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Bar Harbor Blueberry Ale - Atlantic Brewing Company

Bar Harbor Blueberry AleBar Harbor Blueberry Ale

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Ratings: 371
Reviews: 261
rAvg: 3.48
pDev: 14.37%


Brewed by:
Atlantic Brewing Company visit their website
Maine, United States

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
A light fruit ale, made with Maine wild blueberries. As opposed to many of the sweeter fruit beers on the market, our addition of fresh Maine wild blueberries in this light ale yields a subtle blueberry aroma, without the sweet aftertaste. A mixture of the following Mutton malts, pale, crystal, and Munich, are combined with wheat to give this ale its lighter body, and we only use minimal amounts of Target and Willamette hops.

(Beer added by: Jason on 12-13-2001)
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Owl-Head

Maine

4.13/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Overall the best fruit-beer I've ever had. Enjoyed this at the Bangor Brew Fest and have savored a six pack at least once a month since. Very robust blueberry taste and freshness, but i don't think this flavor would mix well with a stout as it is just too powerful. Great for beginners starting on craft/micro-brew beer looking for a delightful mix of seasonal flavors and costal brews. I have really enjoyed it, I'm sure you will!

Serving type: on-tap

01-06-2014 11:01:35 | More by Owl-Head
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Bicyclette

New Hampshire

3.44/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Served in a pint glass without mentionable head. Appears to be coppery-brown in color in the darkened room. Location is a restaurant I've never visited before.

Fragrance is lightly fruity & beer - without being overwhelming at all.

Taste is complex & ever changing. Light fruit flavor up front transitions to a much stronger, not-quite-skunked bite with both malt & hop flavors present, but a bit odd. Swallow, and the flavors mellow, becoming rounder, more of a light-brown ale. The finish is crisper, hops & bubbles are more present and a hint of the fruit returns.

Mouthfeel is pleasant - a light brown ale with a lively finish.

Overall, interesting. I'd like to try it again in a different location to be certain.

Serving type: on-tap

09-06-2013 01:14:34 | More by Bicyclette
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alaimoa

Connecticut

3.13/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this on tap at MJ's wine bar in portland with a waffle with blueberry syrup and it was quite tasty. Hop and malt balanced nicely and a blueberry smell more than taste. Appearance was a medium brown color with a medium mouthfeel.
Overall i'm not a huge fan of non-sour fruit beers but I'd go with one of these again while pairing with a food

Serving type: on-tap

08-14-2013 21:49:31 | More by alaimoa
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keeganfrank

Ohio

3.64/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tea-colored ale with no real head of which to speak. Strong blueberry aroma...all I can smell are blueberries. The berry is more subtle in the flavor and is accompanied by grass and yeast. Has a light body that, with the blueberry, make this a good brew for a hot summer night.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2013 01:20:45 | More by keeganfrank
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woosterbill

Connecticut

3.23/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle, best by January '13, poured into a Duvel tulip.

A: Clear, deep orange body under a finger of frothy white head. Ok retention, spotty lace. Not bad.

S: Blueberry muffin, faint hops, and a metallic twang. Ok, not great.

T: Sweet fruit up front, bready malt midway through, and a moderately bitter finish. Bitter blueberry skin on the aftertaste. A little boring - definitely no better than average for the style.

M: Light-to-medium body with a goodly dose of creamy carbonation. Really excellent.

O: An average blueberry ale. No more no less.

Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2012 00:21:58 | More by woosterbill
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BeerKangaroo

Alaska

3.28/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Into a pint glass:

A: slightly hazy amber colored body and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. The head lasted longer than I thought.

S: blueberries, light malt

T: blueberries, malts taste toasted

M: light to medium, sessionable, toasty yet sweet aftertaste, slightly bitter finish

O: good for the style and me, I'd probably have it again

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2012 16:40:23 | More by BeerKangaroo
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roddenberry

Quebec (Canada)

3.43/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured in a pint glass, a perfectly clear, rich amber color, thin head that dissipates quickly.

Not bad at all! A malt beer with very little sugary sweetness and with hints of hops. Fruit taste is quite subtle, with a nice light biterness and very subtle sour notes towards the end. Refreshing and pleasant.

Strange though that nowhere on the website, on the bottle or on the 6-pack is any mention of the alcohol content, which I evaluate around 4.5 to 5%...

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2012 15:45:27 | More by roddenberry
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donkeyrunner

Massachusetts

3.93/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

@ the brewery on MDI

Hazy amber with an uber thin white head. Foamless by 3/4 glass.

The blueberry mixes with crystal malts and creates a blueberry cake aroma. Tastes like blueberry cake too. Or cobbler I guess. Not sure of the difference between cake and cobbler.

I've never seen a blueberry amber ale before and I like it. It's more like a blueberry cobbler or cake or whatever. Beats the pants off another blonde or wheat ale with some blueberry extract thrown in.

Serving type: on-tap

08-30-2012 00:36:00 | More by donkeyrunner
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Cavanaghty

Maine

3.35/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Clear copper color with an off white head and medium lacing on the glass.

Smell: Blueberries and pine notes.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Light to medium bodied, not as well balanced as I had thought. Taste of light blueberries and a bitter sweet taste on the end.

Overall: Not a horrible brew, but I have had much better blueberry beers.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2012 16:37:27 | More by Cavanaghty
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bluejacket74

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle, best before January 2013. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a clear amber color with a half inch off-white head. Head retention is decent, and there's a good amount of lacing. The aroma is mostly sweet, it smells like blueberries and sweet malt. The brew tastes like sweet and kinda tart blueberries and grainy malt, but there's also a slight bitter finish. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it's a bit slick and it's also refreshing. I liked this brew, I'd try it again. I think it's worth trying if you've never had it before.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2012 23:27:10 | More by bluejacket74
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ThomasMetal75

Massachusetts

3.33/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- A dark, rich amber color with a small head.

S- Malts and faint blueberries. No hops whatsoever.

T- Good malt backbone with a slightly sweet and tart blueberry taste. The bottle I had tasted metallic. I don't know if that had anything to do with the fact that it was "best before FEB-2012". I'd have to buy another bottle to try and see if this was maybe just old.

M- Light and refreshing, but not watery.

Overall, the metallic taste was very strong, almost too strong to make this a beer I'd enjoy on a regular basis. I do need to buy another bottle of this to determine if the bottle was old beer taste or not. Not bad, but for Blueberry beer, Sea Dog and Wachusett are the beers I choose.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2012 21:42:22 | More by ThomasMetal75
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psuKinger

Pennsylvania

3.2/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle poured into a standard nonic.

A: Pours a translucent amber hue with a moderately thin off-white head, about a half a fingers worth, which dissipated within a minute or so.

S: Barley sweetness, near "cotton candy" clowingly so, with just a twinge of blueberry. I cannot detect any hops in the nose.

T: Thin and sweet, blueberry more prominant in the taste than the nose. Barley sweetness arrives early, blueberry comes in towards the middle, and just a touch of hop bitterness on the back end to help balance things out.

The blueberry is most prominant, but adds a touch of sourness that gives the beer a little character. And the hops, although mild, are noticeable and much appreciated.

M: Thin. Light. Carbonation a shade low for my preferences.

D/O: Easy-drinkin'. A little too sweet, but still has a little kick to keep it interesting. Repeatable, but I don't love it.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2012 00:58:15 | More by psuKinger
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BrewMaster730


3.18/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I'm a huge Blueberry fan. I love Blueberry beer and wine, although both have unique differences. I've tried many different Blueberry beers and I was excited to try this one. I mean why not? aren't Maine Blueberries supposed to be the best??

Well, I'm sad to say that I was disappointed. The blueberry aroma was only somewhat noticeable and the taste mediocre. Still, it wasn't a bad beer, and I would certainly drink it again, but I expected more from this Maine brewery.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2012 19:41:59 | More by BrewMaster730
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morebeergood

Massachusetts

3.78/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A friend brought a six pack to a weekend bbq and offered me one. Poured into a SA perfect pint glass. A whole lot of carbonation forms a huge yet fluffy head. Much darker orange color than I was expecting from a fruit beer. Just a hint of blueberry in the nose. But, the blueberry really was showcased in the flavor. Good job by this brewery: plenty of flavor, but not overpowering. Nice mouthfeel too, with a decent amount of malt body. I've had a few blueberry beers, and there are very few I like. This one has landed on that exclusive list. Nice summer ale.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2012 03:45:59 | More by morebeergood
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TheBlueWaffle

Maryland

3.85/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A - amber, clear to an extant

S - blueberries, malt , sweet, the aroma is spot on for the style of the beer

T - blueberry, malt

M - way to carbonated, thin, slick

O - The best blueberry beer I have ever had, granted I have not had many. This beer is somewhat of a legend. If you have ever been to Maine, you will cherish the moment you find it in a bottle, even if your blueberries don't bounce to the top like they do in those Northern Bars.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2012 06:45:09 | More by TheBlueWaffle
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GarthDanielson

North Carolina

3.18/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured on-tap and served in a tumbler pint, the beer is a hazy, orange amber coloring with a steady flow of carbonation and a foamy, sparse, filmy coating of off-white head. Aromas are rich and tart blueberry sweetness, with a decent smoked caramel backbone. Flavors are a little more roasted and sharp, with the blueberry flavors becoming tangy and slightly bitter, and the smoked caramel backbone becomes a little more prevelent. Aftertaste is a muddled blending of blueberry tanginess and subtle sweetness, with an overall smokey and tart profile. The finish is syrupy and cloying, with a crispness from the carbonation.

Serving type: on-tap

04-03-2012 17:28:44 | More by GarthDanielson
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puboflyons

New Hampshire

3.6/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. Sampled on March 3, 2012. It pours about medium amber with a thin but short-lasting head. There are grains on the nose as well as an expected blueberry note. I also get a sweet quality. The body falls into the medium texture range. The taste starts out fruity and sweet and ends peppery and sharply bitter. Blueberry and fruit/vegetable beers in general are low on my appreciation list but this one actually tasted alright.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2012 02:09:44 | More by puboflyons
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jifigz

Pennsylvania

3.1/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: A pretty standard looking beer. No real head that lingered and no real lacing. A nice coppery color.

S: This smells similar to a blueberry muffin or something similar.

T: The initial flavor is all blueberry. The ending gets a little more grainy and sweet malt like flavors before heading back into a blueberry aftertaste for the finish. There is a little bit of spice thrown in there as well.

M: The mouthfeel is pretty crisp and biting. There seems to be a little too much carbonation. The body of the beer is pretty light and watery.

O: This isn't a terrible ale, but it isn't really for me either. I don't dig fruit/veggie beers a ton, so my review might be a little biased. After one of these I have pretty much had my fill of them.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2011 00:09:46 | More by jifigz
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littlelorib

Virginia

3.2/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a glass. Expiration January '12.

Amber in color with one inch head which dissipated quickly. Smell definitely of blueberry with enough malt to know that this is a beer. Blueberry taste is in there, but not overpowering. Not too sweet, malt balanced by some hop bitterness. Fairly light on the palate, lighter than i was expecting.

Overall I don't believe that taste lives up to the smell. I would actually like to taste a little more blueberry. It doesn't taste overly sweet like some fruit beers do, nor does it have that chemical taste that you get with beers flavored with extracts tend to have. In the end, a drinkable beer that promises a bit more than it delivers.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2011 00:26:03 | More by littlelorib
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MoreThanWine

Massachusetts

3.33/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a 1" slightly beige head which dissipated completely. Fairly deep clear amber body. Smell is fantastic, like blueberry muffins. Taste however is more of a BMC beer with the tiniest drop of blueberry syrup added. Granted at least it's not overly sweet, not turned more into juice than beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2011 12:05:08 | More by MoreThanWine
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schlimenhaumer

New York

3.15/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a plastic cup (the only thing available in the motel) at low altitude.

A: Pours a light amber color with a substantial cream-colored head that leaves some nice lacing.

S: Big blueberry notes up front with a little bit of malt in the background. Definitely more fruit than beer.

T: Malty notes up front without too much else to balance. A few blueberry notes from the nose come through in the aftertaste.

M: Medium-bodied with a smooth and creamy fell and a bit of dryness on the finish. Very nice in this respect.

D: If it were easier to come by, this one would be easy to drink on a regular basis.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2011 17:41:26 | More by schlimenhaumer
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sendsilk

Florida

3.03/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Received in a recent trade and looks very promising!

A- Pours much more straw colored and clear than I would have though being a blueberry wheat beer.

S- Faint blueberry smell coming from this. Not very prominent at all.

T- Pretty uninspiring. I have heard good thing about their Cadillac Stout, hopefully this is no indication of other beers of theirs. A decent enough tasting wheat beer. Very light and refreshing, but where the hell is the blueberry that I expect?

M- Actually lighter than I expected. nothing special

O- Had it once...next beer please.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2011 00:47:18 | More by sendsilk
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chefhatt

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this beer into a pint glass, it has a dark orange color body with a little white fizzy head. The smell is blueberry and some malt. The taste is very mild of blueberry, but very nice and subtle but not overpowering. This has a very nice mouth feel, smooth off the tongue. Overall this is a nice change.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2011 04:05:57 | More by chefhatt
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aasher

Indiana

3.48/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is yet another blueberry beer on my quest to try them all, except for Blabaer.

It pours a medium bodied vibrant amber in color with almost a deep ruby appearance. It poured fuller in body than I expected. It smells of faint blueberry and sweet malt with a light bitter finish. The blueberry itself is subtle but doesn't appear to be as artificial as most. It tastes of sweet blueberry syrup but is really a 6 on a scale of 10 for how syrupy sweet this one could be. It's essentially what I expected. The aftertaste is pretty nice and what you'd want from a blueberry ale. It drinks medium in body and drinks pretty well. Would I buy a six pack of this? No, but there's only a few blueberry ales out there that're worth more than casual try. It's a solid take.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2011 03:12:24 | More by aasher
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PEBKAC

New York

3.28/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Best By October '11 notch. Rounded pint glass. Two AM, with a pile of leftovers to keep me & the beer company. :-)

Darker then I expected. Clear orange/amber body. Inch of receding fizz.

Smell is quite doughy upfront, accented with dried blueberries, & slightly zesty, leafy hops.

Mild maltiness upfront, turning slightly tart when introducing the earthy "blueberry flavor". Odd plastic/Band-Aid flavor creeps in. A little bit of butter develops as it warms. Mellow & dry, with bittergreen hops on the finish.

Beer has a touch more heft then you would think. Prickly, strong carbonation, that falls out of solution rather quickly.

Solid beer to keep the malternatives out of your cooler.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2011 06:18:03 | More by PEBKAC
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Bar Harbor Blueberry Ale from Atlantic Brewing Company
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