Blueberry Ale - Pump House Brewery

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Ratings: 97
Reviews: 54
rAvg: 3.41
pDev: 14.96%
Wants: 3
Gots: 8 | FT: 1
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Pump House Brewery visit their website
New Brunswick, Canada

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: PiratePete on 11-17-2003

Blonde coloured ale with the wonderful essence of fresh blueberries. Sweet flavours of peppery blueberries, malts and spicy hops make this one a winner all the way. A one-of-a-kind refresher.
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Photo of Popsinc
3.42/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of tigg924
4/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.45/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of biboergosum
3.62/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Sammy
3.39/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of joemcgrath27
3.83/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Mandrake
3.55/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of souvenirs
3.23/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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.

Photo of elricorico
3.57/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of DaveBar
3.98/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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

Food Pairing

This blueberry beer went well with... a cheese plate. Nice assortment of blue, white owl and Rockford.

Photo of ChrisCage
4.62/5  rDev +35.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

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!

Photo of Mountainmanbrewing
4.39/5  rDev +28.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of IronDjinn
3.6/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of patre_tim
3.59/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of jwc215
3.23/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

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!

Photo of mrmanning
3.25/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This bottles ale poured a sparkling gold liquid. The head frothed up and came down to thin ring. The aroma was fresh blueberries, candy sugar, some aromatic malts, a touch of burnt sugar. Strong blueberry flavours, like a martini or some sort of liquor. Pretty sweet, refreshing, blueberryish, candied sugar, malty, with just a pinch of hops. Good beer for the style indeed.

Photo of BigBry
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Mike and Brandee for sharing one of their specially ordered beers. Standard brown bottle, label as above.
Poured clear yellow gold, with a small white head, Minimal foam retention, thinnest string of lace. Fruity sweet aroma, Blueberry really camer through nicely. Taste has the blueberries, but well balanced with the breay malt. Enough bitterness at the end to keep it from being to sugary sweet. Average body and carbonation, appropriate. Good drinkablility, not over sweet or artificial tasting. Would be a good summer beer, or pair with a fruit dessert.

Photo of thehyperduck
3.03/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

473 mL can from the LCBO; packaged on June 7 2013. This is the second time I've tried this in the last month, and I'd be pulling your leg if I were to tell you I was impressed with it the first time. Still, as far as fruit beers go, the blueberry ones generally sit pretty well with me, so I figured this one was worth a sober second quaff. Served well-chilled.

Pours a pedestrian-looking golden-blonde colour, topped with about one finger's worth of puffy, foamy white head. It manages to retain cohesion for far longer than the average fruit beer, at least in my experience - eventually wilting into a thin, soapy film at the surface, with some minor smears of lacing left clinging to the glass. Looks fine, maybe a bit more like a standard blonde ale than a fruit beer, but I respect the choice to not use dyes or colouring agents to make it look 'fruitier'. The aroma is relatively one-note in nature, with the blueberry completely dominating all other aspects. The underlying bready malts give this beer a strong blueberry muffin vibe, with just a hint of Fruity Pebbles - it's not bad, but it comes across as rather artificial and somewhat cloying.

The taste doesn't really offer any more complexity than the aroma might have implied, but at the very least, the blueberry extract flavour has been reigned in just enough to make this brew balanced and approachable. Blueberry is still the major facet at work here - providing a gentle, fruity sweetness at the start of the sip, and leaning a little more toward the tart side in the finish. A modest base of bready, grainy malt flavours can be detected beneath the fruitiness. The finish is a little dry, with some lingering blueberry extract notes. Fairly light in body, but not to the point of being thin or watery, and quite easy to toss back quickly. High-to-moderate carbonation; a little less bite than your typical fruit beer, but pretty smooth.

As mentioned earlier, I tried this stuff fairly recently and it left a bad impression on me. I came into this review ready to ream it out, but after a few sips my perspective has changed somewhat. I probably won't purchase this again any time soon, but I have never been a regular consumer of fruit beer in the first place.

Final Grade: 3.03, a manageable C+ grade. Pump House Blueberry Ale is not a spectacular fruit beer, but it gets the job done. This is the sort of stuff that is more likely to appeal to the flavoured malt beverage crowd than the beer geeks, but even the latter group should find this to be a serviceable, if unremarkable summer refresher. This won't be everyone's cup of tea, as the blueberry flavour could easily be perceived as unappealingly cloying to some palates. But at the very least, fans of fruit-flavoured beer should consider this one worth at least one kick at the can.

Photo of CrazyMike
3.68/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy orange appearance with thick head that sticks around for awhile. Smell is dominated by blueberry with a hint of grain and some sweetness.

Taste is once again mostly blueberry, but slightly scaled down from the smell. Picked up some grain and bread, but this tastes mostly like blueberry pie. Light,creamy bodied with moderate carbonation. Aftertaste has lingering dry blueberry taste.

Overall, a decent and refreshing fruit beer. The fruit doesn't taste fake or overpowering either. Looking forward to drinking this in the summer.

Photo of nighthawk
3.1/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

341mL bottle with production date printed on the six-pack box (nothing on the bottle), poured into pint glass.

Appearance is pale gold, fairly clear with loads of carbonation streaming up from the bottom. The head is white, tightly bubbled and about 2 fingers on first pour, receding over a few minutes to a thin cap that retains well, but leaves no lacing.

Lots of blueberry aroma, tart and sweet, but just a bit on the processed/artificial side. There's a bit of a lemony citrus zing to it as well, and some mild cereals lurking in the background.

Blueberry is tasted up front, a bit tart, turning toward a lemony flavour and a bit of floral hops just before the finish. Lightly sweet grains are tasted, but are muted; the beer feels a little spineless.

Mouthfeel's a bit thin, almost watery, with some bubbly carbonation. Barely lingering finish, and on the sweet side.

As a summer quaffer, this goes down well and is fruity and inoffensive. There are fruit beers that manage to provide fresh, fruity flavours with a solid beer as the base, but this is not one of those beers.

Photo of berley31
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured with a small, white head that diminished very quickly. Body is mostly clear with some slight haziness to it, and a yellow color.

S: Some very light blueberry aroma, but that's about it.

T: Flavor is lightly sweet with blueberry undertones... not as sweet as I would have expected. Short duration, and finishes sweet as well. Basically you can taste the blueberry, but you won't feel bombarded by it at all.

M: Light bodied with a slightly creamy texture, and lively carbonation.

D: After trying this beer a few times, I'm warming to it. I don't think it's something that I'd drink all night, but I like how the blueberry taste and aroma isn't overpowering at all.

Photo of jillo
4.25/5  rDev +24.6%

A tasty beer though after more than 1 it can get a bit tiring.

Photo of funkengruven
4.08/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My brother thought this looked interesting so he picked some up. This pours very much like a light lager, yellow, with some obvious white foam on top leaving lace on the way down. Smell is pleasant and fruity, hard to find the beer in the smell though. Flavor is definitely beer, a somewhat wheaty aroma with a tasty sweet blueberry finish. Mouthfeel is smooth, I find it has a refreshing element to it as it cleanses the palate rather than dominating it with very bold aftertastes. Drinkability with this I think can be correlated with the temperature outside, good hot weather beer.

As a beer, it's pretty good. Keeping in mind the style and reviewing this in the context of the style, it's excellent. The brewer did an excellent job at still keeping this a beer while bringing forward the Blueberry flavor in the finish. I'll definitely get this one again.

Photo of bryehn
2.1/5  rDev -38.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I must have gotten a bad six pack, because my opinion is far, far less favourable than the ones posted prior. Purchased from an LCBO in Ottawa, bottled on Aug 25, 2010.

It poured an almost rusty-orange colour with a cloudy appearance and some kind of sediment in there. Very little white head.

It smells terrible. I love blueberries, but that's not what I'm smelling here. I get an aroma that's blueberry-like, but also the smell of apple juice and the water from a can of vegetables.

The taste is unnatural to me. I get a bitterness, like that of unripened grapes that starts kind of nice, but gives way to a chemically artificial, wine cooler-like taste. I couldn't find much sweetness to balance it out, it just made my cheeks dry. I also couldn't note any real beer taste, maybe a yeasty maltiness, but not much.

I really can't find anything positive to say about this beer. It took me 10 days to get through a six pack and I even dumped the end of at least three of those because it got much worse as it warmed.

I tend to like flavoured beers, but maybe the world of fruit and vegitable beers isn't for me.

Photo of Derek
3.57/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Clear golden-yellow, white head, very little retention, hints of lace.

S: Fruity sweet aroma: Blueberry & fruit bread.

T: Bready malt & blueberries. Surprisingly well-balanced, with a decent bitterness & a slightly sweet finish (with plenty of blueberry in the finish).

M: Moderate body is great for its strength; moderate carbonation.

D: Very approachable, but the blueberry was a little much for me.

Thanks Mike (MDS)!

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Blueberry Ale from Pump House Brewery
78 out of 100 based on 97 ratings.