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 jifigz
3.12/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: A pretty standard looking beer. No real head that lingered and no real lacing. A nice coppery color.

S: This smells similar to a blueberry muffin or something similar.

T: The initial flavor is all blueberry. The ending gets a little more grainy and sweet malt like flavors before heading back into a blueberry aftertaste for the finish. There is a little bit of spice thrown in there as well.

M: The mouthfeel is pretty crisp and biting. There seems to be a little too much carbonation. The body of the beer is pretty light and watery.

O: This isn't a terrible ale, but it isn't really for me either. I don't dig fruit/veggie beers a ton, so my review might be a little biased. After one of these I have pretty much had my fill of them.

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Photo of littlelorib
3.24/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a glass. Expiration January '12.

Amber in color with one inch head which dissipated quickly. Smell definitely of blueberry with enough malt to know that this is a beer. Blueberry taste is in there, but not overpowering. Not too sweet, malt balanced by some hop bitterness. Fairly light on the palate, lighter than i was expecting.

Overall I don't believe that taste lives up to the smell. I would actually like to taste a little more blueberry. It doesn't taste overly sweet like some fruit beers do, nor does it have that chemical taste that you get with beers flavored with extracts tend to have. In the end, a drinkable beer that promises a bit more than it delivers.

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Photo of MoreThanWine
3.39/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a 1" slightly beige head which dissipated completely. Fairly deep clear amber body. Smell is fantastic, like blueberry muffins. Taste however is more of a BMC beer with the tiniest drop of blueberry syrup added. Granted at least it's not overly sweet, not turned more into juice than beer.

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Photo of schlimenhaumer
3.23/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a plastic cup (the only thing available in the motel) at low altitude.

A: Pours a light amber color with a substantial cream-colored head that leaves some nice lacing.

S: Big blueberry notes up front with a little bit of malt in the background. Definitely more fruit than beer.

T: Malty notes up front without too much else to balance. A few blueberry notes from the nose come through in the aftertaste.

M: Medium-bodied with a smooth and creamy fell and a bit of dryness on the finish. Very nice in this respect.

D: If it were easier to come by, this one would be easy to drink on a regular basis.

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Photo of sendsilk
3.03/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Received in a recent trade and looks very promising!

A- Pours much more straw colored and clear than I would have though being a blueberry wheat beer.

S- Faint blueberry smell coming from this. Not very prominent at all.

T- Pretty uninspiring. I have heard good thing about their Cadillac Stout, hopefully this is no indication of other beers of theirs. A decent enough tasting wheat beer. Very light and refreshing, but where the hell is the blueberry that I expect?

M- Actually lighter than I expected. nothing special

O- Had it beer please.

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

I poured this beer into a pint glass, it has a dark orange color body with a little white fizzy head. The smell is blueberry and some malt. The taste is very mild of blueberry, but very nice and subtle but not overpowering. This has a very nice mouth feel, smooth off the tongue. Overall this is a nice change.

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Photo of aasher
3.48/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is yet another blueberry beer on my quest to try them all, except for Blabaer.

It pours a medium bodied vibrant amber in color with almost a deep ruby appearance. It poured fuller in body than I expected. It smells of faint blueberry and sweet malt with a light bitter finish. The blueberry itself is subtle but doesn't appear to be as artificial as most. It tastes of sweet blueberry syrup but is really a 6 on a scale of 10 for how syrupy sweet this one could be. It's essentially what I expected. The aftertaste is pretty nice and what you'd want from a blueberry ale. It drinks medium in body and drinks pretty well. Would I buy a six pack of this? No, but there's only a few blueberry ales out there that're worth more than casual try. It's a solid take.

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

Best By October '11 notch. Rounded pint glass. Two AM, with a pile of leftovers to keep me & the beer company. :-)

Darker then I expected. Clear orange/amber body. Inch of receding fizz.

Smell is quite doughy upfront, accented with dried blueberries, & slightly zesty, leafy hops.

Mild maltiness upfront, turning slightly tart when introducing the earthy "blueberry flavor". Odd plastic/Band-Aid flavor creeps in. A little bit of butter develops as it warms. Mellow & dry, with bittergreen hops on the finish.

Beer has a touch more heft then you would think. Prickly, strong carbonation, that falls out of solution rather quickly.

Solid beer to keep the malternatives out of your cooler.

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

22oz bottle poured into a Pint Glass.

A - Pours a hazy dark amber with a huge head of off-white that never fully dissipates, only recedes to some chunky foam. Leaves some soapy lacing clinging to the glass.
S - Sweet malt and blueberry pancake batter. Decent blueberry aromas, not as artificial as I expected.
T - More sweet male and subdued blueberry flavors. Clearly the blueberry was all in the nose, I'm getting just a slightly tart berry flavor, but nothing that yells "blueberry". Perhaps that's a good thing, I usually find heavy blueberry flavor to be offensive.
M - Crisp, with a thin body and sharp carbonation. A bit over-carbonated, but I'm not sure on the age of the bottle so that may be affecting it.
O - Not bad. I think it kinda fails as a blueberry beer but works well as a (moderately) sessionable hot-day beer.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
3.63/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is one blueberry ale you must try - not that it's perfect. Most of the blueberry comes through in the aroma, but not so much in the flavor, unfortunately.

A real explosive, dense, rocky-foamy head forms on the pour and keeps cap throughout. I just love the dark amber, maple syrup color to this ale - don't change it. Pancake-syrup-quality real-blueberry/malt aroma, no real "hoppy" scent, though it's pretty woody.

Dull, mildly tannic bitterness up front and throughout the taste. Clean, American malt flavor - crystal malt showing late. Fruity ester notes as well, though this would have better balance with more toasty/bready malt flavor. The blueberry becomes obscured - mostly there in a skin flavor, not pulp.

Best thing it has going for it is its smooth, fullish body. A pleasure on the palate.

This is beer is what it is, for better or worse. And it's a good ale with blueberry added, no doubt. I wouldn't try to sweeten this up too much, but a little wouldn't hurt.

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Photo of stckhndlr
3.38/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Dark amber orange with a 2 finger head. no lacing

S- smells like blueberry pancakes made fresh on a sunday morning with maple syrup.

T- Blueberries and sweet malts

M- higher carbonation than is really needed. could be smoother.

O- It's ok but I've had better blueberry beers.

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Photo of thegodfather1076
3.45/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer was served out of a 12oz. bottle dispensed into a glass....

Presentation - Nice label but nothing overwhelming.

Appearance - Pours a cloudy amber/light orange color with a 2 finger white head that is loosely laced and sticks around for a while. Nice lacing on the glass.

Smell - Smells of sweet blueberry with some toasty malts. No hop smell can be detected.

Taste - Def sweet blueberry taste with some spicy(anise) flavor. Toasty malts and no bitterness at all.

Mouthfeel - Very lightly carbonated but smooth and medium bodied.

Drinkability - Very smooth and drinkable. Excellent taste.

I really enjoyed this beer. I was impressed with th flavor and smoothness of this beer.

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Photo of Beer4Baltimore
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

- from the notes and a sampler pack
12 ounce bottle
A - crystal clear golden brown with a short lingering head.
S - sweet blueberry and malt.
T - starts berry and lingers well into more berry.
M - medium body with adequate carbonation.
D - one is good, two might be wearing.
definitely a fruit beer.

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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 DrDemento456
4/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a slight hazy amber color with an inch of fluffy head.

S - Malt, strong blueberry smells sweet like I like it, and a nice bit of grain and wheat.

T - Light and easy drinking this blueberry beers drinks with a little sweetness an a nice dry body thats not too dry with a malt base to keep it in check. Like the grain finish leaves a bit of bitter that makes you want to revisit.

M - Light to medium, easy drinking

Overall I am glad I picked up a single and with their coal porter they are a pretty good brewery with quite a few great offerings. Would drink this 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 SnowGoon99
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Serving type: bottle into a Stella Artois glass

Pours an amber color with some orange hues. Very little head that falls fairly quickly. Aromas are dominated by the blueberry but it's not bad at all. Not medicinal or anything like you would expect from extract so they probably use real blueberries. When it warms up you get a little diacetyl or real strong caramel, unfortunately not sure which one so i'll assume caramel. Not really any hops to speak of.

Flavors include definitely more of the blueberry. It is slightly cloying and i wish it were just a little less dry. It's not really a good mix for it. I like the blueberry but the body either due to fermentation or carbonation is off-putting. Just needs a little bit more. This lack of body but increase in cloying sweetness definitely detracts from the drinkability.

Overall it was better than i expected but not amazing. I certainly was going in with the expectation of a Blueberry Wheat but when i discovered it was a pale ale it was a welcome surprise. I think that in order to save the global appeal of the beer they detracted from the pale ale side and went closer to the wheat.

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Photo of Gambrinus1184
3.02/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12-ounce bottle into a Cavalry Brewing Co. pint glass.

A: Very light, pale copper color with lively carbonation building to a two-finger head of off-white foam which settles rather quickly to a fine layer of bubbly sediment leaving behind little lacing.

S: Fruity blueberry aroma with hints of lightly toasted grains. No hops noted, just the blueberry smell, which isn't too artificial smelling.

T: Slightly spicy and grainy malt flavor at first leading into a fizzy, watery rush of fruity esters and slightly metallic carbonation before finishing semisweet and fruity with a light, bitter blueberry syrup taste. The slightly metallic bitterness clings on in the finish ling after the blueberry fades.

M: Sharp, crisp and light-medium bodied ale with ample carbonation and no adverse, artificial blueberry residue.

D: Kinda tough to place it as a good beer in the winter, or any season for that matter. The malts are a bit harsh and grainy, imparting little sweetness to compliment the very light blueberry essence, which is far more prominent in the aroma that the flavor. Sort of a macro, blueberry beer at 5.2% ABV, so if that's your bag, have at it. Not I, however.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.8/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - a little hazy on the pour, a bright orange caramel color. A thin finger of cream-colored foam, a little soapy looking, with some thin but generous lacing.

Aroma - um, blueberries. Wait...yeah, that smells like blueberries.

Taste - thin grainy opening. Some interesting spices besides the obvious flavor of blueberry. I'm picking up clove and maybe some anise. Really offsets the sugary beer this could have been. A trail of hops on the swallow. A nice finish with some maltiness in there with the fruit and all.

Mouthfeel - a little slick, carbonation is a little under-average. The body is about medium, a fairly solid feel to it.

Drinkability - I enjoyed this beer and could drink plenty more of them!

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Photo of cbutova
2.9/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A- Pours out amber with a small light tan cap that has mediocre head retention. The pillow left on the beer is pretty much close to how the head started out. Tiny amount of spotty lace.

S- A lot of malt and a lot of blueberry. It actually smells like fruit and not so much like some sort of additive. These notes combine to remind me of a blueberry muffin. Fades fairly quickly to almost nothing, wtf.

T- The initial aroma had me excited. The fruit flavor is like half medicinal weirdness and half blueberry flavor. The rest of the profile is bready yeast and some grainy malt. Slight tart.

MF- Light body that is just a bit creamy. A tiny bit of bitterness in the finish. Moderate carbonation.

DB- I got excited at first for a real blueberry flavor but it fell short. I guess it is brewed with flavoring and once again... it shows. The medicinal off flavor just builds and builds with time. I wish there were more ales like the NG fruit beers (not that I expected that here).

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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 FreshHawk
3.42/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Crisp copper color with a slightly smaller than average sized, tight, frothy, sticky, off-white color. Decent retention with a nice, frothy lace left.

S - Nice, fresh, juicy blueberry aroma. Light with sweet bread aromas. Other than that there isn't much though.

T - Similar to the nose with a light blueberry flavor. Some toasted malt and slightly sweet bready flavor. The blueberry flavor isn't quite as natural in the taste as the aroma suggested. Kind of a sweet cough syrup/alco-pop flavor. Not too sweet/artificial though. A bit like an blueberry muffin cereal.

M - Lighter body with about average carbonation. A light, spritzy feel.

D - Not overly sweet or artificial blueberry flavor but it gets a little too sweet to have more than 1 or 2. Decent dessert beer though.

Notes: Not a bad fruit beer, but not a great one. It falls in the middle somewhere where the nose is nice fresh blueberries, but the taste is a bit more artificial. It gets to be a little light on flavors as you drink and it fails to keep me interesting. Probably a good dessert beer or if you want to provide a fruity flavor (I paired it with breakfast for dinner). Worth a try, but don't expect to be blown away.

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

Not to be confused with the far superior Bar Harbor Brewing Co's True Blue Blueberry Ale.

A= slightly dense apricot, modest head, little rimming or lacing.

S= like blueberry jam and modest sweet malts.

T= blueberry, slight hints of actual fresh blueberry taste, sweet malts, slight sourness, acceptable.

M= light taste of fresh blueberry skins, sweetness, traces of hops florals.

D= average, a novelty beer for maybe a bottle.

Actually, the best use for this beer is to let it sit and go flat overnight, then marinate chicken breasts in it the next day to grill or bake.

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Photo of SamuelJackson45
3.15/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A- A nice dark amber kind like of apple juice in color.

S- The smell of Blueberry is present.

T- Very sweet in the taste from the concentrate no hops or wheat in the taste.

M- Very light and crisp but the sweetness of the sour blueberries gets on my nerves and turns unpleasant.

D- This was a disappointment between the look and the aroma and even the taste at the beginning was good but the lingering of the sour blueberries killed the moment and not a beer that would be on my everyday list.

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