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 yesyouam
4.07/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bar Harbor Blueberry Ale is a very clear deep amber ale with a blue tinge to it. It has a thin, off white head that fades and leaves very nice, solid lacing on the glass. It has a toasty aroma with a blueberry note. It's pretty light bodied; very smooth and crisp. The flavor is a nice, semi-sweet malt that's toasty with some juniper bitterness and blueberry at the finish. I love it. It's reasonably complex enough to keep my interest. It's all there to solidly support the blueberry. I love blueberries.

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Photo of Duhast500
3.8/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer was a gusher still onto my desk as I opened it.

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a pint glass.

The color is a hazy dark orange/red with two fingers of light brownish head and a little lacing left on the glass.

The smell is blueberry right at the first whiff of the aroma. Some creamy malt flavor a sweetness that reminds me of jello.

The taste is not heavy with blueberries as I have anticipated. The is a mild blueberry flavor that is mixed in with a sweet malt flavor and a little yeast in the back.

The feel of this beer is light to medium and goes down really well. It is pretty refreshing and I would have it again if I were to come across it.

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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 hangh
3.19/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Copper coloring with a nice head, not very clear, decent but nothing unique
S- First thing that hits you is the blueberry smell, very strong but that doesn't translate into blueberry taste, pleasing smell
T- The taste is ok, you can taste some blueberry but it is rather bland overall and not too memorable
MF/D - Little carbonation, very crisp, can drink very easily

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Photo of rtratzlaff
3.33/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a filtered copper body with a decent two finger head that leaves good lacing down the glass. The aroma is a decent amount of blueberry and slightly sweet. The flavor is not what I smell. There is much less sweetness than I was expecting. The body is solid with a slight creaminess to it. The flavor profile is more like unripened blueberries rather than sweetly ripened blueberries. The finish is slightly tart and bitter. I could enjoy one of these, but much more might wear on the palate a bit.

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Photo of theghost3
3.45/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The appearance is dark red/copper with a thick white head. Smell is strong of blueberries with hops. The taste is not as strong of blueberries as the scent. The hint of blueberry is overpowered by bitter hops with a faint presence of roasted malts. Mouthfeel is crisp, slightly acidic. This is a drinkable beer, but do not expect a sweet fruit beer; it's bitter with some sourness.

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Photo of pzrhsau
3.08/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Nice rich golden color with a nice measure of head to go with it.
Smell: Nice blueberry scent to it, hard to call it fresh but it mingles well with the malt.
Taste: Here is where i get a nice real/fresh blueberry flavor to it. Not too sweet, great subtle flavor.
Mouthfeel/Drinkability: Light carbonation and very crisp. Goes down smooth and doesnt overwhelm the taste buds.

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Photo of mgbickel
3.11/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a standard pint glass. Formed a nice sized 2 finger eggshell colored head; thinly fizzy with quick dissipation down to a micro layer coating on top of the body. No lacing to speak of. The body is golden orange with a dense center that fades to hazy edges.

Blueberries dominate the nose. The berry smell is so strong that it masks any other aromas. Eventually you can detect a sweet, grainy background...almost like corn.

Very sweet on the palate. The blueberry flavoring is artificial tasting. You can also detect honey and sweet malts. This all sits upon a grainy backbone.

Light mouth feel; smooth with moderate carbonation.

It is a drinkable beer, but not the first fruit beer I would reach for. Flavoring is a little to fake (and sweet) for my tastes. Probably will not purchase again.

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

beer pours a golden amber with a nice frothy and fluffy off white head. smells of blueberries, cinammon and teddy grahams. taste is almost like a spicy cinnamon/nutmeg mixed with a large amount of blueberries. the finish is tart with blueberries and other berry fruits following, lemon sourness follows. pretty decent brew but after a bomber of this, i dont know how much more i could handle.

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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 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 EnojysAnyBeer
3.28/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Standard pale ale, orange amber color with a decent head

S- Light, grainy scent alike hay and some sweetness with a hint of herbal hop

T- The flavor is a pretty boring, albeit balanced flavor with a particular sweetness to it that develops into a blueberry flavor as the beer warms.

M- Light, fizzy and a bit syrupy

D- Pretty balanced, the blueberry is hard to notice

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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 Tone
3.56/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, amber color. 2/3 inch head of a white color. Great retention and good lacing. Smells of blueberry, sweet malt, hops, and yeast. Fits the style of a Fruit / Vegetable beer. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp with an average carbonation level. Tastes of blueberry, yeast, pale malt, ans slight hops. Overall, not too bad, some dryness associated and a decent blend.

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Photo of brewdoc75
3.38/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Yellow-orange with darker hues, maybe some blue. Soft white head on top.

S: Blueberry aroma, but not too strong. There are some faint malts as well. Not a ton of nose here.

T: Starts out like a nice pale wheat ale but finishes with a nice touch of blueberry. Not overpowering, but just enough. I like the restraint. Fruit beers can be a bit too much at times. Just a slight bit of bitterness in the end, which makes this more of a beer and less of a dessert.

M: LIght to medium bodied. Smooth carbonation.

D: A slightly above average fruit beer. I like the fact that they don't try to hit you over the head with blueberries. The blueberry flavor is subtle. Unfortunately the rest of the beer is subtle too. Worth at least a try at some point. I'm not going back to it anytime soon though.

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

Bottle poured into pint glass.

The freshness date is not checked on the bottle, hope this isn't too old. It's a light amber color with foam that dissipates very quickly. I can smell all the blueberry a mile away, even before I finish pouring. It smells more like pie than beer. Taste, of course, is ultra-sweet and dominated by the blueberry. Surprisingly, the finish is a bit bitter and dry. As I continue to taste, the flavor becomes increasingly more like a tootsie-pop. That said, it's still better than some blueberry "beers" I've had. Overall, not nearly as satisfying as a lambic may be, but I definitely don't hate this stuff. Someone looking for something REALLY sweet and overtly fruity might really enjoy this beer.

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Photo of goblue3509
3.6/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours an orange clear color with a fluffy head. The smell is of blueberries but not over powering, grassy grains, and sweet malt also present. The overall taste is blueberris over grains with some malt, but the blueberry taste isn't overpowering. It's smoother than I expected. The mouthfeel is crips and lightly carbonated. Overall a very drinkable beer, solid and not a punch in the face of blueberries.

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

Atlantic- Bar Harbor Blueberry

A- Golden orange with a decent frothy head. Light lacing of the glass.
S- Caramel malt with a big dose of ripe blueberries.
T- Blueberry tainted caramel malt with a slight earthy grassy hop finish. Blueberry dominates throughout, obviously.
M- Sweet and fruity with a decent malty backbone.

Overall- The best blueberry beer out there. For what that's worth.
Can only drink 1 though.

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Photo of JNewbs
3.65/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this from a bottle poured into a pint glass.

I have to admit, I expected to get punched in the teeth with blueberry falvor - which didn't happen. The smell had hints of blueberry, but not overpowering. Even though it was an ale, it was as crisp as a lager and finished clean. The carbonation was perfect and I would say you could definitely pound a few of these if that was your intention.

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Photo of TLove
3.47/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Most blueberry ales are a bit overpowering on the blueberry and way too sweet. This isnt at all. Its soft and feels incredible in the mouth and is nicely balanced for a fruit beer.

Color is a clear-ish, light amber with a very creamy head that thins out quickly and clings to the edges of the glass. Smells like blueberries (surprise!) and light malts.

Taste and mouthfeel are VERY soft and well-balanced. Full sweetness on the front, which rolls lightly and refreshingly to the back of the mouth. Finish is smooth and filling.

Drink this one slightly cooler than room temperature to grab all of those round berry and earthy flavors.

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Photo of tigg924
3.85/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: medium head, amber orange in color

Smell: lots of blueberries

Taste: very blueberry--there is also a hint of wheat

Mouthfeel: sweet, tart, and crisp

Drinkability: This one is very sessionable for a fruit ale. It hits the blueberry taste perfectly. It does not go out of the box, but if blueberry and wheat is what you want, this is place for it.

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

Gold colored beer with a rapidly fading head.Aroma is blueberries.Taste is blueberries,bread and malt.Overall this is a decent beer yet all blueberry beers seem like if you've had one you had them all.I would recommend though and probably would buy again.

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

Poured out of a 12 ounce bottle and into my standard shaker "pint" glass. Appears a clear muted golden yellow color with about a finger of rapidly fading bone white head. Nose and flavor are certainly of blueberries, leaning more towards natural than artificial, but more like a natural extract rather than fresh blueberry puree. Notes of lightly toasted grains and grassy, earthy hops are also present. A tad thin bodied with adequate carbonation. Worth a try if you like the style.

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