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:
470
Reviews:
270
Avg:
3.46
pDev:
13.87%
 
 
Wants:
16
Gots:
36
For Trade:
0
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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 malfunxion
3/5  rDev -13.3%

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 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 Nichols33
3/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of WesWes
3.58/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours an amber color with a thick frothy white head that fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a nice blueberry scent, but it's not as intense as some. The taste is decent. It has a rather malty flavor with a hint of blueberries. It goes down easy with a slightly tart finish. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with good carbonation. This beer is pretty good, but it just has too much malt flavor. I always bitch that fruit beers don't have enough flavor, but now I realize that the lighter they are the better

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Photo of dar482
3.33/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

The beer comes in a dark red amber with hints of purple from the blueberries.

The aroma offers blueberry jam, pie, candy, a huge artificial sugary sweetness, bready malt.

However, on the flavor, lots of grain, artificial blueberry flavors, blueberry syrup, a stiff lingering earthy bitterness, skunky malts. Overcarbonation. The beer is generally bland with lack of balance.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.87/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A. Poured into a pint glass, slight white head with decent retention.

S. Definately hints of blueberry and malts going on.

T. Very crisp, sweet blueberry notes dominate this beverage. About what you would expect from a blueberry ale.

M. Light crisp mouthfeel. Leaves a fruity aftertaste.

D. Highly drinkable, fairly impressive ale. Maybe I just love blueberry ale, but this one is a winner.

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

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. Sampled on March 3, 2012. It pours about medium amber with a thin but short-lasting head. There are grains on the nose as well as an expected blueberry note. I also get a sweet quality. The body falls into the medium texture range. The taste starts out fruity and sweet and ends peppery and sharply bitter. Blueberry and fruit/vegetable beers in general are low on my appreciation list but this one actually tasted alright.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.27/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I was greeted w/ a copper brew that held a small head w/o lacings throughout the entire drink. The blueberries overpower the nostrils, so that is all I smelled. The blueberries mesh well with the hops, so one gets a taste of blueberry w/ a smooth drink, yet there is a dry, hoppy aftertaste. Unfortunately, that is about all. This is one of those beers that if you want an ale, or a pale ale at that, you can do much better, and in my opinion you could do better w/ a Sea Dog Blueberry Ale right off the top of my head. I didn't mind this beer, I just don't see myself picking it up again.

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Photo of wrightst
3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of mrn1ceguy
3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

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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Photo of cjgator3
3.61/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle

A- Poured into a pint glass. Pours a nice amber color with a huge off-white colored head that possesses excellent lacing and retention. Very impressive appearance.

S- The aroma is some malt and a good dose of blueberries with some yeast as well.

T- The taste like the aroma features some malt with blueberry flavoring as well.

M- The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

D- Not bad, especially for a fruit beer. Not overly sweet like I was worried. Not something I would want to drink all night, but it is something different that is a nice change of pace.

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

A: Poured a coppery-bronze with a thin, white head that was fairly lasting in length.

S: a fresh blueberry aroma, with light traces of toasted wheat and not much else.

T: The initial flavor had a well balanced blueberry presence that wasn't overpowering and providing a fruity experience. There was really no surprises here, just blueberries for flavor.

M: light in body with a very light carbonation.

D: Overall it drank as advertised, a fruit beer and ones enough to experience the limited spectrum of flavor it has to offer. Lawnmower beer.

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Photo of avalon07
3.2/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had an amber color and a somewhat cloudy consistency. Not a whole lot of head or lacing.

S: Smelled of blueberries and hops, but not much else. A pleasant smell.

T: Flavor had blueberries, mild hops and malt up front, but was thin going down. Left an unpleasant aftertaste.

M: A decent amount of carbonation and a smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

D: This is a highly uneven beer. The taste is simply a real drawback here. Could be better than it is.

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Photo of harpus
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

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 bluejacket74
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle, best before January 2013. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a clear amber color with a half inch off-white head. Head retention is decent, and there's a good amount of lacing. The aroma is mostly sweet, it smells like blueberries and sweet malt. The brew tastes like sweet and kinda tart blueberries and grainy malt, but there's also a slight bitter finish. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it's a bit slick and it's also refreshing. I liked this brew, I'd try it again. I think it's worth trying if you've never had it before.

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Photo of ADTaber
3/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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 costanzo_mike
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of hozersr
3.31/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Bar Harbor Blueberry Ale from Atlantic Brewing Company / Mainely Meat BBQ
3.46 out of 5 based on 470 ratings.
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