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Blueberry Ale - Pump House Brewery

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94 Ratings
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Ratings: 94
Reviews: 51
rAvg: 3.38
pDev: 15.68%
Wants: 1
Gots: 3 | 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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5/5  rDev +47.9%

Skizem, Dec 23, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev +10.9%

schnarr84, Dec 21, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +33.1%

1p5v, Dec 18, 2011
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3/5  rDev -11.2%

kelvarnsen, Dec 01, 2011
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3/5  rDev -11.2%

graybayou, Nov 30, 2011
Photo of fostachild
3.6/5  rDev +6.5%

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.

fostachild, Oct 01, 2011
Photo of tigg924
4/5  rDev +18.3%

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.

tigg924, Sep 19, 2011
Photo of CrazyMike
3.68/5  rDev +8.9%

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.

CrazyMike, Feb 25, 2011
Photo of bryehn
2.1/5  rDev -37.9%

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.

bryehn, Dec 30, 2010
Photo of joemcgrath27
3.85/5  rDev +13.9%

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

joemcgrath27, Dec 28, 2010
Photo of kwjd
3.63/5  rDev +7.4%

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.

kwjd, Oct 13, 2010
Photo of funkengruven
4.13/5  rDev +22.2%

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.

funkengruven, Aug 05, 2010
Photo of biboergosum
3.6/5  rDev +6.5%

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.

biboergosum, Jul 19, 2010
Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.45/5  rDev +2.1%

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.

JohnnyBarman, Jun 04, 2010
Photo of Seanstoppable
3.58/5  rDev +5.9%

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.

Seanstoppable, Nov 15, 2009
Photo of BigBry
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

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.

BigBry, Oct 06, 2009
Photo of berley31
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

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.

berley31, Aug 31, 2009
Photo of nighthawk
3.08/5  rDev -8.9%

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.

nighthawk, Aug 13, 2009
Photo of wordemupg
3.55/5  rDev +5%

330ml bottle poured into tulip on aug 10 2009

A hazy golden yellow, two finger head falls quickly and leaves no lace

S blueberry is very strong with some sweet grains

T as it smells but i liked it more than i thought i would. reminded me of a blueberry milkshake

M/D foamed up in my mouth but it helped get the flavor everywhere , smooth easy too drink good summer beer

bought out of the single fridge at the beer store, good way too try crazy beer without buying a 6-pack. after trying i may very well buy a 6-pack

wordemupg, Aug 11, 2009
Photo of mrmanning
3.23/5  rDev -4.4%

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.

mrmanning, Aug 09, 2009
Photo of GodOfBeer
3.55/5  rDev +5%

Pours a hazy straw yellow with a nice foamy white head that sticks around, lots of lacing.

Smells kind of like blueberry perfume or air freshener? In a good way with some citrus and grainy maltiness.

Tastes of blueberries up front balanced with a nice malt backbone, some grassy, and very little hops. A bit too sweet maybe...

Very nice creamy mouthfeel and pretty drinkable, but maybe needs to be balanced with more hops.

GodOfBeer, Jul 15, 2009
Photo of allergictomacros
3.35/5  rDev -0.9%

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.

allergictomacros, Jun 30, 2009
Photo of biegaman
2.85/5  rDev -15.7%

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.

biegaman, Jun 20, 2009
Photo of bobsy
3.2/5  rDev -5.3%

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.

bobsy, May 21, 2009
Photo of Shadman
3.58/5  rDev +5.9%

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.

Shadman, Dec 03, 2008
Blueberry Ale from Pump House Brewery
78 out of 100 based on 94 ratings.