Bar Harbor Summer Ale - Atlantic Brewing Company
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4.22/5 rDev +32.7%
Presentation: 12oz bottle (best by of 11/07) in a Shaker pint glass
Opened with a strong *PSST*, poured like champagne - very agitated, pearlesque, full of life, carbonation & sizzle. Its like having a Rice Krispies-esque flashback, beer style..."Snap, Crackle & Hops"!
Clean, crisp nose, slight lemon rind, semi-sweet, straw-like malts, faint mineral/rockiness to it. The head, as a result of the intense carbonation, is insane - even with a slow, calculated angled pour easily 3 fingers of tight, sculpted soft peak meringue foam, a lightly ivory, winter white in hue. It steadily recedes to a pinky's worth of the same and rather audibly, I might add. Its not often the auditory sense gets called into play when reviewing!
The body is slightly hazed, a clover honey gold in hue with a steady parade of lazy, serpentine bubbles snaking slowly thru it. With the voluminous head (which ironically only laces in very isolated splotches) it is a sharp looking beer.
Mmm.. there are some subtle Witbier & Hefe Weizen aspects to this that, due to their being absent from the nose, were quite unexpected but very nice. I definitely detect faint echoes of Hefe-esque banana and Wit coriander (and even a hint of white pepper bite) which make for a very pleasing initial tonguefeel. Semi-sweet with a dull crunch, its nicely light yet very tasty. Its going down damn easy & quick.
It grows sweeter but no where near sugary (think corn on the cob sweet) on the palate, a little thicker, the malts becoming more noticeable, finishing downhill with a subdued descent into a very even, balanced and uneventful adieu, which is a bit disappointing. The aftertaste is clean, semi-sweet with a faint banana quality.
This was quite a surprise and very enjoyable. The combination of, to me, some aspects of 2 characteristics of classic Weiss biers was very nice and made for a most enjoyable (and as a result very refreshing) beer experience. This would be dead on with a good aged cheddar, about anything that could be grilled, lobster (great aspect for a Maine beer!), etc. One of the best summer beers I've had & highly recommended.
09-30-2007 22:11:45 | More by BuckSpin
3.95/5 rDev +24.2%
bottle in a tall glass
A: Beautiful Gold with a nice white head and some lacing.
S: Some malts and light fruits. nothing of hops to speak of.
T: Lightly sweet of malt with no hops, or at least none that jump out. good aftertaste, no bitters. very smooth. Distracting carbonation.
M: Light body, that is smooth but disrupted by an overabundance of fine carbonation.
D: Carbonation is a huge turnoff. Ruins the drinkability for me.
12-15-2007 21:13:21 | More by flatblack80
3.69/5 rDev +16%
Poured on-tap and served in a tumbler pint, the beer is a hazy, orange-gold coloring with a filmy, white head. The head quickly settles into a sparse surface coating. Nose of light toffee and biscuit, with citrus highlights. Flavors of citrus blend on a subtle bready backbone. Peppery and resiny hops characters at the end of the profile. Spice and bitter aftertaste, with a clean, slick finish. Very easy to drink.
08-22-2013 03:30:31 | More by GarthDanielson
3.68/5 rDev +15.7%
I can't believe this beer has so few reviews. I made to grab one on my vacation to Maine last month.
APPEARANCE: Pours a crystal clear, vibrant gold color into a Sam Adams glass. A small white head forms initially, but it quickly drops to a medium collar with some glass-aided bubbles in the center.
SMELL: The clean, pale malt base shines through unabated in this beer. Over top is a light and unobtrusive hop aroma that's made up predominantly of spicy and pungent European hops. Yeast esters are present in moderate quantities.
TASTE: Clean and crisp and mostly malty up front despite a considerable dryness. A little hop bitterness and flavor comes through, but not a whole lot. The finish shows off some of the yeast esters before it ends cleanly.
MOUTHFEEL: Quite dry though a minor slickness is present. Carbonation is toward the lower end of the spectrum but still appropriate, particularly if this is brewed as an English-style beer.
DRINKABILITY: Not bad. It's certainly a refreshing beer, but I can't help but think this is a beer to sway over the BMC crowd.
Pretty nice if you like the style and are a fan of English-style beers. For me, I'll probably reach for something else in the summer.
08-20-2008 21:45:26 | More by jmalex
3.63/5 rDev +14.2%
The beer pours a pale gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a light pale malt scent with low hops and a bit of dry, fruity yeast esters. The taste is decent as well. It has a light and dry, pale malt flavor. It's easily quaffable with little to no hop flavor and a clean finish. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a low bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a quality summer ale; light and easy drinking.
08-24-2010 22:50:41 | More by WesWes
3.6/5 rDev +13.2%
I attended a function in Maine this weekend and everyone there was drinking BMC, they knew I was a pain in the ass about beer, so they bought me a couple of sixers of this.
They did better than I expected. This beer is a clean summer drinker that had a hint of taste trying to show through. It was a tad over carbonated which masked most of the taste.
No it's not the best beer in Maine, but give a chance it comes from the same place as Cadillac Mountain Stout.
07-13-2009 15:33:44 | More by youbrewidrink
3.55/5 rDev +11.6%
"Hand crafted in small batches." A pretty good summer brew. It's an orange color with a medium head. It has a floral aroma, with a degree of grain aroma. It was sweet, a little citrus, a little hops. Average mouthfeel, but good to drink. A nice brew on a hot summer day.
07-06-2006 17:49:33 | More by lordofthewiens
3.5/5 rDev +10.1%
Into a pint glass:
A: golden brown colored body with a one finger small white head that died within five seconds, no lacing was seen. Carbonation was seen slowly rising in columns.
S: some grains at the center with floral grassy notes slightly in the background.
T: balanced between the floral grassy notes and the grains. Some corn comes out, but nothing offensive. It also slightly sweetens a bit as the beer warms.
M: light with some carbonation making itself known, yet it wasn't overbearing. It was pretty drinkable, but the ABV is unknown, so not sure what to say other than sessionable by mouthfeel.
O: not a bad summer beer. I think I would have this again, but probably wouldn't necessarily seek it out to "need" for the summer. This might be nice to have grillin'.
05-10-2012 00:02:35 | More by BeerKangaroo
3.48/5 rDev +9.4%
Picked up a bottle at the brewery in Bar Harbor, ME.
A: Pours nicely into my new Sam Adams glass (thanks J. Koch!). Gold hue. Brilliant clarity. Thin white head tops.
S: Initial wiff is sweet grainy malt. Taking another smell reveals a nice fruity ester accompaniment - similar to UK style ale yeast fruitiness. Overall smells like a sweet fruit danish - nice.
T: Sweet malt flavor up front with no discernible charactertistics. Oh so subtle fruity esters accompany. No hop flavor. Very clean finish.
MF: Smooth. Medium-light body. HIghly carbonated - too much so.
D: Nice light easy drinking summer ale. A little weak on taste...not enough character.
08-23-2007 18:34:24 | More by Nipitato
3.26/5 rDev +2.5%
Appearance: minimal head, gold in color, clear, low carbonation
Smell: straw, earthiness, and toasted malt
Taste: straw, earthiness, and toasted malt
Mouthfeel: medium-low carbonation, light bodied, sweet with earthiness
Overall: An above average sessionable beer. I have had better and worse in the style. I might have this again.
08-02-2014 15:39:32 | More by tigg924
Bar Harbor Summer Ale from Atlantic Brewing Company
75 out of 100 based on 62 ratings.