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Samuel Smith’s Organic Apricot Fruit Beer

Samuel Smith’s Organic
Apricot Fruit Beer

550 mL bottle in the usual Sam Smith's fruit series presentation. This bottle came from Horrocks in Battle Creek, MI. Aggressive pour serves up a pitted white head that is not too well retained, on top of a pretty, bright orange body. Tiny amounts of lace. Nose offers a light, generic fruit note. I'll say one thing about the Sam Smith's fruit beers, they certainly bring a genuine fruit flavor to the party. Now, is that something that I want or care for in many instances, well no, but it's hard...

Logsdon Two Rivers Violette

Logsdon Two Rivers
Violette

Much the same as its sister beer, Two Rivers Noir in many respects. After cracking the cap there is an intriguing foam that protrudes out of the top of the bottle, as if it is fermenting - it is bottle-conditioned. Poured head is that of a soda. Fizzy but disappeared entirely almost entirely. Slightly cloudy, rose or purple colored body. Label tells us this is 75% Malbec grape Saison and 25% Brettanomyces Table Saison. Nose offers generic fruit. Mouthfeel is lively and quite fizzy. Lots of...

Corsendonk Dubbel Kriek

Corsendonk
Dubbel Kriek

Well this might be interesting ... 33cl bottle. Pour gives a cherry-red, brownish body with a pink tinge to the effervescent head. Bubbles fade fairly fast to yield some lace and thin film on the surface of the beer. Nose has mainly an artificial cherry smell that obviously opens up and grows on warming. Tastes are a chocolate covered cherry note with dashes of cough syrup in the there too. I mean there's just no getting away from that. The initial shocking sweetness actually goes away...

Cherry Chouffe

Cherry Chouffe

Well … it is what it is. Various shades of red in the body that range between dark burgandy to alarmingly red, depending on the way that the light hits the beer. The moderate head is slightly pink - again dependent upon the light source - and it leaves some decent lace. Nose has plenty of cherry notes, not too strong. It’s sweet, but honestly not too sweet. It threatens, but then backs off. As long as you want that strong cherry taste, and you don’t mind the sweetness, then this is a ‘beer’...

Leffe Ruby

Leffe
Ruby

I suppose if all the hate directed at Leffe is really deserved, this is the beer that ought to take it on the chin to the greatest extent. As a fan of several Leffe beers (that gets me lots of stick), even in my sympathetic eyes, this is a weak offering. The reddish, rose, pinkish tainted pour offers a decent head and lace (considering what this is), and as long as you a ready for what it is, there’s little to complain about here. Nose gives some light sweetness. Tastes are those of a fruity...

Logsdon Two Rivers Noir

Logsdon Two Rivers Noir

I love several Logsdon beers, I generally enjoy a wine influenced beer, and farmhouse funk is certainly part of my ‘favorite style’ profile. All good, things seem set fair here, then … or is it? Head is that of a soda. Fizzy but disappeared entirely almost instantly. Slightly cloudy, raspberry colored body. Large cheese funk on the nose, but that’s not carried forward much to the tastes. This is way too fruit forward for me. When look at the blend it is essentially 75% fruit beer, and it...

BIRD-DAY Volume II

BIRD-DAY Volume II

Second in the 25th anniversary series. Collaboration with Gigantic. I do like a Mezcal barrel. I've come to learn that. Tangerine colored pour (appropriately enough) with a modest white head. Retention a little below average. Nose and tastes do exactly what is says on the tin. Medium tangerine notes build from the beginning and break across the tongue. The citrus element has a nice sweetness to it. Orange continues to ramp up down the glass. Salty notes accompany the very, very, very light...

Delirium Red

Delirium Red

Actually didn't read the notes on this properly and thought it might have been a Flanders Red or dark Belgian - whoops! Still, not so bad! Brownish red pour with a nice, frothy well built head. Some lace. Woody cherries in the nose are not especially astringent. Quite mild in terms of any kind f aggression. It's not tart, it's not sweet, rather it's pretty tasty without being tiring. Smooth, simple, refreshing and tasty I probably want a beer like this once a year, but when I do drink it I...

Westbrook Gozu

Westbrook
Gozu

22oz bottle, Gose with Yuzu juice added. Bottled 12/18/13. First to greet the senses is an extremely odd smell. I guess that's the juice?! Clouded yellow body. Nice frothy head. An obvious light ethanoic acid note in the nose as well. This tastes odd. There's a fruit element coupled with a weird earthy taste that I cannot place. Unique? Yep. Does that mean good? Errr ... not really. Unadulterated gose would be better for my money. There's a funny, lemony, bizarre sourness (expected), but the...

Tweason’ale

Tweason’ale

From notes. Purchased as a 12 oz single form the beer store a few miles north of the Dogfish Head brewpub (Atlantic Liquors?) in Rehoboth Beach, DE. Anyway, interested to try this. Apparently so-named because it will appear 'between' their other 'seasonal' production runs. Pour is a really, shiny, polished copper affair with a small head. There's no doubt that the head and lack of retention is a little disappointing, but to be honest this is to be expected with the grain bill used here. As a...

Smashed Blueberry

Smashed Blueberry

22 oz bottle, somewhere between $7.99 and $8.99 in most Atlanta retailers. The gold foil and the vivid blue of the label make this an attractive package externally. The pour (a rich, almost black color with a super head and some nice lace) match the intensity and the pleasurable nature of the look, and have me salivating at the prospect of tasting it. Having drunk this last weekend, I actually went back and bought another bottle - partly because I enjoyed it so much the first time I drank it,...

Bar Harbor Blueberry Ale

Bar Harbor Blueberry Ale

12oz single, courtesy of Kevin - thanks mate. A clouded, "orangey", copper colored pour with some scant white head but a lack of much presence or lace. A somewhat attractive blueberry based fruit aroma comes off the beer, even when quite cold. This nose intensifies as the beer warms as the volatiles escape. Tastes are unfortunately less attractive than the nose would suggest, but in a surprising way. Sometimes, beers like this a criticized for their "imitation" fruit flavors but that's not the...

Bar Harbor Blueberry Ale

Frambozen Raspberry Brown Ale

12oz bottle in the usual New Belgium presentation. 20FEB11 is dot-matrixed on the label. New Belgium has been in the GA market for sometime, but this beer is a relatively new entry. Single from Hop City, Atlanta, GA, USA. Pour is a really attractive, dark copper brown with great clarity and a spectacular abundance of bright read highlights. Really great color. Head is initially large but fades quickly to give a little lace and some thin film across the surface of the beer. Nose offers some...

Bar Harbor Blueberry Ale

Pink Killer

12 oz single from Hop City, Atlanta, GA, USA. Kraig tried to talk me out of this, but I KNEW that I would like it and I was glad that I went with my gut on this one. The beer pours a hazed, peach/pinkish color with a better than expected head. There is even a tiny bit of lace and some half decent retention! Nose has a slightly medicinal acidity. The taste is that of a lightly sweetened grapefruit with lots of decent fruit flavor. The beer drinks incredibly easily and is really refreshing....

Bar Harbor Blueberry Ale

Audacious Apricot Ale

Thanks to Kevin for the 12 oz stubbie bottle. In a nutshell, one of the nastiest beers in recent memory. The pour is a surprisingly dark orange, almost marmalade color with a HORRIBLE fizzing associated with it. Pours like a soda with no head or lace of any description. The beer also looks murky. The soda-like nature of the carbonation is worrying. Unpleasant non-descript, artifical fruit taste greet the nose and mouth and imparts a sickly, sugar attack on the senses that defies any real,...

Bar Harbor Blueberry Ale

Wittekerke Rosé

11.2 oz bottle from Hop City, Atlanta, GA, USA. My bottle is the "Framboise" that I'm pretty sure is the US version of "Rose". To be honest, I'm NOT against this kind of beer as a matter of principle, but having tasted this beer it's not something that I can take. Peach colored pour with a nice head that produces some lace. Th beer actually looks OK, as long as you observe it for what it is and no more. The nose is that bad either, with some artificial raspberry notes and some lightly acidic...

Bar Harbor Blueberry Ale

Autumn Maple

Arrived in GA a few days ago so this is my first engagement with the much, much hyped Bruery. In many cases it's not possible for the brewery to control the hype-train, but I'm really not sure how much good all of the hysteria ultimately, actually brings. Ho hum, on to this one. label suggests a five year window for cellaring which is all well and good, but unfortunately there is no date stamp to be found on the bottle. 750 mL, slender neck on the 750 mL bottle (looks a litte like the old...

Bar Harbor Blueberry Ale

Terrapin Pumpkinfest

22 oz bottle, Hop City, Atlanta, GA, USA. Side Project #8. Dark garnet pour with an minimal amount of lace and head. Very nice color and excellent depth. Nose is typical for the style with plenty of poorly defined spice but also lots of cinnamon and burned sugar notes. The beer is a touch bitter but that fits with the style and links the color to the nose to the taste. Mouthfeel seems a touch prickly on the carbonation. Plenty of malts in the taste withe ginger talkng a leading role, but the...

Bar Harbor Blueberry Ale

Founders Cerise

12 oz single as part of a recent haul in Virginia. Stubbie bottle as per Founders presentation. A difficult to describe color; something between a mauve, hazed purple and the skin of light colored plum. Head is minimal, lace follows suit. Nose gives little away apart from simple malts, a touch of grain and a non-descript fruit character that one would not necessarily grasp as being cherry based. Tastes give a very muted cherry experience, and again not one that would stand out as being a...

Sweetwater Dank Tank Big Ol’ Belgian Blue Balls

Sweetwater Dank Tank Big Ol’ Belgian Blue Balls

22 oz bottle with the same basic artwork as the bottled DP but with a blue & white theme rather than the red & white. $5.79 from Green's on Ponce, Atlanta, GA, USA. I agree that the associated text on the bottle in relation to the name has simply gone too far and is in purely bad taste. I'm not offended, but to call it juvenile would be an understatement. It does craft beer no favors. Back to the contents ... .... decent gunsmoke on releasing the cap and good hiss. Beer is well...

Bar Harbor Blueberry Ale

Hell Or High Watermelon Wheat Beer

12oz can. Poured into the Tücher Weizen 500mL glass, the beer produces a light straw-like color, clouded appearance and a lack of much head at all. Lace is pretty much non-existent. Nose reveals something fruity, although frankly it is difficult for me to distinguish much in terms of watermelon. The tastes add more fruit, and although it is stronger than the nose it still seems more like pineapple or pear to me than watermelon. Definite "estery" angle no matter which way you look at it. Smooth...

Bar Harbor Blueberry Ale

Razz-Ma-Tazz Raspberry Hefeweizen

On Tap. Seasonal special with 17(?!) IBU's and 5.0% ABV as advertised on the blackboard behind the bar. Murky, pink appearance with a good head and excellent lace. Drinks almost exclusively like a fruit beer so I categorized it NOT as a Hefe, rather as a fruit infused beer. The raspberry flavor predominates but there is the mouthfeel and character of a wheat beer in there too. Nose and tastes have some decent raspberry notes and the beer is sweet and drinkable in one sense, but after one I'd...

Bar Harbor Blueberry Ale

St-Ambroise Apricot Wheat Ale

12 oz single from Hop City, Atlanta, GA, USA. Light orange pour with a soapy, thinnish head that fades quickly. Despite this the head imparts some decent, sticky lace - better than I was expecting. Nose is a fairly strong, summer fruit aroma. It has elements of apricot but also some serious peach tones as well. A bit strong and sickly. The nose runs right into the taste and we find similar attributes there. It tastes a little like one of those highly flavored, fruit chewing gums! Artificial...

Bar Harbor Blueberry Ale

Morimoto Soba Ale

22 oz bottle, Total Wine, Perimeter, Atlanta, GA, USA. The usual Rogue, screen-printed presentation. Very difficult to believe that I have not yet reviewed this brew, but here it goes. Pour is a mid-orange with some nice soapy head. Head is persistent and leaves some sticky lace on the glass. Nose and tastes have a mild sweetness. A balanced beer by any standards but if you put it in the context of Rogue's, often over-hopped brews this is especially surprising. Reminds me a lot of an English...

Bar Harbor Blueberry Ale

Blueberry Wheat

Another pretty dreadful effort from the sham of a "brewery" that is Hilton Head Brewing Co. An extraordinary beer in many ways. Firstly the color is essentially that of a Pale Ale or perhaps even an IPA. It has a mid-amber hue which would be fine if it were a beer that SHOULD look like that, but if you had asked me to categorize this, any type of "wheat" beer would have been my last guess. This is are recurring theme at HHB though, so God knows what they are doing with their malts and grains....

Samuel Smith’s Organic Strawberry Fruit Beer

Samuel Smith’s Organic Strawberry Fruit Beer

Additional notes 07/06/23 (pictured) 14 years on the notes and experience are basically identical. Sam color, same nose and tastes, same attitude. Original notes 07/02/09 550 mL bottle from Hop City, Atlanta, GA, USA. Poured into a wine glass. Pour is a strawberry blonde body, well carbonated with a slightly off-white, high head. Retention and lace are very good. Mild, sweet fruit in the nose. Seems balanced. Strawberry juice is present in the tastes but it is fairly muted. Definitely the most...

Samuel Smith’s Organic Raspberry Fruit Beer

Samuel Smith’s Organic
Raspberry Fruit Beer

Additional notes 06/20/23 (Pictured) Now $7.99 for the 550 mL bottle, from Horrock's Market, Battle Creek, Michigan, USA. Fourteen years on, and almost identical thoughts to those that are given below. Strong raspberry seed on the nose, and still quite drinkable if you can get past the slight, cough-mixture feeling. Color is still amazing! To be honest I don't hate this beer, BUT about once every 14 years is the correct frequency! Original notes 06/10/09 550 mL bottle from Hop City, Atlanta,...

Bar Harbor Blueberry Ale

Warsteiner Premium Orange

Be afraid, be very afraid! I would imagine that many Germans are utterly appalled by this! Interesting purchase; $0.99 for this bottle, and $0.99 for the cola and the lemon versions, BUT I purchased all three along with a Stone RIS! I was wondering if the purchase would be noticed at the register of Duluth Fine Wines and Beer (I had my doubts), BUT it was! Comments on the "interesting" nature of the combo were encouraging; somebody noticed! Pours with a pale orange body and a pinkish head....

Bar Harbor Blueberry Ale

Warsteiner Premium Cola

Be afraid, be very afraid! I would imagine that many Germans are utterly appalled by this! Interesting purchase; $0.99 for this bottle, and $0.99 for the lemon and the orange versions, BUT I purchased all three along with a Stone RIS! I was wondering if the purchase would be noticed at the register of Duluth Fine Wines and Beer (I had my doubts), BUT it was! Comments on the "interesting" nature of the combo were encouraging; somebody noticed! Amber body that could pass for a brown ale from a...

Bar Harbor Blueberry Ale

Warsteiner Premium Lemon

Be afraid, be very afraid! I would imagine that many Germans are utterly appalled by this! Interesting purchase; $0.99 for this bottle, and $0.99 for the cola and the orange versions , BUT I purchased all three along with a Stone RIS! I was wondering if the purchase would be noticed at the register of Duluth Fine Wines and Beer (I had my doubts), BUT it was! Comments on the "interesting" nature of the combo were encouraging; somebody noticed! Pour is a VERY alarming, bright, lime green,...

Bar Harbor Blueberry Ale

Leinenkugel’s Berry Weiss

$1.35 from Green's on Buford as a single. Well, it is what it is, no more and no less so in that respect one cannot be too disappointed. Twist-off cap yields a strangely colored, orange/pinkish body with a light, fizzy head and some very light lace. Nose reveals plenty of fruit but it seems a little artificial Taste is ALL, light blackberry/indistinguishable fruits that lead to a pretty distinct sweetness but it does have a sharpish ending. If the truth be know if the weather is hot this IS...

Bar Harbor Blueberry Ale

Wacko

Extraordinary, pale pink clear liquid that looks like a few drops of blood have been added to a macro lager. Carbonation is on the high side with a white head and some lace. Crisp in the mouth, the beer offers little in the way of taste. VERY macro lager like in terms of vegetal and corn notes. A blind tasting would almost certainly yield a BMC guess. I think I would even struggle to drink this in the heat of a Georgia summer while grilling on the deck at 110 degrees - that's saying something!...

Bar Harbor Blueberry Ale

Pumpkin Lager Beer

$1.50 for the 12 oz single from Green's, Atlanta, GA, USA. Pour is a bright orange affair with a slight cloudy character and some haze. A few floaties too. Head is a simple, 1/4 inch affair with decent retention but a lack of any lace. Aroma has an odd lemony nature about it which I would not normally associate with a pumpkin beer. Not nasty, but a little odd. "Tastes" hit the nose first and the manifest themselves in the mouth with a slightly strange, acidic peach like note. Finish has a...

Bar Harbor Blueberry Ale

Temple Garden Yuzu Ale

Having been mightily impressed with my first Baird Brewing beer that I tried last week (Natsumarkin), I was delighted to find this 22 oz bottle at Green's on Buford, Atlanta, GA, USA. $7.99 for the bomber. Pour is a magnificent, hazy, dark orange pour with a great looking fluffy head and some lace. It sits in the Tucher Weizen glass resplendent! Carbonation is excellent and consistent. Nose seems a little hoppier than one would expect and also has a soapy element. (This is NOT repeated in the...

Natsumikan Ale

Natsumikan Ale

Picked this 22oz bomber up from Green's, Ponce, Atlanta, GA, USA for $8.99.Tangerine pour with a high head and nice lace in the Duvel tulip. Head fades quite quickly to yield a spotty lace and collar. Nose offers a soft citrus note, but not very strong. A touch of potential hop bitterness too. Tastes are a very simple, light citrus that delivers a very refreshing experience. The aftertaste gives a more pronounced grapefruit like twang. Floral notes too. Very simple, very easy and very...

Bar Harbor Blueberry Ale

Feast Of Fools

Delighted to get this in a recent trade with Brad007. Sparing the details, he went to a lot of trouble to get this to me so major thanks go out to him. Delighted to have the opportunity. Thanks man! 32 oz mini-growler. I like the smaller size. Slightly murky, dark brown pour with some reddish highlights. In better light it settles to be a brownish, cranberry color. Nice looking head but it is short lived and leaves no lace. A slightly pinkish tinge (perhaps that's just my imagination!) Faint...

Bar Harbor Blueberry Ale

Wild Blue (Blueberry Lager)

Right out of the box, I think it would be really interesting to do a blind taste comparison between this beer and something like Lindemans Cassis. I think this beer would do better than one would anticipate. 12 oz single from Tower on Buford, Atlanta, GA, USA. What an EXTRAORDINARY experience! ALARMING purple pour with no head and virtually no lace. Considering that this is supposed to be a fruit beer, there is virtually no nose - I mean NOTHING. I suppose at least there is no nasty, skunk but...

Bar Harbor Blueberry Ale

Dragon’s Gold (Gluten Free)

12 oz single from Total Wine, Kennesaw, GA, USA. Bottled on 02/12/08. Pour is a lacklustre, perfectly clear golden pour. The film of head that form on the surface of the beer is light and there is no lace. Nose reveals a strong, sherry like liquor based aroma - I rather like it! It's the beer's strongest feature. Tastes reflect the nose just for a second and then the beer reverts to an acidic, sharp and rather unpleasant atifical bitterness. Finishes dry and bitter with an aftertaste that is...

Bar Harbor Blueberry Ale

Blueberry Wheat Ale

$1.00 for a 12oz single from Trader Joes, Sandy Spring, Atlanta, GA, USA. Best Before May 2009, screw top. ===***=== BA mmmbeer makes the following useful notes in his review of this beer; "It says Kennebunkport Brewing Co., yet the beer (as per the label) is brewed by Pugsley Brewing LLC. It's tagged here as being from Federal Jack's and it is distributed through Trader Joe's." ===***=== Poured into the Sweetwater Pils glass. Nice clarity and good carbonation. Golden yellow. Nice appearance....

Bar Harbor Blueberry Ale

Bass Ackwards Berryblue Ale

22 oz bottle from Josh as part of a recent trade - nice one, thanks man! Surprisingly dark pour. I was expecting a blueberry wheat affair along the lines of a Sweetwater Blue. Instead I got an amber body and a decent head. In fact, on reflection this beer is basically purple in color and has a pink head! Odd! A bit like a lager and black (see England in the mid to late 80's for a full explanation of that). Simple brew that holds up very nicely in its own category. Quite dry both upfront and in...

Samuel Smith’s Organic Cherry Fruit Beer

Samuel Smith’s Organic Cherry Fruit Beer

Additional notes 08/13/23 (pictured) Not as sweet or cough syrupy as one might think, it's still as drinkable (on rare occasion) as it has been over the years. The fruit is prominent, but it has a light, tart cherry edge. has a lot of the 1970s and 1980s Cherry Drop sweets (candy) about it. Still easy drinking in small amounts once a year, still enjoyable. Original notes 08/21/08 Drunk at the The Citte of York on Holborn in summer 2007. Reviewed from notes. I must admit that I initially bought...

Bar Harbor Blueberry Ale

New Grist Sorghum Beer

12 oz bottle as a single from Total Wine, Kennesaw, GA, USA. Pours a distinctly urine colored body with zero head and zero lace. Nose is a fruity alcohol with the emphasis on an acidic cider like angle. Drinks in a similar fashion to the nose with trat acidity and a distinct, fresh, crisp grren apple like taste. Odd aftertaste completes the package. Not bad, but it really goes to prove it isn't possible to make good beer without the correct ingredients. Nobody's "fault" as such, just a fact of...

Bar Harbor Blueberry Ale

Orange Blossom Pilsner

12oz single from Total Wine, Kennesaw, GA, USA. I didn't know that this was made by Thomas Creek before I bought it, and to be honest, had I known I would have probably passed. Almost everything from them has been a HUGE mess. Ho Hum, let's try again. Gold clarity on the pour, with a head that is certainly NOT large, but does leave a small film on the surface. No lace. Not bad looking, just the standard macro look. A touch of citrus in the nose, but not much. Mouthfeel is woefully poor; watery...

Bar Harbor Blueberry Ale

Strawberry Harvest Lager

12oz single bottle from Mac's Midtown, Atlanta, GA, USA. Part of the mixed sixer for $7.99. Not a big fan of Abita in general, so coupled with the style, I did not have high hopes. The beer turned out to be marginally more drinkable than expected, but not really anything I could imagine buying ever again. Poured from the 12oz stubbie (with the annoying label that has dates on it but that were NOT notched) into the Tucher Weizen 0.5L glass. Very light yellow pour, with some mild chill haze and...

Bar Harbor Blueberry Ale

Bell’s Cherry Stout

12 oz single. Sam's Blue Light, Durham, NC, USA. The third time I've had this - first time review. Pour is as black as night with (after the fizzing carbonation of the initial pour) no head or lace to speak of. Dead looking. Thinnish body with an acidic nature to the beer. Definitely more fruit beer than stout, and I don't really care for this much. Sour is the main theme, without much of a fruit note. Finish is tart sweetness. A very tiny lactose character in the finish. All in all, a...

Bar Harbor Blueberry Ale

Raspberry Tart

Thanks go out to brickstoredave (and Lucy Saunders) for the chance to try this beer - something I've been waiting on for some time. 750 mL with the usual wax-dipped neck presentation. Having had the Belgian Red (cherry) I thought that I knew what to expect, and this replicated the style of the cherry and did not disappoint. Straight from the outset I enjoyed this MUCH more. A dark crimson (almost blood like pour) even with a small head. It's raspberries all the way, both in the taste and the...

Bar Harbor Blueberry Ale

LongShot Grape Pale Ale

12oz bottle as part of the Longshot mixed sixer, $7.99 at The Wine Shop, Johnson Ferry Road, Marietta, GA, USA. Notched July 2008. Poured into the Sam Adams glass the beer has great clarity and initially a light, frothy head. The head fades quickly to leave some scant lace. Very bright orange color makes this look pretty good in the glass. Aroma is a solvent like alcohol as are the initial tastes. Some fruity character, but not distinguishable as grape to me. I'm not sure if that's the grape...

Bar Harbor Blueberry Ale

Wheach

12oz single as part of CEO/Old Farts BIF - thanks go out to Vancer. Oh dear. Insipid pour reveals a worryingly pale, cloudy yellow body. Small head leaves quickly and the lace is non-existent. Aroma is a strong Peach one. Mouthefeel is pretty thin, and the taste is, well, of nothing! "Watery" is the only real adjective. Virtually tasteless. I quite like a decent fruit beer, so that's not my problem, but this was terrible. Mainly water as far as I could tell. Is this macro hell?

Bar Harbor Blueberry Ale

UFO Raspberry Hefeweizen

12oz single from Mac's Midtown, Atlanta, GA, USA. Part of a mixed $7.99 sixer. I hated the regular UFO (thought it was AWFUL on draft and in the bottle), so I was worried about this. Poured into the Sweetwater Pilsner glass it has a pretty good head but not much lace. Slightly cloudy with a decent golden color. Acidic fruit aroma, but it was not really distinguishable as raspberry. The taste is similar, but with more raspberry content. Unfortunately it is watery to me. The diluted effect seems...

Bar Harbor Blueberry Ale

Smuttynose Hanami Ale

12oz bottle as part of a recent trade (Bleedingshrimp? Sorry I forgot). Dirty, rust colored pour, very murky. No head retention - little lace. Not attractive at all. Mild sour notes. Not much aroma to speak of. No distinct cherry flavor, but a slight sour fruit based note. Finishes bitter and tart. Not very interesting, not my cup of tea.

Bar Harbor Blueberry Ale

Founders Rübæus

12oz bottle. From a recent trade - not sure who, but thanks a whole bunch. Bright red color - a bit like that artificial sweet and sour sauce that you sometimes get with Chinese takeway (take-out for the Americans amongst us). A really genuine raspberry flavor - it tastes like the seeds that come in the real fruit. Very genuine. Easy drinking, mild tartness, very nice.

Bar Harbor Blueberry Ale

Bud Light Chelada

Well, well, well, you never know what's going to happen, do you? I pop into Taco Mac in Douglasville, GA, USA for a quick beer on a Saturday afternoon, and they are giving out 16oz cans of this stuff for free - being a true BA, I felt I HAD to a least try it, so I did! (The bar staff told me there was a regular Bud version too but I suggested that it probably wouldn't matter - perhaps I'll never know!) Pour is briefly fizzy and then settles to give a horrible, peach/orange colored liquid....

Kasteel Rouge

Kasteel Rouge

Pictured 06/16/21 Original notes 10/26/07 I've enjoyed the Kasteel range in the past because they have been really quite sweet and I enjoy that characteristic, so I thought this would be the same. I was not disappointed. 750 mL bottle, corked & caged from Green's, Ponce, Atlanta, GA, USA. $6.99 (I think). Green bottle, with black foil on the neck. Nice looking presentation. Pour is a truly attractive deep burgundy color with a nice lively head that fades to give a nice thin film on the...

Bar Harbor Blueberry Ale

Wells Banana Bread Beer

This had been on my Wants list for a long time and I eventually caught up with it on my recent trip home to England. A few weeks after returning from the UK, up it pops in GA! I'm pretty sure this is a new addition to the USA, let alone GA. Anyway, back to the beer itself. From a substantial 1 pint, 3.25oz bottle with a different, updated label from the one in the BA dB, it pours slightly darker than a macro lager yellow, with a small head, some carbonation and a small ring of retention. Good...

Bar Harbor Blueberry Ale

St. Peter’s Fruit Beer (Grapefruit)

At The Jerusalem Tavern with one of my closest friends - could it be any better? St. Peter's does it for me all the time, and this is no exception. Simple looking brew with an darkish, amber body the looks a little thin. Decent head, some lace and retention. Aroma is ALL grapefruit and to me it is wonderful. A LOT of depth in the nose. Happily the aspect of the grapefruit that comes through most in the taste is the bitterness as opposed to much fruit. The combination works well againast a...

Bar Harbor Blueberry Ale

Leinenkugel’s Summer Shandy

12 oz single for Mac's, Atlanta, GA, USA as part of the $6.99 mixed sixer. OK, let's be quite clear about the problem here. The original Shandy is made with a mixture of mediocre beer of some desciption (either lager or bitter) and ENGLISH lemonade. English lemonade is a sugary, carbonated NEUTRAL beverage similar to Sprite or 7-Up. The whole "lemon" thing when it comes to English lemonade is a bit of a misnomer. NOTE TO MILLER: Do NOT use American style lemonade in Shandy's! This leads to a...

Bar Harbor Blueberry Ale

Melbourn Bros. Apricot

Won't be everyone's cup of tea, but I enjoyed it. Extremely attractive pour, especially the golden, crystal clear body. Good head, but lace is scant and quickly gone. Aroma has obvious fruit, but to me it's a little more like a mild, low alcohol, scrumpy apple nose. Taste too is obviously fruit, and although less apple like it is still not easy for me to pin down as *specifically* Apricot. Drinks very easy with a big sweetness but at the same time it has a pleasing tang of sharpness at the...

Bar Harbor Blueberry Ale

Raspberry Wheat

A re-review in June 2006 since new owners now have the brew pub but have kept the Raspberry Wheat on. Having given this a 3.45 (overall score) back in 2004, this is now a completely different beer. It pours ridiculously dark (as did all of the beer on this visit, I wonder if they are using just ONE malt for all thier brews!) and it SUCKS! No head, completely still and lifeless this is a horrible looking beer with a murky brown body. It has a nasty, chemical acidity to it and both the aroma and...

Bar Harbor Blueberry Ale

Frambozenbier

$6.99, Rollers, Hilton Head Island, SC, USA. 375 mL paper wrapped botlle, corked & caged. Brownish, tea like pour with a cloudy body and some chill haze. Some figs in the nose. Aroma is VERY tart and sour with raspberries, almost like a vinagrette. Taste is MUCH sweeter than the nose would suggest. Clean, balanced and a well defined sweet and sour sensation. Finish emphasizes the sweet and sour theme and gives a final burst of raspberry. Even for those that are not really keen on fruit beers,...

Bar Harbor Blueberry Ale

Black & Blue

750, capped. Classy label. $10.99 from Jax, Sandy Springs, Atlanta, GA, USA. Poured into an over-sized wine glass. Definite light reddish hue, and looks fine (thin). Classy color as the light catches this on an early summer evening on a deck in South Carolina. Not much head or lace (even with an aggressive pour) but some spotty lace left on the surface. Definite vinous quality. Mild and tempting alcohol in the nose. Fruit based. A little more fruit in the nose, but I don't necessarily get any...