seymour (1847) - Maplewood, Missouri, USA - OCT 5, 2012
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Sampled at The Bottleworks. It poured a cloudy odd purplish color, lots of suspended bubbles, with pink-tinged foam and lace. Aromas of typical husky grains plus strong blueberry essence, but in an oddly artificial way, which completely buried any hops or yeast characteristics. Flavors overwhelmed by synthetic-seeming blueberry too, some sticky sweetness, not much else. Light body, high carbonation to splash it around at least. Overall impression, I’m sad to say, was of a girly wine cooler. I realize this was a special-release to celebrate the landmark Blueberry Hill’s anniversary, and as such is exactly what they were going for. It’s just a pretty strange fruit beer in its own right.
vyvvy (5525) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - SEP 14, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours very hazy light amber with a reddish hue and small white head. The aroma has some blueberries, smooth American wheat traits and some medicinal traits. It has a crisp fizzy body that has way too much carbonation. The flavor starts with lots of phenolic spice, some crisp wheat and non-descript berry traits (I’m sure it’s blueberries though). The finish has lots of pepper and phenolic notes. This was okay, but didn’t do much for me.