Scrolling through my list of recent reviews I noticed one thing the vast majority of them had in common. They were all good beers. Some more than others but it has been a while since a real clunker came across my desk. That may change today.
For years I have seen this gem on the shelves and have not been inspired to bring one home but low and behold I have one in front of me today.
Sea Dog Wild Blueberry Wheat Ale.
Sea Dog distributes to almost all of the country so most of you out there have probably seen blue can or bottle with the white dog on the front at most bottle shops and grocery stores. Anytime I get to try a beer I have yet to check off the list there is always a bit of excitement regardless of my expectations going into it so here we go.
My first impressions as I cracked the can and started pouring the beer were actually “so far so good.” Nothing out of the ordinary but after the beer sat for a few seconds I noticed the head went from minimal to nonexistent pretty quickly. Within a matter of 20 seconds or so the beer appeared almost completely still, which seems pretty odd for the style. Once I raise the glass and take a whiff I am instantly hit with a smell that brings back memories of my childhood in the 80s: scratch and sniff stickers. I bury my nose in the glass over and over again to confirm and it has a very artificial fruity character that comes off like it was created in a lab. There is also a very noticeable sweet aroma that I was unsure if it was coming from the malt or somehow the blueberries but either way the nose is sweet blueberry syrup.
My first sip of the beer brings a lot of what was on the nose. A big blast of blueberry along with some generic pale malt sweetness. After a couple of sips the wheat starts to come through a bit as well. These three flavors all come together to remind me of a stale blueberry muffin that has sat on a gas station display rack for weeks.