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Blueberry Blonde | Coddington Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
Coddington Brewing Co.
Rhode Island, United States

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.10%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 01-25-2004

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Ratings: 27 |  Reviews: 12
Reviews by fitius5150:
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2.75/5  rDev -14.1%

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Photo of ExtraStout
3.8/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My wife really liked it and I am writing this through her eyes. This is a golden beer with a delicate blueberry flavor and aroma. The low hop character and subtle blueberry flavor make this a very refreshing summer brew. Low ABV @ 4.1 but somewhat consistant for the style.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
2.18/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Review is from the February 2007 issue of Beeradvocate Magazine.

Blueberry Ale in New England --who would have thought? Let's give it the old BeerAdvocate try. When in doubt, try it out!

Hazed, bubbly, pale-yellow color. Not sure where this beer is going. Right away, you have to ask if it's a Wheat Ale or just yeast that did not drop out properly. From the looks of the head, it's not a Wheat Ale--just a thin ring of lace is left after a good pour. Sterile blueberry essence; nothing else substantial, other than nutty yeast in the aroma. Crisp and slick, with a weak-to-moderate body. Bland blueberry blankets the taste buds, but halfway down turns from bland to unappetizing. Very little hop character; just a touch of bitterness. Odd yeast bite. Watery malt flavors go grainy in the dry finish.

Fruit beers are generally pedestrian--some beer flavor with a fruit of the month added. This is pretty much the same, but the off-flavors and lack of clarity make it well below average.

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2.5/5  rDev -21.9%

Photo of LXIXME
2.85/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On-tap 2/13/08 at the brewpub, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep amber color, with a short white head (with some purple swirls from the blueberries dropped into it) that fades slowly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is all blueberries; I really couldn't detect much else.

T: The taste is very sweet and fruity with a strong flavor of blueberries, as expected. There's a very mild hops presence. The malt character starts out thin but asserts itself more as you continue to drink it. The after-taste is sweet.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, high carbonation, finish is dry.

D: If you really like blueberries it's tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, mild kick, it's good for what it is, but it's not my kind of beer.

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Photo of Saunapoika
4.33/5  rDev +35.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Coddington's. First off, I'm not a fan of fruity beers. That being said, I at least wanted to give this one a try. Appearance was clear, yellow with a thick white head. Unique to this brew were fresh blueberries floating around inside. Very nice. Aroma of course was of blueberries with a bit of straw in the background. I was afraid of tasting a pint of blueberry juice. Instead, I was pleasantly suprised by a somewhat sweet, dry, light brew with only a hint of blueberry. I could drink this on a hot afternoon. Overall, worthy of a taste and quite a unique brew. Enjoy.

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Photo of hopdog
3.25/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

On tap at the Coddington Brew Pub.

They served this one with a bunch of real blueberries in it. The blueberries took turns floating to the top and then sinking to the bottom. They did this the entire time I had the beer. I felt like I just took a bong hit and drawn into staring at a lava lamp (I couldn't take my eyes off of their never ending floating and sinking).

I would have rated the apperance low, but the blueberries caused me to raise it a few points. Poured a light to medium golden color with a smaller sized white head. Aromas of tart blueberries and pretty much like a blueberry muffin. Tastes of lighter blueberries. Thinner body.

Notes from: 9/18/06

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.55/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured on-tap and served in a tumbler pint with blueberries in the glass. The beer is a pale, copper-gold coloring with a thin, white, filmy coating. The nose is subtle, with a berry sweetness and toasty grain characteristics. Flavors are a bit more tart, with a toasty backbone and fruity overtones. The aftertaste is a lot of blueberry tartness and sweetness, with a smooth, slightly lingering finish. I can see why this one gets a glass full of blueberries with it to help magnify the flavors.

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3.25/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of stalefish666
4.13/5  rDev +29.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I'm a big fan of Coddington Brewing Co but not a huge fan of fruity beverages. Most beers you can tell have added some kind of syrup or extract flavorings. The Blueberry Blonde is different. It is golden in color with great head retention and carbonation. The thick white foamy head is slightly dis-colored by the fresh blueberries that seem to dance around in the glass on the carbonating bubbles. It is actually quite a trip to watch their movement. The blueberry taste is evident but not overpowering. It finishes crisp and clean with a thin mought feel. A bit sweet and light for my liking but quite refreshing.

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Photo of Naugros
3.27/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

They serve this to you with a few fresh-ish blueberries dropped into the glass. Some float to the top and make a purple stain in the head, which is pretty thin, white and consisting of dense, tiny bubbles. The beer approaches colorless, so the blueberries are really easy to see.

The aroma is very light as is the taste. Blueberries are there, but not in a sweet way. They're just adding flavor. Crystal malts buoy it all up with a touch of unaggressive hops. This is pretty darn dry and finishes crisp. The body is really, really thin, just this side of water. With the low ABV you could drink this all day, but you'd get bored of it pretty quickly and want to move on to some of their more flavorful offerings like the stout and the nut brown ale.

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Photo of waiting4lunch
4/5  rDev +25%

Photo of Frank_TX
3.54/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of breardon1776
3.04/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Fresh blueberries in the glass. Nice touch. Light in smell. Medium in taste (which I prefer). Good blueberry blonde.

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Photo of Burt
3/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of Kurzman
3.25/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Proclarush
3/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of bigone4
3.92/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hit up Coddingtons on the way back to Narragansett for the fourth. Beer was light and clean clear, yellow, and golden. Smelled airy and crisp with the nice hint of Blueberry flavor. Smooth clean white head with nice lacing of the glass. Very enjoyable taste, the Blueberry flavor was not over powering and a enjoyable taste for the hot afternoon. Especially clean smooth taste. Nice mouthfeel and a clean aftertaste. My fiancee really enjoyed it. I had to compare it to Longtrail's Blackberry Wheat. Which is one of my favorate fruit beers in the summer months. I am not that big of a fan of fruit beers but this one was enjoyable and the blueberries in the pint glass were a nice touch. I picked up a growler for a later taste. Overall a good light Blueberry offering.

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Photo of ybnorml
3.32/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer is very pale/light yellow in color with a bright white head and a slight bit of lace. The main aspect of the aroma is blueberry but not overpoweringlly so. The taste is very light on the palete with a nice hint of blueberry, with a short bit of hop bitterness into a smooth finish. I drank this from a Growler, so I chose the bottle as serving type. This is definitly a summer beer. Great and refreshing when you are hot. With just enough flavor to make you take notice.

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Photo of Gambrinus1184
2.5/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured in a 7 oz. sample glass as part of a beer flight at the Coddington Brewpub in Middletown, RI.

A: Light, golden straw yellow color turn a bit rose from the fresh Rhode Island blueberries they floated in the beer. Fizzy white head squashed by the berries.

S: Sweet and grainy malt aroma with hints of blueberry.

T: Light, grainy malt flavors couple with the watery taste of blueberry extract and natural juices. More kitschy flavors than actual achieved fruit flavor. Not really impressed.

M: Light-medium bodied with some berry skin and juice chewiness to it.

D: The low ABV and light fruit flavor scream "chick beer" to me but my girlfriend was with me, tried it, and said it was weak even for her. A mediocre gimmick brew.

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3.25/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of RIKIM
3.25/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of LMSMITH
2.31/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2.25

4/8/16 Interesting but weird to have stuff floating in it.

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Photo of jim_carignan
3.25/5  rDev +1.6%

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Blueberry Blonde from Coddington Brewing Co.
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