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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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315 Ratings

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Ratings: 315
Reviews: 213
rAvg: 3.53
pDev: 13.88%
Wants: 8
Gots: 10 | 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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Photo of psinderson


4.05/5  rDev +14.7%

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.

05-04-2006 01:10:27 | More by psinderson
Photo of wedge

North Carolina

3.9/5  rDev +10.5%

Deep, slightly hazy chestnut color with a light foamy head that clings to the glass. Some suspended sediment and healthy strings of carbonation. Sweet malty aroma with some fruits and a slight underlying doughiness. Rich malt flavor - nutty, toasted, and quite smooth - finishes with some chocolate and light floral hops. Suprisingly full, creamy-smooth mouthfeel.

A solid malty unfiltered ale. Heavier than I expected but pretty enjoyable - the chocolate notes are really nice. I'm glad I tried it...

04-20-2006 00:39:41 | More by wedge
Photo of brewdlyhooked13


4.03/5  rDev +14.2%

Appearance - a nice caramel amber pour. A full finger of thin but sticky bubbles. Dies slowly down to a bare cover.

Aroma - some grain aroma with a little toastiness and cracker essence. It's okay.

Taste - some toasty grain up front, toasty toasty. Just enough hop bite on the swallow to balance it beautifully. A very good malt brew that keeps the sweetness at a minimum to really let you appreciate the grain and hop profile.

Mouthfeel - good crispness and carbonation, average weight. Keeps the beer from feeling too heavy.

Drinkability - a great session beer for any season, really appeals to my palate.

04-05-2006 03:37:55 | More by brewdlyhooked13
Photo of jaluria


3.93/5  rDev +11.3%

Poured a translucent, medium-brown color with a cream colored head that left behind some nice lacing. The head was only 1-3 mm thick, but remained for some time. Aromas of burnt toast, roasted malt, and salted nuts. The taste was dry with roasted flavors pairing nicely with the bitter finish. Subtle flavors of nuts & biscuits came out as the beer warmed. Slightly chewy texture, but good for the style. The lack of pronounced flavors lends it to be had a few times with ease.

04-03-2006 13:19:31 | More by jaluria
Photo of Hagbard


3.95/5  rDev +11.9%

This beer is much bettter than I was expecting it to be, though I'm not sure why I had such low expectations. It sits dark brown with ruby highlights when held up to light. A fluffy two fingered head forms and gently recedes to film. The aroma is dominated by brown sugar on top of a fairly nice malt bed. The taste is full of a very complex malt base with a nice blast of brown sugar. There is a nuttiness in the background, coming from the malt. No discernible hop element. It finishes much the way it starts, but with maybe a touch of a metallic taste to it. There is a hint of chocolate in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel is a bit thin, but a surprisingly strong burst of carbonation holds everything together. Drinkability is great because the brown sugar and malt base never become too sweet, a common problem in browns, especially without a hop element. This is a very enjoyable beer that would probably be sublime on cask. This is a style I'm not very fond of, but this beer is very tasty and I wouldn't hesitate to buy it again.

03-10-2006 15:20:46 | More by Hagbard
Photo of heidelbeerg


3.1/5  rDev -12.2%

Pours out a root beer color with very noticeable carbonation. Huge bubbles like you see in carbonated water. The head was about 1 inch but quickly fizzled away to nothing. The smell reminds me of toasted bread. The taste also has a toasty flavor which has some burnt notes also. Some sweetness too. Mouthfeel is average except for the carbonation zing. I won't be trying this one again.

03-04-2006 16:03:51 | More by heidelbeerg
Photo of Frozensoul327


3.48/5  rDev -1.4%

Pours out to a clear amber brown color, medium cream colored head of foam. Hints of lace, and medium high level of carbonation. Aromas are light and fresh; some grassy notes, wet earth, some biscuits. Taste is on the light side; flavors of mild malt, husk, grain and some sweet sugar cane blend well, but are kind of uninspired. Mouthfeel was accentuated by the excellent level of carbonation. Very bubbly. A good level of drinkability, I don't think i'd have any issues having a few of these; a good session beer. Give it a try.

03-01-2006 00:18:40 | More by Frozensoul327
Photo of jmz62565


2.2/5  rDev -37.7%

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.

02-26-2006 23:39:58 | More by jmz62565
Photo of Mitchster


3.68/5  rDev +4.2%

Brewed with pale, crystal and black patent malts. Hopped with Target and Whitbread Goldings. 5.2% ABV.

Sparkingly clear dark amber, requiring a hefty pour to achieve a thin soapy khaki head with good retention and lacing. Carbonation is moderate. The aroma is nice with abundant toast, nuts, and slight soap. The mouthfeel is smooth at first but a little ruddy and oxidized in the finish. The taste is very toasty, reminding me of Fat Tire but not as bright. Bitterness is very mild and earthy. Wet newspaper and cardboard in the finish. The aftertaste is of leather and tobacco. Slight soapy twang in the finish is disturbing and makes me a little nauseaous.

This is decent but is rough around the edges. I bet it's pretty damn good on tap when fresh. This bottle has a "best by" date on it, but alas is not notched.

02-18-2006 22:21:55 | More by Mitchster
Photo of santoslhalper


4.08/5  rDev +15.6%

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.

02-18-2006 05:27:55 | More by santoslhalper
Photo of EvilKeith


3.05/5  rDev -13.6%

12 ounce brown bottle. No freshness date. Below front label bottle is marked 2135 R2 20:47.

This one pours into the glass a clear deep, dark amber to brown color. Starts with an impressive dark tan head and finishes with sticky lace up the glass.
A sticky sweet, earthy, malted smell.
This one has an almost oily mouthfeel with a dry, slighty coppery bitter finish.

I could probably drink more of these but, I probably won't.

01-27-2006 02:14:06 | More by EvilKeith
Photo of Tallboy


3.28/5  rDev -7.1%

Appearance: Resembles a dark tea in color with a nice 2 fingers of off white head.

Smell: The aroma was a wonderfull blend of caramels , hazelnutt, and hops.

Taste: the flavor is of a elegant mix of caramel, nuts, and slight bitterness that jumped in there towards the end. The malt was also pleaseant here.

Mouthfeel: Nice and crisp at the start and finish, but the hop and caramel taste stayed around a lot longer than I expected.[not that that is bad]

Drinkability: Is verry high here, so I enjoyed more than just one !

01-27-2006 00:41:57 | More by Tallboy
Photo of jlh8643


3.15/5  rDev -10.8%

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass yeilding a very nice and thick head that clings to the glass nicely. Toasted malt and herbal hops in the nose. Nice clear, dark copper body even if it is bottle conditioned. Toasted malt with some caramel malt in the front with decent hops backing it up but drops off the deep end afterwards. The finish leaves me flat, kinda disappointing. Mouthfeel is a bit on the dry side with a bit of hop bite to finish it off.

01-26-2006 05:39:19 | More by jlh8643
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North Carolina

3.88/5  rDev +9.9%

Wasn't terribly impressed by my last Atlantic Brewing offering (Blueberry), but with "Real Ale" right in the name I had to give it a shot. It's definitely a good looking pour..dark brown opaqueness with rowdy off white head and thick, sticky, lacing. The nose is more understated, with fresh hops and a slightly smoky tinge as well.
Tastewise, I think this is a pretty good imitation of an English pub ale. Hops are surprisingly prevelant, overshadowing the malt, and are accompanied by a creamy freshness and a bit of coffee flavor flying under the radar of the hops. Bitter but very quaffable. I don't know if this is bottle conditioned but it tastes like it could be. Mouthfeel is round but somewhat lacking.
Not awesome, but complex and tasty. I'd like to see them kick up the malt a bit to balance the with the hops but this is still worth a shot if you like English browns.

01-08-2006 04:08:02 | More by daliandragon
Photo of plaztikjezuz


3.63/5  rDev +2.8%

pours a dark mahonagy with a thin sheet of a head the falls into a ever so slight lace.
the aroma is very malty
the flavor is a little fruity, little chocolaty, some hopsack, minerialness, spiciness.
the mouthfeel is a bit watery.
beer is very drinkable good the grilled chicken sandwiches.

01-06-2006 03:35:27 | More by plaztikjezuz
Photo of SupaCelt


4/5  rDev +13.3%

This is a good looking beer. A gorgeous deep brown ale that is clear and clean but hard to see through due to the rich darkness. A spitty tan head caps it off for a moment but ends up deflated and spattered atop the lovely juice. The carbonation is a bit low. Occasional fat bubbles pop off here and there, but overall it is a pretty calm brew. The nose is very pleasing and mild. A somewhat oaken ambiance supports brown sugar and nuttiness. A bit of hop character comes through in the nose as well lending a fresh air of peaty earth. The flavour is very pleasing and mild also. The sweetness of malt and brown sugary texture make up the brunt of the taste. Hops lend a nice subtlety and tip the scales to equilibrium. Enjoyable to say the least. The mouthfeel is about medium and feels a bit creamy at times. A great brown. I had forgotten how nice these could be.

12-06-2005 00:17:16 | More by SupaCelt
Photo of granger10


4/5  rDev +13.3%

I thought this might be a mild and I'm really surprised it surpassed the 5% abv level. Pours a clearer mohagany color with a moderate airy tan head. Aroma is nutty and sweet with notes of brown sugar and then some roasted malts. Taste begins with the roasted malt flavor then goes into a sweeter brown sugar taste. Earthy hops come in and provide excellent balance. A biscuity yeast flavor lies underneath along with some notes of almonds. Finish is moderate and balanced. The flavors don't really last but each provides their input. Moderate body, lighter in weight yet good flavor all around and nothing off at all. This would make great session material.

11-29-2005 14:14:38 | More by granger10
Photo of ElGordo


3.6/5  rDev +2%

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.

11-02-2005 04:03:03 | More by ElGordo
Photo of Manosbeeroffate


3.93/5  rDev +11.3%

First time I tried this beer, though readily available where I live. Pours well, very little head on it and carbonation. Tastes a little malty at first, then the hopss kick in but not too strong. A very dark ale, I guess I was expecting something a little more malty but I can't really complain about this beer. Very drinkable and enjoyable.

10-31-2005 19:45:44 | More by Manosbeeroffate
Photo of pezoids


4.45/5  rDev +26.1%

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.

09-20-2005 01:34:22 | More by pezoids
Photo of Viggo

Ontario (Canada)

3.6/5  rDev +2%

Pours a clear brown/orange, huge off white head forms, very sticky, great lacing. Smell is roasty, lots of coffee, grass, some bitter chocolate. Taste is super roast, fresh coffee and chocolate, hay, little bit of alcohol in the finish. Light bodied, medium-high carbonation. Nice and coating, tasty but average beer.

09-16-2005 22:15:18 | More by Viggo
Photo of BEERchitect


3.23/5  rDev -8.5%

Pours a deep mohogany clear color with moderate carbonation. Has great head retention of loosely knit dull creamy white head that rose greatly and slowly disipated, leaving mild lacing behind. Aromas of light barley malt and light dark malts. Mild sour aroma from fermentation. Flavors are dominantly of barley malt, light chocolate, and roasted grain. Mild fermentation sour notes hide behind. Feels medium to the mouth. Light creamyness. Finishes quite crisp for dark grain profile. Light bitter finish partly due to hops and partly from dark grain husks.

09-10-2005 00:03:32 | More by BEERchitect
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New Jersey

3.65/5  rDev +3.4%

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Very nice reddish brown color. Clear though, not muddy. Minimal head that disappeared quickly. No lacing to speak of. There was a mix of floral and caramel or even dark chocolate scents. Malty and roasted flavor in the beginning and middle, with some nuttiness. Nothing dominates. The flavors from the malt remained only a short while on the tongue and the finish was a little more crisp and dry. The mouthfeel was somewhat thin but not watery. It wasn't a concern as I made my way through the pint.

Overall, a nice drinkable ale with enough flavor to keep you interested. A smooth session pick that I would have again. I agree that it's worth a try. A few tries.

08-30-2005 01:16:41 | More by ChimayMayDay
Photo of Gavage

New Jersey

4.35/5  rDev +23.2%

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.

08-14-2005 19:55:31 | More by Gavage
Photo of RonfromJersey

New Jersey

4.1/5  rDev +16.1%

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.

06-12-2005 20:07:44 | More by RonfromJersey
Bar Harbor Real Ale from Atlantic Brewing Company
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