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518. Bar Harbor Brewing True Blue Blueberry Ale

Bar Harbor True BlueThis was my third and final blueberry beer to review and it comes from Bar Harbor Brewing. They are actually part of Atlantic Brewing Company but still have a separate brand name. I am happy that both Maine blueberry beers were not the syrupy sweet fruit beers that so many others end up with.

The color of this one is mostly beer – no artificial blue or purple colors. Aroma has some blueberry but also a nice malt character to it.. Taste follows but starts with the malts and ends with the blueberry. Overall a nice beer and the low ABV meant the bomber was gone quickly. I enjoyed the beer but not sure I would buy another. 

Alcohol Content: 5.2% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): ??
Brewers Website: Bar Harbor Brewing
Brewers Description: This beer is brewed with a blend of barley malts and crushed wheat to gently lighten the body. True Blue is a crisp blueberry ale with an assertive blueberry nose followed by a more subtle blueberry flavor in the body of the beer. We feel you won’t find another beer quite like it.

321. Bar Harbor Brewing Thunder Hole Ale

I picked this bottle up over the Summer at Bar Harbor Brewing’s retail shop in Bar Harbor. At the time I did not realize Bar Harbor Brewing was owned by Atlantic Brewing Company but after my visit I did a little research and found this happened a few years ago. The labels and beer appears to have stayed the same throughout the transition and hopefully that will continue as I like the Bar Harbor Brewing marketing.
Overall the beer is better than your average brown ale. I like this style with meals and with a fairly low 4.8% ABV it goes down easy. Color is a deep brown with a single finger tan head, looks like a nice brown ale. Smells like a brown ale as well with plenty of caramel, roasted and nutty malts. Taste is fairly complex with some light hop flavor in the beginning followed by the characteristic malts of a brown ale. This beer went well with dinner and would go very well with a steak or burger after work.
Pros: Complex for a brown
Alcohol Content: 4.8% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): ??
Rating: ★★★☆
Brewers Website: Bar Harbor Brewing
Brewers Description: Delicious. Full-bodied. Complex. Sure, you can say all those things. Wouldn’t it be a lot more fun to take a sip of this handcrafted brown ale and come up with your own superlatives? This is the brown ale that beat Newcastle, Sam Adams and more, at the World Beer Championships in Chicago.

WBC tasting notes
“Deep amber hue. Rich roasted, toffee-like aromas follow through on medium-bodied palate with assertive spicy hops upfront and toasted caramel malt flavors that finish in a mildly fruity manner. An elegant and complex Brown Ale.”
“An American classic brewed perfectly.” – Charlie Papazian

213. Bar Harbor Lighthouse Ale

After work I was looking in my beer fridge wondering what to drink and my wife said “pick something I would like” so that quickly narrowed down the list of options; no double IPAs, stouts, porters, etc so I found my bottle of Bar Harbor Brewing Lighthouse Ale. This is a light ale with a very low 3.2% ABV and the perfect beer to share with my wife.

Appearance is a great orange color with minimal white head. Minimal aroma with hints of malt and hops but very mild. Taste follows the nose with hints of a lot of things but nothing that overpowers anything else. Very well balanced beer but also quite simple compared with many of the others I have reviewed. That is not necessarily a bad thing as my wife really enjoyed this beer.
Pros: Low ABV
Cons:  Low ABV (yes it can be both a pro and a con)
Alcohol Content: 3.2% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): ??
Rating:  ★★★☆☆
Brewers Website: Bar Harbor Brewing
Brewers Description: According to the judges at the World Beer Championships, one of the world’s best English Mild Ales comes from the opposite side of the pond. Once you savor this ale’s rich, roasted malt flavors and subtle aromatic hops, you’ll agree.

WBC tasting notes
“Chestnut amber hue. Rich, deeply roasted malt aromas follow through on a smoky and malty palate that packs a lot of flavor. Finishes with a lingering hoppiness. An amazingly well crafted beer for such a modest alcohol level.”
“The best version of mild ale the judges have seen outside of Northern England.”