: 60
Reviews: 25
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 12.09%
Wants: 4
Gots: 6 | 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:
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.

(Beer added by: lordofthewiens on 05-14-2006)
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Reviews by jwjon1:
Photo of jwjon1
3/5  rDev -17.6%

jwjon1, Jun 01, 2013
More User Reviews:
Photo of OhioBobcat
4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

OhioBobcat, Aug 16, 2013
Photo of lordofthewiens
3.73/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

lordofthewiens, Oct 06, 2007
Photo of tigg924
4.1/5  rDev +12.6%
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.

tigg924, Jul 09, 2012
Photo of Cavanaghty
3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

Cavanaghty, Jul 04, 2012
Photo of testch09
4.5/5  rDev +23.6%

testch09, Feb 26, 2012
Photo of Alexmc2
3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I was suprised when I ordered this to find the color a darker amber, not a pale yellow like most blueberry beers. A very small head that goes away quickly with little to no lacing. The smell is of malty blueberries, you will not be disappointed. Taste is kind of like an average ale, I'd compare it to Long Trail Ale, only with a blueberry aftertaste. I could normally only do one fruit beer in a sitting but I found myself having two of these, any more than that and the malty sweetness becomes too intense. One of the more balanced fruit beers I've tried.

Alexmc2, Nov 04, 2006
Photo of GuyIncognito
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

GuyIncognito, Sep 23, 2012
Photo of CheckMate
4.33/5  rDev +19%
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!

CheckMate, Aug 11, 2009
Photo of smakawhat
3.38/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

smakawhat, Aug 09, 2011
Photo of jmalex
3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

jmalex, Oct 16, 2007
Photo of mikesgroove
3.13/5  rDev -14%
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

mikesgroove, Jul 18, 2011
Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.3/5  rDev -9.3%
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.

deltatauhobbit, Aug 07, 2008
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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

kevgod, Aug 19, 2012
Photo of Zorro
3.53/5  rDev -3%
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.

Zorro, May 15, 2008
Photo of 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!

IBUnit63, Apr 09, 2009
Photo of Casey10
4.33/5  rDev +19%
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.

Casey10, May 08, 2010
Photo of kestrel28
4.5/5  rDev +23.6%

kestrel28, Aug 18, 2012
Photo of BeerCon5
3/5  rDev -17.6%

BeerCon5, Aug 04, 2013
Photo of jlindros
4/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

jlindros, Jul 10, 2011
Photo of nh2032
2.5/5  rDev -31.3%

nh2032, Jun 22, 2014
Photo of GarthDanielson
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.

GarthDanielson, Aug 23, 2013
Photo of jaidenjb
3/5  rDev -17.6%

jaidenjb, Aug 24, 2012
Photo of donniecuffs
3.45/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

donniecuffs, Sep 10, 2009
Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +9.9%

nmann08, Dec 09, 2011
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True Blue Blueberry Ale from Bar Harbor Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 60 ratings.