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September 29, 2012

Atlantic Brewing’s Blueberry Ale Beer Review 9.29.2012

Atlantic Brewing's Bar Harbor Blueberry Ale

Atlantic Brewing's Bar Harbor Blueberry Ale

TBR Reports On Atlantic Brewing’s Blueberry Ale
File Date: 9.29.2012

File Name: The Green Raccoon Strikes Again.
The Beer: Blueberry Ale
Type: Fruit/Vegetable
Serving: Bottle
Stats: 5.2% ABV
Brewer: Atlantic Brewing Co. LLC
Web Site: www.atlanticbrewing.com
State/Country of Origin: ME, USA
Brewer Info: The Atlantic Brewing Company began brewing in 1991, on the eve of the microbrewing revolution. We have steadily grown over the years by having a strong commitment to tradition, quality and service. As a result, we have become the number one beer of the Bar Harbor region. Our new facility was built on the site of an old farm a few miles from downtown Bar Harbor. It was designed to create a more visitor-friendly environment similar to country wineries and breweries found throughout Europe. Our beers are now available in select areas throughout the eastern US.

tbr-bh-blubryale-insertBrewer Brand Hype: A light fruit ale, made with Maine wild blueberries. As opposed to many of the sweeter fruit beers on the market, our addition of fresh Maine wild blueberries in this light ale yields a subtle blueberry aroma, without the sweet aftertaste. A mixture of the following Mutton malts, pale, crystal, and Munich, are combined with wheat to give this ale its lighter body, and we only use minimal amounts of Target and Willamette hops.
Label: Bar Harbor Blueberry Ale. Atlantic Brewing Co. LLC., America’s Original Blueberry Ale. Brewed & Bottled in Maine.

The Brewski Review: I’m a picky individual. I’m at the lumber yard today sorting through the entire bin of boards looking for the cheapest, least bowed, warped, checked, split, cupped and knotty pieces to complete a garage project – an interior barn door to close off my tool area. My kids are getting a little older and I fret that I’ll one day my mower will find a rusty wrench in the springtime left behind from a summer day play period. This project reminds me of a time when I was a kid. My older brother and me had gotten into my dad’s tool crib in the basement of our house one day and wondered what would happen if we drove a nail into a can of green spray paint. Of course, I wanted to find out and since I wasn’t the one holding the hammer or the nail, I was all for it. When he punctured the can, a rush of green paint blasted him in the face. Good thing he wore glasses. When he took them off he looked like a green raccoon. It was hilarious. I couldn’t stop laughing. Ah, good times. Anyway, Bar Harbor Blueberry Ale is a decent beer but I really wouldn’t classify it as a blueberry ale. I noticed a twinge of sweetness, but far from a blueberry taste. It was mild and well balanced but overall it’s not a beer I’d purchase again if I wanted to taste blueberry. Aside from that, it’s a beer worth tasting.

Drinkability: Sure.
Appearance: Light amber in color. Minimal head.
The Buds: Mild taste but not much blueberry flavor.
TBR Cap Rating: 3.75 out of 5 caps.

September 23, 2012

Great Divide’s Wild Raspberry Ale Beer Review 9.23.2012

Great Divide's Wild Raspberry Ale

Great Divide's Wild Raspberry Ale

TBR Reports on Great Divide’s Wild Raspberry Ale
File Date: 9.23.12

File Name: Talk Like A Pirate Day?
The Beer: Wild Raspberry
Type: Fruit/Vegetable
Serving: Bottle
Stats: 5.6% ABV
Brewer: Great Divide Brewing Co.
Web Site: www.greatdivide.com
State/Country of Origin: CO, USA
Brewer Info: In 1994, Colorado’s craft beer scene scarcely existed, but Brian Dunn recognized Denver’s potential to be a great beer city. Combining his business background with his passion for beer, which was developed through his international travels and his experience as a homebrewer, he decided to start a brewery. He set up shop in an abandoned dairy-processing plant at the edge of downtown Denver and began brewing the beers that would eventually carry Great Divide Brewing Company to its status as one of America’s most decorated microbreweries and would help transform Denver into an international destination for beer lovers.

tbr-wild-rspbry-insertBrewer Brand Hype: WILD RASPBERRY ALE is a unique, thirst-quenching ale fermented with real red and black raspberries. Its balance of malt and fruit flavors make it a beer lover’s fruit beer.
Label: Wild Raspberry Ale. Ale Fermented With Raspberries. Flavorful. Ruby Red. Refreshing. Wild Raspberry Ale is a unique, thirst quenching ale fermented with real red and black raspberries. It’s balance of malt and fruit flavors make it a beer lover’s fruit beer. Suggested food pairings: Spicy Mexican food, creamy blue cheese, fruit desserts. Best of the Rockies, US Beer Tasting Championship, Summer 2007; Regional Champion, US Beer Tasting Championship, Summer 2004; Regional Champion, US Beer Tasting Championship, Summer 2003.

The Brewski Review: Arrrg! No, it’s not Talk Like A Pirate Day. This is me saying my back is killing me. Spent some time cleaning in the garage today so I can bring my truck home. It’s a long story. Anyway, I need it back so I can buy some 4×8 sheet of plywood to make a large barn door in my garage. I’ve been installing some baseboard trim in the garage (recycled, dry van, semi-trailer interior forklift skirting – that’s a mouthful) and had to move everything around. It’s a mess. More stuff than room. But all the moving around, unloading the motorcycle from the truck, reloading a non-working fridge then unloading it at the curb, mowing the grass, yadda, yadda, yadda. I’ll be taking some pain killers tonight so I can get some rest. I’m just as broke down as my motorcycle. I came inside exhausted. My wife is cooking chili so I thought a nice beer would be good. I’ve been putting down these seasonal fruit beers before the season leaves us. This Great Divide version of raspberry flavor is pretty tasty. It isn’t overwhelming, but strikes a nice balance with the beer. It’s also a beautiful ruby red color. Poured with minimal head. My advice? Skip the heavy work. Just open one of these up and enjoy yourself.

Drinkability: Yes. Would surely drink again.
Appearance: Beautiful Ruby Red as noted.
The Buds: Nice raspberry roundness.
TBR Cap Rating: 4.25 out of 5 caps.

September 2, 2012

Blue Dawg’s Wild Blue Blueberry Beer 9.2.2012

Check out the color on this brew. Looks like grape juice.

Check out the color on this brew. Looks like grape juice.

TBR Reports on Wild Blue Right Off The Vine
File Date: 9.2.2012

File Name: My ESP Hones In On The Blueberry
The Beer: Wild Blue
Type: Fruit/Vegetable
Serving: Bottle
Stats: 8.0% ABV
Brewer: Blue Dawg Brewing/Anheuser-Busch, Inc.
Web Site: www.wildbluelager.com
State/Country of Origin: NY, USA
Brewer Info: Anheuser-Busch traces its origins back to the Bavarian brewery, which was established in 1852. Eberhard Anheuser acquired the Bavarian brewery in 1860 and renamed it E. Anheuser & Co. In 1864, his son-in-law, Adolphus Busch, joined the company that would later become Anheuser-Busch. While the company’s early years were demanding, Adolphus Busch proved up to the challenge. His keen vision, bold initiative, marketing savvy and passionate commitment to quality were his legacy to those who followed, and the high standards he established have been adhered to by each succeeding generation. Today, Anheuser-Busch produces the two best-selling beers in the world, Budweiser and Bud Light, and operates 12 breweries in the United States.

tbr-wild-blue-insertBrewer Brand Hype: 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.
Label: Wild Blue. Premium Blueberry Lager. Premium Lager With Natural Flavors And Color From Juice.

The Brewski Review: I must have ESP. Before I poured this beer I was thinking it should be blue. Although not blue, there is definitely COLOR. A deep grape juice color would be the best way for me to describe it. The quick foamy head was also highly tinted and quite unique. It almost makes me think I’m drinking one of my wife’s Seagram’s Raspberry Lemonade coolers. The taste at first was blueberry then it settled in as a blueberry pancake aftertaste. Again, if your gonna go fruit, have the beer TASTE like the fruit your marketing. This one doesn’t dissapoint. It went down nice and smooth on this muggy Labor Day Weekend. Since it’s my first blueberry beer, I’m hesitant to say this one was a home run. There may be others out there that are even better! Oh, and back to that ESP thingy….this could really work to my favor. I could sense the best tasting beers on the shelf before I picked them. Then, I could work my way down from the perfect beers to the mediocre (I’d skip the below average beers) starting with all the 5 Cap beers. You know….cut to the chase so to speak.

Drinkability: Definitely
Appearance: Grape juice color
The Buds: Great if you like blueberry.
TBR Cap Rating: 4.0 out of 5 caps.

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