Sherwood Forest Maiden’s Blueberry Ale

Today was a busy day. It was like I literally didn’t stop until I walked out the door. I hit up the gym after work to blow off some steam and then I came home and had some leftover eggplant. I decided to break out a fruit beer tonight. When I started the blog, fruit beers were my favorite. Now, I tend to pass them over, but I picked this one up in Massachusetts, so time to crack it open.

ABV: 5.46%

Style: Fruit/Vegetable Beer

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Today, the enchanting tradition of friendship and celebration lives on right here in Merry Ole New England, where our legendary brewers have captured the pleasures of rich, old-fashioned pale ales in the finest tradition of Sherwood Forest and her legendary heroes. At Sherwood Forest Brewers, we carry on Robin Hood’s tradition of honor, friendship and giving and instill it in every bottle of our fine Archer’s Ale. This enchanting brew is a tribute to the age-old legend of Robin Hood, brewed in the traditional English style with all of the care, consistency and mastery that embodied the life of adventure lived by Robin Hood, his Lady Faire and their band of loving friends. Or if you’re longing for a lighter, hoppier beer, try our new Sheriff’s India Pale Ale.”

Random: I can’t believe the Yankees almost blew it tonight.

This brew poured with a half a finger of pure white head that dissipated quickly and left no lacing on the glass. The body was a clear straw yellow color with lots of active carbonation. The nose had lots of fresh blueberries on it and a hint of malt. Wow, the blueberries really overwhelmed. If this tasted anything like it smelled, I’d be happy. But, the nose was the best thing about the beer. On the first sip, I can’t find a lot of blueberry and not nearly as much as in the nose. It reminded me a little bit of a light macro that followed up with some blueberries. It actually had some notes of wheat, but the blueberry was way too mild, especially given the nose. I also got a hint of sweetness at the end that lasted until the finish. The brew itself was pretty thin with high carbonation, but it would have worked if there was more fruit to it. This was definitely a disappointment. I wouldn’t have this again.

Untappd Rating: 2.0/5.0