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Bar Harbor Blueberry Ale - Atlantic Brewing Company

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416 Ratings
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Ratings: 416
Reviews: 265
rAvg: 3.47
pDev: 14.41%
Wants: 13
Gots: 15 | 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:
Beer added by: Jason on 12-13-2001

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.
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Photo of alexgash
3.52/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

Photo of Reagan1984
3.92/5  rDev +13%
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.

Photo of williamjbauer
3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of cbutova
2.9/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A- Pours out amber with a small light tan cap that has mediocre head retention. The pillow left on the beer is pretty much close to how the head started out. Tiny amount of spotty lace.

S- A lot of malt and a lot of blueberry. It actually smells like fruit and not so much like some sort of additive. These notes combine to remind me of a blueberry muffin. Fades fairly quickly to almost nothing, wtf.

T- The initial aroma had me excited. The fruit flavor is like half medicinal weirdness and half blueberry flavor. The rest of the profile is bready yeast and some grainy malt. Slight tart.

MF- Light body that is just a bit creamy. A tiny bit of bitterness in the finish. Moderate carbonation.

DB- I got excited at first for a real blueberry flavor but it fell short. I guess it is brewed with flavoring and once again... it shows. The medicinal off flavor just builds and builds with time. I wish there were more ales like the NG fruit beers (not that I expected that here).

Photo of hopdog
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%
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

Photo of tommyguz
2.25/5  rDev -35.2%

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.

Photo of markgugs
3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of Reidrover
3.75/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Last of my beers from Maine..
comes in a 22oz bomber..simple label Blue with a pic of a small fishing boat in medium rough seas.
This is a very pleasant beer to behold..nice hazy brown with a good sized slightly off white head..that goes but a thin topping remains.
Lovelly fruity aroma though its more like blueberry pie than fresh blueberries..some malts in the back ground.
actually not to bad taste for a "fruit beer"..the blueberry is there but so is some hints of light chocolaty malts..not a dry finish.
Pretty good on the palate..lingers , but not overlong.
A very drinkable beer..refreshing "change up" type drink.
Thanks to Pedrmrtnz45 for this delightful beer.

Photo of merlin48
3.63/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This 12 oz bottle pours a hazy, rust colored body with a small, silky head supported by lots of active carbonation. Head retains quite well and deposits a moderate amount of patchy lace.

Aroma is subdued, with a light note of fresh blueberries atop pale ale malt.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with moderate carbonation.

The taste is well balanced, and very tasty, but the blueberry flavor is not intense. I'm thinking that this was the intention of the brewery, as there is no cloying, berry sweetness. There is just enough berry to make this a unique and very quaffable pale fruit ale.

At $9.99 a sixpack at the many stores where i saw this on the Maine coast, it's no bargain, but it's a nicely drinkable, berry ale without an intense fruit flavor.

Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.8/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - a little hazy on the pour, a bright orange caramel color. A thin finger of cream-colored foam, a little soapy looking, with some thin but generous lacing.

Aroma - um, blueberries. Wait...yeah, that smells like blueberries.

Taste - thin grainy opening. Some interesting spices besides the obvious flavor of blueberry. I'm picking up clove and maybe some anise. Really offsets the sugary beer this could have been. A trail of hops on the swallow. A nice finish with some maltiness in there with the fruit and all.

Mouthfeel - a little slick, carbonation is a little under-average. The body is about medium, a fairly solid feel to it.

Drinkability - I enjoyed this beer and could drink plenty more of them!

Photo of PittBeerGirl
3.26/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Smells of sweet blueberries and malt. The taste was of the same plus and extra bite that almost tasted like the bottle itself. It had a very metallic taste to it. The blueberry flavor is strong and good. It overshadows the other flavors put into this one. Average drinkablility. When I was done with it I was ready for something else but it wasn't awful.

Photo of hollywood_15063
3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of allengarvin
3.2/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a nice clear amber color, with a modest head that fades quickly. Fruity, berryish aroma with some slight hoppy scent. Well, blueberry is the dominant flavor. There's a little malt and some faint bitterness, but neither is very interesting. The best thing I can say is that it isn't too sweet, but otherwise, it's mostly inoffensive and bland.

Photo of Metalmonk
3.36/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Label has a best-by date of April 2007, so this has collected about all the age it should.

Pours a rusty golden color that sports a big fluffy head. Very healthy carbonation. Nice rounded lace splotches as the glass empties. Just looking at this makes me thirsty.

Aroma offers only very faint blueberry, otherwise it smells like an American Macro: candy-like corn sweetness and overcooked vegetables.

Blueberry is incorporated very well in the flavor, coming in right at the beginning and staying all the while, even remaining strong in the finish. But it's never overdone, and that's a fine line when it comes to fruit beers. There's a healthy malt roundness to this beer as well, and a crisp little kick from the hops. But it seems to drink way more like a lager than an ale, as it also sports a slightly metallic sheen, and brings up the nasty flavor of overcooked vegetables that lots of macro lagers possess.

The good outweighs the bad here, and the blueberry is definitely fun and well-done, but even though I'm glad I tried it, this isn't so interesting or superior that I would go out of my way for it.

Photo of Mitchster
3.14/5  rDev -9.5%
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.

Photo of Hanzo
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

Photo of jsanford
3.23/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22oz bottle poured into a Pint Glass.

A - Pours a hazy dark amber with a huge head of off-white that never fully dissipates, only recedes to some chunky foam. Leaves some soapy lacing clinging to the glass.
S - Sweet malt and blueberry pancake batter. Decent blueberry aromas, not as artificial as I expected.
T - More sweet male and subdued blueberry flavors. Clearly the blueberry was all in the nose, I'm getting just a slightly tart berry flavor, but nothing that yells "blueberry". Perhaps that's a good thing, I usually find heavy blueberry flavor to be offensive.
M - Crisp, with a thin body and sharp carbonation. A bit over-carbonated, but I'm not sure on the age of the bottle so that may be affecting it.
O - Not bad. I think it kinda fails as a blueberry beer but works well as a (moderately) sessionable hot-day beer.

Photo of Tyrawlings
3/5  rDev -13.5%

Photo of NJpadreFan
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Atlantic- Bar Harbor Blueberry

A- Golden orange with a decent frothy head. Light lacing of the glass.
S- Caramel malt with a big dose of ripe blueberries.
T- Blueberry tainted caramel malt with a slight earthy grassy hop finish. Blueberry dominates throughout, obviously.
M- Sweet and fruity with a decent malty backbone.

Overall- The best blueberry beer out there. For what that's worth.
Can only drink 1 though.

Photo of kmpitz2
4.27/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of mcallister
3.8/5  rDev +9.5%
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

Photo of dsa7783
3.03/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

First blueberry ale I tried was from Blue Point, and Bar Harbor's rendition really wasn't up to bar... copped a 12 oz bottle singly and was glad I didn't go for the sixer because for a blueberry ale, this fell way short of my expectations... the nose lacked the real, fresh bluebbery smell I was hoping for, and the taste seemed tweaked and somewhat artificial... an average sample... can't really brag about this one...

Photo of donkeyrunner
3.91/5  rDev +12.7%
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.

Photo of NJBeer265
3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

Bar Harbor Blueberry Ale from Atlantic Brewing Company
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