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

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475 Ratings
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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
Ranking:
#41,509
Reviews:
270
Ratings:
475
pDev:
14.08%
Bros Score:
3.34
 
 
Wants:
16
Gots:
38
Trade:
0
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User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 475 |  Reviews: 270
Photo of tekstr1der
3.4/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Light golden pour with thin white head. Aroma is a little yeast and some blueberry. Taste is crisp and dry, again with some blueberry. As the brewer states, this is not loaded with extra flavors, so the mild blueberry flavor is to be expected. Nice and refreshing, but overall a little bland all-around

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Photo of scaliasux
3.05/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of mflamar
3.37/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of jp312
4.25/5  rDev +22.1%

Photo of DoctorDog
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12 oz. bottle into a nonic glass.

A- Slightly hazy amber appearance. Pours with 1 1/2 fingers of white head, which fades quickly, leaving an incomplete cap. Very little lacing.

S- Blueberries, of course, and a slightly funky, sour, yeastiness.

T- Slightly tangy, slightly sweet blueberry taste. Wheat beer characteristics.

M- Fairly crisp with moderate carbonation.

D- Pretty decent. I could see drinking a few of these, but probably wouldn't want to make an entire night of them.

Future outlook: Fairly solid beer, though not something that blew me away. Seemed very much like a wheat beer to me. Might be a consideration to add to a summer mix.

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Photo of CharlesRiver
3.52/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I have seen this beer for awhile but never got it. I am normally not a big fruit beer fan. Light reddish-tan in color with a small head that goes away quickly. The smell is very sweet with hints of different berries, not only blueberry. Tastes a bit like a homebrew I did last year. Plastic and metallic in the beginning and then a much smoother berry flavor takes over. Finishes a bit dry.

All and all an okay beer, just not really my thing. I wouldn't mind trying this on draft to do the comparison.

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Photo of Dbrag
4.5/5  rDev +29.3%

Photo of mgbickel
3.11/5  rDev -10.6%
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 mountdew1
2.95/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Color is a light brown, or almost a burnt orange shade. Very slight blueberry aroma. Initial taste was nothing special. However, taste did improve as the beer sat. After about 10 minutes it became drinkable, and about 25 minutes I could finally taste some blueberry flavor. I found this beer to amost stick to my mouth, not something I'm used to. Very slightly bitter aftertaste, but not detracting to the beer. Not a bad blueberry, but I have definately had better.

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Photo of marcpal
4.01/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up for the wife in her tour de blueberry beers that she loves so much. Personally found this one to be a sleeper of a winner.

12oz bottle poured into pint glass.

A: Amber with a thin eggshell head.

N: Nothing but pure blueberry muffin. Best smelling blueberry beer I can remember- inviting. Some malt as well, nice.

T: There are blueberries here but not overkill like many of the fake flavors that come through in these (see seadog/wild blue). It tasted like an ale and tasted strongly like the aroma- tasty blueberry muffin.

M: Awfully crisp and not cloyingly sweet. Again, left the aftertaste of eating fresh homemade muffin.

D: Very drinkable and enjoyable. I do not like the style but can appreciate this one on a hot summer day.

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Photo of shirfan
3.6/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Darkish amber with maybe a touch of blue or purple. Decent sized head.

Aroma is actually much like fresh blueberries, with some pepper and spice as well.

Taste: Medium light with just a touch of bittering and spicyness, mostly mild toasty malt and (surprise) blueberries. The fruit flavor is pretty good and doesn't lean toward the manufactured or artificial side of things. A little tart in the finish.

Exceeded my expectations.

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Photo of santoslhalper
3.67/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearence: A clear amber body with a little carbonation.. Head is off-white, about one finger, and dies down to a collar.

Smell: A pleasent mix of blueberries and malts greet the nose. The blueberry aroma seems fresh and balanced.

Taste and Mouthfeel: Incredibly bubbly with a mix of griany, malty notes and blueberry. Balanced, clean, very little hop bitterness.

Drinkability and Overall: This is a very straight-foward, easy drinking fruit ale thats' basically one-track. Nothing spectacular, nothing out of control, just simple, easy drinking fruitiness. Not bad.

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Photo of Higravity
4.27/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Finally a blueberry beer that is not a mess. This is a slightly light amber beer with a tinting of blue/purple. The head is white and sticks around leaving some lace. The smell has a nice blueberry quality to it but there is still a maltyness and even a touch of the noble hops. The first sip was quite impressive, a very deft touch of blueberry present without being overbearing letting the malt have a say and even a slight bitterness from the noble hops. Very well done overall. BTW the local store is all out since I bought the last 12'er please send some more ASAP.

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Photo of milkbone_underwear
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of IPAFrankieH
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of GrantBrennan
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

Photo of d_brommer_nh
4/5  rDev +14.9%

Photo of thekanna
2.89/5  rDev -17%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

From notes taken at the Brickskeller in Washington, D.C.

A: Pours a light copper with a decent appreciable amount of off-white head.

S: Strong whiff of blueberries with a slight yeast flavor at the end.

T: Blueberries mixed with a yeast-y cooked veggie taste and an artificial hop bitterness at the end. I wish the blueberry taste was as full and fragrant as it smelled.

M: Somewhat thin and lager-like.

D: Really, just a typical BMC with artificial blueberry taste. Rename it "Bud Light Blueberry", and you're all set. Overall, I wasn't very impressed with this beer and I don't think I'll have another.

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Photo of Beerbuddha
3.03/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Smell- Nice and hoppy. I couldn't pick up a blueberry smell at all.

Appearance- Nice amber color, medium carbonation, Thin head

Taste-I picked up hops but no blueberry. Also picked up malt taste.

Mouthfeel- Medium carbonation, medium body

Drinkability- It was a good beer. I was disappointed that I couldn't pick up the blueberry taste. Apparently everyone else did. I guess I'll have to go back and try it again.

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Photo of PBRstreetgang
4.26/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an amber-mahogany hue, with good clarity. Semi-dense white head, only 1/2 finger in hieght that leaves no lacing. Toasted crystal malt nose, with just a hint of fresh fruit. Tastes like an english pale ale with a soft blueberry flavor just coming through to compliment the rich caramel taste. Slightly drying aftertaste with a mild bitterness(northern brewer hops?) and sweet blueberries that linger but are not overdone. Extra smooth mouthfeel, medium in body and carbonation with a clean finish. A highly drinkable session ale with a pleasent fruit character and very well balanced flavor especially for the style.

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Photo of foghornleghorn22
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of buzzedup
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

Photo of BeerKangaroo
3.3/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Into a pint glass:

A: slightly hazy amber colored body and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. The head lasted longer than I thought.

S: blueberries, light malt

T: blueberries, malts taste toasted

M: light to medium, sessionable, toasty yet sweet aftertaste, slightly bitter finish

O: good for the style and me, I'd probably have it again

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Photo of necoadam
3.59/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Eli Cannon's

Color appeared to be copper/amber color with a little bit of carbonation. Smell was all blueberries, but for some reason it smelled quite pleasent. Some malts were in there for good measure. Taste was mostly blueberries as well. Some spiciness was in there as well (nutmeg?) to offset the blueberries. Some malt undertones can also be detected. Not bad on-tap at least.

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Photo of kshankar
3.77/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clear looking, with a decent head. Lacing is minimal.

Aroma: Blueberries. Trace scent of hops. But...blueberries.

Taste: Blueberries with some hop flavor, and some grains/breadiness. Hops is used to balance out the sweetness of the blueberries. Does that well.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation is fine, light bodied. Goes down crisp.

Drinkability: Refreshing, tastes fine (albeit fruity), with a good hop balance. Light as well. Not bad.

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Bar Harbor Blueberry Ale from Atlantic Brewing Company / Mainely Meat BBQ
Beer rating: 3.48 out of 5 with 475 ratings
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