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

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Bar Harbor Summer AleBar Harbor Summer Ale

Brewed by:
Atlantic Brewing Company / Mainely Meat BBQ
Maine, United States

Style: American Blonde Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Summer

Notes / Commercial Description:
Now in six pack! This ale is light and crisp, yet retains the body and character of a microbrew.

Added by lordofthewiens on 07-06-2006

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Ratings: 78 |  Reviews: 25
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2/5  rDev -37.5%

Photo of prokopt2
2.28/5  rDev -28.8%

2.42/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle to pokal. Best before December 12th notched on the label. Sampled 8/12/11.

A: Pours with a foamy/fluffy head, 1 1/2 fingers high, pure white in color. Respectable retention but no film or collar. The body is crystal clear and a light straw yellow in color. No lacing.

S & T: Grain, cereal, flowers and grass. Very light fruit (estery) inclusion. Hard to discern general beer flavor and aroma. Nothing bad or offensive, just nearly missing altogether.

M: Light body with a fizzy carbonation that helps to increase the thickness in the mouthfeel.

O: I've got plenty of go-to "summer" ales. No need to revisit this one.

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Photo of jwjon1
2.5/5  rDev -21.9%

Photo of woosterbill
2.64/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A: The body is a clear medium amber, topped by a finger of fine white head that settles slowly into a ring. Spotty lace. Not bad at all.

S: Hmm. It's not exactly offensive, but the only aromas I can identify are decidedly less than optimal: cooked vegetables (eggplant?!), apricot marmelade, spice, and silage. Again, it really isn't as unpleasant as it sounds, but it's definitely subpar.

T: A bit better here, with the gingery spice and graininess pushing the vegetables away entirely and moving the overripe fruit to the tale end. Bittersweet, husky finish. Still below average, but definitely a step in the right direction compared to the nose.

M: Soft, smooth, well-carbonated medium-light body. Excellent.

O: This was my least favorite beer poured during the after-tour tasting at the brewery, a fact that made me unhappy that I'd already grabbed a bottle for a mixed-six. Sure enough, I still don't like it after spending more time with it. Not recommended.


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Photo of Cavanaghty
2.66/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Slightly hazy golden amber in color. Three fingers of a beautiful off-white head that lasted several minutes, good carbonation. Spotty lacing left on the glass.

Smell: Musky...Almost like the smell of an old book. I can smell some hops, but that musky smell was overwhelming.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Medium bodied, but for the amount of head and carbonation I saw, this beer felt flat. Taste was ok, toasted malts and a bread like flavor.

Overall: There is far better summer ales out there, disappointed with this one as I have become a big fan of the Atlantic Brewing Company.

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Photo of Snamnoum
2.68/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance - hay colored with a half finger of head which died incredibly fast. No lacing to speak of. Crystal clear.

Smell - little to no smell. Maybe some malt, fruit, and the tiniest whiff of hops. Might just be my imagination though.

Taste - very light bitterness upfront which dies quickly. Not much else to speak of. Very lager like.

Mouthfeel - light bodied with high carbonation. Doesn't linger on your palette. Pretty thing feeling.

Drinkability - definitely drinkable and kind of refreshing but I would not buy again and not worth trying if you haven't already.

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Photo of Bowdoinbeerboy
2.73/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance- Ours a sickly yellow colore with some carbonation apparent and no head.

Smell- Rice ladden alcoholic mash, not really impressive, reminds me of BMC.

Taste- Fairly bland, no hops apparent and its only really distinct characteristic is watery sweet mash.

Moutfheel- Very weak and watery, very much like a macro.

Drinkability- Not a well done beer, disappointing and watery.

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Photo of IdrinkGas
2.75/5  rDev -14.1%

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2.75/5  rDev -14.1%

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2.75/5  rDev -14.1%

Photo of rab53
2.75/5  rDev -14.1%

Photo of jdhilt
2.78/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours a three finger white head that quickly goes to a ring leaving some lace. Clear orange/amber color. Faint malt nose. Light-medium carbonation and light bodied. Flavor is light sweet citrus, a little watery. I'm ready for some beers with a backbone. $2.00 for a 12 oz bottle from Tullys Beer & Wine Wells, Me.

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Photo of scaliasux
2.79/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of h0wdy
2.84/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3

Look - This is a dark gold colored beer with a thin head formed.
Smell - I get a smell of orange.
Taste - A soft almost bread like taste to it.
Feeling - If the goal is to sit back and down some beers just trying to chill then this is your beer. But if you want a kick then grab a pack and enjoy.
Overall - It's a fairly light beer and what else can you expect?

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Photo of yesyouam
2.84/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Bar Harbor Summer Ale is a pretty clear, light golden ale with a thin, white head that vanishes. It has a faint, light, sweet, fruity wheat aroma. It's pretty light bodied and a little fizzy. The finish is slightly silty. It's lightly flavored with a touch of fruity sweetness and a hint of grassy bitterness. It's wicked light drinking.

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Photo of tdawgydog
2.85/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

My parents recently took a trip to Bar Harbor and brought me back a six of this along with a Bar Harbor Summer Ale Pint Glass. 25 Cool points for the parent units!! Unfortunately the same can't be said for the beer...

A - Very light in appearance, it seemed as if it was missing something. I almost thought that they had just repackaged some Coors Light.
S - Good scent to the beer, but there was nothing to back it up.
T - Your average American Ale. There is nothing that stands out about this beer. Not terrible but not the best either.
D - Goes down real easy... Almost like water, I wouldn't be surprised if the ABV is about the same as Poland Spring;-)
M - Very little body to this beer, it was a little gassy.

Not the best American Ale that I've had. I had some pretty decent brews while we were in Portland last year, I was expecting a little better out of this but it wasn't to be.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
2.96/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Atlantic Brewing Co.
Bar Harbor Summer Ale

LOOK: Pours a dark golden color, with a perfect clarity. The white loosely bubbled head formed briefly before departing forever.

SMELL: Grainy aroma of malt, crackery yeast, possible some adjuncts and perhaps wheat. Light citrus notes are apparent as well.

TASTE: Like the smell, grainy, faint pils malt, cooked corn, rice, wheat etc. Hops provide acidity and a small peppery spice, quite possibly including some coriander.

FEEL: Thin, light bodied, loose carbonation. Makes for an easy to drink, readily accessible summer option, which was definitely the brewers intent.

OVERALL: Refreshing for sure. Not earth shattering, and the flavors and aroma aren't great. A like able beer, just very plain and attenuated.

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3/5  rDev -6.3%

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3/5  rDev -6.3%

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3/5  rDev -6.3%

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3/5  rDev -6.3%

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3/5  rDev -6.3%

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3/5  rDev -6.3%

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3/5  rDev -6.3%

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