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

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Bar Harbor Blueberry AleBar Harbor Blueberry Ale

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

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
A light fruit ale, made with Maine wild blueberries. As opposed to many of the sweeter fruit beers on the market, our addition of fresh Maine wild blueberries in this light ale yields a subtle blueberry aroma, without the sweet aftertaste. A mixture of the following Mutton malts, pale, crystal, and Munich, are combined with wheat to give this ale its lighter body, and we only use minimal amounts of Target and Willamette hops.

Added by Jason on 12-13-2001

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Photo of Sabtos
3.34/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Dark amber with a foamy ring and some creeping lace.

Smell is buttery blueberry, and strawberry balsamic vinegar--I'm not sure this is intentional.

Taste is blueberry cobbler, with that lager-like malt and tart blueberry. It is nearing souring at times, which I was a touch concerned about.

Now that I read other reviews of this, it seems the souring may be a persistent, and thus intentional, attribute. In that case, I like it more, it's just so faintly lurking in the background that it seems like it's a little creepy.

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Photo of Bierliebhaber3
3.54/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

This fruit ale pours a slightly opaque, somewhat dark orange color with a thin white foamy head. The smell is not surprisingly mostly of blueberry, but also there is some graininess to the scent. The scent actually isn’t overwhelming and manages to not be artificial like many blueberry ales, it’s actually quite pleasant. The flavor is actually quite grainy with some wheat notes and a spicy snap of hops and only a faint sour blueberry flavor. The body is on the light end of medium and the finish is semi-dry. I have to give this ale credit for not being completely drowned with overly sweet artificial blueberry flavor like most blueberry ales that I’ve tried. That alone makes it one of the better blueberry beers I’ve had. That being said, although I think that the level of blueberry flavor is appropriate it still somehow tastes a little funky. I think it would have been better with some different malts. I still have yet to find a blueberry ale that I love, which is frustrating because I think it should be possible, but this is at least somewhat appealing in an odd way.

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Photo of dar482
3.33/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

The beer comes in a dark red amber with hints of purple from the blueberries.

The aroma offers blueberry jam, pie, candy, a huge artificial sugary sweetness, bready malt.

However, on the flavor, lots of grain, artificial blueberry flavors, blueberry syrup, a stiff lingering earthy bitterness, skunky malts. Overcarbonation. The beer is generally bland with lack of balance.

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Photo of tekstr1der
3.4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Light golden pour with thin white head. Aroma is a little yeast and some blueberry. Taste is crisp and dry, again with some blueberry. As the brewer states, this is not loaded with extra flavors, so the mild blueberry flavor is to be expected. Nice and refreshing, but overall a little bland all-around

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Photo of AJ17
4/5  rDev +15.6%

Enjoying my first one tonight. Very nice blueberry taste with a slight hoppy bite. Almost too
slight. Not a lot of kick (5%) but it definitely reminds you of Bar Harbor Maine with it's subtle
aroma and fizz is quite enjoyable.

btw, would someone care to enlighten me why a "head" on a beer is soooo important? Why
would you pour it in a glass to get warm?

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Photo of illpass78
3.54/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a hazy amber with a finger-width cream head. Reasonable carbonation and some lacing.

Aroma: Smells of blueberries, wheat, a touch of hops, and a little faint spicy zest.

Taste: This beer starts out mild, with more of an accent of blueberry than a dominant flavor. It has the characteristics of a nice wheat pale ale. Blueberry gets more noticeable as it warms, revealing a slight syrupy taste. Wheat taste stays present throughout.

Mouthfeel: Pretty decent body for a fruit beer. Good for spring or fall as well as summer.

Overall: This is a pretty decent blueberry beer that is complex and interesting enough to keep you engaged. Some of the citrus and lemon of a traditional wheat butts up against the blueberries in a slightly odd way, and the taste does get syrupy as it warms. It's a nice offering, though.

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Photo of Carolvs
4.08/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

My favorite blueberry ale; one of the most authentic fruit beers to be had. And as with all authentic offerings, the genius is in its simplicity and subtlety: Unlike other fruit beers that rely on artificial flavorings, this one is has only traces of blueberries in its taste and smell - noticeable but not overpowering enough to be fake. It's beer with a hint of blueberry, not the other way around; the kind of ale that even a no-nonsense ale traditionalist would enjoy.

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Photo of Owl-Head
4.12/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Overall the best fruit-beer I've ever had. Enjoyed this at the Bangor Brew Fest and have savored a six pack at least once a month since. Very robust blueberry taste and freshness, but i don't think this flavor would mix well with a stout as it is just too powerful. Great for beginners starting on craft/micro-brew beer looking for a delightful mix of seasonal flavors and costal brews. I have really enjoyed it, I'm sure you will!

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Photo of Bicyclette
3.44/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Served in a pint glass without mentionable head. Appears to be coppery-brown in color in the darkened room. Location is a restaurant I've never visited before.

Fragrance is lightly fruity & beer - without being overwhelming at all.

Taste is complex & ever changing. Light fruit flavor up front transitions to a much stronger, not-quite-skunked bite with both malt & hop flavors present, but a bit odd. Swallow, and the flavors mellow, becoming rounder, more of a light-brown ale. The finish is crisper, hops & bubbles are more present and a hint of the fruit returns.

Mouthfeel is pleasant - a light brown ale with a lively finish.

Overall, interesting. I'd like to try it again in a different location to be certain.

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Photo of alaimoa
3.15/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this on tap at MJ's wine bar in portland with a waffle with blueberry syrup and it was quite tasty. Hop and malt balanced nicely and a blueberry smell more than taste. Appearance was a medium brown color with a medium mouthfeel.
Overall i'm not a huge fan of non-sour fruit beers but I'd go with one of these again while pairing with a food

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Photo of keeganfrank
3.63/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tea-colored ale with no real head of which to speak. Strong blueberry aroma...all I can smell are blueberries. The berry is more subtle in the flavor and is accompanied by grass and yeast. Has a light body that, with the blueberry, make this a good brew for a hot summer night.

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Photo of buschbeer
3.48/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 FL. OZ. bottle
Served in a perfect pint glass

This beer pours burnt orange in color with some amber highlights. It is topped with an inch of off white head that leaves little lacing.

I get a tart blueberry ale aroma. It is not real aromatic.

The taste starts out sweet. I taste a blend of sweet malt and blueberries. Towards the end I get a little bitterness to counteract the sweetness. The finish is clean.

Medium mouthfeel

This was the first blueberry beer that I ever tried and loved it at the time. My how palates change. I used to find it refreshing on hot summer days. Now I find it dull and lackluster. It makes me a little sad that this beer does not induce the pleasure that it once did. I hope my palate comes full circle and appreciates this beer again someday. It makes me feel like a beer snob.

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Photo of woosterbill
3.23/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle, best by January '13, poured into a Duvel tulip.

A: Clear, deep orange body under a finger of frothy white head. Ok retention, spotty lace. Not bad.

S: Blueberry muffin, faint hops, and a metallic twang. Ok, not great.

T: Sweet fruit up front, bready malt midway through, and a moderately bitter finish. Bitter blueberry skin on the aftertaste. A little boring - definitely no better than average for the style.

M: Light-to-medium body with a goodly dose of creamy carbonation. Really excellent.

O: An average blueberry ale. No more no less.


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Photo of BeerKangaroo
3.3/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Into a pint glass:

A: slightly hazy amber colored body and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. The head lasted longer than I thought.

S: blueberries, light malt

T: blueberries, malts taste toasted

M: light to medium, sessionable, toasty yet sweet aftertaste, slightly bitter finish

O: good for the style and me, I'd probably have it again

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Photo of roddenberry
3.41/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured in a pint glass, a perfectly clear, rich amber color, thin head that dissipates quickly.

Not bad at all! A malt beer with very little sugary sweetness and with hints of hops. Fruit taste is quite subtle, with a nice light biterness and very subtle sour notes towards the end. Refreshing and pleasant.

Strange though that nowhere on the website, on the bottle or on the 6-pack is any mention of the alcohol content, which I evaluate around 4.5 to 5%...

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Photo of donkeyrunner
3.91/5  rDev +13%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

@ the brewery on MDI

Hazy amber with an uber thin white head. Foamless by 3/4 glass.

The blueberry mixes with crystal malts and creates a blueberry cake aroma. Tastes like blueberry cake too. Or cobbler I guess. Not sure of the difference between cake and cobbler.

I've never seen a blueberry amber ale before and I like it. It's more like a blueberry cobbler or cake or whatever. Beats the pants off another blonde or wheat ale with some blueberry extract thrown in.

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Photo of Cavanaghty
3.4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Clear copper color with an off white head and medium lacing on the glass.

Smell: Blueberries and pine notes.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Light to medium bodied, not as well balanced as I had thought. Taste of light blueberries and a bitter sweet taste on the end.

Overall: Not a horrible brew, but I have had much better blueberry beers.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle, best before January 2013. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a clear amber color with a half inch off-white head. Head retention is decent, and there's a good amount of lacing. The aroma is mostly sweet, it smells like blueberries and sweet malt. The brew tastes like sweet and kinda tart blueberries and grainy malt, but there's also a slight bitter finish. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it's a bit slick and it's also refreshing. I liked this brew, I'd try it again. I think it's worth trying if you've never had it before.

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Photo of ThomasMetal75
3.35/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- A dark, rich amber color with a small head.

S- Malts and faint blueberries. No hops whatsoever.

T- Good malt backbone with a slightly sweet and tart blueberry taste. The bottle I had tasted metallic. I don't know if that had anything to do with the fact that it was "best before FEB-2012". I'd have to buy another bottle to try and see if this was maybe just old.

M- Light and refreshing, but not watery.

Overall, the metallic taste was very strong, almost too strong to make this a beer I'd enjoy on a regular basis. I do need to buy another bottle of this to determine if the bottle was old beer taste or not. Not bad, but for Blueberry beer, Sea Dog and Wachusett are the beers I choose.

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Photo of psuKinger
3.18/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle poured into a standard nonic.

A: Pours a translucent amber hue with a moderately thin off-white head, about a half a fingers worth, which dissipated within a minute or so.

S: Barley sweetness, near "cotton candy" clowingly so, with just a twinge of blueberry. I cannot detect any hops in the nose.

T: Thin and sweet, blueberry more prominant in the taste than the nose. Barley sweetness arrives early, blueberry comes in towards the middle, and just a touch of hop bitterness on the back end to help balance things out.

The blueberry is most prominant, but adds a touch of sourness that gives the beer a little character. And the hops, although mild, are noticeable and much appreciated.

M: Thin. Light. Carbonation a shade low for my preferences.

D/O: Easy-drinkin'. A little too sweet, but still has a little kick to keep it interesting. Repeatable, but I don't love it.

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Photo of BrewMaster730
3.13/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I'm a huge Blueberry fan. I love Blueberry beer and wine, although both have unique differences. I've tried many different Blueberry beers and I was excited to try this one. I mean why not? aren't Maine Blueberries supposed to be the best??

Well, I'm sad to say that I was disappointed. The blueberry aroma was only somewhat noticeable and the taste mediocre. Still, it wasn't a bad beer, and I would certainly drink it again, but I expected more from this Maine brewery.

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Photo of morebeergood
3.75/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A friend brought a six pack to a weekend bbq and offered me one. Poured into a SA perfect pint glass. A whole lot of carbonation forms a huge yet fluffy head. Much darker orange color than I was expecting from a fruit beer. Just a hint of blueberry in the nose. But, the blueberry really was showcased in the flavor. Good job by this brewery: plenty of flavor, but not overpowering. Nice mouthfeel too, with a decent amount of malt body. I've had a few blueberry beers, and there are very few I like. This one has landed on that exclusive list. Nice summer ale.

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Photo of TheBlueWaffle
3.85/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A - amber, clear to an extant

S - blueberries, malt , sweet, the aroma is spot on for the style of the beer

T - blueberry, malt

M - way to carbonated, thin, slick

O - The best blueberry beer I have ever had, granted I have not had many. This beer is somewhat of a legend. If you have ever been to Maine, you will cherish the moment you find it in a bottle, even if your blueberries don't bounce to the top like they do in those Northern Bars.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.2/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured on-tap and served in a tumbler pint, the beer is a hazy, orange amber coloring with a steady flow of carbonation and a foamy, sparse, filmy coating of off-white head. Aromas are rich and tart blueberry sweetness, with a decent smoked caramel backbone. Flavors are a little more roasted and sharp, with the blueberry flavors becoming tangy and slightly bitter, and the smoked caramel backbone becomes a little more prevelent. Aftertaste is a muddled blending of blueberry tanginess and subtle sweetness, with an overall smokey and tart profile. The finish is syrupy and cloying, with a crispness from the carbonation.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.62/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. Sampled on March 3, 2012. It pours about medium amber with a thin but short-lasting head. There are grains on the nose as well as an expected blueberry note. I also get a sweet quality. The body falls into the medium texture range. The taste starts out fruity and sweet and ends peppery and sharply bitter. Blueberry and fruit/vegetable beers in general are low on my appreciation list but this one actually tasted alright.

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