Tag Archives: Fruit Beer

805. Hermit Thrush Brewery Brattlebeer

Hermint Thrush BrattlebeerMy first beer from Hermit Thrush Brewing which is one of the few breweries in Vermont that is in the southern part of the state. Now that they package in 16 ounce cans you can expect to see more reviews of their beer in the coming months.

Brattlebeer sounds really interesting, a sour ale brewed with apple cider, so I brought home a couple of 4-packs during a recent trip to Vermont. Pours a slightly hazy yellow with almost no head. Aroma has lots of cider characteristics and almost no traditional beer aroma. Taste starts with a sour apple tartness followed by a slightly earthy funk and finish is clean and refreshing.

An interesting beverage that was easy to drink but not something I would drink on a regular basis. 
Pros:

Cons:
Alcohol Content: 6.3% ABV
IBU (Bitterness): ??
Rating: 
Brewers Website: Hermit Thrush
Brewers Description: Inspired by the town of Brattleboro, the unique sour ale captures the best of local flavors. Brattlebeer is slightly tart, light bodied and dry with both fruity and malty undertones, and a rocky, champagne-like head.  Fermented spontaneously with a blend of local apple cider, malt, and hops, this delicate pale ale pairs well with soft cheeses and herbal entrees, and often compliments seasonal fruit desserts.

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804. Bissell Brothers Brewing Seed

Bissell Brothers Seed 2Bissell Brother’s beers always create quite a buzz but the hype around Seed may have exceeded all others. This was on their can release schedule for the summer and was pushed back a couple of weeks due to delays in hop shipment. Eventually the beer was brewed and release date set. The lines were long and purchases were limited to two $18 4-packs per person.

Almost immediately after it was released people started to Bissell Brothers Seed 1comment they were disappointed in the beer. I think those that were disappointed didn’t know what Seed was supposed to be. This is not a sour fruit beer like those from Allagash and it is not a berliner weiss style beer that often have fruit added; it is a relatively simple fruit beer and it was good for what it was.

Seed pours a deep red with minimal carbonation and almost no head. Aroma and flavor are both fresh raspberry with very little else going on. The strawberries seem to have been lost or simply over powered by the raspberries. Finish is sweet and refreshing.

Overall I enjoyed the beer for what it was but prefer sour and berliner style fruit beers. Seed felt too much like wine or fermented fruit juice for me to want more than one. I still have a couple cans in the fridge if anyone missed out and wants to try this beer. 
Pros:
Appearance
Cons:
Alcohol Content: 6.0% ABV
IBU (Bitterness): ??
Rating: 
Brewers Website: Bissell Brothers
Brewers Description: We crafted an ale with a half-ton of pesticide-free, Maine-grown strawberries and raspberries from our friends at the Bradbury Mountain Berry Farm in Pownal.

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765. Ballast Point Brewing Grapefruit Sculpin

Ballast Point Grapefruit SculpinSince reviewing and then re-reviewing the original Sculpin IPA I have been on the look out for the varieties. I picked this up in Vermont a week or two before it hit the shelves in Maine. I enjoyed fresh Sculpin and expected the grapefruit would add a lot more than it did.

Appearance is a nice pale orange with a solid white head that lingered and left plenty of lacing. Aroma has plenty of grapefruit (shocking I know) but also has a nice candylike sweetness. The grapefruit is dialed back a bit in the taste but still very prominent. This beer is still very well balanced and quite refreshing.

Need to find the Habanero Sculpin now to see how that compares.
Pros:
Grapefruit
Cons:
Alcohol Content: 7.0% ABV
IBU (Bitterness): 70
Rating: 
Brewers Website: Ballast Point
Brewers Description: Our Grapefruit Sculpin is the latest take on our signature IPA. Some may say there are few ways to improve Sculpin’s unique flavor, but the tart freshness of grapefruit perfectly complements our IPA’s citrusy hop character. Grapefruit’s a winter fruit, but this easy-drinking ale tastes like summer.

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561. Founders Brewing Cerise

Founders CeriseThis bottle is actually from 2012 and I almost forgot I had it. Founders replaced Cerise (a cherry beer) with Rubaeus (a raspberry beer) in 2013 due to a shortage of cherries in Michigan. After having both beers I have to say I enjoyed Rubaeus more than Cerise so hoping they continue with Rubaeus in 2014 even if the cherry crop is better.

Cerise pours a nice deep red, not like a red ale but more like cranberry juice. The head was gone in a couple of minutes and no lacing on the glass. There was also a fair amount of sediment in the bottom of the glass – not sure if this was due to the year plus in my basement or if it was intended. Aroma was all cherry.

Taste again was dominated by cherry but it was not a kool aid type cherry taste and you can definitely tell you are drinking a beer as there was a nice malt sweetness to offset the tart cherries. This was a very nice beer and easy to drink but not sure I would want more than one in any sitting. 
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Cons: 
Alcohol Content: 6.5% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness):
Rating: 
Brewers Website: Founders Brewing
Brewers Description: 

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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. 
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Cons:  
Alcohol Content: 5.2% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): ??
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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.

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516. Sebago Brewing Bass Ackwards Berryblue Ale

Sebago Bass AckwardsThis is my second of three blueberry beers and probably my favorite. First I must admit that I am not a big blueberry fan, in a muffin they are OK but other than that I rarely have blueberries. This beer came from a Sebago Brewing employee and has been in my fridge for a while.

The beer looks like your typical beer which is encouraging, deep copper color with a very thin white head. Aroma is minimal but there is a bit of berry in there with some nice malts. Taste is a nice ale with just a hint of blueberry sweetness in the finish.

For me this is a good blueberry ale as it was very much a beer first with only a hint of blueberry.
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Cons: 
Alcohol Content: 4.0% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): 13.4
Rating: 
Brewers Website: Sebago Brewing
Brewers Description: Bass Ackwards Berryblue Ale is brewed during the Maine blueberry harvest. It is an unfiltered, all-natural mild pale ale made with real Maine blueberry juice. It is a refreshing, well balanced beer that has a crisp, fruity aroma and finishes clean and dry. The name Bass Ackwards Berryblue Ale is for its unconventional use of only fresh blueberries in the fermenter. The result is a surprisingly simple drinkability that enables you to drink more than one. Try a Black and Blue, our Bass Ackwards mixed with our rich Lake Trout Stout.

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515. Anheuser-Busch Wild Blue

Wild BlueThis beer came from my mother in law as she bought a 6-pack somewhere for some event and it ended up in her basement. I grabbed one not realizing it was an AB product and threw it in the beer fridge. I decided to drink all of my blueberry beers (3 in total) and review them all.

Some glass from the top of this bottle came off when I opened it and fell into the beer. This should have been the first clue it was going to go down the drain. The appearance was not terrible with a deep purple color and thin head with a nice purple tint. Aroma is super sweet with a hint of fake blueberry. Taste was terrible, like a cheap wine, super sweet and syrupy like a grape soda. Overall AB increased the alcohol content and hoped no one would realize just how bad this beer was.

Also they seem to have ripped off the label from Flying Dog in Maryland as some would think this was produced by them based on their Raging Bitch style labels.
Pros:
Appearance
Cons:  Everything else
Alcohol Content: 8.0% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): ??
Rating: 
Brewers Website: Anheuser Busch Wild Blue
Brewers Description: Wild Blue is a blueberry lager that fuses the juice of nature’s perfect fruit – blueberries – with premium American and German hops, two row and six-row barley malt and cereal grains. Wild Blue has a full taste with a pleasant blueberry aroma and flavor, and contains 8 percent alcohol by volume (ABV).

Its fun, irreverent spirit is conveyed in every aspect of the beer, from the bottle label that features a bulldog kicking a blueberry to its full-bodied taste. Wild Blue is the perfect drink for adults who are thirsting for something new and will be available in sleek 12-ounce amber glass bottles. Please remember to always enjoy responsibly.

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494. Founders Brewing Rubaeus

Founders RubaeusI’m a bit late getting this review up but if you look hard you might be able to find some of this seasonal beer still on the shelves. Rübæus is a raspberry beer and I am typically not a fan of fruit beers but Founders did a nice job with this one.

The color is amazing and the picture captures it quite well – a bright red with minimal head. Smell has tons of raspberry and is very sweet. Fortunately the taste keeps the raspberry but loses most of the sweetness. No doubt this beer is sweeter than your average beer but it is not the syrupy sweet you often get with fruit beer.

Overall I really enjoyed this beer but I am not sure I could drink more than one on any given evening. Something to try but certainly not going to be an everyday beer. 
Pros:
Fruit flavored without the syrup sweetness
Cons: 
Alcohol Content: 5.7% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): 15
Rating: 
Brewers Website: Founders Brewing
Brewers Description: Not another boring summer wheat beer or lemonade shandy—Rübæus is Founders’ way to celebrate the season’s warmest months. Optimizing the flavor of fresh raspberries added at multiple stages during fermentation, this stunning berry red masterpiece is the perfect balance of sweet and tart. No question about it, with a hefty malt bill and 5.7% ABV, this beer is 100% Founders.

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330. Sixpoint Autumnation

If you have been following my blog you already know that I really enjoy beer from Sixpoint. Somehow I almost missed their Autumn seasonal release aptly names Autumnation. While visiting The Vault in Lewiston I saw this in the cooler and boy am I glad I did.

I almost always buy single beers or bombers but when it comes to Sixpoint I have no problem buying the 4-pack of cans. This beer is absolutely beautiful, deep orange color with a thick white head. Aroma is the only place this beer lacks as there is a bit of hop and spice but not a lot, pleasant smell but fairly mild. Taste is where this one excels with a complex mix of fruity hops, pine bitterness and just a hint of spice. This is not your typical pumpkin / fall seasonal – it is much better.

Really impressed with Sixpoint beer. If you are not drinking them then you are missing out. 
Pros: 
Appearance, Taste
Cons: Minimal aroma but the taste makes up for it
Alcohol Content: 6.7% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): 74
Rating: ★★★★☆
Brewers Website: Sixpoint
Description: Our Autumnal brew is made with subtle pumpkin and spice, but its prominent feature is the fresh harvested “wet-hops” that are added. New hop strain and selection every year. Autumnation 2012 features Citra Hops.

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314. Woodstock Inn Brewery Raspberry Weasel Wheat

Had this one about a week ago and just getting around to doing the review. Overall this one is pretty forgettable.

Appearance is very light in color with only a minimal white head. that fades almost immediately and leaves no lacing. Aroma is probably the best part of the beer as it has a fair amount of raspberry sweetness. Flavor was sweet as you would expect from a fruit beer but seemed artificial. Beer felt watered down but was pretty refreshing. Overall not a bad beer but with so many better options out there I would not recommend it.
Pros: Refreshing
Cons: Watered down 
Alcohol Content: 4.13% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): 18
Rating: ★★☆☆
Brewers Website: Woodstock Inn Brewery
Brewers Description: The same as our original wheat but with the delicious refreshing flavor of raspberry in every sip. A light dry finishing beer. A summer favorite on those hot days.

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