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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Reviews: 269 | Ratings: 465
Photo of Phyl21ca
1.54/5  rDev -55.5%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Bottle: Poured a light brown color ale with a huge thick foamy head with good retention. Aroma of light blueberry is drier then expected with some funky malt also noticeable. Taste is a weird mix between light blueberry and dry malt with a funky finish that doesn’t integrate very well. Light body with some medium carbonation. I had a couple of blueberry beers in the past few months and they all end up being a drain pour. I am starting to think that this fruit doesn’t integrate well with beer and brewer should think about using some other kind of fruit.

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Photo of ATPete
1.68/5  rDev -51.4%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

12oz bottle

Pours a foul and murky reddish, brown color, with no visible head to speak of and no visible rising carbonation, flat Jack Lalane juicer concoction. That synthetic, mass produced and processed BLUEberry aroma is all you will find in the nose and nothing more, it smells blue. Tart and rancid blue berry balanced by a sweet malty base while tasting. Dull carbonation pulls the plug on this dying brew for me. At least if it had some mouth feel brightness it would have maybe been enjoyable. I found it to be cloying sweet, limp in body and murky in flavor. Not recommended.

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Photo of erosier
1.72/5  rDev -50.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1

I don't know about this beer. It pours a nice amber into the glass with a nice white head, but then it seems to go downhill. The aroma was of clams and the taste was as well. It had a bit of a sweet taste, but mostly of clams. It was kind of flat and was not drinkable at all. I had to stop drinking it halfway through. My guess though is that I just got a bad one. I will try this beer again someday and hopefully it will live up to its ratings here on BA. Sorry to slam it, but I believe I just got a bad batch.

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Photo of FirstMan
2.23/5  rDev -35.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Bought darlinclemintine a six of this after she said she wanted to try more blueberry beer. We're both weened on beer in the Pacific Northwest, and they don't really "do" the blueberry thing out there. We figured we'd give it a try.

I personally understand quite well why they don't "do" the blueberry thing out there, but that's just me.

The appearance is probably the best part of this beer. A dark amber color. Darker than a lot of its blueberry cohort - at least the ones I've seen. My hopes were up.

Smell is definitely in the blueberry department - but not overwhelming. Still, there is most certainly an essense of blueberry there. Not a whole lot more, though - I expect this to be pretty sweet as there is a little malt there, but I can't really tell because of the blueberries. I guess some people might like that. I'm just sitting here kind of craving a bowl of Boo-Berry.

Everything falls off once it gets in my mouth. Yes, blueberries are there, but there's also a weird sort of woody-cedar thing going on and a bitterness that doesn't seem to be derived from hops. Especially as it warms up, things start to go downhill.

Not a beer I'll be drinking a lot more of. Now what do I do with the other 4 bottles in the fridge?

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Photo of jsg2220
2.26/5  rDev -34.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - Reddish/orange, light cream-white head that quickly dissolves to nothing, no lacing, and small slow rising bubbles

S - Mild blueberry aroma and a hint of hops, not overly fruity

T - Beer with blueberries ont a blueberry beer like others I've had. It has a crisp finish and a little hop flavor. The more you drink the blueberry tends to get lost.

M - Very light but with a surprising amount of carbonation compared with how it looks

D - I found this to be more like a pale ale and it was a bit unbalanced between the sweetness and hops

Served - 12oz bottle poured into small glass mug

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Photo of TeeCee
2.34/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Quick review - medium to foamy in the mouth (as it warms), mildly bitter hoppy tasting and smelling, blueberry seems to be largely in the smell.

I poured it in a standard American pint glass. The color was an orangey/dark brown that made me think of carrots for some reason with a thick head that dissipated leaving no lacing.

It smelled slightly hoppy and definitely bluberry. No surprise.

The taste was slightly hoppy, slightly bitter, and very slightly blueberry. As the beer warmed, the bitter-ness almost turned artificial or chemical.

The mouthfeel was medium thick, foaming as it warmed.

I had this beer once. That was enough.

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Photo of brewandbbq
2.47/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

22oz bottle aquired at the source.
Pours dark amber with an off- white head of pourus density.
The myriad of large to fine bubbles recede within 3 minutes to individual whisps of light foam. Lacework is nil to none.
Aroma is the highpoint of the brew, blueberry piecrust with mild, toasty, malt.
Body is lightish and watery, light carbonation but still a bit prickly.
Pallet is thin and meak. Very mild blueberry flavor and light malt.
Hopping is in bitterness only and light fruityness beyong the lacking blueberry character.
Finishes bitter with some residual sweetness and dissapointingly.
Bar Harbor makes some great beers, but this one needs lots of improvement. Namely more flavor all around.
Blueberry character is small as well as any other profile.
With a big blue label that broadly states "True Blue" @3.5% abv.

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Photo of Winter
2.55/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours a golden caramel in color with reddish hues. Fizzy tan head that disappears to nothing. Malty nose with hints of blueberry. Somewhat perfumey with a touch of hops. The mouthfeel is thinnish and carbonated. The taste is uninspiring and bland. Very quiet front. Everything arrives in the finish. There's toasted malt with a blend of caramel. Hop dryness wraps things up.

It's amazing the odd lack of flavor this beer exhibits. I didn't expect to be overwhelmed by a blueberry flavor, but being a blueberry ale, it's only apparent in the nose. Nothing carries into the taste. I can't even suggest something to pair this with... perhaps best by itself or left on the store shelf.

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Photo of Kallessin
2.56/5  rDev -26%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a nice deep amber color. Very clear with bubbles throughout. Has full creamy off-white head that hangs around with good coating over the beer. By far the best aspect of this beer.

The aroma has plenty of blueberry and the malt comes through very slightly. Some light grassiness mixed in.

Very artificial blueberry flavor up front goes quickly to some breadiness and grape bubblegum flavors (think bad blueberry muffin). It's surprisingly bitter at the end and this lingers very unpleasantly in the aftertaste for quite a while. The blueberry flavor goes away so quickly and what's there doesn't taste like real blueberries.

Light to medium body with plenty of carbonation and a fairly dry finish.

This beer isn't really isn't very good. The artificial fruit flavors (I though they used real fruit) and bitterness just doesn't do it for me.

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Photo of steelerguy
2.62/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A - Pours a deep amber with some hints of orange. Very clear, lightly carbonated, little head that become none within minutes.

S - Blueberries, in fact way more blueberry smell than I would have thought possible. Some biscuit aroma and sweetness really give this a blueberry muffin smell. Certainly unique, but quite nice.

T - Oops, that blueberry smell doesn't come through in the taste. Tastes more like an artificial blueberry syrup and it quite tart, like a blueberry sweet tart if they make such a thing. If this is hopped it is so light as to be almost non existent and the sweetness is cloying.

M - Thin with little feel, for being sweet it has very little body.

D - One is plenty, more of a topic of conversation beer than something you want to drink. Worth trying to know what blueberry beer is like, but after won't need another.

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Photo of shamrock1343
2.65/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

It has a nice color and head is average.

You can smell the blueberry in it.

There is a little blueberry taste but the malt overpowers it.

It is a drinkable ale but not a great one.

The bottle says it is the America's Original Blueberry Ale. It is not very impressive.

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Photo of smcolw
2.66/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Impressive three-finger head that lasts a long time and recedes in a rocky fashion. Dark amber color and cloudy (with some yeast clusters floating around).

Strong sour blueberry aroma. Smells like blueberry pie but made without any sugar.

Very sour taste. Were the blueberries unripened? Not very complex. The aftertaste is shortlived. The mouthfeel is okay. Overall, this is a clear miss.

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Photo of Toddv29424
2.68/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Of course, there is not a whole lot of expectation when I purchase beer like this, but I'm always curious to try. The color is light yellow and pours with a moderate head. Smell is faint, and reminds me of malts with a hint of sweetness. The taste is dominated by malts, with just a hint of blueberry to it. I wish the taste were a little more dominent, but I guess there is a reason they make it understated like this. Not a terrible beer, but I know there are much better fruity beers out there to try.

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Photo of SLeffler27
2.68/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Fills a pint glass with a violet-red liquid and a large frothy head which immediately dissipates to a thin shadow of its former self.

The blueberries are on steroids and overpower everything beery within this glass.

Blueberries dominate, but less so here than with the aroma. The fruit flavors are stronger than my preference, but perhaps this is an entry port for those less enamored by beer flavors.

Blueberry Ale is clean up front, but leaves an undesirable film middle to end.

Okay...some would reach for more of this; however, one was enough for me.

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Photo of stirgy
2.69/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This poured a bright and clear copper-amber color. Topped with a small head of filmy foam. When I give this a rouse and a good swirl, the fruity flavor of this comes out. What also is detected is rubber, along with something medicinal. It’s not entirely bad – the aroma, but I expected something sweeter and a bit more pleasant. Overall, a pretty weak bouquet for a fruit beer.

Taste – the fruitiness is very faint, but it’s there if you look for it. There’s a light bitterness – but really does nothing for this one dimensional beer. Body is thin. It seems that everything with this beer could be stepped up a notch.

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Photo of albern
2.7/5  rDev -22%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I'm not sold on this beer. It pours a copper color with a decent but quickly dissipating head. The lacing is good. The smell is malty, sweet, syrup, fruity (not solely blueberries) and a little tinny. The taste is overly sweet malt with subtle and subdued blueberry flavor. Ehh. That's all I can say about this one. This is a light to medium bodied beer, the mouthfeel is noticeable and not bad, the after taste is slightly tangy and hoppy. There isn't enough blueberry to do this justice, and not enough taste beyond the syrupy stuff at the onset to warrant too much interest beyond that. As the beer warms, there is more blueberry coming through. Try it but know that it isn't a great beer.

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Photo of crazybrody06
2.73/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The taste of this beer reminded me a lot of a sam adams. It was a reddish color almost like apple juice. It had about 1/8 inch head that was quick to fade. The lacing was average. The carbonation was suited for this type of beer. I picked up blueberry notes in the background of the smell and taste, but if i wasnt looking for them I dont think I would have noticed. The drinkabilty was average for this beer. Was happy to try it but dont think I would purchase it.

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Photo of Atricapilla
2.75/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

This beer pours a light copper color with a two finger frothy head. It smells like blueberry and syrup; fruity but sweet. The taste is relatively light, with blueberries predominating, but with a cloyingly sweet aftertaste. This left a slight stickiness in my mouth. After starting my second one, the stickiness started wearing on me a bit. Definitely a one and done beer.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
2.77/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer has a crystal clear warm amber colored body with a thin ring of white bubbles. There is a super strong carbonation of big bubbles launching from the base of the glass.

S- This beer has a big chemical blueberry note with a hint of sugary blueberry cereal note to it.

T- This beer has a dry field corn and pale malt note with a noble hop bitterness in the finish. There is a light sulfur hint to the hop bitterness. There is a caramel malt hint and a slightly sweet blueberry hint buried in the background.

M- This beer has a light mouthfeel with a crisp dry finish.

D- This beer has all the qualities of an American light lager with some hints of blueberries that are very light. There are no real ale qualities to the malt or and blueberry flavor that really enhance this beer.

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Photo of mschofield
2.78/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a well carbonated red-blue tinged gold, with a two finger off-white head, looks like red grape juice.
Strong blueberry jam aroma, with the biscuity malt, and sweetness it comes across like blueberry pie.
Biting fruity acid taste, tastes like blueberry too much blueberry, it's very unbalanced. Not too sweet, but has a cloying tastebud coating taste.
Light - medium body, the taste makes it seem fuller.
It's just not my style of beer.

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Photo of becktone
2.79/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bought this brew because it was the last of the beers that Stop N' Go, in Cincinnati, carry that I've not tried before.

Eye: Looks great, Nice rich color-deep copper amber. Also has a nice white fluffy head with good retention and lacing.

Nose: No hop or malt characteristics evident in this beer. All aroma comes from the blueberry fruit, definitely some tannin aroma in there.

Tongue: Not much of anything really, definitely hinting at a blueberry flavor, though it isn't the sweet flavor of fruit that one usually finds in fruit beer. Instead a lot of tannins come from the blueberries. No malt character, no hop character-perhaps maybe some bitterness in the front of this brew to finish it out, unless that is from tannins. Not really impressed.

Mouthfeel and Drinkability: Light and fizzy in the mouth, finishes dry. Drinks easy, but I'd not buy this again. Its just not all that good.

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Photo of ncbeermonger
2.8/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I should start this out by saying I do not like wheat, or berry styled ales. I can however be subjective.

This beer is not overly sweet, but a little too sweet for me. The finish is what I disliked most about this beer! It is in no way sour (a plus) but is not going to be on my list of beers to drink again. If you like wheat styled or berry styled ales this one may be for you as several of my friends tend to like this beer. Give it a shot and see what you think.

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Photo of smanders
2.8/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Not usually a "fruity beer" kinda guy but my brother offered and you never want to turn down a free beer, right?

I should've known by the aroma that this wasn't going to knock my socks off but I tasted it anyway. If I'm going to interrupt my regular beer drinking with a fruit beer I expect something that really tastes like fruit; fresh, fragrant, almost healthy. This wasn't it. The minimum amount of blueberry noted was quickly forgotten once the liquid left the palate. I knew there was a reason I didn't drink fruity beers often...

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Photo of u2carew
2.81/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12oz longneck
A) Pours with a big, big head. Doesn't settle quickly, but is tight and creamy. The body is amber with a slight bit of haze and active upward carbonation.
S) Subtle blueberry aroma, but because the head doesn't settle the aromatics seem muted.
T) Rich, malty tones up front - caramel, brown sugar, slightly nutty. The blueberry is faint in terms of flavor. Finishes a with a earthy and sour mix.
M) Gritty. Medium body.
D) An average brew. Nothing really stands out. The blueberry is subtle to nearly non-existent, thus making this an amber ale or a brown ale.

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Photo of emerge077
2.83/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz. bottle notched BB: March '07

Not sure if this passed it's freshness date a few weeks ago, or if it was dull to begin with.

Appearance is ok, a clear reddish-amber tone that pours with a finger of foam that settles quickly.

Smells of neutral malt/grain, questionable berry flavor. Nothing to draw one to drink it.

Taste is pretty bland and basic, slight bite at the end, with a twinge of blueberry in the aftertaste. A metallic grain component that hints at cheap macro, but with a slightly more full mouthfeel.

Skip it, unless you are hellbent on tasting every beer oddity out there...

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