Bar Harbor Real Ale - Atlantic Brewing Company

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Bar Harbor Real AleBar Harbor Real Ale

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341 Ratings

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Ratings: 341
Reviews: 216
rAvg: 3.53
pDev: 13.31%
Wants: 8
Gots: 12 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Atlantic Brewing Company visit their website
Maine, United States

Style | ABV
English Brown Ale |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: UnionMade on 07-25-2001

A good, clean nut brown ale with a malty body. This is our most popular ale due to its smooth and malty flavor.

We use a mixture of pale, crystal and black malts in this one, and our primary hop is Target, though we also add some Whitbread Goldings Variation as well.

The Real Ale is best fresh, so fresh in fact, that it's great right out of the bright tank.
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Ratings: 341 | Reviews: 216
Reviews by Citadel82:
Photo of Citadel82
4.27/5  rDev +21%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a very dark amber with a soapy off-white head that fades rapidly. Some nice lacing in the withdrawl, with a collar of foam that lasted for some time before vanishing entirely when the beer reached room-temperature.

Aroma was sweet-roasted malts. Hints of pear and ripe apple. Some bready notes and caramel. Little hoppiness in evidence up front with some spicy notes and perhaps some faint grassiness in the finish.

Taste was mildly sweet and slightly hoppy with a mild finsh. Very balanced non-eventful ( a good thing here). Not as sweet as many browns nor as hoppy as dogfish Head's efforts. A nice balanced compromise. For me this would be a nice session beer.

Mouthfeel was slick and smooth coating the tongue and palate and dissipated rapidly. Little carbonation evident at first an even less as the beer warmed.

This is a nice drinkable brown ale. One of the better ones that I have tried and I will buy more of it when I make it back to Red Bank.

More User Reviews:
Photo of lordofthewiens
3.9/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The Samoset resort in Rockport, ME has a fairly decent selection of local microbrews. This beer was a medium brown color with a thick white head. It had a caramel/roasted grain aroma. Nice taste. Sweet, a mild chocolate taste, and a little bit of hops. A little thin, but otherwise a pretty good beer.

Photo of Todd
3.88/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12oz brown bottle. No freshness date.

Appearance: Deep and dark mahogony brown with a finger thick off-white creamy foam head.

Smell: Nutty, toasted, caramel and sweet malts with light earthy floral aromas.

Taste: Smooth and creamy mouthfeel and a medium body with loads of rich malt flavour. Toasted, nutty and light caramel malt flavours with faint earth, wood and chickory. Malt sweetness is light to medium, and even throughout the brew. Small taste of diacetyl. Hops balances well with a raw, earthy semi-rind citrus flavour that peaks to a quick bitter bite. Finishes with a raw and oily hop feel, touch of dryness and grain husk.

Notes: Indeed a "real ale." I thoroughly enjoyed this brew and its completeness. An ideal session ale. 5.2% abv.

Photo of Jason
2.94/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz brown long neck twist off, hmmm … the same bottle that Shipyard uses. “Real Ale”? No sediment in the bottle and very clear. Even the freshness date is the same format of Shipyard … the assumption is that it really is contract brewed.

Appearance: The head retention is pretty sad, a soda like crackle of the bubbles is a bit disturbing leave almost nothing to show. The clarity on the other had is bright with a deep garnet brown colour.

Smell: Sweet aroma with hints of cocoa, caramel and toasted grain. Faint fruitiness is there as well.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Moderate body, slick mouth feel and a lost crispness. Quick chocolaty tones, watered down roasted grain and a good amount of malt sweetness. Hops draw no attention and barley balance. Slight metallic twang from the toasted malts. Finishes sweet.

Notes: I’ve had this brew op tap and it was excellent, the bottled product is average and seen to me as a travesty to what the brewery really is.

Photo of merlin48
4/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of three Atlantic Brewing selections available at the Leaf and Ale in Knoxville, Tn. This one pours a clear, copper mahogany body with a one finger tan head that retains well and leaves plenty of patchy lace.
Aroma is toffee and caramel, with a slight note of diacetyl and some sweetish citrus hops.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with moderate carbonation and an impressive smoothness.
Taste opens with an unexpected note of orange and tangerine hops, followed by a solid malt character of toffee and caramel. Hops and malts blend into a really nice flavor profile that may be a bit hoppy for an English Brown Ale, but it works for me.
Very impressive brown ale here. This is one I'll come back to.

Photo of tigg924
2.26/5  rDev -36%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Appearance: very small head caramel brown

Smell: very faint--toasted malt, some earth

Taste: light malt, flowers, some caramel--just not an overpowering beer

Mouthfeel: light, watery, semi-sweet

Drinkability: I would try this again--and may re-review--especially if I can find it on tap. As a stand alone beer, I may give this a C. As a brown ale, it just does not have the same flavor and smell impact as others I have had in the style. The flavors are subtle. Not a favorite, not the worst I have had.

Photo of Mora2000
3.63/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a medium to dark brown color with a cream-colored head. The aroma is caramel and toffee with some nuttyness. The flavor is toffee, chocolate and caramel with some grassy hops. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Not bad, but nothing too special.

Photo of Cavanaghty
3.09/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Apperance: Darker brown in color. Thin off white head.

Smell: Malts and coffee

Mouthfeel/Taste: Smooth and medium bodied. Taste more like a coffee stout than an ale.

Overall: Ok brew but not my favorite. I guess if it was offered I would have it again.

Photo of jcdiflorio
4.04/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured with a slight off white head,a dark ruby red color.Seemed a little on the flat side,could have been served too cold.Smelled sweet,spicey,nutty.Taste nutty,carmally,chocolatly.A nicely balanced beer .A dry finish,slightly tart a choclate aftertaste.A medium body,slightly cloying mouthfeel. Very tasty and very drinkable.

Photo of Thrasher
3.87/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A very dark brown ale with smallish head and good lace. Fruity aroma with dark roasty qualities. Lots of brown sugar in initial caramel rush, some raw grass qualities which taste infinitely more appealing than they sound. Despite big sweet caramel malt presence this beer is not at all cloying; hops step in at the right moment to cleanse the palate and leave you with a bitter finish that calls out for another sip. This is a serious beer for serious Maine weather; a bright summery day like this, while delightful, does not allow this beer to let its colors shine.

Photo of far333
3.85/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light mahogany color with a beige head that settles quickly. Faint smell of dates, brown sugar, and molasses. Roasty flavor of dark malts, coffee, and hot chocolate. Aftertaste of raisin, and a trace of a lingering hop presence. Smooth mouthfeel, but could have more fullness. Not an over-the-top beer, but very good, and very drinkable.

Photo of yankeeheel
3.48/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a almost dark ruby color. Nice solid cream colored head. Smells of malts with a hint of something fruity in the background.

The taste is initially nice. Very malty up front with a sweetness in the middle, then countered with some hop at the end. Mouthfeel was average with some mild carbonation. Not a bad beer by any means but nothing to go out of your way for. A decent session brew.

Photo of skineg
3.36/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Dark burgundy that I can barely see light through. Handsome, if I do say so myself. A nice 1/4 head that fades but does stick around.

Smell: Weak, but has a hint of a floral and nut.

Taste: roasted malts, light nut flavor. Nothing over powering, but a good, smooth, well balanced brew.

Mouthfeel: Weak carbonation but smooth. Overall just an average mouthfeel.

Drinkability: I would willingly have another as the beer isn't too filling and goes down easy.

Comments: Sample was possibly a little old, so I would like to try this beer again some day. Finding it on tap would also be something that would tickle my fancy.

Photo of caddybuyer
3.7/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Deep mahogany with moderate clarity and a tan head that quickly fades to near nothing.

S-Not much here...I had to reach to detect some malts, cocoa, a bit of fruit and grain.

T-Grains, earth, and a nuttiness, with a hint of malt and cocoa. Enough hops to balance, but not much more. Very satisfying in a thirst quenching way. Reminds me of some of my other Maine favorites like Shipyard.

M-Medium mouthfeel and carbonation overall

D-This is a very drinkable beer...I like it alot...nothing remarkable here, but great choice if a full 6 pack was in the works. Would definately buy it again.

Photo of NJpadreFan
3.2/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Atlantic- Bar Harbor Real Ale

A- Light clear amber brown with little head and no lacing.
S- Light cocoa and ash. Slight touch of sweet candy sugar malt.
T- Very sweet and sugary. Light dusting of cocoa powder and ash. Thick sweet malt finish.
M- Very thick and sweet. Nice light dry ashy feel and finish.

Overall- An easy drinker and sessionable. I wouldn't go out of my way but it drinks pretty good.

Photo of jmz62565
2.24/5  rDev -36.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This pours a dark red ruby with a large foamy head. The smell has some malt sweetness and fruit,but it is not very strong or that attractive. The taste has some sweet malt and alot of carbonation,but little else. The m/f is light with a taste that is very watery. This is a beer that I was very disappointed in. The smell and taste are very slight and that makes this beer one that I will pass on in the future.

Photo of cokes
3.63/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Deep and clear chestnut brown with a modest beige head, which lowers quickly, then decides to stick around as a healthy lace.
The nose is on the weak side, but what presents is generally solid. Toasted grain, caramel-covered nuts, a quick flash of Dr. Pepper, and dead leaves. The cola impression is somewhat unnerving, but it passes quickly, so I won't dwell on it.
Starts across the mouth with roasted grain and dark bread (something dry, like pumpernickel), turns meatier with impressions of walnuts, carob, and caramel, as it goes from dry to moderately sweet. Turns a bit buttery late, but not in an obnoxious or inappropriate way. Hopping is generally insignificant, flavor-wise, but a dried tea-leaf bitterness appears at the close for balance.
Medium-light bodied with low carbonation. The real ale feel is here, even if it seems a bit thin.
This is a plenty decent little sessioner English-styled Brown. It's no world-beater, but trumps stuff like Newcastle with ease.

Photo of ElGordo
3.6/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a translucent deep orange with reddish highlights, topped by a one-finger off-white head that lingers a bit. Nice aroma of roasted malt, with a little bit of oak and light coffee mixed in. Not much of a hop presence. Palate is again quite roasty on the front, mellowing into a more balanced profile as the hops come out mid-palate. Finish is slightly smoky, but disippates quickly. Body is a tad foamy, but still nice and sturdy. Not exactly phenomenal, but then again, I'm not a huge fan of the style.

Photo of cjgator3
2.71/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle into a pint glass. Pours a dark mahogany brown color with a creamy off white head. The aroma is fruity with some caramel. The taste is smooth with some toasted malt that seems overly watered down. The mouthfeel suffers the same fate as the taste which seems too watered down for my liking. Overall, this is not a terrible offering but is not something that I would purchase again.

Photo of tempest
4.02/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a single at the Party Source in Syracuse

This beer seems pretty on the mark for style, and to be specific I'd call this a Northern English brown ale for the toasty character. It's a dark brown body with ruby accent, but little head retention. The aroma is deepy bready, like a dark loaf with crust and toasted elements. The flavor carries those same tastes into the flavor, but adds subtle cocoa, toffee, and caramel notes. The yeast actually seems to be pretty clean in character as there aren't any creamy or fruity flavors. The mouthfeel is on the light side of medium with slightly assertive carbonation. All in all, a complex, tasty and drinkable ale. I'd like to try this on cask.

Photo of JohnFatAss
3.66/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Dark brown in color.
Tan creamy head.
Thick, Creamy mouthfeel.
Malty and sweet but not as sweet as some brown ales.
Earthy hop bitterness and a some what dry finish.

A very good beer.

Photo of bewareOFpenguin
4.2/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A creamy brown ale, well, that was my take on it's taste. It was wholesome, as wholesome as a beer can be. Poured a nice brown color, but it had a character all of it's own, one that I will be meeting again. Great balance of malt and hops, but primarily the malts are what give it it's great taste.Just plain good.

Photo of nortmand
3.55/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Just to start, this really isn't a real ale, especially considering the lack of yeast. But anyway...

Ruddy brown pour, with a half finger of off white head.

Figs, caramel and a hint of chocolate in the roast. Not bad, but pretty unexciting.

Fairly sweet, with some fruit esters. It ends with a really unbalanced, almost plastic bitterness.

Low to medium body, pretty decent, but not exciting.

Photo of ianrca19
3.86/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at The Great Lost Bear in Portland, Maine.

I'm not usually a brown ale guy, but this was excellent. It pours a deep, rich amber. I can imagine if I saw someone across the bar with this one, I'd want in on the action just from looking at it. A very thick, creamy body, with all kinds of malts rolling around on your tongue, as a brown ale should behave. But as you finish, the essence of damp autumn leaves seems to waft into your nose and then a surprising green hoppy bite arises on your tongue as it drains down your hatch.

This beer seemed to capture the essence of being in Acadia National Park in October and definitely embodies its title- Bar Harbor.

Photo of edchicma
4/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark caramel, with a half-inch head that quickly dissipates. Smell is rich, malty with some light hop notes. Taste is initially rich and malty, with a light hoppy bitter finish. Mouthfeel is a nice blend of smoothness and dry tartness in the finish. Drinkability is above average based upon notes mentioned above.

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Bar Harbor Real Ale from Atlantic Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 341 ratings.