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

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Bar Harbor Blueberry AleBar Harbor Blueberry Ale
BEER INFO

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

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
466
Reviews:
269
Avg:
3.46
pDev:
13.87%
 
 
Wants:
16
Gots:
36
For Trade:
0
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Photo of HardTarget
3.95/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle Inspection: Best before July 07 notched (sampled June 07). No other useful information, brown twisty.

Aroma: Blueberries! First sniff was all fresh picked blueberries, very well done! After the head calmed down, some sweet malt and light floral notes came through.

Appearance: Amber glass, with maybe a suggestion induced purple bruising, has excellent clarity and holds a thin head that manages some respectable lacing before dropping to a scant collar.

Flavor: The blueberry note is pretty well balanced, not being overwhelming but up front and predominate. There is a light sweetness to the beer which complements the fruit. No hops noted. Malt base is a bit toasted. Mild bread flavor working as well; Total package makes me think blueberry bagel.

Mouthfeel: Lively carbonation, light medium body, slightly slick and lasting finish.

Overall Impression: As fruit beers go, this is pretty darn good. Fruit is featured without getting artificial or overdone. Base beer under it has no flaws. The carbonation is a little to high for my tastes and the head didn’t really hold up well. Overall, I’d have to recommend it, I can see getting some more of this.

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Photo of goochpunch
4.13/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a hazed copper with really no bubble life in the body. Head is thin and leaves speckled lacing spots on part of the glass. With the mix of the ton of blueberries and the malty, bready base, this smells about like liquid blueberry muffins. I think I even pick up a touch of spice as well (some ginger and cinnamon). Taste, again, is very much blueberry muffins in beer form, although the overall toasty malt comes out more than in the smell. Hops give this an herbal, almost minty, quality in the finish that is pleasant and refreshing. Mouthfeel is rather lively and the body is moderately weighted on the tongue. Good drinkability, and even though I think this beer is delicious, I couldn't see this as a session. It's odd. This beer has everything I don't like about fruit beers (sweet and with the fruit taking center stage), typically, but I love blueberry muffins, so, therefore, I love this 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 acrawf6
3.3/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours out a nice clear copper amber with a small white head that drops to a thin layer.

Smell. Blueberries come out nicely with lots of sweetness. I seem to get an aroma that is like a belgian yeast characteristic. quite interesting.

Taste. Blueberries are as potent as in the aroma, but makes it through strongly in the swallow. I still get some belgian flavors in this, with spices.

Mouthfeel. Body is average, nothing too distinct about it. Carboantion is at a decent level as well.

Overall, it is one of the harder beers to review. It reminds me of other types of beers, yet i cant place any of them. I'm still up in the air whether i like it or not. I suppose it is one that i would enjoy as a single bottle, as i would not want this all night (or even 2 in a row).

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Photo of MrHungryMonkey
3.84/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Smells like blueberry muffins! Light tart hop and lighter sweet malt.

Amber/light-gold. Clear. Weak head.

Quite bitter and slightly metallic. Fruity tartness. Light sweet malty base with sweet blueberry flavor. American Pale Ale / Amber Ale with flavor.

Medium body, smooth, medium-low carbonation.

Pretty tasty and easy to drink. Refreshing blueberry beer. I could go for a little stronger hop or less sweetness. Still, one of the better fruit beers I’ve had. I would definitely enjoy another.

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Photo of Reed415
3.4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a dark amber color and has respectable white head

S - In the nose blueberry and other citrus notes

T - Has some nice blueberry flavor, but there is another flavor in the background that I can't put my finger on, but it does not compliment the blueberry flavor.

M - Nice Carbonation, Very light in body

D - Good session beer, taste is not quite what I expected

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Photo of beeragent
3.64/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Wow, a blueberry ale available here? I had to try it. Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a pint glass. The beer pours a dark amber, forming a 1/4 inch thin head. Light spots of lace on the glass. The aroma is nothing but blueberry aroma, but not overpowering. The taste is lighter than expected. Very similar to an amber ale, but with light blueberry flavoring added. Nothing too exciting, but a good break from the ordinary. Medium mouthfeel. Overall, not a bad beer by any means. Not too sweet, so as to kill the palate. I could definitely see adding this to the rotation, or offering this to my non-beer drinking friends. I suppose I would have giver this beer a higher review, but I feel that I was spoiled by experiencing a Seadog Blue Paw a few months ago, and that kind of set the standard for blueberry ales IMO. This brew just doesnt have a strong enough blueberry flavor. However, this is a very welcomed new addition to brews available in Texas. Highly recommended!!

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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 Abita45
3.32/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. I only wish I had been able to rate this beer when I had it on draught a while back in Bar Harbor. In any respect, the bottle seems to mirror the draught as it has a slight, thin head that lingers around for a while before evaporating. The aroma is a mildly blueberry and malt smell and the color is a clear, golden amber.

In terms of taste, this is the beer drinker's fruit beer. Far from overpowering, this is a sublte blueberry taste that compliments the nice balance of malt and hops in the body of the beer. Rather than syrupy or tasting like an afterthought additive, the blueberry taste in this beer does not overpower and just gives the beer some character. More than anything, this is a good American ale that happens to hint at having blueberries in it.

I really don't care for fruit beers, but continue to be impressed with the restraint the brewer has in making this beer. Well done.

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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 briman
3.69/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served from bottle into standard pint glass.

Pours a dark amber color. Maybe a 1/4 inch light brown head, not much retention. Some lacing.

Aroma is fresh blueberries.

Flavor is just a touch sweet, with lightly toasted malt, and blueberries. The blueberries seem very subtle in the flavor of this example, really coming out more in the finish & aftertaste. No bitterness on any level.

Medium body, average carbonation. Pretty basic ale, with a touch of blueberry flavor. Balance seems ok, though no really obvious hop presence to be found. Overall a decent, refreshing fruit beer that isn't overbearing. Decent session material.

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Photo of bigpatvoodoodad
4.77/5  rDev +37.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I really like this beer. The first time I bought it, I was a bit skeptical, but I was glad I did. The taste and the smell are quite pleasant. I even have a friend who drinks this now after sampling one of mine. A couple of weeks ago we were at a party and I had brought Red Stripe. After 2 red stripe (which tasted terrible I might add) I was able to get a couple of these from my buddy and I was in heaven. Want something different? Try this.

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

Pours a nice clear amber color, with a modest head that fades quickly. Fruity, berryish aroma with some slight hoppy scent. Well, blueberry is the dominant flavor. There's a little malt and some faint bitterness, but neither is very interesting. The best thing I can say is that it isn't too sweet, but otherwise, it's mostly inoffensive and bland.

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

This interesting fruit beer pours a light amber gold with good carbonation. The bright head thins quickly leaving a slight diminishing lace.

The aroma is expectedly light and fruity with a bit of hops hinting through.

Surprisingly this ale delivers an very authentic 'nonartificial' blueberry flavor throughout. The blueberry is not overwhelming however leaving room for a mellow hoppiness. The finish leaves hints of sweet maple.

A smooth crisp mouthfeel allows for high drinkability. Bar Harbor Blueberry Ale is a nicely refreshing summer beer.

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Photo of bluegrassbrew
3.38/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Never been a huge fan of fruit beers but this is probably the best I've tried. From a 12oz bottle into a pint glass, this beer looked exceptional. Deep orangy amber color with a large head and very nice lacing.

Smell is blueberry's and a faint hoppiness.

Taste starts out quite sour, but turns sweeter with warming. Blueberry's or blueberry extract is the main taste. Some hoppiness and the malt backbone balance nicely.

Mouthfeel is a bit too thin, watery maybe.

Overall, well balanced and refreshing, but I couldn't drink too many of these before I got tired of it.

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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 PittBeerGirl
3.26/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Smells of sweet blueberries and malt. The taste was of the same plus and extra bite that almost tasted like the bottle itself. It had a very metallic taste to it. The blueberry flavor is strong and good. It overshadows the other flavors put into this one. Average drinkablility. When I was done with it I was ready for something else but it wasn't awful.

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Photo of Braudog
3.78/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From a 12 oz bottle with an unmarked "best before" bar on the label. Poured a lot darker than I’d expected and highly sedimented. There’s a big solid-foamy top. The aroma is just like that blueberry syrup that I liked when I was a kid. There’s a bit of the berry in this, but in a very chained-up way ... over the top of it is an almost florally hoppy beer, this is an odd and interesting blend of beers. I love blueberries. I love beer (duh). But I’ve never been a fan of blueberry beers. But this gets away with it a little bit better by not flaunting the beers in an over-the-top way. Decent. (#2735, 3/5/2007)

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Photo of Metalmonk
3.36/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Label has a best-by date of April 2007, so this has collected about all the age it should.

Pours a rusty golden color that sports a big fluffy head. Very healthy carbonation. Nice rounded lace splotches as the glass empties. Just looking at this makes me thirsty.

Aroma offers only very faint blueberry, otherwise it smells like an American Macro: candy-like corn sweetness and overcooked vegetables.

Blueberry is incorporated very well in the flavor, coming in right at the beginning and staying all the while, even remaining strong in the finish. But it's never overdone, and that's a fine line when it comes to fruit beers. There's a healthy malt roundness to this beer as well, and a crisp little kick from the hops. But it seems to drink way more like a lager than an ale, as it also sports a slightly metallic sheen, and brings up the nasty flavor of overcooked vegetables that lots of macro lagers possess.

The good outweighs the bad here, and the blueberry is definitely fun and well-done, but even though I'm glad I tried it, this isn't so interesting or superior that I would go out of my way for it.

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Photo of robmorris31
3.31/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I enjoy trying new beers and this was actually recommended by a good friend.

A- Probably the best atribute of this ale is its color. A transparent burnt umber and orange give this ale a beautiful color.

S- Not a very noticable blueberry scent, but it is faintly there.

T- The burnt umber of the color comes through in its aftertaste. Too Ale-like for my tastes.

M- Nice full feeling.

D- Due to it being an Ale, this beer is only average in its drinkability.

Ale drinkers that like to experiment should give this a try!

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

Poured 12 ounce bottle into a glass mug. A nice, orange maber body with a small head with poor retention; disappeared after a short time. A nice, fruity, blueberry smell that was pretty pungent and pleasant. A nice, malty beer with a slight, blueberry taste. The hint of blueberry was more prevalant in the smell then in the taste which I found to be a little disappointing. An okay mouthfeel overall, pretty watered down though which did not make for a good feeling. Overall, an okay beer. Good taste overall I would say, although I was hoping for a little bit more blueberry taste. Pretty drinkable; reccommended for those who are fans of wheat ales and the overall sweeter tasting, lighter beers.

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Photo of ndekke39
4.1/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Drank this from a 12 oz bottle with no freshness date on it. Pours a clear, reddish-gold color, with a thin white head. Little retention on it. Smells very clearly of warm toasted barley and blueberries. Tiny bit of hops in there. Taste is much of the same: the barley-center and blueberries are quite strong. While the aromas and flavors aren't terribly complex, I'm surprised at how strong they are. A lot of blueberry ales I've tried come off weak and gimicky. But this one is full-bodied. Mouthfeel is thin, but not at all watery, making this a very drinkable beer. If you're in the mood for this style, I would highly recommend this one.

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Photo of Grundle20
3.68/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance:
It's crystal clear copper in color with a nice two finger eggshell white head. The head doesn't have much fortitude nor does it seem to lace the glass.

Smell:
The blueberries don't come through as much as I was hoping or anticipating. There's and unpleasant detergent note along with the mild blueberry scent. Aside from that the smell is mostly a candy sweetness with a standard ale hop profile.

Taste and Mouthfeel:
Again the blueberries don't come through very strong but I find that a little more welcomed in the taste then in the scent. The beer drinks kind of flat with a weak malt body offset by the mellow addition of blueberries. The finish is clean and the aftertaste leaves me with blueberry bread lingering flavors.

Drinkability:
At it's heart it's basically your standard pub ale and as such it's rather quaffable. The blueberries will either add a little flair for you or detract from the beers drinkability, it's a toss up given your tastes.

Bottom Line:
A very mild blueberry ale and they definitely didn't want to go overboard with the blueberries. A decent showing for blueberry ales.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.44/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a one-finger white head that fades quickly to a ring leaving no lace. Clear amber color. Blueberry nose. Good carbonation and light bodied. Starts balanced with good blueberry flavor, some sweetness but don't look for blueberry pie sweetness, this is a good blueberry ale. $4.50 for a 22oz bottle from Tully's Beer & Wine Wells, Me.

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Bar Harbor Blueberry Ale from Atlantic Brewing Company / Mainely Meat BBQ
3.46 out of 5 based on 466 ratings.
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