after4ever (5728) - Brier, Washington, USA - SEP 29, 2007
1.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
12-oz. Got this as something of a gag gift from a GF who brought it back from a road trip. She says "this is disgusting. Try it."
Pours clear lmedium amber with a tall, dense, moussy tan head that falls away quickly to film. Not much lace. Smells like some sort of frozen blueberry syrup concentrate. Hits you as soon as you crack it, much less pour it. Big synthetic vibes off this one. Get your nose in it, and it smells like white sugar and dust, maybe some bubble gum.
Attack is watery and sticky (how did they do that?). Almost flat. Cloying artificial sweetener flavor on top of some caramel and a thick blast of blueberry. Tastes like breakfast cereal. Not much finish. Iím already burping up booberries and Iíve only had one sip. I think itís time this beer got to know my septic tank a little better.
mjg74 (2428) - La Mesa, California, USA - JUL 3, 2007
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: JUL 5, 2007 Bottle from Whole Foods. Pours a brownish/amber color. Aroma is of canned blueberries with a little cinnamon. Moderate blueberry flavor along with a little graininess and a hint of hops. Not bad.
riversideAK (5557) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - JUL 2, 2007
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Slight artificial blueberry aroma. Like a blueberry puree or some blueberry Now and Laters. Pours amber with a small head. Flavor is a mild blueberry against a regular amber ale. The hops and caramel malt definitley over power the blueberry flavor. It does peak through in the beginning on the front of the tongue, and again on the after taste, but it is still relatively weak. Body is medium. It was ok. Will not seek out, but would maybe have again as a desert beer or something.
burpfrank (299) - carpinteria, California, USA - MAY 27, 2007
3.1 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Had at the new Santa Barbara Downtown brewing co.,which took over Slo brewing.This beer had an unnoticeable aroma.Color typical amber beer color.The taste was quite surprising at first.It had a subtle blueberry taste,which didnít overpower the beer.I think what ruined this beer for me is they used a too heavy of a bodied beer.The beer taste was too strong for the blueberry taste.I think a good pale ale would be a better match for this blueberry beer.Not bad though,just could have been much better.Nice concept.Will probably drink again.
BŁckDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - NOV 28, 2006
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle: Amber color, average head. Nose of light malt and some faint dry blueberry notes, almost like boysenberry. The flavor is like those little dehidrated blueberries in the instant pancake mixes. Thin, dry, so-so. I could use a bit more intensity (dry berrying?) and body. Fun though.
dankbrewqueen (41) - Morongo Valley, California, USA - NOV 27, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
One of the tastiest beers I have had yet. Just a hint of blueberry does the trick for this scrumptious ale!
dwyerpg (4257) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - NOV 6, 2006
2.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Well, it smells strongly of blueberries and it tastes like blueberries too, but in the end this is not so tasty. On tap at the Yard House in Anaheim.
BigBastard (668) - L.A., California, USA - SEP 7, 2006
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Iíve been on a fruit beer kick lately so I picked this up. If it didnít say blueberry in the name, I would have thought this was an okay amber. Zero blueberry in aroma or flavor for me, but it was still a smooth, drinkable beer. Lots of malt, semi sweet.
Saarlander (1677) - Saarlouis, GERMANY - AUG 6, 2006
2.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Huge blueberry aroma, but thats about all, slight blueberry aftertaste, very watery, easy to chug, but nothing great.
OldMrCrow (1618) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 18, 2006
1.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
From the bottle. Pours clear amber with a moderate head.
I canít understand the generally high ratings that this one has received. I think itís pretty close to awful, but I got to try it in such a nice way that in the general spirit of Motherís "If you donít have anything nice to say...", Iíd rather talk about that than about why I donít like the beer.
Thereís this guy who sells fruit down near the beach. Heís always got marvellous fruit thatís he has driven over from the farms on the east side of the state --- the real stuff, strawberries that taste like strawberries instead of the waxy facsimile they sell in supermarkets these days, rainier cherries, peaches that take your breath away, glorious raspberries, the whole deal. Anyway, he and I shoot the bull every time I stop by to see him
The other day I asked how he was doing.
Iím doing great! Iíve got the best job in the world," he answered. "I just sit here in the shade and all day long, smiling women in bikinis bring me money."
"I know the feeling," I lied. "But moneyís nothing. You know youíve got it made when you can get them to bring you beer."
"They do" he answered, and I laughed. "No really, they do..."
So today I stopped by there again, and bought the usual assortment of fruit. He said "Hey...Iíve got something for you. This woman up the hill dropped these by for me today." He pulled out a SLO Brewing Co. Blueberry Ale (not distributed in Washington state, to the best of my knowledge) and handed me one. "Here - try this. I havenít tried it yet, but she swears itís good stuff." So along with my eight apricots, my pint of raspberries, and my pint blueberries, I got to try this beer that Iíd never seen before. Pretty good deal!
So thatís the story. As for the beer? Strong blueberry aroma. Flavor of melon, unripe papaya, and a bit of blueberry on top of a rather skunky pale ale. Bitter, metallic finish tinged with melon that does nothing to improve it. Yuck.
But who cares! What a great way to pick up a new beer. Iíll throw it a couple of points on the overall just for that.