Blueberry Ale - Pump House Brewery
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2.03/5 rDev -39.8%
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.
09-06-2006 03:46:43 | More by shivtim
2.1/5 rDev -37.7%
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.
12-30-2010 19:18:09 | More by bryehn
2.38/5 rDev -29.4%
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.
09-13-2006 19:56:46 | More by aforbes10
2.53/5 rDev -24.9%
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.
11-06-2007 00:12:05 | More by TerryW
2.85/5 rDev -15.4%
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.
06-20-2009 00:25:33 | More by biegaman
3.04/5 rDev -9.8%
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: 3.04, 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.
07-11-2013 03:54:25 | More by thehyperduck
3.05/5 rDev -9.5%
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.
10-19-2008 06:09:14 | More by damienblack
Nova Scotia (Canada)
3.08/5 rDev -8.6%
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.
08-13-2009 00:46:49 | More by nighthawk
3.15/5 rDev -6.5%
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.
09-22-2013 02:29:15 | More by IdeaSpeeder
Blueberry Ale from Pump House Brewery
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