Blueberry Ale | Pump House Brewery

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Pump House Brewery
New Brunswick, Canada
pumphousebrewery.ca

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Blonde coloured ale with the wonderful essence of fresh blueberries. Sweet flavours of peppery blueberries, malts and spicy hops make this one a winner all the way. A one-of-a-kind refresher.

Added by PiratePete on 11-17-2003

BEER STATS
Ratings:
110
Reviews:
55
Avg:
3.45
pDev:
14.49%
 
 
Wants:
4
Gots:
13
For Trade:
1
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Photo of DreamDeath
3/5  rDev -13%

Photo of patre_tim
3.59/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: Golden filtered with an almost non existent haze, a few particles, 5 fingers of off white foamy head with good retention. No visible carbonation.

S: Blueberries, blueberry pop tarts, blueberry jam. Fresh blueberry muffins, right home made from the oven with the cake like breadiness there as well.

T: Light sweetness, heavy on the malt with blueberry undertones, then blueberry is stronger in the aftertaste. Lightly hopped, berry like hopiness.

M: Light body, medium fizzy carbonation.

O: Awesome smell, unique and good taste, looks and mouth feel are average. Love the can and I’m glad to have found one from New Brunswick here in Ontario. Great refreshing summer drink.

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Photo of DaveBar
3.98/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Purchased at the LCBO for around the $3.00 mark for a 473ml can. Served at 5deg C in a draught glass

A- Opens with a ton of white head. Head stays forever. Clear

S- WOW this is fantastic! Blueberry galore! WOW

T- Nowhere near as good as it smells. Very good though

M- Very good. Like Bud though with blueberry

O- The generic beer with blueberry flavor is not so good. If a craft company mixed an IPA with this blueberry goodness it would be a hit

Food Pairing

This blueberry beer went well with... a cheese plate. Nice assortment of blue, white owl and Rockford.

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Photo of BuckyBeerBeaver
3.71/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Blueberries are good, and beer is good, so therefore blueberries + beer must also be good...right? Such was Bucky's logic in buying a 473 ml can of Pump House Brewery's Blueberry Ale. Blueberry Ale was 5.0% alcohol by volume, with a production date of January 30, 2013 printed on the bottom of the can.

The Pump House Brewery Ltd. is located at 131 Mill Road in Moncton, New Brunswick, and offers five different brands of its own bottled beer, eight on tap and in kegs, and several other seasonal beers. Brewed in New Brunswick since 1999, Pump House bottled beer is available in every province except Saskatchewan and Quebec.

Blueberry Ale poured with a fizzy, very fine, white head that burned itself out in short order, leaving no spotting or lacing down the glass as it disappeared. The beer itself was slightly cloudy and yellow in colour. The beer's aroma and flavour are very simply described...sweet blueberry juice. As soon as I opened the can I was hit with a strong natural blueberry aroma. Likewise with the flavour...a sweet blueberry juice and not much else, which is fine with me since I was looking for blueberry when I bought the beer. Certainly no bitterness here, and a clean finish. Blueberry Ale was carbonated enough to remind you that you are drinking a beer and not pure blueberry juice, and I would describe it as light bodied. Overall, a refreshing change of pace, but given the sweetness I could enjoy one can, but that would be my limit. At $2.75 per 473 ml can Blueberry Ale was fairly priced.

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Photo of souvenirs
3.23/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

This is a beer I remember liking as an undergraduate in New Brunswick. Will I still like it now?

A: Clear gold with more head than will fit in my too-small glass (no proper glassware for beer at my parents' house). Visible carbonation. Now that it's had a few minutes to settle, the head is about a centimetre tall.
S: Blueberry! The blueberry is very prominent. I might be picking up a hint of corn.
T: A mild, blueberry-flavoured pale ale. It's easy to see why I liked it back when I'd only tried a few different beers. Unless you hate blueberries, it's pretty inoffensive. If I wanted to put a positive spin on it, I could call it mild. If I wanted to put a negative spin on it, I could call it bland. More hops, please!
F: A bit watery.

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Photo of liamt07
3.25/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of Vyronian
3.75/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of MJ63
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of IdeaSpeeder
3.19/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Serving Type - 50ml can, poured into a pintglass

Appearance - Golden/straw coloured, crystal clear. Little to no carbonation visible. 2 Fingers of white, foamy head sits on top. Decent retention, moderate lacing.

Smell - Blueberries, unsurprisingly, combined with some grassy and floral bits.

Taste - Faint blueberries. Well not so much faint as less prominant than i had expected from the nose. Otherwise there's some bready malts, and not a heck of a lot else. Maybe some very, very (very) faint spices. But hardly.

Mouthfeel - Extremely light, moderate carbonation. Crisp, dry finish.

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Photo of ZachT
3.91/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ECBS
2.25/5  rDev -34.8%

Photo of esto
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of Mountainmanbrewing
4.39/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a golden colour with a nice big thick foamy head which leaves a decent amount of lacing on the glass.

The fantastic aroma of blueberry always amazed me and just makes the beer so enticing before you even drink the first sip. Then comes the first burst of flavour of ripe blueberries. I've had this at the pumphouse where they threw in a few blueberries into the glass. The hop aroma and flavour is subtle and doesn't overpower the blueberry flavour. It's refreshing without being a fruity drink.

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Photo of davemathews68
3.25/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of cam477
2.75/5  rDev -20.3%

Photo of evil_liver
3/5  rDev -13%

Photo of Olek4374
3.29/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Bought as a single from a busted six pack from my store. I'm not sure who broke it, but thanks!

The beer pours a pale yellow like that of any blonde ale and is accompanied by an extremely thick head about 3 fingers high. The head took about 2 mins to dissipate completely. The smell is predominantly of blueberries, but it has a slightly sour and almost corny smell too, which takes away from the berries a bit. The taste is very pleasant with a strong hit of blueberry and a decent aftertaste, but it's not too spectacular. The feel is pretty light and fizzy, and not as stellar as some other fruit beers. It is not very sweet, which is nice. Still, an average fruit beer at best.

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Photo of djcreepshow
3.25/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of thehyperduck
3.03/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

473 mL can from the LCBO; packaged on June 7 2013. This is the second time I've tried this in the last month, and I'd be pulling your leg if I were to tell you I was impressed with it the first time. Still, as far as fruit beers go, the blueberry ones generally sit pretty well with me, so I figured this one was worth a sober second quaff. Served well-chilled.

Pours a pedestrian-looking golden-blonde colour, topped with about one finger's worth of puffy, foamy white head. It manages to retain cohesion for far longer than the average fruit beer, at least in my experience - eventually wilting into a thin, soapy film at the surface, with some minor smears of lacing left clinging to the glass. Looks fine, maybe a bit more like a standard blonde ale than a fruit beer, but I respect the choice to not use dyes or colouring agents to make it look 'fruitier'. The aroma is relatively one-note in nature, with the blueberry completely dominating all other aspects. The underlying bready malts give this beer a strong blueberry muffin vibe, with just a hint of Fruity Pebbles - it's not bad, but it comes across as rather artificial and somewhat cloying.

The taste doesn't really offer any more complexity than the aroma might have implied, but at the very least, the blueberry extract flavour has been reigned in just enough to make this brew balanced and approachable. Blueberry is still the major facet at work here - providing a gentle, fruity sweetness at the start of the sip, and leaning a little more toward the tart side in the finish. A modest base of bready, grainy malt flavours can be detected beneath the fruitiness. The finish is a little dry, with some lingering blueberry extract notes. Fairly light in body, but not to the point of being thin or watery, and quite easy to toss back quickly. High-to-moderate carbonation; a little less bite than your typical fruit beer, but pretty smooth.

As mentioned earlier, I tried this stuff fairly recently and it left a bad impression on me. I came into this review ready to ream it out, but after a few sips my perspective has changed somewhat. I probably won't purchase this again any time soon, but I have never been a regular consumer of fruit beer in the first place.

Final Grade: 3.03, a manageable C+ grade. Pump House Blueberry Ale is not a spectacular fruit beer, but it gets the job done. This is the sort of stuff that is more likely to appeal to the flavoured malt beverage crowd than the beer geeks, but even the latter group should find this to be a serviceable, if unremarkable summer refresher. This won't be everyone's cup of tea, as the blueberry flavour could easily be perceived as unappealingly cloying to some palates. But at the very least, fans of fruit-flavoured beer should consider this one worth at least one kick at the can.

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Photo of Bf_89
3.75/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of artemh
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of TT--Cashout
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of TheBeeraholic
3/5  rDev -13%

Photo of StomachUlcers
3/5  rDev -13%

Photo of Kmat10
3.25/5  rDev -5.8%

Blueberry Ale from Pump House Brewery
3.45 out of 5 based on 110 ratings.
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