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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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 PorterPro125
4.1/5  rDev +20.2%
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!

Photo of Bunman3
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I do like this brew - it's as good a fruit beer as I've found. What I enjoy most is the fact that it is still clearly a "blonde" ale with blueberry overtones. The berries are present in nose, taste and finish, but they are not overbearing. Good fruit beers manage to remain a beer with a fruity twist, and Pumphouse has created a great "go to" beer. I'm glad they sell these in tall cans, because they make an excellent beach/boat/campfire beer, and one is plenty.

Photo of DenisKolkin
3.66/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

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 TheHammer
3.54/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: A sickly yellow with a small amount of haze but boasting ample carbonation is the tale of the body. It produced a finger and a half of head that did not lace but did retain decently.

Smell: As advertised, like Blueberries and Blonde ale as a strong scent of blueberries dominates the nose to a bready malt backing that gives it a blueberry muffin kind of scent to it. Warming doesn't really help it either way.

Taste: The blueberries take front and center on this one, and don't quite as they permeate the entire beer, almost to the point of drowning it out. The biscut malt in the background begins the beer and a earthy hop hit does it's darndest to try to break through the blueberry taste but to no avail.

Mouthfeel: Well the carbonation is solid and helps out the entire beer, but the aftertaste leaves a slushy feeling in your mouth that is a bit undesirable. Transitioning is a bit of a rocky road and seems to go on behind the scenes due to the overwhelming blueberry.

Drinkability: Well I had no issues downing a can in short order as the beer is incredibly light and smooth. The only thing holding me back is the slushy aspect that leaves you feeling far too quenched before the beer is done.

Final Thoughts: All in all a solid fruit beer, a fruit explosion it is not, and that's almost a bit disappointing. This beer uses the blueberries to bring you into it, but goes just a bit overboard on them, but not to an extreme point. This leaves me with a "more a spiked juice then beer" feeling about it. Still a thumbs up regardless though.

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 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 BuckyBeerBeaver
3.71/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

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 IdeaSpeeder
3.19/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

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 Olek4374
3.29/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

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 hopsolutely
3.35/5  rDev -1.8%
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...

Photo of andrenaline
3.74/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

Photo of fostachild
3.62/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

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 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 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 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 kwjd
3.65/5  rDev +7%
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.

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 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 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 Seanstoppable
3.56/5  rDev +4.4%
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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