JoeMcPhee (9051) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 17, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap at 4th Ave Pub. Deep purple-blue with a thin pink head. The nose is lively and tart. A really big, rich fruity nose. Very, very intense blueberry flavour. Soft sweet tartness. There is also a bit of soft lactic character and a little bit of light leathery character as well. Very soft tartness with a lingering fruitiness. There is a bit of clovey spiciness throughout that accentuates the fruit. It’s pretty tasty stuff. I’d like to try it with a bit of age on it, but it still tastes pretty good young.
beastiefan2k (3045) - Emerald City (formely NYC & KS), Washington, USA - JAN 12, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
10th rater, officializing this shitznit. The beer looks pretty, hard for a fruit beer not to. The color is just like a blueberry with the skin removed; its that purple with hues of red color. Aroma is strong with blueberry jam and a wild, natural blueberry aroma. By wild I mean the wild-blueberries one would pick in the woods as opposed to the sweet stuff bought in a supermarket. With this wildness comes a natural tartness. The flavor has a nicely sweet blueberry flavor (not syrup) with a sharper tartness. The lambic-esque or sour ale characteristics are adding to the natural tartness and making it a nice component at this point. The blueberry and tartness linger for a while after the beer goes down the gullet and finishes very dry. I really liked this, had two glasses and wish I could have drank more. I have no idea where this 9% comes from, felt more like an average 4-5% brew. Bottom line: A natural tasting blueberry beer with a good tartness. Fun to drink for a while.
Draft @ 4th Ave Pub, served in a short, stemmed flute glass.
j12601 (8700) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - JAN 3, 2010
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at the Fourth Ave. Pub. Pours a hazy brown with purple and crimson highlights and a medium to large beige head. Big fat blueberries, light malt. Gorgeous, smells like blueberry pie. Medium bodied, loads of blueberry, malt, a light crisp sourness but very subtle. Tangy finish, lightly and freshly tart, more blueberry flowing through. No hint at all that this is 9%. Really tasty.
PilsnerPeter (3034) - Flushing, New York, USA - DEC 25, 2009
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Tap at Fourth Ave Pub: Hazy deep purpleish color- headless. Straight sugary frosted blueberry aroma- reminiscent of artificially sweetened blueberry pastries from a corporate baking company (like pop tarts). Over the top and syrupy. Slick and heavily sugary body. No other deScriptors here other than blueberry syrup. No funk, acidity, dryness, nor subtlety. I can’t determine whether the base beer is, well, is anything. The blueberry syrup is overwhelming and completely masks the base beer which I can make no detection of. Disappointing.
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - DEC 25, 2009
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JAN 14, 2010 INSANELY GOOD. Let me just start by saying this is the best fruit beer that i’ve had, its incredibly quaff able and has a phenomenal aroma and follow up flavor. Truly something to brag about as a brewer. Pours a maroon body with an off white lacing. Fresh blueberries and the best puree i’ve inhaled. Fruit smoothies, lush tart blueberries with a sour tart finish. Absolutely delicious this beer is incredibly good. I wish i had more then two of them.
Dickinsonbeer (5075) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - DEC 24, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap at 4th ave pub. Pours a deep violet, almost purple- ruby red highlights on the edges- fizzy head fades to nothing. Aroma is a nice punch in the face with both fresh wild blueberries that have a nice tart mineral-ness, and some herbal earthy hints, and a fresh big luscious blueberry juice and nectar- as it warms some more mineral and slight solvent come out- a slight rubbing alcohol as well, which doesn’t carry over to the flavor nearly as much as expected. Flavor is fresh blueberry juice, blueberry pie filling- jammy, mineral, seedy, earth, and some herbs- somewhat sweet- but natural sweetness, not fake, in the middle- then you get only a slight dried out finish with some tartness- acidity and sweetness in the end mix very nice- only slight solvent comes through with NO alcohol. Extremely easy to drink- low carbonation and a moderate acidity make it borderline chuggable. We downed a few glasses of this in 5-10 min. Soo freakin good- unique too. Kinda what a NG fruit beer would be- like the RT and BR- just a blueberry version. Very well done- I liked this better than the cherry.
puzzl (3257) - New York, New York, USA - DEC 23, 2009
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Draft at 4th Avenue Pub in NYC. This was an absolute sheer pleasure to drink. As good as the cherry version was, it lacked an acidity that would’ve brought some of the cherry pie and chocolate flavors out. This one fixes that issue in spades, dropping in a fantastic acedic acid character reminiscent of a high-quality aged balsamic, which perfectly sits alongside fresh, rich blueberry pie. The combination may sound odd but it works perfectly. Complexity in the flavor comes from notes of grass, hay, strawberry. At times this reminded me of a "blue raspberry" Warhead type deal. Easily one of the best beers of the year. Kudos to the Kuhnhenn brothers for this one!
punkrkr27 (903) - Berkley, Michigan, USA - DEC 22, 2009
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap at the ’09 Winter Solstice. Murky brown pour with a small, dense, white head. Big fresh blueberry aroma with a bit of sweetness and some grain. The flavor is blueberry puree, cider vinegar, soft oak and a little caramel sweetness. The body is creamy, medium, with lots of tingly carbonation.
deyholla (9269) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 21, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the Brewpub during ’09 Winter Solstice. Poured a burnt sienna with a red tint and no head. Aroma was full of fresh blueberries. It was quite one note, but still nice. Flavor was full of sweet, fresh blue berries with a nice tart finish.
mattmc1973 (479) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - DEC 20, 2009
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On draft at 2009 Winter Solstice. Dark murky brown with white ring. Aroma of blueberry tartness and sweet malt. Taste is sweet malt and tart fruit. Crisp smooth mouthfeel with tart bite. Delicious!!