Bar Harbor Real Ale | Atlantic Brewing Company / Mainely Meat BBQ

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Bar Harbor Real AleBar Harbor Real Ale

Brewed by:
Atlantic Brewing Company / Mainely Meat BBQ
Maine, United States

Style: English Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
A good, clean nut brown ale with a malty body. This is our most popular ale due to its smooth and malty flavor.

We use a mixture of pale, crystal and black malts in this one, and our primary hop is Target, though we also add some Whitbread Goldings Variation as well.

The Real Ale is best fresh, so fresh in fact, that it's great right out of the bright tank.

Added by UnionMade on 07-25-2001

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Photo of grs8313
3.34/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: 12oz bottle that has a freshness label, but it was not punched. Pours a brown with reddish edges and a light tan head that settles to a sparse covering.

Smell: Malts, caramel, apples and hints of coffee. A great smelling beer.

Taste: Watery coffee, seltzer and a hint of malts. Some alcohol notes can also be tasted. I found the taste a little thin. No aftertaste to speak of.

Mouthfeel: Seltzery mouthfeel, the beer leaves the mouth feeling clean.

Drinkability: A very drinkable beer, but a beer that does not have a terribly complex taste. I could drink this beer all night, but I would not notice the beer all that much. This beer does not have a very memorable taste.

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Photo of ATPete
2.33/5  rDev -34%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12 bottle

A- Pours a deep ruby amber/brown color with a large tan head and some small bubbles of rising carbonation.

S- Toasty smokey caramel malt and spices.

T- A bit cloying, very sweet malts come through right away, cinnamon and spice, brown sugar and a very burnt after taste.

M- Medium and cloying

D- Terrible, im glad 1 only had one bottle and i split it with a friend.

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Photo of bbeerman
3.92/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A nice deep brown pour from this bottle. Not much in the way of lace left behind, but a good start based on the color.

A good smell to start as well. Malty notes with an almost burnt aroma (something like cocoa, coffee, etc.).

Good, strong taste. A dark brown ale that does not disappoint; you get what you expected...and a little more I'd say.

Medium to strong mouthfeel, but nothing bad about that. Easy enough to drink a couple of these without getting dried out. A beer I'd like to have again, given the opportunity.

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Photo of dsa7783
3.7/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Single, twelve-ounce bottle just purchased from Gary's in Madison...
Pours a deep, dark-brown hue with a decent-sized foamy head that soon receded and deposited a thin film of lacing around the edge of the serving glass...
Smell: Aroma replete with malts, slight chocolate, and mocha nuances...
Taste: True-to-the-style brown ale flavor with a strong malt backbone, along with nuances of mild chocolate, light espresso, and dehydrated fruits...
Medium-bodied mouthfeel along with a good level of drinkability...
All in all, a pretty good stab at the style...

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Photo of KeefD
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a hazy brown color with plenty of light shining through, a small amount of foam and little lacing. Smell is slightly sweet, a bit floral, with notes of chocolate and spice. Taste follow suit. Definitely a nice amount of chocolate flavor to be found, very perfumey, if you will, slightly sweet and a small hop bitterness on the finish. Medium bodied, somewhat crisp and a surprisingly refreshing. Not a bad beer, but not very memorable either.

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Photo of TheTrevor
3.77/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured a reddish amber with a thin head that didn't last too long. The smell is mostly sweet malt with maybe a little bit of nut in the background. The taste pretty closely mirrors the smell with a lot a sweet malt up front that fades away to a little bit of alcohol heat There is very little hops present. The mouthfeel is a little thick with some decent carbonation. This is a tasty little beer and I could imagine having a couple in a sitting.

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Photo of tjkurz
4/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pick a mix sick pack bottle poured into pint glass. Pours deep reddish brown with a nice head. Smells roasty and caramel. Nice and malty with bitterness down back - I thought the balance was great. MF is substantial - night to heavy or light for a brown ale - deep with good carbonation. Drinkability - great balance and great mouthfeel make for easy drinking.

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Photo of bilyboy65
2.71/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from 12oz into a pint glass.

A: Cloudy and dark brown liquid. Poured with little head that didn't last or cling. There was no film left on the glass either. Very little carbonation could be seen as well.

S: Roasted malts was the main scent with a backing of coffee.

T: Was of bitter burnt coffee without creme and sugar.

M: There was little carbonation to stir the senses. It is a dry and thin bodied beer.

D: Easy to drink, but not much in terms of real character to the beer.

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Photo of cvstrickland
3.45/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12-ounce bottle with an unnotched best-by date poured into my DFH pint yields a clear cranberry-garnet body capped with a finger of fine-grained light tan foam that quickly reduces to a ring and leaves tiny speckles of thin-sheeted lacing.

Smells malty and spicy with a hint of plums and not a whole lot else.

Taste is lightly fruity and juicy with a solid, drying bitterness and mild nutty yeast. As the beer warms a toasty maltiness emerges to give a little more heft to an otherwise somewhat watery profile.

Light-bodied and refreshing with good carbonation. Excellent drinkability.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice dark brown with a rather loose head that fades to a ring. Smells quite roasty with a nice dry malt backbone and some dusty cocoa notes. Similar on the taste front. Dry and quite earthy with dry malt, some nice spicy and earthy hops and more cocoa notes. Not sweet at all, and there is a mineral note that is pleasant and reminds me of an English ale. Smooth and very slightly chalky- in a good way- it has some grip. Quite delicious for what it is. I brought some to a party and both craft and non craft drinkers commented on how much they enjoyed it.

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Photo of dasenebler
3.29/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is a very attractive beer: poured a beautiful dark copper, rich red color, with a finger's head that dissipated pretty quickly. Smell was very mild, almost nothing there aside from a faint maltiness-- no real hoppy, florally character here. Drank very smooth, a nice full mouthfeel for an ale. The taste doesn't quite live up to the initial visual impression when the beer came to the table. I'd drink it again though. Good.

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Photo of indiapaleale
4.2/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice deep brown with a very tall, fluffy head. The fluff doesn't last long and before I get a sip its down to a quarter inch clinging to the sides of the glass.

Smells heavenly. Very toasty, malty with some molasses and coffee notes.

Taste is rich. I get a lot of toasted malt and sweetness along with some nice juiciness in the finish. This is a very tasty brown ale. I don't have anything bad to say about it.

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Photo of williamherbert
4.14/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark reddish brown color, like a dark cola. No head whatsoever. Can see through it but it's still a bit murky. Zero carbonation.

Smell of dark chocolate as well as a roasted malt backing. Has some of the bittersweet qualities of a Scotch ale. Dark and quite nice.

The taste is dark caramel; malt is more mild than the burnt smell. Sweet but with a balance. Some tobacco, beef jerky. Sweetish berries come out as it warms. Complex and utterly pleasant. Leathery.

Dry but smooth. Medium body just this side of watery. It's really easy drinking for a so-called "real ale." Rich with smoky, darker flavors, but not harsh ones. Excellent drinkin'.

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Photo of beeragent
3.57/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass from a 12oz. bottle. The beer pours a medium brown, forming a thin 1/4 inch tan head that fades quickly. No lacing on the glass. The aroma is very light, consisting only of sweet malts, and a hint of nuts. The taste is quite a suprise. The taste begins with a nice roasted malt/coffee flavor, before fading into a sweet malt/nutty flavor. Interesting change. The mouthfeel is on the lighter side, feeling more like a light beer than a brown ale. Aside from the light mouthfeel and less than average appearance, the taste is what keeps this beer in the average category. Overall, not too bad. Very flavorful, but not what I would prefer a brown ale to taste like.

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Photo of kbnooshay
2.95/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This poured a amber brown color with a weird thick brown yellow head that lasted for about 3 seconds and left no lacing. The aroma is of toasted malt and not much else. The flavor is incredibly sweet and malty. This almost tastes artificially sweetened. The feel is thin and unimpressive. Kind of like a flat soda. Maybe this was a bad bottle?

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Photo of BeerSox
2.9/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into nonic.

Clear slightly hazy brown hue with a one finger tan head that slowly settles to a thin cap.

Burnt malts with some syrupy caramel.

A little bit of brown sugar and some burnt/grainy malts. Kind of watery, with some strong carbonation. The flavors are very mild.

Unfortunatly this is a dull and bland beer, with maybe a bit of "sawdust" in the flavor. It doesn't taste bad, there just isn't much taste to speak of.

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Photo of Risser09
3.05/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pilsner - 2007 bottling? - Cellar temp

Appearance: Pours a dark, opaque brown color with a 1/2" head that is cream colored. There are some faint ruby highlights. Lots of small bubbles stick to the insides of the glass. Moderate lace is left behind.

Smell: Damp, murky, caramel nuttiness. Candied almonds. Smells very much like a brown ale.

Taste: Peat moss. Pecans and almonds. An earthy flavor perhaps from this yeast strain. Mediocre.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and pretty sugary. Seems like this one is under-attenuated. Slick mouthfeel and very little carbonation.

Drinkability: Decent beer. Lacks any real complexity. Goes down smooth with very little alcohol presence. Needs some work. Worth a try.

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Photo of riversider76
3.68/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice amber brown with a thin white head. Decent retention,and nice laceing. Aroma is bready,fruity,and sweet.Body is light with some carbonation. Taste is sweet,kinda like a carmel apple.Crisp,refreshing,with a nice malty finish.A very nice brew.

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Photo of cokes
3.63/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Deep and clear chestnut brown with a modest beige head, which lowers quickly, then decides to stick around as a healthy lace.
The nose is on the weak side, but what presents is generally solid. Toasted grain, caramel-covered nuts, a quick flash of Dr. Pepper, and dead leaves. The cola impression is somewhat unnerving, but it passes quickly, so I won't dwell on it.
Starts across the mouth with roasted grain and dark bread (something dry, like pumpernickel), turns meatier with impressions of walnuts, carob, and caramel, as it goes from dry to moderately sweet. Turns a bit buttery late, but not in an obnoxious or inappropriate way. Hopping is generally insignificant, flavor-wise, but a dried tea-leaf bitterness appears at the close for balance.
Medium-light bodied with low carbonation. The real ale feel is here, even if it seems a bit thin.
This is a plenty decent little sessioner English-styled Brown. It's no world-beater, but trumps stuff like Newcastle with ease.

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Photo of ZimZamZoom
2.64/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 oz. twisty, into a hotel glass fresh from the dishwasher. Sanitation first when on the road.

Poured a dark brown, some nice ruby red highlights and a pretty good sized tan head. The head was on the rocky side, faded slowly and left a nice lacing.

Slightly medicinal aroma, almost like a hard cola or something? A bit of hop spice in there. The nose is acutely aware of some serious carbonation action. Tingly to say the least.

Tastes of roast malt, some of the medicinal character and oddly something sweet like cola. Some bitter hops in the finish.

Medium body, quite filling due to carbonation level. All in all not very pleasant. Children's cough medicine maybe: sweet, mild and not very effective.

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Photo of tempest
4.02/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a single at the Party Source in Syracuse

This beer seems pretty on the mark for style, and to be specific I'd call this a Northern English brown ale for the toasty character. It's a dark brown body with ruby accent, but little head retention. The aroma is deepy bready, like a dark loaf with crust and toasted elements. The flavor carries those same tastes into the flavor, but adds subtle cocoa, toffee, and caramel notes. The yeast actually seems to be pretty clean in character as there aren't any creamy or fruity flavors. The mouthfeel is on the light side of medium with slightly assertive carbonation. All in all, a complex, tasty and drinkable ale. I'd like to try this on cask.

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Photo of Onslow
3.28/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

bought being scared of the result... Pours a light tan brown .. some decent head ... smells of a simple beer and cola .. taste is a bit strange, not bad but seems very simple... non offensive but lacks chararter, a breath of fresh air as brown ales aren't really my bag ... mouthfeel seems as good as it gets for a brown ale.. not too bad ...

It's just Bernie!

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Photo of Vancer
3.51/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Brew courtesy of wickedpete via a nice trade - thanks again.

Mahogany brown brew, tan head, some minimal lacing.
English bitter taste, woody, bready and full of malt. Bit of caramel and a raspy hop finish. Tasty brew that drinks easily - medium bodied with 0 alcohol burn. I could see this one being a regular in the ol' DBF.

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Photo of Traquairlover
3.08/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12-oz bottle poured into pint glass.

A = Nice clear dark brown, good clarity, almost no head at all, slight lacing on surface, fair carbonation with medium sized bubbles.

S = There is a sweet off-putting smell for me in this, almost like rootbeer. On a deeper breath, I get good smells of toasted malt, but they are not enough to get me past the soft drink smell of the first whiff.

T = Luckily there is no rootbeer taste. Soft tastes of sweet malt with a good balanced hops bitterness. Quite nice but not particularly complex.

M = Light to medium bodied, decent carbonation but maybe with a little too much sting on the tongue, mouthcoating is fair.

D = This is a pleasant enough beer and I would happily drink it again but I doubt I will go to great lengths to do so. Worth a try though.

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Photo of ALESwhatCURESya
3.34/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

One of my buddies brought me this back from Maine. I would imagine that this beer is pretty common in the NE. Appearance is cola brown with a thin, but film head. Clarity is nice. Aroma is very typical of a brown. Nice use of chocolate malt to give a rich nutty and chocolate aroma. Taste is a bit metallic, but that seems to be the trend with many of the browns that i have had in the past. Nice and crisp all the way through. I think my bottle was a bit oxidized, so I tried to imagine it fresh on tap. Easy drinking with a nice layer of flavor. Kind of nice to see a common brown distributed on a larger scale.

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Bar Harbor Real Ale from Atlantic Brewing Company / Mainely Meat BBQ
3.53 out of 5 based on 366 ratings.
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