I usually end up trying at least one new blueberry beer every summer for The Brew Club, and this year is no different. Today, I’m getting to try Sea Dog Bluepaw, which is a “Wild Blueberry Wheat Ale”. Digging a bit, it seems the Sea Dog line of beers is tied to a microbrewery and restaurant in Maine and they also produce things like an Apricot Wheat Beer and a Raspberry Wheat. Seems they like their fruity ales!
Sea Dog’s Blueberry Ale pours nicely enough into my glass. I’d say its a light-amber color, perfectly clear without any sediment and with seemingly little carbonation. Didn’t seem to be any weird blueish coloring either. The head it light and foamy as you might expect from a wheat beer, but it doesn’t last very long. Also, there wasn’t much in the way of lacing with this 4.7% ABV veggie-beer.
I could pick up a scent of blueberry while I was pouring the beer! Letting the beer sit and breathe a little, I’ll say that blueberry is the main thing you’ll notice. No hops, no malt, none of that stuff. The smell is all blueberry, but interestingly enough, its not a blueberry blitzkrieg. The blueberry smells real and not artificial which is a good thing.
Taste is on par with the smell. Blueberry is the main flavor, but there is also a bit of hop bitterness in the finish as well as what I would describe as a bready type of malt flavor. Weird, but I’m thinking blueberry pancakes or blueberry muffins here! The beer is slick feeling in the mouth, has an acceptable fruity aftertaste, and has me going for the next sip rather quickly! On a hot day, I’m actually enjoying this blueberry beer!
Looking back at the other blueberry adult beverages I’ve tried, I see I’ve given the Blue Point Blueberry Ale a 4-star rating as a top rating, and Wild Blue got a well-deserved 1-star rating. I remember not being impressed with the offering from Bar Harbor which purports to be from Maine but is actually contract-brewed in Wisconsin I think. That one wasn’t too good.
This one from Sea Dog is really from Maine, and uses real Maine blueberries to flavor the beer. While I don’t think I’ll find myself drinking this beer on a regular basis, I would say that for a blueberry beer, it’s pretty good and worth a try. It would make an interesting beer to have a few of for guests at the summer BBQ because it does the blueberry thing well, and you won’t be embarrassed as the host for offering it.