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Blueberry Ale - Pump House Brewery

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Reviews: 54
Hads: 102
rAvg: 3.44
pDev: 13.08%
Wants: 3
Gots: 8 | FT: 1
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New Brunswick, Canada

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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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 kwjd
3.65/5  rDev +6.1%
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. (345 characters)

Photo of funkengruven
4.08/5  rDev +18.6%
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. (860 characters)

Photo of biboergosum
3.62/5  rDev +5.2%
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. (1,052 characters)

Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.45/5  rDev +0.3%
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. (1,389 characters)

Photo of Seanstoppable
3.56/5  rDev +3.5%
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. (541 characters)

Photo of BigBry
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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. (568 characters)

Photo of berley31
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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. (677 characters)

Photo of nighthawk
3.1/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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. (1,084 characters)

Photo of wordemupg
3.53/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 (521 characters)

Photo of mrmanning
3.25/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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. (374 characters)

Photo of GodOfBeer
3.55/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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. (425 characters)

Photo of allergictomacros
3.33/5  rDev -3.2%
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. (399 characters)

Photo of biegaman
2.9/5  rDev -15.7%
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. (1,979 characters)

Photo of bobsy
3.25/5  rDev -5.5%
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. (1,014 characters)

Photo of Shadman
3.6/5  rDev +4.7%
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. (514 characters)

Photo of jwc215
3.23/5  rDev -6.1%
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! (1,109 characters)

Photo of damienblack
3.09/5  rDev -10.2%
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. (884 characters)

Photo of ChrisCage
4.62/5  rDev +34.3%
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! (1,621 characters)

Photo of elricorico
3.57/5  rDev +3.8%
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. (739 characters)

Photo of IronDjinn
3.6/5  rDev +4.7%
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. (1,495 characters)

Photo of TerryW
2.53/5  rDev -26.5%
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. (702 characters)

Photo of Mandrake
3.55/5  rDev +3.2%
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. (576 characters)

Photo of JustinBathurst
3.59/5  rDev +4.4%
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. (1,010 characters)

Photo of Derek
3.57/5  rDev +3.8%
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)! (438 characters)

Photo of aforbes10
2.42/5  rDev -29.7%
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. (263 characters)

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Blueberry Ale from Pump House Brewery
79 out of 100 based on 54 ratings.