True Blue Blueberry Ale - Bar Harbor Brewing Company

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True Blue Blueberry AleTrue Blue Blueberry Ale

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65 Ratings
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Ratings: 65
Reviews: 25
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 13.06%
Wants: 3
Gots: 8 | 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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Photo of LumpyGuitar
3.33/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

Photo of WesWes
3.63/5  rDev +0.8%
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
4.33/5  rDev +20.3%
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
4.1/5  rDev +13.9%
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
3.45/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

Photo of CheckMate
4.33/5  rDev +20.3%
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
3.3/5  rDev -8.3%
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.

Photo of DrDogbeer
3.55/5  rDev -1.4%
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
3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
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
3.9/5  rDev +8.3%
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
3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
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
3.73/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

Photo of Alexmc2
3.58/5  rDev -0.6%
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.

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