My cousin brought a case of Sea Dog’s Blue Paw Wheat Ale to Christmas this year. We had a six pack left over so I decided it was time to throw it in the fridge and give it another try. The last time I had it, I wasn’t a big fan. Now that might of been becasue I had just had several Sierra Nevada Celebration Ales, and Blue Paw is not on the same level. Here is what Sea Dog has to say about their beer:
Our unique contribution to the fruit ale category features the nutty quench of wheat ale combined with the delightful aromatics and subtle fruit flavor contributed by Maine wild blueberries.
Everything about this beer is blueberry, I’m not sure where they get the nutty quench from. When you open it you are hit with the blueberry smell. This was also my first true fruit beer, so the smell took me by a bit of a surprise. It pours a golden to pale color, which I wasn’t expecting either. I thought that it would be blueish or purple. I don’t know, this whole thing was a surprise to me.
It poured with some head that quickly faded. My first sip was blueberry, blueberry, blueberry. What I’m trying to say is that there is a lot of blueberry flavor in this beer. It is actually all I could taste. It was like a super strong blueberry muffin. I really wasn’t a fan. Now I’m sure that really isn’t fair becasue I’m not a big fan of blueberries, not fruit beers in general. But if you like blueberries and want to be burping them for a few hours, try Sea Dog’s Blue Paw Wheat Ale. I however will not be, as it just isn’t my thing.