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.

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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 yelterdow
4.14/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle from a mixed six-pack at Frontier Liquors. Nice label, hoping this one's refreshing on this hot, muggy evening.

Appearance- Pours a clean pale amber, like that fruit iced tea from Cheesecake Factory... you know, the one brewed with the flower petals. The head was enormously carbonated and actually fizzed loudly, like a Coke might. Moderate lacing, no real retention.

Smell- When blueberry yogurt was a staple in my diet years ago, it smelled exactly like this. Even a little bit of cream. With my eyes closed, I would swear a quart of fresh picked blueberries was before my schnozz. Pure, clean, nice. Way above average on the nose.

Taste- A well balanced performance of malts and fruit, with a solid medium body almost like a fall seasonal would have. No off flavors, just the blueberries and malts. You can taste the pure water and the ripeness of the berries without a doubt.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Smoother than you'd expect after watching the explosive pour, but definitely alive in the mouth. Once again, an awesome fruit beer; one of my favorites to date.

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Photo of EPseja
3.97/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle served in a Duvel tulip tasting glass, at just above fridge temperature.

A - Pours a crystal clear chestnut amber orange color with a decent inch-thick off-white head. Lacing is decent, but spotty.

S - Blueberries! Go figure... However the blueberry scent is more of a concentrate than that of fresh berries. Some floral hops are evident, as is a medium bodied maltiness. Smells quite good for a fruit beer.

T - The first thing you taste is a clean, pleasant, flowery hoppiness that blossoms into a well blended blueberry sweetness. The malts are restrained, keeping the taste light and refreshing. The finish brings forth a touch of hoppy spiciness that makes it moderately drying. Very well crafted.

M - Clean and watery going in, expanding to a small bubbled froth. Slick and quick swallow. A pleasant textural presentation.

D - This beer is a no brainer for warm spring days and cool summer evenings. Very drinkable and totally enjoyable.

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

Served on tap in a basic pint glass.

A fizzy white head that dissipated quickly and left no lacing. The color was a hazy, dark amber. The beer smelled of blueberries and nothing much else really. The beer - again - tasted primarily of blueberries, but - to both my surprise and enjoyment - the beer is most definitely a beer and not some sort of sugary sweet concoction galavanting about as a beer looking to attract the unadventurous or sugar loving palate. I enjoyed drinking it for this reason, but I found the mouthfeel uninteresting very watery. The beer was very well carbonated, neither too much or too little, but it rolled around my tongue with no body just as I would expect a sip of tap water to do.

Drinkability & Notes: After mulling the beer over and getting over a initial loathing of how it felt in my mouth, I have to say that this stuff does it have it's place. I drank it after dinner on a hot summer's day, and I can see myself reaching for another one on a similar day, just not too often.

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Photo of JTZimmerman
3.98/5  rDev +15%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Immediately upon opening this beer the blueberry overtone is present. I gave this beer a 3.0 on appearance because I drank it out of the bottle, but from reading other reviews it seems to be about what it deserves. The smell, as aforementioned, is strong like blueberries. The taste is decent, to be quite honest it tastes like drinking blueberry pancakes, although admittedly it is not what I would consider a 'sweet' beer, considering it is a fruity beer. The mouthfeel I find is the weakest part of this beer, I cannot place exactly what it is but there is definately something present that isn't quite palatable. Overall, this is a great summertime beer, although probably more preferred by the females.

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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 ybnorml
3.63/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A slightly hazey amber beer. Has a big creamy white head and some nice lace. The aroma has a good mixture of maltyness and blueberry. The flavor plays on that same combination with the malty sweetness starting out and a dry clean blueberry finish. A good summer pleaser.

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Photo of granger10
3.61/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beautiful day today, time for a little blueberry french toast and this beer. Pours a dark bronze color with a nice medium fizzy white head. Head goes down into nothingness, lacing is weak. I like how dark it is, odd for a fruit beer. Aroma was weak. Blueberries are there, not much else. Taste has two waves of flavor. First there's the malts. Pale dry maltyness. Light sweetness even with the dryness, fairly enjoyable. Then the blueberries come in with a strong tarty, whole blueberry quality. Finishes a bit sweet. Body is a bit less lively than I hoped and maybe even a little too thick. All in all this is a fruit beer worth trying.

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Photo of MuddyFeet
3.35/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not too bad, I tend to find most fruit beers sickly sweet. Poured a slightly darker than amber but with hardly any head. The smell was malty, and the blueberries were there, but hardly overpowering. The taste was fruit sweet (but did not give me the feeling that I had to go and brush my teeth), followed by a lsight bitterness. I thank that may have been more from the malts than the hops (which were there for balance but not to add to the flavor). It finsihes crisp, but all the blueberries might get a bit cloying after a little while.

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Photo of JackTheRipper
3.8/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Seeing as how I'm a sucker for a fruit beer, I had to give this one a try.
A: Copper colored and clear. Scant head with little lacing.
S: Blueberry smell. Faint malty smell. Nothing exceptional.
T: Nice fruity taste to this one. The sweetness of the fruit isn't cloying or overpowering. Under the blueberry taste is a surprisingly well balanced beer. Malt profile is nice with just enough hops to balance things out. Take out the fruit and this would probably be a nice beer to drink. Among the fruited beers I've had, this one is probably one of the best.
M: Crisp and medium-light bodied. No aftertaste at all. Carbonation and alcohol are quite well done.
D&N: Yes, I gave this one a 4.5, but that is in comparison to other fruited beers. This beer goes down very well. Nicely dry, no overpowering fruity sweetness, good malts and low hops. If you don't need a hoppy punch in the palate and like something sweeter, this is a beer you'd like.

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

Poured a caramel amber, very little head that quickly vanished. As one would expect, a bit of juicy blueberry in the aroma. Flavor was surprisingly malty with a toffee note. The blueberry flavor was very understated, almost more of an aromatic than a flavor. Blueberry tended to be a little artificial, like blueberry flavored breakfast cereal. The aroma must have been better than I thought, because my 8 year old son plopped down on the couch beside me and asked "what smells so good?" Or maybe that was just his sugary cereal radar going off.

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

transparent, tea-toned appearance, nice, bold head that fizzles down immediately and dissipates to nothingness...
big fruit in the aroma, potent beeries, bright and sweet, blueberrier and blueberrier as time goes on...
Taste: sweetness, again, small bitterness, adequate body, slight, fruity finish.
a neat little dessert beer, something for the fruity crowd, but not the kind of brew that would satisfy me. I guess if life gives you blueberries, make blueberry ale, right?
Pretty tasty, actually, nice little novelty...even if it lacks substance.

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Photo of SheepNutz
4.03/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured into a tulip-style glass. It pours a deep copper color with three huge fingers of head. There is a good amount of sticky lacing left on the glass. The smell is fruity and refreshing. Subtle hints of blueberry slide in under the sweet malty backbone. The taste is chock full of blueberries. The malty sweetness combined makes this beer almost taste like a blueberry pancake, not too shabby! A touch of hops on the finish to boot. The mouthfeel is nice and strong, but really smooth. The drinkability is good too. A really nice blueberry ale!

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Photo of Southernbrew
3.62/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a rich amber with a gigantic head. This is my 3rd bottle of six and everyone has had huge heads, something may be off. Oh well.

Nothing but blueberries in the nose with a touch of spice.

Light bodied and quite crisp. Very full and consistent flavor. There's a bit of spice that I can put my finger on but it does make this beer stand out a bit compared to other blueberry ales. Finishes with a light blueberry flavor.

Not a bad blueberry beer, probably one of the better ones I've had.

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

Thisone came off the word of my local retailer as a push to try Atlantic brewing. I found it abit mild for a fruit beer. It poured a nice clear deep copper color. The head was off-white and small. It faded to a thin film with little lace. The aroma was sweet malt with hints of blueberry and sugar. The taste was also malty with a hint of blueberry. Not very strong. Hops add a crispness to balance this rather nice and even. The berry holds in the mouth as your left with a slight tartness in the finish.
I also cooked with this beer and the aroma just didn't hold up as I expected. I found thisone abit mild. I think Otter Creek does a better job on aroma alone with its Middleberry Ale.

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Photo of clvand0
4.42/5  rDev +27.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to kmpitz2 for this one. Pours an amber color with a small head that dies off quickly and doesn't leave much lacing on the glass. The aroma is really nice. Lots of blueberry aromas in there. A little caramel malt. The flavor is very similar to the aroma. Lots of non-tart blueberry flavor with a moderate malt backing. Finish is slightly bitter from the hops, but the blueberry flavor lingers a bit. Drinkability is very nice and the body is fine for the style.

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Photo of kmpitz2
4.27/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours an amber color with a finger of head that falls to a half finger. The nose is all about blueberry, with some sweet caramel behind it, but just to accentuate the fruit. The flavor is up front blueberry followed wtih caramel and finishing with a light hop to keep it true to beer. I like it. The feel is a light moderate. Nice and refreshing with the blueberry flavor. Dinkability on this beer is very nice. I think that the flavors are good, with the blueberry and hop going well together. Overall, this is a nice beer.

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Photo of AlexJ
3.77/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is what a blueberry ale should taste like. Not too sweet, syrupy, or artificial tasting like most fruit flavored ales(Sea Dog Blue Paw). It still tastes like real beer with a nice amount of hops. Tastes clean and refreshing. The best way to enjoy this beer is to make a "black and blue" with Youngs Double Choc. Stout in a pub-draft can. Liquid dessert!

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Photo of Bierguy5
3.36/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the tap pours a light amber clear liquid with a fair white somewhat rocky head. Head retention was fair, and there was a small amount of lacing. Grainy smells, along with some fruit. Malt flavor is there, but not very dominant. Slightly sour blueberry flavor comes in, but does not take over. Not much bitterness at all. Not a bad beer, but I would want more pronounced flavors. Light body, with a good amount of carbonation. Seems to be just a little more than a blonde ale with hints of blueberry. Not bad, just not too memorable.

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Photo of BillyBrew
4.23/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The only worthwhile blueberry beer I have ever tasted. Had this at the brewery's on-site tavern.

Beautifully copper color with a velvety, white head that thins slowly and sticks upon the glass.

Tight blueberry nose, very sweet.

Deliciously sweet blueberries, not artificial tasting. Richly malted and not forwardly hoppy, but balanced.

Mildly bubbly, medium body. Finishes clean with a blueberry essence.

A great beer as the lone appetizer or even better with dessert, but not for with dinner. Also a fine treat.

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Photo of AllThingsNinja
3.86/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Blueberry ales seem like a disastrous concept, but this brew pulled it off. There are no gimmicky floating blueberries. It's not some light lager, or malt less golden mixed with some fruit.. This brew is a solid amber with purplish hints. There's a nice blueberry aroma and an almost complex flavor. Blueberry sugars and malt notes meld nicely in an ale that is not overly fruity. It's light on body, and not especially interesting - but as fruit beers go, this was excellent.

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Photo of charlesw
3.52/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very deep and dark blue/purple with a tall creamy white and fluffy head that never goes away - it just seems to melt a little in the heat... Oh, no, wait, that must have been my blueberry sundae... Anyway, it's sort of amber colored and has a verra tall off-white fizzy head. Much of the headness leaves quickly enough but at least some of it hangs about for a bit leaving a nice lasting and covering lace.
She smells o' blueberries, tha's fo' shuah! Well, if you force me to smell more I'd say, uh, field grass.
Anyway, the taste, she's ok. It's pretty light. Clear and crisp - a very nice and refreshing drink for these, the last hot days of summer!

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Photo of merlin48
3.63/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This 12 oz bottle pours a hazy, rust colored body with a small, silky head supported by lots of active carbonation. Head retains quite well and deposits a moderate amount of patchy lace.

Aroma is subdued, with a light note of fresh blueberries atop pale ale malt.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with moderate carbonation.

The taste is well balanced, and very tasty, but the blueberry flavor is not intense. I'm thinking that this was the intention of the brewery, as there is no cloying, berry sweetness. There is just enough berry to make this a unique and very quaffable pale fruit ale.

At $9.99 a sixpack at the many stores where i saw this on the Maine coast, it's no bargain, but it's a nicely drinkable, berry ale without an intense fruit flavor.

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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 RBorsato
3.35/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Copper (almost amber) with a full pillowy light beige head and very active carbonation (a bit much at first...). Big blueberry aroma and not much else. Strong blueberry flavor but a bit essence like in my taste since I'm not a blueberry fan. Light-medium bodied in light of the carbonation...

Label states: "America's Original Blueberry Ale" & "1 Pint 6 oz." (only a 12 oz. bottle - guess they used bomber labels by mistake)

Per Atlantic website:
A light fruit ale, made with Maine wild blueberries. 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.
ABV 5.2%

(Mike Ryan)

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Bar Harbor Blueberry Ale from Atlantic Brewing Company / Mainely Meat BBQ
3.46 out of 5 based on 465 ratings.
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