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Bar Harbor Blueberry Ale - Atlantic Brewing Company

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79
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395 Ratings
THE BROS
77
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Ratings: 395
Reviews: 262
rAvg: 3.46
pDev: 14.74%
Wants: 12
Gots: 12 | FT: 0
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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jmbraxton

Alabama

5/5  rDev +44.5%

04-02-2012 23:08:20 | More by jmbraxton
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TheAlumnus

New York

4.8/5  rDev +38.7%

By far and away my favorite beer ever
a- pedestrian pale and yellow, don't let the look leave you behind
s-awesome, blueberries are an essential part of being a Mainiac and this nose leaves an authentic feel vs. extract
t- unbelievable the blueberry is not overpowering but effective. Has a solid malt background which yields a great mixture of the fruit beer that has a solid beer finish
m- medium to light on feel and carbonation goes
d- Beerhalla. Each one satisfies to the last drop

If you ever in Portand, the best pour is 3 Dollar Deweys. This beer is a seminal brand if you are living the "Way Life Should Be".

09-26-2007 06:18:16 | More by TheAlumnus
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bigpatvoodoodad

South Carolina

4.78/5  rDev +38.2%

I really like this beer. The first time I bought it, I was a bit skeptical, but I was glad I did. The taste and the smell are quite pleasant. I even have a friend who drinks this now after sampling one of mine. A couple of weeks ago we were at a party and I had brought Red Stripe. After 2 red stripe (which tasted terrible I might add) I was able to get a couple of these from my buddy and I was in heaven. Want something different? Try this.

04-30-2007 18:08:21 | More by bigpatvoodoodad
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Mike925


4.75/5  rDev +37.3%

08-10-2012 18:31:45 | More by Mike925
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deltatauhobbit

Maine

4.68/5  rDev +35.3%

I've had this beer almost every which way, but out of the tap is always the best, especially if you get it right from the brewery in Bar Harbor.

The appearance is a typical golden/amber color, nothing really outstanding, some head and patchy lacing.

The smell doesn't indicate too much even considering its a fruit beer, only a slight whiff of blueberries, very balanced though, there is a blueberry presence meld with malt and some hop backing.

But the taste is amazing. Unlike most blueberry beers, this beer is more subtle in the taste, it isn't overpowering but mixes just the right amount of sweetness. It's hard to compete with the original blueberry beer in my book.

Can easily get in 12oz bottles in Maine, some 22oz bottles, but try to get it on-tap, highly recommended.

12-07-2007 01:27:40 | More by deltatauhobbit
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quikfish13

Ohio

4.58/5  rDev +32.4%

First fruit beer I think I have ever actually taken a liking too. But it is very reminiscent of Leinenkugals Sunset Wheat.

A: Excellent looking beer. Pour a clear copper with a tannish white head that was highly carbonated. The foam dissipated quickly.

S: Very strong blueberry aromas with an almost wheat scent. Im getting smells of toast in the morning with blueberry jam.

T: Superb taste, the blueberries really pack in at the end with a nice lemony flavor that hits first. However this does taste exactly like Lienenkuglas Sunset Wheat.

M: Smooth and extremely easy to drink. I feel like I'm actually cheating at the act of drinking beer.

D: I could definitely pound these down on any occasion. Excellent quality beer.

07-21-2007 21:52:56 | More by quikfish13
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Applesauce1

Virginia

4.58/5  rDev +32.4%

Got the Blueberry Ale on-tap at Skipper's in Athens, OH.

I drank a bottle of this a few months ago and reviewed it. This serving on-tap was definitely better.

Appearance: copper-amber color with a half inch head off the tap
Smell: great, the smell of blueberries is really nice
Taste: great also, taste of blueberries with nice texture; Bar Harbor does a great job of getting the blueberry flavor (not a fake taste like some fruit beers)
Mouthfeel: real good
Drinkability: awesome, can drink this all night; the flavor or texture doesn't tire you out

04-01-2006 02:05:41 | More by Applesauce1
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nrpellegrini

Maryland

4.53/5  rDev +30.9%

Tasted like fresh blueberrys. Better yet. Blueberry syrup on pancakes... where do the pancakes come from? I dont know? But its amazing. A smooth refreshing beer, that tastes like blueberrys. Real blueberries. No tartness or bland stale taste. Easy to drink. Its an all around great beer. Definitely drinkable with any season. TRY IT!

08-09-2008 05:36:43 | More by nrpellegrini
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MikeB1984

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +30.1%

02-22-2013 00:42:13 | More by MikeB1984
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Spinderella

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +30.1%

09-24-2013 07:45:38 | More by Spinderella
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Ryan_Shannon388

New Hampshire

4.5/5  rDev +30.1%

04-28-2013 23:16:56 | More by Ryan_Shannon388
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Valentizzle

Indiana

4.5/5  rDev +30.1%

01-02-2012 06:45:12 | More by Valentizzle
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Dbrag

Maine

4.5/5  rDev +30.1%

03-31-2012 01:59:50 | More by Dbrag
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irishevans

Alaska

4.43/5  rDev +28%

if you like blueberry muffins, than this is far better than just a "good call" for this is liquid blueberry muffin. it pours a medium translucent brown, with a finger and a half thick creamy head. it smells strong of the berry for which it is named. it tastes like a blueberry muffin, exactly like one and the taste lingers. the moouthfeel is crisp bitey but not overly carbonated, it is however a thick beer and it is ment to take your time with. another of my lovely girlfriend Sarah's favorites, and she does have some damn good taste in beer, picky as hell, so that says something when she falls for a beer. drink and enjoy.

12-16-2007 00:55:17 | More by irishevans
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clvand0

Kentucky

4.43/5  rDev +28%

Thanks to kmpitz2 for this one. Pours an amber color with a small head that dies off quickly and doesn't leave much lacing on the glass. The aroma is really nice. Lots of blueberry aromas in there. A little caramel malt. The flavor is very similar to the aroma. Lots of non-tart blueberry flavor with a moderate malt backing. Finish is slightly bitter from the hops, but the blueberry flavor lingers a bit. Drinkability is very nice and the body is fine for the style.

12-23-2004 18:42:05 | More by clvand0
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altgeeky1

New Hampshire

4.33/5  rDev +25.1%

Purchased refrigerated from Market Basket, Merrimack NH and labeled Best Before March 2008.

Pours a light amber, with quick head that falls quickly.No lace, just light carbonation bubbles up the glass.

Major blueberry notes. I've tried a few blueberries before, but none had quite the aroma as this one. You can literally feel the blueberry rise up from the glass and reach you, without holding up the glass. Nice. There's some hop aroma but it seems there to support the blueberries. They got the fruit smell down perfect, although I had expectations of malt smell based on the deep color.

Tastes wonderful - blueberry bite carried to the front of the tongue by the light-medium carbonation. Body feels appropriate for a pale ale, although it finishes not exactly weak, but a tiny bit dry. Still this is the best blueberry pale ale I have tried. I would have liked this a tad sweeter, maybe by adding unfermentable sugars or filtering the yeast. This is still very good as it is.

Mouthfeel is very good - not overcarbonated, and sits well with you. There's a bit more body than the dry finish first suggests.

Makes a good session beer; because I'm actually on my second. :-)

12-10-2007 21:38:16 | More by altgeeky1
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PBRstreetgang

Ohio

4.3/5  rDev +24.3%

Pours an amber-mahogany hue, with good clarity. Semi-dense white head, only 1/2 finger in hieght that leaves no lacing. Toasted crystal malt nose, with just a hint of fresh fruit. Tastes like an english pale ale with a soft blueberry flavor just coming through to compliment the rich caramel taste. Slightly drying aftertaste with a mild bitterness(northern brewer hops?) and sweet blueberries that linger but are not overdone. Extra smooth mouthfeel, medium in body and carbonation with a clean finish. A highly drinkable session ale with a pleasent fruit character and very well balanced flavor especially for the style.

04-24-2006 04:41:38 | More by PBRstreetgang
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Higravity

Michigan

4.3/5  rDev +24.3%

Finally a blueberry beer that is not a mess. This is a slightly light amber beer with a tinting of blue/purple. The head is white and sticks around leaving some lace. The smell has a nice blueberry quality to it but there is still a maltyness and even a touch of the noble hops. The first sip was quite impressive, a very deft touch of blueberry present without being overbearing letting the malt have a say and even a slight bitterness from the noble hops. Very well done overall. BTW the local store is all out since I bought the last 12'er please send some more ASAP.

06-20-2006 14:06:13 | More by Higravity
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kmpitz2

Tennessee

4.28/5  rDev +23.7%

This beer pours an amber color with a finger of head that falls to a half finger. The nose is all about blueberry, with some sweet caramel behind it, but just to accentuate the fruit. The flavor is up front blueberry followed wtih caramel and finishing with a light hop to keep it true to beer. I like it. The feel is a light moderate. Nice and refreshing with the blueberry flavor. Dinkability on this beer is very nice. I think that the flavors are good, with the blueberry and hop going well together. Overall, this is a nice beer.

12-23-2004 02:41:10 | More by kmpitz2
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leprechaunandfatman

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +22.8%

09-30-2013 04:03:10 | More by leprechaunandfatman
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Tallboy

Antarctica

4.25/5  rDev +22.8%

Out of all the themed blueberry ales on the market to me this is my favorite,
if given the chance please try some of Maine's finest.
A 12oz. bottle poured into a tulip-style glass. It pours a vigorously deep copper color with three fingers or so of head. The smell is refreshingly fruity but not too overwelming. There is ample lacing still clinging to my glass. Subtle hints of blueberry appear under the lush yet malty nut brown ale backbone. The taste is a blast of orchard fresh Maine blueberries. The mouthfeel is nice and strong, but uncomonly smooth. The drinkability is excelent. A really nice blueberry ale regardless of the season.

01-13-2006 22:49:27 | More by Tallboy
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jagada

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +22.8%

04-01-2012 05:59:25 | More by jagada
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AJ01923

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +22.8%

07-12-2013 02:43:29 | More by AJ01923
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Conniehophead

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +22.8%

01-02-2013 15:10:58 | More by Conniehophead
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jp312

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +22.8%

09-03-2012 22:59:22 | More by jp312
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Bar Harbor Blueberry Ale from Atlantic Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 395 ratings.