Sea Dog Wild Blueberry Wheat Ale is a fruit style beer crafted by Sea Dog Brewing Company in Maine. It has an ABV of 4.7%.
About the Brand
It’s difficult to know what to tell you about this brand. This difficulty primarily stems from the fact that I had never heard of them and the “about” page on their website doesn’t work.
What I could find is that they create a number of unusual brews. Obviously this Blueberry Wheat Ale I am currently reviewing is not a typical offering of most breweries. Other odd brews in their portfolio include Raspberry Wheat Ale, “Apricot”, Hazelnut Porter, and “Old Gollywobbler Brown”.
About the Beer
I was walking through my local Total Wine and More collecting beer to drink and review and the cartoony dog on a blue can caught my eye.
I was intrigued and had to pick it up. Immediately, the image of the can blew up on my Instagram account. Seemingly this can was stealing everyone’s attention (kudos to whoever designed this) and so I had to see if the brew could live up to the hype.
When poured into a glass, Sea Dog Wild Blueberry Wheat Ale has a clear, amber appearance and a medium head. It is lightly carbonated and an aroma fairly typical of an ale.
Upon initial taste, it has a nutty flavor which is typical of some ales. At first, I was quite disappointed by the inherent lack of blueberry flavor in a beer pegged as a “wild blueberry wheat ale”. As I drank more, the blueberry-ness became increasingly apparent, although it never really met expectation.
Nothing about this beer is inherently bad, though my recent experiences with fruit beers such as Abita’s Strawberry Lager and Shiner’s Peach Wheat had set my expectations fairly high. Unfortunately, Sea Dog didn’t quite live up to my expectation this time around.
Sea Dog’s Wild Blueberry Wheat Ale is OK. I was expecting more of a follow through on the branding promise of blueberry flavor, something which let me down. While I wouldn’t necessarily avoid it in the future, I probably wouldn’t seek it out either.
Question of the Day
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