Blueberry Ale | SLO Brewing Company

very good
17 Reviews
Blueberry AleBlueberry Ale

Brewed by:
SLO Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.20%

Availability: Summer

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 05-19-2002

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Reviews: 17 | Ratings: 21
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Perfectly clear bright gold with not even a hint of blue. The bone white head is frothy, has decent staying power and deposits only a small amount of lace. The nose is very nice and is reminiscent of blueberry pie: berries and pie spice of some kind (nutmeg perhaps).

The flavor profile is nicely balanced between sweet and bitter, with a yummy blueberriness that I wish was less muted. Blueberry tends to come on stronger as the beer approaches room temperature. The finish is modestly bitter, dry and respectably long. I can taste berries long after the swallow. Medium-bodied.

SLO Blueberry Ale is one of my first fruit beers and is a good one at that. As I type, it's December with snow on the ground, so the beer doesn't really fit the season. I imagine that it would be outstanding on a hot summer day.

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Photo of DESTRO
3.77/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours and hazy orange with a nice sticky head. smells of blueberries with a light spice kick. the blueberry flavor come through first but isnt too strong and is followed by a malt sweetness and a little hop hit but the main taste is of light blueberries. nice carbonation and light refreshing mouthfeel. great hot weather brew, very refreshing.

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Photo of Gusler
3.52/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

It’s been almost three years since I’ve sampled this beer, and have never been a real fan of fruit beers, of course I do like the occasional lambic to break the monotony of all those over the top ales.

Translucent golden amber color on the pour with the head modest in size, white in color and frothy in structure, the lace a nice sealing sheet upon the glass. Nose is sweet as one would expect, crisp and clean, start also sweetly malt, and top is middling in its feel to the palate. Finish is moderately acidic, hops pleasant and the sweet blueberry, continues to the very dry finish, drinkable and pleasant enough.

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Photo of beernut7
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Late Spring be the time for blueberry ale. This is the first West-coast blueberry beer I have sampled. Turns out not much changes here coast to coast. Pours a deep golden hue with a sticky foam lace. The aroma is heavy with fresh blueberries and malt. This brew comes very close to a liquid pie. A heavier body supports a good malt presence balanced with a peppery blueberry flavor and mild bitterness.

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Photo of Jordan
3.6/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This years Slo Blue seems to have gone south. The hops are sharp and crisp, like a pils, notes of blueberry and spice. Another bummer about this years Slo Blue is the lack of hearty sediments, only a little cloudiness gives the perception of something left relatively untouched. Highly quaffable, enjoyable brew.

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Photo of BeerManDan
2.76/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Had this on tap at the brewery. In the glass it showed an hazy orange yellow. The smell was of hops, spice and malts. The aroma of blueberries did not come through. When tasting this beer, right away I didn't like it. All I tasted was a sick sweet/bitter strong taste of what I can only disscribe as a medicine flavor. This as far as I'm concerned was their worst beer!

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Photo of Jason
3.94/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz brown long neck bottle with no freshness date. “Ale fermented with blueberry juice” stated on the label.

Appearance: Hazed orange amber with small flakes of sediment floating around, head retention is quite eye appealing with a dense rocky start after the pouring then subsiding to a sticky lace.

Smell: Smells of fresh pressed blueberries with a subtle spiciness within that suggests nutmeg and a raw earthy aroma.

Taste: Carbonation is at a crisp medium level, moderate body with a thin maltiness. Fresh blueberry flavour that hits hard beginning to middle. Sweetness from the malt follows the fruitiness, bitterness is balancing a cut right trough the blueberry flavour. A mix of hop bitterness, sweet grain and residual blueberry hold tight in the end for a really good after taste.

Notes: If you are into fruit beers this is a great pick, other than the sediment particles this is a really good fruit beer.

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Blueberry Ale from SLO Brewing Company
3.85 out of 5 based on 21 ratings.
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