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Blueberry Ale - Pump House Brewery

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Reviews: 54
Hads: 104
Avg: 3.43
pDev: 20.7%
Wants: 3
Gots: 9 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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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Reviews: 54 | Hads: 104
Photo of ChrisCage
4.62/5  rDev +34.7%
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!

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Photo of Mountainmanbrewing
4.39/5  rDev +28%
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.

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Photo of PorterPro125
4.1/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving Type: 500 mL Can

A- Golden Ale with a 2 1/2 finger white creamy head. Lots of lacing.

S- Blueberries and more Blueberries. Despite this, you can also pull out a peppery spiciness from the hops.

T- Blueberry up front that gives way to a biscuity maltness and finishing with a subtle spiciness from the hops. Incredibly refreshing.

M- I was quite surprised how big the body was on this beer. I was expecting a light body and instead got one that is quite large and thick. Although the body is rather large, it doesn't seem to take anything away from the refreshing aspect of this beer. Medium Carbonation.

O- I'm certainly not a big fan of fruit in my beer but I did quite enjoy this brew. The taste of fresh blueberrys in the form of beer should be enough to turn on anyone during a hot summer day!

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Photo of funkengruven
4.08/5  rDev +19%
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.

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Photo of tigg924
4/5  rDev +16.6%
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.

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Photo of DaveBar
3.98/5  rDev +16%
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.

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Photo of joemcgrath27
3.83/5  rDev +11.7%
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

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Photo of andrenaline
3.74/5  rDev +9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this several times out west but no formal review.

A - Pours a nice golden colour, finger of was with little retention or lacing.

S - Blueberries donate with a bready wheat finish.

T - Much like the nose with the blueberries coming through off the top and a bready wheat flavour that lingers on the palette. the blueberries aren't artificial in nature, which is nice, and they offer up a tart finish.

M - Medium, smooth and wet.

O - This delivers a solid fruit flavour without overwhelming the palette. Easy drinking and refreshing. One of my favorite blueberry ales.

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Photo of BuckyBeerBeaver
3.71/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Blueberries are good, and beer is good, so therefore blueberries + beer must also be good...right? Such was Bucky's logic in buying a 473 ml can of Pump House Brewery's Blueberry Ale. Blueberry Ale was 5.0% alcohol by volume, with a production date of January 30, 2013 printed on the bottom of the can.

The Pump House Brewery Ltd. is located at 131 Mill Road in Moncton, New Brunswick, and offers five different brands of its own bottled beer, eight on tap and in kegs, and several other seasonal beers. Brewed in New Brunswick since 1999, Pump House bottled beer is available in every province except Saskatchewan and Quebec.

Blueberry Ale poured with a fizzy, very fine, white head that burned itself out in short order, leaving no spotting or lacing down the glass as it disappeared. The beer itself was slightly cloudy and yellow in colour. The beer's aroma and flavour are very simply described...sweet blueberry juice. As soon as I opened the can I was hit with a strong natural blueberry aroma. Likewise with the flavour...a sweet blueberry juice and not much else, which is fine with me since I was looking for blueberry when I bought the beer. Certainly no bitterness here, and a clean finish. Blueberry Ale was carbonated enough to remind you that you are drinking a beer and not pure blueberry juice, and I would describe it as light bodied. Overall, a refreshing change of pace, but given the sweetness I could enjoy one can, but that would be my limit. At $2.75 per 473 ml can Blueberry Ale was fairly priced.

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Photo of CrazyMike
3.68/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

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Photo of DenisKolkin
3.66/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

473 ml can served cold into a pint glass. Purchase price was $2.80 CDN

Appearance - clear pale golden straw color with a small half finger of quickly receding head. Some lively bubbles but appearance isn't impressive.

Smell - big time blueberry aroma, unmistakable. Reminds me of a fresh blueberry pie too.

Taste - definitely blueberry again. Light amount of graininess which acts akin to a pastry dough. Flavor is thinner than the solid wall of aromatics that come through on the nose.

Mouthfeel - thin with lively carbonation. Very spritzy.

Overall - a well crafted blueberry ale that's worth a shot. Aromatics on this are wonderous, everything else makes this a complete and reasonably good beer.

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Photo of kwjd
3.65/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden yellow colour with thick white head. Good head retention with some lacing. Smells of blueberry (though not too strong) with some sweet grain malt. Flavour has a very mild bitterness with the fruitiness. Medium carbonation level makes this fairly smooth. Quite a nice fruit beer, though this isn't one of my favourite styles.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.62/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

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Photo of fostachild
3.62/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

had this many times before on tap with the frozen blueberries - always remember enjoying it. this time around trying from a bottle.

pours a light clear pale straw colour. half inch of head that fades immediately and leaves some patchy lacing.

smell is pretty much just a ton of blueberries - but good.

taste is similar - the obvious blueberries, wheat, some graininess.

as a whole it was not as good as i remember it being (maybe just the bottle i had), but definitely still enjoyable - worth a try for sure.

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Photo of IronDjinn
3.6/5  rDev +5%
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.

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

Im glad to see a New Brunswick brew at the LCBO. Maybe this will lead to more sweetness from other provinces and even beer heaven down south.

Pours a clear deep gold with a smallish head and almost no lace. The aroma is sweet blueberries, some grainy malt and just the slightest hint of hop spice. I keep thinking about blueberry muffins as I sip this beer. A discernable maltiness keeps the alcopop factor down. In the middle light spicey noble hop flavors emerge. The mouthfeel is medium with strong carbonation. The finish is sweet and berryish with some subtle bitterness.

This is a tastey and relatively complex fruit beer. It could be a little less sweet and fruity, but its still damn easy to drink.

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

I like blueberries and I like beer so let's see if the mesh or not.

Pale straw color. Nice bone white head, tons of lacing. Slighty cloudy.

Smells great, but then I am partial to blueberries.

Blueberries are a definite factor in the taste, but not overly so. Some bread-like maltiness lurks in the background and i even noted a faint hop bite. Finish dries a bit into blueberries and a cereal-like graininess

Mouthfeel was a bit too watery and weak to rate it much higher than average.

Certainly worth a try.

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Photo of patre_tim
3.59/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

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Photo of JustinBathurst
3.59/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a big, white sudsy head that wilted pretty fast. What remained was a nice, lacy doily. The beer itself is pale yellow, but this side of copper-orange. If I pinched my nose, I could make myself believe this was just 'your usual lager.'

Aroma was, yep, blueberry-riffic. These aren't fresh, just-picked blueberries, though. They're somewhat closer to that sweet baked blueberry pie smell. It made me feel like I should be getting out a fork and plate. Couldn't detect anything else through the dense blueberry patch.

Mouthfeel is nice and light. Crisp. About right for what this blueberry ale seems to want to be.

Blueberry tang is there in a fairly big way... a nice sour zing, not with the unpleasing metallic taste I normally notice in fruit beers, especially with raspberry. A bit of hops showed up, but not much... good enough to balance in a good way with the blueberries. The malt takes a big backseat in this brew... way in the back, like station wagon backseat. I'd drink this regularly.

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Photo of elricorico
3.57/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

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Photo of Derek
3.57/5  rDev +4.1%
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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Photo of Cwrw
3.57/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tried this on tap March 2006 while playing pool with some maritime friends at the Pump House. Blueberry Ale comes in the Pump House pint glass, a hazy golden colour with real blueberries floating at the top and sunken to the bottom. Interesting, and not a bad idea I suppose. The head was minimal to nonexistent. The aroma is, as expected, very sugary and fruity, but not overly so. There is also a hint of the light malting behind the blueberries. As far as fruit beers go, and rating according to style, this is an appetising aroma for a beer. The taste is more of the blueberry sweetness aside some mildly hoppy pilsner style tastes. Not a lot of complexity, but tasty nonetheless. The beer is light and refreshing, with a fairly spritzy carbonation. Drinkable on a hot day I grant you. Good if not exceptional. The blueberries were good too.

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Photo of Seanstoppable
3.56/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of the two local blueberry wheat's in my area. The other is seasonal, and I figured I would review them side by side.

Pours a hazy, pale, straw/gold color with a thin film of head.

Very, very faint blueberry smell. Somewhat sweet.

Slight blueberry taste with some sweetness, but it does ring through well. Not overly sweet, or artificial to the point of feeling like fruit extract or jam. Very moist, but not quite watery.

Overall very refreshing and thirst quenching. Definitely something for those summer afternoons out in the sun.

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Photo of Mandrake
3.55/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

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

Pours a hazy straw yellow with a nice foamy white head that sticks around, lots of lacing.

Smells kind of like blueberry perfume or air freshener? In a good way with some citrus and grainy maltiness.

Tastes of blueberries up front balanced with a nice malt backbone, some grassy, and very little hops. A bit too sweet maybe...

Very nice creamy mouthfeel and pretty drinkable, but maybe needs to be balanced with more hops.

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Blueberry Ale from Pump House Brewery
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