Blue Point Blueberry Ale: Did Somebody Forget to Add the Beer?

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Eric Sundermann
Blue Point's Blueberry Ale

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Blue Point Brewing Company Blueberry Ale from New York, New York

Serving style: Bottle, poured into glass

Location: My apartment

Cost: $12 a sixpack

ABV: 4.6 %

Appearance: I was so disappointed that this brew wasn't bright purple. I've had blueberry drafts in the past that glowed hazily in a way that'd make Jimi proud. But unfortunately, this wasn't one of those. Instead, it poured a transparent gold that looked more like an average ale. Not even a hint of purple or blue. Pretty boring.

Aroma: But the scent wasn't. And it was also the best part of the beer. This seems obvious, but the Blueberry Ale smells exactly like, well, blueberries--not too much else. It reminded me of blueberry pie, home-cooked by my grandma on Christmas. Er, well, that's kind of a lie, because my grandma usually made apple pie. But this brew reminded me of what I imagined it'd be like if my grandma made blueberry pie. That's fair, right?

Taste: Oh, hey, big surprise here: It tastes like blueberries! But frankly, it's not very good. The Blueberry Ale is sweet and tangy, which is nice if you're into fruity beers--but there's a weird, bitter flavor that blends with the sweetness which feels jarring and un-welcomed. I didn't even want to finish it.

Mouthfeel: It's light and crisp, I guess, if you can get over the terrible taste. To put it bluntly, it's mind-numbingly watery, and hardly feels like you're drinking a beer.

Overall Experience: I didn't expect to like this beer going into it, as I usually stray away from fruity brews, but I've had somewhat good experiences with blueberry-based ales in the past. This one, though, didn't make the cut. In the hands of a seasoned beer drinker, the Blueberry Ale might just taste like Kool-Aid.

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