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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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Photo of Tallboy


3.28/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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 !

Serving type: bottle

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


3.15/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2006 05:39:19 | More by jlh8643
Photo of daliandragon

North Carolina

3.88/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

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


3.63/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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


4/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

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


4/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

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


3.6/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2005 04:03:03 | More by ElGordo
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3.93/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Ontario (Canada)

3.6/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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


3.23/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

3.65/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

Serving type: bottle

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

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
Photo of RonfromJersey

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
Photo of Dogbrick


3.88/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This brew is a cherry cola color with a medium light tan head. Thin lacing that sticks to the glass pretty well. The aroma is very nutty, along with some malt and caramel. Thin at times and fairly smooth with a bit of a smoked character. Nutty and sweet malt flavor is decent but short-lived. Mildly hoppy finish. A decent session beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2005 14:52:54 | More by Dogbrick
Photo of JackTheRipper


2.33/5  rDev -33.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A: Clear brown in color. No head. Looks flat~no bubbles can be seen in the beer.

S: Slightly nutty malt aroma. No hop aroma.

T: Anemic malt flavors. Faint taste of grains. Low levels of hop.

M: Light body. CO2 feels better than it looks.

D&N: Nothing really jumps out as being either good or bad, this is just a forgettable ale.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2005 06:56:00 | More by JackTheRipper
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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
Photo of francisweizen


4/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Medium red with a nice head of off-white. Aromas of fresh biscuity British malts and slightly spicy, herbal hops. The taste is more malty than hoppy and very simplistic and Uk-like as many Maine brews are. This reminds me of a quality mild-bitter as it should. Taste is malty with a hop kick on the back end. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, and drinkability is good. Nice. I had this one on-tap at $3 Deweys.

Serving type: on-tap

03-16-2005 22:50:23 | More by francisweizen
Photo of meathookjones


3.93/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Color is a dark amber/light brown with a small tan head. Retention is decent and there are a few rings of lace on the glass. A nice roasty malt really comes out in the smell accompanied by a sweet caramel backing. Notes of nuttiness also. Taste follows suite with a strong roasted malt flavor over a sweet backbone. It is also nutty and bitter. Pretty flavorful stuff here. Finishes with a biscuity malt and a bit of roastiness. Mouthfeel is medium but there is a tad too much carbonation here. Nice drinkability as well. Goes down smooth and has a good bit of complexity to it while remaining easy drinking. Thanks to Secret Santa and quarre for the bottle.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2005 20:15:54 | More by meathookjones
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2.93/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Dark red-copper with small head.
Smell: Burnt banana and roasted notes with English bitterness.
Taste: Bitter and burned like a fine brown should be. A little overpowering at times. Not exactly my style, but this one is done well. Could use a few months aging as it still tastes a little young.
Mouthfeel: Smooth with little carbonation.
Drinkability: A little rough around the edges so I'm ready to move on.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2005 02:16:49 | More by jvajda
Photo of Brent


3.8/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

One of those beers where you play "guess the style," since the bottle doesn't identify it. Poured a dark chestnut. Pegged this as a brown ale right off the bat, but it is a little quirky. More of a caramel malt presence than average, with a touch of nuttyness in the background. There was also a bit of undefined fruit toward the end, and overall this was a bit beefier and more assertive than the average brown ale - has some pale ale characteristics roaming around.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2005 14:23:18 | More by Brent
Photo of bigbeerdrinka


3.58/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a chestnut brown color with deep copper hues and a firm offwhite head that leaves a decent lace. Aromas were heavily malty with tones of roasted malt, hints of chocolate, a bit of molasses, and even a slight smoke just in the end. Initially this beer starts out a bit earthy, but quickly moves on to a full malt flavor. There's a decent amount of roasty malts that mix back and forth with a slight molasses flavor. In the middle there are some smokey ashy tones, with a bit of astringency and yet more roasty malt. Where the initial flavors lack, the finish to this brew makes up for it with a crisp bread and biscuit like flavor and just a hint of bitter spiciness from the hops. Carbonation was a little over the top to this brew which took away a bit of the flavor and mouthfeel to this brew. Overall this brew was fairly drinkable but nothing I would seek out on a regular basis. Get that carbonation under control.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2004 03:27:35 | More by bigbeerdrinka
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4/5  rDev +13.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2004 12:59:22 | More by merlin48
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3.9/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A few of Bar Harbor’s beers have been showing up in my area lately so I decided to put a few of them in a mixed sixer to sample. This pours out a classic representation of the brown ale style a highly translucent shade of ruby-tinged brown. A cream colored head literally erupts, causing me to halt the pour. The head eventually recedes to a thin cap on top but does have some retention and leaves thin wisps of lace on the way down. The aroma is faint, some subtle caramel tones, really light toasty and coffee aromas, and faint esters. The taste is basically the same thing, maybe I pick up a faint smokiness in here, and the finish has a smooth toasted nuttiness. Easy drinking, really soft carbonation so it kinda is almost like a “real ale”, but not really. A nice session brown and good for washing down pepperoni/mushroom pizza.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2004 03:01:24 | More by FormatKid
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3.98/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

At first, when I poured it, I expected a light colored hop monster maybe, but I was quickly proved wrong...In fact, it was much darker than I expected and left a huge billowy, thin head.
I would have to say it was almost as dark as some stouts (dark brown w/ hints of maroon in color, with not much light making its way through my goblet.

Upon sniffing, it was more roasty and malty than I expected as well. The hops came through a little, but mostly, I smelled almonds, brown sugar, and some spiced plums throughout.

Tasting it, it was a roasty malt flavor w/ some smooth nutty flavors laced through it. It reminded me almost of a smokey porter (ALMOST)- not much hop flavor coming through, but it also had a bit of sweetness up front w/ little aftertaste.

It is a good feeling beer to drink. It isn't overly carbonated, and was smooth overall. Although a dark coloring, it was mainly light in body and was easily drinkable. This is definitely something I could drink by the case if I had more access to it. Overall, a nicely crafted brown ale.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2004 01:27:19 | More by Fish113d
Bar Harbor Real Ale from Atlantic Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 304 ratings.