Portsmouth Bluebeery | Portsmouth Brewery

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Portsmouth Brewery
New Hampshire, United States

Style: Fruit and Field Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Summer

Notes / Commercial Description:
An American phenomena! Incorporating 240 pounds of Maine blueberries into a unique medium-bodied ale.

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Reviews: 26 | Ratings: 38
Reviews by ExtraStout:
Photo of ExtraStout
3.92/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hands down, my wife's favorite beer; nothing else comes close. This was her first Brewery visit back in 2008 and thank god she loved it.
We've done about a dozen brewerys since. My rating is done through her eyes.

For me, this brew was just your average pilsner but I like my brew hopped. They brewed a stonger blueberry this year but never got up there to try it and now they are out, damn.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of mschofield
3.06/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a purplish-amber, topped with a one finger off white head and filled with floating blueberries. Leaves partial webs of lacing.
Blueberry and grain aroma with a floral note.
Blueberry, grain, wheat taste with a bit of tannins and grape skin.
Light to medium bodied, pretty typical blueberry beer - a lot of blueberry and not much beer.

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Photo of purplehops
3.43/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Blueberry Ale poured a very hazy copper red with a small white head that left some lacing on the glass. Oh yea; they lost points for the three domestic blueberries floating in my pint. The aroma was faint with a mix of malt, blueberry essence and some citrus hop notes. Taste started very malty with background flavors of blueberry and some hop bitterness. Finish was crisp and dry with a nice balance of the malt and the blueberry flavors along with citrus notes. Aftertaste was a steady dying of malt and hop flavors and a building of candy blueberry flavors that lingered for a while on your palate. Mouthfeel was crisp and refreshing with a medium light body and what seemed like the right amount of carbonation.
Overall a good fruit beer. The staff says that it is made with real blueberries and not syrup. However they are using domesticated berries instead of wild ones and it shows in the aftertaste. The domesticated berries have a slight astringentness in their sweetness that the wild berries don’t have. That astringent taste is carried into the finish of the beer. Otherwise a good summer brew for when you need a change of pace.

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Photo of brewandbbq
3.77/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle.

Pours hazy, dark copper with a purple hue and a thin, white head. A whisp on the surface of the brew and a few dots of lacing throughout the glass.

Aromatics are laced with a soft blueberry kiss, crisp malt, and underlying fruit. Not really full of blueberry essence, but it's there.

Medium bodied with a slickish mouthfeel. Slightly syrupy with light carbonation.

Ripe berries, sweet malt, and light caramel on the palate. The bitterness is low, and the beer is slightly sweet. Not sure if I could tell it was blueberries I was tasting unless I knew.

Finishes with lingering fruit and sweet malt.

Pretty dissapointing. The faint blueberry nose delivers even less on the palate. Better than some Blueberry ales, but I've come to expect more from Portsmouth.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
2.51/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Hands down, my wife's favorite beer; nothing else comes close. Picked up a growler there last week, and my wife said she couldn't drink it all, so I volunteered. My disclaimer is that I don't really like fruit beers. That being said, this is a poor beer. It looked great: a beautiful red/purple with a small head. The brewery threw some bluberries in the growler, and there they were. The aroma was mild, sweet. Some blueberry, but I wondered if that was the beer or the fruit. Once I tasted it, I realized it was the fruit, because the taste wasn't there! Something sweet, but that was it. Very thin, not enjoyable. Drink at your own risk.

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Photo of Imstillthegman
3.41/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Joepais for this brew...sent as part of the Bluegrass BIF.

This one pours an interesting pale purple/amber color. Very different. White head with some pink hues forms very quickly. Fades almost as fast while making a ton of noise. I don't think I have ever had such an effervescent sounding beer before.

This has some age on it and I'm guessing that's why the aroma is faint. I pick up some grains and some blueberries. Slightly sweet with a hint of tartness to it. Blueberry scent becomes stronger as it warms.

The flavor shows a bit more blueberry than the smell does. Still, the graininess seems to overpower the berries. I bet this one was really tasty when it was fresher.

The mouthfeel is almost champagne like. Tons of prickly bubbles dance on the tongue. Slightly drying aftertaste. Interesting brew, to say the least. Thanks Joe!

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Photo of jabocu
2.49/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

This came out to me looking fantastic... I couldn't wait. It was a hazy medium amber with faint purple highlights. One finger white cap and they had 3-4 big blueberries floating in the top. Expectations were high. Aroma was kind of musty, lightly malty, and I couldn't detect any blueberries or any fruit in the nose. Flavor was a little sweet, earthy, biscuit, a little sour wheat, and very mild bitterness. Where's the blueberries?? Mouthfeel was medium carbonation, a little watery, and left an odd aftertaste. Anyway, not my favorite from Portsmouth brewery.

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Photo of mountdew1
3.77/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured into standard shaker pint glass. Color was slightly purpley bluey with a very thin head with a small hint of blue. The head dissipated very quickly but left some interesting spiderwebs/swirls on the top. Smell was slightly sweet, predominantly blueberry muffins with a touch of cream. Taste was of blueberries with a bit of heavy cream mixed in. Felt very thin and watery in the mouth, no carbonation at all. Very easy to drink, went down nicely while sitting eating on the deck in late August.

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Photo of joe1510
4.1/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz Bomber

I have the opportunity to try Bluebeery courtesy of joepais, thanks again Joe! Bluebeery pours lightly hazed with a rusty red amber body. I'm assuming part of this color is from the blueberry addition. A one finger white head forms on the pour and recedes to a solid cap. It could be my mind playing tricks on me but the head seems to have a tint of color to it. Each drink leaves behind some loose patchy lacing along the sides of the glass.

The aroma is very nice. The first thing that jumps (although jump may be a strong word) out about this beer is a slightly sweet blueberry aroma. There are no artificial blueberries here. This smells like fresh off the vine blueberries. Along with the slight sweetness the blueberries bring they also add a touch of tart along the way. The base of this beer sets a solid foundation. There's a subtle grainy sweetness lying down underneath the blueberry goodness. This beer smells appetizing.

The aroma let me know exactly what the flavor was going to be. Slight blueberry sweetness kicks things off and leads the way through the flavor. The base of this beer really lets the flavors shine. The body of this beer seems to me to be a well made blonde ale. Slightly sweet graininess lays down the back and balances out the slightly tart and subtly peppery blueberries. I really enjoy the way this beer was brewed. The base beer is simple enough to let the blueberries really come through nicely. It's not too sweet either like other blueberry beers I've sampled in the past.

The mouthfeel is moderately light with a carbonation that lets itself be known. The carbonation is on the higher side of the spectrum and while aggressive, never quite reaches prickly. The feel is very clean and crisp.

Bluebeery is one of the quintessential summer beers. This beer is incredibly easy to drink. The body and carbonation keep this an easy drinker on there own before the thirst quenching is even brought into the mix. The subtle flavors just really top everything off.

This is a delicious fruit beer. I like to try all the blueberry beers I can find and this is a delicious one. I wish I could have got a couple more of these. I think it's a beer both friends and family would have enjoyed whether into beer or not. Thanks again for the treat Joe!

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Photo of MTNboy
2.98/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This was not what I expected. I have drank other blueberry beers and this one was alright as a beer but wasn't very blueberry like. It was basically an ale with a touch of sweetness added.

Appearaance- A little better than average but with some darkness.

Smell- Typical ale aroma hoppy and a little sweet.

Mouthfeel- Nothing special but not that bad either.

Drinkability- Not bad as ales go but just doesn't do it for me.

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Photo of Packforever1976
3.62/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I got this one awhile back in a BIF from joepais. I've made it a goal to start drinking some of the beers that have been around for awhile, so here we go.

Served chilled in my british pint.

A: This one foamed up on me quickly, but I noticed in-time to avoid an overflow. Pours light copper with nice clarity. Foamy light pint head which recedes quickly. No lacing.

S: Very nice blueberry aroma. Some maltiness in there too, but the blueberries smell really nice and dominate the nose.

T: Tart blueberries. Sweet malts balance out the tartness from the blueberries.

M: Mouthfeel is nice. Very light and refreshing, proper carbonation. Finishes dry.

D: Very drinkable. I'd love to try this one again when the weather is nicer, as I think it would be a very refreshing summer brew.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3.67/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I got this brew thanks to a LiF hosted by joepais, Thanks Joe!

22oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

L - red/amber color with a small pink head that went away in a hurry.

S - nice, blueberry aroma.

T - the blueberry taste is nice and tart.

F - light/medium bodied with low carbonation feel.

D - a nice beer for something different, but not a session beer by any means.

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Photo of sethmeister
3.8/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy red with some particulates and a tight offwhite head which doesnt hold long but leaves some soapy lace on the glass.

Scent is wild blueberries, bread, honey, graham cracker.

Taste is blueberries of course. Natural tasting and not overpowering. Lightly sweet with the wonderful dry breadcrust finish I often notice in Portsmouth's beers. Very light, crisp, clean hop bitterness lingers on the tongue. Saaz or noble hops?

Lightly creamy mouthfeel with surprisingly light carbonation.

Very easy to drink.

Not my favorite among Portsmouth's offerings (fruit/veg beers are not really my thing) but a well crafted and delicious ale all the same.

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Photo of joepais
4.03/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I drank two of these today nothing else at the brewery. It arrived in my Imperial pint club glass with a hand full of big blueberries bouncing up and down. The body color on this was fantastic, bright and clear blueberry juice color toped of with a small off white head

Smells like fresh blueberries and being a Mainer I think I can say that with authority. Along with 120 pounds of the berries into 7 bbl of beer that is what I'd expect

Now for the taste I had one of these after drinking a pint of DIPA yesterday and I thought it might be a bit sweeter than the last batch (should have realized anything after a 100 IBU beer would be sweet)
Tod even brought up the brew sheet to prove it was the same.
Today it was a different story that is all I drank so I will say it has the typical sweet blueberry flavor. I know some is from the malts. In the end there is a slight bitterness as well not from the hops but from the blueberries themselves IMHO

The brew drinks light and crisp in the mouthfeel. Good carbonation I watched the blueberries bounce up and down for a while.

I had two of these today and I would have had a third but at 5% and it being a nice day. The downtown crawling was with Portsmouth finest I settled on two. The paper on the bar in front of me had an article how the upped the DWI patrols.
A good blueberry beer one of the best I have had so far. I even got my wife to drink it and she thought it was better than Kate

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Photo of Lawnboy33
4/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of Casey10
3.9/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was a really nice blueberry beer that was served on tap which my wife and I tried 08-19-2010 at the brewery. I have read a couple of the reviews for this but mostly for the bottle version. This is great on tap they even add a couple of blueberrys on the top of the pour (I know fruit in beer). It really adds to this nice refreshing beer. I recommed to anyone this as is crisp and refreshing.

The beer has a nice aroma and the taste is above average the mouth feel is good but rated the drinkability high as really enjoyed drinking this one and would have again.

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Photo of Kelp
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

Photo of Reagan1984
3.97/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this at Portsmouth brewing on the way home from Maine.

The pint came with only a finger of head that was light purple in color due to the use of a great deal of blueberries. The beer was a clear amber color with a noticeable purple tint to it. Yes, you can see the effect the blue berries had on the color of both the beer and the head. No lacing at all left behind in the glass.

Fruity/berry aroma that was sweet, but not overpowering.

Flavor was actually very nice and well balanced. I've never had blueberry bread, but this is what I would imagine it like. A nice bread flavor with a hint of the sweetness and blueberry flavor. Not too sweet and sticky like some other versions. This all gave way to a rather crisp clean finish.

Mouth feel was light, crisp and pretty satisfying.

Very nice drinkability and a nice session/summer beer.

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Photo of OtherShoe2
3.55/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Medium amber with a little purple hue. No head. No lace.

Blueberry, right? Not in the nose on this. Toasted malt, some caramel maybe.

This one has just a kiss of fruit. Mostly toasted malt, some caramel, a little burnt sugar bitterness. Lightly bitter and malty in the finish.

Medium bodied, ok carbonation.

Overall, some blueberry beers are overdone, some are underdone. This one needs more fruit. The rest of the beer was good, but this one just misses for me.

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Photo of sisuspeed
3.7/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Just got back from visiting the Portsmouth Brewery last weekend and decided to grab a bomber of their Blueberry Ale to go. Really enjoyed the atmosphere of the brewpub and they had a nice offering of beers, plus some from their sister brewery, Smuttynose.

The Blueberry Ale produces a small head with a vigorous pour, which dissipates into almost nothing, except for a small ring of foam around the top. Usually I would knock this, since I think a nice foamy head makes the beer look more appetizing, but when they serve it to you at the pub they float blueberries on top, so lack of foam allows you to see them and the overall presentation is well done. The color of the beer is a clear red/amber hue. Looks nice.

The aroma is very malty, sweet and some fruit, which I'm guessing is blueberry. Overall, very malty.

The flavor again is robust in its maltiness, not dark roasted malts, but more of medium roast that has a sweet flavor. Almost no hops are present, so malts really dominate. There is some fruit flavor as well, which does taste like blueberry, but if I didn't know this was a blueberry beer to begin with I don't know if I could have decided on the specific fruit flavor.

The mouthfeel is just about right for this kind of beer. Not too thick or watery. Very smooth. Carbonation is on the lower side, but goes well with the smoothness. Overall, this is a highly drinkable ale and the flavor is fairly robust. Could easily have a couple of these at the brewery. However, the beer doesn't really stand out from other fruit beers I've had. So I wouldn't go out of my way to get it, but I would go out of my way to visit the brewpub.

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Photo of jaydoc
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of wdarcy77
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of portia99
3.63/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle purchased at the brewery last weekend. Poured into a Portsmouth tulip.

A - Pours a reddish, purpleish blueberry hued amber color. There is some light haze and a finger of white foam that dies quickly to a thick collar. Streams of bubbles constantly rise from the bottom of the glass.

S - Fruity although not distinctly blueberry in aroma. Some floral and earthy hop aromas over the top of some light bready malt. A bit of a red wine like aroma to round things out...also gives an impression of alcohol, although the level is low enough that this shouldn't truly be the case.

T - Grainy malt at the base, dry and cereally - almost Cheerios-like. This is surrounded by some earthy and metallic flavors in the middle with some berrylike fruitiness, that is still difficult to precisely identify as blueberry. A light sweetness and some spices - cinnamon maybe. Blueberry is easier to identify as the beer warms up a bit, and the flavor almost becomes blueberry pie like as the malt and fruit combine together much more nicely than when chilled down more.

M - Medium bodied with a strong carbonation that is fizzy. The malt base lingers into the aftertaste nicely as does the blueberry.

D - Easy drinking beer. Good combination of flavors that work well together. I think I'd like this to have a bit lighter base to it, or maybe get a touch of lemon in here to bring out the blueberry a bit more in the flavor. Overall, very enjoyable summer seasonal.

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Photo of atlbravsrno1
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of u2carew
3.08/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A) Very thin head. Then settles to nearly no head at all. Amber color. Hazy. Floating blueberries.
S) Notes of blueberry but nothing else showing up. Not very aromatic.
T) Light blueberry notes. Some malty sweetness. A bit of dry grainy-ness.
M) Medium bodied. Smooth. Very light carbonation.
D) Just alright for a summer-ish blueberry. Expected a little more blueberry.

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