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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

59 Ratings
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Ratings: 59
Reviews: 25
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 12.09%
Wants: 4
Gots: 4 | 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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nmann08

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +9.9%

12-09-2011 23:50:55 | More by nmann08
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

3.13/5  rDev -14%

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

07-18-2011 15:59:46 | More by mikesgroove
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

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.

09-23-2011 15:35:32 | More by Knapp85
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jlindros

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +9.9%

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.

07-10-2011 21:29:59 | More by jlindros
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WesWes

New York

3.63/5  rDev -0.3%

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.

09-06-2010 20:27:32 | More by WesWes
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Zorro

California

3.53/5  rDev -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.

05-15-2008 03:48:35 | More by Zorro
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smakawhat

Maryland

3.38/5  rDev -7.1%

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.

08-09-2011 02:00:40 | More by smakawhat
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rab53

Washington

3/5  rDev -17.6%

11-25-2011 03:39:41 | More by rab53
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wrightst

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev +3%

06-08-2014 13:38:36 | More by wrightst
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PEIhop

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +9.9%

11-21-2011 01:44:23 | More by PEIhop
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Brad007

Vermont

4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

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.

02-22-2012 02:31:38 | More by Brad007
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GarthDanielson

North Carolina

3.76/5  rDev +3.3%

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.

08-23-2013 02:09:52 | More by GarthDanielson
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woosterbill

Kentucky

3.03/5  rDev -16.8%

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!

10-09-2012 01:06:03 | More by woosterbill
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lordofthewiens

Maine

3.73/5  rDev +2.5%

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.

10-06-2007 15:27:12 | More by lordofthewiens
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tigg924

Massachusetts

4.1/5  rDev +12.6%

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.

07-09-2012 13:17:26 | More by tigg924
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nh2032

New York

2.5/5  rDev -31.3%

06-22-2014 19:02:17 | More by nh2032
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deltatauhobbit

Maine

3.3/5  rDev -9.3%

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.

08-07-2008 22:15:26 | More by deltatauhobbit
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Ivanhoes_Backpack

New Brunswick (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

06-20-2013 18:06:36 | More by Ivanhoes_Backpack
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jaidenjb

Ohio

3/5  rDev -17.6%

08-24-2012 17:53:18 | More by jaidenjb
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Belittle

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -17.6%

04-29-2014 17:39:43 | More by Belittle
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kevgod

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

08-19-2012 20:52:12 | More by kevgod
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IBUnit63

Massachusetts

3.65/5  rDev +0.3%

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!

04-09-2009 15:47:41 | More by IBUnit63
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sommersb

Tennessee

3.9/5  rDev +7.1%

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!

08-10-2012 23:55:36 | More by sommersb
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BeerCon5

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -17.6%

08-04-2013 19:35:39 | More by BeerCon5
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AJ01923

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

01-13-2014 03:24:09 | More by AJ01923
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True Blue Blueberry Ale from Bar Harbor Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 59 ratings.