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Portsmouth Bluebeery - Portsmouth Brewery

Portsmouth BluebeeryPortsmouth Bluebeery

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33 Ratings
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Ratings: 33
Reviews: 24
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 12.68%


Brewed by:
Portsmouth Brewery visit their website
New Hampshire, United States

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes/Commercial Description:
An American phenomena! Incorporating 240 pounds of Maine blueberries into a unique medium-bodied ale.

(Beer added by: purplehops on 07-16-2003)
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Reviews by codysjb:
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codysjb

Florida

3.6/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Portsmouth Brewery Blueberry Ale
Poured into a wine glass, thanks to Miamilice for the trade.
A: Pours a darker, reddish/brown color reminiscent of autumn. Small head that fades.
S: Slight Apple notes with blueberry coming in on the end.
T: Dry almost Cideresk. Light flavor with some blueberry notes. Lots of carbonation.
M: Water, bland.
O:Good, not great. Smell and taste are good but it falls apart on the mouthful.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2012 18:10:20 | More by codysjb
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RobDB

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

01-03-2014 01:44:35 | More by RobDB
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jaydoc

Kansas

3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

12-14-2013 04:58:26 | More by jaydoc
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ajcormier

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +12.7%

10-31-2013 19:19:44 | More by ajcormier
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oldp0rt

Quebec (Canada)

2.5/5  rDev -29.6%

07-31-2013 15:30:59 | More by oldp0rt
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Kelp

New Hampshire

3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

04-23-2013 05:44:51 | More by Kelp
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kevanb

Illinois

3.58/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Chris for the extra!

The beer pours a nice dark burgundy color, hints of ruby with touches of amber when held to the light, looks like blueberry juice for sure, a light slightly off white head rises to the top of the glass, almost a finger high but recedes almost immediately leaving a touch of lace behind. The aroma is of light tart blueberry but overwhelming rich grainy malt character with a touch of sweetness behind it. It's quite one dimensional, which isn't necessarily a bad thing when the focus is showcasing blueberry, but the fruit character is quite weak in reality and showcases more malt than I'd like, not the most inviting of beers on the nose. The flavor is a bit better, tart juicy blueberry greets the tongue nicely and lingers somewhat well, again caramel malt sneaks out and really dominates until the finish which has some nice blueberry skin flavors as it goes down. The body is very crisp and lively, a bit too carbonated for me, overly prickly in the mouth and a bit rough as it goes down.

Verdict: Not a bad fruit beer but disappointing given my love of blueberries. The fruit never really shines here as the richer malts take control but all in all it was a pleasant beer to sip on.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2012 00:07:52 | More by kevanb
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quetzal013

California

3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

10-10-2012 05:07:04 | More by quetzal013
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wdarcy77

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

09-24-2012 14:49:45 | More by wdarcy77
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OtherShoe2

Massachusetts

3.55/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Medium amber with a little purple hue. No head. No lace.

Blueberry, right? Not in the nose on this. Toasted malt, some caramel maybe.

This one has just a kiss of fruit. Mostly toasted malt, some caramel, a little burnt sugar bitterness. Lightly bitter and malty in the finish.

Medium bodied, ok carbonation.

Overall, some blueberry beers are overdone, some are underdone. This one needs more fruit. The rest of the beer was good, but this one just misses for me.

Serving type: on-tap

09-23-2012 20:08:46 | More by OtherShoe2
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phingdong

New Hampshire

3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

02-01-2012 23:09:58 | More by phingdong
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Lawnboy33

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +12.7%

11-15-2011 01:01:15 | More by Lawnboy33
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suspect

New York

3.85/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a Pilsener glass. Thanks to my Dad for bringing this one back from the brewery.

A: A pretty crystal clear, purplish-toned amber color. Aggressive pour leads to a 1 finger fizzy white head that disappears quickly. Leaves no lacing.

S: Decent blueberry aroma with some bready malt and a faint touch of hops. Not overpowering, nor is it bad.

T: Very nice, yet slight blueberry taste mixed with some yeasty funk and slight caramel touch from the malt.

M: Light body, ample carbonation. No bitterness, not overly sweet either.

O: Overall a nice, non-offensive blueberry beer. Would definitely have more if Portsmouth chose to distribute :).

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2011 01:41:29 | More by suspect
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portia99

Massachusetts

3.63/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle purchased at the brewery last weekend. Poured into a Portsmouth tulip.

A - Pours a reddish, purpleish blueberry hued amber color. There is some light haze and a finger of white foam that dies quickly to a thick collar. Streams of bubbles constantly rise from the bottom of the glass.

S - Fruity although not distinctly blueberry in aroma. Some floral and earthy hop aromas over the top of some light bready malt. A bit of a red wine like aroma to round things out...also gives an impression of alcohol, although the level is low enough that this shouldn't truly be the case.

T - Grainy malt at the base, dry and cereally - almost Cheerios-like. This is surrounded by some earthy and metallic flavors in the middle with some berrylike fruitiness, that is still difficult to precisely identify as blueberry. A light sweetness and some spices - cinnamon maybe. Blueberry is easier to identify as the beer warms up a bit, and the flavor almost becomes blueberry pie like as the malt and fruit combine together much more nicely than when chilled down more.

M - Medium bodied with a strong carbonation that is fizzy. The malt base lingers into the aftertaste nicely as does the blueberry.

D - Easy drinking beer. Good combination of flavors that work well together. I think I'd like this to have a bit lighter base to it, or maybe get a touch of lemon in here to bring out the blueberry a bit more in the flavor. Overall, very enjoyable summer seasonal.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2010 23:01:59 | More by portia99
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sethmeister

New Hampshire

3.78/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy red with some particulates and a tight offwhite head which doesnt hold long but leaves some soapy lace on the glass.

Scent is wild blueberries, bread, honey, graham cracker.

Taste is blueberries of course. Natural tasting and not overpowering. Lightly sweet with the wonderful dry breadcrust finish I often notice in Portsmouth's beers. Very light, crisp, clean hop bitterness lingers on the tongue. Saaz or noble hops?

Lightly creamy mouthfeel with surprisingly light carbonation.

Very easy to drink.

Not my favorite among Portsmouth's offerings (fruit/veg beers are not really my thing) but a well crafted and delicious ale all the same.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2010 00:35:49 | More by sethmeister
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Casey10

Maine

3.88/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was a really nice blueberry beer that was served on tap which my wife and I tried 08-19-2010 at the brewery. I have read a couple of the reviews for this but mostly for the bottle version. This is great on tap they even add a couple of blueberrys on the top of the pour (I know fruit in beer). It really adds to this nice refreshing beer. I recommed to anyone this as is crisp and refreshing.

The beer has a nice aroma and the taste is above average the mouth feel is good but rated the drinkability high as really enjoyed drinking this one and would have again.

Serving type: on-tap

08-21-2010 00:14:54 | More by Casey10
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brewandbbq

New Hampshire

3.75/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle.

Pours hazy, dark copper with a purple hue and a thin, white head. A whisp on the surface of the brew and a few dots of lacing throughout the glass.

Aromatics are laced with a soft blueberry kiss, crisp malt, and underlying fruit. Not really full of blueberry essence, but it's there.

Medium bodied with a slickish mouthfeel. Slightly syrupy with light carbonation.

Ripe berries, sweet malt, and light caramel on the palate. The bitterness is low, and the beer is slightly sweet. Not sure if I could tell it was blueberries I was tasting unless I knew.

Finishes with lingering fruit and sweet malt.

Pretty dissapointing. The faint blueberry nose delivers even less on the palate. Better than some Blueberry ales, but I've come to expect more from Portsmouth.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2010 00:29:16 | More by brewandbbq
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ExtraStout

Massachusetts

3.93/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hands down, my wife's favorite beer; nothing else comes close. This was her first Brewery visit back in 2008 and thank god she loved it.
We've done about a dozen brewerys since. My rating is done through her eyes.

For me, this brew was just your average pilsner but I like my brew hopped. They brewed a stonger blueberry this year but never got up there to try it and now they are out, damn.

Serving type: on-tap

09-27-2009 04:24:37 | More by ExtraStout
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sisuspeed

New Hampshire

3.7/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Just got back from visiting the Portsmouth Brewery last weekend and decided to grab a bomber of their Blueberry Ale to go. Really enjoyed the atmosphere of the brewpub and they had a nice offering of beers, plus some from their sister brewery, Smuttynose.

The Blueberry Ale produces a small head with a vigorous pour, which dissipates into almost nothing, except for a small ring of foam around the top. Usually I would knock this, since I think a nice foamy head makes the beer look more appetizing, but when they serve it to you at the pub they float blueberries on top, so lack of foam allows you to see them and the overall presentation is well done. The color of the beer is a clear red/amber hue. Looks nice.

The aroma is very malty, sweet and some fruit, which I'm guessing is blueberry. Overall, very malty.

The flavor again is robust in its maltiness, not dark roasted malts, but more of medium roast that has a sweet flavor. Almost no hops are present, so malts really dominate. There is some fruit flavor as well, which does taste like blueberry, but if I didn't know this was a blueberry beer to begin with I don't know if I could have decided on the specific fruit flavor.

The mouthfeel is just about right for this kind of beer. Not too thick or watery. Very smooth. Carbonation is on the lower side, but goes well with the smoothness. Overall, this is a highly drinkable ale and the flavor is fairly robust. Could easily have a couple of these at the brewery. However, the beer doesn't really stand out from other fruit beers I've had. So I wouldn't go out of my way to get it, but I would go out of my way to visit the brewpub.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2009 02:40:32 | More by sisuspeed
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abuliarose

New Hampshire

4.28/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had this on tap first at the brewery. They serve it with blueberries floating in the glass. Liked it enough to pick up a bottle and check out at home.

Poured into the Portsmouth Brewery snifter, which by the way is one of the most voluminous snifters I have seen to date. Pours a blood orange body with nice head that dies like it's its business. Smells lightly malted and a little sour. I remember there being more blueberry presence, but even after cleaning my nose a few times (I don't even have a cold), I can only faintly detect it. That's pretty normal for blueberry beers.

Tastes... mmm. Sweet. Mellow-malty and light but sharp carbonated. Bouquet of blueberries with each mouthful. It tastes very natural for an ale, and is extremely drinkable. No discernable after-hop presence, which might have overwhelmed the blueberry taste, but there is just a touch of bitterness to keep me interested. Smooth possibly due to sweetness and light-bodied. Easy to finish off a bottle.

Overall, good for a blueberry beer. I'd pick this one up again.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2009 02:28:32 | More by abuliarose
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u2carew

Massachusetts

3.08/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A) Very thin head. Then settles to nearly no head at all. Amber color. Hazy. Floating blueberries.
S) Notes of blueberry but nothing else showing up. Not very aromatic.
T) Light blueberry notes. Some malty sweetness. A bit of dry grainy-ness.
M) Medium bodied. Smooth. Very light carbonation.
D) Just alright for a summer-ish blueberry. Expected a little more blueberry.

Serving type: on-tap

07-08-2009 13:43:13 | More by u2carew
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Packforever1976

Minnesota

3.6/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I got this one awhile back in a BIF from joepais. I've made it a goal to start drinking some of the beers that have been around for awhile, so here we go.

Served chilled in my british pint.

A: This one foamed up on me quickly, but I noticed in-time to avoid an overflow. Pours light copper with nice clarity. Foamy light pint head which recedes quickly. No lacing.

S: Very nice blueberry aroma. Some maltiness in there too, but the blueberries smell really nice and dominate the nose.

T: Tart blueberries. Sweet malts balance out the tartness from the blueberries.

M: Mouthfeel is nice. Very light and refreshing, proper carbonation. Finishes dry.

D: Very drinkable. I'd love to try this one again when the weather is nicer, as I think it would be a very refreshing summer brew.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2009 20:11:43 | More by Packforever1976
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Imstillthegman

Delaware

3.43/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Joepais for this brew...sent as part of the Bluegrass BIF.

This one pours an interesting pale purple/amber color. Very different. White head with some pink hues forms very quickly. Fades almost as fast while making a ton of noise. I don't think I have ever had such an effervescent sounding beer before.

This has some age on it and I'm guessing that's why the aroma is faint. I pick up some grains and some blueberries. Slightly sweet with a hint of tartness to it. Blueberry scent becomes stronger as it warms.

The flavor shows a bit more blueberry than the smell does. Still, the graininess seems to overpower the berries. I bet this one was really tasty when it was fresher.

The mouthfeel is almost champagne like. Tons of prickly bubbles dance on the tongue. Slightly drying aftertaste. Interesting brew, to say the least. Thanks Joe!

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2009 20:13:28 | More by Imstillthegman
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Reagan1984

Massachusetts

3.98/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this at Portsmouth brewing on the way home from Maine.

The pint came with only a finger of head that was light purple in color due to the use of a great deal of blueberries. The beer was a clear amber color with a noticeable purple tint to it. Yes, you can see the effect the blue berries had on the color of both the beer and the head. No lacing at all left behind in the glass.

Fruity/berry aroma that was sweet, but not overpowering.

Flavor was actually very nice and well balanced. I've never had blueberry bread, but this is what I would imagine it like. A nice bread flavor with a hint of the sweetness and blueberry flavor. Not too sweet and sticky like some other versions. This all gave way to a rather crisp clean finish.

Mouth feel was light, crisp and pretty satisfying.

Very nice drinkability and a nice session/summer beer.

Serving type: on-tap

09-07-2008 21:34:26 | More by Reagan1984
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JoeyBeerBelly

New York

3.65/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I got this brew thanks to a LiF hosted by joepais, Thanks Joe!

22oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

L - red/amber color with a small pink head that went away in a hurry.

S - nice, blueberry aroma.

T - the blueberry taste is nice and tart.

F - light/medium bodied with low carbonation feel.

D - a nice beer for something different, but not a session beer by any means.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2008 22:22:19 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
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