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Bar Harbor Real Ale - Atlantic Brewing Company

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Bar Harbor Real AleBar Harbor Real Ale

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304 Ratings

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Ratings: 304
Reviews: 213
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 13.92%
Wants: 7
Gots: 5 | 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:
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.

(Beer added by: UnionMade on 07-25-2001)
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5/5  rDev +42%

12-17-2013 22:05:58 | More by B967ierhunter177
Photo of Vylo

New Jersey

4.75/5  rDev +34.9%

11-03-2013 00:01:55 | More by Vylo
Photo of pezoids


4.45/5  rDev +26.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Touted as a real ale, this beer looks great with its deep auburn color and filmy thin head. Small bits of carbonation speckle the glass. The aroma is appealing with a sweet malt nose and a sour fruity tang hiding in there somewhere. The taste is almost perfectly balanced. Bitter earthy hops interlace well with the malt base. A somewhat hearty beer, but remains very drinkable. An almost Earl Grey like bitter tea sting remains in the back of the throat. Very nice and a fine beer on all counts.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2005 01:34:22 | More by pezoids
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4.35/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another Fine beer from Atlantic. They pick this one as their flagship and what a good pick. This is a great example of why microbrews are SO much better than the larger places that no longer really craft their beers.

A - A beautifully, crystal clear brown - just a perfect color. A medium quick dissipating head and very thin lace

S - A very satisfying beer aroma, with heavy malt

T - Balanced malt profile, sufficiently deep to keep you interested. Hint of scorched caramel is very tantalizing. Bold hoppy melody for finish.

M - rich, almost creamy with a very nice aftertaste

D - You could drink this all day. A really superb beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2004 01:46:23 | More by TAMU99
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New Jersey

4.35/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: clear deep burgandy in color with a nice 2" head.

Smell: the aroma was a pleasant combination of caramels and floral hops.

Taste: the flavor is of lightly roasted malt, caramel, nuts, and a nice bitterness. The malt level is beefy here.

Mouthfeel: crisp at the start and finish, and the caramel nuttiness lasts shortly on the tongue after swallowing.

Drinkability: great flavor makes great drinkability here. Definitely a brew to find and enjoy.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2005 19:55:31 | More by Gavage
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4.33/5  rDev +23%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice tasty beer with a dark brown color and a good light beige head. Sweet toasty malt aroma with some flowery hops mixed in and a toasted malt flavor to match. Just enough hop bitterness helps to balance the flavor and make this a very drinlkable brew.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2002 19:28:13 | More by MaineBeerMan
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New Jersey

4.3/5  rDev +22.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2006 20:58:10 | More by Citadel82
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4.25/5  rDev +20.7%

03-12-2012 21:26:53 | More by rpaine
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4.25/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle in a Pint Glass

A: Nice transparent brown.

S: Nice hops and nutty

T: Real mild Brown ale, nice malts, wonderful butty flavor
great replacement for newcastle brown ale, if you can find it.

M: Excellent mouthfeel. Nice flavor stay. Great aftertaste

D: Very Drinkable. Could easily be one of my favorite regulars, if it was available in my area.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2007 19:18:32 | More by flatblack80
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New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +20.7%

01-22-2013 03:01:32 | More by Peyton5410
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4.22/5  rDev +19.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2003 07:06:16 | More by bewareOFpenguin
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4.22/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice deep brown with a very tall, fluffy head. The fluff doesn't last long and before I get a sip its down to a quarter inch clinging to the sides of the glass.

Smells heavenly. Very toasty, malty with some molasses and coffee notes.

Taste is rich. I get a lot of toasted malt and sweetness along with some nice juiciness in the finish. This is a very tasty brown ale. I don't have anything bad to say about it.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2008 02:56:42 | More by indiapaleale
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New York

4.15/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours with a big crazy tan head that threatens to take over the world. Hints of lace leave a reminder of the previous heady carnage. Color of the body is a transparent medium-dark brown along the lines of a cola.
Thin bodied coffee with a splash of lowfat milk... maaaaybe a dash of sugar. Very, very dry for a brown ale and I'm diggin it.
The scents coming off of this guy from my weisse glass make me think of beer freshly poured from the tap. Aromas are bready for the most part with a hint of sweetness; maybe some spice. There was some dust on the bottles I picked up but I can't help but thinking "fresh" when I smell this stuff.
The taste, mouthfeel and finish make me think of dark bread with an edge of burnt sugar presence. Once upon a time I had molasses cookies; this makes me think of them without being so sweet.
I could imagine sitting at a bar with this as one of the happy hour specials. Very drinkable and very accessible. There's a little bit of bitterness that might not put off one who normally drinks macro brew. It could help one to start thinking about beer in a different way.
BA's should find this guy to be an enjoyable, sessionable brew.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2008 03:31:25 | More by ommegangpbr
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New York

4.13/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark reddish brown color, like a dark cola. No head whatsoever. Can see through it but it's still a bit murky. Zero carbonation.

Smell of dark chocolate as well as a roasted malt backing. Has some of the bittersweet qualities of a Scotch ale. Dark and quite nice.

The taste is dark caramel; malt is more mild than the burnt smell. Sweet but with a balance. Some tobacco, beef jerky. Sweetish berries come out as it warms. Complex and utterly pleasant. Leathery.

Dry but smooth. Medium body just this side of watery. It's really easy drinking for a so-called "real ale." Rich with smoky, darker flavors, but not harsh ones. Excellent drinkin'.

Serving type: growler

05-04-2008 05:12:48 | More by williamherbert
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4.13/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served into a 12-oz mug, this is a reddish-tinted brown beer with a creamy lasting third of an inch of head. Malty nose with caramel crystal-malt notes. Flavor mostly consists of nutty, toasted malt, with a touch of bread-crustiness. Bitterness is apparent but no hop taste: emphasis is on a complex, interesting malt profile. Finish leaves an short aftertaste of lightly roasted malt. Body is a little thin and watery--not entirely inappropriate for the style.

This is the most interesting of the Bar Harbor beers I've had. A solid, drinkable brown ale.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2007 01:03:38 | More by allengarvin
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New York

4.1/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Picked up a 6-pack at Bellport Beer, this brew poured a dark mohogany color with a small but fine off-white head. Nice aromas of malt and lots of fresh grain, very earthy. Lots of malt flavor hits the tongue but it is extrememly smooth. Crisp and grassy notes of grain flash on the finish. Not much hop presence but thats not what they were going for here. Extremely drinkable and light on the palate. Definite session brew, great year-round, recommended.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2007 01:34:31 | More by lehows
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4.1/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle poured into a tulip-style glass. It pours a deep dark ruby color with two fingers of off-white head. There's a good amount of lacing. The smell has some roasted malt character and a hint of cocoa even. Maybe some molasses too. The taste has more of that roasted malt sweetness. It's not too strong and it has just the right amount of sweetness. Almost a touch of pecan on the finish. The mouthfeel is fairly thick and smooth on the tongue. The drinkability is really good as well. A solid brown ale.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2005 03:34:32 | More by SheepNutz
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4.1/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Purchased at the brewery in Bar Harbor, ME.

A: Brown with significant amber highlights. Thin off whtie head with good retention. Brilliant clarity.

S: Initially nutty and toasty. Some fruity character. A reasonable dose of diacetyl which adds to the aroma rather than detracts from the other characteristics. Some subtle chocolate. A touch of hop aroma.

T: Taste is similar to aroma. Malt is nutty and toasty with some caramel notes. Hop bitterness finishes. A dry finish with not too much aftertaste. some fruity flavors with a good dose of diacetyl.

MF: Medium body. Silky smooth, moderate carbonation. All of this combines for an excellent mouthfeel.

D/notes: Very drinkable. A solid well made brown ale - good taste, well balanced.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2007 16:49:02 | More by Nipitato
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4.1/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle. The glass fills with a solid brown brew that has a finger and a half of light tan head over top that falls to a half finger and finally to a light film over top. Clarity appears to be very good and only a few stray bubbles are apparent. This is a nice looking brew. The aroma is lightly brown sugar sweet, with a moderate roasted grain edge, and a kiss of caramel. It is a very subtle smelling brew, which I like for this one. Taking a drink, I find a light caramel balancing a moderate roast, moving into a caramel and brown sugar sweet again, finishing with a mild bitter bite with a touch of herbalness in the hop. Mouthfeel is moderate with a mild carbonation. It feels nice and full and compliments the flavor nicely. This is easily a session brew. It packs a nice, and balanced, bit of flavor, has some body behind it, but not too much to make it big, and is just downright tasty. This is one that could find its way into my fridge as a solid drinking brew.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2007 01:48:22 | More by kmpitz2
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New Jersey

4.1/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

light brown to red clear body, topped by two fingers of dense, but rapidly decaying, foam-rubber looking foam. Minimal lacing.

Aroma features some earthy hops, nuts and cocoa.

A nice deep malty start, a bit of chocolat, similar to a good octoberfest, substantial but not overly sweet. The malt is quickly joined by strong brush of balancing earthy hops, which assert themselves without dominating. Malt and hops fade gently away, arm-in-arm.

Good medium-to-light mouthfeel. Very good drinkability.

A pleasant surprise to find in a local story, nicely done.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2005 20:07:44 | More by RonfromJersey
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4.08/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearence: Pours a clear, deep amber (almost brown), with a thin off-white head. Decent head retention, little carbonation.

Smell: Strong coffee and brown (for lack of a better descriptor) notes, with good, solid, strong, balancing English hops.

Taste and Mouthfeel: Smooth, creamy, and ever-so gentle and subtle. The complexities are so subtle yet tasty. Brown notes throughout with strong malt flavors, finishing with a nice amount of hop bitterness.

Drinkability and Overall: A nicely balanced brown ale that is easily drinkable. Definitly one I'd recommend to anyone who wants a tasty, slightly complex session brew.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2006 05:27:55 | More by santoslhalper
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4.08/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a huuuge head that takes up the whole Allagash tulip glass but quickly beds back down in time for me to pour some more. The giant bubbles precariously pop themselves down to a tetris looking holy mess. It attempts to be clear at the bottom of the glass, but has a huge haze through out. The marron colored dark brown-sugar brown color has a nice surprising brightness to it.

N: A pretty clear amber style ale to start. Light toasted malts, crisp aromas, slight red like fruit, and slight sweet brown sugar. Seems to have some aromatic malt aromas as well, and touch of nuttiness and spice.

T: If I can cut my way through the head I'll attempt to taste it... Wow, surprising, lots of roasted malts and dark crystal malts to start, lots of coffee and caramelized brown sugar. Other toasted flavors and some nuttiness. A slight chocolate malt as well. A very slight bitter. Pretty rich and creamy as well.

M: Semi thick and very very slightly syrupy, lots of carbonation.

F: Finishes very clean too. A little sweet and creamy still, but the high carbonation really helps clean the tongue off. A slight sweet caramel like taste sits at the way back of the tongue and never really goes away, but you can't taste it much and the rest of it is very clean. A slight bitterness pops up to tell you "Bob's your uncle" and heads back under for a pint of it's own I suspect. This would be a really good session beer.

Final thoughts: Very nice beer surprisingly. I was almost expecting an amber type ale from the nose and not knowing anything about it. Low and behold a nice rich roasted dark malt slightly sweet and semi bitter English brown. Hence the "Real Ale" which I guess I overlooked. Not only does it have all the nice dark rich flavors, but its still fairly light in body, presence, and alcohol so you can drink a bunch of em if you wanted no problem.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2009 23:18:43 | More by jlindros
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West Virginia

4.05/5  rDev +15.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2006 04:16:43 | More by jcdiflorio
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4.05/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle obtained via trade with bennybrew. Thanks for the opportunity...

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a small but nicely constructed 1/4"of light tan head, which gradually shrunk down to a layer of light foam. Some lacing over this almost root beer brown shaded brew. Aroma is of dark grains predominantly. Taste is a nice amount of malt, and well-balanced with some bitterness before it leaves the mouth. Mouthfeel and drinkability are excellent.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2004 01:12:01 | More by ppoitras
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4.05/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Big foamy head, very creamy with some staying power. Lacing like glue. Head had a slight cocoa-like color. Little bubbles racing from bottom to top.

Smell: Nearly all malt. Chocolate-like sweet aroma with a hint of fruit. Very little evidence of hops.

Taste: Definite roasted flavor surround by a thick malty sweetness. Slight hint of alcohol. Finishes clean to me.

Mouthfeel: Nice full-bodied feel, very creamy.

Drinkability: Clean finish makes this easily drinkable.

I'm glad I tried this beer. It has been a while since I tried a nice English brown.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2006 01:10:27 | More by psinderson
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Bar Harbor Real Ale from Atlantic Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 304 ratings.