Blueberry Ale | Back Road Brewery

Blueberry AleBlueberry Ale
29 Ratings
Blueberry AleBlueberry Ale

Brewed by:
Back Road Brewery
Indiana, United States

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by aracauna on 06-07-2004

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Ratings: 29 |  Reviews: 14
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2.5/5  rDev -28.8%

Photo of largadeer
2.53/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Hazy amber with an off-white head. Pretty poor head retention, as tends to be the case with fruit beers.

Smell: Blueberry pancakes with syrup. Sweet and cloying, very one-dimensional.

Taste & mouthfeel: Up-front blueberry syrup. The biscuity malt foundation tries to work with or balance the syrupy blueberry flavor but misses the mark. No noticeable hops here, just a big blueberry finish.

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3/5  rDev -14.5%

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3/5  rDev -14.5%

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3/5  rDev -14.5%

Photo of walleye
3.16/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

got this from Clarkvv back in Nov. 04 so as I was clean out the refrig. I thought I would open this to see how it held up. poured a nice rich honey with a small off white head. aroma just a hint of blueberries, with honey and the smell of pancakes, orange and a small amount of hops. flavor honey with blueberries the hops are a little more prevalent. would have like to compare this to a fresh one

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Photo of PhilMiller
3.25/5  rDev -7.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -7.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -7.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of aracauna
3.33/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A large psfft of escaping CO2 burst out when I cracked this one open. Loads of carbonation with a large, sturdy, lasting head and walls of cascading bubbles. Very hazy brown body takes on a pretty, deep red hue in the light. Blueberry pie filling and something sharp (lemon zest?) top the nose, reminding me of the blueberry cake with cream cheese icing my mom makes. A bit of lingering bitterness in the finish, slightly metallic. Flavor is a bit weak after the aroma.

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Photo of roadhouse
3.38/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance is a clear golden orange color with a one inch slightly off-white head. Leaves some pretty good lacing.

Aroma is straight up blueberry. It smells like the real deal too, perhaps slightly artificial.

Taste is pretty tame, there's a bit of graininess at the start and a light flavor of blueberry. I thought it would be more intense considering the aroma. The finish is slightly tart and dry.

Mouthfeel is medium-light bodied, it's pretty crisp and refreshing. Might be better suited to a summer day.

Not bad for a fruit beer, but I'm glad I bought a single 12 ounce bottle instead of the bomber.

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3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of beveritt
3.6/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into a standard pint glass. The label is a standard Back Road label, blue this time, with Blueberry ale written in the banner. No freshness date.

Appearance: Pours with just over one finger of tan head. This settles into a thin coating, leaving behind some lacing. All in all, pretty decent. The beer itself is honey colored and clear, with a fair amount of activity. I was careful to not pour the last bit fo the bottle in the glass, as it appears to have a decent amount of deposits.

Smell: Smell very strongly of blueberries, as I suppose it should. A little bit of hop bitterness against a biscuity malt backdrop.

Taste: A healthy burst of carbonation helps to deliver a fairly strong blueberry flavor upfront, without being sickeningly sweet. Finishes with a mild biterness. Ever so slightly sweet malt holds it all together.

Mouthfeel: Average carbonation level, maybe a little high, but good for this beer. Body is good.

Drinkability: My second back Road brew and another solid offering. A refreshing and easy drinking fruit beer that doesn't come off like Kool-Aid.

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Photo of nickd717
3.62/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle thanks to aasher.

Righty-O, going into this expecting a Blabaer clone, more or less. Let's see if it meets or exceeds these expectations.

The beer pours a slightly cloudy medium amber color, and maybe it's just my eyes playing tricks on me, but I'm seeing bluish/purplish hues in there. One-finger off-white head sits atop it, and the lacing is not shabby.

The aroma is interesting. Lots of blueberries, like blueberry pancakes, with a peppery/spicy note and some caramel malt evident.

The flavor is all right. You can't miss the blueberries here, but they're not overdone. There's a spiced note to it - ginger maybe - along with black pepper and a muffin-like malt character. This is actually not bad.

Medium-light bodied with average carbonation.

An above average fruit beer overall. Can't do too much hating on this one.

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Photo of alleykatking
3.71/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 22oz bottle. Part of the past tasting.

A- Pours a nice clear looking orange color. Nice 1 finger off white head that stayed for a short second before becoming just wisps on the top of the beer. Nice light spotty lacing on the glass that begins to skirt as you drink it.

S- Well I would say that 99 percent of everything I smell is blueberry. It is more true to the actually smell of blueberries and not too artifical. Kind of a one trick pony in the smell department. I can pick up a light biscuty malt in the deep realms of the aroma.

T- Well just like the smell the taste is a lot of blueberry. The biscuty malts do make a short appearance but not enough to balance out the blueberry taste. So like the aroma the taste is around 99 percent blueberry. Taste is a little like a one trick pony as well....lucky me though loves blueberries!

M- Lighter mouthfeel. Carbonation was a little too much for my liking with the style. Blueberry was all that was left on the palate and all over the aftertaste. A little too fizzy in the mouth.

D- I really enjoyed this beer a lot. I need to pick up some more of this when I get a chance. Almost too sweet by the end of the bottle but a nice drinker and this is a beer even the non beer drinking ladies would enjoy.

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Photo of Hachiman
3.72/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Warmed this up to 60F before drinking. Nice amber color and 1cm off-white head. Beautiful lacing on the glass.

Smell is of dried blueberries and sour yeast. Taste begins as a sour maltiness followed by hop bitterness and ending with a truly interesting blueberry muffin aftertaste way up in the back of the throat.

Mouthfeel is the weakest element. Carbonation seems inadequate and so feel is a bit watery.

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3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

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3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

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3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

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3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of TMoney2591
3.77/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Served in a shaker pint glass at Chumley's.

Part of my Beers Around the World quest here. It pours a deep sunset amber topped by a half-finger of off-white foam. The nose comprises blueberry and lightly-buttered biscuit, not unlike blueberry muffins or waffles or some sort of blueberry-infused breakfast bread product. The taste brings in more of the same, with the biscuit (now less buttery) taking the lead, relegating the blueberry to a slightly more supportive role, though its sweetness is still more than present. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a drying finish. Overall, a pretty nice blueberry beer, one of the few examples of such a unicorn-like beer I can point to. It's not amazing, but it's a tasty, fruity treat for those times you want one.

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Photo of aforbes10
3.95/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

i approached this beer with some trepidation because the only other blueberry beer ive had got poured down the sink it was so bad. the pour was pretty encouraging though. clear, orangey red beer with some carbonation and no head. nice looking beer. very nice understated blueberry odor along with the malt smell. taste has some bitter maltiness, some fresh hoppiness and then mild blueberries on the finish. so nice to have just the hint of blueberries and not an all out assault. thin mouthfeel. a good drink, would be really great in the late summer or early fall. im impressed with my first beer from back road.

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Photo of Another6Pack
4/5  rDev +14%

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