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True Blue Blueberry Ale | Bar Harbor Brewing Company

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3.59/5
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78 Ratings
True Blue Blueberry AleTrue Blue Blueberry Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Bar Harbor Brewing Company
Maine, United States
barharborbrewing.com

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
This beer is brewed with a blend of barley malts and crushed wheat to gently lighten the body. True Blue is a crisp blueberry ale with an assertive blueberry nose followed by a more subtle blueberry flavor in the body of the beer. We feel you won't find another beer quite like it.

Added by lordofthewiens on 05-14-2006

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#36,174
Reviews:
31
Ratings:
78
pDev:
13.09%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
4
Gots:
18
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 78 |  Reviews: 31
Photo of jenrhart
4.56/5  rDev +27%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I was surprised by this beer. I'm never overly enthusiastic with fruit beers, but Bar Harbor did a wonderful job balancing the local Maine blueberry flavor with quality malt/hop base. Not overpowering at all; delightfully refreshing.

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Photo of testch09
4.5/5  rDev +25.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +25.3%

Photo of CheckMate
4.32/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber purchased at The Lighthouse in Manchester, Maine. amber color with an inch of off white head. nice scent of blueberries at the nose. wild blueberry taste a little bit sour slight cracker taste with a clean finish. moderate carbonation. very drinkable beer. two thumbs up.

Cheers!

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Photo of Casey10
4.32/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a really nice brew if you like blueberries then you will like this.

This beer is kind of a dry type fuit beer with a alright head with a yellow straw body.

After Drinking you will taste the strong blueberry taste that this brings out. T

he smell and taste are very strong. Thedrinkability is high if you are looking for this style.

I would love to match this up to a lambic just to see.

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Photo of OhioBobcat
4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

Photo of jamesbrews
4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

Photo of Brad007
4.22/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I believe I've heard of this before. Just never reviewed it until now.

Pours a clean copper color with a one-finger head into my glass. Wonder what's to come?

A nice whiff of blueberry greets the nose followed by a clean touch of malt.

Ditto on the mouthfeel. Very crisp, very clean and there's a good hint of wheat. It all seems to compliment the blueberry. Not syrupy like others.

Finishes clean too with a very desirable blueberry flavor.

I'm going to throw in a few organic blueberries in this. Very good and not as cloying as a few others I've had.

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Photo of SitkaSteve
4.22/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks Adam for sending.
This was poured into a nonic pint glass.
The appearance was a somewhat dark amber color with a one finger white foamy head that dissipated within less than a minute. Crisp stringy lacing roams around the glass nicely.
The smell definitely has the sweet crisp blueberries. Authentic and classicly woven into light biscuity malts.
The taste had the sweetness of the blueberries and slyly let in a light little tart (making me think this is definitely the wild blueberry). Biscuity malts come back nicely to balance.
The mouthfeel was about a light to medium on the body with a nice sessionable feel to it.
Overall, what's not to like, its slightly like drinking biscuits with a blueberry jam on top. Makes me want to visit Maine!

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Photo of tigg924
4.12/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass

Appearance: 1/4 inch head, clear, orange brown in color, high carbonation

Smell: big time blueberries—light caramel and bread

Taste: toasted and pale malt at first followed by big time blueberry in the middle to the end—

Mouthfeel: light body, sweetish start with a bitterness in the middle that becomes sweeter to the end, medium-high carbonation

Overall: A very good, clean, and sessionable blueberry beer. There are several blueberry beers I prefer but this one is in the top ten. I like how the blueberries are natural tasting and the beer is not too sweet.

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Photo of Kallessin
4.12/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light golden honey color with a little haziness and a fluffy cream colored head that stuck all over the glass and hung around for quite a while. Visible carbonation throughout.

Very strong blueberry aroma. It has a real vibrancy and freshness to it. There also a little sweetness and slight citrus in the background. This is one of the best aspects of this beer.

The blueberry flavors are very apparent. Very fresh tasting with a nice tartness to it. There are also some bready/flour flavors with a very slight bitterness balanced off the sweet malt flavors lingering in the background. The blueberry flavor really lingers in the aftertaste. Very nice.

Has a very soft light bodied mouthfeel to it with some crisp peppery carbonation and slightly dry finish.

I really enjoyed this beer. Great aroma and soft subtle flavors. The freshness of the blueberries is fantastic. Very refreshing and easy to drink. This is what a blueberry beer should be.

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Photo of BeerKangaroo
4.1/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Into a pint glass:

A: clean copper colored body with a half finger white head, there was some sporadic lacing leaving no rings. The lacing gently slid down the sides of the glass.

S: centered around the blueberries with just a bit of malt in the background.

T: was the same, blueberries followed by the malts.

M: light to medium, sessionable, crisp and clean - very balanced.

O: this is an excellent choice for a blueberry ale if one decides to go for one. I would definitely have this again.

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Photo of jlindros
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a fizzy 1.5 finger head fades at a med pace with a bit of lacing, over mostly clear peach orange colored beer.

Nose explodes with blueberry, frozen blueberries, blueberry syrup, and a bit of fresh blueberry, light sweet malts, hint of a light grassy hop I think.

Taste starts with a reddish malt, slightly biscuit, chewy malt, a bit of an herbal vegetative hop character with some light bitterness, bit of sweetness but mostly dry, there is some blueberry flavors just not as much as the nose had, more of the fresh blueberry taste than frozen or syrup, I also get a slight bit of blueberry stem flavor and bitterness, fairly clean and not overpowering on the blueberry which is nice. Finishes with some bitterness, again with light herbal hops, more lingering blueberry, and fairly dry with touch of malts. Very late on teh finish is a really nice lingering blueberry taste of pure fresh blueberries like I still have them in my mouth, that taste really comes out once the other flavors die off.

Mouth is med bodied, decent carbonation.

Overall not bad, blueberry just dominates the nose but almost a fake blueberry aroma, the taste on the other hand adds a really nice blueberry touch but offsets it with the herbal hops that kinda saturate a bit and don't help, the taste would be 4.5 pushing this to A- easily without those herbal hops, nice malt contribution as well.

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Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of liveKarl
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of milkbone_underwear
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of rpaine
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of PEIhop
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of The_Astridhaze
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.93/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The appearance had a clean copper colored body with a half finger white head, there was some sporadic lacing leaving no rings. The lacing gently slid down the sides of the glass. The smell was centered around the blueberries with just a bit of malt in the background. The taste was the same, blueberries followed by the malts. On the palate, it sat about a light to medium, sessionable, crisp and clean - very balanced. Overall, this is an excellent choice for a blueberry ale if one decides to go for one. I would definitely have this again.

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Photo of sommersb
3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted On: 08-10-2012
Freshness: Not indicated
Packaging: 12 oz. brown bottle, pry-cap
Glassware: Weizen glass
Purchased: Received in a trade

Color is a dark amber, cloudy beer, with a nice sized off-white head. Retention is good, with a fair amount of lace on the glass.

Aromas are fruity and of blueberries, plus malted wheat. Overall the aromas are not strong.

The taste is of berries and fruit, sweet with a slight tartness as well. A low level of earthy bitterness keeps the flavor in check.

The feel is light and refreshing, with carbonation somewhere between medium and high. Aftertastes are fruity and somewhat sweet.

Overall this is an enjoyable wheat/fruit beer, best suited for the summer.

Thanks to Greg for this one!

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Photo of dherling
3.86/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured out a dark caramel brown with a thin white film, head dissipated quickly. Nose was subtle, slight malt and hops, not a lot there. The taste started maltey, and a bit metallic. The blueberries are there, bringing up the rear. Not overpowering or cloying, pleasent and balanced. Had a smooth and crisp mouthfeel, with a quick finish, slightly lingering fruit, resfreshing and dirnkable.

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Photo of Cavanaghty
3.84/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Apperance: Darker orange color with a slight haze. Thin white head with no lacing.

Smell: Wheat and grassy notes with the stronger hint of wild blueberries.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Smooth light bodied. Taste is grassy and wheat notes with hints of blueberry.

Overall: I have had this beer many times and it remains one of my favorite blueberry beers from Maine.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.77/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured on-tap and served in a shaker pint, the beer is a bright, golden-copper coloring with a frothy, foamy, white head. Great looking beer. Nose of toasted grains and a tart/sweet blueberry character. Very balanced nose. Flavors are light and smooth, with a subtle grain backbone and blended blueberry overtone. Light and balanced. Smooth bodied, with a grainy aftertaste. Slightly sharp, clean finish. This beer is very easy to drink. Also, it makes a mean Black and Blue.

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True Blue Blueberry Ale from Bar Harbor Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.59 out of 5 with 78 ratings
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