Blueberry Pail Ale – Phillips Brewing (Victoria, BC, Canada)

Blueberry Pail Ale – Phillips Brewing, 5% ABV, (Victoria, BC)

On the side of the front label:

“Blueberries blueberries it’s that time of year, to grab them by the handfuls and throw them in beer. It’s crisp and refreshing a summertime treat, straight from our magical beer factory. So if you are looking for fun from an ale, try popping the cap on this blueberry pail.”

  • My Rating: C
  • Why it’s decent: solid drinkability and crispness
  • Where I got it: Brewery Creek (?)
  • How much: ~$7, 650ml, 2011
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: No
  • Would I recommend this to beer afficianados: If you’ve tried everything else

Tasting notes: pours purplish/red/brown, minimal head, ringed retention with micro CO2, lots of fast-moving CO2 streams. Fruity fieldberries on the nose. Burst of blueberry fruit up front, 5/10-level sweetness, creamy mouthfeel, medium sourness, medium malts, hints of caramel, crisp finish with an off-dry tart finish. Low-medium complexity, medium depth, okay transitions, okay carry, medium bodied. Decent drinkability and okay to try once.