Review Date 10/15/2007 Last Updated 11/9/2016
The label used to say "wheat ale brewed with blueberry juice"; now it claims this is a "wheat ale with natural flavor". It’s a cloudy yellow in color with good carbonation and a prodigious head as well as a rich blueberry-pie nose. The blueberry flavor is a bit more subdued than in the past but still delicious against a crisp wheat background. The beer isn’t at all overpowering or cloying. There's a faint touch of buttery Ringwood character but it's very light, much lighter than in most Ringwood brews. The finish is nicely balanced, leaning ever so slightly to the sweet side. A perfect summer refresher, even if I think I liked it better when the company was independent.
I think that today, in 2007, Bluepaw seems a bit lighter overall than it has in the past, or at least the bottle I'm sipping today is. Blueberry beers do make a perfect summer beer with their quenching character, but with the weather as it is lately (77 degrees at 6 PM in mid-October), this is a great beer for fall as well. Why not enjoy a bottle while watching your favorite football team?
And just for fun, try dropping a few blueberries in your glass as you sip and enjoy with a dish of vanilla ice cream for a cool refreshing dessert.
Update 11/9/2016: Here's a first: Sea Dog Bluepaw Wild Blueberry Wheat Ale on tap at Taco Mac. Sea Dog, as mentioned above, is now a Shipyard brand, and though I have seen both in bottles here in Georgia, this is the first time I've ever seen a Shipyard beer in draft form here in Georgia. The beer has a lovely crisp biscuit maltiness, is lightly buttery, with vibrant fresh blueberries and a tart wheat finish. A lot like a slice of blueberry pie in a glass ($6), I'm so happy to revisit this old friend.
And remember, try a new beer today, and drink outside the box.
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