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Bar Harbor Summer Ale - Atlantic Brewing Company

Bar Harbor Summer AleBar Harbor Summer Ale

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Ratings: 50
Reviews: 21
rAvg: 3.2
pDev: 12.81%


Brewed by:
Atlantic Brewing Company visit their website
Maine, United States

Style | ABV
American Blonde Ale |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes/Commercial Description:
Now in six pack! This ale is light and crisp, yet retains the body and character of a microbrew.

(Beer added by: lordofthewiens on 07-06-2006)
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BuckSpin

Maine

4.22/5  rDev +31.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2007 22:11:45 | More by BuckSpin
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flatblack80

Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2007 21:13:21 | More by flatblack80
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GarthDanielson

North Carolina

3.69/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-22-2013 03:30:31 | More by GarthDanielson
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jmalex

Pennsylvania

3.68/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2008 21:45:26 | More by jmalex
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WesWes

New York

3.63/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2010 22:50:41 | More by WesWes
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youbrewidrink

Vermont

3.6/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2009 15:33:44 | More by youbrewidrink
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lordofthewiens

Maine

3.55/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

"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.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2006 17:49:33 | More by lordofthewiens
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BeerKangaroo

Alaska

3.5/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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'.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2012 00:02:35 | More by BeerKangaroo
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Nipitato

Massachusetts

3.48/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2007 18:34:24 | More by Nipitato
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JohnQVegas

Tennessee

3.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Draught at the brewery.

Pours gold with white head.

Aroma is a bit of clean biscuit malt, with a hint of floral hops - fairly restrained.

Taste is very light, crisp, a bit biscuity, with a hint of floral hops on the quite dry finish.

Extremely drinkable at the expense of bold flavor, but nonetheless a decent effort.

Serving type: on-tap

03-29-2009 13:42:04 | More by JohnQVegas
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boudreaux

Alabama

3.18/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: pours a rust/amber, clear and bubbly; head pours white and frothy, about 2 fingers thick; quickly dissipates to ringed lacing with minimal stick

S: fruity, with slight malt undertones; fruit esters of citrus, some blueberry?

T: same as smell, with less robust flavor

M: light body, medium mouthfeel; leaves a light but lasting flavor of citrus on the tongue; easily drinkable

O: refreshing and crisp; perfect for summer, average for serious beer session

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2011 20:27:53 | More by boudreaux
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deltatauhobbit

Maine

3.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a nice golden color with a smell that isn't too sweet, slight floral and citrus smell.

Taste is decent, not a sweet summer ale like most, isn't too heavy on citrus either. Tends to have too much carbonation. Better summer ales are out there and this is one of the bigger disappointments coming from Atlantic Brewing.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2007 23:23:34 | More by deltatauhobbit
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Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

2.99/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Atlantic Brewing Co.
Bar Harbor Summer Ale

LOOK: Pours a dark golden color, with a perfect clarity. The white loosely bubbled head formed briefly before departing forever.

SMELL: Grainy aroma of malt, crackery yeast, possible some adjuncts and perhaps wheat. Light citrus notes are apparent as well.

TASTE: Like the smell, grainy, faint pils malt, cooked corn, rice, wheat etc. Hops provide acidity and a small peppery spice, quite possibly including some coriander.

FEEL: Thin, light bodied, loose carbonation. Makes for an easy to drink, readily accessible summer option, which was definitely the brewers intent.

OVERALL: Refreshing for sure. Not earth shattering, and the flavors and aroma aren't great. A like able beer, just very plain and attenuated.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2013 21:24:08 | More by Stinkypuss
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tdawgydog

New York

2.85/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

My parents recently took a trip to Bar Harbor and brought me back a six of this along with a Bar Harbor Summer Ale Pint Glass. 25 Cool points for the parent units!! Unfortunately the same can't be said for the beer...

A - Very light in appearance, it seemed as if it was missing something. I almost thought that they had just repackaged some Coors Light.
S - Good scent to the beer, but there was nothing to back it up.
T - Your average American Ale. There is nothing that stands out about this beer. Not terrible but not the best either.
D - Goes down real easy... Almost like water, I wouldn't be surprised if the ABV is about the same as Poland Spring;-)
M - Very little body to this beer, it was a little gassy.

Not the best American Ale that I've had. I had some pretty decent brews while we were in Portland last year, I was expecting a little better out of this but it wasn't to be.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2009 01:45:47 | More by tdawgydog
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yesyouam

New York

2.85/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Bar Harbor Summer Ale is a pretty clear, light golden ale with a thin, white head that vanishes. It has a faint, light, sweet, fruity wheat aroma. It's pretty light bodied and a little fizzy. The finish is slightly silty. It's lightly flavored with a touch of fruity sweetness and a hint of grassy bitterness. It's wicked light drinking.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2010 04:49:44 | More by yesyouam
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jdhilt

New Hampshire

2.8/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours a three finger white head that quickly goes to a ring leaving some lace. Clear orange/amber color. Faint malt nose. Light-medium carbonation and light bodied. Flavor is light sweet citrus, a little watery. I'm ready for some beers with a backbone. $2.00 for a 12 oz bottle from Tullys Beer & Wine Wells, Me.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2009 22:24:35 | More by jdhilt
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Bowdoinbeerboy

Maine

2.7/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance- Ours a sickly yellow colore with some carbonation apparent and no head.

Smell- Rice ladden alcoholic mash, not really impressive, reminds me of BMC.

Taste- Fairly bland, no hops apparent and its only really distinct characteristic is watery sweet mash.

Moutfheel- Very weak and watery, very much like a macro.

Drinkability- Not a well done beer, disappointing and watery.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2008 00:52:14 | More by Bowdoinbeerboy
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Snamnoum

District of Columbia

2.68/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance - hay colored with a half finger of head which died incredibly fast. No lacing to speak of. Crystal clear.

Smell - little to no smell. Maybe some malt, fruit, and the tiniest whiff of hops. Might just be my imagination though.

Taste - very light bitterness upfront which dies quickly. Not much else to speak of. Very lager like.

Mouthfeel - light bodied with high carbonation. Doesn't linger on your palette. Pretty thing feeling.

Drinkability - definitely drinkable and kind of refreshing but I would not buy again and not worth trying if you haven't already.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2010 22:22:24 | More by Snamnoum
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woosterbill

Connecticut

2.65/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A: The body is a clear medium amber, topped by a finger of fine white head that settles slowly into a ring. Spotty lace. Not bad at all.

S: Hmm. It's not exactly offensive, but the only aromas I can identify are decidedly less than optimal: cooked vegetables (eggplant?!), apricot marmelade, spice, and silage. Again, it really isn't as unpleasant as it sounds, but it's definitely subpar.

T: A bit better here, with the gingery spice and graininess pushing the vegetables away entirely and moving the overripe fruit to the tale end. Bittersweet, husky finish. Still below average, but definitely a step in the right direction compared to the nose.

M: Soft, smooth, well-carbonated medium-light body. Excellent.

O: This was my least favorite beer poured during the after-tour tasting at the brewery, a fact that made me unhappy that I'd already grabbed a bottle for a mixed-six. Sure enough, I still don't like it after spending more time with it. Not recommended.

Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2012 00:49:06 | More by woosterbill
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Cavanaghty

Maine

2.65/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Slightly hazy golden amber in color. Three fingers of a beautiful off-white head that lasted several minutes, good carbonation. Spotty lacing left on the glass.

Smell: Musky...Almost like the smell of an old book. I can smell some hops, but that musky smell was overwhelming.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Medium bodied, but for the amount of head and carbonation I saw, this beer felt flat. Taste was ok, toasted malts and a bread like flavor.

Overall: There is far better summer ales out there, disappointed with this one as I have become a big fan of the Atlantic Brewing Company.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2012 20:02:00 | More by Cavanaghty
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FeDUBBELFIST

Pennsylvania

2.4/5  rDev -25%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle to pokal. Best before December 12th notched on the label. Sampled 8/12/11.

A: Pours with a foamy/fluffy head, 1 1/2 fingers high, pure white in color. Respectable retention but no film or collar. The body is crystal clear and a light straw yellow in color. No lacing.

S & T: Grain, cereal, flowers and grass. Very light fruit (estery) inclusion. Hard to discern general beer flavor and aroma. Nothing bad or offensive, just nearly missing altogether.

M: Light body with a fizzy carbonation that helps to increase the thickness in the mouthfeel.

O: I've got plenty of go-to "summer" ales. No need to revisit this one.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2011 13:35:02 | More by FeDUBBELFIST
Bar Harbor Summer Ale from Atlantic Brewing Company
75 out of 100 based on 50 ratings.