Blueberry Ale | No-Li Brewhouse

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No-Li Brewhouse
Washington, United States

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Redrover on 10-28-2005

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Ratings: 9 |  Reviews: 7
Photo of LouZ
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

Photo of Kopfschuss
4/5  rDev +15.3%

Photo of barleywinefiend
4.47/5  rDev +28.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a nice golden color with a nice white cap, some lacing and plenty of bubbles to stick around

S: Truckloads of frsh blueberries.

T: Wow. Big dose of fresh blueberries right up front. The delicousness persisted throughout, from start to finish. A nice vanilla creme shows itself about midtaste and provides a nice creaminess on top of those fresh blueberries.

M: Nice, light body, sweet and very flavorful. The carbonation was spot on.

O: I'm not exactly sure what No-Li did when they changed names but man this beer was dynamite. I'm not a fan of thios style but I can appreciate a good one. Well done No-Li.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on-tap in a pint glass at the Hooverville in Seattle.

Appearance: murky amber hue with a thin layer of ivory foam. A decent-enough looking beer.

Smell: extremely blueberry-ey. It is definitely as advertised -- if you like blueberries you'll very likely enjoy this beer.

Taste: tart and somewhat sweet; I'm convinced that this thing is chock full of real blueberries. I like them so I find this beer pretty tasty, though it is not a beer I'm likely to drink a lot of.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body with a moderate level of carbonation. Not creamy, but interesting enough.

Overall: quite decent for a fruit beer. If you're not a big fan of blueberries, though, this beer is unlikely to appeal to you.

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Photo of TheStove
3.02/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at Naked City.

Pour is colorful with a slight amount of head.

This drinks like that beer you have to pick out for your one friend who will only drink beer if it doesn't take like beer. Super sweet blueberry presence from first sip. Evolves into the cream qualities indicated in the name but man that blueberry sweetness continues and ends the sip. Ends pretty flatly and easily which kind of helps the drinkability score.

Tough to say much good about this one. If you really want something that doesn't taste too much like beer this is it. Sweet and creamy but almost to the point that my female drinking partner even didn't enjoy it that much. Not very complex and almost too sweet. I could see this going down easily on a hot summer day but it might give you one of those sweet headaches you get when you have sugary liquor drinks.

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Photo of beertunes
2.67/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Despite what style this beer is listed at, and what another reviewer said, this IS a flavored version of the NL's Cream Ale. Says so on the tap handle and the brewer said so to my face.

Served in straight pint glass. Poured a (very) slightly pinkish amber color with a fluffy, just barely off-white head that dissipated immediately and left no lacing.

Blueberry is certainly the primary scent, enough that I couldn't detect any of the normal beer scents, like grain or hop. The flavor wasn't as fruity as the aroma had led me to expect. Despite the presence of a beer flavor, I found this brew to be bland.

The body was typical for a Cream Ale. Drinkability wasn't anything special, but it's January. If I were to try this during the warmer months (and I will), I suspect the drinkability will receive a higher number score.

Overall, a decent but not special brew, worth giving a chance to see if it fits your palate.

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Photo of DrinkSlurm
2.58/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Well...I will start with the color...its a light purple/pink...aweful for a beer. It looks more like juice than a beer. The taste was more of a floral tea than a beer. I only had a few sips and couldnt drink anymore. The initial taste was of blueberry...but then quickly turned to a taste of flowers. It is very creamy and somewhat undrinkable and heavy. I usually like blueberry ales, however this one didnt do it for me.

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Photo of RedDiamond
3.89/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The staff assures me that this purple ale is not merely their Crème Ale augmented by an infusion of 15 pounds of Oregon blueberries per barrel. One taste confirms this to be true as the two beers share no underlying similarities and the Blueberry Crème isn’t built on a cream ale recipe. It is built on a helluva lot of blueberries. This is apparent from the moment you catch the afternoon sunlight streaming through the glass. The beer is quite purple. Remember that bratty girl from Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory who gobbled some bad candy and began to turn violet? Well it appears that a similar fate has befallen this otherwise pale ale, though with a far more agreeable outcome.

Blueberry Crème looks and smells like something you might want to pour on a stack of buckwheat pancakes. The blueberries are everywhere to be found in the smell, the taste, and the color. Somewhere behind all that fruit is a nice little beer quietly bubbling away. I enjoyed that beer for being clean, fun, and easy to drink. It is strongly carbonated, clouded, and a bit pulpy from all the crushed fruit.

I just couldn’t quite figure out how to appreciate it. Is it a dessert beer? An aperitif? It’s too sweet for sessions, but makes a welcome diversion from the usual standards. Northern Lights occasionally blends it with their Chocolate Dunkel to make a black and tan of it they call Black and Blue.

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Photo of Redrover
3.62/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer is served in a standard pint glass. It is a hazy purple with a white/purple head.

The nose is of fresh blueberries. Not artificial smelling at all. Also a bit of bread aroma.

The taste, is not surprisingly, of blueberries. They do not taste artificial, but there is no mistaking the slightly tangy bite. The underlying beer almost seems like cream ale and adds a bit of sweetness for counterpoint. .

The carbonation is very high and they could tone that down a bit. This is a once an evening beer.

I guess a lot of the patrons drink a combination of half blueberry and half of the dunkel. I think I will try that combination next time.

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