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Blueberry Ale - Pump House Brewery

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Blueberry AleBlueberry Ale

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77
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92 Ratings
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Ratings: 92
Reviews: 50
rAvg: 3.36
pDev: 15.48%
Wants: 1
Gots: 1 | 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:
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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thehyperduck

Ontario (Canada)

3.04/5  rDev -9.5%

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
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Bf_89

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +11.6%

07-05-2013 21:13:53 | More by Bf_89
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artemh

Alberta (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

06-21-2013 09:33:49 | More by artemh
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Newfoundland (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

06-16-2013 15:35:11 | More by TT--Cashout
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TheBeeraholic

Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -10.7%

06-16-2013 13:26:10 | More by TheBeeraholic
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StomachUlcers

New Brunswick (Canada)

3/5  rDev -10.7%

06-02-2013 05:26:07 | More by StomachUlcers
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Kmat10

Alberta (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -3.3%

05-27-2013 19:43:09 | More by Kmat10
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KrisDLSmith

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

05-25-2013 02:39:10 | More by KrisDLSmith
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jmkoscie

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +19%

04-21-2013 01:03:17 | More by jmkoscie
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ThinkAgain

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

04-18-2013 14:49:03 | More by ThinkAgain
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beerhunter13

Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -10.7%

04-12-2013 14:34:59 | More by beerhunter13
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LoveBeerNo7

Ontario (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -3.3%

04-05-2013 01:35:15 | More by LoveBeerNo7
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WillAndSarah

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

04-03-2013 00:57:55 | More by WillAndSarah
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hopsolutely

Ontario (Canada)

3.36/5  rDev 0%

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...

03-29-2013 18:52:17 | More by hopsolutely
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yancot

Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -10.7%

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lgmol

Nova Scotia (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -3.3%

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Isaacbrentmason

New Brunswick (Canada)

4/5  rDev +19%

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tbeckett

Ontario (Canada)

1.5/5  rDev -55.4%

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CurtisD

New Brunswick (Canada)

2.75/5  rDev -18.2%

12-21-2012 13:29:33 | More by CurtisD
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mac1381

Alberta (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -3.3%

12-17-2012 15:07:13 | More by mac1381
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andrenaline

Ontario (Canada)

3.73/5  rDev +11%

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.

08-27-2012 18:13:16 | More by andrenaline
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Ivanhoes_Backpack

New Brunswick (Canada)

3/5  rDev -10.7%

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hockeybarbie

Alberta (Canada)

3/5  rDev -10.7%

02-19-2012 00:11:30 | More by hockeybarbie
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Skizem

New Brunswick (Canada)

5/5  rDev +48.8%

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schnarr84

Alberta (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +11.6%

12-21-2011 00:06:51 | More by schnarr84
Blueberry Ale from Pump House Brewery
77 out of 100 based on 92 ratings.