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Bar Harbor Blueberry Ale - Atlantic Brewing Company

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Bar Harbor Blueberry AleBar Harbor Blueberry Ale

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BA SCORE
80
good

413 Ratings
THE BROS
77
okay

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Ratings: 413
Reviews: 264
rAvg: 3.47
pDev: 14.41%
Wants: 13
Gots: 14 | 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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Photo of Shovelbum
3.23/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a short-lived fizzy off-white head over an amber-colored clear body. Large bubbles make their way upward. Moderate blueberry aroma, nearly overrides a faint trace of caramel in the background. The light caramel has a bit more presence in the flavor. The blueberry is the lead flavor, but it isn’t overbearing and lets the other flavors come through. A light hop bitterness, but not a major player. A light body with moderate carbonation.

I was expecting a bit more in the flavor department. The blueberry flavor is done with moderation—and rightly so, as I think if there was much more in here it would be offsetting. A bit more backing sweetness from the malt, or some more earthy hop aromas could have added a little more complexity. Still, its light body and fruit esence would make a refreshing summer ale after a day of inhaling smog on Cadillac Mtn.

Shovelbum, May 05, 2006
Photo of PBRstreetgang
4.3/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

PBRstreetgang, Apr 24, 2006
Photo of walleye
3.58/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

from the bottle. poureda copper amber with light tan head that left no lacing. aroma berries I guess you could say blue berries but the sweetness was a little strong so it was hard to pick out the berries, honey, some citrus. flavor malts yeast brown sugar and the blue berries did make a showing. not to bad easy to drink

walleye, Apr 14, 2006
Photo of Applesauce1
4.58/5  rDev +32%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Applesauce1, Apr 01, 2006
Photo of mcallister
3.83/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Little head that dissipates rather hastily. A very nice amber hue to this blue berry smelling darling. I’m generally not one for fruit infused brews but this is one of the better ones in my opinion. Blueberry is very laid back. Actually get more of the malty ale flavor on the initial palate and then the blueberry lingers in the aftertaste but not overly so. A very good beer for a change of pace if drinking a large amount of “bigger” beers. Quite the palate cleanser

mcallister, Mar 25, 2006
Photo of Frozensoul327
3.6/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I didn't really find the "blueberry" aspect of this beer, but it was still good. Poured out to a golden orange colro with a short lived head of foam. No lacing, and a medium level of carbonation. Aromas of sweet malts, some cereal, maybe some blueberries. Not bad. Taste was decent enough; some grains and malt across the palate, with a touch of berry-ness, but not to the point where I could identify the blueberries as such. Mouthfeel was ligher and bubbly. Could be drank straight from the bottle on a hot summer day and enjoyed just fine. North of average drinkability. A well made beer. Worth a try, just don't expect too much in the blueberry dept.

Frozensoul327, Mar 05, 2006
Photo of sleepingbear
3.73/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Atlantic Brewing Company- Bar Harbor Blueberry Ale
A subtle and evenly balanced presentation of blueberries- lacing fine quality easy drinking ale- that wins fans with every sip.
Semi-sweet flavors adorned with an aromatic blueberry nose.
Easy to drink and ready to please.

sleepingbear, Feb 24, 2006
Photo of Mitchster
3.18/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Made with Maine wild blueberries, Mutton malts, pale, crystal, Munich and wheat malts. Hopped with Target and Willamette. 5.2% ABV.

Sparkingly clear copper amber, forming a very small white head with nary any retention and absent lacing. Carbonation is moderate. The aroma at first reminds me instantly of Coors Blue Moon but upon swirling, I do get a faux blueberry essence which is akin to fake blueberry flavoring one would smell in ice cream or candy. Subtle, but there are some toasty amber malts in there with some delicate floral hops. Cleanly fermented. The mouthfeel is crisp, slick and medium-bodied. The taste begins with some herbaceous hops, followed by an odd constellation of blueberry-like flavors, but it also takes on an orange peel and toast character as well. The flavors don't quite jibe together and create an unpleasant mishmash. The aftertaste borders on horrible, like someone dropped a handful of Pez into your Coors. The finish is ruddy.

Not recommended. A mess of a beer. Pass on this one. I poured it down the sink after about 2 oz. Your girlfriend or wife won't like it either. It sucks.

Revisit 5/31/09-This time, pours out to a cloudy amber with light sediment, is mildly carbonated, has an interesting "wild blueberry" character that kinda embraces the woodsniess/pine character of the blueberry bushes themselves. Is somewhat tart, has a medium body, mild bitterness, and a strong potpourri flavor in the middle. Maybe my taste has changed, but it's certainly not as bad as my prior review would indicate. Ratings are updated.

Mitchster, Feb 18, 2006
Photo of santoslhalper
3.65/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearence: A clear amber body with a little carbonation.. Head is off-white, about one finger, and dies down to a collar.

Smell: A pleasent mix of blueberries and malts greet the nose. The blueberry aroma seems fresh and balanced.

Taste and Mouthfeel: Incredibly bubbly with a mix of griany, malty notes and blueberry. Balanced, clean, very little hop bitterness.

Drinkability and Overall: This is a very straight-foward, easy drinking fruit ale thats' basically one-track. Nothing spectacular, nothing out of control, just simple, easy drinking fruitiness. Not bad.

santoslhalper, Feb 18, 2006
Photo of Tallboy
4.25/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Tallboy, Jan 13, 2006
Photo of pezoids
2.68/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This poured a bright and clear copper-amber color. Topped with a small head of filmy foam. When I give this a rouse and a good swirl, the fruity flavor of this comes out. What also is detected is rubber, along with something medicinal. It’s not entirely bad – the aroma, but I expected something sweeter and a bit more pleasant. Overall, a pretty weak bouquet for a fruit beer.

Taste – the fruitiness is very faint, but it’s there if you look for it. There’s a light bitterness – but really does nothing for this one dimensional beer. Body is thin. It seems that everything with this beer could be stepped up a notch.

pezoids, Jan 03, 2006
Photo of daliandragon
3.65/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Generally, fruit beers are considered somewhat efeminite or non masculine but I have enjoyed a few pumpkins lately so I could give this Atlantic offering a shot.
Attractive reddish amber color with zero head or lacing and a nose of blueberries, malt and faint alcohol. Blueberry is fresh and genuine smelling. Not too sweet, as I was expecting. Nice dry aftertaste and feels pleasant in the mouth,..comfortable texture.
I'm not exactly sure what blueberry ale is suppossed to taste like but this is a pretty good beer. Maybe not quite a session brew but more than one goes down very well.

daliandragon, Nov 04, 2005
Photo of FirstMan
2.2/5  rDev -36.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Bought darlinclemintine a six of this after she said she wanted to try more blueberry beer. We're both weened on beer in the Pacific Northwest, and they don't really "do" the blueberry thing out there. We figured we'd give it a try.

I personally understand quite well why they don't "do" the blueberry thing out there, but that's just me.

The appearance is probably the best part of this beer. A dark amber color. Darker than a lot of its blueberry cohort - at least the ones I've seen. My hopes were up.

Smell is definitely in the blueberry department - but not overwhelming. Still, there is most certainly an essense of blueberry there. Not a whole lot more, though - I expect this to be pretty sweet as there is a little malt there, but I can't really tell because of the blueberries. I guess some people might like that. I'm just sitting here kind of craving a bowl of Boo-Berry.

Everything falls off once it gets in my mouth. Yes, blueberries are there, but there's also a weird sort of woody-cedar thing going on and a bitterness that doesn't seem to be derived from hops. Especially as it warms up, things start to go downhill.

Not a beer I'll be drinking a lot more of. Now what do I do with the other 4 bottles in the fridge?

FirstMan, Oct 14, 2005
Photo of ElGordo
3.78/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled with copious tastes from my fiance's pint over lunch at the brewery last month. Pours a light copper color with a very small white head. Nose of pure blueberries, plain and simple. Palate is sweet malt, blueberry, and light fruity hops. Aftertaste has a strange hint of black pepper. Smooth, slightly creamy body. Very refreshing.

ElGordo, Oct 11, 2005
Photo of BEERchitect
3.25/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A woman made me do it. I wouldn't have ordered it on my own. And, actually, I liked it. I don't think that it's a world class beer-it just lacks the complexity. I do think that it is pleasant when you're in a 'fruity' mood. It's basically blueberry throughout: to the nose, flavors, body and finish. It lacks a firm malt base. It's body is a bit weak and lacking firmness and creaminess. Finishes a bit scrubbed and thin. Tart and yeasy. sweet and a bit astringent. Although the blueberry flavor isn't well fused into the beer, it's a pleasant flavor.

BEERchitect, Sep 19, 2005
Photo of yelterdow
4.13/5  rDev +19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle from a mixed six-pack at Frontier Liquors. Nice label, hoping this one's refreshing on this hot, muggy evening.

Appearance- Pours a clean pale amber, like that fruit iced tea from Cheesecake Factory... you know, the one brewed with the flower petals. The head was enormously carbonated and actually fizzed loudly, like a Coke might. Moderate lacing, no real retention.

Smell- When blueberry yogurt was a staple in my diet years ago, it smelled exactly like this. Even a little bit of cream. With my eyes closed, I would swear a quart of fresh picked blueberries was before my schnozz. Pure, clean, nice. Way above average on the nose.

Taste- A well balanced performance of malts and fruit, with a solid medium body almost like a fall seasonal would have. No off flavors, just the blueberries and malts. You can taste the pure water and the ripeness of the berries without a doubt.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Smoother than you'd expect after watching the explosive pour, but definitely alive in the mouth. Once again, an awesome fruit beer; one of my favorites to date.

yelterdow, Sep 13, 2005
Photo of EPseja
3.98/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle served in a Duvel tulip tasting glass, at just above fridge temperature.

A - Pours a crystal clear chestnut amber orange color with a decent inch-thick off-white head. Lacing is decent, but spotty.

S - Blueberries! Go figure... However the blueberry scent is more of a concentrate than that of fresh berries. Some floral hops are evident, as is a medium bodied maltiness. Smells quite good for a fruit beer.

T - The first thing you taste is a clean, pleasant, flowery hoppiness that blossoms into a well blended blueberry sweetness. The malts are restrained, keeping the taste light and refreshing. The finish brings forth a touch of hoppy spiciness that makes it moderately drying. Very well crafted.

M - Clean and watery going in, expanding to a small bubbled froth. Slick and quick swallow. A pleasant textural presentation.

D - This beer is a no brainer for warm spring days and cool summer evenings. Very drinkable and totally enjoyable.

EPseja, Sep 03, 2005
Photo of edmundfitzoil
3.18/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Served on tap in a basic pint glass.

A fizzy white head that dissipated quickly and left no lacing. The color was a hazy, dark amber. The beer smelled of blueberries and nothing much else really. The beer - again - tasted primarily of blueberries, but - to both my surprise and enjoyment - the beer is most definitely a beer and not some sort of sugary sweet concoction galavanting about as a beer looking to attract the unadventurous or sugar loving palate. I enjoyed drinking it for this reason, but I found the mouthfeel uninteresting very watery. The beer was very well carbonated, neither too much or too little, but it rolled around my tongue with no body just as I would expect a sip of tap water to do.

Drinkability & Notes: After mulling the beer over and getting over a initial loathing of how it felt in my mouth, I have to say that this stuff does it have it's place. I drank it after dinner on a hot summer's day, and I can see myself reaching for another one on a similar day, just not too often.

edmundfitzoil, Jul 21, 2005
Photo of JTZimmerman
3.95/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Immediately upon opening this beer the blueberry overtone is present. I gave this beer a 3.0 on appearance because I drank it out of the bottle, but from reading other reviews it seems to be about what it deserves. The smell, as aforementioned, is strong like blueberries. The taste is decent, to be quite honest it tastes like drinking blueberry pancakes, although admittedly it is not what I would consider a 'sweet' beer, considering it is a fruity beer. The mouthfeel I find is the weakest part of this beer, I cannot place exactly what it is but there is definately something present that isn't quite palatable. Overall, this is a great summertime beer, although probably more preferred by the females.

JTZimmerman, Jul 15, 2005
Photo of BuckeyeNation
4/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Polished tangerine, clear and bright. Bar Harbor Blueberry is much darker and richer looking than the average summer fruit beer (and looks for all the world like a filtered IPA). The orange tinted, cream colored cap looks soft, but has a firm creaminess about it, as evidenced by its rockiness as it falls. There's a single ring of lace near the top of the glass, with thin pillars extending downward in an attempt to maintain contact with their source.

For once, a blueberry beer that actually smells like fresh blueberries as opposed to having no berry smell at all or smelling like fake blueberry extract. Thankfully, I can also appreciate the beerness underneath the berryness. A splendid aroma.

There's a very nice balancing act among all flavor elements. BHBA is, first and foremost, beer and not some ghastly, sweet, fruity, alcopop-like concoction masquerading as beer. A firm, toasted malt base more than holds its own with the fruit. I'd like the sour berry flavor to be scaled back just a tad in favor a little more sweetness, but it isn't far from my ideal. There are no spices that put me in mind of blueberry pie, just the pure, unadulterated berry.

The finish is, again, slightly too sour and would benefit from more sugar to sweeten things up and to fill out the body. The mouthfeel is light-medium, as it should be on a summer beer, my preference for more substance notwithstanding. The understated, but still perky enough, carbonation fits the flavor and the body very well.

It's so hard to brew a good summer fruit beer. It must be, since very few brewers manage to pull it off with any degree of competency. Even though I'd tweak it here and there, Atlantic's version is better than most and was enjoyable from the first sip to the final drop.

BuckeyeNation, Jun 08, 2005
Photo of ybnorml
3.63/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A slightly hazey amber beer. Has a big creamy white head and some nice lace. The aroma has a good mixture of maltyness and blueberry. The flavor plays on that same combination with the malty sweetness starting out and a dry clean blueberry finish. A good summer pleaser.

ybnorml, May 28, 2005
Photo of granger10
3.65/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beautiful day today, time for a little blueberry french toast and this beer. Pours a dark bronze color with a nice medium fizzy white head. Head goes down into nothingness, lacing is weak. I like how dark it is, odd for a fruit beer. Aroma was weak. Blueberries are there, not much else. Taste has two waves of flavor. First there's the malts. Pale dry maltyness. Light sweetness even with the dryness, fairly enjoyable. Then the blueberries come in with a strong tarty, whole blueberry quality. Finishes a bit sweet. Body is a bit less lively than I hoped and maybe even a little too thick. All in all this is a fruit beer worth trying.

granger10, May 20, 2005
Photo of MuddyFeet
3.38/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not too bad, I tend to find most fruit beers sickly sweet. Poured a slightly darker than amber but with hardly any head. The smell was malty, and the blueberries were there, but hardly overpowering. The taste was fruit sweet (but did not give me the feeling that I had to go and brush my teeth), followed by a lsight bitterness. I thank that may have been more from the malts than the hops (which were there for balance but not to add to the flavor). It finsihes crisp, but all the blueberries might get a bit cloying after a little while.

MuddyFeet, Apr 17, 2005
Photo of JackTheRipper
3.85/5  rDev +11%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Seeing as how I'm a sucker for a fruit beer, I had to give this one a try.
A: Copper colored and clear. Scant head with little lacing.
S: Blueberry smell. Faint malty smell. Nothing exceptional.
T: Nice fruity taste to this one. The sweetness of the fruit isn't cloying or overpowering. Under the blueberry taste is a surprisingly well balanced beer. Malt profile is nice with just enough hops to balance things out. Take out the fruit and this would probably be a nice beer to drink. Among the fruited beers I've had, this one is probably one of the best.
M: Crisp and medium-light bodied. No aftertaste at all. Carbonation and alcohol are quite well done.
D&N: Yes, I gave this one a 4.5, but that is in comparison to other fruited beers. This beer goes down very well. Nicely dry, no overpowering fruity sweetness, good malts and low hops. If you don't need a hoppy punch in the palate and like something sweeter, this is a beer you'd like.

JackTheRipper, Apr 03, 2005
Photo of Brent
3.48/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured a caramel amber, very little head that quickly vanished. As one would expect, a bit of juicy blueberry in the aroma. Flavor was surprisingly malty with a toffee note. The blueberry flavor was very understated, almost more of an aromatic than a flavor. Blueberry tended to be a little artificial, like blueberry flavored breakfast cereal. The aroma must have been better than I thought, because my 8 year old son plopped down on the couch beside me and asked "what smells so good?" Or maybe that was just his sugary cereal radar going off.

Brent, Feb 25, 2005
Bar Harbor Blueberry Ale from Atlantic Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 413 ratings.