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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
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58 Ratings
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Ratings: 58
Reviews: 25
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 12.36%
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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The_Astridhaze


4/5  rDev +9.9%

08-11-2012 04:07:32 | More by The_Astridhaze
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sommersb

Tennessee

3.9/5  rDev +7.1%
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!

Serving type: bottle

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

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +9.9%

07-14-2012 21:37:42 | More by milkbone_underwear
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tigg924

Massachusetts

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Maine

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2012 16:43:34 | More by Cavanaghty
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BeerKangaroo

Alaska

4.11/5  rDev +12.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2012 16:55:23 | More by BeerKangaroo
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jamesbrews


4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

04-23-2012 02:26:04 | More by jamesbrews
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rpaine


4/5  rDev +9.9%

03-12-2012 21:29:24 | More by rpaine
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testch09

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +23.6%

02-26-2012 14:23:13 | More by testch09
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Brad007

Vermont

4.25/5  rDev +16.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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

New York

4/5  rDev +9.9%

01-03-2012 19:10:36 | More by liveKarl
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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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patreely12

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

12-03-2011 00:23:50 | More by patreely12
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rab53

Washington

3/5  rDev -17.6%

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

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +9.9%

11-21-2011 01:44:23 | More by PEIhop
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Maryland

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

South Carolina

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

Serving type: bottle

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

Massachusetts

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

New York

3.33/5  rDev -8.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2010 23:32:44 | More by LumpyGuitar
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WesWes

New York

3.63/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2010 20:27:32 | More by WesWes
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Casey10

Maine

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2010 00:44:26 | More by Casey10
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Kallessin

Massachusetts

4.1/5  rDev +12.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2009 15:10:04 | More by Kallessin
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donniecuffs

New Jersey

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2009 21:29:36 | More by donniecuffs
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CheckMate

New Hampshire

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!

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2009 04:06:48 | More by CheckMate
True Blue Blueberry Ale from Bar Harbor Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 58 ratings.