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 dsa7783
3.03/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

First blueberry ale I tried was from Blue Point, and Bar Harbor's rendition really wasn't up to bar... copped a 12 oz bottle singly and was glad I didn't go for the sixer because for a blueberry ale, this fell way short of my expectations... the nose lacked the real, fresh bluebbery smell I was hoping for, and the taste seemed tweaked and somewhat artificial... an average sample... can't really brag about this one...

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

Pours a nice clear amber color, with a modest head that fades quickly. Fruity, berryish aroma with some slight hoppy scent. Well, blueberry is the dominant flavor. There's a little malt and some faint bitterness, but neither is very interesting. The best thing I can say is that it isn't too sweet, but otherwise, it's mostly inoffensive and bland.

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Photo of Mitchster
3.14/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Made with Maine wild blueberries, Mutton malts, pale, crystal, Munich and wheat malts. Hopped with Target and Willamette. 5.2% ABV.

Sparkingly clear copper amber, forming a very small white head with nary any retention and absent lacing. Carbonation is moderate. The aroma at first reminds me instantly of Coors Blue Moon but upon swirling, I do get a faux blueberry essence which is akin to fake blueberry flavoring one would smell in ice cream or candy. Subtle, but there are some toasty amber malts in there with some delicate floral hops. Cleanly fermented. The mouthfeel is crisp, slick and medium-bodied. The taste begins with some herbaceous hops, followed by an odd constellation of blueberry-like flavors, but it also takes on an orange peel and toast character as well. The flavors don't quite jibe together and create an unpleasant mishmash. The aftertaste borders on horrible, like someone dropped a handful of Pez into your Coors. The finish is ruddy.

Not recommended. A mess of a beer. Pass on this one. I poured it down the sink after about 2 oz. Your girlfriend or wife won't like it either. It sucks.

Revisit 5/31/09-This time, pours out to a cloudy amber with light sediment, is mildly carbonated, has an interesting "wild blueberry" character that kinda embraces the woodsniess/pine character of the blueberry bushes themselves. Is somewhat tart, has a medium body, mild bitterness, and a strong potpourri flavor in the middle. Maybe my taste has changed, but it's certainly not as bad as my prior review would indicate. Ratings are updated.

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

Appearance: Hazy reddish brown in color, with a moderate off-white head, which quickly collapses to scattered swirls of foam. The lacing is thin and quite scattered.

Aroma: Quite sweet aroma of caramel and blueberries, almost like caramel blueberry cake, odd, but nonetheless, appealing.

Taste: Sweet caramel and blueberries at the open, a slight undercurrent of bitterness becomes more pronounced as the taste advances, although it never manages to completely overwhelm the caramel and fruit. Finishes sweet and dry, with a mild, lingering metallic bitterness.

Mouth feel: Smooth, soft, full, and pleasant.

Drinkability/notes: Rather different, but pleasant, nonetheless. Brewing appealing fruit beers seems to be a daunting challenge for most brewers, but Bar Harbor has succeeded, where so many others have been found lacking.

Presentation: Packaged in a twelve-ounce brown glass long neck bottle with a twist-off crown, served in a standard pint tap glass.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
3.91/5  rDev +13%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

@ the brewery on MDI

Hazy amber with an uber thin white head. Foamless by 3/4 glass.

The blueberry mixes with crystal malts and creates a blueberry cake aroma. Tastes like blueberry cake too. Or cobbler I guess. Not sure of the difference between cake and cobbler.

I've never seen a blueberry amber ale before and I like it. It's more like a blueberry cobbler or cake or whatever. Beats the pants off another blonde or wheat ale with some blueberry extract thrown in.

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Photo of Metalmonk
3.36/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Label has a best-by date of April 2007, so this has collected about all the age it should.

Pours a rusty golden color that sports a big fluffy head. Very healthy carbonation. Nice rounded lace splotches as the glass empties. Just looking at this makes me thirsty.

Aroma offers only very faint blueberry, otherwise it smells like an American Macro: candy-like corn sweetness and overcooked vegetables.

Blueberry is incorporated very well in the flavor, coming in right at the beginning and staying all the while, even remaining strong in the finish. But it's never overdone, and that's a fine line when it comes to fruit beers. There's a healthy malt roundness to this beer as well, and a crisp little kick from the hops. But it seems to drink way more like a lager than an ale, as it also sports a slightly metallic sheen, and brings up the nasty flavor of overcooked vegetables that lots of macro lagers possess.

The good outweighs the bad here, and the blueberry is definitely fun and well-done, but even though I'm glad I tried it, this isn't so interesting or superior that I would go out of my way for it.

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Photo of BigBry
3.69/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle with freshness date on the side, label as pictured above. "America's Original Blueberry Ale".
Pours a clear, copper color with a small light tan head. No real retention, foam quickly shrank and disappeared, no lace.
Smells like sweet blueberries, clean and fresh. Some light bready malt. Taste mirrors the smell. Blueberries are prominent, some malt in the background. No real hoppiness, just malt and fruity sweetness. High carbonation leaves a bubbly tingle mouthfeel. Light, slightly thin and watery. Very nice example of a fruit beer.

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Photo of jsanford
3.23/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22oz bottle poured into a Pint Glass.

A - Pours a hazy dark amber with a huge head of off-white that never fully dissipates, only recedes to some chunky foam. Leaves some soapy lacing clinging to the glass.
S - Sweet malt and blueberry pancake batter. Decent blueberry aromas, not as artificial as I expected.
T - More sweet male and subdued blueberry flavors. Clearly the blueberry was all in the nose, I'm getting just a slightly tart berry flavor, but nothing that yells "blueberry". Perhaps that's a good thing, I usually find heavy blueberry flavor to be offensive.
M - Crisp, with a thin body and sharp carbonation. A bit over-carbonated, but I'm not sure on the age of the bottle so that may be affecting it.
O - Not bad. I think it kinda fails as a blueberry beer but works well as a (moderately) sessionable hot-day beer.

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

Little head that dissipates rather hastily. A very nice amber hue to this blue berry smelling darling. I’m generally not one for fruit infused brews but this is one of the better ones in my opinion. Blueberry is very laid back. Actually get more of the malty ale flavor on the initial palate and then the blueberry lingers in the aftertaste but not overly so. A very good beer for a change of pace if drinking a large amount of “bigger” beers. Quite the palate cleanser

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Photo of brewandbbq
2.47/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

22oz bottle aquired at the source.
Pours dark amber with an off- white head of pourus density.
The myriad of large to fine bubbles recede within 3 minutes to individual whisps of light foam. Lacework is nil to none.
Aroma is the highpoint of the brew, blueberry piecrust with mild, toasty, malt.
Body is lightish and watery, light carbonation but still a bit prickly.
Pallet is thin and meak. Very mild blueberry flavor and light malt.
Hopping is in bitterness only and light fruityness beyong the lacking blueberry character.
Finishes bitter with some residual sweetness and dissapointingly.
Bar Harbor makes some great beers, but this one needs lots of improvement. Namely more flavor all around.
Blueberry character is small as well as any other profile.
With a big blue label that broadly states "True Blue" @3.5% abv.

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

A - Crisp copper color with a slightly smaller than average sized, tight, frothy, sticky, off-white color. Decent retention with a nice, frothy lace left.

S - Nice, fresh, juicy blueberry aroma. Light with sweet bread aromas. Other than that there isn't much though.

T - Similar to the nose with a light blueberry flavor. Some toasted malt and slightly sweet bready flavor. The blueberry flavor isn't quite as natural in the taste as the aroma suggested. Kind of a sweet cough syrup/alco-pop flavor. Not too sweet/artificial though. A bit like an blueberry muffin cereal.

M - Lighter body with about average carbonation. A light, spritzy feel.

D - Not overly sweet or artificial blueberry flavor but it gets a little too sweet to have more than 1 or 2. Decent dessert beer though.

Notes: Not a bad fruit beer, but not a great one. It falls in the middle somewhere where the nose is nice fresh blueberries, but the taste is a bit more artificial. It gets to be a little light on flavors as you drink and it fails to keep me interesting. Probably a good dessert beer or if you want to provide a fruity flavor (I paired it with breakfast for dinner). Worth a try, but don't expect to be blown away.

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Photo of HardTarget
3.95/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle Inspection: Best before July 07 notched (sampled June 07). No other useful information, brown twisty.

Aroma: Blueberries! First sniff was all fresh picked blueberries, very well done! After the head calmed down, some sweet malt and light floral notes came through.

Appearance: Amber glass, with maybe a suggestion induced purple bruising, has excellent clarity and holds a thin head that manages some respectable lacing before dropping to a scant collar.

Flavor: The blueberry note is pretty well balanced, not being overwhelming but up front and predominate. There is a light sweetness to the beer which complements the fruit. No hops noted. Malt base is a bit toasted. Mild bread flavor working as well; Total package makes me think blueberry bagel.

Mouthfeel: Lively carbonation, light medium body, slightly slick and lasting finish.

Overall Impression: As fruit beers go, this is pretty darn good. Fruit is featured without getting artificial or overdone. Base beer under it has no flaws. The carbonation is a little to high for my tastes and the head didn’t really hold up well. Overall, I’d have to recommend it, I can see getting some more of this.

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Photo of lackenhauser
3.17/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Usual golden amber color. Decent enough aroma-nicely fruity and a touch of toasted malt. Ok flavor-its fruity enough but theres not a blueberry flavor to be found for miles. It could be any fruit in there. Somewhat malty with a fruit backround I would say. Decent enough mouthfeel for the style. Rather ho hum overall. I have had several blueberry beers that blow this away. I would give it a pass.

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Photo of morebeergood
3.75/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A friend brought a six pack to a weekend bbq and offered me one. Poured into a SA perfect pint glass. A whole lot of carbonation forms a huge yet fluffy head. Much darker orange color than I was expecting from a fruit beer. Just a hint of blueberry in the nose. But, the blueberry really was showcased in the flavor. Good job by this brewery: plenty of flavor, but not overpowering. Nice mouthfeel too, with a decent amount of malt body. I've had a few blueberry beers, and there are very few I like. This one has landed on that exclusive list. Nice summer ale.

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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 thekevlarkid
3.37/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Out of a bottle this brew was a nearly opaque, chestnut color with two fingers of beach-sand head. The retention was moderate, the lacing sticky and spotty. The aroma was sweet and rich, full of blueberries and caramel malt. The flavors were not as appealing however, blueberries but also brown rice and a general grainy character along with orange rind from the hops that added a semi-bitter finish. A weird combination. The mouthfeel was a little rough, due to the higher, prickly carbonation. There are far better offerings of this kind.

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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 JDV
3.3/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Pours a rich nice amber color with a tiny white head. Smell and look is really nice actually. Smell is mostly of a very obvious blueberry, with little else. Just the tiniest touch of bitterness in the 1st taste, with a touch of sweetness and blueberry flavor following. A bit of malt taste is noticeable after it sits for a bit. Body is a touch watery unfortunately, and it has a short finish. Decent overall, and not a nauseatingly sweet fruit beer that makes it hard to finish or anything, but I wish it had a touch more oompf to it.

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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 daliandragon
3.67/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Generally, fruit beers are considered somewhat efeminite or non masculine but I have enjoyed a few pumpkins lately so I could give this Atlantic offering a shot.
Attractive reddish amber color with zero head or lacing and a nose of blueberries, malt and faint alcohol. Blueberry is fresh and genuine smelling. Not too sweet, as I was expecting. Nice dry aftertaste and feels pleasant in the mouth,..comfortable texture.
I'm not exactly sure what blueberry ale is suppossed to taste like but this is a pretty good beer. Maybe not quite a session brew but more than one goes down very well.

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.06/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

a beautiful light amber color, totally clear with robust carbonation and many tiny bubbles to create and support an all-white, 1/4" deep, smooth and even head that seems to have plenty of support.

A tangy blueberry scent pops on the nose with some herbalness and wheat notes down deep.

A semi-sweet malt with raspberry-like tanginess and bluberries is tasted first, but then becomes very wheatie and herbalized, the balance is pretty good and the blueberry flavor is not overpowering and maybe not strong enough, still the overall flavor works and is enjoyable. The after taste is strange though, with a soapy taste lingering on.

Light bodied, crisp and clean mostly, and for the style is pretty easy to drink.

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Photo of Gambrinus1184
3.02/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12-ounce bottle into a Cavalry Brewing Co. pint glass.

A: Very light, pale copper color with lively carbonation building to a two-finger head of off-white foam which settles rather quickly to a fine layer of bubbly sediment leaving behind little lacing.

S: Fruity blueberry aroma with hints of lightly toasted grains. No hops noted, just the blueberry smell, which isn't too artificial smelling.

T: Slightly spicy and grainy malt flavor at first leading into a fizzy, watery rush of fruity esters and slightly metallic carbonation before finishing semisweet and fruity with a light, bitter blueberry syrup taste. The slightly metallic bitterness clings on in the finish ling after the blueberry fades.

M: Sharp, crisp and light-medium bodied ale with ample carbonation and no adverse, artificial blueberry residue.

D: Kinda tough to place it as a good beer in the winter, or any season for that matter. The malts are a bit harsh and grainy, imparting little sweetness to compliment the very light blueberry essence, which is far more prominent in the aroma that the flavor. Sort of a macro, blueberry beer at 5.2% ABV, so if that's your bag, have at it. Not I, however.

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Photo of deltatauhobbit
4.64/5  rDev +34.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've had this beer almost every which way, but out of the tap is always the best, especially if you get it right from the brewery in Bar Harbor.

The appearance is a typical golden/amber color, nothing really outstanding, some head and patchy lacing.

The smell doesn't indicate too much even considering its a fruit beer, only a slight whiff of blueberries, very balanced though, there is a blueberry presence meld with malt and some hop backing.

But the taste is amazing. Unlike most blueberry beers, this beer is more subtle in the taste, it isn't overpowering but mixes just the right amount of sweetness. It's hard to compete with the original blueberry beer in my book.

Can easily get in 12oz bottles in Maine, some 22oz bottles, but try to get it on-tap, highly recommended.

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