Blueberry Ale - Pump House Brewery
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3.38/5 rDev +0.3%
pours a golden apple juice colour with a decent white, frothy head...the nose was quite impressive with it's fresh blueberries dominating...taste offered up a nice balance of malts up front followed by a blend of blueberry and soft hoppiness...nice to see the blueberries didn't overpower the palate by any stretch, rather they creep in nicely but remain prominent...a tangy zip on the finish....medium bodied with a crisp mouthfeel and somewhat drying finish....would be ideal for a spring/summer beer as the blueberries lend themselves nicely to those seasons...a decent brew
09-13-2006 17:29:18 | More by Popsinc
4/5 rDev +18.7%
Appearance: clear, ¼ inch head, bright yellow gold in color, moderate carbonation
Smell: sweet blueberries and wheat
Taste: this follows the smell to a t.
Mouthfeel: sweet, medium-high carbonation, light bodied.
Overall: This to me is the closest I have found to Sea Dog Blue Paw. I like that beer and so I also like this one. Sweet, yet not artificial tasting, I could have several of these.
09-19-2011 14:56:57 | More by tigg924
3.45/5 rDev +2.4%
Poured into a small lager glass. I've never actually poured the beer into a glass before - normally I just drink this straight from the bottle.
A bright-coloured ale, light golden with a thin white head that persists as a ring.
Nose is, predictably, all blueberry. Actually, with the breadiness and the malts it tends to smell more like blueberry pie than anything. Hard to detect much else. Doesn't smell fake, which is a big plus, but blueberries is about all you'll get.
The taste isn't bad - it's not 'punch you in the face blueberry - but it certainly is a blueberry beer. However, there is also a dry, lemon-peppery character to the finish with tends to cancel out the blueberry. The blueberry hits you at first, but then it's taken over by this citrus tang. Quite surprising; I dont remember this being as potent in the bottle. One thing you can't say is that it's too sweet, that is for certain. Refreshing.
Mouthfeel is thin, slightly oily, with a strong carbonated bite.
As far as fruit ales go, this one certainly isn't bad. A couple of these outside on the patio would certainly do me no harm. (Certainly went over well with folks who aren't big beer drinkers at a recent BBQ). As far as blueberry ales go, you'll be hard-pressed to find a better one; however, the inescapable fact is that the flavors don't mesh that successfully. I actually preferred it in the bottle.
06-04-2010 18:16:46 | More by JohnnyBarman
3.6/5 rDev +6.8%
341ml bottle, on a nice summer patio at Wunderbar.
This beer pours a hazy pale golden colour, with two fingers of soapy, thinly foamy dirty white head, which leaves some sparsely random blots of lace around the glass as it readily melts away.
It smells quite readily like blueberry tarts - the sweet dark berries and sweet cereal wheat grain - simple, but good. The taste is more of the same, with the sweetness dialed down a notch - blueberry juice, in its sweet and acidic splendour, blended nicely with the base grainy malt, somewhat pastry-esque in its bearing.
The carbonation is moderate, with just a hint of frizz, the body a so-so medium weight, a tad pithy in its fruitiness, and more or less smooth. It finishes off-dry, exhibiting the same fruity/grainy wedded bliss I've seemingly come to grow fond of.
A pretty good blueberry ale, and duly refreshing. It is sweet, but not overly so, and for all the right reasons - neither the fruit nor the malt get too big for their britches. Probably the best blueberry brew available around here.
07-19-2010 01:30:29 | More by biboergosum
3.4/5 rDev +0.9%
a very fresh tasting beer just in at the LCBO. Was like the sahti/juniper berry I had the other day only more malty and hoppy. Dark yellow with initial very foamy white head. Clearly blueberry scent though seems an extract and blueberry winish flavour. Somewhat maltdextrin sweet. Aggressively carbonated.
08-15-2006 20:48:32 | More by Sammy
3.85/5 rDev +14.2%
A - hazy straw yellow, tall white head retained well
S - a blueberry punch in the nose, enjoyable but maybe a little much, cereal grainy
T - blueberry muffin, fresh cream, grainy and a little leafy, very desert like taste
M - nice carbonation bite. bready finish
D - in some ways its more blueberry desert than beer, but it does retain the malty flavour and feel of a solid ale, very tasty and generally easy drinking
12-28-2010 04:37:58 | More by joemcgrath27
Nova Scotia (Canada)
3.55/5 rDev +5.3%
Pours a moderately deep golden-yellow with a fairly small white head which dissipates quickly and leaves little lacing. Smell is quite sweet, the blueberries showing but not overwhelming, with some light grains and crackers as well. Taste is fruity, with obvious blueberry notes and some breadiness. Wheat bite in the finish, and some honey notes as well. Mouthfeel is quite crisp, and has good body for a fruit extract beer, and drinkability is decent. One of the better examples of this style that I've come across, which might not be saying a great deal. I'd have it again.
03-16-2007 04:47:18 | More by Mandrake
British Columbia (Canada)
3.2/5 rDev -5%
This is a beer I remember liking as an undergraduate in New Brunswick. Will I still like it now?
A: Clear gold with more head than will fit in my too-small glass (no proper glassware for beer at my parents' house). Visible carbonation. Now that it's had a few minutes to settle, the head is about a centimetre tall.
S: Blueberry! The blueberry is very prominent. I might be picking up a hint of corn.
T: A mild, blueberry-flavoured pale ale. It's easy to see why I liked it back when I'd only tried a few different beers. Unless you hate blueberries, it's pretty inoffensive. If I wanted to put a positive spin on it, I could call it mild. If I wanted to put a negative spin on it, I could call it bland. More hops, please!
F: A bit watery.
12-24-2013 03:09:02 | More by souvenirs
3.55/5 rDev +5.3%
Pale gold in colour, with three fingers of white head after slightly too aggressive pouring. Head settles down slowly, leaves sheets of lacing as I drink.
Smell is loaded with sweet blueberry. I don't even have to put my nose to the glass to smell it. Reminds me of a fresh blueberry muffin.
Taste is dominated by blueberries, but certainly not to the extent that the smell was. Grainy malt up front and a cut grass finish are in there. All laced with the berry taste. Not bad at all.
Body isn't overly thin, and carbonation comes across as being on the lighter side. Just average, doesn't really add to or take away from the beer.
This is a pretty good fruit beer. It has plenty of the fruit to it, but doesn't forget it's beer roots.
04-13-2008 01:58:34 | More by elricorico
3.94/5 rDev +16.9%
Purchased at the LCBO for around the $3.00 mark for a 473ml can. Served at 5deg C in a draught glass
A- Opens with a ton of white head. Head stays forever. Clear
S- WOW this is fantastic! Blueberry galore! WOW
T- Nowhere near as good as it smells. Very good though
M- Very good. Like Bud though with blueberry
O- The generic beer with blueberry flavor is not so good. If a craft company mixed an IPA with this blueberry goodness it would be a hit
This blueberry beer went well with... a cheese plate. Nice assortment of blue, white owl and Rockford.
04-17-2014 01:13:35 | More by DaveBar
4.65/5 rDev +38%
I finally get around to reviewing one of my favorite beers!
A- This pours a slightly hazy golden colour with a thick foamy head that takes it's time to dissapate into a thin layer, although it is of the fizzy kind and makes a lot of noise. The lacing is decent and generally sticks to the glass. Carbonation looks a little on the heavier side but overall this looks like a decent beer right off the bat!
S- Wonderful aroma of baked blueberry pie or a muffin as "elricorico" puts it in the previous review. It is a sweet smell, almost blueberry syrup like but with a slight malt tinge to it. You don't even have to try and pick up the aromas that come through in this beer!
T- Again, this has great flavors....dominated by fresh ripe blueberries, not the sweet smell that dominates the aroma. There is an ever so slight hop finish that just rounds out the refreshing fruitiness of this brew, as well as a slight malty flavor that also helps balance the overall taste.
M- While I'm not completely wowed in this department, I do lean towards being satisfied ...there is a medium-ish body here and the carbonation isn't as heavy as I thought it would be, but rather slightly creamy, as in blueberries and cream. It does maintain it's crisp, refreshing nature however.
D- I would slam these back all day or night if it was available at the pubs, but unfortunately this is fairly new out here in the West and isn't readily available. It's a perfect summer beer and would also be a great dessert drink. I would also recommend this for someone who is just getting into beer and needs something a little sweeter. Great stuff!
08-30-2008 00:29:46 | More by ChrisCage
4.4/5 rDev +30.6%
This beer pours a golden colour with a nice big thick foamy head which leaves a decent amount of lacing on the glass.
The fantastic aroma of blueberry always amazed me and just makes the beer so enticing before you even drink the first sip. Then comes the first burst of flavour of ripe blueberries. I've had this at the pumphouse where they threw in a few blueberries into the glass. The hop aroma and flavour is subtle and doesn't overpower the blueberry flavour. It's refreshing without being a fruity drink.
09-01-2013 11:01:59 | More by Mountainmanbrewing
3.58/5 rDev +6.2%
The first of the Pump House line that I managed to purchase, great to see some of their stuff available out here in Alberta.
This fruit ale pours out a deep clear gold, slightly violet-tinged, but takes on a more uniform golden hue when held up to direct light. Tall spongy off-white head at first, that eventually settles to a tight solid cap.
Initially the aroma is a massive whallop of blueberries, pretty much what we're here for. Very, very faint biscuit malt peeps through this barrier of fruit from time to time. I happen to like blueberries, so it's all very intense and inviting.
It's start to finish with the blueberry fruit in the flavour as well, but it doesn't monopolize as much as it does in the nose. Rounded grains help bookend it on one side, while sweet grassy hops contain and bookend it on the finish, and to my surprise lingers on more potently than the fruit on the aftertaste. Pretty darn balanced for a fruit beer.
A fair amount of carbonation on the mouthfeel, it's the most dominant texture, and in a way detracts a bit from the experience, doesn't compliment the flavour profile as much as a softer, rounder mouthfeel would. Comes across somewhat harsh on the palate.
Overall a decent fruit beer in my books, the blueberries run wild in the aroma, but are contained nicely in the flavour itself. You won't mistake this as some fruit-based hooch or Kool-Aid, as there are enough present elements to keep you grounded in the fact that you are still drinking beer.
12-17-2007 03:00:01 | More by IronDjinn
3.54/5 rDev +5%
A: Golden filtered with an almost non existent haze, a few particles, 5 fingers of off white foamy head with good retention. No visible carbonation.
S: Blueberries, blueberry pop tarts, blueberry jam. Fresh blueberry muffins, right home made from the oven with the cake like breadiness there as well.
T: Light sweetness, heavy on the malt with blueberry undertones, then blueberry is stronger in the aftertaste. Lightly hopped, berry like hopiness.
M: Light body, medium fizzy carbonation.
O: Awesome smell, unique and good taste, looks and mouth feel are average. Love the can and I’m glad to have found one from New Brunswick here in Ontario. Great refreshing summer drink.
05-12-2014 02:27:53 | More by patre_tim
3.2/5 rDev -5%
Thanks to Voonder for this one!
Pours clouded light golden with a foamy white head that thins and stays, leaving some rings of lacing towards the bottom. Similar to a wit in appearance.
The smell is of blueberry and sugar. There was a blueberry flavored cereal called "Booberry" - reminds me of that. But, it's not overwhelming. And there is a doughy, lightly spiced character going on as well. Something pleasant in the back and the blueberry, while having that "artificial syrup" aroma, is not as much as in other fruit beeers I've had. It's no lambic, but doesn't claim to be.
The taste is back to typical, IMO. Artificial sweetener witha plastic-y blueberry taste. But, it isn't overwhelming and there is enough "beery" with the "berry" to get it by. Finishes with a balanced sweetness.
The body is light and comes dangerously close to being overly watery and fizzy. A touch of "wet cardboard" lingers on the palate.
It does drink quickly and has something "refreshing" about it, I suppose, though blueberry was "repeating" on me for a bit longer than I would have liked. Good enough for one or two!
10-21-2008 13:35:54 | More by jwc215
Blueberry Ale from Pump House Brewery
78 out of 100 based on 93 ratings.