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 djrn2
3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of Knapp85
3.48/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.84/5  rDev +11%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is by far one of the best fruit beers I've had. Just the right amount of blueberry kick without being too syrupy and too hard to drink. Pours a nice beautiful golden red and smells of fresh blueberries. I will definitely be purchasing this one again.

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Photo of metter98
3.41/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is slightly hazy amber in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high beige head that took a long time to fade away.
S: There are gentle aromas of blueberries in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the blueberries stand out in the initial taste, which also has flavors of toasted malts. There is a touch of bitterness in the finish. No sweetness is perceptible.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
D: The subtle nature of the blueberries helps the drinkability of this beer, although the rest of the taste isn't very interesting.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.24/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A woman made me do it. I wouldn't have ordered it on my own. And, actually, I liked it. I don't think that it's a world class beer-it just lacks the complexity. I do think that it is pleasant when you're in a 'fruity' mood. It's basically blueberry throughout: to the nose, flavors, body and finish. It lacks a firm malt base. It's body is a bit weak and lacking firmness and creaminess. Finishes a bit scrubbed and thin. Tart and yeasy. sweet and a bit astringent. Although the blueberry flavor isn't well fused into the beer, it's a pleasant flavor.

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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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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 LXIXME
3.39/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of NeroFiddled
4/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy auburn with reddish & orange highlights. The creamy ivory head holds quite well, buoyed by an effervescent carbonation. It maintains a full surface covering throughout the glass and leaves solid sheets of lace that rise a half inch or so above the surface. These short "mountain ranges" do drop respective to the surface level, but stick around throughout almost the entire serving. The aroma, although obviously from extract, is quite nice with a rich and sweet blueberry note. The body is light/medium with an exceptionally fine and effervescent carbonation that's crisp at first but becomes quite creamy in the mouth as it warms. The flavor starts with a light touch of blueberry up-front but reveals more of the lightly caramel maltiness as it crosses the palate, a quick flash of blueberry returns but is immediately flip-flopped back to maltiness and a touch of bitterness at the swallow. It finishes dryish with a short lingering blueberry-tinged maltiness. Very nicely done. Well balanced. An interesting, refreshing and enjoyable beer.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.18/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a light copper with a white head that does not have much staying power. Hints of lacing. Nose brings straight blueberry; somewhat artificial. Taste is the same with a sligt malty sweetness. Feel is light and fairly crisp. Good carbonation. Drinks fairly well and isn't bad, but isn't really good either.

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Photo of mendvicdog
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

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 atrocity
2.25/5  rDev -35%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Photo of paulish
3.58/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Polished tangerine, clear and bright. Bar Harbor Blueberry is much darker and richer looking than the average summer fruit beer (and looks for all the world like a filtered IPA). The orange tinted, cream colored cap looks soft, but has a firm creaminess about it, as evidenced by its rockiness as it falls. There's a single ring of lace near the top of the glass, with thin pillars extending downward in an attempt to maintain contact with their source.

For once, a blueberry beer that actually smells like fresh blueberries as opposed to having no berry smell at all or smelling like fake blueberry extract. Thankfully, I can also appreciate the beerness underneath the berryness. A splendid aroma.

There's a very nice balancing act among all flavor elements. BHBA is, first and foremost, beer and not some ghastly, sweet, fruity, alcopop-like concoction masquerading as beer. A firm, toasted malt base more than holds its own with the fruit. I'd like the sour berry flavor to be scaled back just a tad in favor a little more sweetness, but it isn't far from my ideal. There are no spices that put me in mind of blueberry pie, just the pure, unadulterated berry.

The finish is, again, slightly too sour and would benefit from more sugar to sweeten things up and to fill out the body. The mouthfeel is light-medium, as it should be on a summer beer, my preference for more substance notwithstanding. The understated, but still perky enough, carbonation fits the flavor and the body very well.

It's so hard to brew a good summer fruit beer. It must be, since very few brewers manage to pull it off with any degree of competency. Even though I'd tweak it here and there, Atlantic's version is better than most and was enjoyable from the first sip to the final drop.

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Photo of Jason
3.34/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz brown long neck twist off, hmmm … the same bottle that Shipyard uses. Even the freshness date is the same format of Shipyard … the assumption is that it really is contract brewed.

Appearance: Clear and tawny brown, the thin bubbly lace holds virtually no retention at all.

Smell: Blueberries, what else? Light spicy hop and some malt sweetness … that is about it.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Ample crispness within the light to moderate body. Slim maltiness limply throws a sweetness on the palate. The blueberry flavour is nice and even throughout. Good spicing with the hops, just enough to balance and not get in the way of the fruit flavour. Touch of dextrin and blueberry sweetness in the finish.

Notes: An all around good blueberry ale, nothing that jumps out and surprises the senses … after one I had enough for the day.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of Huhzubendah
3.25/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

My wife and I have had many of these over the years when visiting Maine. A truly nostalgic beer.

The beer is a light sunset orange hue, and appears clear. The head is less than a finger thick, and fades pretty rapidly, leaving minimal lacing.

The aroma is nostalgic indeed, and takes me back to Acadia National Park, where I drank a bunch of this brew. Blueberry juice and a simple ale.

The flavor is pretty basic. Blueberry juice and and some type of sweetener in a base ale. It's pretty good, though I tend to be a bit disgruntled when I see the words "natural flavors". I much prefer 100% fresh fruit to any additives or substitutes.

The feel is medium/thin in body, with a growing sweetness as I make my way through the pint glass.

Overall, a fun beer and worth trying, though I much prefer my fruit beers to either be sour/wild.

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

Appears an amber body with an off white head leaves behind thin lace after the cream head dwindles. Aroma has a strong air of blueberry and a touch of earthiness with the caramel malt presence weighing in pretty light overall a nutty stem characteristic weighs in. Taste has a creamy semi sweet herbal tea leaf matched with blueberry from the earth type flavors, also contains mild malt s with more leafy bitterness. Mouthfeel has medium to light body with an even smooth carbonation that comes off very straight up ale like versus the typical fruit beer marketed by most beer companies. Drinkability ha an easy going flavorful yet not overly fruity profile.

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Photo of tdm168
3.44/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of imbibehour
3/5  rDev -13.3%

Photo of rab53
3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of Billolick
3.43/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, with "best enjoyed before" dating. Pours a cloudy, muddy shade of darker amber. Fluffy white head, leaving some lacing. Nose is faintly of blueberries and some toasty malt. Faint fruity notes, malty, not much hops. Not anything heroic here, just a middle of the road, somewhat fruity ale, plasant summer quaffer, thats about it.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.06/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear ruby brown with minimal head. Nose is very faint with berries...but I am not sure if I am getting blueberries at all. I do get a slight metallic edge. Flavor is hoppy with a metallic tone and not really much berry action going on. Is more sugary and syrupy than anything. But no real blueberry stuff going on. Feel is a bit thick with typical carbonation. As a blueberry brew, I have to say this is not drinkable. Where is the blueberry?

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Photo of jwc215
3.45/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle - a freshness label is along the side, but, oddly enough, nothing is marked.

Poured a hazy orange with a thin white head that lace some lacing.

The smell was of light, fresh blueberries.

The taste was of blueberries with a crisp wheat undertone. This taste was like fresh-picked blueberries - not syrupy. It lacked body a bit, but had a fresh, fairly well-balanced, for the style, taste.
A bit too sweet, though.
The sweetness was a bit too cloying, but a refreshingly spritzy feeling accompanied it, making it more tolerable. Also, though it lacked body, it had more freshness and character than most others that I've had of this style.

Bottom line- not bad for a style that is often weak and syrupy. Personally, too sweet. But, if you like flavored wheats, this is not a bad choice.

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