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Blueberry Ale - Pump House Brewery

Blueberry AleBlueberry Ale

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Ratings: 83
Reviews: 48
rAvg: 3.36
pDev: 16.07%

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:
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.

(Beer added by: PiratePete on 11-17-2003)
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Photo of allergictomacros

Ontario (Canada)

3.35/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2009 19:05:14 | More by allergictomacros
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Ontario (Canada)

2.85/5  rDev -15.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2009 00:25:33 | More by biegaman
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Ontario (Canada)

3.2/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2009 00:16:43 | More by bobsy
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Alberta (Canada)

3.58/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2008 03:28:41 | More by Shadman
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3.2/5  rDev -4.8%
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!

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2008 13:35:54 | More by jwc215
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3.05/5  rDev -9.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2008 06:09:14 | More by damienblack
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Alberta (Canada)

4.65/5  rDev +38.4%
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!

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2008 00:29:46 | More by ChrisCage
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Alberta (Canada)

3.55/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2008 01:58:34 | More by elricorico
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Alberta (Canada)

3.58/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2007 03:00:01 | More by IronDjinn
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Ontario (Canada)

2.53/5  rDev -24.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2007 00:12:05 | More by TerryW
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Nova Scotia (Canada)

3.55/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2007 04:47:18 | More by Mandrake
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Ontario (Canada)

3.63/5  rDev +8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2006 00:08:04 | More by JustinBathurst
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British Columbia (Canada)

3.55/5  rDev +5.7%
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)!

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2006 00:48:18 | More by Derek
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2.38/5  rDev -29.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2006 19:56:46 | More by aforbes10
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Ontario (Canada)

3.38/5  rDev +0.6%
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

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2006 17:29:18 | More by Popsinc
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2.03/5  rDev -39.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2006 03:46:43 | More by shivtim
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Nova Scotia (Canada)

3.53/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bought a 6 pack at the NSLC.

Apperance: Pours a dull blonde with a nice fluffy head which diminishes slowly into generous lace.

Aroma: Heavy blueberries, the most natural smelling blueberry beer I have tasted. The smell, however, overwhelms the hops though.

Taste: Pretty good. This is the second best Blueberry beer I have had. The best being at a brewpub in Halifax, John Shippey's. The blueberry flavour is most notable in the back of the palette. It leaves an odd finish, but not too bad. The blueberry taste comes off natural, but is slightly overwhelming. This translates into a novelty beer.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, good level of carbonation.

Final Statement: A couple of 6 packs over the summer is more than enough of this. When doing fruit beers, I think the key to a good one is 'less is more'. You want a beer, not a fruit drink. The blueberries are too overwhelming for me, which means I will stick to only a few here and there.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2006 22:31:17 | More by MMansfield
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Ontario (Canada)

3.2/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2006 00:55:35 | More by Viggo
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Ontario (Canada)

3.6/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2006 01:43:25 | More by CAMRAhardliner
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Ontario (Canada)

3.4/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2006 20:48:32 | More by Sammy
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Ontario (Canada)

3.43/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2006 20:12:58 | More by pootz
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Alberta (Canada)

3.58/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-14-2006 10:11:27 | More by Cwrw
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New Brunswick (Canada)

3.35/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-17-2003 03:55:37 | More by PiratePete
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