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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
79
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401 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 401
Reviews: 263
rAvg: 3.46
pDev: 14.45%
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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Photo of smakawhat
3/5  rDev -13.3%

smakawhat, Jan 02, 2012
Photo of rab53
3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

rab53, Nov 22, 2011
Photo of beerthulhu
3.03/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Poured a coppery-bronze with a thin, white head that was fairly lasting in length.

S: a fresh blueberry aroma, with light traces of toasted wheat and not much else.

T: The initial flavor had a well balanced blueberry presence that wasn't overpowering and providing a fruity experience. There was really no surprises here, just blueberries for flavor.

M: light in body with a very light carbonation.

D: Overall it drank as advertised, a fruit beer and ones enough to experience the limited spectrum of flavor it has to offer. Lawnmower beer.

beerthulhu, Dec 31, 2008
Photo of Tone
3.55/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, amber color. 2/3 inch head of a white color. Great retention and good lacing. Smells of blueberry, sweet malt, hops, and yeast. Fits the style of a Fruit / Vegetable beer. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp with an average carbonation level. Tastes of blueberry, yeast, pale malt, ans slight hops. Overall, not too bad, some dryness associated and a decent blend.

Tone, Sep 08, 2009
Photo of harpus
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

harpus, Oct 06, 2012
Photo of GarthDanielson
3.18/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

GarthDanielson, Apr 03, 2012
Photo of Gusler
2.95/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A some what burnished copper to deep amber color, the head is adequate in size, frothy in texture and off white in color as it erodes a fair to middling sheet of lace is formed upon the glass. As one would expect the nose reeks of “Blueberries”, sweet, loads of malt, not bad, but not something that I really appreciate in my beers. Start is cloyingly sweet, malt laden, the top skimpy in feel. Finish is briskly carbonated, the hops subdued, very dry aftertaste, and I’m afraid a beer that is not much to my liking.

Gusler, Oct 09, 2003
Photo of Brad007
3.73/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Color: Pours a nice copper amber color with a two finger head and lacing.

Aroma: Mild blueberry aroma with malty undertones. Standard fruit beer.

Taste: Blueberry shows through upfront and in the middle. Tastes like it's a wheat beer. Smooth and some hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Blueberry taste is "fade to back" which means that it starts out decent upfront and fades towards the back of the throat. I feel that it's not strong enough to actually mean anything.

Drinkability: Very drinkable with cold cuts. Heh. Refreshing. Simple. Gotta give it points for that. Just don't expect anything groundbreaking and you'll be fine.

Brad007, May 19, 2008
Photo of THECPJ
3/5  rDev -13.3%

THECPJ, Dec 19, 2011
Photo of avalon07
3.18/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had an amber color and a somewhat cloudy consistency. Not a whole lot of head or lacing.

S: Smelled of blueberries and hops, but not much else. A pleasant smell.

T: Flavor had blueberries, mild hops and malt up front, but was thin going down. Left an unpleasant aftertaste.

M: A decent amount of carbonation and a smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

D: This is a highly uneven beer. The taste is simply a real drawback here. Could be better than it is.

avalon07, Nov 10, 2008
Photo of bluejacket74
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

bluejacket74, Aug 26, 2012
Photo of DrDemento456
4/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a slight hazy amber color with an inch of fluffy head.

S - Malt, strong blueberry smells sweet like I like it, and a nice bit of grain and wheat.

T - Light and easy drinking this blueberry beers drinks with a little sweetness an a nice dry body thats not too dry with a malt base to keep it in check. Like the grain finish leaves a bit of bitter that makes you want to revisit.

M - Light to medium, easy drinking

Overall I am glad I picked up a single and with their coal porter they are a pretty good brewery with quite a few great offerings. Would drink this again.

DrDemento456, Apr 01, 2011
Photo of RBorsato
3.33/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Copper (almost amber) with a full pillowy light beige head and very active carbonation (a bit much at first...). Big blueberry aroma and not much else. Strong blueberry flavor but a bit essence like in my taste since I'm not a blueberry fan. Light-medium bodied in light of the carbonation...

Label states: "America's Original Blueberry Ale" & "1 Pint 6 oz." (only a 12 oz. bottle - guess they used bomber labels by mistake)

Per Atlantic website:
A light fruit ale, made with Maine wild blueberries. 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.
ABV 5.2%

(Mike Ryan)

RBorsato, Jul 12, 2004
Photo of puboflyons
3.6/5  rDev +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.

puboflyons, Mar 04, 2012
Photo of cjgator3
3.6/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle

A- Poured into a pint glass. Pours a nice amber color with a huge off-white colored head that possesses excellent lacing and retention. Very impressive appearance.

S- The aroma is some malt and a good dose of blueberries with some yeast as well.

T- The taste like the aroma features some malt with blueberry flavoring as well.

M- The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

D- Not bad, especially for a fruit beer. Not overly sweet like I was worried. Not something I would want to drink all night, but it is something different that is a nice change of pace.

cjgator3, Apr 06, 2009
Photo of aasher
3.48/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

aasher, Jul 08, 2011
Photo of ROGUE16
3/5  rDev -13.3%

ROGUE16, Nov 17, 2011
Photo of clayrock81
3.23/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I was greeted w/ a copper brew that held a small head w/o lacings throughout the entire drink. The blueberries overpower the nostrils, so that is all I smelled. The blueberries mesh well with the hops, so one gets a taste of blueberry w/ a smooth drink, yet there is a dry, hoppy aftertaste. Unfortunately, that is about all. This is one of those beers that if you want an ale, or a pale ale at that, you can do much better, and in my opinion you could do better w/ a Sea Dog Blueberry Ale right off the top of my head. I didn't mind this beer, I just don't see myself picking it up again.

clayrock81, Jan 09, 2008
Photo of woosterbill
3.23/5  rDev -6.6%
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!

woosterbill, Oct 09, 2012
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3.4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Came in my package of Maine greats courtesy of deltatauhobbit.

A: Pours a Beautiful copper hue with a fluffy white head that thins slowly and provides just a smidge of lacing

S: Light blueberry notes with hints of biscuit and yeast. Lightly sweet and very nice.

T: Nice balance of fresh deliciously sweet blueberries, and light biscuit malt. There is nothing artificial about this one when it comes to the blueberry.

M: Slightly bubbly with a medium body. Finishes sort of dry.

D: One bottle and done type of beer, though it is a pretty enjoyable bottle.

Overall: A real nice offering. It is not one you would session, but is a great appetizer brew or dessert beer to finish off a nice meal. A buddy of mine loves these fruit beers, and I wish I had shared this one with him, as it's the best blueberry beer I have had to date.

tpd975, Jan 17, 2008
Photo of KarlHungus
3.45/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a murky pale amber color. The head is one inch in height, and recedes quickly into a nice cap of lacing. The aroma is of blueberry pie. There isn't really any malt or hops in it, but it is strong and pleasant nonetheless. The taste has the same blueberry pie thing they aroma has, but with the addition of some malty tones in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a little too much carbonation. Overall, this is a decent beer. While I am not a huge fan of fruit beers I have come to the conclusion that blueberries can add a lot to a beer. This beer, however, relies too much on the fruit, and could be better if it had more of a malt depth.

KarlHungus, Sep 24, 2008
Photo of alexgash
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Dark bronze with golden edges. Clear. Dirty, off-white head sticks around. Nose is perfumey with blueberries (duh) but also coriander, grains of paradise, and flowers. Sweet and tangy fruit are there as well. Toasted malt up front. Spicy, perfumey sweetness soon takes over. Coriander and sweet berry. Tangy and slightly bitter finish with lingering perfumey fruit. Not bad, but not my cup of tea. Moderate body, refreshing carbonation. Not my favorite style, but okay once in a while.

alexgash, Nov 05, 2006
Photo of hopdog
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle.

Poured a medium, see through, copper color with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas and tastes of, guess what, blueberries. Smells like my wife's blueberry pancake mix. Medium sweet. Even though it was one dimensional, I thought this one wasn't bad.

Notes from 2/20/05

hopdog, Nov 21, 2008
Photo of Reagan1984
3.93/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I swear I think Blueberry Ales are a guilty pleasure for me. They are often frowned upon, yet when they are executed well I really enjoy them.

I got a bottle of this in Maine a month ago and it showed a best before date of March of '09. Seemed like a long time so I didn't want to wait anywhere near that long.

The beer was a very nice looking beer. A two finger white foamy head that faded fairly quickly. Totally clear and a bright amber color with almost exclusively a traditional copper color. Some spotty lacing remained.

Aroma was fresh and of blueberries and toasted grains. Very nice.

Flavor was well balanced, fresh and light. A punch of blueberry up front, then it moves to a nice toasted malt, doughy bread flavor. Some subtle hop bitterness comes in and plays nice with the sweetness. Back to a smooth and subtle blueberry finish.

I admit that I love the actual berries and this must be why I enjoy these.

Mouth feel was light and refreshing. Almost crisp. A good effort and very drinkable.
When I visit Maine next summer, I'll have one of these.

Not a complex Belgian, but for what it is, it's a good effort.

Reagan1984, Nov 28, 2008
Photo of Brent
3.48/5  rDev +0.6%
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
79 out of 100 based on 401 ratings.