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 scaliasux
3.05/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of mountdew1
2.95/5  rDev -14.7%
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 +15.9%
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 +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 +6.1%
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 +23.4%
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 IPAFrankieH
3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of milkbone_underwear
3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of d_brommer_nh
4/5  rDev +15.6%

Photo of thekanna
2.89/5  rDev -16.5%
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 PBRstreetgang
4.26/5  rDev +23.1%
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 Beerbuddha
3.03/5  rDev -12.4%
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 Fitzy01
3.71/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BeerKangaroo
3.3/5  rDev -4.6%
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 GrantBrennan
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of necoadam
3.59/5  rDev +3.8%
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 +9%
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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Photo of EFR94
3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

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 bshiban
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of jmalex
3.78/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

More from my vacation to Maine. This is one of my favorites from Atlantic and, surprisingly blueberry makes a nice beer flavor.

APPEARANCE: Pours a somewhat clear dark copper color into a shaker pint. The head is off-white to beige and starts rather heartily and drops to a significant surface coating.

SMELL: Well it's definitely blueberry. It's hard to tell if it's an extract or real fruit but the aroma is pretty intense. It's pretty hard for any other aromas to get through, but some vague biscuity and caramel tones come out slightly.

TASTE: Much more balanced in the mouth. The blueberry isn't blatant upon first sip, but rather joins a toasty robust base beer and a piny yet pungent hop note. The blueberry is certainly there and does well to stay in balance with the beer itself.

MOUTHFEEL: Medium to light bodied with an above average carbonation. No complaints. Nothing special.

DRINKABILITY: Pretty damn good as far as fruit beers go. Certainly sessionable if you're in the mood for dessert. If blueberry is your thing, definitely keep this in the fridge as a go-to beer.

That said, I'm not sure if blueberry is my thing. This would be a great beer to have every once in a while, and I will go back... just as long as I'm in the mood for blueberries.

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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 foghornleghorn22
3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of Nipitato
3.94/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer was part of a sampler pack I picked up at the brewery in Bar Harbor, ME.

A: Medium copper hue. Visibly effervescent. Good 1/4 inch light tan head with good retention.

S: A perfect restrained blueberry aroma. Not syrupy or overly sweet. No hop aroma. Malt aroma with no defined characteristics underscores.

T: Blueberry flavor is very restrained. Just enough to provide some character. Malt is not overly sweet. Suprising bitter hoppiness on the back end. Overall it makes for a good tasting beer.

MF: Medium light mouthfeel. Medium-low carbonation with a dry finish.

D: Coins itself as the original blueberry ale. Whether or not it is the original I do think it is the best. Not overly sweet, cloying or syrupy. This makes for a decidely easy drinking sessional beer for a warm summer day or crisp fall afternoon.

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Photo of Beastdog75
3.6/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is this first blueberry ale that I have ever tried. I'm a pretty big fan of blueberries, so I was pretty psyched to have acquired some of this brew, but does the anticipation match up to the actual experience? We shall see...

Bar Harbor Blueberry Ale pours a muddy copper/amber color which was a bit darker than I was expecting. A generous amount of foam forms and retains very well. It thins out a little bit but retains for a good portion of the beer. Some slight husky grain scent and blueberries aroma is present. The mouthfeel was slightly thin and had a high-moderate amount of carbonation. There is a light malt flavor (almost wheat-like) present along with the blueberry flavor. The blueberry flavor is done just right as it is not overpoweringly sweet and even has a bit of tartness to it. There is a decent hop presence here too which helps balance out some of that sweetness. Some light grains and blueberry continue on in the aftertaste, and the beer concludes with no alcoholic warmth.

Overall this was a pretty decent brew and pretty drinkable to boot. I didn't think it was too sweet, but some others might find it so. For a fruit beer, I thought that this was a pretty balanced effort.

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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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