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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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Photo of shivtim
2.08/5  rDev -39.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A clearish yellow gold with no real head. Nose is very stong blueberries. Too much! The taste is extremelly harsh blueberry. It's not even sweet, it's as if someone took a WHOLE blueberry plant and threw it in a blender, and made extract from that. Very bitter, tart, sour... I guess "harsh blueberry" is the best I can describe it as. Mouthfeel is ok, maybe a little thin and kind of dry. Drinkability is low due to the taste.

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Photo of bryehn
2.1/5  rDev -38.8%
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.

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Photo of aforbes10
2.42/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

single bottle tasted at beer club last month. weak yellow color. nice blueberry odor...smells fresh. taste is dull though and kind of has a rottenness to the blueberry flavor. pretty thin on the mouthfeel. not very good...ive certainly had better blueberry beers.

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Photo of TerryW
2.53/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Novelty beer. I like fruit beers when then done right, but sometimes it justn't come off. Pours a short head that quickly dissapates, no lace.

Aroma is strongly of blueberries with some sort of chemical backbite and a hint of bread. Taste is dominated by blueberries. Mouthfeel is thin and watery, with a bit more spritz than it needs. Slightly dry finish and lingering blueberry flavour.

No offensive, but not exciting in any way. Tried it and done with it - movin' on.

Re-visited in May 2013. Hasn't improved any. Maybe worse as a matter of fact. Looks far better - big chunky head, relatively long-lived, lots of lace. But now soapy, puffy mouthfeel. Veggie flavours, less blueberry. Not so good.

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Photo of biegaman
2.9/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Canary yellow with a bright, literally white-hot in places, incandescent glow. This colour becomes almost glaring when illuminated. The funny thing is it is also substantially blurred, so much so that even the shadow of a finger is distorted on the other end. Both elements, the golden gleam and its hazy smother, seem to curiously coexist. Very little head.

The aroma undoubtedly smells like blueberries - this much is clear even sitting a full foot away from the glass. It doesn't smell overly artificial or sweetened and will likely draw to mind a fresh-out-the-oven home baked pie as much as it will to a slushy or bubble-gum. The fruit is fine but I wish the beer component offered a little more to sniff at.

On second thought, I do find the blueberry flavour artificial (and not just because I noticed it listed as such on the ingredients list). It's rare in the real world of foods to find flavour this concentrated and, for lack of better articulation, vividly 'blueberry-like'. It is a little too tart, a little too berry-like, a little too 'just this instant picked off the bush' freshly fruity. Besides, for all the blueberry in the aroma there is virtually none in the taste.

And it could use some! I sense more floury pie crust than I do the fruit filling. In fact, there's nothing fruity (nor hoppy, nor malty) here to appease the taste buds. This is not tart nor sweet nor bitter nor sour. It tastes like watered down cereal grains that have sprouted and have not been kilned. It is a very numbing, bland and featureless taste. Each sip passes the palate virtually undetected. Bleh.

I really like blueberries and I also really like beer; I can't help but feel cheated in both categories. A short-lived breath of artificial fruit does not make a poorly-formulated ale any more enticing (nor easier) to drink. Crappy beers should be left to macro-swill drinkers and artificial fruits syrups to vodka-coolers. This does a good Canadian micro scene no justice.

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Photo of thehyperduck
3.03/5  rDev -11.7%
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.

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Photo of damienblack
3.09/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A & S: Pours a light golden color. Thin, one finger head that dissipates fairly quickly. Smells of a blueberry syrup, giving hints that this will be a sweet beer.

T & M: Not much hop character to speak of at all, for the most part. The blueberry flavor, while not overpowering, stands the most prominent. It's still a pretty thin taste, though. There really doesn't seem to be a whole lot behind this beer. Has a slight hoppiness in the finish. I guess you could consider this balanced, although it doesn't seem like there was too much to balance. It doesn't taste nearly as sweet as the aroma would indicate, so those offput by the overpowering sweetness of other fruit beers need not fear here.

D: A very easy drink. There isn't too much alcohol prevalent, on a summer day with not much else to drink I could see myself sessioning this, but it doesn't really stand out in any way.

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Photo of nighthawk
3.1/5  rDev -9.6%
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.

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Photo of TheBierdimpfe
3.11/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Slightly hazy straw color with moderate activity moving in slow motion from a thick body. Weak white 2 finger sparkly head, lasting around 5 minutes, with average legs.

Aroma of blueberry muffins. Flavors of grains, fresh blueberries, caramel, lemon, herbal spices. Bready and malty with minimal hops. More sugary than sharp with a nice syrupy feel.

Thick syrupy medium body with crispy carbonation. Faint and short finish, ending with a faint fruity blueberry feel, some roasted malt, and a little noble spices.

Overall average in quality offering decent flavors and good freshness. While the flavors are good they are a little faint and the feel is missing some personality. Nice summer beer almost like drinking a blueberry version of a lemonade. Although I find Gahan's blueberry ale to be much better.

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Photo of IdeaSpeeder
3.19/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Serving Type - 50ml can, poured into a pintglass

Appearance - Golden/straw coloured, crystal clear. Little to no carbonation visible. 2 Fingers of white, foamy head sits on top. Decent retention, moderate lacing.

Smell - Blueberries, unsurprisingly, combined with some grassy and floral bits.

Taste - Faint blueberries. Well not so much faint as less prominant than i had expected from the nose. Otherwise there's some bready malts, and not a heck of a lot else. Maybe some very, very (very) faint spices. But hardly.

Mouthfeel - Extremely light, moderate carbonation. Crisp, dry finish.

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Photo of souvenirs
3.23/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

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Photo of jwc215
3.23/5  rDev -5.8%
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!

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Photo of Viggo
3.23/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Grabbed a sixer at the LCBO. Pours a clear golden/orange, big white head forms, sticks around, some nice lace. Smell is sweet, blueberries, spices, some wheat. Taste is sweet, caramel, honey, blueberries, citrus, and wheat. Mouthfeel is light bodied with high carbonation. Carbonation was way too much. Not bad, not too good, but a change.

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Photo of mrmanning
3.25/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

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Photo of bobsy
3.25/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Saw a sixer of this at the liqor store and figured I should support a Canadian micro I haven't seen in these parts before.

Slightly cloudy golden yellow with a finger of white head, good retention and some nice sticky lace left behind. Wonderfully fresh blueberry aroma with a malt base to it. The flavour is more beer-like than you would expect from a fruit beer, with some creamy malts and a splash of citrus hops. The blueberry is well integrated, but particularly evident in the finish. Every now and then it produces great fresh juniper notes. I like how its done, but my big gripe is that I don't think the base beer is that spectacular, and despite the fine balancing act this lets the drink down. The body is also a touch disappointing - certainly quenching, but a tad watery and lacking in substance.

Decent for a fruit beer, but overall its probably not something I'd buy again. Pump House have far better offerings and do some stunning stuff. I'll probably drink from that trough before I return here.

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Photo of Olek4374
3.29/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Bought as a single from a busted six pack from my store. I'm not sure who broke it, but thanks!

The beer pours a pale yellow like that of any blonde ale and is accompanied by an extremely thick head about 3 fingers high. The head took about 2 mins to dissipate completely. The smell is predominantly of blueberries, but it has a slightly sour and almost corny smell too, which takes away from the berries a bit. The taste is very pleasant with a strong hit of blueberry and a decent aftertaste, but it's not too spectacular. The feel is pretty light and fizzy, and not as stellar as some other fruit beers. It is not very sweet, which is nice. Still, an average fruit beer at best.

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Photo of allergictomacros
3.33/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Hazy yellow with a smallish head of foam.

S - Nose is blueberry with a whiff of something minerally.

T - Seems kinda wheaty, with some blueberry flavour. Seems artificial, but that might be nature of blueberry flavour. There's a light acidity up front, and a little bit of herbal hop that builds up over time.

M - Body is light with a sharp carbonation.

D - Pretty refreshing and drinkable.

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Photo of PiratePete
3.33/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Came from the tap with a very white head that that was streaked with lines of purple. A gold colour it also has a hint of purple in it and why not? There are lots of full blueberries in the glass. I thought: "too weird." But hey, I rather liked this drink. I'm not into fruit, except to keep scurvey away on long sea voyages, and so I was pleasantly surprised. Who'd a thought? Smooth and creamy with real whole blueberries - and lots of them. I hate to admit it but I liked this beer. This blueberry ale is a favourite with so many people Pump House is bring it out for Christmas in a six-pack. I plan on gettin' some.

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Photo of hopsolutely
3.35/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Purchased the can from local LCBO solely to rate and with low expectations - there's a reason one does not typically taste "blueberries" in beer!

Pours a golden straw colour with very little white head - looks like many a macro lager. Aroma of blueberry essence, not fresh fruit, with a hint of cereal graininess in the background. Flavour is likewise very blueberry-forward, with an "extract" juiciness that overwhelms all other tastes. Some grains still present in the finish after the berries have subsided.

A bit of a disappointment, but may be a good gateway beer for an otherwise "cooler" or cocktail drinker. More of a shame in that Pump House produces one of the best APA's I've ever enjoyed in Canada and I can't fathom how this blueberry ale is available at the LCBO while the magnificent IPA is not...

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Photo of Sammy
3.39/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

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Photo of pootz
3.4/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5


Poured a bright golden ale into my glass....2 finger rocky cap with fair retention that lightly laces the glass.

Aroma: a perfumey blueberry smell that verges on synthetic...very light grains...that’s it.

Decent malt spine, creamy mouthfeel, medium body, full rounded charater.

Taste profile is a surprise: very malty up front... creamy chewy malts then hops and blueberry tastes flood the palate creating perfect balance ...the Blueberry extract has been tastefully used in this brew and the flavor is not overpowered with it... it actually is at a level where it mingles well with the cascade hops leaving a juniper berry impression....finish is clean and hoppy/fruity...light malt and blue berry after taste.

Although the Blue berry flavoring is from extract it has been judiciously used to add to the overall flavor of the malt and hop mixture and does not over power thus avoiding the obvious sythetic impression extracts leave which I find obnoxious. For this reason I’m scoring this ale up there with other decent brew pub ales.

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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

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Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.45/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

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Photo of BigBry
3.5/5  rDev +2%
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.

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Photo of berley31
3.5/5  rDev +2%
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.

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Blueberry Ale from Pump House Brewery
79 out of 100 based on 54 ratings.